The Ottawa County Community Foundation is sponsoring a Scholarship Raffle that will offer a scholarship opportunity for full- or part-time students.
The proceeds raised from the raffle will be used to support the foundation’s operating budget. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to an accredited school, college or university of his or her choice.
Tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn March 1. The winning ticket is transferrable to a student of the winner’s choice.
For tickets, call Marcia Jess at 419-898-1799.
World Day of Prayer
In observance of the 2010 World Day of Prayer March 5, St. John's Lutheran Church, 450 Rocky Ridge Rd., Rocky Ridge, will hold a prayerful and musical celebration from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The World Day of Prayer is intended to bring together women of many races, cultures and traditions in over 170 countries to join their voices in both prayer and song at the same time.
Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools will conduct kindergarten screenings for the 2010-11 school year during the week of March 15-19.
Screenings will be conducted March 15 at Carroll Elementary (419-898-6215); March 16 at Rocky Ridge Elementary (419-898-6218); March 17 and 18 at R.C. Waters Elementary (419-898-6219; and March 19 at Graytown Elementary (419-862-2082).
To attend, a child must be five years old by Sept. 30.
After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals, according to Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan:
• Kristy L. Hafemeister, whose last know address is Toledo, was indicted on nine counts of theft of drugs, all felonies of the fourth degree. Hafemeister is accused of taking prescription medications from a Graytown residence in July.
• Alisa L. Minarik, 31, whose last known address is Genoa, has been charged with three counts of possession of drugs, all felonies of the fifth degree, after she was reportedly found in possession of several prescriptions belonging to other individuals by Clay Township Police officers in November.
• Glen Dale Fleenor, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, is facing numerous felony charges including receiving stolen property, OVI and failure to comply, as well as misdemeanor charges of child endangering, driving under suspension and refusal to submit to a chemical test. The charges follow a car chase involving the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 8.
• Anthony L. Simmons, 18, of Toledo, was indicted on one count each of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drugs. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol reports, Simmons was found to be intoxicated and in possession of a loaded piston and a bag of marihuana during a traffic stop last month.
Summonses have been issued for Hafemeister and Simmons. They are scheduled to make their initial appearances in the Ottawa county Court of Common Pleas March 18. Warrants have been issued for all other defendants.
Mulligan noted that an indictment is merely a formal charge in the Common Pleas Court and does not denote guilt or innocence.
All area women are invited to the “Handbags Galore” luncheon and program being sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection March 11 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St, Oregon. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program.
Tammy Tegtmeier, of Martin, will demonstrate the handcrafted purses she makes; Dr. Craig Black, from the University of Toledo Music Department, will provide vocal entertainment; and Marie Sadowski, from Clinton Township, Mich., will share how she found the “missing piece” under unlikely circumstances.
The price is $10.50 all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorethy at 419-691-9611.
Court obtains funding
Wood County Juvenile Judge David E. Woessner has announced that for the first time, Wood County Juvenile Court has received Title IV-E federal funds,
The funding, administered through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, provides partial reimbursement to the court for probation activities designed to maintain delinquent youth in their own homes in a safe manner, and for the cost of out-of-home placement, when necessary.
During the calendar year 2009, the Juvenile Court received $277,543 in Title IV-E funding. “The Title IV-E funding received will allow the juvenile court to continue to provide specialized programming and placements that will benefit youth and families throughout Wood County,” Judge Woessner said. “The Juvenile Court will continue to be a careful steward of these funds to ensure they are utilized to improve youth services in Wood County.”
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is seeking volunteers to help assist with visitor services, help at the gift shop and to help with special events and projects.
The volunteer program runs from March through November. Volunteers are asked to work two days a month, on days and hours of their choice.
A volunteer training session will be held March 13 at 10 a.m. at the Magee Marsh Bird Center, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Training will last one to two hours.
Call Mary at 419-898-0960, ext. 31 to volunteer or obtain more information.
Kindergarten signups set
Genoa Area Local Schools will hold kindergarten registration and screenings April 14, 15 and 16 at Brunner Elementary School.
Parent information and registration forms will be distributed at the screening sessions.
In order to be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. All kindergarten students must be screened and registered.
Call Brunner Elementary at 419-855-8373 after March 1 to set up an appointment. Appointment times are 8 to 10 a.m., 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. each day. Sessions are limited to 12 students each day. A parent/guardian must be present during the screening. The child’s birth certificate, immunization records, Social Security card and custody papers (if applicable) should be brought to the screening.
Pet food drive
Humane Ohio, a local non-profit organization, is offering two solutions to help address the pet overpopulation problem in our community.
The group offers low-cost spay/neuter to all area pet parents, along with a special, even lower rate to pet parents on federal assistance. The group also runs the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank which makes free pet food available to needy families in Lucas, Wood and Monroe counties.
In an effort to support the community and keep pets with their families, K100, Pet Supplies “Plus” and Genoa Bank are teaming up on a pet food drive to benefit the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank March 1 to 13. The goal is to collect at least 10,000 pounds of dog and cat food. Those who wish to support the pet food drive can donate food at any area Pet Supplies “Plus” store or Genoa Bank branch.
Locally, food can be dropped off at Genoa Bank locations at 801 Main St. in Genoa; 3201 Navarre Ave. in Oregon;
24950 W. SR 51 in Millbury; and at 9920 Olde US 20 in Rossford and at the Pet Supplies “Plus” at 9520 Olde US 20 in Rossford as well as the four Toledo locations.
Dry and wet dog and cat food donations can also be dropped off at Humane Ohio, 3131 Tremainsville, Toledo between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Pet owners who are seeking low-cost spay/neuter or free pet food should call Humane Ohio at 419-266-5607 or visit www.humaneohio.org for more information.
The Humane Ohio pet food bank also makes bird food and small animal food (like hamster) available when possible, and helps provide food to people who are caring for free roaming cats and implementing TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).
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:
• March 4, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Genoa Senior Center, 514 Main St., Genoa.
• March 5, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., St. John Lutheran, 21140 Toledo St. (SR 579), Williston.
• March 6, noon, Harris-Elmore Fire/EMS, 321 Rice St., Elmore.