Safety Town sign-ups
Oregon Safety Town, a safety awareness program designed for students entering kindergarten, will be held June 9-20, starting at 8 or 10:30 a.m., and June 22-July 2 at 9 a.m. The program is open to children from Oregon and surrounding communities.
Classes will be held at Starr Elementary School. Registration forms are available at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd., or at Oregon elementary schools.
Taste of the Nation
The 14th Annual Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Toledo will be held April 26 at Fat Fish Blue in Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
Toledo’s finest chefs and restaurateurs, as well as nationally known chefs, will offer their culinary talents, time, food and staff to support Taste of the Nation.
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is the largest nationwide culinary benefit that supports anti-hunger and anti-poverty efforts. Locally, the event has raised over $1 million since 1996 with 100 percent of ticket sales being distributed to relief programs.
Local recipients of grants funded by this year’s proceeds include Toledo GROWs, Toledo Day Nursery, Aurora House and Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.
Tickets for the black tie optional gala are $150 per person. Call 419-539-0266 or visit www.toledotaste.org for more information.
Meet the alpacas
The Alpaca Crossroads LLC and the Tractor Supply Company, 2501 W Market St, Tiffin, will hold an informational presentation of the alpaca industry and display of alpacas for sale April 25.
Alpacas will be on display, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tiffin Tractor Supply Co. for those wishing to come out and “meet the alpacas,” learn more about the inquisitive, unique animals. The event is free and open to the public.
Seniors spell s-u-c-c-e-s-s
The Wood County Committee on Aging commended the Perrysburg Senior Center as the winner of its third annual “Battle of the Woods” spelling bee competition.
The annual contest, coordinated by Wood County Committee on Aging, pits the senior centers of Wood County against each other for three consecutive weeks of competition. Six centers, including the center in Pemberville, participated.
The winning Perrysburg team was asked to spell words like “Uropedium,” “pusillanimous” and “obsequious.” The Wood County Committee on Aging is dedicated to the planning and development of programs and services that will allow the older adults of Wood County to remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible.
Volunteers are needed for the Area IV Special Olympics Jennifer Adams Spring Games, which will be held May 9 At Clay High School in Oregon.
At the events, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Special Olympic athletes from Northwest Ohio will compete in track and field, volleyball, bocce and cycling. More than 300 athletes are expected to attend.
Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch. Duties may include getting athletes lined up to participate, serving as a line judge, distributing awards and food distribution. Children 10 to 13 years old are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more details, contact Linda Baranek at email@example.com or 419-277-0935.
Food safety workshop
The Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK), a non-profit commercial facility that educates and advises entrepreneurs interested in establishing a food business, will hold a half-day workshop for those interested in safety of processed foods April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green.
Guest speaker Shari Plimpton, Ph.D., will discuss how to improve products, increase customer satisfaction and decrease product recalls and potential customer complaints.
Food-related business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and those who are producing a product to sell at markets or retail establishments are invited to attend.
The fee to attend is $30 per person and includes reference materials and refreshments. Cash payments will be accepted at the door. To reserve a space, contact Paula Ray at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen at 419-823-3099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All that Jazz
Ottawa County Senior Resources and Magruder Hospital will present Spring Senior Day 2009, “All That Jazz” May 13 at the Conference Center at Camp Perry, SR 2 and SR 358, Port Clinton.
This year’s theme, “All that Jazz,” will feature the Benton-Carroll-Salem High School Jazz Band and the Danbury High School Choir. The 2009 Senior Hall of Fame awards will also be presented during the event.
Tickets, which are advance-purchase only, are $6 and are available at all Ottawa County Senior Centers, Magruder Hospital and the Senior Resources Office in Oak Harbor. For more information, contact your local senior center or call Senior Resources at 877-898-6459.
Republican Lunch Bunch
The Ottawa County Fourth Thursday Republican Lunch Bunch will meet April 23 at noon at the Port Clinton Elks Club on Buckeye Boulevard.
No reservations are necessary for the luncheon. Guest speaker will be Dr. Edward (Ned) W. Hill, professor and Distinguished Scholar of Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs of Cleveland State University.
Art on display
North Point Educational Service Center will present the 42nd Annual Five-County Invitational Art Exhibit April 25 and 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School.
The host for this year is Robert VanHorn, OHHS art teacher. The school’s halls, cafeteria and auditorium areas will be filled with works from art teachers and students from Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood counties.
Judges will grade various student categories for both middle and high school levels. Best-of-Show awards will be presented in both age groups.
The public is invited to view the exhibition.
Spring Ice Show set
The Bowling Green Skating Club will present a Spring Ice Show, “Around the World on Ice,” April 25 at 1 p.m. at the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena.
The performance will feature guest skaters Madison and Keiffer Hubbell, Melissa Telecky and Matthew Ko as well as 60 members of the Bowling Green Skating Club
Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available for purchase at the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena, by visiting www.bgskateclub.org. Tickets will also be available at the door at a cost of $10 for adults and $6 for students.
More help offered
A total of 580 households within the WSOS four-county service area received assistance with heating bills totaling $110,269 in March.
In February, 160 fewer households – 421 households – received assistance. The number represents an increase over those served in March 2008 when 354 households received assistance.
The households were assisted through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP), which ended March 31. EHEAP is administered by WSOS Community Action Commission.
The $110,269 was allocated among the four counties in the following amounts:
• Sandusky County – 169 households for a total of $32,609.
• Seneca County – 170 households for a total of $31,333.
• Wood County – 162 households for a total of $28,959.
• Ottawa County – 79 households for a total of $17,370.
Several other households that applied before the deadline are still awaiting approval, according to WSOS Basic Needs Specialist Tony Lindenberger. Final numbers for this year’s program are still being compiled. To date, the 2008-09 EHEAP program has served 2,763 households for a total of $686,635.
EHEAP provides a one-time payment of heating bills to income-eligible residents who are in danger of losing heat in their homes due to non-payment of heating bills. In 2008, the program was extended to the end of April.
WSOS continues to enroll Columbia Gas customers in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP). This allows a customer to pay their Columbia Gas bills according to their income. Also, customers of Columbia Gas of Ohio and the American Electric Power (AEP) Company can get additional help with their heating bills as long as they meet the companies’ requirements and as long as funding is available.
For more information, or to make an appointment to get the additional assistance, call WSOS in Wood County at 419-353-7407; in Ottawa County at 419-734-2652; and in Seneca County at 419-435-4884.