Howard Farms meeting
Metroparks of the Toledo Area will hold a second public meeting regarding the Howard Farms property in Jerusalem Township from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the township hall, 9501 Jerusalem Road, Curtice.
Metroparks staff and contractors will discuss plans for the 1,000-acre property, including wetland restoration and park development, which incorporate comments collected at an earlier public meeting.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will step up patrols for Halloween.
Deputies assigned to overtime will work different shifts Oct. 25 through Nov. 1. The overtime shifts will be scheduled in an effort to promote safety among drivers, as well as to draw awareness to other traffic on the roadways. Deputies will enforce all traffic laws, with an emphasis on impaired drivers.
The overtime will be funded through a grant awarded to the Sheriff’s Office from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
Conservatives plan meeting
NW Ohio Conservative Coalition and the Toledo Tea Party will host an informational meeting on the Common Core standards Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the Maumee Library, 501 River Rd. The event is open to the public.
Heidi Huber, of Ohioans Against Common Core, will provide background information on the development of the standards, what they mean to the quality of student education and the cost involved both financially and in terms of the loss of local control of schools.
Through information and outreach, Ohioan’s Against Common Core’s goal is to reverse Ohio’s adoption of the national Common Core Standards and the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers) testing agreement.
Heating help applications
Applications for heating assistance through the 2013-14 Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP will be accepted beginning Monday. Oct. 21.
The program, which offers assistance to area residents who may need assistance paying their heating bills, runs Nov. 1 through March 31, 2014.
EHEAP provides emergency assistance to income-eligible residents to help them maintain their heating source by making a one-time payment per season of their heating bills. To receive assistance, a household must meet the income guidelines and have received a disconnect notice or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel.
Income-eligible residents are those who earn no more than $27,142 for a two-person household or $41,212 for a four-person household, or 175 percent of the federal poverty guideline.
The amount of assistance per household remains the same as last year – $750 for those who use propane – and no more than $450 depending on electric and heating source for others. A credit is made to the homeowner’s heating source.
Those who may need assistance with their heating bills but who are not in an emergency situation may apply to HEAP, which operates until May 31 and requires incomes no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline. Other programs available to assist residents with their heating bills include the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), which is a program available to households when electric and/or gas service is provided by a utility company regulated by the PUCO. These companies include AEP, Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, Columbia Gas, Suburban Gas and Duke Energy.
While enrolled in PIPP Plus, the monthly utility payment will be based on the monthly household income instead of usage. In addition to having a regulated utility, the household must also meet the 150 percent of the federal poverty income guideline.
Also, EHEAP can pay only up to $175 for those PIPP Plus customers who are dropped from the program. Call 1-888-441-4327 for an appointment for EHEAP assistance.
Terra spring registration
Registration for spring semester 2014 classes at Terra State Community College begins Monday, Oct. 21.
Current students are encouraged to meet with their advisor before registering. Those who have not met with their advisor should stop by the Office of Advising in Building A, A100 or call 419-559-2345 to make an appointment. New and returning students are asked to call the Office of Admissions at 419-559-2349 for an appointment.
Current students should register during the preferred registration dates from Oct. 21-Oct. 27, or as early as possible, for the best selection of courses and times available that will best meet their needs. New and returning student registration begins Monday, Oct. 28.
The spring schedule is available at www.terra.edu.
The American Red Cross of Ottawa County is actively recruiting community members to become Red Cross disaster volunteers.
The volunteers will be trained as Disaster Action Team members to respond to fires, floods, tornadoes and other emergency situations. As the weather turns colder and furnaces are turned on for the season, house fires become more common, and the need for trained volunteers rises.
“Having a trained, prepared, and ready-to-help team is one of the most valuable resources a community can rely on when disaster strikes,” said Ottawa County Red Cross Director Beth Leggett. “Sometimes it takes a disaster of great proportion, like Hurricane Sandy, to remind people that volunteers are vital to our mission. The reality is that these volunteers are necessary year-round. Unfortunately, home and apartment fires happen nearly every day throughout Northwest Ohio. We rely upon our dedicated volunteers to provide compassionate care and hope to these families.”
The Red Cross is offering the following free classroom training opportunities in November:
• Disaster Services Overview and Disaster Action Team Fundamentals offered Nov. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. in Classroom B at Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton. This is a prerequisite class for all other training.
• Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance, a two-night training, offered Nov. 18 from 6-9 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Classroom B at Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton.
The Ottawa County Drug Task Force has seized more than 120 suspected marijuana plants from a residence at 1360 N. Main Street, Rocky Ridge.
The task force, assisted by deputies of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the Rocky Ridge and Danbury Township police departments, executed a search warrant Oct 7 at the home and also seized processed marijuana, grow lights, timers, fans, fertilizer, and cash.
The case will be presented to the county prosecutor.
It is the second time in about a month that marijuana plants have been seized in Ottawa County.
After receiving a tip from a caller on Sept. 5, sheriff’s deputies and the county drug task force removed 37 marijuana plants that were growing in a corn field along Stange Road, about 0.3-mile off State Route 105 in Harris Township.
The estimated street value of the plants is $37,000.
Persons with information about who planted the marijuana are asked to call the sheriff’s department at 419 734-4404.
Make A Difference
Riders Unlimited, Inc. Equestrian Programs in Oak Harbor will be participating in National Make A Difference Day Saturday, Oct. 26.
On National Make A Difference Day, millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.
Volunteers will meet at Riders Unlimited, located at 3140 N. Behlman Rd., at 9 a.m. Tasks for the day include painting the barn and office complex; taking down split-rail fencing and replacing it with electric fencing; removing/repairing soffits and roof to prevent further water damage to the barn; placing obstacles on the Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy Sensory Trail; insulating the office complex and hanging lights in the barn aisles.
A light lunch will be provided to all volunteers. RSVP by calling Riders Unlimited at 419-898-6164. Donations of materials and items such as bottled water, hot dogs, buns, pickles, chips, two liter bottles of pop, paint brushes, paint rollers, Sherwin Williams exterior paint (specifically 10 gallons of Nebulous White SW7063 and two gallons Honorable Blue SW6811) are welcome. All donations are tax deductible.
Riders Unlimited, Inc., a PATH International Member 501(c)(3), is a non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted activities and therapy to children and adults with disabilities, veterans, and able-bodied persons interested in learning about and working with horses.
Visit www.ridersunlimited.org for more information.
EMS levy meeting
The second of two public meetings to discuss a 4.5-mill levy on the ballot in Harris Township is scheduled for Oct. 23 at the township fire station, 321 Rice St., Elmore.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
If passed, the levy will be in effect for five years and generate approximately $289,500 annually.
Township trustees say the additional revenue will be used to fund round-the-clock emergency medical service by hiring paramedics.
The township has been relying on part-time emergency medical technicians to be at the station from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and on volunteers during the evenings and weekends.