St. Francis de Sales High School is hosting an Open House Nov. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Students in grade school – especially seventh- and eighth-graders are invited with their families to attend.
Administration, faculty, staff, coaches, students and parents will be available to answer questions and provide information to prospective students and their parents about school programs, including academic, college counseling, athletic, co-curricular, service and campus ministry. There will be an administrator available to answer questions regarding tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities.
In addition, the new Achievement Center for Excellence will be open for tours. The Center offers a place for students to access academic resources, programs, support, and multimedia technologies. Refreshments will be available and entertainment will be provided by the SFS Marching Band and Men’s Chorus.
The school’s placement test will be offered Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. Those taking the test at SFS can compete for academic scholarships.
For more information about the open house or to set up a Knight for Day shadow experience, contact Rick Michalak, Dean of Admissions at 419-531-1618 or
Foreclosure Prevention workshop
To educate homeowners facing foreclosure about the options that are available, the Neighborhood Community Foundation will conduct a free foreclosure prevention workshop Dec. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 2426 Oregon Rd., Northwood.
An independent, nonprofit organization based in Sarasota, Fl. the Neighborhood Community Foundation, strives to help residents develop a better understanding of the foreclosure process, recognize their legal rights, and learn about their options and potential solutions so they can remain in their home.
“Many American homeowners currently in foreclosure are being victimized by fraudulent actions from lenders and/or lawyers,” said Peter Cozmyk, a foreclosure defense attorney who is one of the keynote speakers at the Neighborhood Community Foundation’s foreclosure prevention workshops. “Knowledge is power, and homeowners can more effectively fight foreclosure by knowing about the process and understanding how it directly applies to their situation.”
In recent months, multiple stories about foreclosure-related fraud committed by lenders have surfaced in the news. In addition, there is proposed legislation designed to help homeowners facing foreclosure.
“Lender violations are typically found in eight out of 10 reviewed loan files, but unless homeowners take legal action to defend against the foreclosure, they will not prevent the bank from repossessing the home,” Cozmyk explained. “The volume of errors and violations on loan documents is staggering. Banks should be held to the same level of accountability as every business in America.”
During the workshops, Cozmyk will share free legal information about the most common types of errors and violations found in loan documents and provide a full explanation of the laws that protect homeowners when facing foreclosure eviction. In addition, homeowners will receive information from participating non-profit agencies to help them properly assess a practical course of action for their needs.
Topics of the workshop include:
• Loan modifications – Effective techniques that work
• Federal foreclosure programs – HAMP and HAFA
• Loan audits – How to identify paperwork fraud or loan violations
• Lender paybacks – Are you eligible to receive one?
• Buy more time in your home – Simple steps to postpone your move
• Protecting against foreclosure predators
• County agency resources
• Real legal defenses
• Questions and Answers
To register for the workshop, visit www.Neighborhood-Community.org or call The Neighborhood Community Foundation at 877-306-5299.
Owens Community College Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, will be closed Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 23-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Additionally, there will be no classes Tuesday, Nov. 22. However, administrative offices will be open throughout the day.
Classes will resume and administrative offices will open again Monday, Nov. 28.
Conservancy gets grant
Black Swamp Conservancy has received a $15,000 grant from the O-I Charities Foundation of Perrysburg.
“The O-I Charities Foundation is a great partner of Black Swamp Conservancy. We sincerely appreciate the generous financial support of the foundation and O-I’s 24,000 employees,” said Kevin Joyce, executive director of the Conservancy. “The foundation has helped us tremendously to advance our land conservation mission across northwest Ohio.”
Black Swamp Conservancy is a land trust whose mission is to encourage conservation and protection of natural and agricultural lands in northwest Ohio for the benefit of future generations. The Conservancy has permanently protected over 10,300 acres of northwest Ohio farmland and natural areas since its founding in 1993. The land trust owns property or holds voluntary land conservation agreements on land in twelve northwest Ohio counties and in southeast Michigan.
Fin and Feather Day
The Maumee Bay Carvers will present their annual Fin and Feather Day Nov. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at Magee Marsh Migratory Bird Center, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
The annual competition for the best wooden feather is open to anyone. The competition includes two categories – one for t hose who have won the contest and the other for those who have not won in the past. Judging will be by people’s choice. Ribbons and a cash award will be presented.
The Maumee Bay Club championship will also be held, featuring decoys, birds and fish. Ribbons will be awarded in each class.
In addition, the carvers offer carvings for purchase. For more information, call Bob Lund at 419-874-3671, email
, or visit maumebaycarvers.com.
Food for fines
The Harris-Elmore and Genoa Branch Libraries are now offering “Food for Fines.”
Patrons with overdue fines may settle their accounts by bringing non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau and to the food pantries serving Elmore and Genoa.
The suggested donation is one item for every dollar that is owed. Food items may not be used as payment for lost items.
For more information, call 419-862-2482.
Helping students succeed
Owens Community College is expanding student services efforts help current and new students with academic course planning and registration for the upcoming Spring Semester.
Student Success Registration Days will be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Owens representatives from the Academic Advising, Oserve and Career Services offices will be available at multiple Owens locations to assist students in selecting their Spring Semester courses, as well as to help answer questions about career and academic planning, financial aid, tuition and fees, and academic programs, among other topics.
Help will be available from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Student Health and Activities Center and the College Hall Atrium; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Student Health and Activities Center and the College Hall Atrium.
Free food and refreshments will be available and Owens representatives will be awarding a variety of prizes throughout the registration days.
Additionally, all students completing the course registration process during the Student Success Registration Days will be entered into a grand prize drawing for three free credit hours of academic coursework. The winner will be announced Dec. 22.
Spring Semester classes begin Jan. 9. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7777.
Wurzelbacher to speak
American Patriots Against Government Excess will hold a meeting Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Fremont Progress Airport, 365 S. SR 53, Fremont.
Guest speaker will be Joe Wurzelbacher, who is best known as “Joe The Plumber.” His campaign slogan is “Fix the Leaks in DC, Send in Joe the Plumber.” He will be running in the spring primary on the Republican ticket for Marcy Kaptur’s seat in the House of Representatives.
For more information, call 419-332-3259 or e-mail
OSU band stops in Toledo
The Ohio State University Marching Band will be thundering into Toledo Nov. 25 on its way to Ann Arbor for the big game.
Hear the band live and in concert at the Stranahan Theater at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature the World's Largest All-Brass and Percussion Band playing traditional Ohio State favorites, and new arrangements spanning a wide variety of music from classical to Big Band, rock to patriotic, movie themes to Broadway.
The Alumni clubs will also be selling raffle tickets for 2012 OSU vs. Michigan tickets with seating near the marching band.
Concert tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the marching band and help fund scholarships for students in Wood and Lucas counties. To order, visit www.ticketmaster.com/Stranahan-Theater-tickets-Toledo or call the Stranahan box office at 419-381-8851, ext. 1.
Local residents from Northwest Ohio who are members of the Marching Band include Joshua Senn, Seneca East High School; John Phillips, Q Row, trombones, Seneca East HS; Austin Willman, I-Row, snare drum, Seneca East HS; Mark Cominsky S-Row, trumpets and flugelhorns, Fremont Ross HS; Clay Finken, F-Row, trombones, Oak Harbor HS; Matthew Barrettm I-Row, snare drum, Sandusky Perkins HS; Matt Jender, H-Row, baritone, Perrysburg HS; Corey Balogh, C-Row - flugelhorns, Clay HS; Audrey Gillette, R-Row, mellophones, Springfield HS; Derek Mason, B-Row, Trumpet, Springfield HS.