Tribute to the troops
The 5th Annual citywide Tribute to the Troops Rally will be held Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at Friendship Park, 2930 131st St., Toledo (Point Place).
Jerry Anderson, of WTOL-TV 11, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the tribute. In addition, there will be speakers, musical tributes and special guests. Those attending are encouraged to bring a chair and insect repellent.
For more information, call 419-669-3439.
Ottawa County Seniors and Community Markets are teaming up to kick off the 2009 football season with an OSU Fans Tailgate Party Sept. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community Markets, 147 Maple St., Port Clinton.
The event will include corn hole, music, treats and tattoos for kids and adults. Brats and dogs will be available for purchase.
Ottawa County Seniors’ OSU Game raffle tickets will be on sale for $5 each or three for $10. Prizes will include two sets of two game tickets for the OSU/Minnesota game Oct. 24 in Columbus; three prizes of $100 gas cards, and one OSU Fun Pack.
All ticket proceeds will benefit the Ottawa County Seniors’ Levy Fund. For raffle ticket information, call Juanita at 419-341-1080.
Pie, chili contest set
Genoa Retirement Village will hold a Fall Pie-Baking and Chili Contest Sept. 19.
Pies are to be at the corner of Main and 6th streets between 9 and 10 a.m. Judging will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. After judging, pieces of the winning pies will be showcased.
First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded for fruit, nut and pumpkin pies. All pies must be baked and cooled. No cream pies will be accepted. Contestants need to bring two index cards, one with name, address and phone number and the name of the pie. The other card should have name of pie and ingredients used only.
Chili should be brought in a Crock Pot to the same location between 10 and 11 a.m. Judging will be held at noon. An index card with the entrant’s with name, address, phone and name of chili should be included.
Pies and chili will be sold after judging, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association.
To pre-register, call the Genoa Retirement Village at 419-855-7755 by Sept. 18.
The State Controlling Board has approved a $10 million Advanced Energy Job Stimulus Loan to the Willard and Kelsey Solar Group in Perrysburg, State Sen. Mark Wagoner (R-Ottawa Hills) reports.
The loan will allow the company to purchase the machinery and equipment it needs to expand its operation to two full solar panel production lines with the hopes of ramping up production and creating more jobs. The company plans to invest an additional $35 million to complete the project.
“Thanks to companies like Willard and Kelsey Solar Group, Northwest Ohio is staking its position in Ohio’s growing advanced energy industry,” Wagoner said. “The investments the state is making today will pay off in more high-tech jobs in the future.”
The loan, which will be administered through the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, is available through the bipartisan jobs stimulus package approved by the Ohio General Assembly in 2008. As part of that package, the state devoted $150 million to develop Ohio’s advanced energy industry over three years.
Sen. Wagoner, who serves as vice chairman of the Senate Finance & Financial Institutions Committee, is a member of the State Controlling Board.
The public is invited to attend a dessert reception Sept. 2 from 5-7 p.m. at Snook’s Dream Car Museum in Bowling Green to support Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown’s re-election.
No tickets are required; donations appreciated. Questions can be directed to www.wcnet.org/~twbrown or 419-353-3805.
The event will be hosted by the Citizens for Brown Committee.
Mercy name change
Beginning Sept. 27, Mercy Health Partners will be known simply as Mercy.
Under the new brand identity, Mercy hospitals and services will feature a name change to emphasize “Mercy,” promoting one standard experience no matter where they are in the Mercy system. Local hospital names will be Mercy St. Charles, Mercy St. Vincent, Mercy Children's and Mercy St. Anne. Rural facilities will include Mercy Tiffin, Mercy Willard and Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
“This connected approach results in tremendous benefits for our patients and for our communities,” said Steven L. Mickus, president and CEO of Mercy. “We are very fortunate to have a closely knit network of hospitals, facilities and services here in Northwest Ohio. We are accustomed to harnessing the technology and teamwork of that system to provide leading edge healthcare services.
“By putting all of our operations under one name will allow us to tell our story even better to the community and to share even more the Mercy mission and purpose of why we do what we do-- to provide the best, most personal care to all who seek healthcare at a Mercy facility,” Mickus said.
Visit www.mercyweb.org for additional information regarding Mercy.