Joshua Dixon, 18, of Walbridge was arrested June 26 and charged with four counts of robbery in connection with four recent robberies of Walgreen stores in Toledo and Oregon, Toledo Police said.
Dixon was booked at the Lucas County Correction Center.
ODOT awards grants
More of Ohio’s elderly and people with disabilities will find it easier to travel to jobs, school and healthcare this year with an investment of $3.2 million in new transit vehicles and equipment from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
The Specialized Transportation Program grants are being distributed to 64 non-profit agencies in 37 counties where existing transportation services are unavailable or insufficient to meet the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities. ODOT has been awarding the grants since 1975.
In District Two, three agencies received a total of $91,243 to purchase three vehicles. Bittersweet, Inc. of Lucas County and the Seneca County Commission on Aging, Inc. each received $28,398. Additionally, the Children’s Resource Center of Wood County received $34,447.
The goal of the Specialized Transportation Program is to increase mobility options for the elderly and people with disabilities by providing access to medical appointments, employment, grocery shopping, banking and other services. The program builds upon ODOT’s mission to promote a multi-modal transportation system for all of the state’s citizens.
For more information about transit in Ohio, visit ODOT’s Office of Transit Web site at www.dot.state.oh.us, then click on the bus icon at the top of the page.
Memory loss program
“Making Sense of Memory Changes” is the topic of a program that will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association July 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Rutherford House, 805 Buchanan St., Fremont.
The program will explore “memory lapses,” with examples of changes that are a normal part of the aging process and changes that are not. Factors that can affect memory, treatable causes of memory loss and techniques to maintain and improve memory will also be discussed.
For more information, call 1-800-272-3900
Robotics Academy set
Area youths ages 10 through 14 are invited to explore science, math and creative thinking through the use of LEGO materials at Owens Community College’s new LEGO Robotics Academy program July 20-23.
The program will be offered through Owens’ Workforce and Community Services, which is located on Tracy Road in Northwood. Two separate classes will be available – 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 to 5 p.m.
According to Rhonda Hogrefe, Owens Continuing Education and Community Service account representative, “The new LEGO Robotics Academy Program promotes team-building and allows attendees to think creatively and explore engineering processes in a fun, engaging environment.”
Using advanced LEGO parts and pieces, participants will learn to design, build and program their own remote-controlled robots. The experiential learning activities will use principles related to simple and complex machines, as well as gearing and mechanical advantage techniques.
According to Hogrefe, once the design process is completed, students will learn how to program their robot through wireless software communication to control light, touch, rotational sensors and motors.
“Each robot will be able to move, react and make sounds, which will amaze camp attendees,” Hogrefe said.
In addition, the class will use LEGO Educational Division materials and LEGO Technic elements as part of the academic curriculum.
The registration fee for the LEGO Robotics Academy Program is $149. Class space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 567-661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
Ladies Day 2009 will be held July 15 at Hidden Hills Golf Club, 4886 CR 16, Woodville. Proceeds raised will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, in memory of Helaine Shepherd and John Eades, as well as all those affected by the disease.
The four-person scramble will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $45 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, continental breakfast, gift bag, steak dinner, prizes and more.
Team registration will be held at 7 a.m. in the clubhouse. Call 419-849-3693 for reservations/information.
The Toledo Police Department is currently accepting applications from parents wishing to enroll their children in this summer’s Safe-T-City classes.
Now in its 32nd year, Safe-T-City will be offered free in morning and afternoon sessions July 10-15, July 16-27 and July 28-Aug. 6. The program is open to children entering kindergarten in the fall. Certified classroom teachers, officers and guest speakers will discuss such topics as pedestrian, bicycle, bus, electrical, fire and water safety, along with stranger danger. Children learn through songs, poems, art projects, stories and interactive involvement in an outdoor miniature city, complete with traffic lights and stop signs.
Applications are available at any of the district police stations or online at www.toledopolice.com.
Oregon Councilman Terry Reeves, chairman of the Recreation and Parks Committee, has called a meeting for July 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Conference Room at 5330 Seaman Rd.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss changes in the Recreation Department policy. For more information, call 419-698-7081.
Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.
Funds are earmarked for use in the construction of a new home, currently being built at 400 Burdine Dr., Oak Harbor. Plans call for the home to be completed by Aug. 31.
United Way of Ottawa County has announced a $21,000 distribution from the Emergency Food and Shelter Board.
The distribution came from federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The funding is earmarked to address the great increases in unemployment and community need that are being seen by local boards and emergency service providers.
The Ottawa County Department of Jobs and Family Services will receive $2,500 from the distribution to help clients in crisis who also need food assistance. In addition, Benton-Carroll-Salem Food Pantry was awarded $2,000 and St. Vincent de Paul Society was awarded $8,000. The Salvation Army will receive $3,391 for utilities and rent. The United Way of Ottawa County will receive $426 to cover the cost of administering the program.
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.
The area seminar dates in July are:
At the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor
• July 16 – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Get a Job or a Better Job, POD.” Discuss applications, resumes, interviewing, networking, the Internet and more.
• July 23 – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. “Get to Know Your Stress.” Measure your own stress and learn what it is doing to your body.
• July 24 – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Individual Resume Writing Assistance.” Work one-on-one with a specialist and produce a good resume before you leave. By appointment only by calling 419-898-3688 or 1-800-665-1677, ext. 270.
• July 30 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Get a Job or a Better Job.” Discuss applications, resumes, interviewing, networking, the Internet and more.
Job Store officials are asking that people who are interested in these workshops should register by e-mailing Carol Guice at
or by calling her at 419-307-1189.
For more information on the Job Stores, visit www.northcoastjobs.org or in Ottawa County, call the Job Store at 800-665-1677.
Library programs set
Ventriloquist Mark Wade will bring his “Creativity Gone Wild” show to the Elmore and Genoa libraries in July 9.
Wade will visit the Genoa library at 11 a.m. and the Elmore library at 1:30 p.m. The program, which will last about 40 minutes, is free and open to the public.
In addition, Dona Graves, of Counseling Specialists, Inc., will teach children in grades K-3 how to save, spend and share with the Moonjar Savings Bank July 16 at 11 a.m. at the Genoa Branch Library and at the Elmore Library July 29 at 11 a.m.
Call 419-855-3380 to register for the program at the Genoa Library and 419-862-2482 to sign up for the Elmore program.