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Crystal Ball
Patrons and benefactors of St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon  are invited to gather for a night of entertainment March 21 to raise money for hospital services.

The 2009 Crystal Ball, presented by the St. Charles Mercy Hospital Foundation, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn-Levis Commons, Perrysburg. Over the last decade, the Crystal Ball has generated more than $1,000,000 benefiting special patient care projects within the hospital. Last year alone, the gala raised $95,000 to benefit the upgrade and renovation of the waiting room areas.

In conjunction with its Crystal Ball, the St. Charles Mercy Hospital Foundation is selling Getaway Raffle tickets to benefit the Foundation.

Four hundred $100 tickets will be sold. Prizes include $6,000, $4,000 or $2,000 in travel gift certificates and $1,000 cash. The drawing will be held at the Crystal Ball. Winners need not be present.

Corporate sponsorships are available. Tickets cost $175 for general admission and $225 for benefactor status. Benefactors are invited to a special VIP reception preceding the main gala and are recognized in the program. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets or tickets to the event, call 419-696-7245. Visit the foundation’s Web site at

Color of vegetables
The 577 Foundation, located at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg, Ohio, will hold an informative class on the nutritional benefits of adding various colored vegetables to your diet Feb. 1 from 2-4 p.m.

The class will break down new and heirloom vegetable varieties and how to incorporate them into your garden. Seeds will be available to take home so participants can put together a colorful and powerhouse garden this season. The class, which is open to the public, will be taught by The 577 Foundation’s horticulturalist Vicki Gallagher. The fee is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling 419-874-4174 or visiting (pre-payment for this class is also required). 

Free tax clinic
Residents who earned less than $56,000 in 2008 can file their income taxes at no cost at any WSOS Community Action Commission offices.

Free tax clinics have been set for Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at WSOS offices at 109 S. Front St., Fremont.

Residents can file their federal and state taxes and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit all in one convenient location with the assistance of a trained counselor.

The service has no preparation/refund/administrative/or other fees or charges, and provides e-filing capability for refunds in as few as seven days.

To use the service, applicants will need to bring with them a government-issued identification, their Social Security number(s), W-2s, 1099s, or 1098s, other information regarding other income such as alimony or child support etc., all deduction and credit information, and 2007’s (last year’s) income tax return (if available).

All information is completely confidential. The service is provided through the Ohio Benefit Bank, operated by WSOS. Counselors have been trained by Solutions for Progress Training Department, a group sanctioned by the state.

To attend or to schedule an appointment for assistance, call 1-800-775-9767. 

Women’s Connection
All area women are invited to attend a “Gifts from the Heart” luncheon sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Feb. 12 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.

Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program.

Those attending will be invited to shop at the Sacks Thrift Avenue table. Everyone will take home something for free.

In addition, Nancy Williams, of New Breman, O., will present, “You are Priceless – You Can Live Above Your Disappointments.” She will also provide vocal entertainment. In keeping with this month’s theme, those who wish to participate may bring a new or gently used baby item for donation to the Pregnancy Center of Toledo.

The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations or more information, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.

Indictments returned
After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals:

• Robert C. Culbertson, Jr., 19, of Graytown, was charged with one count each of burglary and theft, felonies of the fourth and fifth degree, respectively. According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Culbertson entered a Benton Township home in December and took over $500 worth of items.

• Andrew C. Edmonds, 19, of Vermillion, was indicted on one count of trafficking in drugs and two counts of possession of dangerous drugs, all felonies of the fifth degree, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Ohio Highway Patrol reports, troopers allegedly found Edmonds in possession of marijuana packaged for distribution, along with prescription drug paraphernalia, when responding to a call for a disabled vehicle earlier this month.

Summons have been issued for the defendants, Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan said. The defendants are scheduled to appear in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas March 5.


Grants available
Friends of Magee Marsh are offering transportation grants to schools wishing to visit Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center near Oak Harbor.

Six $150 grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Grant applications may be submitted after scheduling a program with the Magee Marsh naturalist. To schedule a program or receive an application for the grant, call 419-898-0960, ext. 31. Applications are also available at

Conviction upheld
The Court of Appeals for Ottawa County recently rendered a judgment upholding the conviction of William (Pete) Pinkelton, III.

Pinkelton, 23, was convicted by a jury in August 2007 of one count each of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court. He was sentenced to nine years in prison. He filed an appeal with the Sixth District Court of Appeals in attempt to have the conviction overturned.

The unanimous decision of the Court of Appeals, filed Jan. 23, affirmed the trial court’s decision and found that Pinkelton “was not prejudiced from having a fair trial.”

He is serving his term in the Mansfield Correctional Facility.

Gray cat month
The Wood County Humane Society is offering discounts in the adoption fees for gray cats for the month of February.

A gray cat can be adopted for half price of $40 throughout February. Or the adoption of a gray ca t at the regular price of $80 entitles the adopter to another cat, with any markings, for free. All cats available for adoption have been spayed/neutered, tested and vaccinated. The adopter also receives a card for a free veterinary exam at a local participating veterinary practice. The Wood County Humane Society is located at 801 Van Camp Road, Bowling Green.

Deputy registrars open
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, division of Motor Vehicles would like to note that while the Lucas County Clerk of Courts title offices at 4456 Heatherdowns Blvd., and 3034 Navarre Ave., will be closing effective Jan. 31, the deputy registrars located at the same locations will remain open to the public.

Clerk of courts primarily issues titles only and BMV Deputy Registrars offer vehicle registration, identification card, and driving licensing services.

Deputy Registrars are separate entities, but because their work is related to that of the clerk of courts, they are sometimes located in the same place.




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