Dog license signups
Lucas County dog owners can register their pets for 2014. The deadline to register is Jan. 31, 2014.
New for 2014, dog owners may now purchase either a three-year tag or a permanent tag, in addition to the standard one-year tag.
The cost is $25 for a one-year tag and $75 for a three-year license. A permanent tag, good for the lifetime of the dog, is $250. Three-year and permanent tags must be purchased directly from the Lucas County Auditor’s Office or Lucas County Canine Care and Control (formerly known as the Lucas County Dog Warden).
One-year tags may be purchased from these County entities as well as participating area vendors around Toledo and online on the Auditor’s website. For a complete list of vendors that sell one-year dog licenses, visit www.co.lucas.oh.us/Auditor
Additionally, the website includes an online renewal system for those wishing to renew their licenses.
Dog owners who fail to license their dog(s) by the deadline will be charged a penalty of $25 per license. Dog licensing is required by law for any dog over the age of three months. Questions about dog tags should be directed to the Lucas County Auditor’s Office, Dog Licensing Department at 419-213-4341.
Veteran bonus deadline
Veterans who served during the Persian Gulf War era have until Dec. 31 to apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus for Persian Gulf era veterans.
To be eligible, veterans may have served anywhere in the world for at least 90 days active duty, not for training, between Aug. 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991. The amount of the bonus is higher for service in the Persian Gulf theater. Eligible veterans must have been a resident of Ohio when they entered the military, and must be a resident at the time they apply.
The Ohio Veterans Bonus was overwhelmingly approved by Ohio voters in November 2009 as a way to thank Ohioans who served in the military during the time of the Persian Gulf War, as well as during the time of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Bonus continues past Dec. 31 for veterans of the Iraq War, who have until Dec. 31, 2014 to apply. It also continues for veterans of the Afghanistan War and all veterans who served after Oct. 7, 2001. No deadline has been announced for these veterans.
“This is a time of year when our minds are understandably focused on our families and the holidays – but the Oho Veterans Bonus is a great benefit for those who’ve served, as well as their families,” Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Tim Gorrell said. “If you think you may be eligible, take the time to check into and apply – you owe it to yourself and your family to find out. If you know someone who you think may be eligible, please reach out and let them know. We don’t want anyone to miss out.”
The bonus pays $100 a month to veterans who served in the Persian Gulf theater, or in the countries of Afghanistan or Iraq, up to a maximum of $1,000. For veterans who served elsewhere, the payment is $50 a month up to a $500 maximum.
Veterans medically discharged due to injuries sustained in combat can receive $1,000, plus up to $500 for months of service elsewhere. Family members of those killed in action or who died from disease as a result of their in-theater service can receive a bonus of $5,000 plus whatever the service member was eligible for, up to a total of $6,500.
To date, almost $60 million has been paid to nearly 72,000 veterans and family members. For more information or to apply, call 1-877-OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838), and choose option 2; visit www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov, or visit any county veteran service office (see www.ohiovet.gov for an interactive map of the county offices). These offices can also provide information about all federal and state veterans’ benefits, and assist veterans in the application process.
In conjunction with the Lights Before Christmas, the Toledo Zoo is offering a Festive Feast Holiday Buffet in the historic Lodge Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 18,
The feast will include features a top round carving station, salad, buttered green beans, pasta primavera, mashed potatoes and assorted breads, plus cheesecake.
Children’s menu options are available by advance request. Assorted beverages are provided (including the zoo’s famous hot chocolate), and holiday spirits are available to adults for an extra charge.
The feast also includes a visit from Ellie the Elf, story time with Mrs. Claus, family-friendly crafts, an encounter with a zoo animal, the choice of a photo with Santa or in the giant snow globe, and Lights Before Christmas admission after 5 p.m.
The cost is $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 2-11; advance reservations and payment are required. Walk-ins are permitted only if space is available.
For more information, visit toledozoo.org or call 419-385-5721, ext. 6001.
Boating safety course
An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered Saturday, Dec. 21 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nature Center at Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon.
The course, presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft, will cover a variety of boating topics, such as navigation rules, personal safety equipment, navigational signage, Ohio boating laws and more.
Ohio law requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 to be able to show proof of successful completion of an approved boating safety education course if they operate any watercraft powered by a motor greater than 10 horsepower.
The fee is $5, which covers the cost of course materials. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitations. For more information or to RSVP, call 419-836-6003 or visit www.ohiodnr.com.
The Bowling Green post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a possible hit-and-run incident involving a pedestrian.
St. Charles Hospital notified the post Tuesday evening that a Perrysburg man claimed to have been hit by a car while walking north along Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. Robert Leonhardt, 33, told investigators he was struck by a dark colored, older model sedan, possibly a Toyota Camry or Corolla.
The vehicle may have damage on the front passenger said and passenger side mirror.
The patrol described his injuries as serious but not life-threatening. A relative transported him to the hospital.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information should contact the patrol post at 419-352-2481.