Master Gardener training
Applications are being accepted for the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. Anyone with a strong interest in gardening and helping others is invited to apply.
Applications and the $175 training fee must be received by Dec. 15. Classes will be held Wednesdays Jan. 25 through March 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Sandusky County Health Department, 2000 Countryside Dr., Fremont.
To become a Master Gardener Volunteer, participants must attend all training sessions, pass examinations and volunteer 50 hours during a one-year internship. Volunteer hours consist of horticultural service to the community through Extension educational programming, including such projects as teaching 4-H youth gardening, planting and maintaining demonstration gardens, answering gardening questions from the public, judging flower and vegetable projects at the county fair and giving presentations to groups on gardening.
To receive an application, call the Sandusky County Extension office at 419-334-6340. A minimum of 12 applicants is required to schedule the class. For more information, call Mark Koenig at the Sandusky County Extension Office at 419-334-6340.
Veterans Day program
All area veterans are invited to a Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the Woodmore High School gym. RSVP to the high school office at 419-862-2721.
Following the program, a breakfast will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Woodville Elementary School cafeteria. RSVP to 419-849-2382.
The Wood County Title Office, located at 1616 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green, has joined the list of nearly 200 agencies statewide under contract with the State of Ohio to sell watercraft registrations through Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.
Fees for registration, which lasts for three years, depend on the length of boat and how it is propelled. Additional information is available online at www.ohiodnr.com/watercraft and by calling 1-877-4BOATER.
World Community Day
The Church Women United of Ottawa County will host their World Community Day Nov. 5 at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington St., Genoa.
Speaker Murray Stewart, a retired physicist, will share his reaction to 9/11 along with his research regarding the various aspects of Islamic religion, including history and background.
Men and women are invited and encouraged to attend the event. Registration begins at 8:45AM. The program starts at 9 a.m. with lunch following, provided by the officers of Church Women United.
Cap & gown collection
Owens Community College’s Student Government is encouraging past college and university graduates to donate their caps and gowns to those less fortunate as part of a Graduation Donation Program.
Donations of new and gently used caps and gowns will be accepted through Nov. 30 in the Student Health and Activities Center Room 165. Interested graduating students can pick up items to use during fall commencement for a $5 deposit, while supplies last.
Though Owens students traditionally wear black, caps and gowns in black and all colors will be accepted. The Student Government will work with area colleges and universities and provide them with the donated caps and gowns to assist their own students.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583.
To honor those who served our country, the East Toledo Senior Activities Center will hold a Veterans’ Breakfast Nov. 11 from 7 to 10 a.m. The center is located in the Navarre Park Shelterhouse, 1001 White St.
The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, juice and coffee. Breakfast is free to veterans and $5 for all others.
For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Owens Community College’s Office of Students of Activities is sponsoring a “Giving Tree” community outreach program.
Participants may choose a leaf on a “The Giving Tree,” located in Founders Hall, the College Hall Atrium and the Student Health and Activities Center. Three colored leaves will be available – red leaves represent the highest level of giving; orange leaves will be the second highest and yellow leaves will be the lowest level, which will primarily have no cost.
Each leaf will designate a volunteer task, which ranges from opening the door for someone to donating a toy item for Toys for Tots.
All donations should be dropped off at the Student Activities Office Room 165 in the Student Health and Activities Center by Nov. 18. At that time, all completed projects will be delivered to their respective community organizations.
Among the organizations participating in “The Giving Tree” outreach program are the Aurora House, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Area Humane Society, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Beach House Family Shelter, Cherry Street Mission Ministries, The Cocoon Shelter, Missions International of America, the United States military in Afghanistan, Operation Christmas Cards and several local libraries.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2994.
Operation Christmas Child
While many Toledo families are busy with holiday activities, a group of local volunteers is focused on filling empty shoeboxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for needy kids overseas through Operation Christmas Child—an effort that has hand-delivered 86 million gifts to kids worldwide since 1993. The year-round project of Samaritan’s Purse is coming to its peak, as local businesses, churches and schools prepare to collect gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21.
Locally, boxes will be collected at CedarCreek Church, 29129 Lime City Rd., Perrysburg. Operating hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday 5 to 8 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday 9 a.m. to noon. Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, uses whatever means necessary to reach suffering children around the world with these gifts of hope, including sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels and dog sleds. Tracking technology also allows donors to “follow” their box to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoebox gifts and find out the destination country, use the “Follow Your Box” donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Volunteers are also needed to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers in Toledo in preparing boxes for delivery. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 937-374-0761 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
FFA Citrus Sale
The Eastwood FFA is conducting their 2011 Citrus Sale, which includes citrus fruit, apples, mixed fruit baskets, popcorn, nuts, beef sticks and jerky and more.
The Wood County Humane Society will hold a Mortgage-Burning Party Nov. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clazel Theater, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green.
Music will be provided by Blue Moon and the Root Cellar String Band. Munchies and a cash bar will be available. The requested donation is $15. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society.
Owens Community College will honor American service men and women at a free Veterans Day community event Nov. 9.
Beginning at 9 a.m., Owens Office of Veterans Services will present the inaugural Veterans Expo in College Hall Room 100. Tom Treece, Vietnam War veteran and author of “The Ghost Closet: Return to Vietnam on the Wings of D.O.V.E,” will serve keynote speaker and provide attendees with insight into the D.O.V.E. (Development of Vietnam Endeavors) initiative, a non-profit organization comprised of Vietnam War veterans, Rotarians and concerned citizens who are dedicated to rebuilding the country of Vietnam.
Additionally, Treece will speak about his experience of returning to Vietnam and how helping others has impacted his life.
In addition to the lecture presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with and receive information from several community outreach organizations, including U.S. Marines Toys for Tots, Cell Phones for Soldiers, the Toledo Outpatient Clinic OEF/OIF Program, Lucas County Veterans Services and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Vote in Honor of a Veteran. Heroes in Action’s organization will also be accepting donations as part of their veterans’ outreach efforts.
Owens’ Office of Veterans Services is dedicated to assisting veterans, active service persons, reservists and eligible dependents in their pursuit of a college education. To date, 318 individuals are involved in Owens’ veterans’ services programs.
For more information about the Veterans Day activities, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 8387.
Dog fees rise in Ottawa County
By Cindy Jacoby
Special to The Press
The cost of owning a dog is going up in Ottawa County.
Ottawa County Commissioners recently approved a number of price increases at the request of Ottawa County Dog Warden JoLynn Hetrick.
The prices take effect on Jan. 1, 2012, according to commissioners’ office records. Dog license sales begin Dec. 1.
Dog licenses will increase from $18 per animal to $20, Hetrick said.
She could not recall the last time the county bumped the fees but said the increase is necessary.
“It has not been covering expenses,” she explained of annual revenue. “We needed to adjust our numbers to cover those costs.”
The dog warden office, located at 8400 W. Ohio 163 in Salem Township, is currently housing seven dogs. And state law requires the dog warden and her staff to be actively on the streets daily checking on the animal population and complaints.
The new fee schedule is:
•$20 per dog license
•$100 for a kennel fee
•Sale of dog, $25 per dog (unchanged)
•Surrender fee - $40 with license, $60 without license
•$5 tag fee for dogs four months and under
•Impound fee - $20 per day
•Duplicate tag – 50 cents (unchanged)