Motorcycle safety course
Terra State Community College, in conjunction with Motorcycle Ohio in Columbus, is offering three specialty motorcycle courses from April through October.
The class fee is $25. New riders learn to ride in three days and earn a motorcycle endorsement while the knowledgeable rider can receive an endorsement in one day. In addition, the experienced rider can cut the cost of increasing insurance rates.
The 16-hour Basic Rider Course meets three days. Classes are offered weekdays and weekends.
The Returning Riders Course is designed to help those who have had several motorcycle permits but have never obtained a license. The one-day class will be offered three times. Classes meet Saturdays from 2 to 8 p.m.
For both courses, motorcycles and helmets are provided. Participants must bring a valid motorcycle permit.
The Experienced Rider Course is designed for those who already have the endorsement but would like to lower their insurance rates. Participants will can demonstrate their riding skills and learn new safety precautions. The class will be offered June 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Aug. 25 from 2 to 8 p.m.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is allowing the public to use facilities for conservation-based meetings, events, and educational activities and programs.
Requests to use refuge facilities will be subject to refuge manager’s approval and be governed under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “Appropriate Refuge Use” and “Compatibility” policies.
Requests will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and be subject to the facility use fees. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to use of the facility.
Fees will be used to administer the program and to offset the additional costs resulting from the increased use of the building.
For more information, call 419-898-0014.
Diversity Day observance
Owens Community College will celebrate Diversity Day March 21 with a series of special presentations, performances and displays.
Sponsored by KeyBank and the Owens Leadership Academy Team Pride, “Celebrating Diversity National and Global,” will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Audio/Visual Classroom Center rooms 125-128. All events and activities are free and open to the public.
At 11 a.m., the 25-member Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas will perform. A community outreach initiative of the Perrysburg Heights Community Association, the dance troupe is committed to promoting the appreciation, dedication and performance of Mexican folk dance.
At 11:30 a.m., Executive Director of Human Values for Transformative Action Dr. Lorna Gonsalves will present a lecture on “Coming to Terms with Racism.” Owens theatre students will follow Gonsalves’ lecture with a poem enactment titled “Cold Within and Force Within.”
At noon, dancers Adeyeri and Shari Mocheit who have showcased their talents both locally and throughout the country will share variations of the salsa dance.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit several international student displays and experience different cultures and nationalities, as well as meet with several local community organizations in attendance, including Perrysburg Heights Community Association and 10,000 Villages, among other groups. Diversity Day will also feature a hands-on art project and prize drawings.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7518.
Boating course offered
An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered in two sessions March 26 and 27 in the Nature Center at Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon.
The course covers a variety of boating topics, such as navigational “rules of the road,” personal safety equipment, navigational signage, Ohio boating laws and more. Ohio law requires those born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 to complete an approved boating safety education course if they are operating any watercraft powered by a motor greater than 10 horsepower.
The course fee is $5, which covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitations. For more information or to RSVP, call the Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003 or visit www.ohiodnr.com.
Grant to help ex-offenders
The WSOS Board of Directors last week gave its approval to the WSOS Community Action staff to submit a $1,212,000 proposal to the U.S. Department of Labor that will be used to help ex-offenders re-integrate into their communities.
The funds will be used to assist 440 ex-offenders returning to Lucas County. The focus of the grant is to fill local business skill shortages, lead the ex-offender to economic security and reduce recidivism rates. WSOS will contract with Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Harbor, The Source One-Stop, Owens Community College, Penta Adult Career Center, Project FBI Mentoring Services, and Haven Homes Transitional Services who will participate in providing the trainings and education that will lead the participants to economic security.
No hearing requested
The Lake Township Trustees have agreed to not request a hearing before the Ohio Division of Liquor Control on a permit application filed by Dennis Boos, a former township fire chief, for Denny’s Time Out Tavern & Patio, 5808 Woodville Rd.
Richard Welling, a trustee, joked that the board of trustees could request a hearing so the trustees “could give him a hard time” before the board voted unanimously to not seek a hearing.
“We wish him the best,” said Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees. She said Mark Hummer, township police chief, found no problems with the permit request.
More parking at park
A grant from the Wood County Park District for $13,465 will be used to construct 8-10 additional parking spaces at Friendship Park in Lake Township and for additional bleachers at Fire Side Park.
The township trustees have agreed to contract with Bowers Asphalt & Paving, Inc., Walbridge, at a cost of $9,450 to add the parking spaces. The bleachers will be purchased from David Williams and Associates, Alliance, O.
Plans for Moving Wall
Elmore residents who are organizing a display this summer of the Moving Wall will meet March 21 at 7 p.m. at the community center.
The wall is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam monument in Washington, D.C.
The visit to Elmore is being organized by Ron Distel, past commander of American Legion Post 279.
Volunteers will be needed to erect a base for the wall, which will be on display in August at Depot Park, and site preparation as well and assembly and guiding visitors who want to view specific names on the wall. The names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women are arranged in the order of their reported deaths.
The wall is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 8 and set-up is planned for the next morning. Organizers of the visit plan to raise $7,500 to cover related costs, including $4,500 to pay for lodging and expenses of the driver and his wife who transport the wall.
Distel, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam from 1970-71, estimates the wall could draw 10,000-15,000 visitors from throughout northwest Ohio.
The Moving Wall was originated by Vietnam Combat Veterans, Ltd. and has been touring the country for more than 20 years, according to the organization’s website.
More than 40 people attended a meeting Feb. 22 held at the Elmore Historical Barn to discuss plans for the arrival of the wall.