Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elmore, will host a benefit pancake breakfast March 3 to raise funds for 22-year-old Kaitlyn Davis, who is battling for her life.
Davis has peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM ), a rare disorder that attacks the hearts of young women during or just after pregnancy. Since December, she has endured multiple hospital stays, heart catheterizations and two surgeries – one to provide a defibrillator and a second to implant a ventricular pump. She may require a heart transplant in the future.
In the meantime, Davis and her fiancé Chad are doing their best to care for their two young daughters.
The pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. at the church. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes plus Tank’s sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs, juice, milk and coffee.
A donation of $3 per person is requested, however larger donations and other gifts will be gratefully accepted. Matching funds have been requested from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
For more information on this event or directions to the church, call 419-862-3630 or email
The American Heart Association will host its 15th annual Glass City Heart Ball March 10 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.
More than 350 guests will join Chair Dr. Brian Dolsey of ProMedica Physicians Northwest Ohio Cardiology Consultants.
The event, which will be hosted by Rick Woodell from 101.5 The River and Michelle Rowe, RN, will celebrate the work and mission of the American Heart Association.
In addition to the awards presentation, guests will enjoy fine dining, dancing, entertainment, and both silent and live auctions. Tickets are $175 per person and $1,600 for a table. Proceeds will facilitate research, education and advocacy programs throughout Toledo, including public health advocacy campaigns, physical activity and nutrition education and lifesaving CPR courses.
For more information, corporate sponsorship, tickets or to RSVP, call Dennis Hamm at 419-740-6180.
Heating help Numbers down
In January, 518 households in the WSOS four-county service area were approved to receive heating assistance totaling $144,752 through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP).
The total is lower than the December figures. According to Tony Lindenberger, basic needs specialist at WSOS, the drop could be attributed to two reasons – a warmer January and the PIPP Plus program, which allows delinquent gas and electric company customers to pay off their bills with a very small monthly amount. The balance of the bills is then forgiven if the customer maintains a good payment record over a period of time.
To date, the number of people who have been approved for assistance to pay their heating bills since the program started November 1 is 1,796.
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 is available through regular HEAP.
Regular HEAP 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.
Plane crash investigated
The Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a plane crash that occurred Feb. 19 at approximately 1:15 p.m. at the Wood County Regional Airport in Bowling Green.
The single-engine prop plane crashed while attempting to land at the airport. Troopers and Federal Aviation Administration investigators responded to the scene.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the pilot was attempting to land the plane when the left front landing gear tire locked up. The airplane went partially off of the north side of the runway and the pilot attempted to regain control. The airplane then started skidding off of the south side of the runway, which caused the landing gear to snap and the left wing struck the ground. The airplane came to rest upright and both occupants were able to exit the plane without any assistance.
Neither the pilot, Bradley Newman, 55, of Tiffin, or passenger Leo Eggert Jr., 55, of Perrysburg, was injured.
All area women are invited to attend the “Purse Perfect” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection March 8 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program that will include a presentation of Miche Bags by Sharon Davis, of Fremont. In addition, Ellen Lemke, of Maumee, will share how she found answers for life’s struggles. Linda Conti, of Toledo, will provide vocal music entertainment.
The price is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
Senior center celebration
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center will celebrate 20 years at its Navarre Park Shelterhouse location with a rededication ceremony March 16 from 3 to 6 p.m.
The celebration will include photo displays and a presentation on the center’s many program offerings. Those attending are asked to RSVP by March 9 by calling 419-691-2254.
Those who have photos or other memorabilia to share are also asked to contact director Mary Wolff at the above number.
Live in the House!
The Commanders of Harmony barbershop chorus will present “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House. The concert is part of the ongoing Live in the House! concert series.
Gordon Ward will serve as host for the evening, which will include a delightful mix of songs. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door or in advance at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
Before the show, the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society will hold a baked chicken dinner at the fire hall in downtown Pemberville. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. The donation is $8.50, which includes baked chicken and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll and butter, homemade desserts and a beverage. Carryouts will be available.
The American Red Cross will offer Babysitter Training for 11- to 13-year-olds March 10 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 360 E. Ottawa St., Oak Harbor. Use the north door entrance.
Participants should pack a sack lunch. Space is limited to 15 students. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation, there is no fee for this training.
American Red Cross babysitters are given the information they need to be confident and knowledgeable about childcare. The youths receive a handbook and certification card upon completion.
To register, call 419-734-1100 or email