Woodcarver’s Show & Sale
Woodcarvers from throughout the Midwest will gather for the 27th Annual Woodcarver’s Show and Sale at Sauder Village in Archbold Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The annual autumn event will include unique woodcarving artistry, family fun and traditional down-on-the-farm activities.
On both days, artists and suppliers from the tri-state region will fill Founder’s Hall exhibits. Guests will have a chance to see the artists and purchase their works, as well as learn more about the traditional art form through various demonstrations planned throughout the weekend.
Guest artist will be Rick Jensen, an internationally-known woodcarver and instructor who has taught at numerous carving venues throughout the U.S. and Canada over the past 20 years, and is widely recognized by his peers for his unique style of carving whimsical cottonwood bark houses.
Another highlight of the show will be special performances by Wes Linenkugal and his band, who will perform in Founder’s Hall lobby from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday.
There is a “Show-Only” admission of $7 (senior and AAA discounts apply). Sauder Village will close for the regular season Oct. 27 but will offer Holiday Lantern Tours Nov. 30 and Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14. Call 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org for more information and to make a reservation for the Holiday Lantern Tours.
Levy estimator available
Lucas County property owners can now see how a specific levy will affect their taxes via a Levy Estimator Tool, which has been added to AREIS Online, which can be accessed at the county’s website at www.co.lucas.oh.us.
The tool displays all the currently proposed levies by district. The calculations are estimates based on the current tax duplicate, meaning this is what taxes would have been had these levies been in effect today.
The estimator reflects a noticeable increase in some jurisdictions’ property tax due to the elimination of state subsidies previously reflected in new and replacement tax levies. The tax increase was instituted by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the State of Ohio legislature in the Budget Bill passed over the summer.
The levy estimator tool is designed to assist taxpayers in making informed decisions about the impact that proposed tax levies may have on their property taxes.
The site also includes a Tax Distributor tool, which provides a breakdown of the amount of property tax paid on each parcel by government and fund type.
Those without Internet or those who have questions may call the Lucas County Auditor’s office, Department of Education and Outreach at 419-213-4406.
Free screenings offered
A free developmental screening will be held for children ages 0-5 residing in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District Nov. 8 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Oak Harbor High School auditorium.
Participants will be assessed in the areas of hearing, vision, gross and fine motor skills, concept development and speech & language development. Pre-registration is required.
Parents/guardians who wish to have their children age birth-3 years old assessed for developmental delays may call Help Me Grow at 567-262-3141 to make an appointment.
To have children older than 3 but not yet in kindergarten screened, contact the B-C-S Office of Student Services at 419-898-3280.
The twelfth annual Children Helping Children C.H.C. clothing sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Shoreline Church (formerly Oak Harbor United Brethren), 769 N. Locust St. (SR 19), Oak Harbor.
All clothing will be sold for $1 per bag. Coats will be sold for $1 each. All proceeds from the clothing sale will go toward helping the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau provide toys for children in Ottawa County at Christmas time.
Donations of gently used clothing may be dropped off at Shoreline Church the week of Oct. 28.
The 7th Annual National Drug take Back Initiative will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 12 locations throughout the county, including the Oregon Police Garage, 5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon; and the Lucas County Health Department, 635 N. Erie St., Toledo.
The Lucas County Sheriff and agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency will be manning the drop-offs. Citizens are encouraged to drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The Maumee Valley Defenders of Liberty and Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition are co-sponsoring “A Patriotic Musical Evening For Children And Adults” at Way Public Library in Perrysburg Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.
The evening will include “The Star Spangled Banner,” an interactive presentation involving the audience presented by Vivienne Sommerfield and a vocalist. The other presentation will be “Life In An 1800s Log Cabin” by Cheryl Garlow, with coordinating music presented by Vivienne Sommerfield.
The event is free and open to the public.
Health care forum
Birchard Public Library will host an informational program on the Affordable Care Act entitled “Health Care and You” Monday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Tom Joseph, who has worked as a volunteer in the insurance industry and has been trained by AARP, will provide information useful to people who have Medicare, those who have health insurance through their employer or buy their own coverage, small business owners and the uninsured.
The program is free, but registration is required. Call 419-334-7101, ext. 216 to register or for more information.
Heating help available
Once again this winter, utility customers facing a disconnection or needing to restore their service have a chance to remain connected with a one-time payment of $175.
On Sept. 11, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) issued its annual Winter Reconnection Order, which runs through April 15.
• Electric and/or natural gas service can be restored or maintained by making the one-time payment. If customers owe past due amounts on their electric and natural gas bills, the $175 can be divided between both utilities.
• For customers who have been disconnected, payment of a reconnection fee of no more than $36 can also be required. If the utility’s reconnection fee is higher, the balance may be billed to the customer the following month.
• Customers must sign up for a payment plan to pay any remaining past-due balance on their utility bill.
• Households with incomes at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines ($41,213 gross annual income for a household of four) may use funds provided through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (E-HEAP) to pay make the one-time payment. These funds are available through local community action agencies.
• Former Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus) and Graduate PIPP Plus customers can use the Winter Reconnection Order to re-enroll or continue participation in the program. Those customers must pay the balance of any missed PIPP Plus or Graduate PIPP Plus payments that are more than $175 by the due date of the next bill.
• The $175 can be used to establish electric or natural gas service instead of the required security deposit. If the deposit is more than $175, the remaining balance will be added to the next month's bill.
There are a number of additional resources available to help residential consumers stay connected to their utilities. On its website, www.pickocc.org, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) provides information about other federal, state and utility-funded assistance programs available to assist consumers with their energy bills.
The Winter Reconnection Order can be viewed on the PUCO’s website, www.PUCO.ohio.gov, in its docketing system under Case No. 13-1889-GE-UNC.
Kraut & Pork Supper
St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Walbridge will hold their annual Kraut and Pork Supper – which has been a tradition for the past 30 years – Friday, Nov. 8. The church is located at 745 Walbridge Ave., a block west of the Broadway/Walbridge intersection.
Carry-out dinners will be ready at 5:30 p.m. and dine-in will be served from 6-7 p.m. In addition to the kraut and pork (which are cooked separately as some prefer it that way), the menu will include mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, applesauce, roll and butter and dessert.
Musical entertainment will be provided by “Simply Shan” featuring singer Shandonna Flunder and at the keyboard Emmitt Williams. There will be a Christmas bazaar starting at 4 p.m., a bake sale, and shopping in the St. Lucas Thrift Shop from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Not to be missed is the traditional auction by church pastor Martin E. Billmeier. Parking lot will be monitored. Reservations are requested. To make reservations or for more information, call the church office at 419-243-8189.
Lucas County has been awarded a $65,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office for the 2014 federal fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 2013 and ends Sept. 30, 2014.
The goal of the grant is to reduce motor vehicle crashes, along with the deaths, injuries and costs associated with these crashes.
The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, under the direction of Superintendent Sandra Frisch, will once again be the administering agency for this grant, as it has done since 1988.
“Focus areas for the grant year will center on teen driver safety, increasing seat belt use, reducing impaired driving, and promoting motorcycle safety” stated Gwen Neundorfer, coordinator for the Lucas County Traffic Safety Program.
In Lucas County in fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013), 34 people lost their lives in 33 fatal crashes. Eight of the 34 deaths were motorcyclists and seven were pedestrians. Thirty-percent of the crashes involved alcohol or drugs with an average BAC of .211. Sixty-five percent of the people that had seat belts available were not buckled up at the time of their crash.
The Traffic Safety Program is directed by a Coalition, which includes representatives from law enforcement agencies, city, county and state engineers, hospital trauma coordinators, businesses, citizens, and other agencies focused on safety issues.
Once again, it’s that time of year for little ghosts and goblins to be floating around. Master James P. Taylor offers these tips to help young trick-or-treaters have a fun and safe time on Halloween night.
• Make sure little ghosts and goblins are wearing comfortable shoes and that their costumes aren’t too long, so as to pose a tripping hazard.
• Carry a flashlight; this will make your child more visible to traffic.
• Don’t be distracted by a cell phone; this is family time.
• Instruct “bigger monsters” to go in groups with their friends, and to stay together.
• Stay out of alleys, and avoid short cuts; only use well lighted streets.
• Don’t cut across yards; trip hazards, such as electrical cords being used to light up decorations may be hidden under leaves.
• Never go into a stranger’s house. Only take candy on the porch or in the driveway.
• Carry a cell phone and call for help if trouble arises.
• Check you child’s candy before allowing them to eat it. If you find candy that has been tampered with, report it to police.
Master Taylor, a Sixth Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, has been teaching martial arts for 35 years. He is the president/founder of the Traditional Tae Kwon Do Federation and is the owner/operator of martial arts studios in Woodville and Columbus Grove. Visit www.taylorsTNT.com for more information.