Christmas Eve discount
In appreciation for Lucas County voters’ levy support, county residents will receive free zoo admission Tuesday, Dec. 24.
ID showing proof of residency is required. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve.
On Tuesday, Dec. 31, ring in 2014 at Noon Year’s Eve. The family-friendly celebration will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
This month, the Toledo Zoo is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). The Lights Before Christmas runs through Dec. 31. For a full schedule of Toledo Zoo events, visit the toledozoo.org.
Operating hours change
Effective Dec. 18, hours at the Wood County Child Support Enforcement Agency, located at 1940 East Gypsy Lane Rd., Bowling Green, are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Consumers who had utilized extended hours to make payments may do so over the phone or mail payments directly to the Child Support Payment Center (CSPC). Anyone with a need to handle child support matters after the regular working hours should contact the agency so accommodations can be made.
For more information, call 419-354-9270.
Christmas tree recycling
The Wood County Park District will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling Thursday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Jan. 10.
All decorations, including tinsel, should be removed from trees brought for recycling. Drop-off locations include:
• William Henry Harrison Park, 644 Bierley Ave., Pemberville.
• W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd., Perrysburg.
• Wood County Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green.
Diggs to retire
Citing irreconcilable differences in policing philosophy with the mayor-elect, Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs has notified Mayor Michael P. Bell and the executive staff of the police department of his intention to retire at the end of Mayor Bell’s term.
Diggs’ final day with the department will be Jan. 2, 2014.
To help members and non-members celebrate safely this holiday, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering a Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 through 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 through 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
While AAA encourages party-goers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol this holiday, the Tipsy Tow service is available to assist those who find themselves in an impaired situation and need to get themselves and their vehicles home safely.
To take advantage of Tipsy Tow, drivers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) during designated hours; state that they need a “Tipsy Tow” and provide their name, home address, phone number and vehicle location.
Tipsy Tow provides a free one-way ride for the driver and his or her vehicle for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorist is, or plans to become, a guest.
Other services that will not be provided as part of the Tipsy Tow program include requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service.
For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths.
Christmas special to air
Toledo’s German-American Hour radio show, a 60-year tradition on Toledo radio, will present its annual Christmas show, “Weihnachts-Special,” Sunday, Dec. 22 from 9-11 a.m.
The special, which will include both traditional and new German Christmas carols, will be presented without commercial interruption.
Hosted by Jack Renz and Tim Pecsenye, the German-American Hour broadcasts live every Sunday morning from 9-11 a.m. on WCWA 1230 AM, on iHeart Radio at iHeart.com, and on WIOT 104.7 HD2 Toledo. The weekly show includes all genres of German, Swiss and Austrian music, plus announcements about events in the German and Swiss community, German “Word of the Week,” soccer scores and standings and a periodic cooking segment.
Visit www.germanamericanhour.com and German-American Hour or Facebook for more information.
Health care seminars
To assist uninsured or underinsured individuals seeking to find a suitable health insurance plan, Toledo/Lucas County CareNet, Neighborhood Health Association and Mercy are partnering with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to offer free health care enrollment events in December and January.
Seminars will be offered Dec. 23 and Jan. 6 and 20 from 2-5 p.m. in the Cardiovascular Conference Room, and Jan. 16 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in Conference Rooms 1 and 2 at Mercy St. Anne Hospital in Toledo; Jan. 14 from 1-5 p.m. in the Auditorium & Bay Room at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon; and Jan. 9 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the McAuley Room at Mercy Healthcare Center in Toledo.
There will be several educational sessions on the Marketplace during each of these sessions. Call United Way 211 to schedule an appointment.
Free application assistance will be provided by trained health care navigators and certified application counselors.
Through the Health Insurance Marketplace set up under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, uninsured and underinsured Ohioans can compare coverage options side-by-side, learn about their eligibility for premium tax credits designed to lower premium costs, and enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP).
Open enrollment will continue through March 31, 2014. Ohioans seeking help with enrolling can call 1-800-648-1176 or visit www.ohioforhealth.org to find assistance.
“Winter Wonderland” will come alive at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds Dec. 21-22.
Drive-thru tours will be available Thursday through Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Walk through visits, available Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m., include visits with Santa, a craft show, kids' activities, horse rides and more. Another drive-thru tour takes place on Sunday – the final night for the event.
Admission is $1 or the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the Sandusky County Food Pantry.
Commemorative Christmas ornaments are also available for sale to the general public for $3, with proceeds benefiting the Junior Fair Scholarship Fund.
A Fremont man was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison after previously being found guilty of three counts related to child pornography.
According to Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Robert Lehman, 57, was arrested in January after investigators determined he downloaded more than 50 images of young boys being sexually abused.
According to court documents, Lehman was previously sentenced to eight years in state prison for corruption of a minor in 1987, and nine years in state prison for corruption of a minor and sexual imposition in 2009.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alissa Sterling following an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations.
Man sentenced for illegal dumping
A Toledo man was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine for his role in the illegal removal and disposal of some 82 bags of asbestos-containing material from a warehouse.
John J. Mayer, 52, pleaded guilty in July to violating the Clean Air Act, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio said.
“Mr. Mayer ignored the laws and regulations that are in place to protect the public,” Dettelbach said. “Protecting the environment, including the air we breathe, is a priority of my office and the Justice Department.”
Mayer was charged with directing individuals to remove asbestos-containing insulation from boilers, duct work and pipes in a former manufacturing facility in Toledo between September and December 2010, so that Mayer could sell the scrap metal from those items.
The work was performed in violation of the federal Clean Air Act regulations regarding asbestos abatement, according to court documents.
Bags of asbestos-containing insulation were found dumped in three neighborhoods in Toledo, including an alley off St. Louis Street in East Toledo, a vacant house on Lagrange Street, and at another site on Champlain Street.
Timothy Byes, 32, of Toledo, also pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act and is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
“Improper removal and disposal of asbestos endangers human health, and exposure to asbestos fibers can prove fatal,” said Randall K. Ashe, special agent in charge of U.S. EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Ohio. “The Defendant oversaw the illegal removal of large quantities of asbestos-containing materials, which were ultimately dumped in three residential areas in Toledo. This case should serve notice that U.S. EPA and its partner agencies are prepared to prosecute those who 'cut corners' by avoiding the costs of handling or disposing of asbestos properly.”
Dog adoption close-out
Lucas County Canine Care & Control (formerly the Lucas County Dog Warden) will hold a Year-End Adoption Close-Out Saturday, Dec. 28 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 410 S. Erie St., Toledo.
All 2013 dogs must go...to good homes and loving families. For more information, call 419-213-2800 or visit Lucas County Canine Care & Control on Facebook.
Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca County Joint Solid Waste Management District is offering a reminder to those planning to deposit items in the 41 recycling drop-off sites throughout the three-county area – not everything received during the holiday season is recyclable.
The district has issued “Naughty” and “Nice” lists for recyclers:
“Nice” items suitable for recycling include
• Wrapping paper (not foil)
• Gift boxes, gift bags (not foil)
• Cardboard wrapping paper rolls
• Cardboard boxes
• Christmas cards & envelopes
• Newspapers and sale ads
• Junk mail
• Clean pizza boxes and paperboard (like cereal boxes)
• Plastic bottles and jugs
• Aluminum and steel food and drink cans
• Glass bottles and jars.
“Naughty” items, which are not suitable for recycling, include:
• Ribbons and bows
• Tissue paper
• Foil gift bags
• Plastic bags
• Aluminum pie and roasting pans
• Packaging materials including bubble wrap, Styrofoam blocks or packaging peanuts.
• Plastic toys
• VHS tapes.
For more information, call 1-888-850-7222.