Owens Community College will welcome students for fall semester Aug. 18.
Owens has expanded academic curriculum including offering a public relations and advertising transfer, international studies transfer, journalism transfer, organizational leadership and medical office support, among others.
The college is also continuing to expand the popular eOwens distance learning education by introducing additional academic courses online.
Owens continues to offer Weekend College and educational opportunities at The Source, Lucas County’s One-Stop Employment Center, in downtown Toledo.
In the coming year, the college will relocate its Workforce and Community Services division to Arrowhead Park in Maumee and make available its first-ever academic courses at the former Penta Career Center, which is adjacent to the current Owens Toledo-area Campus.
Not afraid of ghosts?
The Wood County Historical Museum is looking for volunteer tour guides for ghost tours, which will be offered weekly throughout October.
Trainings will be offered throughout September. For more information or to volunteer, call Heather Sloane at 419-352-0967, ext. 104 or e-mail
Auto tour canceled
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge’s monthly auto tour, scheduled for Aug. 16 has been canceled.
Due to a new and unexpected bald eagle nest, construction plans were delayed until now and a large portion of the auto tour route is currently under construction. The next scheduled auto tour is Sept. 20. The entrance gate is open 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 419-898-0014 or visit www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo on SR 2.
The Terra Community College Arts Chorale will hold auditions for the upcoming season Aug. 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Building E, Room 110 (the choir room).
The Arts Chorale, which rehearses Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., is an auditioned 24-28 member chamber choir that maintains an active performance schedule throughout north central Ohio. One of four choral ensembles at Terra, it was established in 2004 and include membership of vocal majors, current and former music educators and community musicians.
Those auditioning should come with a prepared song that best demonstrates their vocal abilities. The auditions will include other activities assessing singers’ understanding of choral music. There are openings available in all voice parts.
For more information, contact the Choral Music office at 419-559-2147.
Darling Mensing will be the featured speaker at Riverview HealthCare Campus’ upcoming Lunch & Learn series Aug. 26.
Mensing will offer a cooking demonstration with the theme, “Eating for a Healthy Heart.” The public is invited to attend, to sample food and enjoy a free lunch.
Reservations are required by Aug. 22. Call Bobbijo Meek or Kimberly Geldien at 419-898-2851 or 419-732-3163 to reserve a space or obtain more information.
Recycling grant awarded
The Village of Elmore has received a $7,926 grant from the Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca Solid Waste Management District for the purchase of three sets of recycled aluminum bleachers, which will offer seating for 210 at various public functions held throughout the year.
To obtain the 80/20 recycling grant, items purchased must be made of 10 percent recycled materials. The bleachers purchased by the village were made of at least 95 percent recycled aluminum. The total cost of the bleachers was $9,475.
For more information about the recycling grant or other programs offered by the solid waste management district, visit www.recycleoss.org.
Cooling help still available
In July, the Summer Cooling Program operated by WSOS Community Action Commission provided assistance totaling $14,467 for air conditioners and electric bill payments to 162 households.
The program, which ends Aug. 31, served 371 households by the end of July 2007 at a cost of $75,313. This year’s program was funded at $30,000 for July and August only.
The program is available to income-eligible households in the four-county area of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties that have a person with a certifiable medical condition relieved by the use of an air conditioner. While the program is targeted to those 60 and older, those who don’t meet the age requirement may still receive assistance if they have a household member with a medically certified breathing disorder.
Funding is offered either to purchase an air conditioner or to assist with electric bills up to $100. The deadline to apply is Aug. 29.
In addition, Emergency Services continues to certify residents for enrollment in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) for customers of Columbia Gas, the American Electric Power Company, Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison and Suburban Gas.
To make an appointment or obtain more information, call WSOS Emergency Services at 1-888-441-4327.
Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen has announced the distribution of the Real Estate, Public Utility tax and Special Assessments for the second half 2008 settlement. A total of $64,151,823 was collected and distributed including $2,385,890 for special assessments.
In addition, $7,649,824 is to be reimbursed from the State Income Tax Funds; $5,246,800 in 10 percent rollback; $894,088 in two-and-one-half percent homestead rollback; and $1,508,936 in homestead monies.
Distribution totals include:
Wood County - $2,631,306; Regional Water and Sewer - $737,540; County Ditch Maintenance and Construction - $246,659; Maumee Watershed Conservancy - $33,180; Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities - $4,496,702;
Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Board - $2,364,634; Park District - $532,283; Committee on Aging - $783,794; Board of Health - $562,052; Historical Center - $55,986; Human Services - $988,534; Wood County Library Bond - $89,117; Townships - $4,874,606; Municipalities - $6,143,726; Schools - $39,476,784.
Volunteers are needed to assist horse leaders and side-walkers during lessons at a therapeutic horseback riding program located outside of Gibsonburg.
Training will be provided Aug. 27. For more information, call Rebekah at 419-307-0222.
In just a few short months, the 2007 Oak Harbor Apple Festival royalty will be passing their crowns on to members of this year’s court.
Contestants are currently being sought for 2008 Apple Festival Royalty. Contestants for queen must be entering ninth, 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Princess contestants must be entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade. Apple Blossom and Johnny Appleseed must be entering kindergarten or first grade.
The queen is responsible for attending 15 events throughout her reign. The princess, Johnny Appleseed and Apple Blossom will be responsible for attending five events.
Contestants must be enrolled in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District during their reign. Applications are available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce office after Aug. 25 or at B-C-S schools during the first and second weeks of school. Applications will be due at the chamber office Sept. 17 by 3:30 p.m. A preliminary contest will be held at the VFW hall Sept. 21. The princess and Johnny Appleseed and Apple Blossom will be chosen that day and crowned at the festival.
For more information, call Sara Soltis at 419-707-2113.
Dining with Diabetes
Ohio State University Ottawa County Extension will offer a three-part series, “Dining With Diabetes,” in collaboration with Magruder Hospital Sept. 22, 24 and 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the hospital conference center.
Participants will learn how to prepare recipes that are tasty, healthy and easy-to-prepare. A folder of recipes, handouts and supplemental information will be distributed.
The class is open to diabetes patients, their family members and caretakers. The cost to attend is $25 per individual and $30 per couple. Additional support persons may attend for $6. Participants must attend all three classes. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling the Extension office at 419-898-3631.
Auditor of State Mary Taylor has released the audit of the Wood County Regional Airport Authority for 2006 and 2007. The audit reveals that the former assistant manager used airport funds to pay for purchases on his personal credit card.
“We are committed to identifying the misspent tax dollars so that they can be paid and the perpetrator can be held accountable,” Taylor said. “We have professionally trained white-collar crime investigators that assist our auditor staff and local authorities when allegations arise; they are diligent in their work and have been very successful identifying and documenting theft of taxpayer dollars.”
The audit found that Preston Morrison, the former assistant manager of the Wood County Regional Airport Authority, was responsible for mishandling $68,847. Morrison made an unauthorized credits to his personal credit card account from sales generated at the airport from fuel sales, hanger rent, pilot supplies and other miscellaneous types of revenue.
The report showed that Morrison used airport funds to pay for purchases including items from Meijer, WalMart, Verizon, Columbia Gas, Time Warner, Cabela’s, Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone.
The audit also noted that airport officials should improve their internal controls over spending to help ensure that tax dollars are used appropriately in the future.