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Winter Wonderland 2013
The Sandusky County Ag Society and Junior Fair Board are looking for businesses, individuals and organizations to participate with displays and sponsorships as they plan the second annual Sandusky County Fairgrounds Winter Wonderland.

The 2013 holiday attraction will take place over two weekends, Dec 12-15, and 19-22.

Junior Fair coordinator and Winter Wonderland chairperson Danyelle Lantz said organizing for Winter Wonderland is beginning earlier this year in hopes attracting more businesses and community displays and sponsors.

“We were thrilled with the community support for our first Wonderland,” said Lantz. “We put it together pretty quick last year.” The committee knew within the first night or two it wanted Winter Wonderland to become an annual event, Lantz said.

The inaugural Winter Wonderland, which attracted nearly 4,000 visitors, netted more than 2,000 pounds of food donations for the Sandusky County Food Pantry and more than $3,500 in cash donations – some of which allowed the committee to form and award two college scholarships to area Junior Fair participants.

“We had so many good comments last year. We just want to keep it growing,” Lantz said, adding the admission price of $1 per person, or the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the food pantry made it affordable for everyone.

“That will stay the same again this year,” she said.

Changes planned for this year’s event include drive-thru viewing of the displays on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Christmas music and holiday greetings from area business sponsors will be simulcast over the radio as visitors drive through the fairgrounds.

Winter Wonderland walk-through hours will be Friday and Saturday 6-9 p.m. In addition to the various displays, visitors will be able to enjoy a Christmas craft show, carolers, hot chocolate and cookies, kids’ crafts and games, horse rides, sleigh or wagon rides (depending on the weather), dance groups, and possibly a live Nativity scene. Santa will also be available to visit with families and kids each Friday and Saturday.

Businesses, families and individuals are invited to participate by setting up lighted displays for the event. Electrical hook-ups and outlets will be provided.

Businesses and organizations wishing to support the Winter Wonderland event may choose from four different sponsorship packages. Junior Fair organizations and area churches are invited to set-up displays at no charge.

Lantz said the committee is also accepting any useable outside Christmas decorations from the community to help decorate the fairgrounds for the event. Decorations may be dropped off at the Ag Society office on North Street any weekday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, contact Lantz at 419-332-1972 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Information may also be found on the Winter Wonderland Facebook page. Deadline for display registration and business sponsorships is Oct. 31.


Zion Give Away
Zion Lutheran, located at 26535 Pemberville Rd., Perrysburg, will host its third biannual Give Away Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The purpose of the Give Away is to serve members of the community in need by offering free clothing for all ages, household items and furniture, as well as a free to-go breakfast. All are welcome.

Zion has hosted a Give Away twice a year since 2010. The 2012 Spring Give Away served more than 200 people from the community. To donate goods or clothing please, call 419-837-5023.


Spay/neuter program
Planned Pethood has $94,000 to spend over a two-year period for spaying and neutering animals in the 43605 ZIP code, thanks to Petsmart Charities.

The animals are returned to the owner or caregiver after surgery. Planned Pethood is also prepared to offer assistance in helping to find home for animals, when necessary. For more information, contact Planned Pethood at 419-826-FIXX (3499) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Planned Pethood also has limited funding for those with litters of puppies or kittens who need to get them spay/neutered AND get all the adult dogs and cats in the house spay and neutered. This unique program, called Litter Patrol, allows those in our community to no longer have to find homes for litters of puppies or kittens.

Planned Pethood also works with 15 Northwest Ohio area veterinarians to provide affordable spay/neuter services. Visit www.plannedpethood.org for more information.


Fall mums return at Schedel Gardens
The driveway of Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore has been adorned with 600 chrysanthemums of various colors grown by Bench’s Greenhouse in Elmore.

The annual fall planting was discontinued a few years ago in order to save funds, according to superintendant Jeff Saffran. This year, however, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation and a significant gift from the family of Marilyn Bandfield, the tradition was restored.

Located at 19255 West Portage River South Rd., Schedel Arboretum & Gardens closes for the season Oct. 31. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 419-862-3182 or visit www.schedel-gardens.org.


Boos at the zoo
The Toledo Zoo’s Halloween happenings, Pumpkin Path and Little Boo at the Zoo, are set for Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 19-20 respectively.

New this year, the Jack-o-Lantern Express train will take riders past giraffes, wildebeest, zebra and other African animals as they listen to playful Halloween tales.

Pumpkin Path, sponsored by Meijer, features trick-or-treat stations throughout the zoo, plus ghoulish games, spook-tacular magic shows and Halloween hijinks. Details are at toledozoo.org/pumpkin.

Little Boo at the Zoo (“Little Boo”) offers the fun of Pumpkin Path on a smaller scale that’s perfect for preschool poltergeists, who will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and more in a way that’s designed to delight without the fright. Details are at toledozoo.org/boo.

For Toledo Zoo members, one-day admission tickets to Pumpkin Path or Little Boo are $6 for children (and for adults who trick-or-treat at Pumpkin Path). Tickets for non-members are $11 for adults and children and $8 for seniors.

For more information, call 419-385-4040.


Northwood forum set
The Citizens for Northwood Schools will hold a community forum Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Community members are encouraged to attend to hear up-to-date information regarding the new school facility. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The new PK-12 building project will be on the upcoming ballot Nov. 5.


Feral Cat Day
National Feral Cat Day, which is observed on Oct. 16, is designed to educate the community about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs and to inspire people to get involved to prevent litters from growing up on the streets or entering overcrowded animal shelters where they’ll be at risk for euthanasia.

On Oct. 16, the Humane Ohio Cattitude Team will be trapping in Toledo’s 43609 ZIP code, with a goal of trapping 25 cats for spay/neuter. Group members will also go door-to-door to deliver flyers and schedule spay/neuter appointments.

The event is part of a bigger project to spay/neuter almost 3,000 owned and free-roaming cats in the 43605, 43609 and 43615 ZIP at no cost over a two-year period. Humane Ohio is focusing on these areas because the Toledo Area Humane Society’s cat intake is highest from these ZIP codes.

There are a variety of ways that people can celebrate National Feral Cat Day and help cats in their own neighborhoods, according to Humane Ohio’s Marketing Director Jill Borkowski.

• If you are feeding free-roaming cats, schedule a spay/neuter appointment. Humane Ohio can provide helpful advice on how to trap cats that are not friendly, and can loan easy-to-use humane traps. There is no cost to spay feral, stray and barn cats in 43605, 43609 and 43615 ZIP codes. The cost is $25 outside these areas.

• Bring in owed cats to be fixed so they don’t contribute to cat homelessness ($45).

• Call and alert Humane Ohio about where colonies of cats are living in 43605, 43609 and 43615.

• Purchase a winter cat shelter at Humane Ohio for $35.

• Donate cat food to the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank.

• Hold a fundraiser in honor of National Feral Cat Day or make a donation to the Dr. Kelly Memorial Fund to help spay/neuter free-roaming cats.

“All it takes is for a couple of people to decide they no longer want their pets and put them out on the street, or for a couple of people to let their unaltered cats be ‘outdoor’ cats, and those couple of cats breed,” Borkowski said. “The free-roaming cat population increases very quickly from there, especially when you consider that each female cat can have up to three litters a year and get pregnant as young as 4 months old.”


Indictments returned
After a recent session, the Ottawa County Grand Jury has returned indictments against a pair of men who reportedly broke into an Elmore property last month and took more than $1,000 worth of items.

Brandon J. Pennell, 18, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, and Jeffrey S. Rollins, 18, whose last known address is Jackson Street, Elmore, have each been indicted on felony charges of Breaking and Entering, Theft and Receiving Stolen Property.

Also indicted were:
Dwayne E. Penn, 33, and Scott A. Hergesheimer, 51, both of Fremont, have each been indicted on counts of Theft from Elderly and Criminal Trespass. According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reports, the two men, along with a juvenile, went to an Erie Township business in August and took items from the premises.

Glenn Ward, 28, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was charged with one count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree, after he allegedly tried to alter a urine test being conducted by the Ottawa County Adult Probation Department last month.

Jacky W. Skaggs, Jr., 41, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been indicted on multiple charges after he led officers on a chase in western Ottawa County last month. According to Clay Township Police and Ottawa County Sherriff’s Department reports, Skaggs was allegedly caught exiting a Clay Township residence, then fled the scene with officers in pursuit. He has been indicted on felony charges of Burglary and Failure to Comply, along with misdemeanor charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Driving Under Suspension.

Summonses were issued for Penn, Hergesheimer and Sutherland. They were scheduled to appear in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 14. Warrants were issued for all other defendants.

Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan noted that an indictment is merely a formal charge in the Common Pleas Court and does not denote guilt or innocence.


Zombie Dash 5K
The Toledo Area Humane Society’s Zombie Dash 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at Secor Metropark, 5100 W Central Ave., Toledo.

Registration is $30; registration after Oct. 18 does not guarantee a t-shirt. Day-of-event registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the park’s Lone Oak Shelter, 1001 W. Central Ave.

“It will be an exciting course for everyone,” said Jodi Harding, Animal Care Supervisor at the Humane Society. “If you’re looking to have fun, you can enjoy zombies chasing you, trying to steal your flags, eat your brains and keep you from finishing the race with all your wits. For more competitive runners, the course will be timed; the top three male and female finishers from each age group will receive awards.”

All proceeds raised form the event will used by the Humane Society’s Cruelty Department for the purchase of a new van.

For more information, visit www.toledoareahumanesociety.org or call 419-891-0705.


Storage space needed
The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit, which serves Ottawa County, is in need of donated space for their 2013 Toy Distribution.

Each year, the Salvation Army, in collaboration with Toys for Tots and the Holiday Bureau, hosts a Toy Distribution in a building donated by the community.

A building of approximately 2,000 square feet is needed immediately to start the sorting and collecting process so that the nearly 6,500 toys can be distributed to the community on Dec. 18.

“This donation of space can be used as a tax donation and would benefit the whole community,” said Director Maureen Saponari, “This Program is extremely crucial to the many families in need in Ottawa County, as this is the only Christmas many of them will have. Due to the nature of our community and the availability of seasonal work, many of my families need the additional help around the holidays.”

For more information, or to donate a space for toy storage/distribution, call Saponari at 419-732-2769.


Help for homeless
A one-day, one stop event to assist Wood County’s homeless is set for Wednesday, Oct. 16 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College Dr., Bowling Green starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

The event, titled Project Homeless Connect, will provide those who attend with free services, including a shower, dental care, a hot meal, haircuts, coats, hats, boots, speech and hearing screenings, mental health and substance abuse assistance, clothes to wear to job interviews, job assistance such as referrals and interview skills.

In addition, social service providers such as Wood County Job and Family Services, Wood County Health District, WSOS CAC, and the Ohio Benefit Bank will be on site to assist those who need it.

Those considered homeless may be those who are living on the streets or the parks, in a car, staying with friends, couch surfing and those who may be worried about losing where they currently live.

The event is sponsored by Home Aid of Wood County in collaboration with local agencies, individuals, churches, organizations, and businesses in the county.

For more information, dial 211 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Gone Fishin’
Genoa Civic Theatre and Literary Society will kick off the season with the debut of Ron Hill’s latest play, “Gone Fishin’” Oct. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Historic Town Hall Opera House, located at 509-1/2 Main St. in downtown Genoa.

The delightful “slice of life” show invites audiences to go along as Grandpa takes 8-year-old Scottie fishing for the first time, teaches him how to fish and how to handle what life throws at him. Over the next 15 years, the pair continue to go fishing and each time, Scottie learns more about life and his relationship with Grandpa changes and deepens.

The performance will be presented as a “Reader’s Theatre” experience. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted.

The Theatre’s 2013-14 season will also include “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol,” presented Dec. 6-8 and 13-15; “Flamingo Court” by Luigi Creatore, Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28 and March 1-2; and the comedic Dixie Swim Club April 25-27 and May 2-4.

Season tickets and annual memberships are currently available. The theatre now honors credit cards.

For reservations and more information, contact Donna Wollenslegel at 419-862-2629 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Lakewood Church plans giveaway event
Lakewood Church of the Brethren will sponsoring a community giveaway event Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Adult and children’s clothes, toys, linens, furniture and other household items will be given away at no charge. Cookies and drinks will also be provided.

The church is located at 27009 Lemoyne Rd., a mile south of Lake High School.


Marsh road closure
Access beyond the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center located at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area to the beach area, including the boardwalk and beach trails, will be closed through Oct. 26 and from Nov. 4 through Dec. 7 to provide a quality experience for hunters.

Additionally, the road and beach area will be closed during the controlled youth waterfowl and deer hunts scheduled for Nov. 23 and 24.

The remaining Saturdays and Sundays during this time period hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers will be permitted access to the beach area and wildlife trails starting Saturday afternoons after the conclusion of the hunts until sunset, and sunrise to sunset on Sundays.

The Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center and bird center walking trail will remain open for wildlife viewing during the fall hunting season.

For more information about Magee Marsh Wildlife Area or Division of Wildlife programs, visit wildohio.com.


Christmas assistance
The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for Holiday Assistance for residents in Lucas County.

Applications will be accepted at The Salvation Army offices at 620 N. Erie St. from Monday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Oct. 25 from 9-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m.

Applications will also be accepted downtown Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 1-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. as well as Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The following documentation is required for all applications:

1. Picture ID for all adults in the household;

2. Proof of income for the household (current date within 30 days), which may include a pay stub or unemployment or SS/SSI/SSD printout.

3. Proof of address (must have the applicant’s name, address, and a current date within 30 days), which may include a utility bill or rent receipt.

4. Birth certificates for each child in the household OR one of the following (which must include a birth date) – medical card, report card, printout from Social Security, income tax return from 2012 or custody papers.

In 2012, The Salvation Army assisted 2,259 families during the Christmas season through Christmas Assistance, and 155 more families through the “Adopt-A-Family” program.

The Salvation Army is currently looking for individuals or groups who are interested in participating in the annual “Adopt-A-Family” or “Adopt-A-Kettle” campaigns. For more information about either program, visit www.salvationarmynwohio.org or call 419-241-1138.

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