Written by Tammy Walro
Friday, 17 October 2008 15:53
Wood County Juvenile Court Judge David Woessner has reported that the county’s Juvenile Detention Center was found in compliance with 100 percent of all mandatory standards and 100 percent of all recommended standards for state juvenile detention facilities.
The annual report is conducted by the Ohio Department of Youth Services to ensure that juvenile detention facilities meet safety, health and administrative standards.
The annual On-Site Inspection Report prepared by the Ohio Department of Youth Services reviewed 16 separate areas including general facility standards, administration and management, personnel, training and staff development and medical and health care services.
The center is a 48-bed secured detention facility for both male and female youths under the age of 18. It houses youths from Wood and adjoining counties as space and needs dictate. Richard Schmidbauer is the director of the facility.
Felony charges filed
On Oct. 9, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit, along with a Wood County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division completed an investigation on subjects reportedly selling OxyContin in and around Custar.
Timothy Thompson, 45, and John DeSmith, 55, both of Custar, were arrested after they were stopped and 22 OxyContin pills were found. After the arrest, a search warrant was executed at 22797 Defiance Pike, Custar, and items related with trafficking in drugs, along with numerous pills, marijuana and drugs paraphernalia were located. Numerous weapons including assault rifles, sawed-off shot guns and large amounts of ammunition were seized during the raid.
Felony drug trafficking charges have been filed on the two suspects with more charges likely to be presented to the Wood County Grand Jury in the near future. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been contacted and will continue to assist in the case.
Success Program benefit
Area residents are invited to enjoy “An UnCommon Evening” of dinner and entertainment in support of the Success Scholarship Program as Owens Community College’s Foundation and the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons present a Grand Opening Gala Oct. 24.
The black-tie gala, which will begin at 6:01 p.m. in the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, will feature a dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing.
All proceeds will benefit Owens scholarships through the Success Program. In February 2008, Owens and the college’s Foundation announced the first stage of its Success Scholarship Program designed to make college affordable for high school graduates with financial need. Piloted at Woodward and Findlay high schools, the scholarship bridges the gap between a student’s financial grant aid and the cost of tuition and fees at Owens. Recently, Owens’ Foundation expanded the Success Program to include all high schools in Toledo Public Schools’ district.
Tickets for the event are $100 per person. In addition, the Hilton Garden Inn is offering a special room rate of $89 as part of the event. Call the inn at 419-873-0700 for reservations. For more information about the gala, call 567-661-7187 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7187.
The biannual testing of the Davis-Besse siren system will begin Oct. 21 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.
Each of the 54 sirens located within the Davis-Besse 10-mile emergency planning zone will be activated individually and sounded for approximately 30 seconds to verify acoustic output.
Postmasters join appeal
The postmasters in the 434 Zip codes will participate in the Salvation Army Christmas appeal by adopting a kettle at The Andersons at Woodville Mall throughout the day Nov. 8.
Among those participating will be postmasters Julie Paule, of Lindsey; Amanda Sirmeyer, of Luckey; Jill Groves, of Clyde; Dennis Carothers, of Gibsonburg; Leeandra Karszewski, of Millbury; Sue McDaniel, of Harbor View; Catherine Garcia, of Pemberville; Linda Bower, of Rocky Ridge; Betty Wilson, of Williston; Ava Bodnar, of Graytown; Jordan Davenport, of Elmore; Rochelle Habel, of Helena; Laretta Rydman, of Walbridge and Rufus Wallace, of Clay Center.
Hog roast & barn dance
The Ottawa County Seniors’ Activity Committee is hosting a Family Hog Roast and Barn Dance Nov.8 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ottawa County Fair Grounds.
Heritage Health Care, Inc., a locally owned and operated Health care company that has provided the 60 Plus Senior Health Clinics for Ottawa County Seniors for the past year is sponsoring the event.
The Woodmore FFA, under the direction of Adam Downs, will prepare a meal of pulled pork sandwiches and fixings. The event will also include entertainment from the Sleek Brothers Band. Admission is $10, which includes the meal. Cost for the event without the meal is $2.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Seniors’ Activity Committee fund, which is used to promote senior activities in the county. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 27 and can be purchased at the Genoa Senior Center (419-855-4491), the Elmore Senior Center (419-862-3874), the Oak Harbor Senior Center (419-898-2800). Tickets are also available at the Ottawa County Senior Resources office (419-898-6459).
Health career expo
A Health Career Expo will be held Oct. 21 at Owens Community College. Sponsored by Owens’ J.O.B.S. (Job Opportunities Brought to Students) Office, the expo will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center rooms 125-128.
Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Local health care representatives will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their professions and how to go about choosing a career path in the health field. In addition, attendees will be able to fill out applications for various employment opportunities.
Employers scheduled to attend include Mercy Health Partners, St. Luke’s Hospital, University Medical Center at the University of Toledo, ProMedica Health System, the Cleveland Clinic and Wood Haven Health Care, among others.
In addition, Owens will have information available for those interested in pursuing an education in the health care field For more information, call the college’s J.O.B.S. Office at 567-661-7556 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7556.
Feeding the needy
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) has partnered with the Toledo Seagate Food Bank on a project where farmers and gardeners in Northwest Ohio donated locally grown fruits and vegetables to help meet the needs of the needs of the hungry by donating their excess to the food bank.
Farmers and gardeners also donated local fruits and vegetables under the “Grow a Row” project, in which certain rows or plants were grown specifically for a food bank. The project also included organizations that gather volunteers and go out and glean fields where produce was left from harvesting. As of the first of the month, more than 87,000 pounds of local fruits and vegetables were collected.
A celebration of the project’s success will be held Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Toledo Seagate Food Bank at 526 High St. in Toledo.
A new $tart
The Ohio State University Extension Sandusky County will offer a two-hour course, new $tart for Financial Success Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Clyde Public Library.
The program, intended for those who have filed bankruptcy, will focus on enhancing skills in personal finance. Registration is required. The fee is $40 for individuals and $55 for those filing jointly. Participants will receive a certificate of completion needed for their court cases.
Though the course is open to those who have filed bankruptcy, others may register if space is available.
For more information, call 419-334-6340.
“Know Your Candidate” will be the topic of a forum to be held Oct. 28 in the cafeteria at Northwood High School, located at 700 Lemoyne Rd.
The event, being organized by the NHS senior government class, will help voters become informed about the presidential candidates and issues, along with state and local candidates, the election process and more.
Food pantry list
As part of our “Survival Guide” series, The Press is compiling a list of local food pantry programs. To submit a food pantry program for inclusion in the list, e-mail
, send information to Food Pantry Listing, The Press, 1550 Woodville Rd., Millbury, OH 43447, or fax information to 419-836-1319 by Oct. 22.
Northwood Schools to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week
Northwood Schools, in conjunction with the Wood County Educational Service Center, will kick off a Red Ribbon Week celebration Oct 24 just before the Northwood vs. Cardinal Stritch football game.
A tailgate party with free hot dogs, chips and beverage will be served to the first 500 wearing a red ribbon. Two bicycles, along with other prizes, will be given away to student in pre-K through eighth grade. Local school and government officials and Northwood Teen Institute members will help during the event.
The community is encouraged to help spread the news about keeping the community safe from the harmful effects of substance use and abuse.
During the school week, each school will be participating in events to help spread the message of Red Ribbon Week, a national observance intended to promote community about the dangers of substance abuse. In keeping with the observance, community members are invited to a public forum to discuss ways of reducing substance abuse risks for young people Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Northwood Municipal Complex, 6000 Wales Rd.
Members of local government, school officials and students will be on hand to look at the risks that the youths face today. The Wood County Educational Service Center, as part of its initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking, is sponsoring this event.