“Wall” volunteers needed
Volunteers are need to the help with the Vietnam Veterans “Moving Wall” that is coming to Elmore Aug. 9 to 13.
More than 100 volunteers will be needed in the days leading up to and during the Moving Wall’s visit, according to Elmore American Legion Community Post # 279, which is hosting the memorial’s stay.
Prior to the opening ceremonies August 9, volunteers will be needed to help set up tents and help build the platform upon which the wall will rest. Most of this work will be done from Aug. 6 to 8.
During the Wall visit, volunteers will be needed to help visitors find the names they are looking for on the panels of the memorial, using books that designate where specific names appear on the wall.
Approximately 48 volunteers will be needed to provide security, which will be needed 24 hours a day during the stay.
Volunteers will also be needed to act as escorts to the wall and help with grounds maintenance and approximately 20 volunteers will be needed to help disassemble the wall platform after closing ceremonies on Aug. 13.
To volunteer, call 419-266-1274.
Patrols stepped up
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols on the streets throughout the month of July in an effort to promote greater traffic safety, with an emphasis on speed, OVI and seat belt violations.
Overtime shifts will be paid for, in part, by a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
Data programming training
Unemployed and underemployed individuals with basic computer skills and a desire to start a new career may be eligible for free training through the Innovative Strategic Training Achieving Results (iSTAR) database programming initiative.
The program provides free tuition, books and paid on-the-job training to prepare students for careers in computer software engineering, computer systems analysis and computer programming. The program is available to residents in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties, among others.
To be eligible, students should have some experience in Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel and Access and be able to attend eight-hour classes Monday through Friday for 16 weeks.
Classes will be available at Northwest State Community College in Archbold and the Scott Park Campus of the University of Toledo. Applications are being accepted now for a session beginning Aug. 22.
Classes are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration. Northwest State Community College is administering the grant in partnership with WSOS Community Action Commission.
Students who complete the 16-week course will receive 18 weeks of paid, on-the-job training with the goal of continued employment. Graduates will receive industry certifications as well as a Database Programming Certificate from Northwest State. All credits earned through the program can be applied toward an associate’s degree at NSCC. iSTAR also offers career coaching.
For more information or to complete an online application, visit www.istar-initiative.com or call Carrie Arndt at 419-267-1494 or Roger Fisher at 419-334-8911.
Wildlife officer assigned
Eric J. VonAlmen, 26, of Columbus Grove, was assigned as a new state wildlife officer in Lucas County.
Officer VonAlmen is one of 11 new wildlife officer cadets who have been undergoing extensive training and were sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during ceremonies June 29 in Columbus. He began his new duties the following day.
Following completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course May 4, the cadets had eight weeks of specialized training by the Division of Wildlife. In addition to wildlife law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of wildlife and fish management, communications, ATV and watercraft operation, hunter safety, and advanced firearms and self-defense topics.
As a state wildlife officer, VonAlmen will have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property and make arrests. He will also conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife.
VonAlmen is a 2004 graduate of Columbus Grove High School in Putnam County. In 2009, he received an associate degree in wildlife management from Hocking College.
Are you a bird brain?
Otterbein Portage Valley, 20311 Pemberville Rd., Pemberville, will present, “Are You a Bird Brain,” an educational and uplifting seminar July 17 at noon.
The complimentary “lunch and learn” program will include a presentation by Raelene Phillips, author of “Birds in the Belfry,” who will have the audience screeching in laughter as she tells her stories and weaves in messages of faith.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call Geri at 419-833-8917 to reserve a spot or obtain more information.