The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank has received a $5,000 donation from Charter One for the 2009 Operation Turkey/Carving Out Hunger program.
Operation Turkey began in 2003 when the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Inc. asked the community for help to provide turkeys to community residents in need. Those wishing to help the food bank meet this year’s need may donate to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Inc., c/o Operation Turkey, 24 East Woodruff Ave., Toledo, OH 43604. For more information, call 419-242-5000 or visit www.toledofoodbank.org.
Bike Tour set
The 34th Annual Portage River Bike Tour will return to Elmore June 28. The tour is the first of four annual rides sponsored by Hostelling International-Toledo Area Council.
More than 200 cyclists from as far away as Cleveland are expected to ride 10, 31, 62 or 100 miles through the Ottawa County countryside in the tour. The tour offers distances for riders of all skill levels, from novice to expert. Riders will follow clearly marked routes along scenic rural roads along the Portage and Toussaint Rivers.
The event will begin at Woodmore High School with check-in from 7 to 10 a.m. Registration includes lunch at the Portage River Festival during a stop in downtown Elmore. Each rider also receives a map of the route, a Portage River Tour 2009 patch, snacks and drinks at designated rest areas along the route.
Pre-registration is $20; registration the morning of the event is $25. Discounted prices are available for children. Entry forms are available in Toledo-area bike shops, libraries and YMCAs and at www.hitoledo.org.
For more information or to request a brochure, call Ray Squire at 419-243-7680.
Hostelling International-Toledo Area Council also sponsors three other bike tours annually: Metroparks Tour, July 18 in Whitehouse; Irish Hills Tour, Sept. 20 in Sylvania; Tombstone Tour and Family Haunted Bike Ride, Oct. 17 at Secor Metropark in Berkey.
Schedel programs offered
Jan Hunter, of Naturally Native BG, will present a “Landscaping with Native Plants” seminar June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Schedel Arboretum and Gardens in Elmore.
Participants will rediscover how native flora can be used to provide beneficial results in home landscaping. A wide variety of native plants will be available for sale. The fee is $12 per person.
Future events include:
July 2 – Evening Guided Garden Tour at 6:30 p.m. Learn about Schedel’s history plus detailed information on trees and flora on the 17-acre garden estate. Reservations required. Fee is $12 per person.
July 14 – Organic Vegetable Gardening with Susan Muezner of Nilsson’s Landscaping, 6:30 p.m. Get how-to advice, learn about seed and plant sources and planning information. Reservations required. Fee is $12 per person. Plants will be available for purchase.
July 24 – Elegant Evening at Schedel Gardens, 6-8:30 p.m. $45 per person or $340 for a table of eight. Advanced registration required. Enjoy dinner and a twilight stroll through the garden estate.
July 28 –Bring the Tropics to Your Gardens with Master Gardener Barb Nelson, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to grow and properly care for tropicals. Reservations required. Fee is $12.
Art Works welcomes cyclists
Kirwen Art Works in Elmore, in partnership with local charity Hannah’s Socks, will open its doors to the public and special guest cyclists from the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure for an open house featuring new exhibits, music and libations June 21 and June 22 from 9 a.m. to closing.
The gallery will present “Steel Panels,” by Maureen Kirwen; the photo-documentary “Six Nights a Year,” by Chris Walker; sociopolitical mobile art by Steven Athanas; and glasswork by blowers Bob Pollex and Gary Rhiel. Musical entertainment will be provided by Tony and the T-birds, Lorilee Ash Green and Ron Nisch & Friends.
Kirwen Art Works is located at 428 Rice St., at the corner of Augusta and Rice. For more information, call John Huffman at 419-250-1059 or Jason Holland at 419-707-9851.
Riverview Healthcare Campus, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, will host a Kiddie Parade July 1 at 2 p.m.
Kids are invited to bring their decorated wagons, trikes, strollers, buggies or riding toys. Adults should bring noisemakers and join in the celebration. Prizes and trophies will be awarded. A patriotic sing-a-long and ice cream will follow the parade.
Participants are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue in a celebration of America’s independence. To register or for more information, call 419-898-2851 or 419-732-3163.
Summer cooling program
The 2009 Summer Cooling Program operated by WSOS will begin July 1 and run through Aug. 31 or until funds are exhausted.
This year, the program, which began June 1 in the past, will provide income-eligible residents in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties who have a medical condition verified by a doctor, or those over the age of 60 with assistance on their electric bill. Those served can receive up to $175 for payment of electric bill.
Residents who are income-eligible but who do not have certified medical conditions or someone in the house over 60 years of age are ineligible for assistance on their electric bill.
Emergency Services continues to certify residents for enrollment in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) for customers of Columbia Gas, the American Electric Power Company, Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison and Suburban Gas.
To make an appointment or for more information, contact WSOS Emergency Services at 1-888-441-4327.
Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen has announced the distribution of the first half 2009 general personal property taxes in the sum of $3,863,694.78. Included is $136,718.17 paid in current tangible tax and $3,726,976.61 in delinquent tangible.
The current tax amount distributed represents minimal remaining public utility value that is still being phased out. All other general personal taxpayers ceased to be required to file and pay the business tax as of Dec. 31, 2008 due to state legislation passed in 2005. Delinquent collection continues, and this settlement represents an exceptionally large amount not likely to be repeated in the future.
The state’s tax reform legislation included a reimbursement at 2004 income levels through 2010, when that amount will begin to diminish until it reaches zero in 2018. The current year’s reimbursement to all government units in Wood County is $6,791,378.
The Wood County Committee on Aging will hold cholesterol screening clinics at local senior centers in July.
Screenings will be held locally in Walbridge at the Northeast Senior Center July 9 and at the Pemberville center July 30.
The screening panel includes total cholesterol HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, total cholesterol/HDL ratio and a blood glucose level. The screenings require fasting for 12 to 14 hours before the test. Results will be available immediately and will be discussed with a registered nurse.
Those requesting a screening must be Wood County residents age 45 or older. The cost is $20 for those 60 and older and $25 for ages 45 to 59.
Call 1-800-367-4935 and ask for Social Services to schedule an appointment or to obtain more information.
Teen readers invited
The Teen Summer Reading Program at the Harris-Elmore Public Library is currently under way, and will run through Aug. 1.
For each 200 pages read, program attended or book review written, teens ages 12 to 19 will receive a coupon entry to win a 2 MB MP3/MP4 Slimtouch.
Upcoming library programs include:
• June 22 – Photo Scavenger Hunt. Form teams to take photos of a list of items with the chance of winning a Best Buy gift card.
• June 29 – Play Rock Band 2 with your friends from 4 to 6 p.m.
• July 6 – Create a new logo for Teen Read Week in the sidewalk chalk art contest, 4 to 6 p.m.
• July 13 – Watch “Bedtime Stories” during movie night from 4 to 6 p.m.
• July 20 – Create poems from words cut from magazines in the “Zine Poetry Contest,” 4 to 6 p.m.
For more information, call the library at 419-862-2482
After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals, according to Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan:
• Stephen Koslok, 27, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, on one count each of theft, forgery and burglary, all felonies of the third degree.
• Reyes Chavero-Salazar, 46 and Edgar Pena, 39, both of Mission, Tex., charged with trafficking marihuana, a felony of the second degree, and money laundering, a felony of the third degree. The charges are the result of an investigation by the Ottawa County Drug Task Force and other local law enforcement agencies into the sale of more than 20,000 grams of marihuana to an undercover informant by the two men in 2007.
• Loria Barnette, 27, 704 Edison Lane, Port Clinton, and Jessica Luty, 22, of Oak Harbor, were each charged with one count of theft, a felony of the fifth degree. The two women, employees of a Portage Township business, are accused of stealing between $500 and $5,000 each from the business over a period of several months.
Summonses have been issued for Chavero-Salazer, Pena, Barnette and Luty. All are scheduled to make their initial appearances in the Ottawa County Clerk of Common Please July 27. Warrants have been issued for all other defendants.
Preschool program enrolling
WSOS Early Childhood Program in Ottawa County is now accepting applications for the 2009-10 school year.
The classes are open to children who are 3 or 4 years old and whose families are income-eligible. For example, a family of four should have income at or below $22,500 per year.
WSOS offers a variety of programs in Ottawa County, depending on the needs of the family. Children can be placed in any of the following options:
• Center-based program, which operates in a classroom setting for 3½ hours per day four days per week September through May.
• Home-based program, which focuses on providing one-on-one service to parents and children in their homes.
• Daycare centers with contracts to provide WSOS services to families in need of childcare.
• Sites are in Elmore, Genoa and Port Clinton.
For more information or to enroll your preschooler, call the WSOS office in Port Clinton at 419-734-2652.
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center will present the “Simply Seniors” follies June 27 at 7 p.m. The center is located at 1020 Varland, Toledo.
The cost is $5 per person, which includes entertainment and light refreshments. All proceeds will benefit center programming.
Seating is limited. Call 419-691-2254 to purchase tickets.