Health care professionals who are interested in gaining a deeper insight into the physical and cognitive changes that occur in the various stages of dementia are invited to participate in a Dementia Awareness Program Nov. 7 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services building on Tracy Road in Northwood.
Instruction will include a discussion about the physical and cognitive changes that occur within the dementia process, as well as the physiological reasons behind the changes. Attendees will also obtain tools for enhancing effective communication that will allow for more meaningful interactions and visits, fostering a deeper sense of empathy and compassion, and minimizing behavioral episodes common with the various stages of dementia between patients and the caregiver or family members.
The registration fee for the workshop is $49. For more information or to register, call 567-661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
Surviving the Holidays
The Perrysburg Campus of CedarCreek Church, located at 29129 Lime City Rd., in Perrysburg, will host two “Surviving the Holidays” events in an effort to reach out to those struggling through the loss of a loved one or facing a painful divorce this holiday season.
The events will be held Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, which includes a “Surviving the Holidays” workbook. The seminar will feature practical suggestions, guidance and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, experts and individuals who have experienced the holiday season after the separation from a spouse or death of a loved one.
Pre-registration is encouraged at www.CedarCreek.tv under “Classes & Seminars” in the “Around the Creek” portal or by visiting Connecting Point during the weekend services. Childcare will be provided for children through fifth grade. For more information, all 419-661-8661.
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Considering a move?
The Wood County Committee on Aging is offering a seminar for those considering a move due to aging, downsizing or moving closer to family and friends.
On Friday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., speakers from the National Association of Senior Move Managers and Home Health Care representatives will discuss the importance of making a moving plan.
The seminar, which will be presented at Waterford at Levis Commons, 7100 South Wilkinson Way, Perrysburg, is designed for individuals 50 and over who are searching for answers about their moving needs. Transportation will be provided to all facilities on the tour list. Breakfast and lunch is included with registration.
To reserve a place, call the Wood County Committee on Aging at 800-367-4935.
The East Toledo Family Center is now registering for cheerleading for students in grades K-6.
There will be no cuts; everyone is welcome. The program fee is $25 per child, and is due at the time of registration. An additional $10 skirt deposit will be required at a later date. Register at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave.
Call the Family Center at 419-691-1429 for more information.
All area women are invited to a Holiday Bling & Blitz Style Show presented by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Nov. 12 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Betty Hill’s Change of Seasons resale shop in Perrysburg will present a holiday fashion show. Tammy Strahl will provide special music and Weslie Hintz, of Perrysburg, will share her “Roller Coaster Life.”
Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program. The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.
Church celebrates 110 years
Memorial United Methodist Church of Christ will celebrate 110 years of ministry and the 50th anniversary of their Educational Building with a special worship service.
Rev. Gene Hegemier, former pastor at Memorial, will preach. Members of the congregation will gather for fellowship at a potluck luncheon in the Fellowship Hal following worship.
The church was formed in 1899 as an East Toledo Mission church by First Reformed Church (of Cherry Street), with their pastor and several members providing funds for building. J. Herman Overbeck owned two lots at Greenwood and Nasby streets (now Valleywood) that he wished to donate for a church building, and though he passed away before that could happen, his children did carry out his wishes.
The wood frame church was built at a cost of $2,016, and the church was dedicated Nov. 12, 1899. The Reformed Church in Haskins, O., donated the bell, which is located just outside the church office door.
The church, under minister Rev. H.J.F. Gramm, was formally organized on Palm Sunday, April 8, 1900 with 37 members and adopted the name German Evangelical Reformed Memorial Church.
As the church moved forward, recent events have included an extension of the parking lot and a replacement roof on the Educational Building. Memorial has a Prayer Shawl Ministry, a monthly Breakfast Club and a very active Mission Committee.
GHS to hold conferences
Parent/teacher conferences will be held at Genoa Area High School Nov. 5 from 4-7:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 from 8-11:30 a.m.
Teachers will meet individually with parents in 15-minute time intervals. Each conferences will take place in the teacher’s own classrooms. Conference time also offers an opportunity for parents/guardians to talk with guidance counselors about their students’ courses and future plans.
Parents wishing to set up a conference with one or more teachers are asked to call the high school office at 419-855-7735, ext. 10 to schedule a meeting time. Appointments should be made before Nov. 4. School will be in session Nov. 5.
Meet the Mayor
Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner will hold a “Moment With the Mayor” Nov. 3 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Northwood Municipal Building, 6000 Wales Rd.
The event will offer Northwood residents the opportunity to voice their concerns, offer suggestions on city matters or just to say hello to Mayor Stoner.
Residents will meet with the mayor individually on a first-come, first-served basis. Those desiring a specific meeting time may call City Clerk Lynn Goertz at 419-693-9327 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Effective Oct. 29, ProMedica Health System (PHS) will implement a temporary visitor restriction policy at its hospitals and long-term care facilities.
The restrictions are being instituted as a result of an increasing number of flu cases in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The restrictions will remain in effect throughout the flu season to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 (swine flu) and other flu viruses to patients, visitors and health care workers.
Visitors who have flu-like symptoms and children 17-years-old or younger will not be permitted into PHS hospitals and long-term care facilities unless they require medical treatment. Flu-like symptoms include a fever equal to or greater than 100 degrees with a cough or sore throat.
There may be some exceptions to the visitation restrictions involving patients who are critically or terminally ill, which will be determined by a nurse manager or Infection Prevention and Control personnel.
For more information about the flu, including prevention tips, visit www.cdc.gov.
Clay pie sale
Orders are being taken through Nov. 12 for the 11th annual Clay High School Culinary Arts Pie Sale.
The fundraiser has grown annually, totaling just over 200 pies with sales over $1,200.00. Funds raised support needy Oregon families at Christmas, as well as financing culinary competitions, field trips and special uniforms and tools.
The event also provides the opportunity for in-depth training and practice in the fine art of classic American pie-making. Students learn to make all pies from scratch using fresh local pumpkins and harvest apples.
Four styles of pies will be available: fresh pumpkin, Chess (a southern-style sugar-custard pie), honey bourbon pecan and apple crumb. The cost is $7 for the pumpkin and chess, $9 for the apple crumb and $10 for the honey bourbon pecan, which features a full half pound of Southern pecans).
Pies may be picked up Nov. 24, unless other arrangements are made. Pumpkin and apple crumb pies can be ordered as fresh baked or frozen raw to be baked at home. Honey bourbon pecan and Chess are pre-baked.
To order, call the student-run restaurant, the Golden Eagle Café, by calling 419-693-1665, ext. 2162.
The Ottawa County Grand Jury has recently returned indictments against the following individuals:
• James T. Helmeci, 34, of Elmore, was indicted on one count each of Failure to Comply and Assault of a Peace Officer, felonies of the third and fourth degree, respectively, along with misdemeanor counts of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Driving Under Suspension. According to Clay Township Police reports, Helmeci accelerated his vehicle when an officer reached in to remove the keys in September, throwing the officer to the ground.
• Brent Heilman, 24, who is being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been indicted on multiple counts of Burglary, Breaking and Entering and Theft. Heilman allegedly entered a residents twice and a business once between February and September of this year, taking thousands of dollars worth of property, Clay Township Police said.
• Michael D. Lawson Jr., 35, of Oak Harbor, has been charged with one count of Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree, after he was reportedly found in possession of a stolen trailer earlier this month.
Warrants have been issued for the defendants.
Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan notes that an indictment is a formal charge in the Common Pleas Court and does not denote guilt or innocence.