The annual SKYWARN severe weather spotting training for Wood County will be held March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy Township Fire Station.
will be presented by the National Weather Service, Cleveland office and is sponsored by the Troy Township Fire Department and the Wood County Emergency Management Agency. The session will show participants how to accurately identify and report severe weather occurrences to the National Weather Service and local officials. Anyone interested in learning more about severe weather is invited to attend the training.
Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact the Wood County Emergency Management Agency at 419-354-9269 or
The Northwest Ohio Tech Prep Regional Showcase will bring together many of the area's best and brightest teens March 10 at Terra Community College in Fremont.
College Tech Prep students will work in teams to showcase their knowledge and skills in eight technical areas such as business and multimedia, networking, engineering, law and public safety, and health science.
The student projects, which reflect some of the latest technology in their fields, will be presented for judging to a panel of area business, industry and education representatives. Teams of two to six students will compete for the top spot in several categories. Students have an opportunity to compete individually to showcase their research, writing, and presentation skills.
The judging will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Activity Center. The public is welcome to view the student projects and speak with the contestants directly following judging at approximately noon. Awards will be presented at 1 p.m.
Call 419-530-7239 or visit www.techprepnwo.org for more information.
The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Stores and the Seneca One Stop offer numerous services and resources for job seekers and employers. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community.
The seminars are also available to be customized for employers and delivered on site.
March seminars being offered at the Ottawa County Community Resource Center, 8043 W SR 163, include:
• March 12, 9 a.m. to noon - “Control Your Stress/Anger Management.” Learn what causes your stress and anger and how to channel that energy.
• March 12, 1 to 3 p.m. - “The Magic of the Mouse-Bringing the theme park experience to your customers.” With motivational speaker Scott Brown, discover what the world's favorite theme park can teach you about personal and professional success. Cost: $25. Call 419-559-2255 to register.
• March 19, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - “Get a Job or a Better Job, POD.” Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. Free lunch.
• March 26, 9 a.m. to noon - “Preparation and Dress for an Interview.” Discuss the proper attire for your next job interview, including dress, grooming and mental preparation.
Those interested in the workshops should register by contacting Carol Guice at
For more information on the Job Stores, visit www.northcoastjobs.org or in Ottawa County, call the Job Store at 800-665-1677 or Denise Ventrone at 419-898-6242.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Eastwood High School will present “Little Women,” the musical, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, March 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and March 15 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Directed and choreographed by Jody Madaras. Music under the direction of Brian Myers. All seats are $7. Call 419-833-3611 for more information.
Refuge plans events
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will hold the following events in March:
• Travel back in time to the 1850s as the “Black Swamp Doctor” visits the refuge March 8 at 2 p.m. John Jaeger, retired director of Natural Resources for Metroparks of the Toledo Area, will do a living history portrayal of his great-great-grandfather, Dr. Frederick Jaeger, a pioneer German doctor from Woodville. The presentation is part of the monthly "Naturally Speaking" seminar series held on the second Sunday of each month (excluding holidays), and is co-sponsored by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. Programs are free and open to the public.
• Marsh Monitoring Workshop, March 18, 6:30 p.m. Volunteers, from amateur to professional naturalists are needed to be part of an international effort to monitor the health of our Great Lakes marshes. An informational session will be held March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the refuge's visitor center. Contact Kathy Huffman at 419-898-0014 or
if you plan to attend.
• Auto Tour, March 21. Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Weather permitting, the auto tour route will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drive at your own pace as you travel along a well-marked route, following a self-guided tour brochure found at the route entrance.
• Owl Prowl, March 27, 7:30 p.m. Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Visitor Services Specialist Laura Bonneau and Chris Crofts, Ottawa Refuge volunteer for a free, fun family event. Space is limited. Contact Laura Bonneau at 419- 898-0014 or
if you plan to attend.
Rite of Spring
The Toledo Symphony League's vendor/luncheon/speaker event, “Rite of Spring,” will be held March 26 at the Toledo Hilton.
Mike O'Rourke, Toledo's “Garden Guy,” will be the guest speaker. O'Rourke will also be available for a-question-and-answer session. Master Gardeners will also be available for questions throughout the day.
Numerous vendors will also be on hand. Tickets are available by calling Trina McGivern at 419-874-6050 or visit the www.toledosymphonyleague.com for more information.
The Mission of the Toledo Symphony League is to provide financial, educational and volunteer support to the Toledo Symphony Orchestra so that it can provide musical performances for the entire community.
All Stars hit the court
13abc All Stars will take on members of Genoa school’s K-12 staff in a basketball game to benefit the Genoa After-Prom March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school.
A shooting contest will be held (free of charge) before the game. Registration for the contest will be held from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.
The Little Comet cheerleaders and Genoa staff cheerleaders will entertain and cheer on the home team. There will also be raffles, with prizes including an Ohio State University football and mini-helmet, both autographed by Beanie Wells.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, call Joni Hillman at 419-836-3124.
One-day boating course
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft is offering a one-day Ohio Boating Education Course April 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 10000 Bass Pro Blvd., Rossford.
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.
Genoa Tree City
For the 15th consecutive year, the Village of Genoa has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry.
Genoa 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.
Genoa is also the recipient of a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program in the areas of education and public relations, publications, publicity event planning and management and improved ordinance.
The prestigious Growth Award recognizes environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
“A community, its elected officials and citizens that provide needed care for its trees deserve recognition and thanks,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.
More information about Tree City USA is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
The Wood County Preschool Program, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is accepting preregistrations for the 2009-10 school year.
The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum.
The Wood County program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full-days per week, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.
Placement of typically developing children is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration forms for toilet-trained, typically developing children have been mailed to local elementaries and libraries. Forms are also available by calling Naomi at the Wood County Educational Service Center 419-354-9010, ext. 133.
Questions and registration information regarding children who may have special needs can be directed to Amy Scherer, preschool supervisor at 419-354-9010, ext. 174.
D. Frank Melhorn will be the speaker at the March 19 Fort Meigs State Memorial Military History Roundtable, set for 7:30 p.m. at the fort’s Education Center, located at 29100 West River Rd., Perrysburg.
Melhorn will speak about the outcome of the War of 1812 and the potential ramifications had the Treaty of Ghent not occurred. The meeting is free and open to the public.
A Toledo lawyer, Melhorn is an adjunct professor at The University of Toledo College of Law where he teaches American Legal History. He is a frequent contributor to the Fort Meigs Military History Roundtable.
The program is sponsored by the Anderton Bentley Fund, in memory of Christopher Perky, who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812.
For more information about the program and other events at the fort, call 800-283-8916 or visit www.fortmeigs.org or www.ohiohistory.org.
Open houses set
Open houses will be held March 15 and 22 for the new Kateri Catholic Academies.
The Walbridge Campus, located at 300 Earl St., (the current St. Jerome School) and the Toledo Campus, 1430 Idaho St., (the current St. Thomas Aquinas), will offer educational opportunities for students in pre-K through grade five. Open houses will be held March 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walbridge Campus and the same day from noon to 3 p.m. at the Toledo Campus.
An open house will be held at the new Kateri Catholic Academy for grades six through eight, which will be located on the Cardinal Stritch High School campus, 3225 Pickle Rd., Oregon, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit www.katerischools.org or call 419-693-0465.