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Kiwanis plan egg hunt
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 7 at 1 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Park. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Genoa Fire Hall.

The Egg Hunt is open to children living in the Genoa Area School District. Participants will be divided into age categories, including ages 1-2, 3-4, 5 and kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade. Easter baskets will be available to those children finding specially marked eggs. There will also be a Grand Prize Easter Basket Drawing.

The club is looking for new members to help support community projects. Call Jean Holcombe at 419-855-8381 for details.


Severe Weather Week
Gov. John Kasich has designated March 25 to 31 as Spring Severe Weather Week in Ohio. A statewide test of weather-warning procedures will be conducted March 28 at 9:50 a.m. The National Weather Service will activate weather alert radios.

During the test, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Dispatch will broadcast a test message to police, fire and EMS departments. The county will also test the Wireless Emergency Notification System that activates cell phones, mobile devices and email in the event of an emergency. To sign up for the service, visit www.co.oh.us/ottawacoema/index.html.

“Residents and businesses should take this opportunity to establish, review and announce the drill,” said Wood County Emergency Management Agency Director Brad Gilbert. “Everyone should stay alert for rapidly changing weather conditions when a ‘watch’ is issued an be prepared to take immediate safety measures in the event a ‘warning” is issued or weather conditions warrant taking action.”

For more information on severe storms and storm safety, visit www.nws.noaa.gov.


Epilepsy program
Epilepsy can happen to anyone at any time. Studies show that epilepsy can develop after an accident, illness or for no apparent reason at all.

The Epilepsy Center will present a free seminar, “Epilepsy Drugs & Treatments: Generic vs. Brand Names” April 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, 2213 Cherry St., Toledo. Dr. Michael Nagel, a neurologist with the Toledo Clinic, will present the seminar, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Light refreshments will be provided.


Heartland egg hunt
Heartland of Oregon, located at 3953 Navarre Ave., will hold an Easter Egg Hunt March 31 at 2 p.m.

The event is open to children up to age 8, accompanied by an adult. Bring a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny.

For more information, call 419-698-4521.


Comments sought
Ohio EPA is accepting public comments about a mercury variance request for the discharge from Envirosafe Services of Ohio’s wastewater treatment system.

The application  and related material are available at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office in Bowling Green by calling 419-352-8461.

Written comments on the application for permit modification will be accepted through March 28. To comment or receive more information on the application, write to: Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216.

Comments may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Earth Hour 2012
At 8.30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, hundreds of millions of people across the globe will switch off the lights of homes and businesses for one hour – Earth Hour, the world’s largest public environmental action – acknowledging a commitment to go beyond the hour with actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.

Area businesses are encouraged to support Earth Hour 2012 by turning out the lights, and encouraging staff and customers to also participate.

This year Earth Hour has launched “I Will If You Will” on YouTube to showcase how everyone has the power to change the world. For more information about Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org.


A.L.I.C.E. training
A.L.I.C.E. rapid-response training will be offered March 28 at Owens Community College.

The free training is geared toward public safety, business and school officials, as well as first responders interested in learning about how to take a proactive response to a violent attack on a large number of people.

Classes will be offered and facilitated through Owens’ Department of Public Safety March 28 from 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Center for Emergency Preparedness.

The program was created by Response Options in Burleson, Tex, During the two-hour training sessions, Owens public safety staff will highlight various strategies and techniques that enhance the traditional response “lockdown” protocol for individuals in a hostile intruder scenario. Attendees will learn how to become better aware of potential threats within an organization, as well as strategies and techniques to counter, confound, confuse and defeat an active shooter. Such measures enable victims to take a proactive approach in a hostile situation and get inside an attacker’s decision cycle by confronting the individual through “organized chaos” tactics.

For more information or to register for a training session, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7977.


Lean budget for township  By Press Staff Writer
The Lake Township trustees Tuesday approved a lean appropriations resolution for 2012 that reflects lower revenues from property taxes and the state local government fund.

Fiscal officer Vicki Schwamberger said total appropriations of just over $4.5 million, including $1.13 million for the general fund, are about 15 percent lower than last year.

Revenues from residential property taxes and the commercial activity tax are down, she said.

While residential property valuations in Wood County have declined, farmland valuations have increased, Schwamberger added.

She said the township faces some unknowns, including what it will cost over the long term just to operate the new administration building on Cummings Road that replaced the former building destroyed by the June 2010 tornado.

“We’re going to monitor everything the first months of the year,” she said.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said she was proud “we’re still above water” given the financial condition of other area townships and villages.

In other business, Pam Babasa, an administrative assistant, gave a presentation of the township’s website, which has been updated.

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