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The annual Skywarn weather spotters training for Wood County will be held March 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Joint Fire District, 13179 Mermill Road, Portage.

Skywarn training is presented by the National Weather Service, Cleveland office and is sponsored by the Wood County Emergency Management Agency. The comprehensive training will explain how to accurately identify and report severe weather occurrences to the National Weather Service and local officials. Anyone interested in learning more about severe weather is invited to attend.

The training is open to all the public. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact the Wood County Emergency Management Agency at 419-354-9269 or

Boating safety
“America’s Boating Course,” designed for the new boater and as a refresher for the experienced boater, will be offered by the Toledo Sail & Power Squadron on five Mondays beginning Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Clay High School, Seaman Road, Oregon.

The course fee is $45 and $25 for a second family member sharing a manual. Register by calling the Clay Career & Technology Department at 419-693-0668.

Rafko-Wilson to speak
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson will be the guest at the 10 a.m. worship service at Lindsey Trinity United Methodist Church March 14.

Rafko-Wilson was crowned Miss America in 1988 - the first registered nurse to ever receive the title. She received her RN degree from St. Vincent Medical Center School of Nursing. Her goal has been to utilize her visibility as a former Miss America to focus national attention on the nursing profession, hospice programs and critical health care issues.

Rafko-Wilson has traveled to 49 states and six countries, addressing a variety of private and public community organizations. She will be accompanied by two young vocalists, Stephanie Spitnale, gospel singer and “Wish Upon a Song” champion, and Shannon O'Neill, who was crowned Miss Lima Square Fair.

A luncheon will be served following the service. The community is invited.

Penta information session
Penta Career Center’s Adult & Continuing Education division, in partnership with Boston Reed College, will host an information session Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. for adults interested in learning more about affordable, short-term health care training programs.

The session will be held in the Susor Auditorium at the school, located at 9301 Buck Road in Perrysburg.

Information will be available about the phlebotomy technician, pharmacy technician and clinical medical assistant programs. In addition, information will be available about financial aid options.

Phlebotomy Technician is an 88-hour course that includes 48 hours of classroom training and a 40-hour externship. The course begins April 13. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The 302-hour Pharmacy Technician course includes 182 hours of classroom training and a 120-hour pharmacy externship. Students who successfully complete the course become eligible to apply for registration as a Pharmacy Technician and are prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. The course begins March 29. Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

The Clinical Medical Assistant course is a 294-hour program that includes 134 hours of classroom training and a 160-hour externship. Students who successfully completed this course will be qualified to take the optional certification exam for Medical Assisting offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). The course begins April 6. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

To register for the free information session, visit or call 419-661-6555.

Rock `N the Boardwalk
Local musicians have organized a fundraising event intended to help in the Haiti relief. The event, “Rock N’ The Boardwalk,” will be held Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at The Glass City Boardwalk, located at 27820 East Broadway St., Walbridge.

The Glass City Boardwalk, which was once a popular venue for both local and national touring acts, hasn’t hosted a concert in more than 10 years.

Local favorite Resonant Soul will be performing a rare unplugged set and will be debuting some songs that will be available on their soon-to-be-released full-length album. The album will be the band’s third nationally distributed independent LP. The band is seeking out local artists to submit artwork to be used for the cover of the album. Inquiries may be e-mailed to

Other performers scheduled to play include Endless Envy, along with Minus Elliot and other local acts to be announced.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 at Guitar Center located at 1578 Spring Meadows Dr. Holland.

“College Knowledge”
Terra Community College will host “College Knowledge” Sunday, Feb. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Building B atrium.

Those planning to pursue a college education are encouraged to attend the free event, which will include information about financial aid and what college-bound individuals need to do to secure it.

Terra financial aid staff will provide assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Those attending should bring 2009 tax returns, if available, or W-2s, Social Security numbers and other tax information. Dependant students should also bring their parents’ tax information, if applicable.

Those interested in attending Terra can also meet with an admissions counselor and enter to win a $250 Terra scholarship.

For more information, call the Financial Aid Office at 419-559-2344.

March boating course
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (Flotilla 16-15 9CR) instructors present a two-day Boater Safety Class, About Boating Safely (ABS) March 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. and March 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woodville Mall offices, (located in the former Elder-Beerman concourse), 3725 Williston Rd., Northwood.

A few seats are also still available for Feb. 26-27 class, which will be held at the same times in the same location.

The classes are open to all persons (age 14 or older is suggested). A $35 registration fee (group and family discounts available) will be collected at the start of class. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Please call 419-698-4122.

Successful completion of this course will earn a US Coast Guard Auxiliary/Ohio Department of Natural Resources boater safety certificate and wallet card.

For more information about this and other boating safety classes, call senior instructor Hank Wasilausky at 419- 698-4122.

Camp and travel show
The 45th annual Camp and Travel Regional RV show will be held Feb. 12-14 at the Seagate Convention Centre in Downtown Toledo on Jefferson Street, between Summit and Superior streets. The show is the original, the largest and most complete RV show in the region offering RV enthusiasts an opportunity to view the full range of new RV models and accessories.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Admission is $7 for adults, Discount coupons are available in many local banks, Kroger stores, participating RV dealers, and online at Seniors are $5 on Friday only. Children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Call 419-255-3300 for more information.



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