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Terra Community College will hold an “Instant Admit Day” July 22 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Roy Klay Hall, Suite A-100.

On that day, area residents who want to attend Terra can complete all the necessary steps in one trip to campus at 2830 Napoleon Road. Additionally, applicants can take the Compass placement exam, enroll in classes and begin the financial aid application process. Those who do not have time to complete all the necessary steps on July 22 can schedule future appointments.

Those attending can learn about Terra’s academics, faculty and diverse courses and programs, and get accepted on the spot for fall semester 2009.

Information will also be available about online learning, transfer opportunities, bachelor completion programs, dual enrollment, allied health, scholarships and internships and co-op experiences. There is no fee to apply.

Those attending should bring academic records from high school, GED or college, and, if interested in financial aid, bring 2008 income tax records.

Those who apply for admission during the event will be eligible for a raffle that will include two $150 scholarships provided by the Terra College Foundation.

Appointments are not necessary. Fall classes at Terra begin Aug. 24. For more information, call 419-559-2349.


Fun at the fair
Local entertainers from across the county will be performing for seniors at the 2009 Senior Citizen’s Day at the Ottawa County Fair, Wednesday July 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ottawa County Senior Resources has teamed up with the Ottawa County OSU Extension Office and the Ottawa County Senior Fair Board to sponsor this senior event.

The Seniors’ Activity Committee along with the county’s six Senior Centers across the county helped to plan the day of fun.

“We wanted the county fair to be a good experience for the seniors,” said Juanita Mills Persely, chair of the Seniors’ Activity Committee. In addition, Senior Resources, which sponsors the “free” box lunch, will be taking reservations for lunch.

“We want the seniors to enjoy the fair, and not worry about if there will be a lunch available,” said Dianne Martin Mortensen, executive coordinator of Senior Resources.

The day will include free entertainment from Felix Manaia, Doc Nehls, Dave Ninke and Smile Awhile musical groups. The day will also include bingo, wagon rides, coffee and donuts and blood pressure and blood sugars checks. In addition, the Senior Fair Board is once again providing golf carts for transporting seniors to and from the parking lots. Full day schedules are available at all local senior centers and through the Internet.

There is a limited number of meals available. Make reservations early for lunch by calling the toll free Senior Resources Info Line at 1-877-888-9445 or locally at 419-732-7245. Callers should leave their name, address and phone number to expedite the process.

For more information, call Senior Resources at 1-877-898-6459 or 419-898-6459.

Fun rolling in
Motocross will roll into the Ottawa County Fairgrounds Friday July 24 and local riders can get in on the action-packed fun.

Faircross County Fair Racing Series, sanctioned by Competition Riders of America, is an Ohio-based organization that promotes the sports of motocross, flat track, and harescramble racing for riders on bikes and quads of all sizes. The competition is some of the toughest that can be found anywhere across the U.S.

Fair organizers invite all local riders to come out and have a fun day of racing. There will be non-point racing for local riders, but riders may also opt to race in the point races. For more information call the fair office at 419-898-1971.

Those interested in participating may sign up at 4 p.m. Practice will follow at 5:30 p.m. and the race will be held at 7 p.m.

For more information about Competition Riders of America, visit www.racecra.org. See a complete schedule and get more information about the Ottawa County Fair at www.ottawacountyfair.org.


Sewer system addressed
In an agreement with Ohio EPA, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District in Wood County will construct sanitary sewer systems to serve the village of West Milgrove.

The village currently does not have a centralized sewage collection system or treatment plant. Studies have shown many of the homes and businesses in town are served by failing septic systems that send untreated or partially treated sewage to the East Branch Portage River.

All of four samples taken in the river in the summer of 2008 exceeded the state’s limit for E. coli bacteria, Ohio EPA said. Three of the samples far exceeded the limit of 576 E. coli colonies per 100 milliliters of water. Samples taken in the river at Cygnet Road had E. coli counts between 840 and 200,000 colonies per 100 milliliters.

To eliminate the public health risk, Ohio EPA is requiring the water and sewer district to submit a plan for sewage improvements to correct the unsanitary conditions.

Northwestern Water and Sewer District has six months to submit an approvable permit-to-install for a sewer system to Ohio EPA to correct the unsanitary conditions in West Milgrove. Within 18 months after the permit is issued, construction of the sewage system must begin. It must be completed within 18 months after starting construction.

A copy of the settlement is available at http://www.epa.state.oh.us/dsw/enforcement/west_milgrove_nwwsd.pdf.


East Toledo Days
The first East Toledo Days Craft and Car Show will be held Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Toledo Food Center parking lot (River East Plaza) on Main Street in East Toledo.

The event will include crafts; the Northwest Ohio JEEP Club, which is well known its their wide range of Jeep vehicles from modern modified versions to the original classic versions that were so instrumental in helping troops win World War II.

Special guest will be Dyno Dave Heitzman, native East Toledo Nitro-Fuel Dragster Champion, who will be on hand all day with a variety of his vehicles on display. Heitzman will be available for photo opportunities.

The event is free and open to the public. River East Associates will be providing security and portable restroom facilities as well as raffles throughout the day.

For more information, call Dan Steingraber, River East Associates, at 419-693-0840 or Will Cheek at 419-698-5288 or 419-460-2060.


Job-training grant
The Lucas County Workforce Development Agency, through the authority of the Lucas County Board of Commissioners, has awarded Owens Community College a $1.9 million federal stimulus grant to provide short-cycle training and job placement opportunities for unemployed and dislocated workers within high growth, high-demand occupations that include “green collar,” health care and construction-based industries.

The agency designated funding for the grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title I funds and the 2009 National Emergency Grant.

Dr. Paul Unger, Owens executive vice president and provost of Owens added, “Through our existing successful partnership with the Lucas County Board of Commissioners at The Source in downtown Toledo, Owens Community College has been able to provide over 2,000 area residents with access to a college education.

“The new short-cycle training and job placement initiative will certainly build upon The Source’s current success and afford even more citizens the opportunity to connect their education and training to employment.”

As part of the new job training initiative, Owens will provide academic and support services to unemployed, under-employed and dislocated workers within several high-growth, high-demand occupations.

Short-cycle “green collar” training programs will include wind power installation, wind technician maintenance, solar water heating installation, solar water heating service, geothermal installation, geothermal service, energy management, hybrid technology, green materials transportation and photovoltaic installation.

Health care-specific programs for students will include the state nurses assistant program, home health care, pharmacy technician, medical billing and coding, phlebotomy technician, personal trainer and EKG technician.

In addition to “green collar” and heath care training, Owens will offer short-cycle, pre-apprenticeship training to prepare area residents for construction-based careers as electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers and other fields within the construction industry.

All training will take place within a six-month period or less. Upon program completion, participants will receive industry-recognized certification.

The training programs will be held at Owens’ Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens will also partner with NetWork to provide job readiness, job development and follow-up services as part of the new program.

NetWork, a division of the Zepf Center, serves as the current one-stop coordinator of The Source.


Got talent?
If you’re 50-plus years old and have talent, the James “Wes” Hancock Oregon Senior Center is holding auditions for its Senior Follies, “Seniors Got Talent,” July 15, 16 and 21 at 8 p.m. at the senior center, located at the corner of Bayshore and Stadium roads.

The show will be staged Sept. 12 and 13 in the auditorium at St. Charles Mercy Hospital.

Organizers are seeking all kinds of talent – singers, dancers, jugglers, etc. They’re also looking for sponsors, donors, items for a silent auction and program supporters.

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


Scholarships available
Scholarship funds are still available for fall semester, the Financial Aid Department at Terra Community College reports.

The Society of Plastics Engineers contributes to an endowment that offers $10,000 in scholarships each year to students in the plastics technology program. So far this year, only one $1,000 scholarship has been awarded.

Also, students who would like to become math or science teachers are being encouraged to apply for ACTION scholarships. These awards include $2,000 per year for the first two years of study at Terra and then $3,500 and $4,250, respectively, for the next two years at either Bowling Green State University or the University of Findlay.

Terra has already awarded more than $128,000 in scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year, according to Ed Recker, Director of Financial Aid.

“Unfortunately we don’t have money left for everyone, but students in plastics and math and science pre-education are in luck,” he said. “And it’s not too late to come in and apply for these awards.”

Those interested in the plastics or math/science ACTION scholarships should call the Financial Aid Office at 419-559-2344. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 24.
 

Annie, Jr. on stage
Oregon Community Theatre will present its summer musical, “Annie, Jr.,” July 23, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. at Clay High School, 5665 Seaman Rd., Oregon.

For more information, call 419-691-1398 or visit www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org. OCT is now on Facebook.


Invasive plant workshop
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ohio Invasive Plant Council will host a workshop: A Land Manager’s Toolkit: Fighting Invasive Plants in Northwest Ohio July 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge visitor center.

The workshop is designed for public land managers and private landowners who are looking for ideas and methods for controlling infestations.

For information call (419) 898-0014 or visit the refuge website: www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa.


Rink memories?
Do you have memories of skating and good times at the old Pearson Park roller rink? If so, we'd love to hear them. Share them by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling Tammy Walro at 419-836-2221.


“Real world” success
In the coming weeks, The Press will offer a special section that will take a look at training and career options available to young adults not planning to attend college.

If you’ve achieved career success and satisfaction without a college degree, we’d like to hear your story. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submit the information to College Series, The Press, 1550 Woodville Rd., Millbury, OH 43447.

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