Beginning the first day of school, August 18, the Northwood Police Department announced that the school zone speed limit (20 mph) at the intersection of Woodville Rd. and Lemoyne Rd. will be enforced through the photo enforcement program. The school zone times for this location are 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Warning signs and flashing caution lights are posted at the beginning of the school zone to warn motorists they are approaching a school zone. There will be a short grace period in which warning letters will be sent in lieu of citations to allow motorists to adjust their driving accordingly.
Zoo seeking volunteers
The Toledo Zoo is recruiting adult volunteers for the next class of Zoo Educators.
Classes will begin in mid-September and include an orientation and a series of eight classes that cover educational techniques and various zoo exhibits.
Zoo Educators provide educational programs on and off zoo grounds, from structured classroom programs to natural feed and enrichment interpretive talks. In addition, they may handle small live animals and animal biofacts to teach visitors about the importance of conservation.
The Zoo Educator program offers adults 18 and older a way to get involved in their community, meet new people and learn about animals and conservation.
Cooling program deadline
The deadline for residents who need help paying their electric bills to apply for assistance through the Summer Crisis Cooling Program is Aug. 31.
The program, operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, is available to income-eligible households in the four-county area of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties. It provides a one-time payment of up to $175 for electric bills to those residents who have a medical condition verified by a doctor where electricity is a necessity; those who are income eligible; those households with a resident 60 years of age or over; or a combination of those eligibility requirements.
In July, the program provided 145 air conditioners and electric bill payments to 312 households for a total of $47,724 compared to 213 households and 45 air conditioners for the same period last year.
In addition, Emergency Services program 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.
For more information, contact WSOS Emergency Services at 1-888-441-4327.
A Night to Remember
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center Foundation is sponsoring its annual event, “A Night to Remember,” on Sept. 10 at the Valentine Theatre in Toledo.
Following dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m., guests will be entertained at 8 p.m. with a live auction and concert featuring Dennis DeYoung: the Music of STYX.
DeYoung will perform acoustic renditions of such classics as: “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Don’t Let It End” and many more, including solo works and new music.
The Foundation will use the net proceeds from this event to support the hospital mission and such programs as the Marguerite D’Youville Program, which assists patients and their families during times of crisis. In 2008, more than 5,000 patients and their families received assistance with rent, transportation, medication, utilities, food and clothing.
The Foundation also supports Senior Outreach and Hospitality Van Service.
Gold or Platinum tickets can be purchased by calling the Mercy St. Vincent Foundation at 419-251-2117 or visiting www.svmmcfoundation.org.
Daniel R. Flickinger, 53, and Melissa K. Mull, 30, both of Genoa, have been charged with Possession of Drugs and Cultivation of Marihuana, felonies of the third degree, after a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury. The charges are the result of a search warrant executed by the Ottawa County Drug Task Force in December, when agents reportedly found dozens of marihuana plants being grown inside their residents.
Indictments were also returned against:
• Seth Damron, 19, of Oak Harbor, who was indicted on three counts of Burglary, all felonies of the third degree; two counts of Theft of Drugs, felonies of the fourth degree; three counts of theft, felonies of the fifth degree; and one count of Forgery, a felony of the fifth degree. According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Damron broke into two Oak Harbor homes in June, taking checks, credit cards, prescription drugs and other property.
• Timothy A. Banks, 19, of Albion, N.Y., was indicted on one count of Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree, after Ohio State Highway Patrol reportedly found him in possession of a stolen vehicle July 30.
A warrant has been issued for Damron. The others are scheduled to make their initial appearance in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas Sept. 13.
Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan notes that an indictment is a formal charge in the Common Pleas Court and does not denote guilt or innocence.
SNAP info meeting
Nationally, only 30 percent of eligible seniors receive benefits through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as food stamps.
Toledo Area Ministries has received one of six national grants designed to help increase that number. Seniors who need help to meet their nutritional needs are invited to attend a meeting Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the James “Wes” Hancock Senior Center in Oregon.
Glenna Berres will present “SNAP Your Way to Nutritious Food,” an explanation of SNAP, the screening process to determine eligibility for benefits, the application procedure, and other program details.
Those planning to apply should bring the following items (if applicable):
• Identification including a driver’s license, state ID card or birth certificate;
• Proof of residence including a utility bill, rental agreement or mortgage statement;
• Immigration status, if applicable;
• Medical expense deduction, including billing statement or itemized medical receipts or Medicare card indicating Part B coverage or repayment agreement with physician;
• Proof of earned income, including pay stubs, income tax forms or self-employment bookkeeping records;
• Proof of unearned income, including a bank statement showing direct deposit or agency letter showing money received, including Social Security, SSI, VA or retirement pension;
Those who need to apply immediately may call 419-654-4744.
An Italian Dinner fundraiser to benefit Jacquelyn Seger, a 22-year-old single mother recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, will be held Sept. 26 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 2121 N. Stadium Rd., Oregon.
Seger is undergoing seven months of chemotherapy and radiation, which have made it impossible for her to work. The cost of medication and special needs have become a financial hardship on the family, due to a lack of insurance coverage.
Dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, salad, bread, drinks and dessert. The requested donation is $10 for adults and $7 for kids 10 and under. There will also be a silent auctions and raffles.
Sponsors for the event are The Future Wave salon and Salad Galley. A benefit account for Seger has been established at Huntington Bank.
Do you know?
“Do You Know What Your Parents Really Want?” a program about advance directives and respecting the wishes of those we love, will be held Aug. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room of Lutheran Home at Toledo, located at 131 N. Wheeling St., Toledo.
The discussion will be led by Bobbie Bean, community education representative from Odyssey Hospice. To attend, RSVP to Diane Cline at 419-724-1738 by Aug. 24.
Share the Fair
Military personnel who won’t be home for the Sandusky County Fair next week will be able to enjoy the fair through the eyes of their families, thanks to Terra Community College’s “Share the Fair.”
“Share the Fair” will put mini video camcorders in the hands of military families so that they can record their visit to the fair and later share it with loved ones who are serving.
“It’s really a pretty simple way that we can help military families share a little piece of home with their loved ones who can’t be here for the fair,” said Joyce Spencer, Student Success Mentor for Veterans.
Those military families who are interested should report to the Terra booth in the Exhibitors Hall during fair hours. Terra staffers will give them a quick tutorial and once they have filmed what they want to, the same Terra staffers will download it onto a laptop.
Once the fair is over, the video will be put onto two DVDs – one for the family and one that the family can send to their loved one. The whole process is free.
The camcorders are being loaned to Terra by Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran (SERV), a veteran student success program at Cleveland State University, directed by Dr. John Schupp.
For more information, call Spencer at 419-559-2348 or stop by the Terra booth at the fair.
A baseball game fundraiser to benefit Community Shares Northwest Ohio will be held Aug. 25 at Fifth Third Field as the Mud Hens take on the Columbus Clippers.
Tickets, which are $35 per person, include admission to the game, an all-you-can-eat buffet, cash bar and silent auction.
Community Shares is a federation of 23 local non-profit organizations dedicated to building social and economic equality and a healthy environment in the community. Visit www.communitysharesnwohio.org or call 419-243-6637 for more information.
Shopping trip planned
The Lake Kids Relief Fund will host a back-to-school shopping spree for about 40 Lake School students whose homes were lost or severely damaged in the June 5 tornado Aug. 22.
The children and their families will be taken by school bus to shop at JC Penney and Aeropostale at The Shops at Fallen Timbers in Maumee. After shopping, the kids will be treated to ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery.
The shopping spree is being sponsored by the Lake Kids Relief Fund, which has received donations from individuals, corporations and foundations in the wake of the June 5 tornado.
On the hunt for hornets
By Press Staff Writer
Last year, Russell Lamp was on the hunt for the Eastern and German yellowjacket.
This year, he’s looking for active Bald-faced hornet colonies to find a source of venom for pharmaceutical firms which manufacture vaccines.
“It’s been a sub-par year,” he said last week. “The weeks of rain we had back in May is making it harder to find them.”
An entomologist, Lamp has been supplying pharmaceutical firms with venom for more than 25 years.
The Bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) can get to be one-inch long and has black and white markings, particularly on the front of the head and the tip of the abdomen. A mature colony consists of a queen and hundreds of infertile female workers and, in late summer, males and reproductive females.
Nests are usually found hanging in trees or the sides of buildings, Lamp said. Nests can become larger than basketballs.
“They make paper nests from wood fiber and similar materials,” he said, adding the hornets eat mosquitoes, flies, and yellow jackets.
If it hasn’t been sprayed, Lamp will remove a nest at no charge.
“We can usually take down nests as high as 25 feet,” he said.
He supplies the insects to laboratories in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Washington.
Lamp can be reached at (419) 836-3710.