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The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Stores offer numerous services and resources for job seekers and employers. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. 

March seminars at the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, include:
• March 11 – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., “Be Ready-Job Fair Preparation,” which includes information about applications and resumes in advance of March 27 job fair.
• March 12 – 9 a.m. to noon, “Ohio Means Jobs and Labor Market Information.” Learn how to browse, register and attach a resume on the state job searching system.
• March 18 – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Get a Job or a Better Job.” Discuss applications, resumes, interviewing, networking, the Internet and more.
• March 25 – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., “Customer Service.” Get information about customer expectations, handling complaints and rituals.
• March 27 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “Northcoast Job and Resource Fair,” Moose Lodge, 1105 W. Lakeshore Dr., Port Clinton. Come dressed as you would for an interview and bring plenty of resumes.

Job Store officials ask that people who are interested in the workshops 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 her at 419-307-1189.

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

All the dirt
The Ohio State University Extension Lucas County Master Gardeners will present the first in a series of three presentations March 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The first program is “Sumptuous Soils & Luscious Lawns.” Participants will learn ways to determine soil type; how to improve soil; when and how to plant grass and how to maintain healthy turf.

The second session, which will be held April 8, will be “Landscape Design and Container Gardening,” followed by “Water Gardens and Spring Preparation” May 13.

Each session is open to the public. There is a $15 registration fee per program or $35 for all three sessions. For reservations, please call OSU Extension Lucas County at 419-578-6783.


Accounting career program
Minority high school students from Ohio may apply through April 3 to participate in the nationally recognized Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP-Ohio) June 20-25 in Columbus.

Held at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, the weeklong campus residency program encourages high-performing students to pursue a college education and introduces them to a variety of career options. The week’s agenda includes interactive workshops, tours of local businesses, and one-on-one mentoring sessions with leading minority business professionals. Students chosen for the program also can compete for college scholarships.  ACAP-Ohio, now in its 15th year, is presented by The Ohio Society of CPAs and the Ohio chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants with funding from The Ohio CPA Foundation. The fully supervised, all-expense-paid program is made possible through the support of corporate sponsorships and grants. Students interested in applying must submit an application, a 200-word essay, one letter of reference and official high school transcripts.

Applications can be completed online at www.FutureCPA.com and must be postmarked by April 3.

For more information about ACAP-Ohio, contact Emily Bice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-686-2727, ext. 952.


Focus on the forest
The forests of northwest Ohio will be the topic of this year’s Pearson Sunday Series, with programs planned for each Sunday in March at 2 p.m. at Macomber Lodge. Admission is free.

Following each weekly program, the Johlin Cabin at Pearson North will be open until 5 p.m. for visitors to experience what life was like in a log home built in the Great Black Swamp.

Weekly program topics include:
• March 7 - Laird Henderson, curator of the Isaac Ludwig Mill at Providence Metropark in Grand Rapids, will discuss the many uses of lumber milling during the settlement years of northwest Ohio.
• March 14 - Amy Stone, extension specialist with The Ohio State University Extension, will talk about the future of forests and the fight against invasive species, such as the emerald ash borer that has dramatically impacted Pearson’s woods.
• March 21 - Bob Jacksy, Metroparks naturalist, will give a presentation about creatures that live in the local woodlands.
• March 28 - A special maple sugaring event. Maple syrup is one of the oldest natural food products in North America. Learn the historical and cultural story of this uniquely American crop and how it is harvested and processed.

Macomber Lodge is located on Navarre Avenue between Lallendorf and Wynn roads. The Johlin Cabin is located on the north side of the park on Seaman Road near Wynn.

The annual Sunday series is co-sponsored by Metroparks and Friends of Pearson.


Committee to meet
The Ottawa County Senior Citizens’ Levy Committee will meet March 1 at 1 p.m. at Ottawa County Senior Resources, 8200 W SR 163, Oak Harbor.

The purpose of the meeting is to continue preparation for the upcoming election in May. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend.


Senior food program
Seniors 60 years of age and older who live on a fixed income may be eligible for the Ottawa County Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

The CSFP of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides eligible seniors a monthly package of food. The 40- to 50-pound food package contains a combination of foods, like fruit juices, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, pastas, milk products, cheese, canned meats and peanut butter.

The Shoreline United Brethren Church, located at 769 N. Locust St., Oak Harbor, will serve as host of the monthly food box distribution in Ottawa County. Seniors must complete an application for approval. Once approved, seniors will be able to pick up food boxes monthly at the Shoreline Church location. The first distribution date is scheduled for March 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Applications for the CSFP Senior Food boxes are available at local senior centers, at the distribution site or at the main office of Senior Resource in Oak Harbor.

Future distribution sites in Ottawa County are being developed. Check your local senior center or call Senior Resources at 419-898-6459 for more information.


Bridal Fair set
The Manor House at Wildwood Preserve is not only one of the Toledo area’s best known residences, its classic colonial architecture and formal gardens have also been fixtures in wedding albums for more than 30 years.

The Manor of Weddings Bridal Fair, set for March 19 from 5 to 9 p.m., will offer an opportunity for brides-to-be to tour the house, meet local wedding services providers and get advice about current fashions and trends as they plan their big day. The event will include two fashion shows by Atlas Bridal Shop, hors d’oeuvres by Michael’s Gourmet Catering and live music.

Advance tickets are available for $7 ($10 at the door). Reservations may be made online at MetroparksToledo.com or by calling 419-407-9700.


Boating class offered
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft and the Wood County Park District will offer an Ohio Boating Education Course April 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wood County Park District in Bowling Green.

The course, which covers state and federal laws, navigational “rules of the road” and basic boating safety practices, is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and meets Ohio’s boating education requirement.

A $5 fee covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration -is required due to class size limitations. For more information or to RSVP, call the Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003.


Magee Marsh programs
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is offering a number of opportunities for area residents to get outside and have some fun – and maybe shake off that Cabin Fever.

On March 7, the Bird Center will observe Canada Goose Day from noon until 4 p.m. Visitors can warm up by an inviting fire, watch local carvers, enjoy homemade refreshments and partake in a marsh walk.

Thinking about planting a garden to attract wildlife? Visit the Bird Center March 13 for a “Landscaping for Wildlife” program at 2 p.m.

Those who enjoy observing and learning about bald eagles will want to visit the Bird Center April 3, when Back to the Wild pays a visit. Following the 1 p.m. program there will be nest visits at 2 p.m.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is located at 13229 W. SR 2 in Oak Harbor. More details on these and other programs is available at www.friendsofmageemarsh or by calling 419-898-0960.


Lifeguard classes
Benton-Carroll-Salem Community Education is offering Lifeguard Certification Classes March 22-25 and April 6 and 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School.

The cost is $160, due the first class. An information and test swim meeting will be held March 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the high school pool. Those attending should bring a swimsuit, paper and pencil.

Class size is limited. Call 419-898-3315 to register or obtain more information.


Small business resources
Government agencies at all levels assist small businesses with grants and loans. Some of these grants and loans are well known, but others are obscure and underutilized.

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF) will host an informative seminar to discuss small business resources March 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the AIF, at 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582) in Bowling Green.

Bob Cohen, CEO and director of business assistance, and Barrett Thomas, small business development center business advisor, Braintree Business Development Center (a Thomas Edison Technology Incubator Program), will explain a variety of grants, loans and information available to small businesses.

Advanced registration is required by contacting Paula Ray at 419-823-3099 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The cost is $25 per person or $40 for two guests (cash or check at the door, payable to Agricultural Incubator Foundation), which includes networking opportunities and light refreshments.


Study: homelessness up
The 2010 point-in-time (PIT) count of the number of homeless residents in January in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties showed a marked increase in the number of homeless individuals and families in the WSOS four-county service area.

The count, conducted Jan. 26, found that there were 746 individuals and families who were homeless, with 537 having no shelter and the others in emergency or transitional housing.

The figure is more than the 445 homeless individuals discovered in a similar count in January 2009 when of 445 homeless, 215 had no shelter.

The count is done annually by organizations that received funding to serve the homeless. It is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD requires regularly occurring counts of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons for communities interested in applying for McKinney-Vento funding through the Continuum of Care (CoC) application process.

The count in Ohio is facilitated by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), and it is conducted around the state on the same day for the same timeframe.

Specifically, the count determined:
• There were 401 persons in families with children in the four-county area who had no shelter on the day the count was done.
• There were another 173 persons in families with children who were in emergency or transitional housing.
• Those without children numbered 136 with no shelter while another 36 were in emergency or transitional housing.

The point-in-time count also counted the groups referred to as sub-populations of the homeless, which includes those who are severely mentally ill, veterans, persons with HIV/AIDS, unaccompanied youth, victims of domestic violence, chronic substance abuse, and the chronically homeless. This group totaled 90 of which 25 were unsheltered.

WSOS administers grants that aid individuals and families who find themselves homeless. However, the number of people who request assistance annually far outweighs the funding WSOS receives.

For information on the homeless prevention programs operated by WSOS, call Donna Hamann, Wood County, 419-353-7407; Ann Hanko, Sandusky County, 419-334-8911; Pat Keys, Ottawa County, 419-734-2652; or Sue Madden, Seneca County, 419-447-0084; visit www.wsos.org or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Young Republicans
The Ottawa County Young Republicans will meet March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Ministry Center, 303 W. Fourth St., Genoa.

The keynote speaker will be Jack Smith, candidate for Ohio’s 9th District, House of Representatives. The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit www.ottawacountyYR.com or call Chairman Jennifer Widmer at 419-855-8258.


College Preview Night
More than 100 public and private colleges and universities from Ohio and the surrounding states will be on hand as Owens Community College hosts College Preview Night March 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the counseling staffs of 20 local high schools and Owens. College tables will be set up in Owens’ Student Health and Activities Center and presentations will be held in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Admission is free.

The event will provide prospective students the opportunity to visit with various college and university representatives and pick up important information about admission requirements. Those attending will also learn about financial aid, student activities, academic program offerings, athletic eligibility and accommodations for students with
Special needs.

Informational sessions on financial aid, online financial aid resources, planning for college, preparing for the ACT test, preparing to transfer from one academic institution to another and admission to military academies and the ROTC will also be available.

In addition, representatives from local financial institutions will be available to provide information on student loans and high school counselors will be available during the event to answer general college-related questions.

Representatives of the various military branches will also be on hand to discuss admission to military academies, the ROTC and other scholarship-related programs.

For more information on call 567-661-7777 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7777.


Career workshops
Area residents are invited to explore career options and gain advice on making the first steps toward a new career as Owens Community College presents “Discovering Career Choices” workshops in March.

Presented by the Career Services Office, the one-hour seminars will be held in the College Hall Career Center, room 151 on the Oregon Road campus.

Workshops will be held March 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and again March 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; March 23 from 8 to 9 a.m.; and March 26 from 12 to 1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore various career paths by participating in a personal interest inventory program designed to match identified interests with occupations and which possible educational majors would relate.

Additionally, attendees will receive career-specific literature and Web site information from Career Services representatives.

The workshops are free and open to the public, however, registration is required due to space limitations. For more information or to register, call 567-661-7501 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7501.


Yeeha’s Idol
Yeeha’s Buckin’ Bar and Grill, Navarre Ave., Oregon, is holding Yeeha’s Idol, Sunday Funday Karaoke, each week beginning at 8 p.m.

A limit of 10 people can sign up per week. Two will qualify. Entrants may only sing a song once during the duration of the contest, which runs through April 18. Semi-finals will be April 11. Finals will be held April 18.

Prizes include $50 in Yeeha Bucks, two tickets to see Carrie Underwood and a cruise for two.


Kindergarten signup
St. Boniface Catholic School will hold kindergarten screening for the 2010-2011 school year March 25 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the school, located on 215 N. Church St., Oak Harbor.

Any child who will be 5 years old by Sept. 30 and would like to attend St. Boniface School for kindergarten must participate in the screening. Contact the school office for more information and to register.

St. Boniface Catholic School serves students in grades K-5 of all religions, racial, ethnic and income backgrounds. For information on the curriculum, admissions policies and registration, contact the school office at 419-898-1340 or visit www.ourstb.com.

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