Check scam reported
The Wood County Sheriff’s Department last week received a call from a woman in the Village of Luckey reporting an attempted scam.
The woman said she had received an email asking her to become a “secret shopper.” After she replied and was selected by the organization, she received a cashier’s check issued by City National Bank for $2,150.
The organization indicated to her they were going to RATE the performance of Walmart Money Gram and Western Union and directed her to keep $200 and send the remainder to a person allegedly in Indianapolis, Ind..
She waited until after being advised by her bank the cashier’s check was good and sent the money.
Her bank contacted her a few days later and informed her the check wasn’t good.
Det. Chuck Below said the woman isn’t out any money but warned that many cashier checks that appear to be legitimate are not.
Celebrate Terra State
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Conference and Hospitality Center will highlight a week of activities during the second annual “Celebrate Terra State” week Nov. 12-14 at Terra State Community College.
“Our first celebration was such a success that we started planning the 2013 version before the dust cleared last year,” said Terra State President Dr. Jerome Webster. “This week of activities gives us a chance to celebrate our students, our programs and our facilities, and show the community what we have to offer.”
The grand opening of the Conference and Hospitality Center will be held Nov. 14 beginning at 11 a.m. Remarks will be made by President Webster, Dean Michael Shirtz, Board Chair Carl Koebel, Jerri Miller of the Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and John Carey, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.
The ribbon cutting is slated for 11:50 a.m. and will be followed by a public reception and building tours.
Other “Celebrate Terra State” activities open to the public include:
• College Visit Days – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13. High school students are urged to contact the Admissions Office at 419-559-2349 for more details.
• Terra Showcase – 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14, will feature open labs, campus tours, student services offices, student organizations and a chili cook-off. A Battle of the Bands will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.
There will also be several invitation-only events, including a Veterans Recognition Reception Nov. 12, and an Economic Development Corporation Regional Directors Meeting and Regional Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours,” both on Nov. 13. Dr. Webster will host a luncheon for Chancellor Carey and area college and university presidents on Nov. 14.
For more information, call Andy Carroll at 419-559-2458.
Phone campaign under way
The Humane Society of Ottawa County is conducting a phone fundraising campaign. Calls are being place to every household within the Ottawa County community, offering the opportunity to purchase pizza, a gourmet coffee sampler, chocolate chunk cookie dough, roasted mixed nuts, LED flashlights, and environmentally friendly trash bags in 13- and 33-gallon sizes. All products are fully guaranteed and will be delivered free; no tipping required.
Calls will be placed from 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings.
“Born This Way” Ball
Area residents 16 years and older are invited to an evening of dance, music and entertainment as the Owens Community College Gay Straight Alliance hosts the “Born This Way Ball” Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. in the AVCC Ball Room, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg.
Several community organizations will be on hand to provide information about community initiatives and local LGBT projects. Free HIV testing will also be offered. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Tickets are $10 for community members and $8 for students (with a valid student ID). Those who bring non-perishable food or hygiene products for donation to the Owens Harvest Food Pantry will receive a $1 discount on admission for every item donated.
For more information, call 567-661-2561.
Around the World Dinner
The Culinary Arts programs at Penta Career Center will host “Around the World in Eight Plates,” an annual scholarship dinner and silent auction, Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Culinary Connection restaurant on the Penta campus, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg Township.
Proceeds from the dinner benefit a scholarship fund for Culinary Arts students. In addition, funds raised in the silent auction will benefit the Hirzel Scholarship Fund, which provides qualifying Penta seniors with scholarships toward post-secondary tuition and/or tools needed for employment.
The eight-course dinner will include an internationally-themed menu prepared by Culinary Arts students working together with instructors Chef Janea Makowski, Chef Jim Rhegness and Chef Sarah Deland.
The cost of the dinner is $75 per person. Reservations are required by Nov. 15. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Elizabeth Wray, supervisor of Human Services at Penta, at 419-661-6486.
Holiday Bureau gearing up
The Ottawa County Holiday Bureau is gearing up for its 51st year serving the community.
During the Christmas season, the Holiday Bureau helps Ottawa County individuals and families in need. Assistance from the community is essential by donating food, toys and money.
“The Holiday Bureau has always had a strong base of support from individuals, schools, churches and businesses and we hope that legacy will continue this year,” said Kathy Mapes, Vice President, Chairman of the Holiday Bureau’s Allen-Clay-Harris Township Unit.
In 2012, the Holiday Bureau was able to help 828 families in Ottawa County, 153 of which were served by the Allen-Clay-Harris Unit.
This year’s distribution date will be Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9-11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa.
To donate, volunteer or inquire about receiving assistance, contact one of the area representatives including:
• Genoa/Elmore (Allen-Clay-Harris Township), Chairperson Kathy Mapes, 419-654-6273;
• Oak Harbor (Benton-Carrol-Salem), Larry Coats, 419-862-2545;
For more information, visit www.ottawacountyholidaybureau.org Facebook @ Ottawa County Holiday Bureau.
Veterans’ event set
Area veterans are invited to participate in a Veterans’ Stand Down event Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion hall, 2000 Buckland Ave., Fremont.
Veterans who attend the event will be asked to show their DD214 papers. The event is aimed at connecting veterans from Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood, and Seneca counties with housing and other necessary services.
Lunch will be provided. There will also be booths offering information about medical, financial, employment, housing, veterans’ benefits, notary public services, and several other social services. Several other local community service providers will be available to assist with a variety of veterans’ needs.
Donations will be accepted to help veterans struggling to make ends meet have access to services they need.
The event is funded by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and local sponsors including the Ottawa County Safety Council, Sandusky County Safety Council, Pemberville American Legion Post 183, Green Bay Packaging, Inc.,
Hospice of Memorial Hospital, Trainco, Inc., Ottawa County Veteran Services, Materion, Brush Wellman, Morgan Advanced Materials, Maria & Ben Melssen, Clyde VFW Post 3343, and Sue Risner of Stone Fossil Studio.
For more information, call Bonnie at 419- 419-559-2236 or Kerrie at 419-332-8263.
Holiday Open House
Petals and Plants, a flower and gift shop operated by high school students in the Floral Design/Greenhouse Production program at Penta Career Center, will host a Holiday Open House Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Petals and Plants is located on the Penta campus at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg Township. Visitor parking for the Holiday Open House is available adjacent to the Floral Design/Greenhouse Production lab near the large greenhouse. Visitors should follow the Penta campus signs to the designated parking area.
Items on sale at the Holiday Open House include fresh Thanksgiving centerpieces, decorated trees, silk wreaths, garden art by George Carruth, candles, and a variety of holiday decorations for the home. In addition, Petals and Plants is taking orders for Christmas greens including pine roping, wreaths, grave blankets and pillows.
For more information, call Karen Prymicz, from Penta’s Floral Design & Greenhouse Production program, at 419-661-6344.
Honor Flight Benefit
A dinner and dance to benefit Honor Flight will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Whitehouse American Legion, 6910 Providence St., Whitehouse. To date, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has safely flown 1,666 veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials.
Spaghetti dinners, which include tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee, and iced tea, will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
A dance featuring music from the ‘50s and ‘60s will run from 8 p.m.-midnight. A cash bar will be available all evening.
The cost of dinner only is $8 for adults, $4 for children; admission to the dance only is $10, and the cost for dinner and dancing is $15.
The benefit is being organized by Jan Archambeau, of Whitehouse, who learned about Honor Flight’s mission when she accompanied her uncle on a flight this summer. She was so moved by the experience and what it meant to the veterans that she decided to help other veterans have the same opportunity.
For more information about the benefit, call 419-902-6964. For more information about Honor Flight, visit www.honorflightnwo.org.
The Pemberville Opera House, in conjunction with the Ohio Arts Council, will present an evening of traditional South American music with “Andes Manta” Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public
The four brothers who make up Andes Manta – Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge Lopez – are native to the Ecuadorian Andes, and learned their traditional folk music as it has been learned for thousands of years – passed from father to son, brother to brother. Andean music has survived 500 of European occupation, making it one of the few authentic prehistoric cultures.
Playing more than 35 traditional instruments, Andes Manta provides an opportunity for cultural understanding between the people of South and North America.
The Lopez brothers began learning music at a young age, often making flutes and panpipes of native bamboo and learning to play from older musicians. At a very young age, they gained a reputation throughout music circles as remarkable talents in the folk music world.
The Ohio Arts Council is pleased to present its 15th statewide International Music and Performing Arts in Communities Tour (IMPACT). The purpose of the free concerts is to introduce audiences to art forms from around the world and create new audiences for the performing arts. As globalization of the arts becomes more important in an ever-expanding world culture, the Oho Arts Council looks forward to this year’s tour with an encore performance by Andes Manta.
IMPACT began in 1998 with a concert by Barocco Andino, a Chilean music ensemble, presented in partnership with Arts Midwest and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Information is available at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.
Veterans Day breakfast
To honor those who serve or have served our country, the East Toledo Senior Activities Center will be offering a breakfast to all local veterans Monday, Nov. 11 from 7-10 a.m. The center is located at 1001 White St.
The menu will include pancakes, omelets to order, sausage links, juice and coffee. The breakfast is free to veterans and $6 for all others.
Fore more information, call 419-691-2254.
Patrols stepped up
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols throughout the Thanksgiving holiday to promote added safety among motorists.
Deputies assigned to overtime duties will focus on seat belt violations, as well as watching for impaired or distracted drivers.
The overtime will be funded through a grant from the governor’s Highway Safety Office.
Special deer hunt
The Maumee Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is sponsoring a special archery deer hunt for mobility-impaired hunters Nov. 16 and 17 at Maumee Bay State Park.
Hunters will be chosen in a drawing set for Nov. 12, said Gary Robison, a volunteer with the chapter.
Online applications are available at wheelinsportsmen-mvnwtf.webs.com and are due Nov. 11.
Robison said he expects 12 hunting locations to be open each day.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources regulations will be in effect for the hunt, he said.
Dedication for hall
The hall that houses the eighth grade academic wing in Lake High School will be dedicated Nov. 20 with a ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Lake school board and administration is dedicating the wing in honor of the late Joseph Baker, a 1950 graduate of the high school who left his estate to the school district.
Baker Hall was completed this summer. Spieker Co. was the contractor and The Collaborative was the architect.
After a brief ceremony there will be guided tours. The public is invited.
A regularly scheduled board meeting will follow at 6 p.m. in the middle school media center.