Lucas County’s first Forfeited Land Sale will be held April 21, according to county auditor Anita Lopez.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the sale will commence at 10 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room, located on the first floor of One Government Center.
Due to limited seating, only the first 160 registrants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The parcels of real estate being sold are tax delinquent, and have been offered for sale twice by the County Sheriff. Lopez urges anyone interested in purchasing property at the sale to research the property being sold. The Auditor’s Office provides no guarantees regarding title, possession, or any other matter. Preliminary research can be done online at www.co.lucas.oh.us/Auditor or by visiting the Auditor’s Office at Suite 770, One Government Center.
Approximately 327 parcels will be for sale. Bidding will begin at $60 per parcel. A successful bidder must have a deposit of 15 percent or $150, whichever is greater. If a bid is $150 or less, the purchase price must be paid in full. All bids or sales will be required to pay additional fees of $33.94 which will be due the day of the sale.
A list of parcels, regulations and procedures governing the sale may be downloaded from the Web site or obtained from the auditor’s office.
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.
April seminars being offered at the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR. 163, Oak Harbor, include:
• April 15 – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Get a Job or a Better Job.” Discuss applications, resumes, interviewing, networking, the Internet and more.
• April 22 – 9 a.m. to noon, “Money Smart." Learn about banking services, checking accounts, credit, charge cards and borrowing. Discuss consumer rights, saving money and home ownership.
• April 29 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Individual Resume Writing Assistance.” Work one-on-one with a specialist and produce a good resume before you leave. By appointment only through Northcoast Jobs Connection.
For more information on the Job Stores, visit www.northcoastjobs.org or in Ottawa County, call the Job Store at 800-665-1677or Denise Ventrone at 419-898-6242.
Adoption support group
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) and Adopt America Network are teaming up to provide support for adoptive families in Northwest Ohio.
Based on input from families who have adopted children through LCCS and expressed a desire to meet other adoptive families, the agency has contracted with Adopt America to provide a new adoption support group.
The Adopt America program will help adoptive families share experiences and knowledge. Adoptive families often recommend to each other good resources in the community and provide emotional support as they experience new adventures with their adopted and biological children. “Experienced adoptive families are the real experts,” says Wendy Spoerl, president of Adopt America Network.
Two programs are planned for the month of April.
On April 7, families will meet at the Summit YMCA, 306 Bush St. from 6 to 8 p.m. The topic will be, “Bring Your Story.” Childcare will be available during this discussion.
On April 16, there will be a family social event at the Wolf Creek YMCA, 2100 Holland-Sylvania Rd. in Holland. From 6 to 7 p.m., there will be a parents-only discussion (childcare will be provided), and then from 7 to 8 p.m., families are encouraged to have fun at the Y. Activities will include swimming, basketball, games and crafts. Parents must accompany their children in the pool area and bring their own towels.
Hidden in Plain Sight
An apple. A water bottle. A dirty cap. They might be innocent enough or they might be clues to some dangerous teen behaviors.
Trinity United Church of Christ, 17955 W. Third St., Elliston, will present, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” an interactive workshop designed to walk parents/educators through a life-size replica of a teenager's bedroom.
The free workshop, offered April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m., will discuss indicators of high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, the choking game, prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse, sexual activity and much more.
Caregivers who may be feeling overwhelmed or isolated in their efforts, or would just like to learn helpful hints from others who are doing the same thing, are invited to a four-session workshop entitled, “Caring for the Caregiver” being presented by Hospice of Northwest Ohio, in partnership with the Wood County Committee on Aging, Mondays April 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. at 705 North Main St., Walbridge.
For more information or to register, call Sandy Hart at 419-260-3228
Residents who would like to have their ash trees removed now have until May 7 to apply for assistance to do so.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry, has not only extended the deadline, but also expanded the reach of the program to include five townships.
The ash tree removal program is available to residents in the cities of Fremont and Port Clinton and ODNR has expanded the program to include the townships of Ballville, Sandusky, Portage, Catawba Island and Danbury, including the Village of Marblehead.
The Residential Ash Tree Removal program, administered by WSOS Community Action Commission, requires that participants earn no more than 300 percent of the federal poverty guideline. This means that annual incomes must be no more than $32,490 for a single-person household and up to $88,590 for a six-person household. Proof of income is required.
In addition, the ash must pose a threat to a structure or play area. Eligible ash tree owners must also provide 35 percent of the cost of the tree removal. The owner may choose to pay the 35 percent in cash, pay for the stump removal, pay for a new tree planting, pay for removal of a second ash tree on the property, or any combination of the above.
The program is funded through ODNR, Division of Forestry, and is made possible by the efforts of Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo.
Applications must be made no later than 5 p.m. May 7. More information is also available by calling Cindy Brookes at 419-334-5016 or by visiting www.wsos.org on the community development page.
Rain barrel workshop
Bring a buddy and learn how to save money and water by building your own rain barrel at a workshop being planned for May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 West Portage River South Road in Elmore. The workshop is sponsored by the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District and Schedel.
No power tools needed but two persons will be required for barrel construction. Barrels will be prepped for assembly.
In addition to constructing the 55-gallon rain barrel, participants will be invited to walk through the gardens and hear a guest speaker from Bench’s Greenhouse in Elmore discuss what is new and unusual to grow in the gardens in 2010.
The cost of the workshop is $65 per rain barrel assembled. Seats are limited to 15 rain barrels. District staff members may be available to help those who cannot bring a companion to the workshop. To register, call 419-898-1595 by April 30.
The Board of Trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation has approved a $7,650 grant to the East Toledo Family Center.
The funds will be used to provide equipment and free programs at the East Toledo Senior Activities Center.
The Toledo Community Foundation, Inc., is a public charitable organization created by citizens in the community to enrich the quality of life for local citizens.
To learn more about the East Toledo Senior Activities Center, located at 1001 White St., call 419-691-2254.
Early Voting Center
The Lucas County Board of Elections opened its 2010 Early Voting Center at 1302 Washington St., Toledo, March 30.
The center will be open Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and other weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to give voters the opportunity to cast absentee ballots for the May 4 Primary Election. On May 1, the center hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There will be no voting at the Board of Elections office in Government Center.
Lake Safety Town
Lake Township will offer a “Safety Town” Aug. 2-6 at Lake Elementary School. The program is open to children entering kindergarten in the fall (children should be 5 years old by Aug. 1 to register).
Two sessions will be available – a morning session running from 9-11:30 a.m. and an afternoon session from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The same information will be presented at both sessions.
The cost is $15 per child, which will be used to cover the cost of snacks, T-shirts and materials and supplies for the week.
Registration will be held during kindergarten registration at Walbridge Elementary May 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration forms will also be available at the Walbridge and Lake Township police and fire departments after those dates.
Participants will learn about pedestrian safety, traffic safety, fire awareness, stranger danger, personal awareness (knowing address and phone number), bus safety, gun safety, water safety, animal safety, choking, using 911, drugs and alcohol awareness, environmental safety, railroad safety, bike safety, playground safety and bullying, medical safety and poison awareness will be covered. Guest speakers during the week will provide hands-on activities and the most current safety information. The week will end with a graduation ceremony and picnic.
For more information, call Jenny Lowe 419-838-7100 or Officer Steve Poiry at the Lake Police Department 419-666-8100.