ATV safety program
Ohio’s 4-H ATV program will present a safety course Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.
The 4-H ASI ATV Rider Course helps riders increase their knowledge about safe riding practices and practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment, under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor. The course includes completion of a pre-ride inspection, starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, emergency stopping and riding over obstacles. Participants will also learn about protective gear, local regulations, places to ride and about environmental concerns.
The class is open to the first eight participants who register by Sept. 15. For more information or to register, call the OSU Extension, Ottawa County at 419-898-3631 or 1-800-322-4159.
Area residents interested in expanding their knowledge about photovoltaic installation and integration, or becoming a photovoltaic installer are invited to participate in the region’s only Photovoltaic Installation Training program being offered through Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services, Sept. 19 through Nov. 21.
This marks the first time that Owens is offering the program during the fall semester. The classes will be held Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Workforce and Community Services building on Tracy Road in Northwood.
Students attending the 10-week training program will receive instruction within the areas of electricity and photovoltaic systems and theory. Course content includes system sizing and construction, codes and standards, battery safety, interconnection safety, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Installation practices related to project management, adapting mechanical and electrical design, and system commissioning are also highlighted.
In addition, the hands-on course will include the design and installation of a grid-tied photovoltaic system and continued maintenance on an existing system at the college. Students successfully completing the program will qualify to test for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioner (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge program. With additional work experience, students will qualify to take the national certification test as a photovoltaic system installer.
For more information or to register for the program, call 567-661-7357 or 1 800 GO OWENS, Ext. 7357.
A benefit/poker run for Nikki Crone, a 30-year-old mother who is battling terminal cancer, will be held Sept. 20 at the Gibsonburg Sportsman’s Club, Route 600, Gibsonburg.
The sign-in time is 12:30 p.m. The first bike will head out at 1:30 p.m. The event will also include raffles, prizes, music, food and fun.
For more information, contact Tom Crone at 419-637-7319.
At the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association Board of Directors meeting held in August, Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton was appointed to represent the association on the task force for enforcement of underage drinking laws in Ohio.
Sheriff Bratton’s duties will range from involvement in various meetings and establishing protocol for assisting in the promotion and enforcement of underage drinking laws.
The association, which is the only organization that represents sheriffs throughout the state, notes that it never solicits by phone for contributions. Requests for donations are always conducted by phone.
Waite plans open house
The staff of Morrison R. Waite High School will host an open house for parents and guardians of students Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Career Center cafeteria.
Visitors are invited to meet the staff, tour classrooms and learn what is expected of students throughout the school year.
The Show Choir and Jazz Band will perform throughout the evening. Refreshments will be served.
Food marketing seminar
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) will offer an educational seminar focusing on enhancing business elements for start-up food companies.
The seminar will be held Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Agricultural Incubator, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green. Featured speakers include John Gauthier, of Gauthier Marketing and Rochelle Galiber, of Auntie’s Rum Cakes.
Food-related business owners, managers and aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend. The seminar fee is $25 per person. To reserve a space, contact Paula Ray at 419-823-3099 or
The Center for Innovative Food Technology is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of food manufacturing through technical and business assistance.
Red Cross training
The American Red Cross is offering a prerequisite course to disaster training in Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the first-floor conference area at Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton.
Participants will learn how to assess their skills and abilities to best serve in a disaster at home or wherever needed.
Additional trainings being offered in the Magruder conference area this fall include:
• Mass Care – Oct. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. An overview of the various jobs available to the volunteer, including mass feedings, shelter care, client assistance and more.
• Shelter Operations/Simulation – Oct. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m.
• Logistics Overview – Oct. 18 and 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.
• Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance – Oct. 29 and 30 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
All disaster training is free. Register by calling 419-734-1100 or e-mailing
Life Line screenings
Life Line Screenings for stroke and osteoporosis will be offered Sept. 26 at the Millbury Sportsman’s Club, 1420 Woodville Rd., Millbury.
Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. Recommended baseline screenings include stroke/carotid artery, atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysm and peripheral arterial disease. The carotid artery screening uses ultrasound to identify blockages in the arteries of the neck – a leading cause of stroke. The atrial fibrillation screening checks for an irregular heartbeat and the abdominal aortic aneurysm screening looks for a ballooning of the largest artery in the body. Screening for peripheral arterial disease checks for blockages in the arteries of the arms and legs – a condition that leaves an individual at four to five times higher risk of heart disease.
Additional screenings may be added for a more comprehensive risk assessment. They include C-reactive protein, a blood marker for vascular disease and diabetes; complete lipid panel including HDL/LDL and total cholesterol; glucose, a measure of blood sugar levels that can determine a risk for diabetes; and an ultrasound screening for osteoporosis.
The cost is $140 for four screenings and $199 for all eight screenings.
To schedule an appointment or obtain more information, call 1-800-643-6188. Pre-registration is required.
The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society will present the second in a series of “First Lady Teas” Sept. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Historic Brandville School, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon.
Special speaker for the buffet luncheon tea will be the humanitarian activist and celebrated poet Emma Lazarus, as portrayed by Norma McHailoff. Her words, “Give me your tired, your poor…” which are inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, make her one of the most read women poets.
The first “First Lady Tea” presented Eleanor Roosevelt portrayed by Gail Conrad from the American Association of University Women at the University of Toledo. Co-chairs Jeanette Mlynek and Betty Metz note that the previous tea was sold out and received rave reviews.
Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Call 419-693-2956 or 419-696-0280 for reservations or information.
Bridge to close
A bridge on Genoa-Clay Center Road that crosses the south branch of Turtle Creek will be closing Sept. 15 for construction.
The detour route will be Moline-Martin Road to State Route 51, to Genoa-Clay Center Road.
Work on the bridge is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.
Forty Oregon eighth-graders will take on playing the game Survivor later this month, but they don’t have to worry about being left out in the jungle or having to eat bugs.
However, they will participate in challenges, Tribal Council and even enjoy a nice lunch with their parents.
The Oregon Community & Family Coalition (OCFC) will present “Survivor Oregon,” an Asset Development Mini-Conference, at Fassett Middle School Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Students will receive their Tribal Assignments, participate in a challenge session and experience a Tribal Council. After all activities have been completed, the students will have lunch with their parents and watch a special presentation.
All of the activities will focus on Developmental Assets - 40 key building blocks that help youths grow up healthy. The more assets youths acquire, the more likely they are to succeed, the coalition notes.
The Survivor mini-conference will focus on self-esteem, sense of purpose, positive family communication, peaceful conflict resolution, and personal power. Challenges include “Oregon’s got Talent,” “Text It!” “Sumo! Set! Go!” and “Fear Factor.”
Pre-registration is required. Registration ends Sept. 15. Call Heather Umbaugh, OCFC Youth/Community coordinator at 419-720-1708.