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Area residents are invited to explore the many educational programs, services and resources available at Owens Community College at an open house April 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at various locations on campus.
 
The open house event will commence at 12 p.m. with welcoming remarks by Owens Vice President and Provost Dr. Renay Scott and Director of Admissions Cory Stine in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center rooms 121-128. Afterward, attendees are invited to meet with representatives and pick up information about such educational services as student orientation, placement testing, admissions and advising. Additionally, Owens Dean of Enrollment Services Betsy Johnson will provide a presentation on financial aid at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

The open house will also include a number of hands-on demonstration sessions taking place in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Health Sciences, Nursing, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Technology. Sessions will take place at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. at various campus locations. Sessions will occur in many of the College ‘s state-of-the-art experiential learning classrooms and highlight such topics as blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, automotive diagnostics, accounting, nutrition, security vulnerabilities in various computer operating systems, physics of momentum and energy, techniques of improvisation as an actor/actress, and microbiology and immunology, among other educational topics.
 
In addition, representatives from the offices of Career Services, Disability Services, Student Activities and Oserve, as well as the Child Care Center and the Owens Harvest Food Pantry will be open throughout the open house event.
 
All attendees are encouraged to visit the check-in and information location at the Audio/Visual Classroom Center entrance upon arrival on campus.
 
For more information or to register for the open house, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2180 or visit www.owens.edu/openhouse/.

Tax Rally Day
The Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition (NWOCC) will hold its third annual Tax Day Rally by the River at Hood Park in downtown Perrysburg at Louisiana Avenue and Front Street April 14 at noon.
 
“This is not a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian party event. It is open to anyone interested in having the citizens' voices heard in the political process,” according to Linda Bowyer of NWOCC. “On the eve of tax day, it’s time to raise your voice. Do you want to reduce our debt, cut spending and restore prosperity in America? Want to make a real difference in the 2012 election? Join us at this tax day rally to find out how.”
 
Speakers include Gary Rathbun, president of Private Wealth Consultants and host of  “Eye on Your Money” on WSPD 1370 AM; Charlie Earl, Libertarian activist and former candidate for Ohio Secretary of State; John McAvoy, organizer of the NW Ohio Conservative Conference, which will be held May 19 in Perrysburg and Republican and Libertarian candidates for public office in NW Ohio.
 
The Values Bus will also be in Perrysburg April 14. Two leading public policy organizations – The Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council – are collaborating to advance the cause of fiscal and moral responsibility.
 
The bus, parked along Louisiana Avenue near the Way Public Library from 11am- 3pm on Saturday April 14, will be open to the public.
 
Fair Tax Ohio will sponsor a free Corn Bread and Bean Soup Dinner in support of the Fair Tax at 5 p.m. April 17 (tax day) at Anneliese’s Restaurant, 105 W. Fifth Street, Perrysburg. The following evening, an educational seminar on the Fair Tax will be held at the same location at 5p.m.
 
According to Donnie Baldwin, Fifth District Director of Fair Tax Ohio, “the public is tired of the current tax code and the IRS. The Fair Tax is a new way of funding government and our goal is to inform the taxpayers how we can abolish the income tax and create an economic boom.”

“Disco Fever” gala
The East Toledo Family Center is gearing up for its 2012 gala, set for April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glass City Boardwalk, 27820 East Broadway St., Walbridge.
 
The event, themed, “Disco Fever,” will include presentation of Distinguished Citizen and Educator of the Year awards, auctions and more.
 
This year’s Distinguished Citizens include Joe Kochanski and George Marshall. Michelle Hammond, Sue Rowe and Jennifer McKarns will be recognized as Educators of the Year.

Tickets are $55 per person and $100 per couple. To purchase tickets or become an event sponsor, call Tracy at 419-691-1429 or visit www.etfc.org.

Indictments returned
After a recent session, the Ottawa County Grand Jury returned indictments against the following individuals: 

• Ashley R. Tennant, 24, 3933 Rider Rd., Oak Harbor, was indicted on one count of Grand Theft, a felony of the third degree, after she allegedly took guns from another Ottawa County resident and gave them to 25-year-old Gregory E. Raugh, 12640 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. Raugh has been indicted on one count of Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree, for possessing the guns.
 
• Shelley R. Johnson, 40, 411 Wilson St., Genoa, was indicted on one count of Theft from an Elderly Person, a felony of the second degree, after she reportedly took over $60,000 from an elderly person over a three-and-a-half year period.
 
• Jennifer R. Barr, 35, of 8790 W. Bohlsinger Rd., Oak Harbor, was charged with one count each of Deception to Obtain Dangerous Drugs and Illegal Processing of Drug Documents, felonies of the third and fourth degree, respectively. According to reports of the Ottawa County Drug Task Force, Barr allegedly presented an altered prescription to be filled at a local pharmacy last month.
 
• Douglas G. Zalewski, 54, and Jarrod L. Skinner, 45, both of whom have last-known addresses of Toledo, were each indicted for Failure to Appear, felonies of the fourth degree, after they failed to attend hearings in other pending criminal cases while released on bond.
 
Summonses were issued for Tennant, Johnson and Barr to make their initial appearances in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas on April 16. Warrants were issued for all other defendants.
 
Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan noted that an indictment is merely a formal charge in the Common Pleas Court and does not denote guilt or innocence.

Kindergarten registration
Northwood Schools will hold kindergarten registration April 18 at 6 p.m. at Northwood Elementary (Olney Building).
 
To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. The registration event will provide families with information about the school and the kindergarten program, and will offer the opportunity to meet with school staff members.
 
Registration paperwork will be distributed, and parents/guardians will have the opportunity to sign up for screening times.
 
For more information, call the school office at 419-691-2601.

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

 

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