Free tax clinics
Area residents who earned less than $60,000 in 2011 can file their income taxes at the Wood County offices of WSOS Community Action Commission.
Tax clinics will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WSOS Jordan Family Development Center, 812 N. College Ave., Bowling Green on the following dates:
• Feb. 1, 3, 6, 10, 21, 24, 28;
• March 2, 5, 9, 14, 20, 23, 30;
• April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16
Trained counselors will be on hand to help residents file their federal and state tax returns, claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit.
The service provides e-filing capability for refunds in as few as seven days, and has no preparation/refund/administrative/or other fees or charges.
To use this service, applicants will need to have with them at the time of filing, a government-issued identification; Social Security number(s) for all members of the household whether or not they had income; W-2 forms; 1099 or 1098 forms and all other information regarding other income such as alimony or child support etc.; all deduction and credit information; any estate, retirement or tuition revenues or expenses and last year’s income tax return (if available).
Also, in case of a refund, bank routing and account numbers will be needed at the time of filing. All information is confidential and will not be shared with any other group. The service is provided through the Ohio Benefit Bank, operated by WSOS.
To schedule an appointment for this assistance, call 1-800-775-9767.
OCT holding auditions
Oregon Community Theatre is holding auditions for its spring musical “Honky Tonk Angels” Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Fassett Middle School, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.
Openings exist for three female singers, ages 20 to 50. Those auditioning should come prepared with their own sheet music to sing a country, bluegrass or gospel song. An accompanist will be provided. They should also be prepared to read from the script and learn/perform a short dance routine.
Performance dates are April 20 to 22 and April 27 to 28.
Port tonnage increases
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has released the Port of Toledo 2011 Tonnage Report, which indicates a 6 percent increase in tonnage over the 2010 shipping season.
Last year saw the highest tonnage season recorded at the Port of Toledo since the 2007 season, the report noted. The increase is attributed to a variety of factors, including:
• Additional on-boarding of new equipment such as the Mantsinen Material Handler;
• Growth in bulk cargo shipments such as synthetic gypsum and mill scale;
• Growth in inbound iron ore shipments;
• Significant growth from a variety of terminals such as Shelley Liquid Division, Kuhlman Corporation and Hansen-Mueller;
• Dock enhancements completed by BP in 2010 allowed the company to enjoy a full season of accommodating larger vessels in 2011;
• Growth with project cargo such as wind turbines and refinery elements.
GS cookie sale on
People say it’s just a cookie, but for the Girl Scouts, the simple little confections can do many things. They can send a girl to camp, help pay to refurbish a room at a homeless shelter or cheer up a soldier who is far from home.
The annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale is underway and the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio are offering customers a premium selection of the best-selling Girl Scout cookies of all time.
Research shows that nearly all Girl Scout cookie customers have a favorite among the best sellers, which include Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils and Do-Si-Dos. In addition, new this year is a lemon wedge cookie called Savannah Smiles, which pays tribute to the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting. Girl Scout cookies are made by Little Brownie Bakers. The cost is $3.50 a box.
“Our annual Girl Scout cookie activities, in addition to United Way funding, help us make the Girl Scout Leadership Experience available to all girls who want to participate,” said Barbara J. Bonifas, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.
In addition to the money earned by the girls, Girl Scout cookie proceeds support leader training and camp operations, as well as a variety of scouting program activities.
Village trash policy
The Village of Pemberville reminds residents that garbage collection takes place at 7 a.m. Mondays every week of the year.
On Monday holidays, garbage will be collected on the following Tuesday. Collections will be made on property frontage on the street. Failure to have refuse at the curb on time will result in a missed pick up that week.
Collection costs are paid by the property owner on a “per bag tag” on a quarterly or annual basis. The 2012 cost for bag tags is $14.50 per 10-pack. Tags may be purchased at the Union Bank.
Three-month stickers, also available at Union Bank, are $32 and allow for a maximum of five containers. A five percent discounted rate of $121.60 is available for customers who pay for the annual tag by Jan. 31. The cost after Jan. 21 is $128. To get the discounted rate, call Buckeye Sanitation at 1-800-281-6141.
The bulk item pick-up charge ranges from $2.50 to $10 per item. Each bulk item must have its own ticket, which can be purchased at Union Bank. Collection does not include yard waste or grass clippings.
Area residents are invited to help make a difference in lives of others by participating in a series of community outreach events as part of Owens Community College’s first-ever Charity Week Jan. 23-26.
Coordinated by the College’s Student Activities Office, the various activities will occur daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.
Each day, participants will have the opportunity to engage in several hands-on activities, which will include sewing pillowcases into bright, colorful dresses for Haitian children and creating knot fleece blankets for the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D. Attendees can also put their decorative and writing skills to the test by making inspirational cards for residents of nursing homes throughout Northwest Ohio.
The Toledo School for the Arts is also collaborating with Owens on the Haitian outreach initiative by creating their own pillowcase dresses as part of a class project. All completed pillowcase dresses from both projects will be on display at a Toledo School for the Arts performance event at Owens later this year.
Community members can assist by donating gently-used pillow cases and blankets, along with thread, rick rack and elastic. Donations may be dropped off in Room 165 at the Student Health and Activities Center.
All completed projects from Charity Week will be delivered to the appropriate community groups and organizations throughout the spring semester.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.
Chili & soup cook-off
Friends of Lake Parks will hold the 7th Annual Chili & Soup Cook-Off which will be held Feb. 18 at the Lake Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd. (corner of SR 795 and Cummings Rd.).
Those entering should bring their soup or chili in an 8-quart slow cooker or electric roaster. Registration will begin at noon. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. Awards will be presented in the categories of “People’s Choice,” “Judges’ Choice,” “Savory Soup” and “Business.”
Public tasting, for a donation, will be held at 1:30 p.m. All proceeds raised will benefit Lake Township Parks. Pre-registration is suggested. For more information, call Ron Hanely at 419-392-3235.
Annual meeting set
The East Toledo Family Center will hold its Annual Meeting and Recognition Night Jan. 25 at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave.
Ohio residents can receive 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation during January.
Those who join by remitting a $10 contribution will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two golden raintrees.
Trees will be shipped postpaid at the proper time for planning, between Feb. 1 and May 3. Planting instructions will be enclosed. The six- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced.
Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to the bimonthly publication, “Arbor Day” along with “The Tree Book,” which includes information about tree planting and care.
To join, send donations by Jan. 31 to “Ten Free Flowering Trees,” Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 or join online at arborday.org/January.
Boating course offered
Looking ahead to getting back on the water again, boaters know deep down that a knowledge of boating fundamentals (passing, crossing, boater responsibilities, “rules of the road”) make for more enjoyable and safer boating.
This applies to the skipper of the family cruiser or runabout, the fisherman, and the personal watercraft operator. Ohio law requires those born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 have a boater education certificate to operate a powerboat greater than 10 HP.
Toledo Sail & Power Squadron certified instructions will teach “America’s Boating Course” starting Feb. 8 at Wynn Elementary School in Oregon. A certificate will be awarded to those who pass the exam.
Beat the “heat”
The weather outside may be chilly, but for Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that operates a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and pet food bank, spring and kitten season are just around the corner.
The group has planned a “Beat the Heat” promotion and will spay female cats during February for $20 in an effort to prevent unwanted litters before kitten season. This special rate for female cats is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost price and applies to all residents of Lucas County and Wood County (must provide proof of residency).
Cat owners who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they call to schedule their appointment. The promotion is based on availability. Visit www.humaneohio.org or call 419-266-5607 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Helping kids smile
Oral hygiene, X-rays and fillings will be the focus of free dental appointments for area school kids when Owens Community College participates in Give Kids A Smile Day on Friday, Feb. 3.
Owens’ Dental Hygiene program, in collaboration with the Toledo Dental Society, will be offering a day of free dental services for children with limited or no access to care ages 6 months to 18 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, located in Health Technologies Hall.
Additionally, Toledo Dental Society dentists and Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary will provide restorative treatments such as fillings and extractions for patients on Feb. 17.
Give Kids A Smile Day is a national initiative by the American Dental Association, which is dedicated to focusing attention on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children. Held each February in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month, Give Kids A Smile Day provides free oral health education, screening and treatment services to children from low-income families across the country.
Owens Dental Hygiene second-year students, faculty and alumni, and area dentists will be conducting dental services, which will include dental education and screening, X-rays, oral prophylaxis (cleanings), limited restorations and dental sealants. In addition, first-year students from the health program will provide educational presentations for parents and children.
Individuals interested in receiving free dental service are encouraged to call the clinic at 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7294. Appointment reservations must be made before the event.