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Owens holiday schedule
Owens Community College, as well as the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, will be closed Friday Dec. 23 through Sunday Jan. 1, for the holiday season. Administrative offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 2.

Spring semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 9.

Heating aid available
As the official start of winter approaches, the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) at WSOS is responding in a big way to area residents seeking assistance to pay their heating bills.

From Nov. 1 – the start date for EHEAP – through Nov. 30, 670 households in the WSOS four-county service area have been approved for help paying heating bills, for a total of $205,899. This is the most homes that EHEAP at WSOS has ever served since it has been providing services to the community.

“However, with the volume of calls we are receiving so far, we are on target to end the program serving more people than ever before,” said Tony Lindenberger, basic needs specialist at WSOS.

The income limits to receive assistance through this program remains at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. This means that households with one person should earn no more than $21,780 or four-person households should have incomes of no more than $44,700.

EHEAP provides one-time assistance to income-eligible residents to help them maintain their heating source by paying some of their heating bills. These households receive up to $450 one time to pay electric and other utilities, and up to $750 for those who use propane and have less than a 10-day supply left in the tank.

Residents who have shut-off notices receive assistance with heating bills through EHEAP while assistance for those who do not have shut off notices can get help through regular HEAP, which also provides a one-time per heating season assistance with paying some heating bills. However, regular HEAP requires applicants to file their own applications.

WSOS has applications available and can assist applicants with the forms. Both EHEAP and HEAP operate until March 31, 2012

Appointments are required to apply for assistance through EHEAP. To make an appointment, call 1-888-441-4327.

Funding approved
At its quarterly meeting, the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission approved $6,075,000 to allow the city of Toledo and the Great Lakes Historical Society, currently located in Vermillion, to develop the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum.

The City of Toledo plans to use the approved funds to create a maritime park with outdoor exhibits, a berth for the James M. Schoonmaker historic lake freighter and interior renovation of the existing Skyway Marina building to house exhibits for the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum.

The Commission approval, coupled with the signing of legal agreements, allows the City of Toledo to be reimbursed with funds appropriated in H.B. 675 of the 124th General Assembly, H.B. 16, H.B. 530 and Am. Sub. H.B. 699 of the 126th General Assembly, and H.B. 562 in the 127th General Assembly.

Lucas County General Assembly members who voted in favor of the bill include representatives Randy Gardner and Teresa Fedor; senators Edna Brown and Mark Wagoner, and former representatives Peter Ujvagi and Jeanine Brown.

The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission is a state agency that supports economic development and expands educational opportunities for Ohioans by improving the state’s cultural facilities.

For more information on the Commission, visit

Registration Weeks
Terra State Community College will hold Registration Weeks Dec. 19 to 23 and Jan. 3 to 6. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.

There will be walk-in testing and advising available in preparation for orientation and registration sessions each week. The last assessment test will begin at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 p.m. on Fridays. Spring semester 2012 begins Jan. 9.

Terra will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 1-866-AT-TERRA, ext. 2349.

Angel Tree pickup
Salvation Army Angel Tree gifts for Lake School area kids will be ready to be picked up Monday and Tuesday Dec. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at Main Street Church, Martin-Moline Road.

Audit finds overpayment
A financial audit of Jerusalem Township by the state includes a finding for recovery against Joe Kiss, a trustee, for $125.

The audit, which covers 2009 and 2010, shows Kiss was reimbursed $750 on March 9, 2010 for family health insurance policy premiums he paid for the period of August 2009 through December 2009.

According to the audit, Kiss should have been reimbursed only $625 for the five months - $125 per month.

Kiss reimbursed the township for $125 in October of this year, the audit report says.




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