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Owens Community College Student Government is partnering with Perrysburg Christians United to host a food drive to benefit the organization’s Food Pantry initiative.

The donation drive will be held Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in College Hall Atrium at Owens, located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

Non-perishable items, as well as toilet paper, soap, shampoo and deodorant will be accepted. All collected donations will be delivered to Perrysburg Christians United’s Food Pantry, located at 601 E. Boundary St. in Perrysburg to be given to individuals in need as part of their outreach efforts.

For more information about the food drive, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583.

Fatherhood summit
A panel of community leaders, child welfare experts and local fathers will discuss the important contributions that fathers make to the lives of their children at an upcoming Fatherhood Summit, sponsored by Lucas County Children Services.

The discussion, which is open to the public, is scheduled for Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the LCCS Conference and Learning Center, 711 Adams St. (next to Lucas County Children Services).

WTOL-TV news anchor Jerry Anderson will facilitate the discussion. He will be joined by keynote speaker Bill Harris, a local financial consultant; a panel of three fatherhood advocates – Ernest Banks, prevention specialist for the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Lucas County; the Rev. Kenneth Rupert, of the Toledo Correctional Institution; and Harry Barlos, former Lucas County Commissioner and mayor of Maumee.

They will be joined by three local fathers. The discussion will include strategies to overcome the fears, barriers and obstacles to successful fatherhood.

Registration for the summit is available by calling 419-213-3543 or by visiting www.lucaskids.net.


Holiday gift drive
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) and Friends of Lucas County Children Services (FLCCS) are sponsoring their annual Holiday Gift Drive, themed “Wishing, Hoping, Dreaming.”

The campaign’s goal is to provide holiday cheer to as many as 2,000 abused and neglected children living with their families under LCCS supervision, or who are living with relatives in order to be safe.

“We have seen a rise in abuse and neglect cases in Lucas County,” explains Sherry Dunn, LCCS public information specialist and campaign coordinator. “When it’s safer for children to live away from their parents, we always prefer to place them with a relative before turning to foster care. As a result, we expect the need to be greater this year.”

The gift drive provides toys for children from birth to age 18. While gifts are being accepted for all age groups, the agency is in particular need of gifts for children of all ethnic groups who are newborn to 3 years old and for teenagers. 

Local residents are encouraged to drop a new, unwrapped toy in the collection boxes located around the community including Toledo-area Burger King restaurants and the Buckeye CableSystem bill payment center at 3021 Navarre Ave., Oregon, inside computerXTREME.


Medicare Check-up
Helping beneficiaries, family members and caregivers understand the different Medicare options and to obtain assistance with plan selection will be the focus of the Ohio Department of Insurance’s free Medicare Check-up Day event Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg.

“This event provides a great opportunity for people with Medicare to learn about their plan options and how to secure the appropriate coverage,” said Mary Jo Hudson, director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “I strongly encourage people to attend or call the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) hotline at 1-800-686-1578 with any questions about Medicare coverage.”

Medicare Check-up Days are being conducted in each Ohio county to complement Medicare’s annual “coordinated election” period, which runs through Dec. 31. Coverage secured during this period will begin Jan. 1, 2010.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a list of their prescription drugs, dosages and preferred pharmacy, as well as any information on pension, VA or other medical benefits they are receiving.

For a complete listing of available Part D and Medicare Advantage plans, visit www.medicare.gov. Those with Medicare questions and those who need enrollment assistance and/or information about financial assistance programs may call OSHIIP Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Blue Christmas
Ashland Church, 2350 Starr Ave., Oregon, will hold a “Blue Christmas” Service, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m., intended for those who may be “blue” dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with illness or facing other challenges that may make the holidays less then bright.

Those who are hurting this holiday season and those who desire to bring compassion and aid to those struggling through challenging times are invited to attend. For more information, call Pastor Edward Sladek at 419-720-1995.


Vascular screenings
Bay Park Community Hospital will host free vascular screenings Dec. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. for those who qualify.

The free health screenings, which are offered monthly, include screenings of the carotids, aorta and legs. To qualify, participants must be over the age of 65 or over the age of 50 with a history of one or more of the following risk factors: diabetes, family history of vascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or smoking.

The carotid scan is a painless ultrasound test to help identify the risk of stroke; the aortic scan is a painless ultrasound test to detect an abdominal aneurysm – a potentially fatal condition; and Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) testing measures the circulation in the legs to detect PAD.

An abdominal aneurysm often has no symptoms and is left undetected unless discovered during a routine physical exam or chest X-ray. PAD affects 8-12 million Americans, and people with PAD are three to four times more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke.

Medicare-qualified seniors are eligible for a one-time aortic aneurysm screening exam within the first 12 months of enrollment. (Please inform the screener at the time of exam to qualify.) Those currently being treated for vascular disease cannot receive vascular screenings.

For more information, or to register, call 419-690-7845.
 

Insurance info available
Open enrollment for choosing Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage continues through Dec. 31.

A representative from Community CCRx Health Insurance Plans will be available in the Medicine Shoppe store, 143 E. Front St., Pemberville, every Monday in December from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions.

Call 419-287-3238 for more information.


Fundraiser set
A Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to benefit Beverly Underwood Mathews Dec. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Millbury Fire Hall.

Underwood Mathews has been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, and has undergone surgery and chemotherapy. She will also need to have future drug treatments and surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Funds raised will be used to help defray medical costs.

Tickets for the dinner are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for adults; and $4 in advance and $5 at the door for children.

In addition to the dinner there will be entertainment by DJ Michael Jameson, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction with prizes including a television, a weeklong Myrtle Beach condo rental, sports memorabilia and more.

Pre-sale tickets are available by calling Kathy McCloskey at 419-344-8745, Julie Blank at 419-836-8646, Sandy Hart at 419-320-2868 or Marietta Thomas at 419-356-2659.

Those interested in making a donation may do so at the National Bank of Oak Harbor, 4157 Navarre Ave., Oregon.

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