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Scholarship deadline
Terra Community College will make more than $100,000 in scholarships available for the 2009-2010 academic year.

“We can’t stress enough that anyone planning to attend Terra next year should immediately complete the paperwork necessary to put themselves in a position to receive scholarships, grants and loans,” said Ed Recker, director of financial aid at Terra.  

Local high school seniors should receive a scholarship application and letter from Terra in the mail in the next few days. April 1 is the priority deadline for scholarships at the college.

Those interested must submit a completed scholarship application with two references and a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit to and click “Fill Out Your FAFSA” or call 419-559-2344 to ask about upcoming FAFSA workshops.

In addition to more than 60 general and endowment scholarship funds offered by the Terra College Foundation, the college also offers Great Start Merit Scholarships, Jump Start Need Scholarships, Second Chance Need Scholarships and Choose Ohio First Scholarships.

Call 419-559-2344 or visit to learn how to apply.

Women’s Connection
All area women are invited to the “Fashion Cents Style Show” program and luncheon sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection March 12 at noon at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.

The luncheon will include a style show by Change of Seasons upscale consignment shop for women and vocal entertainment by Stephanie Critchley. In addition, Donna Merkiel, from Stow, O., will share a unique love story, “What Do You Mean It’s Not About Me?”

The cost is $10, all inclusive. Call Caryl at 419-476-2604 for reservations.

The Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development will present “Merry-Making Around the World,” a luncheon to commemorate International Women’s Day March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Inverness Country Club on Dorr Street in Toledo.

Scheduled guests include Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, as well as several city and state representatives. For more information, call Najwa Badawi at 419-509-9049.

Woodville named Tree City
For the 18th consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Woodville a Tree City USA community, in honor of the village’s commitment to community forestry.

Woodville has met four standards to earn the honor: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“A community, its elected officials and citizens that provide needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

More information about Tree City USA is available at

Tree City USA
For the sixth consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Northwood a Tree City USA community, in honor of the city’s commitment to community forestry.

Northwood has met four standards to earn the honor: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“A community, its elected officials and citizens that provide needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

More information about Tree City USA is available at

Center seeks volunteers
The Northeast Senior Center is looking for volunteers to deliver meals in Walbridge Monday through Friday between noon and 1 p.m.

Mileage reimbursement can be arranged. Those interested in volunteering may stop in at the center, located at 705 N. Main St., Walbridge, or call Sandy Hart, site manager at 419-260-3228.

Volunteering offers a good opportunity for a newly retired person, retired couple, church groups, or representatives of local companies to help their communities, Hart said.

For more information, call Marlene Uhler, volunteer coordinator at the Wood County Committee on Aging at 1-800-367-4935.

Babysitter training set
The American Red Cross will offer Babysitter Training March 14 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Genoa Library, 602 West St.

Participants, who should be 11 to 13 years old, are asked to pack a sack lunch. The fee is $25. A limited number of scholarships are still available, thanks to the generosity of an Ottawa County Community Foundation.

American Red Cross babysitters are given the information they need to be more confident and knowledgeable about childcare. Participants receive a handbook and certification card upon completion.

Space is limited. To register, call 419-734-1100 or e-mail

One-day boating course
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft is offering a one-day Oho Boating Education Course April 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon.

The course covers state and federal laws, navigational “rules of the road, and basic boating safety practices. A $5 fee covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitations.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003.

Rainwater barrels available
Catching and saving rainwater is nothing new. Generations ago, families saved water in barrels, ponds or cisterns for use in watering plants, washing clothes and even drinking.

Northwest Ohio residents have an opportunity to purchase a New Englander Rain Barrel at the low price of $79.95 (normally $119.95). This special offer is being made available through the Rain Garden Initiative.

Orders will be taken until March 27. To order, call 877-977-3135 toll-free or visit

Delivery date will be April 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Erie Street Market, 237 South Erie St., Toledo.

Forestry camp
Have you ever wondered what types of trees are in Ohio’s forests? Or what kinds of relationships organisms have with the forest?

If so, the Ottawa Soil and Conservation District says Ohio Forestry Camp is the place to be. Camp is set for June 14-19 at Camp Muskingum, located on Leesville Lake in the rolling hills of Carroll County.

Any Ottawa County student who has completed eighth grade and is at least 15 years of age is invited to participate.

Through the generosity of various individuals and businesses, the conservation district is offering partial camp scholarships. Students are required to pay $50 of the camp fee. Those interested should call Carol Benner at 419-898-1595 for more information. The deadline to apply is April 15.

A quest for health
The Wood County Committee on Aging, in conjunction with Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, will sponsor a health event entitled “The Quest” March 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bowling Green Community Center, located at 1245 Newton Rd., Bowling Green.

The focus of the event will be on promoting healthy lifestyles. Wellness information will be available through exhibits and demonstrations. There will also be health screenings, such as balance testing, hearing, and blood glucose testing; cognitive stimulation exercises and interactive events such as chair volleyball, basketball free throw, hockey shootout, walking challenges, badminton rally, corn hole and ladder golf.

Tickets are $3 and include lunch catered by Heritage Corners Health Care Campus. Tickets are available through advance sales only. For more information or to register, call the Wood County Committee Aging at 1-800-367-4935 or visit our

BGSU hosts young women
High school girls from around the region will be able to participate in hands-on activities while learning more about the in-demand fields of technology, engineering, math and science at the upcoming annual Women in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology program at Bowling Green State University.

The 2009 program for girls in grades 9-12 is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. March 6 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The event is sponsored by Continuing and Extended Education at BGSU and the Center of Excellence in Science and Math Education (COSMOS).

The keynote presenter is Dr. Eileen Underwood, an associate professor of biological sciences at BGSU, who will introduce students to a number of reptiles.

The fee, which includes lunch, is $18 for students and $15 for accompanying adults. To register, or for more information, visit or call 1-877-650-8165.

Meeting to address fish kills
Ohio EPA will host a public information session from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. March 3 to discuss a new report that evaluates options for reducing impingement and entrainment of fish by the Bay Shore Power Plant’s cooling water intake system.

The meeting will be held in the Wynn Elementary School gymnasium, 5224 Bay Shore Rd., Oregon. FirstEnergy Corp.’s Bay Shore plant is located nearby, drawing and discharging water near the confluence of the Maumee River and Maumee Bay.

Millions of fish, their eggs and larvae are captured or killed each year by cooling water intake systems at the nation’s power plants. Impingement occurs when fish and shellfish are trapped against the plant’s cooling water intake screens. Entrainment occurs when fish eggs and larvae are drawn into the cooling water system.

The federal Clean Water Act requires these facilities use the best technology available to minimize environmental impacts.

FirstEnergy conducted detailed studies on fish impingement and entrainment and on the thermal plume created by heated water discharged into Maumee Bay from the plant’s cooling system.

Ohio EPA asked an independent environmental engineering firm, Tetra Tech, to examine FirstEnergy’s studies and the technologies available to reduce the Bay Shore intake system’s impact on fish and determine which ones would work best at the plant. Tetra Tech’s report also reviewed impacts on Maumee Bay from the thermal plume.

At the public meeting, Ohio EPA representatives will detail the report and answer questions. Ohio EPA is currently considering renewal of the plant’s wastewater discharge permit and may require improvements to reduce the facility’s environmental impact on Maumee Bay.

FirstEnergy representatives also are expected to attend and present information on the company’s studies.

Free tax clinics
Free tax clinics are now set for March for residents with incomes of less than $56,000 and who still have to submit their 2008 income tax returns.

The schedule for these clinics are as follows:
• Bowling Green –March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. and March 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Jordan Family Development Center, 812 N. College Dr.
• Fremont –March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. and March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at WSOS offices, 109 S. Front St.
• Port Clinton –March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon and March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the WSOS offices at the Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry St.

With the assistance of a trained counselor, residents can file their federal and state taxes, claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit.

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

Applicants will need to bring a government-issued identification, their Social Security number(s), W-2s, 1099s, or 1098s, all 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. The counselors have been trained by Solutions for Progress Training Department, a group sanctioned by the state.

To attend a clinic or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-775-9767. 

Senior Follies meeting set
Oregon Senior Center will hold an organizational meeting for the Senior Follies March 9 at 6 p.m. at the center, located at the corner of Bayshore and Stadium.

Anyone interested in helping plan and work on the event is invited to attend. Funds raised will be used to benefit center programming.

For more information, call Paula Benton at 419-698-7078.

Getting started in business
The Women’s Entrepreneurial Network (WEN) Training Center will offer a series of “Getting Started” seminars in March for people interested in starting a business.

In partnership with the Toledo Lucas County Library, the first seminar, “Getting Started in Business,” will be held March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library, 325 Michigan.

“Writing a Business Plan” will be held the following Wednesday March 11. The third seminar, “Marketing Your Business,” will be held March 18, followed by “Financing and Record-keeping for your Business” March 25.

The cost is $15 each or $40 for all four seminars. The seminar series is offered every other month. If a participant misses a seminar, he or she can attend the same seminar in May.

Advance registration is required. To register or obtain more information, call 419-536-3732. WEN seminars are open to men and women.






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