WSOS holiday hours
WSOS offices will be closed to walk-in clients Dec. 26 through Dec. 30.
All critical services will be maintained, such as heating assistance through the Emergency Home energy Assistance Program (EHEAP), transportation (TRIPS) and meals to homebound seniors. All WSOS senior centers will also remain open.
Anyone experiencing an emergency should call 1-800-775-9767. Those with emergency heating problems should call 1-888-441-4327. A WSOS staff member will respond to all messages within 24 hours.
Offices will re-open Jan. 2 at 9 a.m.
Battle of the Badges
Because firefighters and police officers often are close to the need for blood, responding to emergency situations throughout the year, local officers are conducting their annual Battle of the Badges campaign to help the Red Cross maintain blood levels during the holiday season.
The friendly competition between fire and police officers is organized to see who can bring in the most blood donations and votes.
“These brave men and women put their lives on the line for you each and every day,” said Don Baker, CEO for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “Now it’s your turn to show your support and help save a life, too, by volunteering to donate blood.”
The Battle will continue at the Toledo Blood Donor Center, 3510 Executive Parkway, until Jan. 7, where donors will vote for their favorite department. During the campaign anyone who comes to donate blood will receive a special Battle of the Badges t-shirt along with a coupon for a free breakfast to Uncle John’s Pancake House, located at the corner of Central and Secor in Toledo.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
Christmas tree collection
The city of Toledo will accept Christmas trees at select city park sites Dec. 26 through Jan. 27, 2012.
A collection site will be offered in each of the six city council districts. Locally, fresh cut trees may be dropped off in designated areas of the parking lot at Ravine 2 Park on Mott Street in District 3. All ornaments, decorations and plastic bags should be removed. Trees will be chipped into mulch for use in the city’s parks.
For more information, call the Division of Forestry at 419-245-3357.
Birth certificates available
The Ottawa County Health Department can issue birth certificates for individuals born anywhere in Ohio after Dec. 20, 1908.
“You’d be surprised how many people need birth certificates, for all kinds of reasons,” said Ottawa County Health Commissioner Nancy Osborn. “People can lose track of their birth certificates. Years later, they may need them to do things such as obtain a passport, get a driver’s license or apply for school entry.”
The cost for certified copies is $22. Birth certificate applications may be obtained online at www.ottawahealth.org or at the Ottawa County Health Department, 1856 E. Perry St., Port Clinton. The department, which is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located in the City/County Complex.
The turnaround time for a single request made in person is normally about 10 minutes, Osborn said. For requests by mail, turnaround time is a day plus return mail time. The service is not available for genealogy purposes.
The Wood County Park District will again be accepting Christmas trees for recycling Dec. 26 through Jan. 18, 2012. All decorations and tinsel must be removed from trees brought from recycling.
Trees may be dropped off at the South Terminus Slippery Elm Trail in North Baltimore; the Park District Headquarters in Bowling Green; at the William Henry Harrison Park in Pemberville and the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve at the intersection of White and East River Roads, Perrysburg.
For more information, call the Park District at 419-353-1897.
Noon Year’s Eve
Everyone loves to ring in the New Year, but for little ones midnight is just too late – that’s why the Toledo Zoo is presenting Noon Year’s Eve Saturday, Dec. 31.
Area families can watch the ball rise at the stroke of noon, sing a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne” and toast the New Year with family-friendly fun. The festivities run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In addition to the New Year’s festivities, visitors will see animal feeding and enrichment demonstrations, take part in cool activities and even sign some New Year’s ReZOOlutions — simple things your family can do to make 2012 a little bit greener.
And of course, the zoo’s award-winning children’s zoo, Nature’s Neighborhood, will be open and brimming with kids’ creative activities.
Admission to Noon Year’s Eve is free with regular zoo admission. For more information, visit toledozoo.org/noonyears.
Library programs planned
The Woodville Branch Library will usher in 2012 with a variety of activities for children and adults. They include:
• Kids & Cupcakes, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. In this this afterschool book club, kids in fourth through sixth grades are invited to the library on the first Wednesday of the month to talk about books and enjoy a cupcake or two.
• A Lego Club for grades K-6 will be held the first Saturday of month at 10 a.m. (Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 3 and April 7).
• Preschool Storytimes will be held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. (The library will be closed Jan. 2, Jan. 16 and Feb. 20.
• Free Basic Computer Classes will be offered 9:30 a.m. Jan 11, 13, 18 and 20. Call 419-849-2744 to register. • Couponing 101 will be offered Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. Is your New Year's Resolution to start saving money? Learn the basics and start saving money with coupons.
• A Stuffed Animal Sleepover will be held Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Children age 3 to 8 can wear their PJs and bring a stuffed animal to a storytime. After the stories, the animals are invited to spend the night in the library. Animals and pictures of the fun they had can be picked up beginning Jan. 25.
• An eReader Essentials program will be held Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
The Woodville Public Library is located at 101 East Main St., Woodville. Call 419-849-2744.
Hayes sleigh rides
For many, Christmas conjures up the images of frosty air, evergreen boughs, sparkling lights and horse-drawn sleighs.
The Hayes Presidential Center makes those images come to life in its Sleigh Rides through Spiegel Grove. The magnificent Clydesdale horses from South Creek Clydesdales in Fremont provide the horsepower for the special holiday outings through the estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Rides are offered 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 27 through Dec. 31 on the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Center. The cost is $3 per rider. Tickets are available the day of event and may be purchased inside the Hayes Museum. Families are encouraged to make a day of it by touring the Hayes Museum, where two special exhibits – “Civil War: Battlefield & Homefront and Hayes Train Special” – are on display. The latter is an interactive operating model train display featuring eight 19th-century-style trains.
Museum admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors age 60 plus, and $3 for children 6 to 12. Entrance to both exhibits is included in the ticket price. The historic Hayes Home also is open for tours. Admission prices are the same as for the Museum; however, a discount is available by purchasing a combination ticket, which gains entry to both buildings.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.
For more information, call 800-998-PRES or visit www.rbhayes.org.