Heating help available
The Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) at WSOS, which kicked off Nov. 1, has assisted 497 households in the agency’s four-county service area with paying their heating bills. The figure represents an increase over the 373 that received assistance during the same time period in 2012.
EHEAP provides one-time assistance for paying heating bills for those who have received shut-off notices, including up to $175 to pay regulated utilities, $350 for wood, $450 for non-regulated utility companies and up to $750 for those who use propane and have less than a 10-day supply left in the tank.
To be eligible, applicants must meet income requirements, which this year is 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
Residents who do not have shut-off notices can get assistance once per heating season through regular HEAP. HEAP applications can be filed online, via mail or by scheduling an appointment with a WSOS HEAP staff member.
“We are working as fast as we can to help residents,” said Brian Taylor, basic needs specialist at WSOS. “The new PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) is also helping to keep power connected for area residents so we are working with fewer disconnect notices.”
EHEAP operates until March 31, 2014. Regular HEAP applications will be accepted until May 31, 2014.
WSOS will also assist with re-verifying PIPP plus customers, who must re-verify their status with the heating source each year.
Appointments are required to apply for assistance through EHEAP. To make an appointment, call 1-888-441-4327.
Boating safety course
An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered Saturday, Jan. 25 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.
Job fair set
A free community-wide job fair will be held Friday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Stautzenberger College, located at 1796 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.
More than 50 employers and recruiters will be on hand at the event, which is open to all job seekers.
All area women are invited to attend the “Let’s Get Organized” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon buffet luncheon and program, which will include a presentation by Leslie Podolsky, of Sylvania, on how to get organized. Marilyn Baker, of Walbridge, will offer musical entertainment. Speaker Bethany Widmer, of Gibsonburg, will discuss, “The Perfect To-Do List.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Marilyn at 419-666-1633 or Dorothy at 419-691-9611.
Craig Bridge closure
The Craig Memorial Bridge, (SR 65) which spans the Maumee River between Front and Summit streets in Toledo, will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 a.m. through Saturday March 15 to allow workers to paint the bascule spans. Crews will set up special warming tents to permit work to continue during winter weather.
The closure will not impact the shipping channel during the winter season and will insure the Craig Bridge will be open prior to the Anthony Wayne bridge closure this spring.
The Ohio Department of Transportation, District Two, suggests the following detour: Front Street to Cherry to Summit. Though the bridge will reopen in March, intermittent lane restrictions are possible through September.
For more information, call ODOT at 419-373-4428.
The City of Toledo Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is accepting Christmas trees for recycling through Jan. 17 at six Toledo parks, including Ravine II and Detwiler Park locally.
Drop-off sites will be marked with signage. Trees should be cleared of all decorations, bags or other materials. Collected trees will be ground into mulch by forestry crews. No disposal fees are charged for the service.
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.