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Benefit planned

Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio is planning a live gala auction to raise funds so that more World War II veterans will have an opportunity to see their memorial in the nation’s capital. The local chapter has already completed two successful missions.

The gala auction will be held Aug. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cousino’s Navy Bistro at The Docks. The evening will feature entertainment, food and spirits, along.

Individual tickets are available for a $50 donation; two tickets are available for a donation of $75 and corporate tables (10 seats) are available for a $500 donation. For reservations, contact Brenda Reinhardt at 419-508-1474. All proceeds go directly to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio, a non-profit organization dedicated to flying veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that have been dedicated in their honor. Each Honor Flight is a one-day, all-expenses paid trip including transportation and meals plus wheelchairs, scooters and oxygen, if necessary.

Currently, more than 350 veterans are on the local chapter’s waiting list. Visit www.honorflightnwo.org for more information.

Lunch and Learn

Riverview HealthCare Campus is sponsoring a “Lunch and Learn” series throughout August. The topics for the upcoming week are “Senior Safety,” to be presented Aug. 5 at 12:30 p.m. by Steve Wierich, Village of Oak Harbor’s chief of police. The discussion will address home safety, phone scams and other safety practices.

April Willer, health and wealth educator, will speak about vitamins and nutritional supplements and low-glycemic eating Aug. 7 at 12:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for lunch. Seating is available for groups with advance notice. Call Kimberly Geldien at 419-898-2851 for reservations or more information. Riverview is located at 8180 W. SR 163 in Oak Harbor.

Dixieland worship

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elmore, is bringing Ragtime Rick and his ecumenical Jass Band to Elmore for worship Aug. 3.

The community is invited to join the congregation at 10 a.m. at the shelter house in Well Park near Woodmore High School for a special Dixieland liturgy.

We’ve done church services before,” said Grafing, “but this is the first time we’ve been to Elmore. We’re looking forward to a dynamite morning.”

Pr. David Nevergall is also enthusiastic. “We’re spoiled by the fact that our regular musicians are excellent. Good music routinely happens in this place,” he said. “But Rick and his gang bring something totally different, not to mention a great deal of fun.”

Immediately following worship, the band will continue to play while a potluck picnic is set out. The community is invited to stay for the meal and a friendly softball game and other activities that will follow.

For more information and/or directions to the park, call the church at 419-862-3630 or visit www.graceelconline.org.

Benefit for Vaillant

A benefit will be held for Ashley Vaillant Aug. 2 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Lake Township Hall, 27975 Cummings Rd.

On May 23, the 25-year-old suffered a severe brain aneurysm. She was flown my medical helicopter to Toledo Hospital and then to the University of Michigan Hospital. She has undergone two brain surgeries and is currently recovering at home.

Funds raised at the benefit will help defray medical and living expenses. The donation is $8 for adults and $5 for children. The event will include a DJ, raffles or door prizes.

Those who would like to help may also make a donation in Ashley’s name at any Toledo-area National City bank.

Perfect record

For the 23rd consecutive year, state Rep. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) has maintained a 100 percent voting record in the Ohio General Assembly, according to information released from the House of Representatives following the June session.

Gardner has cast 7,966 consecutive roll call votes and not missed one day of voting session since 1985 as a member of the Ohio House and Senate. It is believed to be the longest voting streak of any current member of the legislature.
He earned the nickname, ‘Cal Ripken of the Statehouse’ several years ago, and he just keeps on going, said Rep. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark), chairman of the House Finance Committee. “He has an outstanding work ethic with an ability to get things done in a bipartisan way. It is a combination that makes him one of the most effective legislators of the past two decades.”

In addition to serving with Hottinger on the Finance Committee, Gardner is chairman of the Higher Education Subcommittee of Finance, and is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Financial Institutions Committee. He has served in numerous leadership posts, including Senate Majority Leader and House Speaker Pro Tem.

Open Registration Day

Terra Community College will have an Open Registration event Aug. 5. Offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help students register for fall 2008 classes.

Throughout the day, students are invited to tour campus, talk with financial aid representatives, complete the COMPASS placement assessment and meet with an advisor to discuss course selection.

Current and prospective students are asked to report to the Admissions Office in Roy Klay Hall (Building A) to get started.

This year it’s a little more critical for students and prospective students to get in to register,” said Cory Stine, assistant director of admissions. “Our current enrollment is running 12 percent higher than last fall. Classes are filling quickly. We would hate to see students closed out of the classes they need.

Fall classes at Terra begin Aug. 25. Schedules are online at www.terra.edu or hard copies are available on campus.

For more information, contact Admissions and Enrollment Services at 866-AT-TERRA, ext. 2349.

Northcoast Jobs

The Northcoast Jobs Connection and Seneca One Stop system offers numerous services and resources for those looking for work and employers with jobs to fill. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. The seminars are also available to be customized for employers and delivered on site.

For more information, call 419-559-2239. August seminar dates at the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR. 163, Oak Harbor, include:
 • Aug. 14 – 9 a.m. to noon, “Control Your Stress Through Problem Solving.” Learn what causes stress and how to handle it. Discuss common problems in the workplace and how to handle them.
 • Aug. 21 – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Get a Job or a Better Job, POD.” Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. This session includes a review of unemployment services provided by the state, information about other community resources and a free lunch.
 • Aug. 28 – 9 a.m. to noon. “Get to Know Yourself.” Learn about your own personality traits, transferable skills, interests and abilities. Get acquainted with pre-hire employment testing and GED information, and take a temperament sorter.

Job Store officials ask those interested in attending to register by e-mailing Carol Guice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 419-307-1189.

For more information, visit www.northcoastjobs.org or in Ottawa County, call 800-665-1677 or 419-898-3688, ext. 270 or call Denise Ventrone at 419-898-6242 at the Community Improvement Corporation. All basic services are free of charge.

Vehicle inspections set

Vehicle inspections for Genoa students wanting driving privileges for the 2008-09 school year will be offered by the Ohio State Patrol staff Aug. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the high school parking lot.

Orientation, senior/parent night set

Genoa High School will hold a student/parent/guardian freshman orientation Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

All incoming freshmen and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the informational meeting. The event also offers an opportunity for students to become familiar with their lockers and homerooms.

On the same night, a senior class 2008 student/parent/guardian meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The meeting will inform students and parents about senior-year activities. Important dates and expectations about graduation will be addressed.

Kindergarten screening

Woodmore Elementary School will hold a summer kindergarten screening for the 2008-09 school year Aug. 11.

A child who is 5 years of age on or before Aug. 1, 2008 is eligible to enter kindergarten. Parents are asked to call the school office at 419-849-2382 (ext. 204) to make an appointment. Appointment times are 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Screening will be done by appointment only. The process will take between 60 and 90 minutes.

Fee collection

Woodmore Elementary School will be collecting 2008-09 school fees Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Aug. 13 from 1 to 8 p.m.

Required forms will be available at the Woodville and Elmore libraries starting the week of Aug. 1. Forms should be brought along when paying fees.

Fee payment, schedule pick-up

Genoa High School has set schedule for fee payment/schedule pick up for the 2008-09 school year.

High school students in grades nine through 12 will pay fees at the high school Schedules will be issued once fees are paid.

Hours are Aug. 11 and 12 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. and Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Vehicle registration changes

Effective August 1, 2008, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is implementing new measures to reduce the possibility for fraudulent motor vehicle registrations.

Individuals acquiring a first-time vehicle registration or completing a renewal will be required to present the vehicle owner’s Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID card. If one of these documents is not presented, the individual will be required to present two documents from the BMV Acceptable Documents list, which can be viewed online at http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/driver_license/aid.htm.

One of the documents must prove the Ohio driver license number, State of Ohio ID card number or Social Security number (SSN). If the vehicle owner does not have an Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID, a state-issued license or state-issued ID card from another state will be accepted along with one document from the BMV Acceptable Documents list.

A person authorized to register a vehicle on behalf of another is a “Person Granted Authority,” or PGA. To register a vehicle, the PGAs will be required to present an Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID card for themselves as well as provide the vehicle owner’s Ohio driver license number or State of Ohio ID card number on BMV Form 5736 (available online at http://bmv.ohio.gov/misc/bmv_forms.htm or at all Deputy Registrar locations).

The form must be filled out and signed by the vehicle owner when a PGA is used to register a vehicle. If the vehicle owner’s information that is provided on the form cannot be verified in the BMV computer system, copies of the vehicle owner’s documents proving the information will be required.

In all cases, the PGA must present documentation that proves his/her identification; copies will not be accepted. If either the PGA or vehicle owner does not have an Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID card, documents issued in another state will be accepted along with one other document from the BMV Acceptable Documents list.

If the vehicle to be registered is to be used for hire or principally in connection with an established business, the BMV will obtain the vehicle owner’s federal tax identification number (TIN) in place of the driver license, state ID or Social Security number. Couriers for licensed motor vehicle dealerships registering a motor vehicle on behalf of the dealer must present their Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID card as well as provide the TIN for the business. If the courier does not have an Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID card, documents issued in another state will be accepted along with one other document from the BMV Acceptable Documents list or in accordance with federal requirements.

In any of these situations, if acceptable documents cannot be provided, the BMV will deny the registration application. Detailed information about the vehicle registration process can be found online at: http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/vehicle_registration/vr_info.htm.

We realize these changes will require some of our customers, including auto dealerships and attorneys, to provide additional documentation when registering a vehicle, but we feel it will enhance the security of the process and help protect our customers,” said Ohio BMV Registrar Mike Rankin.

Preschool classes forming

WSOS Early Childhood Program in Ottawa County is now taking applications for the 2008-09 school year. The classes are open to children who are 3 or 4 years old and whose families are income-eligible.

WSOS offers a variety of programs depending on the needs of the family. Children can be placed in any of the following options:
 • Center-based program, which operates for 3-1/2 hours per day four days per week in a classroom setting from September through May.
 • Home-based program, which focuses on providing one-on-one service to parents and children in their homes.
 • Also, WSOS contracts with area daycare centers to provide WSOS services to families in need of child care.

Ottawa County sites include Elmore, Genoa and Port Clinton.

For more information or to enroll a preschooler, contact the center nearest you. Call Elmore at 419-862-2279; Genoa at 419-855-3931 or the Port Clinton office at 419-734-2652.

Free screenings

The Toledo Hearing & Speech Center is offering free hearing, speech and occupational therapy screenings in August for children ages 3 and up.

Hearing screenings will be offered Aug. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Speech screenings will be available Aug. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Aug. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Occupational therapy screenings will be offered Aug. 13 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Aug. 14 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Appointments are required. Call 419-241-6219.

Women’s Connection

All area women are invited to the “Think Cool and Smooth” luncheon sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Aug. 14 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.

The luncheon will begin at noon. Diane Terry, of Genoa, will demonstrate how to “Come Taste the Fruits of Summer.” Candice Coleman will provide vocal entertainment and Linda Hull, of Middleburg Heights, O., will share “How I Found Reality in an Unreal World.”

The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.

Bike safety program

Lake Township Police will offer a free child bicycle safety program at the Lake Township Friendship Days Aug. 9 at noon under the big tent. Bring your bike and helmet.

Free child fingerprint kits will also be available. For more information, call 419-838-6651.

Helping seniors and vets

Lucas County Commissioners are reaching out to help make sure that seniors and veterans received the Economic Stimulus Payments passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush earlier this year.

The Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition, comprised local partners, have teamed up with the Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio and the Lucas County Veterans Services to assist seniors and vets in filing their 2007 tax returns in order to receive the benefits.

The coalition will be reaching out to nursing homes and American Legion and VFW posts to encourage residents to file their tax returns. Volunteers from the United Way of Greater Toledo assist in preparing tax returns for local seniors and veterans.

Applications sought

Ottawa County Board of Elections Deputy Director Monette Garn has announced her retirement after 25 years of public service, six of which were with the board of elections.

The board has begun a search for a replacement for Garn, who is a Democrat. The political make-up of the board requires that the replacement must also be a registered Democrat. Interested applicants must be residents of Ottawa County, responsible, managerial and possess technical knowledge of computers and printers.

The job is full-time with benefits, including a PERS retirement plan. A complete job description and application may be found at www.co.ottawa.oh.us. Resumes will be accepted no later than Aug. 7.

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