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Senior essay contest
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Ottawa County Senior Centers and Robinson Walker Funeral Homes is presenting, “Grandma’s or Grandpa’s Worst Date Ever” – a Valentine’s Day Contest designed to add a little spice, some laughter and a chance for seniors to reconnect with fond memories of youth.

The contest, which runs through Feb. 14, is open to anyone 60 and older who lives in Ottawa County or attends an Ottawa County Senior Center.

Entrants should submit a true story about a date that went horribly wrong – and don’t forget the juicy details. The only rules are to keep the stories good-humored, family-friendly and less than 350 words.

Stories should be submitted to an Ottawa County senior center, the Senior Resources Office or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the subject line of the email, put “Worst Date Ever.” Entries must include the writer’s name, address and phone number.

Prizes include a $100 gift card for first place; a $50 gift card for second place; and $25 for third place. In addition, the stories will be published in the March edition of the “Senior Moments” newsletter and submitted to local papers. If names need to be changed to protect anonymity, please use changed names in essays.

Winners will be announced no later than March 6.


OCT to stage “Sylvia”
Oregon Community Theatre will present the hilarious play “Sylvia,” Feb. 17-18 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 24-25 at 8 p.m. in the Fassett Middle School Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

During the performances, the theatre group will be accepting donations of canned dog food for the Toledo Humane Society.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. For more information, call 419-691-1398 or visit www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org.


Holocaust survivor to speak
Owens Community College will present a free lecture featuring Holocaust survivor Irving Roth Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The lecture is presented by the college’s Office of Student Activities and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Roth was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia on Sept. 2, 1929 and arrived in New York City in 1947 via Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps in Germany. Because the memories of his experience in the concentration camps has never faded, he devotes his time and efforts to educating people on the horrors of the Holocaust and the evils of prejudice and anti-Semitism.

Roth currently serves as the Director of the Holocaust Resource Temple of Judea of Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 3029.


Pheasants Forever banquet
The Erie-Ottawa-Sandusky Chapter of Pheasants Forever invites sportsmen and couples to their 21st Annual Fundraising Banquet March 10 at the Camp Perry Clubhouse.

The event will include live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes, along with a dinner catered by Mesenburg’s that will include smoked Beef brisket, roast chicken, side dishes, and dessert. Beer and soft drinks will be provided, with a cash bar for mixed drinks. In addition, more than 25 guns will be raffled.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner scheduled to be served at 6:45 p.m. The auction, raffles and door prizes will follow.

The event is open to pre-sale ticket purchase only. No tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $60 for an individual, which includes a one-year $35 membership dues; and $25 for a spouse’s dinner. Youth admission is $25, which includes youth membership for a year with Pheasants Forever’s “Ringneck” organization.

Seating is limited to 325 people. For tickets, call Joe Uhinck at the Ottawa County Agricultural Office in Oak Harbor at 419-898-1595 or visit www.ottawaswcd.com for more information.

The chapter has been recognized nationally for spending over more than a half-million dollars on upland habitat improvements since its inception. Tree wind breaks, grassy stream side buffer strips, native prairie field plantings and youth outdoor events have all been established.


Groundbreaking set
A groundbreaking ceremony for a new building to house the TRIPS program is set for Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS). TRIPS provides transportation around Sandusky County for a fee.

The ceremony will start in the conference room at DJFS where Marianne Freed, administrator of the Office of Transit, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), will address the audience. Then participants will be bused to the site off Countryside Drive where the groundbreaking ceremony will take place.

The building will not only house the vehicles for TRIPs but also offices for its staff as well as other WSOS Senior Services staff. It will also include areas for washing and cleaning the vehicles.

Most of the facility is expected to be completed by Nov. 1, with occupancy by December.

The space for the building is owned and provided by county commissioners and the funding is provided by funds from the American Recovery and Re-investment Act through ODOT. In addition, an advisory board, made up of 11 community organizations, oversees the operation of TRIPS.

For information on TRIPS or any other services provided by WSOS, call 1-800-800-775-9767.


YES FM fundraiser
YES FM (89.3 Toledo/Lima, 88.5 Wauseon, 88.1 Fremont), a non-profit radio station dedicated to providing Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan quality music with a positive message, is partnering with “Bidding for Good” for its annual Internet auction fundraiser.

Register at yeshome.com and then click on the online auction link. Once registered, participants may view auction items, refer friends to the auction, donate money or donate an item. The auction, accessible at www.biddingforgood.com/yeshome, will run Feb. 20 through March 5.

Call 419-389-0893 or visit www.yeshome.com for more information.


Indicted
The Ottawa County Grand Jury has indicted three “deadbeat parents” for their failure to pay court-ordered child support.

Robby Adkins, 34, who is currently incarcerated in the Lorain County Correctional Institution, was indicted on two counts, both felonies of the fifth degree. Jarrod Skinner, 44, whose last known address is Toledo, has been indicted on four counts, all felonies of the fifth degree and Harvearre Wright, also known as Dennis Wright, 40, was indicted on two counts, both felonies of the fourth degree due to a prior conviction for Criminal Nonsupport.

In addition, Rusty Arnold, 32, who is being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been charged with one count each of Aggravated Burglary and Assault, a felony of the first degree and misdemeanor of the first degree, respectively. According to Port Clinton Police reports, Arnold allegedly broke into a Port Clinton home and assaulted the occupant on Jan. 25.

Also indicted was James Warnke, 28, who is also being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, on six counts each of Breaking and Entering and Theft after he allegedly stole boat trailers and other items from several locations in Ottawa County from August through December of last year.

Warrants have been issued for all defendants, Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan said.

Bill Cosby

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