Public hearing planned
The Wood County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities will hold a public hearing to gather public comment on their annual action plan.
The board will hear all comments in relation to the plan Dec. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the board office, 11160 East Gypsy Lane Rd., WLI conference rooms 2 & 3, entrance C.
The 2009 annual action plan is available to any citizen upon request. Requests may be directed to Donna Beam, director of operations, at 419-352-5115 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Honoring our Military
An “Honoring our Military” program will be presented at Senior Day at Camp Perry Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Camp Perry Club House.
There will be a special presentation to all veterans and spouses of veterans by DeAnn Askew, Senior Services officer, Ottawa County Veterans Services Commission.
There will also include a presentation by Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio and special patriotic music by Kendra German, administrator of Riverview Healthcare Campus in Oak Harbor. A roast beef luncheon will also be served.
Call Ottawa County Senior Resources at 419-898-6459 for more information.
Holiday plant sale
Members of the Bay Park Community Hospital (BPCH) Foundation will host their annual Holiday Plant Sale Dec. 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bay Cafe located on the hospital’s Garden Level.
A spectacular variety of holiday plants will be available starting at $5, along with holiday cactuses, cyclamens and poinsettias.
For those unable to attend the sale, fax or phone orders will be available. To receive an order form via mail, e-mail or fax, contact the Foundation office at 419-690-7720. Free local delivery is available for orders totaling $100 or more. Proceeds will support projects sponsored by the BPCH Foundation Business Council, a volunteer organization of business leaders in the community who work to assist the Foundation.
Board to meet
The Ottawa County Board of Elections will meet Nov. 21 at the board office to conduct the official canvass of the Nov. 4 General Election.
The canvass will begin at 10 a.m. A regular board meeting will follow at 1:30 p.m. The office is located in the Veterans Memorial Building, 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
Hydrants to be flushed
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s maintenance department will be flushing and testing fire hydrants Nov. 17 through Dec. 19.
Testing will be performed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on hydrants in Lake Township (served by Oregon water), parts of Northwood and the Village of Millbury, an area bounded by the Wood County line to the north and east, Drouillard Road and 1-280 to the west and south to the Village of Millbury at SR 795.
Water customers may experience rusty water during this period and should run tap water before using water for laundry purposes. If rust should get on laundry, contact the district’s office at 877-354-9090 to obtain rust-removing chemicals.
More information about hydrant flushing may also be obtained by calling the above number.
The Harris-Elmore Public Library will present its annual community play, “Doc, Doc…Goose,” by Patrick Dorn Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
Find out what happens when Mother goose opens up a clinic in Nurseryland. Members of area clergy, school personnel and community leaders will be featured in the play.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The library is located at 328 Toledo St. Call 419-862-3482 for more information.
Ringing in the season
The Elmore Unit of the Salvation Army will again be ringing bells in the Elmore and Woodville areas, beginning after Thanksgiving.
Once again, Angel Trees will be set up at Pills `N Packages in Woodville and Huntington National Bank in Elmore the weekend after Thanksgiving.
The holiday season brings extra financial burdens to all families, but especially to families who already have special needs. Through the Angel Tree project, the Salvation Army may be able to provide a gift for all the children of the community who are in need.
During the last holiday season, the Elmore unit helped 27 families with 68 children. In addition to gifts for children, winter coats, boots, hats, mittens, blankets, clothes and cleaning supplies were distributed.
Thrift store specials
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store recognizes the difficult economic times facing the community this year. In keeping with the mission to serve the poor and needy, the Thrift Store, located at 1001 Washington St., Toledo, will hold the following sales:
• Every Monday – selected clothes $1 each.
• Every Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday, with select items 50 percent off, including Nov. 19 – videos, DVDs, records and tapes; Nov. 26 – sports equipment; Dec. 3 – anything green; Dec. 10 – anything red; Dec. 17 – anything blue; Dec. 31 – anything white.
• Every Friday is Furniture Frenzy Sales Day – selected furniture or second-floor furniture is 25 percent off.
• Saturdays Nov. 22 and Dec. 20 are Customer Appreciation Days. Every customer is welcome for a simple lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coupons will also be distributed.
Funds raised from all Thrift Store sales will be used to provide emergency financial assistance to the poor and needy, provide wages for 15 employees and cover the day-to-day operation expenses of the store.
Advocates for the Mentally Ill is collecting donations for residents of two group homes operated by Volunteers of America in Port Clinton and of the Buckeye Home, in Clyde.
Donations will be distributed based on residents’ needs and abilities and recommendations of group home management. Funds may go toward haircuts, clothing, shoes, gift certificates, movie passes, trips to the Toledo Zoo, etc.
“All donations and spending will be precisely accounted for and will be used only for residents and their benefit,” said Sharon Kusian, advocate.
Checks may be made payable to Fred or Sharon Kusian, Advocate, and mailed to 4628 N. Billman Rd., Curtice, OH 43412.
Advocates for the Mentally Ill is a not-for-profit outreach program designed to increase awareness and understanding of mentally ill members of the community, to provide support, services, cultural and enriching experiences that motivate them to remain active, participate in recreational social events and feel respected as members of their community. The program also encourages benevolence on behalf of those who cannot afford basic needs.
Editor’s note: an incorrect address for Advocates of the Mentally Ill was listed in the last issue of The Press. The correct address is listed above.
'Christmas in Color’
Rosemarie Vavrik, of Luckey, will join a cast of 300 to present many of the most familiar songs of the holiday season during a series of concerts that feature the pageantry, costuming and special effects of a Broadway production in “Christmas in Color” Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stranahan Theatre at the Masonic. Tickets are $30 for maestro circle seating, $22 for premium seating and $20 for reserved seating. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.
Produced and directed by internationally recognized musical creator, Thurlow Spurr, the concert will feature the CMI Orchestra, The Spirit Wind Dance Company, The Thurlow Spurr Singers, The Four Divas, Our Three Tenors, The Kids, as well as Rick Everitt & the CMI Brass, Ron Wilson & The Brotherhood, Brian Brown, Laura Petrak and Karen Jenkins, winner of the 2007 “I Want to Be a Star Search” contest.
To order tickets, call 1-800-993-SING (7464) or order online at www.cmichoir.org.
A helping hand
Owens Community College Red Cross Student Club is reaching out to the brave men and women fighting overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq with a “Donations for Soldiers” Supply Drive, now through Nov. 24.
The drive will accept a variety of items, including pens, paper, envelopes, packaged candy, coffee, creamer, coffee filters, gloves, socks, ChapStick, spices, gum and mints. Monetary donations also will be accepted to help cover the cost of shipping.
Additionally, soldiers have requested miscellaneous items like footballs, Frisbees, soccer balls, crossword puzzles, decks of playing cards, disposable cameras, magazines, and new or used DVDs or CDs.
Owens has set up a variety of collection points around the campus, including the Student Health and Activities Center, the Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building, Health Technologies Hall and the College Hall Bookstore and Atrium.
At the conclusion of the drive, Red Cross Student Club members will prepare care packages for the soldiers overseas that will include the donated items, as well as thank you letter and correspondences.
For a complete list of requested items for the “Donations for Soldiers” Supply Drive, or to make a donation, call 567-661-7583 of 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583.
Esteban Reyes, vice president of the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau and co-chair of the Allen-Clay-Harris Township Unit has announced that applications are now available to all county residents at local churches, some schools and businesses and by calling a unit representative. In Elmore and Genoa, applications are available at post offices, day care centers and local libraries or by calling Kathy Mapes at 419-654-6273 or Reyes at 419-862-2968.
All qualified applicants will receive a food basket and toys for the kids for Christmas. Applications must be returned by Dec. 1.
In addition, the annual food drive will be held Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Miller’s New Market in Genoa. For every bag donated, donors will receive a raffle ticket and be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gas card. All proceeds benefit those in need in the community during the Christmas season.