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Home Weekly Features News Briefs Week of 11/14/2014
Week of 11/14/2014
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:17

Quarter Frenzy fundraiser
Eastwood Band Boosters will hold a Quarter Frenzy fundraiser Dec. 1 at the Riverview Banquet Centre, American Legion Hall, 405 E. Front St., Pemberville.

The adult-only event is best described as a raffle-style auction during which participants will use quarters to bid on prizes while supporting local charities.

Sign-in will be held from 6 to 6:50 p.m. The Frenzy starts at 7 p.m. Additional quarters will be available from vendors.

A cash bar and food will be available for purchase.


Calendar photos sought
The Village of Elmore will hold a photography contest for the 2012 annual Elmore area calendar.

Pictures should depict life in Elmore including buildings, churches, institutions, parks, activities and events held throughout the four seasons. Prizes will be awarded to winning entries. Pictures may be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Nov. 18.

Community civic groups and churches are also reminded to contact Gail by Nov. 18 with information and dates to be included on the calendar.


Hall of Fame inductees
Eight new honorees were inducted into the Toledo Civic Hall of Fame on Nov. 7 at the Rotary Club of Toledo’s noon luncheon at the Park Inn Hotel.

The honorees, all honored posthumously, include Mariam and Ward M. Canaday, Carolyn and Conrad Jobst, Samuel G. Carson, Margaret Anderson, Gordon Jeffery and Noah Swayne.

Ward M. Canaday (1985-1976) was often called the “father of Jeep.” Mariam Canaday (1883-1974) was among the founding members of the Friends for Music – now the Toledo Symphony, and Riverside Hospital, where she served as president.

Conrad Jobst (1890-1957), a mechanical engineer, is credited with a number of innovative inventions from an automatic brush-making machine still in use after 100 years to the first hard top convertible. His wife, Carolyn (1919-1993), inherited the company that produced one of Conrad’s most notable inventions, the compression stocking. Almost 50 years after its creation, the company was sold and she made sure the money was used in support of the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Hospital and other important Toledo institutions.

Samuel G. Carson (1913-2008) was an insurance executive and became head of Toledo’s largest bank, previously the Toledo Trust Co. He also devoted his time to civic service and volunteerism.

Margaret Anderson (1895-1983), a founding partner of The Andersons and former volunteer teacher, took on many roles in her life but felt being a wife and mother were most essential. She spoke frequently on the importance of family and her experiences as a mother, going so far as to write a manual entitled, “Raising a Family is a Pleasure.”

Gordon Jeffery (1901-1978) was a former Lucas County Clerk of Courts. He served as recreation commissioner, director of the state department of highway safety, vice president of the Boys and Girls Club of Toledo and director of the Ohio division of the American Cancer Society.

Noah Swayne (1847-1922) is remembered for his persistence in keeping baseball alive in Toledo. Swayne purchased land and built Swayne Field, which became host to seasons of baseball games and a place for many other entertainment opportunities for Toledo citizens.  

Established in 1998, the Toledo Civic Hall of Fame will now include 76 prominent men and women from the community, each of whom is honored with a plaque in the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Main Toledo-Lucas Country Public Library. Honorees are chosen by the Toledo Civic Leader committee, a group of volunteers seeking to honor Toledoans who have made an impact on the city. The committee is appointed by the mayor and confirmed by Toledo City Council.


Zoo earns A+ rating
The Toledo Zoo has earned the Better Business Bureau’s highest rating for charitable accountability.

The A+ rating reflects the Bureau’s analysis of the zoo’s performance against 20 standards of charitable accountability in four categories, including governance and oversight, measuring effectiveness, finances and fundraising and informational materials.

For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040.


Controlled deer hunt
All trails at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be closed Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20, and Monday through Thursday, Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, for safety reasons during controlled deer hunts.

The refuge’s visitor center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those days. For more information, call 419-898-0014 or visit www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa.


Personal safety class
Area residents interested in enhancing their personal safety and situational awareness are invited to participate in a new Personal Safety and Security Class being offered through Owens Community College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness Nov. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m.

During the four-hour class, attendees will receive learn about situational awareness, basic self-defense, tasers, pepper spray, mace, stun guns and collapsible batons. Additionally, students will learn about how to create a safe room/office as well as practice hands-on self-defense moves and the proper use of self-defense weapons. Participants are encouraged to wear exercise clothing and athletic shoes.

The class fee is $35. For more information or to register, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2411.


Helping local families
As more and more families in NW Ohio and SE Michigan are facing unemployment, poverty and even homelessness, food pantries are being overwhelmed, shelters are filled to capacity and job seekers are crowding through the doors of employment centers. Families are doing their best to scratch out a living, but for many, it’s just not enough.

The bills continue to mount and there isn’t enough money to meet the needs.

ISOH/IMPACT is collecting donations to help local families with basic needs throughout the upcoming holiday season. Donations for the Bucket Brigade may include cash; grocery and fuel gift cards; canned and non-perishable food items; personal care items; cleaning supplies; diapers and baby care items; pet supplies; toilet paper, paper towels and tissues; laundry detergent and fabric softener and five-gallon buckets with lids. Glass items, water or clothing will not be accepted.

Donations may be dropped off at any Toledo area Tireman Auto Service Center or at ISOH/IMPACT’s distribution center, located at 905 Farnsworth Rd. in Waterville. There is a P.O.D.S. container onsite at the Waterville distribution center for 24/7 drop-offs.

Cash and credit card donations may be made online at www.isohimpact.org or sent directly to the ISOH/IMPACT offices at 25182 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551. For more information, visit www.isohimpact.org.


Terra institutes “CORE”
Incoming students at Terra State Community College will go through a new mandatory orientation program.

The Complete Orientation and Registration Experience (CORE) is designed to empower students as they begin their college studies and motivates them on their path to success, according to Kristen Taylor, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services.

“The enrollment process now requires students to attend this session to learn about student policies, faculty expectations, student services, and how to navigate through their student portal online so they can register for classes during CORE,” Taylor said.

Students are required to submit an application, and submit test scores or complete the college placement exam prior to reserving their seat in a CORE session. All new students and students returning to the college after a five-year absence will be required to attend CORE.

Registration for spring 2012 is under way and continues through the start of spring semester on Jan. 9. For more information, contact the Admissions and Enrollment Services Office at 1-866-AT-TERRA or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


“Picasso at the Lapin Agile”
Brilliant minds of a bygone era will converge in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre as Owens Community College presents the student production of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” Nov. 17-20 in the College’s Mainstage Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and 3 p.m. Nov. 20.

Written by Steve Martin, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” tells the comedic story of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso and their meeting at a Parisian café in 1904. Both individuals, who are on the verge of world-changing accomplishments, find themselves in a lengthy discussion about the value of genius and talent to the interest of many additional bystanders, including Picasso’s agent and the local bartender.

Students involved in the production as cast members include John Toth of Toledo, Silvester Rodriguez IV of Walbridge, Emily Pheils of Rossford, Jordan Jarvis of Perrysburg, Morgan Rife of Woodville, Joshua Smith of Toledo, Jeremy Stone of Toledo, Rose DiNardo of Toledo and Zachary Post of Woodville. Community member Matthew Johnston of Maumee is also participating in the production as cast member.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for Owens students and employees. All seats are general admission. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. ARTS (2787).


Thanksgiving Dinner set
Local churches, civic organizations, businesses, school groups and private citizens of the greater Elmore area are once again collaborating for the 3rd Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner Serving Ottawa and Sandusky Counties.

The dinner will be held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Woodmore High School Cafeteria, 633 Fremont St., Elmore.

The first dinner event was organized in 2009 to support families and individuals who are unable to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner because of financial limitations, as the 2009 unemployment rate in Ottawa County was nearing 17 percent at the time.

The planning group learned there are many area residents who wanted to gather and celebrate the holiday as a community, in the tradition of the first Thanksgiving.

The menu will include turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, rolls, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, homemade pumpkin pie, desserts, and beverage.

Those who are able are encouraged to bring in a canned good for the local food pantries or a new, unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots.

Anyone who would like to make a donation or volunteer to help at the event may contact Robin Hindall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Holiday Bureau collections
The Ottawa County Holiday Bureau Allen-Clay-Harris Township Unit is anticipating an increase in the number of families they will serve for the holidays this year, according to Kathy Mapes, the organization’s chairman.

“The number of applications received over the past few years has increased,” she said. “We are asking more businesses and organizations to reach out and help a little by donating their services, money, food, toys or by sponsoring a family by purchasing the gifts for the children.”

The bureau relies solely on community support for donations. Applications are available at local churches, post offices, daycares, and libraries. In addition, each child enrolled in the Genoa Schools received an application.

Applications are due by Dec. 1. The distribution date to pick up food and toys will be Dec. 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church for Allen-Clay Township residents and Dec 12 at 1 p.m. at the Elmore Community Center for Harris Township residents.

Applicants must bring acceptance letters, which will be delivered by mail, to pickup locations.

In the coming weeks, all Genoa Schools will be collecting food and toys for the bureau. In addition, there will be an OSU vs. Michigan Food Drive Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Millers New Market. Shoppers who purchase a prepackaged brown bag for the Holiday Bureau and place in their favorite team’s collection box will receive a free raffle ticket for a $50 savings bond from Genoa Bank. Donors may also sign the Clay Township Police Cruiser.

A Food and Toy Drive will be held Dec. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Genoa McDonald’s. Meet Ronald McDonald and Pack the Police Cruiser with food or toys. McDonald’s will be giving free food coupons with every donation.

For more information or to volunteer, call OCHB Chairman Kathy Mapes at 419-654-6273, Co-Chairman Esteban Reyes at 419-345-4104 or Toy Coordinator Catherine Aldrich 419-764-9293.


Heating assistance
WSOS offices are currently accepting appointments for residents who may need assistance paying their heating bills through the 2011-12 Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP). The program runs through March 31, 2012.

Income limits remain the same as last year as do the amount of assistance per household ¬¬– $750 for those who use propane and up to $450 depending on electric and heating source for others.

Households that do not have an emergency may receive assistance with heating bills from regular Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which provides a one-time per heating season assistance. However, applicants must file their own applications. WSOS can provide the applications and can assist applicants with the forms. HEAP operates also until March 31, 2012.

Currently, Columbia Gas is conducting a program for its customers in partnership with WSOS. Residents who are Columbia Gas customers can get help with their bills through the Columbia Gas program and EHEAP. WSOS will also enroll eligible applicants in the PIPP Plus program, which targets customers of most heating utility companies, except for small companies, who are at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

To make an appointment for EHEAP help, in Wood County call 419-353-7407; in Ottawa County, call 419-734-2652; or in Sandusky County, call 419-334-5126.

 

Holiday pie sale
Nov. 12 is the deadline for ordering pies from Clay High School Culinary Arts students’ 14th annual “World’s Finest Student Pie Sale.”

As part of the curriculum, students learn to make pies from scratch using fresh local pumpkins and harvest apples. Funds raised support needy Oregon families at Christmas, as well as financing culinary activities.

Four kinds of pies are being offered – fresh pumpkin, Chess (a southern-style sugar-custard pie), honey-pecan and apple-crumb. The pumpkin and Chess sell for $7; the apple-crumb for $10 and honey-pecan for $11.

Orders are being taken now through Nov. 16. Pies are to be picked up Nov. 22, unless other arrangements are made. Pumpkin and apple-crumb pies can be ordered as fresh baked or frozen raw to be baked at home. Others are pre-baked.

To order, call the student-run restaurant, the Golden Eagle Café, at 419-693-0665, ext. 2162.


Holiday Open House
Petals and Plants, a flower and gift shop operated by high school students in the Floral Design/Greenhouse Production program at Penta Career Center, will host a Holiday Open House Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The shop is located on the Penta campus at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg Township. Visitor parking is available adjacent to the Floral Design/Greenhouse Production lab near the large greenhouse. Visitors should follow the Penta campus signs to the designated parking area.

Special items on sale will include fresh Thanksgiving centerpieces, decorated trees, silk wreaths, garden art by George Carruth, candles and a variety of holiday decorations for the home. In addition, Petals and Plants is taking orders for Christmas greens including pine roping, wreaths and grave blankets and pillows.

For more information, call Karen Prymicz at 419-661-6344.


Coloring contest
The Oak Harbor Apple Festival Royalty is sponsoring their First Christmas Coloring Contest.

Coloring pages and rules may be picked up at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Office, the Oak Harbor Library or any Benton-Carroll-Salem elementary school.

Contestants are asked to color the picture on the back side of the rules, using only crayons, markers and colored pencils, without the help of others.

The contest is open to any child pre K through fourth grade. Entries will be separated by the following age groups for judging purposes: pre-K-first grade and grades 2-4. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each age group.

Coloring pages are due at the chamber office by Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. Winners will be notified by phone and the winning coloring pages will be displayed at the Old Fashioned Christmas Dec. 3.

Winners will have their photos taken with the Apple Festival Royalty and Santa Claus. Questions may be directed to Amy Lutman, Royalty Director at 419-707-1112 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Unison sets career fair
Due to Unison Behavioral Health Group’s continued growth and demand for services, the agency will host a career fair Nov. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Unison’s 1212 Cherry St. location.

The event will highlight current opportunities in AOD Adolescent Residential, AOD Child/Adolescent, Child/Family Community Based Services, Dual Diagnosis and Intensive Services.

Interested applicants should bring a current resume and be prepared to complete an employment application. Hiring managers will be available to answer questions and conduct on-the-spot interviews.

For more information, visit www.unisonbhg.org or call 419-936-7576.


Holiday open house
Petals and Plants, a flower and gift shop operated by high school students in the Floral Design/Greenhouse Production program at Penta Career Center, will host a Holiday Open House Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will take place inside the shop, located on the Penta campus at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg Township. Visitor parking is available adjacent to the Floral Design/Greenhouse Production Lab near the large greenhouse. Visitors should follow the Penta campus signs to the designated parking area.

Items on sale at the Holiday Open House will include fresh Thanksgiving centerpieces, decorated trees, silk wreaths, garden art by George Carruth, candles and a variety of holiday decorations for the home. In addition, orders will be taken for Christmas greens, including pine roping, wreaths, grave blankets and pillows.

For more information, call Karen Prymicz, at 419-661-6344.


“Chemical Bonding”
The Clay High School Limelighters will open the 2011-2012 season with Don Zolitis’ two-act dramedy “Chemical Bonding.”

“Chemical Bonding” tells the humorous and emotionally relevant story of Dani, a recent high school graduate who must work third shift at a chemical factory to help pay for her college tuition.  The show will run Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors and are available in advance at Clay High School or before each performance at the auditorium window.


Parade of Trees
A time-honored holiday tradition, Christmas Trees on Parade will light up the village of Oak Harbor again this year.

Members of the community, family, businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor a tree as a memorial, an honorary gift or a seasonal greeting. A sign will be placed at each tree displaying the special message and the sponsor.

The trees will be displayed on the light posts in the Oak Harbor village. The cost for a tree is $35 and all proceeds go toward the Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration Dec. 3.

Forms are currently available online at www.oakharborohio.net, or at the chamber office, 161 W. Water St, Oak Harbor. For more information, call 419-898-0479.


Evening of Thanksgiving
The community is invited to attend the second annual Evening of Thanksgiving, Hope, and Remembrance Nov. 17 at 7:15 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green.

Presented by the Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition, the evening will honor local citizens who have promoted suicide prevention, and commemorate local residents lost to this tragedy. Highlights will include awards, live music, and refreshments.

Reservations are appreciated but not required. Contact Lisa Myers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 1-800-367-4935 for more information.


Holiday toy drive
Owens Community College’s Veterans Club is looking to spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate children by collaborating with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and hosting its first-ever Toy Drive, Nov. 9-30.

Through Nov. 30, the Veterans Club will accept new and unwrapped toys as part of a collaborative effort with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. All collected donations will then be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for distribution to needy children in the surrounding communities.

Donations may be dropped off in the College Hall Room 130 reception area, the Student Health and Activities Center and the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

For more information about the toy drive, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 8387.


Mary Lincoln to visit
Mary Todd Lincoln (Betty Jean Metz), will visit the Historic Brandville School in Oregon Nov. 15 following the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society’s general meeting at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Metz will take the audience on a memorable journey with the personal story of her life in the White House and many points beyond.

The Brandville School is located at 1133 Grasser St. For more information, call 419-693-7052.

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