Free picnic lunches will be served and high school bands will perform to create a fall/homecoming frame of mind.
The NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick competition from 9 to 11 a.m. is for boys and girls 8 to 15. Last year’s national winner, Lucas McCullough of Luckey, will be there to root on this year’s contestants. Registration and a copy of a birth certificate are required to enter. Registration forms are available at The Andersons stores and at the Pearson park offices.
Picnic lunches will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunches are free with a ticket, available at the local Andersons locations or for $1 on the day of event.
Also from 11 to 5, Buckeye CableSystem will sponsor children’s activities and bag toss.
Local high school marching bands will perform from noon to 3 p.m., followed by rousing performances by high school cheerleader squads from 3 to 5 p.m.
Volunteers are also being sought to help staff the picnic. Contact Marge Dembowski, special events coordinator, at 419-407-9727.
Pearson Metropark is located on SR2 at Lallendorf Road in Oregon.
Fall plant sale
Owens Community College’s Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club will hold its annual Fall Plant Sale Sept. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the greenhouse, located near the entrance to the Owens Math/Science Center. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
The sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and rare and unusual trees,
among other items.
“What individuals might not realize is that the fall is actually a very good time to plant trees and shrubs,” said Chris Foley, Owens associate professor of Life/Natural Sciences and Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club advisor. “The ground is still warm from the summer months and the soil is very moist. These conditions promote great root growth for plants through December. Plants benefit greatly from the fall planting because by the time the next hot, dry weather comes around they will have already established a strong root system.”
All proceeds from the plant sale will help fund the organization’s participation in PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days, which will be held in California.
For more information about the sale, call 567-661-7623 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7623.
iDecide forum set
Members of the community are invited to join moderator Cate Knipp for the upcoming Sandusky County iDecide 2008 Candidate Forum Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Vanguard Technology Center lecture lab in Fremont.
Those attending may register to vote, learn more about candidates and ask questions about issues of concern.
The slate of candidates scheduled to present includes: common pleas judge - John Dewey and Norman Solze, and Barbara Ansted, David Dorobek, and Roger Hafford; juvenile/probate judge - Brad Culbert and Brad Smith; county commissioner - Glenn Baker and Terry Thatcher and Michael Hetrick and Danny Polter; county prosecutor - Thomas Stierwalt; county treasurer - Irma Celestino and Don Nalley, Jr.; county engineer - James Moyer; county recorder - Colleen Carmack; county coroner - John Wukie; clerk of courts - Warren Brown; state representative 81st district - Andrew Kashmer and Jeff Wagner; state senate 26th District - Karen Gillmor and Tom Kruse; and U.S. House of Representatives 5th District - George Mays.
For more information, call Lesley Wadsworth at 419-992-4535.
Aerobic program starting
Maumee Bay State Park, in conjunction with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, is offering a fall/winter aerobics program for adults 18 and over.
Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Maumee Bay Resort lodge pool. Three eight-week sessions will be offered.
The cost is $30 per session. The first session will begin Oct. 6 and run through Nov. 26. Call 419698-7145 for more information.
The City of Toledo, Board of Community Relations, Metroparks of the Toledo Area and The Toledo Botanical Garden will present a celebration of the community’s diverse cultural heritage with “A Taste of Diversity,” Sept. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the botanical garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo.
The event will include samplings of a variety of ethnic foods donated by some of Toledo’s finest restaurants, cultural music, dance and spoken performances. Visitors are also invited to enjoy nature walks at the garden.
Admission, parking, food and entertainment are free. For more information, call the Board of Community Relations at 419-245-1565.
Bittersweet Farms will host its 25th annual Harvest Festival Sept 28 from noon to 5 p.m. Bittersweet Farms is located at 12660 Archbold Whitehouse Rd., Whitehouse.
The family-focused event will feature live bands including Hand Hewn, Gene Zenz, Tim Oehlers and Alma Drum & Dance Group as well as children’s games and activities, a greased pig contest, hayrides and barbeque chicken and pulled pork dinners.
Attendees will also be able to purchase arts and crafts made by the participants of Bittersweet Farms and homemade baked goods made by friends of Bittersweet Farms.
Admission is free. Parking is $2 per car. All proceeds from the event go to fund programs at Bittersweet Farms, a 501c(3) not-for-profit that has been providing residential and vocational programs for people with autism for 25 years.
Penta open house
The new Penta Career Center, located at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg Township, will hold a Community Open House Sept. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m.
The public is invited to tour the school and get a first-hand look at the professionally designed career-technical labs, academic classrooms and science labs.
At 522,000 square feet in size, the new Penta is one of the largest career-technical school construction projects in Ohio. The estimated budget for the construction of the new school was about $90.6 million.
Penta offers more than 30 career-technical programs for high school students. Nearly 1,500 students attend classes at the new facility and the school serves an additional 2,000 students through various satellite programs within its 16 member school districts, which include Benton-Carroll-Salem, Eastwood, Genoa, Lake, Northwood and Woodmore.
Youth hunting symposium
The N.W. Ohio Youth Hunting Symposium will be held Sept.20, at the WolfCreek Sportsmen’s clubhouse, located at 349 Teachout Rd., Curtice.
The free event is open to youths 10 through 17 with an adult partner. Participants will learn more about shooting sports and the great outdoors. Topics to be discussed include gun shooting, archery and flint knapping, among others. Lunch will be provided. Advance registration is suggested.
Call Bob at 419-292-1806 or Sam at 419-691-2016.
Black Swamp Conservancy, a Perrysburg-based land trust, will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its founding with a dinner Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Metropark on West Central Avenue in Toledo.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Blade Outdoors Editor Steve Pollick, who will tell “Stories from Northwest Ohio: Loving the Land.” The event will also include a raffle for prizes including a duck hunt for two at the conservancy’s easement-protected marshland in Sandusky Bay; a Maumee River fishing excursion for four people guided by Pollick and Eric Kraus of thenaturalresource.com and a canoe trip for up to 12 people to view bald eagles.
Dinner tickets are $35. Seating is limited to 100 people. Raffle tickets are $20 or six for $100. Ticketholders need not be present to win. For more information, call 419-872-5263.
Board passes resolution
The Woodmore Local School Board recently approved a resolution to authorize the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) to proceed with funding offer to Woodmore for a Pre-K building plan.
The board’s next regular meeting will be held Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodmore Elementary School Library.
Safe boating course
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft will offer a one-day Ohio Boating Education Course Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gander Mountain, 1320 Holland-Sylvania Rd., Holland.
The course covers state and federal laws, navigational “rules of the road” and basic boating safety practices. A $5 fee covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitation.
The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and meets Ohio’s boating education requirement. Successful completion of the course may also qualify boaters for a discount on boat owners’ insurance.
For more information or to RSVP, call 419-836-6003.
Lindy Buck, M.D., and Henry J. Taylor III, M.D., have closed their Oregon medical practice. Ohio State retention regulations require that the original medical records accumulated during the term of the practice be maintained for a period of no less then 10 years. Iron Mountain, Inc., will store and provide release of information services. The records have been moved to the practice’s Toledo facility. In order for patients or their designated recipients to obtain copies, patients or their legal representatives must sign an authorization and pay a fee of $32.50 or higher, if the record is very lengthy.
For more information, call 734-456-5000.
Owens Community College will offer “Building Confidence with ACT Prep” in September and October.
The class, coordinated through the college’s Workforce and Community Services, will be held Monday evenings Sept. 29 through Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the College’s Workforce and Community Services building on Tracy Road in Northwood.
During each of the four sessions, students will be tutored in all five sections of the ACT test. The actual ACT is comprised of one test in each of the following areas: English, math, reading, science reasoning and writing. In addition, students will learn traditional testing strategies such as how to take a timed test and how to find the elusive answer to a difficult question.
Registration for the ACT preparation class is required Sept. 26. Limited seating is available and early registration is recommended. For more information, or to register for the class, call 567-661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
Good Ol’ Days
Faith United Methodist Church in Oregon is planning a Good Ol` Days Family Festival Sept. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. The church is located at Starr and Coy.
Young festival-goers can drive a half-scale Model T. Hands-on fun will include kite making and flying, rocket building and launching, the chance to make corn husk dolls and even to build a Montgolfier hot-air balloon.
The afternoon’s events will also include an old-fashioned cake walk, silent auction and stage entertainment every half hour. In addition, there will be old-fashioned carriage rides provided by Vail Meadows and Tom Hinkle will be demonstrating his high-wheeler cycle.
Admission is free for entertainment. Tickets for games and food etc are five for $5 at the door or six for $5 in advance. Canned food donations may be exchanged for tickets. All food collected goes directly to the Oregon Food Bank.
All profits from the festival will benefit the Oregon Food Bank, UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) and Open Door Ministries.
Energy options considered
The Benton-Carroll-Salem school board is exploring energy options for operating the district.
The board used a work session earlier this month to hear a presentation on wind power by Michael Spacek, of Engineered Process Systems.
“We must be careful in spending district money and consider all options to reduce further energy costs,” said Bev Rust, board president.
If state grants could be used, the board estimates the useful life of a wind turbine would be about 30 years and have a pay-back period of about seven to 10 years.