Memorial Day service
Veterans and their families are invited to attend a Community Memorial Day Sunday Service May 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Trinity United Methodist Church, 340 Toledo St., Elmore.
Elmore American Legion Community Post 279 and all veterans will be recognized with a special tribute for the service they have given for our country. There will also be music by Lynda Dunn along with group singing, worship and prayer.
Lake open enrollment
The Lake Local School District is accepting open enrollment applications for students from the Rossford, Genoa, Eastwood and Northwood school districts for the 2012-2013 school year.
Applications will be accepted through May 31. Parents/guardians will be notified of acceptance by June 15. One application must be submitted for each student who requests to attend Lake Local Schools. Students currently enrolled in the district through open enrollment must submit a new application.
Applications are available at lakeschools.org. For more information, call 419-661-6677.
Open house set
Riders Unlimited, Inc., an equine-assisted activities and therapies program, will host an open house May 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3140 N. Behlman Rd., Oak Harbor.
The community is invited to learn about community programs, meet the horses, enjoy refreshments and enter to win door prizes.
For more information, call Rebekah at 419-898-6164.
More than 50 area residents will be honored for achieving academic excellence as Owens Community College hosts its third annual GED Graduation Ceremony Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre.
Presented by the college’s Office of Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) ceremony is open to the public. Graduates will receive their Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma, also known as the General Educational Development (GED) Diploma, as part of the graduation ceremony.
To earn an Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma. Students must pass all five subject areas, which include language arts–writing, language arts–reading, science, social studies and mathematics. The ABLE program, offered at no cost, provides individualized study plans so students can progress at a pace comfortable for them.
Call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2708 for more information.
June homeless count
The Sandusky County Homeless Coalition is seeking volunteers to help conduct a point in time (PIT) count of the number of homeless persons in Sandusky County on June 21.
The count, the first to be held in the summer, will include those who are staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing for the homeless, a hotel or motel paid for by a public or private entity in lieu of shelter, or places not meant for human habitation such as streets, campgrounds, or abandoned buildings. Those who are doubled up or precariously housed will also be counted.
“Since we are in a rural county, we feel there are many people facing homelessness who are in these situations,” said Ragan Claypool, support services coordinator at WSOS, which is participating in the county.
In January 2012, the statewide PIT count determined that in Sandusky County there were 96 homeless individuals with 53 having no shelter while others were in emergency or transitional housing on the day of the count.
For information on how to assist with the June homeless count, call Margaret Weisz, Sandusky County Homeless Coalition chair at 419-332-8777.
The City of Toledo is offering rain barrels through the Rainbarrels4water initiative.
The 65-gallon barrels, made of 85 percent recycled HDPE with UV inhibitors, measure 39 inches tall by 28.5 inches in diameter. All parts are included. The locking lid reverses for use as a planter.
The cost is $75. To order, visit www.rainbarrels4water.com. Barrels may be picked up May 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Division of Environmental Services, 348 S. Erie St., Toledo. For more information, call 419-936-3015 or email
Young leaders sought
Sponsors of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Program are accepting nominations for the 17th annual event, which showcases young, dynamic leaders in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who are under the age of 40.
The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community. It is intended to recognize and to further motivate young leaders in the area.
Nominations are due by June 15. To be eligible, candidates must be under 40 years of age by June 30. Nomination forms can be found in the May and June issues of The Toledo Business Journal and on-line at www.20under40toledo.com.
Those nominated are asked to complete a profile to include information on career, achievements and community involvement. An independent panel of judges will select 20 candidates for recognition.
“All nominees are winners. By virtue of nomination, individuals are recognized for their abilities and achievements,” said Dave DiManna, of Plante & Moran, a longtime sponsor of the event.
Awards event for candidates will be held Sept. 27 at Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate, 550 N. Summit St., Toledo.
Veteran health & info fair
Veterans of all ages, military family and friends, along with the public are invited to a free Veteran Health and Information Fair May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky (enter from SR 250 and follow signs to Veterans Hall). The fair is sponsored by Stein Hospice and hosted by the Ohio Veterans Home.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives will be on hand to discuss VA Healthcare enrollment and eligibility. Information will be available for all veterans, from World War II to Operation New Dawn.
The event will also include free health and vision screenings; Ohio Patriot Guard Riders with information about veteran escorts; more than 40 vendors and door prizes, refreshments and giveaways.
Veterans should bring their DD-214 or Military ID card, if available. For more information, contact Stein Hospice at 1-800-625-5269 or
The Wood County Humane Society’s annual Wine & Cheese benefit will be held on Friday, June 1, in Olscamp Hall on the campus of Bowling Green State University from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event will include dinner, dessert, fine wines and music by CK’s House of Music and The Joe Baker Band, as well as a silent auction and a live auction. Some of the auction items will include a Pandora bracelet from Alan Miller Jewelers, a stay at the Vero Beach Hotel & Resort in Vero Beach FL, a baseball signed by Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle, four nights at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Clearwater Beach FL, two tickets to the Houston Texans/Baltimore Ravens game in Houston on 10/21 including two pre-game sideline passes and a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, and much more. Tickets are $45 each. For more information, visit www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org for a ticket order form and to preview the list of auction items which are updated regularly or follow WCHS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wchsohio.
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio will continue its 2012 flying season Wednesday, May 23 by taking 78 World War II veterans and two Korean War Veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II, Korean War and several other military memorials.
The May 23 flight will be the second of five in 2012, and the 24th flight overall since April of 2008. Not counting the May 23 flight, the local chapter has taken 933 veterans to Washington, D.C. and has done so with a perfect safety record.
The May 23 flight will be the first time that Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has taken Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C.