Cards & games
Friends of Otterbein Portage Valley will hold their Annual Spring Card/Game Party April 26 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Otterbein Portage Valley.
This year, in addition to euchre, pinochle, bridge, Mexican Train, Sequence and other games, the Friends have put together both a door prize table and a silent auction. There will also be snacks and refreshments.
Admission is $10 at the door.
“Spelling Bee” on stage
Owens Community College will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” April 13-15 and 20-22 in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
The production, which will include students and community members, tells the story of six awkward teenagers striving to win a spelling bee – a tale featuring twists, turns and surprises and an unexpected ending – and the lesson that losing a spelling bee doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.
Cast members include Nick Gallagher of Genoa, Elizabeth Williamson of Perrysburg, Emily Pheils of Rossford, Andy Sweney of Perrysburg, John Toth of Toledo, Alisha Bond of Bowling Green, Joshua Smith of Toledo, Tim Mitchell of Oregon, Ryan Nijakowski of Bowling Green and Silvester Rodriguez IV of Archbold.
Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for Owens students and employees. All seats are general admission. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu/arts or call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2787.
Citizen Police Academy
The Oregon Police Division will offer its 10-week Citizen Police Academy beginning Monday, April 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the city Community Room, 5330 Seaman Rd.
Taught by Oregon Police officers, the academy is a hands-on educational training program that offers citizens a chance to learn about what police officers do. Citizens attending will learn about Oregon Police Division’s daily operations, crime prevention, criminal investigation, road patrol tactics, self-defense and other law enforcement-related topics.
The academy is offered to city residents 18 years and older. Participants must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and pass a background check. Additional class spots may be offered to persons who reside outside of the city if space is available.
To register or for more information, contact Sgt. Tony Castillo at 419-698-7180 or
Prom Dress Extravaganza
Area high school students and their families searching for affordable prom dresses and accessories are invited to visit the Prom Dress Extravaganza being sponsored April 14 by Owens Community College’s Raising Awareness Club. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the college’s Student Health and Activities Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
During the event, high school students and their families will have the opportunity to select from an assortment of nearly 500 prom dresses and accessories available at a cost of $5 to 20 for dresses and 50 cents to $5 for accessories. Items available for purchase will be gently used dresses, shoes, purses, gloves and jewelry, among other prom accessories. Mentors will be on hand to assist shoppers.
Any items not claimed during the Prom Dress Extravaganza will be donated to Camp Courageous, located near Whitehouse. All proceeds raised from the prom dress initiative will be used to benefit future community outreach activities for the Raising Awareness Club.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.
Gas pipeline upgrade
Columbia Gas of Ohio will invest $2 million to upgrade its natural gas pipeline system in an East Toledo neighborhood.
The project will upgrade approximately 25,000 feet of natural gas mainline in the Holmes Street area. Residential and commercial customers along several streets bound by E. Broadway, Hirzel, Oakdale and Holmes will see existing steel pipe replaced with plastic pipe and gas meters relocated outside.
All the work will require a temporary interruption of natural gas service. Impacted customers will be contacted byletter in advance of the scheduled work. Columbia Gas will make personal contact with customers before shutting off service and to schedule re-light appointments.
The project is one of seven announced for 2012, representing a $20 million investment in Toledo's natural gas infrastructure.
As a reminder, all Columbia Gas employees and contractors carry identification cards bearing their name, photograph and identification number and they will be happy to show them.
Community Service Auction
The Oak Harbor High School choirs will hold their semi-annual Community Service Auction Saturday, April 21. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and include a lasagna dinner and the ability to bid on all silent and grand auction items. Silent auction items include gift baskets, concert and sporting event tickets and various baked goods.
High school students will offer their services in the grand auction. Services include cutting and delivering firewood, house and garage cleaning services, lawn work and more.
Dinner and the silent auction begin at 6 p.m. The grand auction begins at 7 p.m. Call 419-898-6216 ext. 334 for tickets or more information.
New fish filleting rule
With many Ohio anglers taking advantage of early fishing opportunities, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR), Division of Wildlife reminds anglers of a new rule affecting their catch.
Anglers must leave the fish they catch in public waters in the round (whole) or as a complete fillet with skin attached until they reach their home. The regulation is necessary to deter over-harvest of certain species of fish.
The rule was designed to be a law enforcement tool to allow wildlife officers identify fillets in an angler’s possession so that they can enforce Ohio’s fish bag limits. Ontario, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and Minnesota employ similar regulations.
Current Ohio fishing licenses are valid through Feb. 28, 2013. An annual resident fishing license costs $19. A one-day fishing license is available and may be purchased for $11 by residents and non-residents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit toward purchase of an annual fishing license.
Ohio residents born on or before Dec. 31, 1937, may obtain a free fishing license where licenses are sold. Those age 66 and older who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1938 and have resided in Ohio for the past six months are eligible to purchase the reduced cost resident senior license for $10.
The 2012-13 Ohio Fishing Regulations pamphlet can be obtained and fishing licenses can be purchased online at wildohio.com or at agent outlets throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents can be found at wildohio.com.
About Boating Safely
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-16 will present an “About Boating Safely” class April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Legion Post #320, 204 Illinois Ave., Maumee.
Ohio law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1982 operating watercraft with a 10 hp or higher motor to complete an approved safe boating course.
The registration fee is $35. To register or obtain more information, contact Terry Cleary at 419-367-0222 or
Bridge to Success
Area high school graduates will have the opportunity to experience a taste of college life before fall semester begins through Owens Community College’s Bridge for Success Program.
The program, designed to help first-year students successfully transition from high school to college, is available to all students within the college’s legal district, which encompasses Lucas, Wood and Hancock counties and parts of Ottawa and Sandusky counties. Previously, the program was available only to high schools associated with the college’s Success Program initiative.
Eligible students must have passed all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test and completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 30. Bridge to Success Program applications are due by May 4. Students do not need to be federal Pell grant funding eligible for participation in the Bridge to Success Program
The seven-week program includes academic preparation, exposure to campus life, mentoring, coaching and embracing the expectations of college-level studies. Participants have the opportunity to participate in workshops designed to promote enhanced learning and develop study and life skills for college success.
In addition, attendees are assigned a faculty, staff or peer mentor for the Bridge program and throughout the first year of their college experience. Bridge students also receive free academic textbooks and become part of a learning community with block scheduling for the first year of college with a focus on math and English courses.
Enrollment in the program is limited to 50 students on the Toledo-area Campus and 25 students on the Findlay-area Campus. Owens’ Bridge to Success Program begins in June with an orientation and an induction ceremony for the participating students.
An open house for those interested in learning more about the program will be held May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center room 124. Attendees must RSVP by April 20.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2170.
Spring Fling Dinner
St. Boniface School will host the annual Spring Fling Dinner and Dance Saturday, April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school gym, 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor.
The evening includes a chicken dinner, silent auctions, raffles, a live DJ and a chance to win cash or prizes. Advance tickets are $20 per person and $30 per couple. Regular ticket prices are $25 per person and $40 per couple for the dinner and dance and $15 for the dance only. Tickets will be available for adult beverages and sodas. Contact Molly Judge at 419-340-7546 for more information.
Terra tuition increase
During its regular meeting March 28, the Terra State Community College Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition by $200 annually beginning fall semester.
The vote followed a presentation by Treasurer Randy McCullough, who said the State Share of Instruction has been flat for the past four years while the college has had significant growth during that same period.
“We never take a tuition increase lightly, knowing that our students count on Terra remaining one of the best financial bargains in Northwest Ohio,” said Dr. Marsha S. Bordner, Terra president.
“We believe that a maximum increase of $200 annually for a full-time student will keep Terra competitive and attractive for most students,” she said. “We spend a lot of time talking about the ‘student success agenda’ at the national, state and local levels. We all, of course, want our students to be successful, but that comes at a cost.
A credit hour will increase $6.61 to $141.44.
Hero Awards Banquet
The Safety Council of Northwest Ohio will hold the 45th Annual Hero Awards Banquet April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Pinnacle in Maumee.
Awards to be presented include the Hero Award for outstanding acts of heroism, the Good Samaritan Award for outstanding service to another human being and certificates of appreciation for actions above and beyond the call of duty.
The event is open to the public. For details and reservations, call 877-457-1818 or visit www.scnwo.org.
Spring break programs
The Toledo Area Humane Society is offering two Spring Break opportunities for animal lovers ages 7 to 11.
An Earth Day Paw-ty will be held April 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Humane Society, located at 1290 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. Kids will get an inside look at how TAHS rescues, rehabs and re-homes animals – the ultimate in recycling.
The new Toys for Tails program will be held April 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will make dog and cat collars and tasty homemade pet treats. There will also be animal bingo, tours and time for snuggling with TAHS residents.
The fee is $25 per program. Register online at www.ToledoAreaHumaneSociety.org.
Ceasere Belvano will pay tribute to “The King’s” electrifying magic in his “Eternally Elvis” show April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House.
The performance, part of the “Live in the House!” series, will include Belvano’s high-energy interpretations of Elvis’ greatest hits.
Tickets are $12 and are available at Beeker’s General Store in Pemberville or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848. For more information visit www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
Happy birthday to us
Forty years ago, on April 4, 1972, The Press published its first issue – a publication dedicated to serving the communities bounded by the Maumee and Portage rivers, Lake Erie and Route 6.
As we look back on our history, we are also looking forward to our continued mission of providing the news and information you need, and we are asking our readers to share ideas. Drop us a line and tell us what we’re doing right and how we might make the paper even better. Have there been any news or feature stories, or even advertisements that have been especially beneficial to you? Are there any regular features you enjoy or look forward to each week?
We will feature your comments in a special anniversary section to be published April 23. Send comments to The Press, 1550 Woodville Rd., Millbury, OH 43447 or email to
Counterfeit items seized
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized counterfeit merchandise valued at nearly $50,000 and arrested two men after a traffic stop last week on the Ohio Turnpike.
The troopers stopped a 2002 Cadillac Deville for a lane violation April 1 near Elmore and seized the items after conducting a consent search of the vehicle.
The drive Courtney Shelby, 26, and Steven McGee, 35, both of Chicago, Ill., were lodged in the Ottawa County Detention Facility and charged with trademark counterfeiting, a fifth-degree felony.
If convicted, the men could face up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
According to the highway patrol, both men admitted the merchandise was counterfeit and had been purchased in New York for resale in Chicago.
Troopers seized 19 wallets, 13 belts, 21 pairs of sunglasses, 12 pairs of jeans, and 88 Coach labels.
The merchandise included designer brand names such as Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Gucci, Chanel, Sorrentino, Tory Burch, and Dooney and Burke.