Meet the candidates
The Genoa Chamber of Commerce and Genoa churches are planning a “Meet the Candidates Night” Oct. 20 at the Community Ministry Center, 303 W. Fourth St.
The event will begin with a social time to meet the candidates at 6:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m., there will be a time for candidates to introduce themselves and a discussion about issues on the ballot.
Candidates running for village council and Allen Township candidates will be given questions to answer. The two groups are running opposed.
The Northern Wood County Republican Club (NWCRC) will hold its annual “Candidates Night” Oct. 26 at the Holiday Inn Express in Perrysburg.
Doors will open at 7 p.m., with a brief monthly meeting and presentations to follow at 7:30 p.m. Republican candidates for various Perrysburg-area elected offices will be on-hand to discuss their campaigns, and campaign materials, including yard signs will be available.
Additionally, Wood County Republican Party officials will be present to discuss the upcoming 2010 county, state and national elections.
The club meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, which is located at 10621 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. Suggested annual contributions are $15 per person or $20 per family.
Family Center programs
The East Toledo Family Center will host a free GED certificate program at the Heffner Building, 255 Heffner, Toledo. Classes will begin Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. Call 419-691-4609 for more information.
The Family Center will also offer a Red Cross Baby Sitting Training Class Oct. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enrollment is limited. Contact Nicole Heitger at 419-691-4609 ext. 210 or
‘Blood Battle’ under way
Students and fans of Ohio State University and the University of Michigan are gearing up for their annual Blood Battle.
The arch-rivals have partnered with the Red Cross since 1981 to see which university’s supporters can bring in the most blood donations.
Those who donate at a blood drive in the Western Lake Erie Region between Oct. 19 and Nov. 14 can enter to win a pair of tickets to the OSU vs. U of M football game Nov. 21. Donors will also receive a special Blood Battle window cling.
The Blood Battle generates thousands of pints of donated blood for the American Red Cross every year, which provides vital support for patients who need blood transfusions to help them through injury and illness.
Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit givelife.org for more information about blood drives or to schedule an appointment.
Oregon Community and Family Coalition’s community workshop, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” which was scheduled for Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Fassett Middle School, will be rescheduled for a future date, due to a conflict with a mayoral debate scheduled for the same evening.
For more information about the Oregon Community and Family Coalition, visit www.ocfcohio.org or call 419-720-1708.
A free community Thanksgiving Meal is being planned for residents of Allen, Clay, Harris, Benton, Carroll and Salem townships who are needy or have no one with whom to spend Thanksgiving.
Volunteers are needed to help cook, serve, gather/organize supplies, provide transportation or to help promote the dinner, which will be held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Woodmore High School. Monetary donations will also be welcome.
For more information, contact Suzanne Wilson (menu items) at 419-862-1391; Tom Willhardt (transportation) at 419-862-2481; Connie Frey (communication/promotion) at 419-307-1864; Robin Hindall (scheduling) at 419-556-5027; or Paula Young (donations) at 419-205-3732 or 419-862-1970.
The H1N1 vaccine is currently starting to move into the community and medical providers and frontline emergency personnel are being vaccinated. As vaccine types and quantities of vaccine become available, high risk individuals and the general public will be encouraged to be vaccinated.
Anyone wishing to be vaccinated are encouraged to pre-register themselves and members of their families wishing to be vaccinated at https://h1n1vaccine.odh.ohio.gov.
Failure to pre-register does not exclude one from receiving a vaccination, however, pre-registration offers the following benefits:
• Be notified when your facility has vaccines available.
• Be notified when to receive a second dose, if required.
• Retrieve your record.
• Enables public health to plan for how much product is necessary for each facility.
Health Career Expo
Local residents and students with career aspirations in a health-related field are invited to explore career and educational opportunities at Owens Community College’s annual Health Career Expo Oct. 20 from 2-4:30 p.m. in the college’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center rooms 125 to 28.
Local health care representatives will be on hand to discuss their professions and how to go about choosing a career path in the health field. Attendees will also be able to fill out applications, and are encouraged to bring resumes.
In addition, information will be available about Owens’ academic programs in the School of Health Sciences. For more information, call Owens Career Services Office at 567-661-7556 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7556.
Poll workers needed
The Lucas County Board of Elections is seeking registered Democrats and Republicans to work as poll workers for the Nov. 3 General Election.
Poll workers must have reliable transportation and be able to be at the polls by 6 a.m. on Election Day. In addition, workers must complete a three-hour training class, for which they will be compensated $15, and also be able to meet at the polling location Monday night, Nov. 2 for approximately one hour. Poll-worker pay is $120 for judges.
Democrats interested in serving should call 419-213-2640. Republicans may call 419-213-2630.
Flu clinics canceled
Due to an overwhelming turnout for a large seasonal flu clinic Oct. 8, the Wood County Health Department is temporarily out of seasonal flu vaccine for people 3 and older. Therefore, all remaining seasonal flu clinics have been canceled.
On Oct. 8, the health department held a 10-hour long seasonal flu clinic at the Wood County Fairgrounds. During the event more than 1,300 doses of the vaccine were given.
The health department currently has some vaccines available for infants 6 to 35 months. More vaccine is expected but may not arrive until December. More information will be provided once additional vaccine arrives.
For more information, call 419-352-8402 or 419-244-1610.