Testing will be performed on all hydrants east of the city of Perrysburg corporation limits to the I-280 expressway in Lake Township, including Ampoint Industrial Park, Owens Community College, the Village of Walbridge, Moline and Turnpike exit 5, as well as subdivisions such as The Hamlet, Belmont Country Club, Starbright, Lakemont, etc.
Testing will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents may experience rusty water during this period.
Food pantry fundraiser
In celebration of Northwood Jewelers’ 25th year in business, and in honor of Richard “Mo” Majewski, a party/fundraiser for local food pantries will be held Oct. 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Sunrise Park & Banquet Center in Millbury.
The event will feature live music by Time Piece, raffles and door prizes and hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available.
Tickets will be $25. Those who cannot attend may send donations to the Food Pantry Fundraiser c/o Northwood Jewelers, 4725 Woodville Rd., Unit 11, Northwood, OH, 43619.
Banned Books Week
Each year, the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of American Publishers and the National Association of College Stores sponsors Banned Books Week, which will be observed this year Sept. 27 through Oct. 4.
In observance of Banned Book Week, the Harris-Elmore Public Library will display a number of books that have been banned or challenged somewhere in the United States during 2007-2008. Banned Books Week is the 27th annual celebration of the Freedom to Read, which is rooted in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Some of the books that have frequently been challenged this past year include “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou; “Go Ask Alice,” by Anonymous; “Running with Scissors,” by Augusten Borroughs; Robert Cormier’s “The Chocolate War,” “Whale Talk,” by Chris Crutcher; “The Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold; and the Harry Potter books, by J.K. Rowling.
There will be a drawing at the end of the week for two “Banned Books” T-shirts.
Voter registration deadline
The Ottawa County Board of Elections reminds voters that the closing date for new voter registrations and changes of addresses for the upcoming November General Election is Oct. 6.
Voters who are already registered do not have to re-register.
Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Oct. 6, the board office will be open extended hours from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The board office is located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor in the Veterans Memorial Building.
New registration and change of address may also be made at any public library, Bureau of Motor Vehicles office and at the Ottawa County Courthouse at the Clerk of Courts Title Department or the Treasurer’s Office.
For more information, call the board of elections at 419-898-3071 or 1-800-697-9807.
All area women are invited to a “Bountiful Harvest” luncheon and program that will be sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Oct. 9 at noon at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Heidi Phillips from the Wood County Extension Service will share ideas on what to do with all of the fall bounty from the garden. Deanna Dixon, of Curtice, will provide vocal entertainment and Delores Mitson, from North Canton, Ohio, will discuss, “How Change Brings New Hope and Excitement to living.”
The cost is $10, all inclusive. For reservations, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.
Sheriffs plan workshop
On Oct. 9, the Sheriffs of Northwestern Ohio Fiscal Workshop will be held at the Wood County Sheriff’s Office in Bowling Green.
Transportation of inmates will be the topic of discussion, with the goal of pooling resources to save personnel, time and money.
For more information about the meeting, call Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn at 419-354-9008 or Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton at 419-734-6877. The meeting is open to the public.
Silver & Gold Club trip
The Silver and Gold Club sponsored by Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home will take a day trip to Perrysburg for shopping and dinner theater Oct. 15.
The bus will begin boarding at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $55, which includes transportation via luxury motor coach, all admissions, taxes and gratuities. The trip will include shopping at Levis Commons, lunch and the stage show, “Love Letters,” at Ms. Rose’s Dinner Theatre. The bus will return to the funeral home at 5:45 p.m.
Reservations and payment should be sent to Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave., Oregon, 43616 by Oct. 1. Registration should include a check payable to the funeral home, the participant’s name, address, phone number and the name and number of an emergency contact.
Foster care, adoption classes
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is welcoming adults interested in becoming foster or adoptive
parents to attend a session of free training classes in October.
A new fall session of classes, which are required for foster or adoptive licensing, will be held Oct. 6 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., allowing participants to complete the entire curriculum in just six day-long sessions. Register by calling 419-213-3336.
While LCCS strives to help children remain with their families by working with their parents to build a safe, nurturing environment, it’s not always possible. As a result, the agency needs foster and adoptive parents for children of all ages, but particularly families who can provide loving and stable homes for teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters. The agency is also seeking parents to join its therapeutic foster care program, providing care to children with behavioral, developmental or physical challenges.
To qualify, applicants:
• Must be at least 18 years of age to adopt; 21 to become a foster parent.
• Can be married, single or partnered
• Can own or rent their own homes.
• Can work outside the home.
• Don’t have to earn a lot of money, just enough to support themselves.
• Need a safety inspection for their homes.
• Agree to a background check.
• Receive free training.
• Receive financial support, based on the child’s needs.
Another six-day program is also scheduled to begin Nov. 10.
Memorial Hospital’s Diabetic Support Group will meet in the Chestnut Café Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
Guest speaker will be Angie Laughlin, certified fitness trainer. The topic of discussion will be “Fitness Choices that Fit Diabetes.” The public is welcome to attend. For further information, call 419-332-7321 ext. 6635.
Ottawa County Senior Resources has moved its administrative offices to 8200 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, just one door west of its previous home at Riverview Health Care Campus.
In June, the kitchen facilities were moved to the same location as growth warranted more space for meal preparation and packing for home-delivered meals. The new location offers space for a conference room, office space for the agency’s satellite program -OPTIONS for Independence, and space for a proposed senior computer training room.
The building, which once housed the MRDD school and offices, is shared by the Ottawa County Early Childhood Program and the court-directed Student Assistance Program.
To contact Senior Resources, call 1-877-898-6459 or 419-898-6459.
Monster Ball planned
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center will hold its 8th annual Monster Ball & Reverse Raffle (previously the Rock, Raffle & Race) Oct. 28 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 245 Hall, 705 Lime City Rd., Rossford.
The cost is $40 per person and includes a dinner and two free drink tickets. The theme for the event is Halloween, however costumes are optional. A reverse raffle ticket included in the ticket price offers the chance of winning the grand prize of $2,000.
Only 125 tickets will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the East Toledo Senior Activities Center. For tickets or more information, call 419-691-2254.
East Toledo/Ironwood area neighbors will hold a neighborhood meeting Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave.
Topics of discussion will include possible ways to change and improve the neighborhood’s appearance and improve safety.
For more information, call Ellen at 419-343-6739.
A benefit chicken dinner will be held for 9-year-old Kaeyla Rae Vasko, of East Toledo, who was hit by a pickup truck Sept. 3, 2008 while riding her bicycle near her home.
The dinner will be held Oct. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in East Toledo. The fundraiser will also include a 50/50 raffle and silent auctions.
Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, will be available at the door or in advance by calling Michelle Gladieux at 419-360-2670 or Kim Hartbarger at 419-350-7254.
Donations may also be made to help Kaeyla’s family with medical expenses at any National City Bank branch.
The Toledo Lucas County Health Department will hold a low cost rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Health Center, 635 N. Erie Street. Pets will be vaccinated by licensed veterinarians for $5 each. All dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. No pregnant animals, or animals under 3 months will be vaccinated. For more information, call 419-213-4078.
On Sept. 27 at 11 a.m., the Toledo Police will hold its 4th abandoned and forfeited motor vehicle auction of the year. The auction will be held at the Toledo Police impound Lot, 198 Dura Avenue. Terms of the sale will be cash or check. No third party checks. Picture ID is required. For more information, call 419-245-3399.