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Mom2Mom Outreach Sale
Area residents looking to buy or sell sell children’s-specific items are invited to visit Owens Community College as the Raising Awareness Club presents its first-ever Mom2Mom Sale Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center, located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

The daylong event is open to the public.

During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to select from a variety of children’s-specific items being sold by community venders in a “garage sale” format. Items available for purchase will include gently-used clothing, toys, strollers and high chairs, among other merchandise.

Proceeds will benefit a one-year-old boy from Minnesota who is in need of a liver transplant.

The cost to reserve a merchandise table is $10 and interested vendors must register by May 29. Admission to the Mom2Mom Sale is $1. For information call or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2994.


Summer cooling aid
The 2012 Summer Cooling Program operated by WSOS will begin June 1 and run through Aug. 31, or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Appointments are being accepted now.

The program, which typically operates for two months, has expanded this year to include June. The benefit amount per household has also increased this year to $250, up $75 from previous years.

Income-eligible households in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties can seek assistance to pay their electric bills. The assistance is provided once per cooling season. In addition to the income eligibility, households are eligible if there’s a member who has an illness that would benefit from assistance, verified by physician documentation, or where there’s a member who is 60 years of age or older. These households may be eligible for an air conditioner if the household has not received one in the past three years or for electric bill payment. This year those with a disconnect are eligible, regardless if they have a medical condition or 60 or older.

To apply for assistance, applicants must bring:
• Proof of income, for all residents 18 years of age or older, for either three or 12 months;

• A copy of the most recent utility bill;

• Social Security numbers and birth dates for all residents in the home;

• Medical documentation as specified above.

In addition, Emergency Services program continues to certify residents for enrollment in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) for customers of Columbia Gas, the American Electric Power Company, Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, and Suburban Gas.

To make an appointment or for more information, contact WSOS Emergency Services at 1-888-441-4327.


Fiber577
The 577 Foundation, located at 577 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, will present Fiber577, an invitational show June 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 3 from noon to 5 p.m.

The art exhibition is dedicated to showcasing the diversity and unique character of fiber and fiber-influenced mixed media works. This endeavor is a non-profit, art-for-arts-sake exhibition. During the past four years, the show has garnered a following and last year, close to 1,000 people explored its diverse works and educational exhibits.

A wide range of regional artists working in the fiber field have been invited to participate. More than 60 works will be displayed in the stately former residence of Virginia Secor Stranahan.

Visitors will be able to see Artists-in-Residence and demonstrations while enjoying live music around the grounds. The event is free and open to the public.

Brian Kennedy, director of The Toledo Museum of Art will select the “Best of Show.” There will also be a “People’s Choice Award” sponsored by Angelwood Gallery. After weekend exhibit, many of the artists will exhibit their work in a four-week show at Angelwood Gallery, located in Grand Rapids, O.

More information is available at www.fiber577.com.


Click it or Ticket
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a “Click it or Ticket” campaign through June 2.

During the statewide effort, designed to raise awareness about the use of seatbelts, deputies will work extra shifts to enforce traffic laws, especially seat belt violations.

The additional shifts are part of the High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant, funded through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.


Library software upgrade
Beginning May 30, a consortium-wide software upgrade will make some services unavailable to patrons at the Harris-Elmore Public Library. The purpose of the upgrade is to make the circulation system more efficient and the catalog more user-friendly.

From May 31 to June 6, the catalog will be unavailable to patrons and staff, and staff will be unable to make holds and requests.

From June 4 to 6, library staff will be unable to look up card numbers, so patrons must be sure to bring library cards when checking out materials. Library users who have lost their cards may request replacements before May 30.

On June 7, the library will open at 11 a.m. to allow staff to catch up with check-ins.


Happy birthday, Lucas
On  June 2, the Toledo Zoo will celebrate the first birthday of one very big birthday boy – Lucas the African elephant calf.

Festivities will include:
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – register for a chance to win a Fisher-Price toy basket worth more than $150;

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – sign a mammoth birthday card for Lucas;

• 10:30 a.m. – Lucas gets his presents;

• 1:30 p.m. – ¬¬¬Lucas gets his birthday card, along with a tasty elephant-sized cupcake the Zoo’s Catering Department is preparing for him.

Lucas’ birthday party, sponsored by Meijer, is free with regular zoo admission. Learn more at toledozoo.org/lucas.


Mosquito spraying
Beginning the week of May 27, the Village of Woodville will start spraying for mosquitoes.

Spraying will be conducted Monday through Friday, weather permitting, in the evenings at dusk. Persons with any respiratory problems and small children are advised to stay indoors while spraying is being conducted. For more information, call the Utility Department at 419-849-3031.
 

Genoa Homecoming set
The annual Genoa Homecoming is set for June 1 and 2 in the village’s downtown.

The schedule includes:
Friday:
• 5 p.m.: Amusement rides, food vendors and Beer Tent open;

• 6:30 p.m.: Parade, Fireman’s Bingo and Big 6 open;

• 8 p.m.: Live music by Swing Shift.

Saturday:
• 9 a.m.: 5K run;

• Noon: Amusement rides and food vendors open; Red Neck Garden Tractor Pull; live music by Antioch;

• 2 p.m.: Wine tasting;

• 4 p.m.: Classic Car Show, Fireman’s Bingo and Big 6 open; Beer Tent opens;

• 8 p.m.: Live music by TimePeace;

• 9 p.m.: Raffle drawing;

• Dusk: Fireworks display.

Homecoming festival-goers are invited to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Genoa Food Pantry. Boy Scouts will collect donations along the parade route. Donations may also be dropped off at the designated area throughout the festival.


No Father’s Day!
Humane Ohio is offering reduced rates to fix female and male cats for the month of June.

The non-profit group’s “No Father’s Day” promotion offers to neuter male cats for just $20 next month, while its “Beat the Heat” promotion charges $20 to spay female cats.

The special rate is less than half the normal low-cost price. Both promotions apply to any cat parent in Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan, but you must mention "NO Father's Day" or "Beat the Heat,” to get the special rate. Contact Humane Ohio at 419-266-5607 to make an appointment. 

For Wood County area residents, transportation is available to/from Humane Ohio through the Wood County Humane Society for $1 per animal. To schedule a "No Father's Day" or a "Beat the Heat" appointment and reserve a spot on the transport for your cat(s), contact the Wood County Humane Society at 419-352-7339. There are also a few spots available on the transport for dogs at Humane Ohio's normal low-cost spay/neuter price.


Memorial Day observance 
The community is invited to join the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 35 at a Memorial Day Observance May 30 at 6 p.m. at the Clay High School Memorial's Stadium in Oregon. The stadium is home to Oregon’s war memorials for WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

“For the past three years, the Oregon Vietnam Memorial Group has held an observance to honor those serviceman who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Chairman Jerry Eversman. “We chose May 30 because May 30 was the original date of Memorial Day when the nation designated a day to remember those who died in war. Plus, there are a number of observances on the federal holiday Monday and our veterans are asked to be in so many places on that day. This year we have a chance to have a nice weekday evening to remember our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines.”

The ceremony, which has featured flyovers from the 180th Air National Guard and vintage military aircraft in past years, has included the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Patriot Guard, the Marine Corps League, the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club and the Military Order of the Purple Heart organizations. Organizers have kept the observance time length to less than one hour.

Veterans are asked to wear their service colors.

Capt. Eugene F. Shurtz, Jr., (Army, retired) tolls the bell in memory of the fallen servicemen from Oregon and Jerusalem Township during the 2011 Memorial Day observance. Marge Brown and Jerry Eversman (background) read names of local serviceman who gave their life while in military service to our country.

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