The next class to train CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers will begin Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the main office of CASA of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, 21 Court St., Tiffin.
Those who can spare a few hours a month and have a strong desire to help children who are victims of abuse and/or neglect, may contact a CASA office. Applications are available at the offices in Tiffin, Fremont and Upper Sandusky.
CASA of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties will provide the training and the support needed to become a child advocate. Abused and neglected children need individuals with a winning smile, steadfast observation, common sense and a credible voice.
To request an application or to obtain more information, call CASA of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties at 419-355-1442.
A voice from home
Walker Family Funeral Homes is teaming up with Cell Phones for Soldiers to help America’s troops keep in touch.
Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) invites people to turn their used cell phones into minutes. As the phones are donated, they are sent to a recycler in Michigan that reciprocates with a one-hour calling card for each phone. Since its inception in 2004 by two Massachusetts teenagers who were appalled when they learned of a soldier’s thousand-dollar cell phone bill for calls home from Iraq, CPFS has raised more than $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 calling cards with 25-million minutes to our troops.
Walker Family Funeral Homes are serving as drop-off points for the phones. The partnership comes with Walker Family Funeral Homes’ selection as an exclusive Certified Veterans and Family Memorial Care (VFMC) provider.
“It’s hard enough to be away from home for a week - much less several months. And that’s exactly what our troops are doing: giving their all for us, to protect and ensure our freedom,” said Keith Walker, Walker Family Funeral Homes president and director. “When a family member is deployed, with the absence comes a sense of loss. Helping people deal with that is something we do every day, through compassion and understanding.
“What’s different here is that in this case, a simple phone call can help lessen that sense of loss,” he said.
As a VFMC member, Walker Family Funeral Homes are also now Old Glory Collection Centers. Old, tattered, unusable American flags can be dropped off to be retired in a dignified manner in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.
Cell phones and flags can be dropped off at Walker Family Funeral Homes in Oak Harbor (Robinson-Walker Funeral Home, 165 E. Water St.); Genoa (Robinson-Walker Funeral Home, 501 West St.); Port Clinton (Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home, 216 Washington St.); and locations in Maumee (501 E. Conant St.) and Sylvania (5155 W. Sylvania Ave.)
There’s currently no deadline for donations. For more information, visit www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.
Web address change
Ohio Department of Insurance Director Mary Jo Hudson has announced that the department Web site address has changed to www.insurance.ohio.gov. The old site, www.ohioinsurance.gov will remain active for the next several months, but will eventually be shut down.
The change was made to make the Web address easier for Ohioans to remember and to bring it in line with the rest of the state agencies, Hudson said.
Ohioans with questions about their insurance can call the department’s consumer hotline at 1-800-686-1526 or at the Web site.
The Ottawa County Grand Jury recently returned indictments against the following individuals:
Donald R. Lewis, 28, of Genoa, has been indicted on one count of theft of drugs, a felony of the fourth degree, and one count each of theft of checks and forgery, both felonies of the fifth degree. Lewis allegedly took prescription drugs and blank checks from the purse of a Clay Township resident last month.
Stormy D. Wash, 28, and Ronald L. Anderson, 32, each on one count of burglary, a felony of the second degree and one count of theft, a felony of the fifth degree, after the two allegedly entered a Benton Township residence last month, stealing more than $500 worth of property. Wash is currently being held in the Wood County Detention Facility. Anderson’s last known address is Toledo.
James R. Crowl, 50, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving under suspension, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct with persistence following a traffic stop by deputies of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office last month. The OVI charge is a felony of the fourth degree, alleging that Crowl has five or more OVI convictions within the past 20 years.
Jason S. Sundermeier, 40, also being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was indicted on one count of failure to comply, a felony of the third degree, along with misdemeanor counts of driving under suspension, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest after officers of the Catawba Island Township Police Department stopped him for a traffic offense earlier this month.
A summons has been issued for Lewis. All are scheduled for initial appearance in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas Aug. 27. Warrants have been issued for all other defendants.
Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan notes that an indictment is merely a formal charge in the Common Please Court and does not denote guilt or innocence.
Area women are invited to attend the “Never Enough Baskets” luncheon sponsored by the Toledo Eat women’s Connection Aug. 13 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors open at 11:45 a.m. for the lunch buffet and program, which begin at noon. Nancy Holderfield, from Clinton, O., will demonstrate gift basket ideas. She will also speak on “A Basketful of Blessings.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.
Dems plan picnic
Ottawa County Democrats will hold their annual picnic Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Carroll Township Complex, 11080 W. Toussaint E. Rd., off SR 19.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, lemonade and ice water, will be furnished. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share and a table service.
Call Dan Laity at 419-862-3053 or Linda Apling at 419-898-0220 to RSVP or to obtain more information.
Public hearing set
Oregon City Council will conduct a public hearing Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. for a special use exception to allow short-term outside auto storage in a C-2 General Commercial District zoned area on property located at 2121 Woodville Rd. Property manager Leon M. Williams, made the application for owner H.A. Investments, LLC.
Landfill hours change
Wood County residents are reminded that beginning Aug. 1, the landfill will change its Saturday hours of operation to 8 a.m. to noon. Monday through Friday hours will remain 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.