One loop of the walking trail and a portion of the beach parking at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area has been closed to protect nests built by bald eagles along two trails. The closure will remain in effect until further notice, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
The closure is designed to eliminate human activity near the nests and to provide the birds with a better chance of nesting success. Signs and barricades have been posted at the closed areas. The remaining portion of the Walking Trail is open from the Bird Center to the observation blind.
Bald eagle eggs take a little over a month to hatch, and the pair along the walking trail has not laid eggs yet. Both nests will be monitored to determine when the trail and parking lot will be reopened to the public.
For information about bald eagles, status reports or viewing opportunities, visit wildohio.com.
“Once Upon a Mattress”
The Woodmore High School Drama Club will present “Once Upon a Mattress” March 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. at Woodmore Elementary School.
Under the direction of Marcia Busdeker and musical director Tracey Nycz, “Once Upon a Mattress” tells the story of a queen’s attempts to sabotage her son’s search for a princess bride. The musical is an adaptation of “The Princess and the Pea.”
Tickets are $8 for senior citizens and students and $10 for adults. Ticket sales will be March 10, 11, 13, 17 and 18 from 10 a.m.-noon at the high school in Elmore and the same dates from 7:30-9 p.m. at the elementary school in Woodville.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the performance.
The Clay High Limelighters will present, “Legally Blonde” the musical, March 28, 29 and 30 in the Clay High School auditorium.
The show, written by Heather Hach with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin, tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend and in the process discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults, and may be purchased in advance through Karen Nyitray at the high school 419-693-0665, or at the auditorium box office prior to each performance.
Safe Boating Class
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-16 will offer a one-day safe boating class Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the YMCA, 306 Bush St., Toledo.
Parents and guardians of children who will be attending kindergarten in the Woodmore Local Schools District this fall are invited to a meeting Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at Woodmore Elementary School, 708 W. Main St., Woodville.
To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 as of Aug. 1. The meeting, which will be held in the auditorium, will include information about and the opportunity to sign up for screenings, which will be held in June.
Tipsy Tows available
To help members and non-members celebrate safely the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering a Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Friday, March 14 through 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 18.
While AAA encourages party-goers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, 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 one-way ride for the driver and his or her vehicle at no cost 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.
The State of Ohio has extended the application deadline for the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program from March 31 to April 15.
The program provides assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or if their tank contains 35 percent or less of its capacity of bulk fuel.
“Our heating bills for these cold winter days will come due in March/early April. Extending the Winter Crisis Program allows Ohioans who didn’t think they would need help the opportunity to receive it,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.
Since the start of the program in November 2013, more than 116,000 Ohioans have participated in the program. To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program a household must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four, the annual income must be at or below $41,212.50.
Individuals interested in receiving assistance must have a face-to-face interview at their Winter Crisis Program provider. For a list of providers, visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapsummer_prov.htm.
Ohioans can call the toll-free hotline at 800-282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 800-686-1557 for assistance) or visit energyhelp.ohio.gov for more information about the Winter Crisis Program.
Administrative asst. info session planned
Terra State Community College will offer four informational sessions for those interested in learning more about the administrative assistant profession.
The sessions, which will be offered March 18 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and March 19 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., will provide an overview of the program and answer prospective students’ questions. No registration is required. All sessions will be in Building A, room 204. (see maps at www.terra.edu)
“The term ‘secretary’ has become outdated because the role of those who provide support in business and medical offices has expanded greatly in the past decade or so,” said Jolene Meyers, associate professor in the Office Administration Program. “Today’s administrative assistants are responsible for a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently.”
Terra State’s program prepares students for employment as administrative assistants by offering an Associate of Applied Business with majors in executive and/or medical office administration. The job outlook for professionally-trained administrative assistants is encouraging, according to Meyers.
Francophile to speak
Though Eric Haskell is a man of the 21st century, his interests are firmly planted in the French gardens of the 1700s.
The noted Francophile—twice knighted by the government of France—has a unique passion for the history of French aristocrats and royals who used their landscapes as status symbols.
Haskell will share his scholarly insights into this quirky world when he presents a free Masters Series talk titled “The Art of André Le Nôtre: Gardening for Grandeur in 17th-Century France” at 6 p.m. March 13 in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.
“For French nobility, having an exceptional garden might have been the equivalent of purchasing a private jet—it often elicited envy,” said Haskell, a professor of French studies and interdisciplinary inquiry at Scripps College and director of its Clark Humanities Museum. “One aristocrat was even jailed for the self-aggrandizing aesthetics of his estate.”
Haskell will end his lecture with a signing of his most recent book, “The Gardens of Brécy: A Lasting Landscape,” which is available at the Toledo Museum of Art Store. The book explores the garden designs at Château de Brécy, near the coast of Normandy – the most significant small-scale, formal 17th-century garden in private hands today.
For more information, visit toledomuseum.org.
St. Boniface open house
St. Boniface Catholic School, located at 215 W. Oak St., Oak Harbor, will host an open house for prospective students and their parents Friday, March 14 from 5-7 p.m.
St. Boniface is a fully accredited school offering preschool (for ages 3 to 5) through seventh grade. St. Boniface uses Smart Board technology in every classroom as well as laptops and iPads for all students. Busing is provided by Benton-Carroll-Salem, Genoa and Woodmore school districts daily.
For more information, call 419-898-1340.
Kindergarten meeting set
Oregon City Schools will hold an informational meeting Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Wynn Center, 5224 Bay Shore Rd. (formerly Wynn Elementary), for parents of children who will enter kindergarten in the fall
The meeting will include information about academic expectations, as well as tips and strategies for preparing a child for kindergarten. Appointments for student screening will be scheduled at the meeting.
For more information, call 419-693-0661, ext. 3285.
The Woodmore Local School District Board of Education has rescheduled the regular March board meeting set for March 11 at 6:30 p.m. to March 10 at 5:30 p.m. in room 101 at Woodmore High School, 63 Fremont St., Elmore.
Bridge work extended
Work on the Craig Bridge has been extended due to the weather, Ohio Department of Transportation District Two has announced.
Through March 26, the Craig Bridge (SR 65) between Front Street and Summit Street, will be closed for painting. The detour includes Front to Cherry to Summit Street.
Bridge painting may also cause intermittent lane closures on the Craig Bridge between Front and Summit streets through September. All work is weather permitting.
Lake kindergarten meeting
Lake Local Schools will hold kindergarten registration in three sessions Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3 at Lake Elementary.
Children who will be 5 on or before Aug. 1 are eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall. All parent information and registration forms will be available at the meetings.
Sessions will be offered April 2 from 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m., and April 3 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Register online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/kdregistration or at www.lakeschools.org (click on “buildings,” then “Lake Elementary” then “LES Kindergarten Registration”). Forms may be downloaded, completed and mailed to Lake Elementary School, 28150 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury, OH 43447. A confirmation letter will be mailed confirming the appointment time. Those who do not receive a confirmation letter by March 21 may call the school at 419-661-6682.
Registration time slots will be limited to 30 parents/children. Pre-registration is required.
10 free trees
The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees.
Those who join the foundation in March will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. “White flowering dogwoods will add beauty to your home throughout the year,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Dogwoods are known for their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds during winter.”
The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting between now and May 31. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to “Arbor Day,” the foundation’s bimonthly publication, and “The Tree Book,” which contains information about tree planting and care.
To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to “Ten Free Dogwood Trees,” Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by March 30, or join online at arborday.org/march.
Pearson Sunday Program
“Farming Pioneers: Early Settlers on the East Side” will be the topic of the March Sunday Series program presented by the Friends of Pearson Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m.
Speaker Joanne Crandall, Johlin Family Historian, and Floyd Hagedorn, Oregon historian, will be the speakers for the event, which will be held in the park’s Maomber Lodge, 4999 Navarre Ave, Oregon. Refreshments will be available.
Future topics include:
- March 16: “Early Days of the East Side: from Villages to Townships to Cities,” presented by Larry Michaels, local historian and author.
- March 23: “Pearson and Progress: George Pearson’s Leadership in the Development of the East Side,” presented by Mary Breymaier, author of “George W. Pearson, A Modest Hero.”
- March 30: “Landmark of Pride, The First Hundred Years of Waite High School,” presented by Robert Clark, former East Side District Leader for Toledo Public Schools.
All programs are at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.