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$5 cats/kittens
The Toledo Area Humane Society is extending its $5 Friday promotion from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22 so they can accommodate the kittens currently in foster care waiting to go up for adoption and the cats and kittens coming into the Humane Society each day.

They are spayed or neutered, get microchipped, receive their age-appropriate vaccines and get a physical exam by on-staff veterinarians. The Humane Society is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 6pm.

Tree help needed
The City of Oregon Tree Commission is asking residents to help water street trees (trees located between the street and sidewalk).

“Because of this year’s unusual dryness, we need and are appreciative of any help (citizens) can provide in helping keep our trees healthy and looking well,” said Don Charlton, Tree Commission chairman. “Unless substantial rainfall occurs within the immediate future, tree watering will be necessary until mid- to late fall.”

Trees most in need are small – one to three inches in diameter. A slow and thorough watering is best to allow water to soak into the soil. The Tree Commission suggests using a soaker hose looped around the area at the tree base, or drilling two small holes into a filled five-gallon bucket to allow water to drain out. Mulching around trees also helps to keep roots cool and moist.

Property owners who detect problems with street trees are encouraged to call the Oregon Department of Streets at 419-698-7016.

Academic open house
Owens Learning Center at The Source, located at 1301 Monroe St. in downtown Toledo, will showcase academic programs and services during an open house July 31. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 12 to 3 p.m.

Information about new student orientation, placement testing, admissions and advising along with details about the college’s academic programs and resources will be available.

Staff members from Admissions, Academic Advising, Career Services, Testing Services, Disability Services, Veterans Services and Oserve will also be present throughout the open house event.

Those attending are encouraged to visit the check-in and information location at the entrance upon arrival. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2732 or visit

Naturalist training
The Ohio State University Extension, Lucas County is partnering with the Metroparks of the Toledo Area to offer the OSU Extension’s Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist training.

Training classes will be held Thursday evenings and Saturdays August through October. The OCVN program is a research-based scientific training program that emphasizes hands on natural resource education coupled with community-based volunteer service. Though it embraces conservation, it is not an advocacy group.

Local curriculum will include such topics as ecological concepts, entomology, herpetology, invasive species, stewardship and more.

For more information about the program, a complete schedule and/or fees, contact Lee Richter at 419-578-6783 or

Kornfest set
The annual Kornfest (Grain Festival) will be held Aug. 4 from 5 to 11 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.

Dinner, which will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., will include barbecue chicken and sweet corn plus salad and desserts. A full cash bar will be available. The Deutschmeister & Martin Brothers Band will provide music from 4 to 11 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. Advance tickets are recommended. For tickets or information, call any Mannerchor or Damenchor member, Ron at S & K Office Supplies at 419-691-3537 or Tim Pescenya at 419-474-7604.

Art & physics collide
Chihiro (Japanese for “a thousand questions”) – a performance group of musicians and dancers – will lead a journey through the Toledo Museum of Art July 28.

Interested museum visitors should meet in the Libbey Court at 3 p.m. for the presentation, during which performers will weave through various galleries and interact with the artwork.

“Using the imagined device of a particle collider, we come to see the relation between the old and the new, how cultures influence one another,” said Jill Berkana, Chihiro director.

Performers include Allison Kodeih, Ciara Lieberman, Eva Sullivan, Emily Hall, Jon Martin Smith, Frank McElhannon, Jill Berkana, Pevely Pawlak and Lindsay Foster. A special composition by Elainie Lillios will begin the dance.

This program is free and open to the public. 

Golf outing set
The 2nd Annual Thanks for the Mammaries Golf Outing to benefit the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be held July 28 at 3910 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.

The event will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $300 per team or $75 per individual, which includes 18 holes with a cart, driving range, lunch and entry into contests. Prizes and auction items include tickets for Disney World, Sea World Orlando, Cedar Point, the Toledo Zoo and African Safari Wildlife Park, along with other items.

WTOL-TV meteorologist Ryan Wichman will be on hand to help raise money for breast cancer research.

For more information, contact Melissa Cogar at 419-245-4712 or

After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals, according to Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan:

Nichole M. Haar, 38, of Oak Harbor, has been indicted on two counts of Theft, both felonies of the fifth degree, along with misdemeanor counts of Passing Bad Checks and Theft. According to Oak Harbor Police, Haar allegedly took money from a former employer in Oak Harbor from September 2001 through January 2012. She is also accused of writing several bad checks to an Oak Harbor business in January.

Alex B. Bahs, of Oak Harbor, has been charged with felony counts of Improperly Discharging a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Ordnance, along with misdemeanor counts of Using Weapons while Intoxicated and Underage Consumption. The charges resulted from a July 5 incident when Bahs, 19, reportedly discharged a firearm in the Village of Oak Harbor.

Margaret L. Swartz, 44, of Oak Harbor, was indicted on one count each of Theft by Deception and Forgery, both felonies of the fifth degree. According to Oak Harbor Police, Swartz allegedly stole a check from a former employer, which she then cashed in Oak Harbor.

Summonses have been issued for Haar, Woodward and Swartz to make their initial appearances in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas July 26.  

Mulligan noted that an indictment is merely a formal charge in the Common Pleas Court, and does not denote guilt or innocence.

Citizen participation urged
Plans are being finalized for the Vietnam Combat Veterans Moving Wall’s visit to the Village of Elmore Aug. 9 through Aug. 13.

The Wall will begin its journey at 10 a.m. from the Port Clinton Municipal Building, 1860 E. Perry St., escorted by hundreds of motorcyclists – most of whom are Vietnam veterans.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., the Moving Wall and its escorts will be entering the business district of Oak Harbor. The contingent will then travel SR 163 to Genoa where it will pass through the business district at about 10:55 a.m. The final leg of the trip will be from Genoa to Elmore using SR 51. The Moving Wall arrives in downtown Elmore at approximately 11:15 a.m. It will then be set up in Depot Park. Opening ceremonies will be held at 3 p.m.

The Village of Elmore and American Legion Community Post #279, which is hosting the Moving Wall’s visit, encourages the citizens of Port Clinton, Oak Harbor, Genoa and Elmore to line the streets while waving flags as a tribute to the 58,262 men and women whose names are listed on the Wall.

“Titanic” Auditions
Auditions will be held July 30 and 31 for “Titanic: The Musical,” being presented by Oct. 4 to 7 by 3BProductions.

Auditions are set for 7 to 10 p.m. both days at Zion Lutheran Church, 22 N. Second St., Waterville. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing a 1-1/2 minute song from the show or in the style of “Titanic.” Bring sheet music for accompaniment. Directors are looking for strong vocalists and good actors. There are openings for multiple roles. Visit for character breakdown.

Rehearsals will be held Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The musical is being directed by Joe Barton, with musical director Janine Baughman and choreography by Bob Marzola,

Museum open house
For the past several years, a group of volunteers have been working diligently in the main hangar of the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport rebuilding an old Ford Tri-Motor.

Their goal for the plane, one that used to fly regularly from Port Clinton to the islands, has been to restore it to flying condition and build a museum facility to educate the public and preserve its rich heritage.

While the volunteers have been working faithfully on their restoration, the George V. Woodling Foundation has stepped in and built a museum and hangar facility to be shared by both the Tri-Motor Heritage Museum and Liberty Aviation Museum, a different group of aviation enthusiasts who operate a fully restored WWII B-25 Mitchell bomber.

With the new museum building nearly complete, the Tri-Motor volunteers have been moving all of their supplies, tools, work benches and everything else associated with the project to the new facility. The majority of the airplane's fuselage structure has been completed and it is the single largest piece yet to be moved.

Volunteers moved the main fuselage across the taxiway to its new hangar July 17. The relocation marked yet another milestone in the restoration of Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-40 that once flew the skies here.

The new Tri-Motor Heritage Museum/Liberty Aviation Museum facility will hold its grand opening the weekend of July 20-22.

Railroad crossing closure
Due to repairs to the Pickle Road railroad crossing, Pickle Road will be closed between Woodville Road and Wheeling Street from 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 18 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. The entrance drives to properties within the closure area will remain open. The signed detour route is Wheeling Street to Woodville Road.

Healing Hope fundraiser
The community is invited to a fundraiser to help a Healing Hope Ministry for cancer patients July 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4125 Pickle Rd. Oregon.

The ministry was begun by Mary Margaret Almonte, who in 2009, was going through a divorce and raising a 5-year- old son when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She had major surgery, went through six months of chemo treatments at Mass General Hospital in Boston and continued on with her life. This past year, the cancer returned.

As her 50th birthday approached, she decided to give herself a birthday party for this milestone age and invited her church members, friends, family and work colleagues. In lieu of gifts, she requested gift cards for Walgreens and CVS to give to cancer patients.

This summer, she is visiting family in Ohio for three weeks and part of her vacation “wish” is to have a fundraiser here to continue on with her “Healing Hope Ministry.”

Those wishing to help can donate silent auction prizes, donate cash or a Walgreen’s or CVS gift card or attend the fundraiser July 28. The family-friendly event will include food, a silent auction, kids’ games and other activities.

For more information, call Cathy Reichow, Almonte’s sister, at 419-392-1468 or visit or

GroveFest 2012
Spiegel Grove, the estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and the location of one of Ohio’s most significant historical attractions - the Hayes Presidential Center, will host GroveFest 2012 July 28.

The family event will include a car show, sports, entertainment and auction. Thanks to title sponsors The Fremont Company and KeyBank–The Walter Terhune Memorial Fund, admission is free to everything except the fundraising auction.

Events will begin at 10 a.m. and last into the evening. The day will begin with Croquet at the Grove from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hayes Presidential Croquet Club will demonstrate the lawn sport and also provide opportunities for the public to “take a swing.”

This year’s Fremont’s Got Talent contest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will showcase local talent from the Sandusky County area. GroveFest attendees can get involved by helping to choose the People’s Choice winner.

From noon to 4 p.m., there will be a Collectible Car Show featuring almost 40 vehicles and a feature display of Indian Motorcycles. New this year is the addition of an Automobile Scavenger Hunt. Children can interact with car owners as they attempt to complete the ‘hunt’ questionnaire for a chance to earn a prize.

The Hayes Presidential Center’s largest annual fundraiser, the Bid at the Grove Auction will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. The ticketed event will include gourmet hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine. Participants can bid on an array of merchandise, services, and “experiential” outings - from overnight stays in upscale B&Bs to a sunset cruise on the Sandusky River. Celebrity emcee and auctioneer will be Jerry Anderson of WTOL-TV. Auction tickets are $100 a person. Call 419-332-2081, ext. 226 for information.

The Hayes Home and Hayes Museum will be open during GroveFest, providing a perfect opportunity attendees to tour the recently restored Hayes Home. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.

For information call 800-998-PRES or visit

Dragon Boat Festival
The 2012 Dragon Boat Festival will be held July 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at International Park on the east bank of the Maumee River.

More than 40 teams are scheduled to participate in this year’s festival. The teams in 40-foot- long Hong Kong-style Dragon Boats will be racing up and down the Maumee River.

Admission is free to the festival, which will also include live entertainment, demonstrations of ancient Chinese musical instruments, a children’s area with a number of activities including Chinese crafts, calligraphy, origami, face painting and more.

Proceeds raised from the event benefit Partners in Education of Toledo. For more information, visit



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