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Community Preparedness event
Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus will open its doors to the public Saturday, March 1 in observance of Community Preparedness Day.

The morning will begin with a free pancake and sausage breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by presentations at 9:30 a.m. by Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick on home safety and security; Kenan Mylander of the Mercy St. Vincent Burn Unit on home fire prevention; Mike Drusbacky of the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency on Davis Besse nuclear emergencies, chemical spills and train derailments; Beth Leggett of the Ottawa County Red Cross on emergency kits, and meteorologist Kimberly Newman of Toledo News Now on severe weather.

“Our staff has listened to most of these presentations as in-services to work in our facility,” said Kendra German, administrator of Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus. “The amount of information given has also been helpful in also applying to our homes.  We felt it was important to give the community the opportunity to also hear this important information.

For more information, call the Riverview Information Desk at 419-898-2851 ext. 6075 between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily.


Water symposium set
Urban Waters Federal Partnership will meet to discuss priorities in water quality and environmental justice for our urban watershed Thursday, Feb. 20 from 1-3 p.m. in the Sanger Branch Library, 3030 Central Ave., Toledo.

Key areas will focus on promoting clean urban waters; using urban water systems as a way to promote economic revitalization, promoting water conservation and more.

For more information, call the Natural Resources Conservation Service at 419-893-1966, ext. 3.


Instructors sought
Lifelong Learning at Terra State Community College is looking for individuals who would like to teach for this summer’s KidsCollege session.

KidsCollege course offerings typically include classes in art, computers, fitness, history, language, math, music, science and more. The fun, informative courses are developed for children in first- through eighth-grades.

“The children just love to learn new things and meet new friends,” said Amanda Pochatko, coordinator of the program. “And we offer so many courses that sometimes the kids have trouble just picking a couple. KidsCollege is really the highlight of our summer.”

KidsCollege is July 14 through 18 this year. Visit www.terra.edu/learning, or call Amanda Pochatko at 419-559-2205 for more information.


Stuffed cabbage dinner
A Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Dinner will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Hungarian Club, 224 Paine Ave., East Toledo.

Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. The dinner will include the Hungarian Club’s stuffed cabbage, St. Stephen’s potatoes and vegetables, and dessert by VFW 4906. A cash bar featuring pop, beer and wine will be available. A raffle will also be held.

Carryouts are available. The donation is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All proceeds will benefit the Birmingham Festival Committee. Reservations are required. Call Mary Lou Tomsic at 419-691-1396 for reservations or more information.


Time capsule dedication
The Walbridge Centennial Committee is inviting the community to the dedication of two Time Capsules – one that will be opened in 25 years and the other to be opened in 50 years – at the Walbridge Village Council meeting set for Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers.

The centennial-year scrapbook will also be presented to the Walbridge Library, to be housed as local history. The Centennial Cook Book, Walbridge-Lake Alumni photo book, and t-shirts will only be available at the library until Feb. 19.


T-shirt sale benefits fallen firefighters
The Downtown Toledo Pub Club is offering memorial t-shirts to honor fallen firefighters Steve Machcinski and Jamie Dickman.

The shirts, available for $20, are available at six downtown locations including The Blarney Irish Pub, Cock n’ Bull, Homeslice, Pizza Papalis, Table Forty 4 and Ye Olde Durty Bird All proceeds raised from the sale of shirts will be donated to the Dickman Family Memorial Fund.

More information will be available at http://www.toledofallenfirefighters.com.


Holiday closure
The Ottawa County Board of Elections office will close Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents Day. Normal office hours will resume Tuesday, Feb. 18.


Brown sworn in
State Sen. Edna Brown (D-Toledo) was sworn in last week to serve as a member of the Ohio Retirement Study Council (ORSC). The council was created in 1968 to help facilitate the formation of sound public pension policy in Ohio.

The ORSC currently oversees the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio, the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund and the Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System.


Indictments returned
After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals, according to Prosecuting Attorney Mike Mulligan.

• Ryder C. Brecht, 20, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been indicted on multiple felonies, including Grand Theft, Possession of Weapons under Disability and Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle. Brecht is accused of taking firearms from an Elmore residence in January.

• Nicholas M. Camp, 19, who is currently being held in the Sandusky County Detention Facility, was also indicted on multiple felony counts of Complicity. According to reports of the Elmore Police Department, Camp provided assistance to Brecht in taking and disposing of weapons last month.

Brecht and Camp were both recently charged in Sandusky County on numerous counts of Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Theft, and Receiving Stolen Property, which occurred in the Woodville area.

• Michael T. Williams Jr., who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was charged with several felony drug-related charges. According to reports of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers reportedly found heroin and prescription drugs in Williams’ vehicle after he was stopped on the Ohio Turnpike near Elmore for a traffic infraction last month.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of all defendants.


‘Hetrick Highway’ bill passes
A bill to name a stretch of State Route 51 after a fallen Clay Township police officer is expected to be signed by Gov. John Kasich.

House Bill 19 was passed Wednesday in the Ohio Senate and with the governor’s signature will recognize officer William J. Hetrick, who was killed while on duty in 2000 in a vehicle accident.

Route 51, between Witty Road and State Route 795, will be named The William J. Hetrick Memorial Highway.

State Sen. Randy Gardner and State Rep. Chris Redfern sponsored the legislation for renaming the route at the request of Terry Mitchell, the township police chief.

A memorial page on the police department website says Hetrick was killed July 10, 2000 when his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer.

Hetrick was assisting another agency when the accident occurred. He was 30 years old and had been with the department for five years. He left behind a wife, three children, parents, and a sister.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will erect signs in his honor.


Correction
In a letter to the editor in the Feb. 3 issue titled, “Help, donations appreciated,” the writer noted $693.89 was disbursed by the Salvation Army, Elmore Unit back to the local community. Upon further review, the writer, Nancy Weider, treasurer of the Elmore Unit, notes the figure should be $1,922.09.

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