AARP-sponsored tax assistance program will be available Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green Feb. 5 through April 10.
Assistance will be provided by trained and certified volunteer counselors. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Wood County Committee on Aging Program Department at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935.
College Goal Sunday
Owens Community College Toledo-area campus will host College Goal Sunday – a free workshop designed to provide information about college financial aid – Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
Presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), the event will focus on financial aid and helping students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.
Financial aid representatives from colleges and universities throughout Northwest Ohio will be available to provide information about securing federal and state assistance to any academic institution of higher learning.
The workshop will be held in the Owens Audio/Visual Classroom Center, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg. Register prior to the event online at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7378.
Genoa Area Local Schools will hold kindergarten registration and screening March 26, 27 and 28 at Genoa Elementary School. All parent information and registration forms will be distributed at the screening session.
To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. All prospective students must be screened and registered. Call Genoa Elementary at 419-855-7741 after March 1 to set up an appointment.
Screening times will be 8-10 a.m., 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:15-3:15 p.m. each day. Sessions are limited to 12 students per day. A parent/guardian must be present during the screenings. The child’s birth certificate, immunization records, Social Security card and custody papers, if applicable, should be brought to the screening. Children should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers for the screening.
All area women are invited to attend the “Damsels in Distress” luncheon program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program, which will include a presentation on “Tips for Keeping Safe for Women,” by Pam Zimmer, of Findlay. Singer Skip Jacobs, of Oregon, will entertain and Jean Schaffer, from Fort Wayne, Ind., will speak on “A Winning Combination.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
Moms’ Group to meet
Area mothers are invited to join a Christian Moms’ Group that will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. the first and third Monday of each month through May at Our Lady of Lourdes in Genoa.
The group is open to all moms who desire encouragement and support in the vocation of motherhood. At the Feb. 3 meeting, speaker Ann Cook will discuss, “God’s Love for Moms.”
Naturalist training set
The Wood County Park District is accepting registrations for its spring Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists training session.
Those who have a strong interest in nature, a desire to sharpen their outdoor interpretation skills, and a willingness to share their knowledge with others are encouraged to sign up.
The volunteer program provides an extensive course in the natural sciences in exchange for a donation of volunteer hours during which participants can share their skills and knowledge with others through OCVN-sponsored activities.
Training sessions include 47 hours of instruction. The first class will be held Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Subsequent classes will be held on seven consecutive Tuesdays from April 8 through May 20 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays, April 19, May 3 and May 17. Locations will include various Wood County parks.
Class topics include ecological concepts, geology and soils, herpetology, forests, ornithology, entomology, mammals, aquatic life, plants, stewardship, and interpretation skills.
To become an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, participants must attend all training sessions, pass examinations and volunteer 40 hours.
The Wood County OCVN program is a cooperative venture between Ohio State University Extension Wood County and the Wood County Park District.
The $200 enrollment fee covers the cost of training materials, speakers and facilities plus a mandatory volunteer criminal records check. Class size is limited to 20 applicants.
The Ottawa County Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations in or serving Ottawa County to submit requests for grant funding.
The foundation makes grants to programs in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environments, natural resources and the arts to provide for the enrichment of the quality of life in the Ottawa County community.
Applicants may download the Guidelines for Grant Seekers and Grant Summary Form from the website at www.OttawaCCF.org.
Applications must be postmarked by March 15 to be considered. Mail applications to The Ottawa County Community Foundation, P. O. Box 36, Port Clinton, OH, 43452.
For more information, visit the foundation website or call Joy Roth at 419-261-0797 or Jon James at 419-707-9691.
Health enrollment aid
With the Health Insurance Marketplace officially open, uninsured and underinsured members of the community can get free help with enrollment in a health insurance plan Saturdays Feb. 8 and March 22 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Harris-Elmore Fire Station, 321 Rice St.
Trained health care navigators and certified application counselors from the Toledo/Lucas County CareNet and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks will be available to provide free assistance.
“Many people have so many questions regarding the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion,” said Julie Grasson, assistant director of Toledo/Lucas County CareNet. “Marketplace navigators can assist uninsured individuals to figure out which one they qualify for, to complete the application process and answer many of their questions.”
Appointments may be made for the enrollment event at the Elmore Public Library, 328 Toledo St., Elmore.
Boating Safety Course
An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 10000 Bass Pro Blvd., Rossford.
The course, presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), covers a variety of boating topics such as navigational rules, boating and personal safety equipment, signage, Ohio boating laws and more. Ohio law requires Ohio law requires boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 to be able to show proof of successful completion of an approved boating safety course if operating watercraft powered by a motor greater than 10 horsepower.
The course fee is $5, which covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitations. To RSVP or for more information, call 419-836-6003 or visit http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov.
Terra terms beginning
There is still time to attend classes this spring semester at Terra State Community College, thanks to flexible-start sessions.
A 12-week term begins Feb. 10 and an eight-week term begins March 17. The complete class schedule is available online at www.terra.edu.
For more information, call the Admissions Office at 419-559-2349.
Tank’s issues recall
The owner of Tank’s Meats in Elmore said he wanted to be pro-active in issuing a voluntary recall of a dried sausage product that may be contaminated with bacillus cereus.
Kurt Amstutz said landjaegers produced on or before Jan. 9 and sold to retail outlets are being recalled as a precautionary measure.
“We wanted to get all the product off the shelves that we could or out of the places we could immediately and then address the issue,” he said. “In hindsight it seems like a lot for one confirmed case but better to be safe than sorry.”
The label on each bag is marked with “Est. 76” in the Ohio Department of Agriculture inspection symbol.
The agriculture department collected samples after being notified by the Ottawa County Health Department of five persons becoming ill on Dec. 1, 2, 3 and 19 possibly from the landjaegers. Only one tested positive for bacillus cereus.
The department described the recall as “precautionary” and there hasn’t been a conclusive link between the illnesses and the Tank’s product.
Amstutz said the recall will cover product made up to two years ago.
“We sold some to seasonal stores out near the lake and some of those places shut down over the winter,” he said. “Those people buy stuff in the fall and put it in their freezers. If they end up carrying the product from fall to May, that’s seven or eight months. If a consumer were to buy the product, how long has some of it been out there?”
Bacillus cereus can cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps within 6-15 hours of eating the contaminated product. Most recover within 24 hours.