The Ottawa County Senior Citizens’ Levy Committee will meet Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at Ottawa County Senior Resources, 8200 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, for the purpose of establishing the timeline for 2010 levy campaign.
More information is available by contacting Ottawa County Senior Center for more information. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend.
Gas rates lower
Columbia Gas of Ohio last week filed a Gas Cost Recovery (GCR) of 44 cents per 100 cubic feet (Ccf) for March, which translates to an average residential March 2010 bill of $70.73.
The rate is 51 cents lower than March 2009, when the GCR was 95 cents.
The change in the March GCR does not affect customers who purchase their gas from a third-party marketer through the Customer CHOICE Program, unless the marketer's rate is tied to Columbia's GCR. Approximately 32 percent of Columbia Gas customers in Northwest Ohio purchase their gas directly from the utility.
The rate will be in effect from March 1 through March 29. The PUCO requires Columbia to adjust its GCR charge monthly to reflect market conditions.
Columbia Gas is scheduled to conduct a wholesale gas supply auction later this month to obtain supplies for its sales customers for the April 2010 through March 2011 period. If the PUCO approves the auction results, the GCR will be replaced by the Standard Service Offer beginning with the April billing cycle.
By law, Ohio utilities may not profit on the sale of gas to retail customers. Columbia passes gas costs through to customers on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
Tax help available
The Ohio Benefit Bank, operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, has partnered with the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center to provide free tax clinics for deaf and hard of hearing families in the WSOS service area.
The clinics will help eligible low- and moderate-income Ohioans who are deaf or hard of hearing obtain free federal and state income tax assistance, and to help identify other work support benefits for which they may qualify. Those attending do not have to live in the same county as the tax clinic.
The services will be available only to deaf and families with hearing losses. Clinics are scheduled:
• Ottawa County - March 11 and 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., WSOS Office at in the Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry St., Port Clinton.
• Sandusky County - April 1 and 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., WSOS Office at 109 S. Front Street, Fremont.
Those attending should bring the following items:
• Valid picture ID;
• Social Security Number(s) of all family members;
• Copy of 2008 tax return, if possible;
• Copies of all W-2s, 1098s, 1099s and any other income statements;
• Deduction and credit information, such as tuition bills or child care expenses; and
• Direct deposit information for savings or checking account.
Early childhood program
The WSOS Head Start/Early Childhood Development Program is accepting applications for children from birth to 5 years old.
The comprehensive early childhood and family program provides early childhood education complemented by nutrition/health services for the child, and social services for the entire family.
Options at the centers include full and half-day classes and/or home visitation services. Enrolled families benefit by having access to a variety of community resources, parent education programs and other social services.
Eligible families are those whose total annual income does not exceed 100 percent of the federal poverty guidelines for Early Head Start/Head Start and 200 percent for Public School Preschool. Children with special needs are also eligible for these services.
WSOS operates family development centers in Bowling Green, Pemberville, Rossford, Perrysburg, Bradner, Fostoria, Tiffin, Bascom, Fremont, Clyde, Bellevue, Port Clinton, and Genoa.
Call WSOS at 1-800-775-9767 or visit www.wsos.org to verify income levels or to obtain more information.
Census worker testing
Individuals 18 years of age and older interested in applying for a temporary position with the U.S. Census Bureau may take an employment test being offered at local locations.
The test consists of multiple choice questions, and covers clerical, reading, number and organizational skills. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-866-861-2010 or local recruiting assistant Martha Arndt at 419-356-5131.
Locally, tests will be offered:
• Feb. 23, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Genoa Senior Center, 514 Main St., Genoa.
• Feb. 24, 2 or 6 p.m., Harris-Elmore Fire/EMS, 321 Rice Street, Elmore.
• Feb. 25, 2 or 6 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, Rocky Ridge.
Donations are being accepted at local KeyBank branches for Rebecca Keasler, a pizza delivery driver who was shot during a robbery while making a delivery in East Toledo Feb. 11.
Keasler is recovering and faces months of rehabilitation before she can resume her studies to become a nurse. Toledo Police have made two arrests in the case, and both suspects are being held in the Lucas County Jail.
The Community Partnership, through the Underage Access/Law Enforcement Task Force, will provide two-hour Responsible Alcohol Sales Trainings for anyone who sells alcoholic beverages (bar staff, store clerks, managers, etc.) March 4 or March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.
The training will be conducted at the Community Partnership’s offices, 5902 Southwyck Blvd., Suite 100. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive certification and have a better understanding of Ohio’s alcohol-related laws, as well as the issues of underage drinking and excessive intoxication.
The fee for training is $10 per person. For more information or to register, call Danielle Stratton at 419-866-3611, ext. 122.
The Community Partnership is a coalition dedicated to creating an environment in which substance abuse is impacted in a positive way.
The Center for Nonprofit Resources, a collaboration of The Community Partnership, Toledo Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Toledo, has awarded capacity building grants totaling $250,180 to 19 area nonprofits.
The Center is administering a grant on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Program, which is funding these awards.
The purpose of the grant is to focus on capacity building initiatives, including organizational assessments and strategic planning, board and/or staff development, fund development planning, succession planning, external communications strategies, technology improvements, financial management systems, program evaluation and measurement, and human resource policies and procedures to organizations that serve at-risk youth and/or individuals and families transitioning from welfare to work.
The funding allows benefiting organizations to continue in providing essential services in their communities.
Among the recipients in this fourth round of grants since The Center’s inception in April 2008 were Beach House Family Shelter - $16,900; Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo - $16,435; Camp Courageous, Inc. - $14,200; Double Arc - $18,522; East Toledo Family Center - $20,000; FOCUS - $12,967; Friendly Center - $20,000; Greater Toledo Urban League, Inc. - $10,073; Heartbeat of Toledo - $7,758; Joyful Connections - $9,000; Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio - $18,508; MLK Kitchen for the Poor - $7,555; Padua Center - $8,000; Partners In Education - $19,675; Read For Literacy - $10,100; St. Paul’s Community Center - $13,000; Toledo Ballet - $7,700; Toledo Hearing & Speech Center - $5,540; Women Blessing Women - $14,247.
For more information, contact Kate Smith at The Center for Nonprofit Resources at 419-241-9513 or visit www.C4NPR.org.