Board members sought
The Board of Lucas County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.
Mental Health and Recovery Services Board members work to enhance the wellbeing of county residents by promoting mental health, preventing substance abuse and facilitating a process of recovery for persons experiencing mental illness and/or alcohol and other drug disorders.
Applicants with backgrounds in public health, law enforcement or public relations and individuals who have the professional certification of Alcohol and Other Drug (A.O.D.) and/or a consumer representative who has participated in alcohol and other drug treatment are encouraged to apply.
More information is available at www.co.lucas.oh.us/MHRSB/.
Eastwood Schools will conduct kindergarten screening March 22, 23, 29 and 30.
To be eligible for kindergarten in the fall, a child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1. Call 419-833-6411 or 419-833-6421 for pre-registration information. The deadline for pre-registration is Feb. 21.
Beat the Heat
The weather outside may be chilly, the non-profit Humane Ohio is reminding cat owners it’s time to “Beat the Heat” and spay female cats before the spring kitten season.
During the promotion, which runs throughout February, Humane Ohio is offering spay services for $20. The special rate is available to Lucas and Wood county residents. Proof of residency required. Cat owners who wish to take advantage of the offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they call to schedule an appointment. Appointments are based on availability.
Call 419-266-5607 or www.humaneohio.org for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Terra enrollment down
Terra State Community College experienced a small decrease in enrollment for spring semester 2012.
There are 5.6 percent fewer students attending classes this spring than last year and 7.1 percent less in Full-Time Equivalency as compared to 2011. At 3,541 students, last spring’s enrollment was the highest in the college’s history. Although the slight decrease was noted at the beginning of the semester, the flexibility of the semester scheduling, which includes 14- and eight-week sessions, provides for additional headcount and FTE later on.
“We believe the decrease is an indication that the economy is improving,” said Terra President Dr. Marsha S. Bordner. “People are going back to work and putting further education on hold.”
Students still have an opportunity to register for the next eight-week session, which begins on March 12. Visit www.terra.edu for more information.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters will sponsor “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” Saturday Feb. 25 at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green.
The event will include celebrity emcees and bowlers, along with food and prizes. Participants can choose to bowl at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
The requested donation is $30 per adult and $25 for students and youths. Every $100 raised by each bowler will be entered into an agency-wide drawing for a grand prize of an iPad2 plus accessories. The drawing will be held in June. Winner will be advised by phone.
All proceeds will help Big Brothers Big Sisters to serve Wood County children who want and need a mentor. Currently 27 boys are waiting for a mentor to step forward.
Grover Norquist to speak
Congressman Bob Latta will welcome Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), as the featured speaker at his 2012 Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner March 3 at 7 p.m. at Bowling Green State University’s Lenhart Grand Ballroom in Bowen-Thompson Student Union located off Thurstin Street in Bowling Green.
Norquist founded ATR a taxpayer advocacy group, in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. The coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposes higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels.
Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, visit www.lattaforcongress.com.
Mobile Tech Lab
The Mobile Technology Training Lab from the State Library of Ohio will be at the Harris-Elmore Public Library from Feb. 21 through Feb. 27.
The mobile lab is a revamped bookmobile equipped with 10 computer stations. Free computer classes will be offered on a number of topics. Class sizes will be limited to 10, so registration is required.
Call the library at 419-862-2482 for a list of classes and times.
Penta Career Center is accepting applications/plans for the Construction Trades project house for the 2012/2013 school year.
Each year, high school students in Penta’s Construction Trades programs build a house as part of their career-technical training. The students begin construction at the start of the school year and complete their work at the end of the school year.
Potential home construction projects must be located within a 15 to 20 minute driving distance of the Penta campus and it must be located within one of Penta’s member school districts. In addition, only projects of 2,000 to 2,800 square feet in size will be considered.
Since 1966, Penta has constructed 80 homes in the surrounding communities. Homeowners benefit from the project because they realize substantial cost savings in the construction process.
For more information, call Kevin McCann, supervisor of Construction Trades at Penta at 419-661-6358.
College Goal Sunday
Terra State Community College and Owens Community College will host College Goal Sunday, a statewide college financial aid event, Feb. 12.
The free event, presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents, assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants.
Due to the high demand expected for assistance in completing the FASFA, families are encouraged to register for the free event at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling 1-888-833-1133.
Early voting begins
Lucas County residents may cast their absentee ballots for the March 6 Primary in person at 1302 Washington St. (corner of 13th and Washington streets), Toledo.
Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday Feb. 25 and 26, voting hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Friday March 2, hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Presidents Day.
Due to passage of Amended Substitute H.B. 224, in-person absentee voting will end Friday March 2 at 6 p.m. For more information, call 419-213-2070 or visit lucascountyvotes.org.
Guiding Good Choices
Are you concerned that your child might make unwise young teen decisions?
Guiding Good Choices, a program for Northwood/Wood County parents/caregivers of children 7 to 14, provides skills to help reduce or prevent adolescent problem behaviors.
The five-part series begins Feb 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Northwood Elementary. Refreshments and childcare are provided.
Attend any or all sessions. For more information, call Greg Bonnell at the Wood County Educational Service Center at 419-354-9010.