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Garage Sale Days, again
In response to several requests from the public, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will add a second Village Wide Garage Sale Days this year.

The chamber is creating a list of sales for anyone interested and the sale, which will be held Aug. 24-25. The lists will be available at the chamber office and Oak Harbor Public Library starting Aug. 23.

To be added to the list of sales, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479 or email

The cat’s meow
The Pemberville Children’s Theatre Workshop will present, “Flapper” – a madcap musical tribute to the 1920s. – Aug. 3, 4 and 5 at the Historic Pemberville Opera House.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. An old-fashioned ice cream social will be held on the brick street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the Sunday performance. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for ages 15 and under and are available at Beeker’s General Store or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.

The production will feature 39 area children ranging in ages from 7 to 15, under the direction of Angela Patchett and musical director Donella Wilt.

“Flapper” tells the story of Polly Pepper, a young flapper who really knows how to live in the time of Stutz Bearcat automobiles, Ziegfield girls, raccoon coats, ukuleles, beauty contests, goldfish swallowers and gangsters. Polly’s about to turn 18 and will then inherit a fabulous diamond necklace called the ‘Ice Garden.” But there’s trouble ahead as mobsters are planning to grab the necklace. Songs include “The Roaring Twenties,” “It Has to be Jazz,” “Mona’s Moaning Low,” “Dijja Ever?” and, of course, “Flapper.”

Now it its fifth year, the Pemberville Opera House’s Children’s Theatre Workshop is supported through the Gale and Marlyn Williamson Performing Arts Fund. Marlyn played and taught piano for decades in the Pemberville area many people came to know of her love of music. Both Gale and Marlyn enjoyed live performances of all kinds and had a deep love and appreciation for the arts.

For more information about the production, visit

Meet Me at the Park
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will host “Meet Me at the Park,” a fun, meaningful experience for those with memory loss, Aug. 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Wildwood Metropark, 5100 Central Ave.

The program will be “School Days at the Oak Grove School.” Participants will hear about lessons about school life in the 1890’s, enjoy a snack and “recess” with friends. Friends and family are welcome to accompany the visitor.

Guests should meet at the Oak Grove School building at Wildwood Metropark. Registration is requested. Call the Alzheimer’s Association 800-272-3900 to register or for more information.

Board members sought
Wood County seniors and community leaders are being sought to serve on the Wood County Committee on Aging Governing Board for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

Candidates must be Wood County residents and at least 60 years old or community leaders. There are 10 positions open –seven will be elected and three will be selected.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from, or contact the Wood County Senior Center at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935. Forms must be returned to the Nomination Committee Chair, WCCOA, 305 North Main St., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402-2424 on or before Aug. 10.

The Governing Board sets policies and conducts the affairs of the WCCOA. Board members are expected to attend the monthly Board meeting and to serve on at least one committee.

Elections will be held in November with installation in December and the first board meeting in January.

Board vacancies
The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC), an 11-member committee that evaluates applications for and allocates grants from the Clean Ohio Fund in Lucas County, is seeking nominations to fill five vacancies, serving three-year terms. NRAC membership is a voluntary position without compensation.

Qualified candidates can submit applications to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) until Aug. 6. TMACOG administers NRAC District 12 in Lucas County. Applicants should submit the completed nomination form, a resume, and letter from their organization in support of their nomination.

To be a candidate for a position on the NRAC committee, an applicant must be appointed by a local government;

conservation or environmental organization; municipal park system or park district; business, realty, planning agency, or port authority; statewide organization representing agriculture or forestry or a Soil and Water Conservation District.

Of the five positions open for nominations, at least one must represent a park system, and at least one represent the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District. The other three positions may be from any of the above categories.

The nomination form is posted online at  More about the Clean Ohio Fund is at

For more information, contact Kurt Erichsen, vice president of Environmental Planning at TMACOG at 419-241-9155 ext. 126, or

Adoption info meeting
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo will host a Fall Adoption Information Meeting Aug. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Diocese of Toledo’s Catholic Center at 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo.

Area couples who are interested in learning more about Catholic Charities’ domestic and international adoption services are invited to attend.

Catholic Charities is a licensed agency for domestic adoptions for infants ages 6 months and younger. The organization works with couples of all religious backgrounds and encourages open domestic adoptions in which a relationship can be established between birth parents and adoptive parents. The organization also facilitates international adoptions by conducting home studies and serving as a liaison to foreign adoption agencies.

To register or for more information, contact Kailee Roessner at or 419-244-6711, ext 226.

War-era stories sought
The Ohio Department of Aging and Ohio Department of Veterans Services will continue to accept submissions to the War Era Story Project through Aug. 20 – nearly three weeks longer than originally planned.

The agencies are seeking stories by or about people who lived during World War II through the 1940s – from veterans to the men, women and children who held steady on the home front. Stories should focus on experiences during the war and the years that followed. Submissions should be 500 to 1,000 words long and include the name, location and current age of the subject(s). Photos may be submitted but they cannot be returned. E-mail stories to or mail submissions to Ohio Department of Aging, Attn: War Era Story Project,          50 W. Broad St. / 9th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-3363.

The department also is accepting short (10-15 minute) video stories via YouTube. Those submitting should upload the video to their personal YouTube accounts (available for free at, then e-mail the link to the address above or share it on the department’s page on Facebook ( The departments will begin sharing the stories with the public in November.

The departments also encourage organizations that work with older adults and veterans to coordinate the collection of stories from those who may not otherwise be able to submit theirs. Groups interested in collecting and submitting stories from those they serve should contact the e-mail address above for more information.

The War Era Story Project is a follow-up to the Department of Aging’s award-winning 2009 Great Depression Story Project, which gained national media attention and was named a “Notable Government Document” by Library Journal.

Rock N Roar
Tickets are still available for Rock N Roar, the summer’s wildest dance party, which will be held at the Toledo Zoo Aug. 3 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Bands East River Drive and The Nu Tones  and a DJ from Sounds of Music will play the sounds of the ‘80s and ‘90s, plus Top 40 favorites. Several cash bars and grill foods available for purchase.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting or by calling 419-385-5721, ext. 2091. Open to 21 and over; ID will be checked at the door. Tickets are $20 for Zoo members and $25 for non-members. One-hundred percent of Rock N Roar’s net proceeds support the zoo’s mission to inspire others to care for animals and conserve the natural world.

Women’s Connection
All area women are invited to the “Fashion on a Budget” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Aug. 9 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon buffet and program. Representatives from The Clothes Mentor resale shop in Perrysburg will present a fashion show. Music will be provided by Elijah Edwards, of Genoa and Donna Merkiel, of Stow, Ohio, will present, “Lights, Camera, Action! A Movie Buff Shares her Love Story.”

The cost is $10.50 for lunch and the program. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.

Crash numbers up
Fatal crashes and motor vehicle fatalities increased in Lucas County in federal fiscal year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012), the Lucas County Traffic Safety Program reports.

Throughout the period, 25 fatal crashes and 26 fatalities were reported, compared to the same time in FFY 2011, when there were 15 fatal crashes and 19 deaths.

Three of the fatalities were motorcyclists; one of whom was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and two who were not. Two of the fatalities were pedestrians, and one was a bicyclist who was not wearing a helmet.

Forty percent of the fatal crashes occurring within Lucas County in FFY 2012 involved a driver under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both at the time of the crash, and of the 20 fatalities where seat belts were available and belt use is known, only three people were buckled up at the time of the crash.

The Traffic Safety Program is funded through grants from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and is administered by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.

Woodville hydrant flushing
The Village of Woodville Water Department will be flushing hydrants beginning Monday, Aug. 6 and continuing until all hydrants have been flushed.

During flushing, residents may experience temporary low pressure and/or discoloration of water. Allow tap water to run for several minutes and it will clear.

If persistent problems regarding water pressure or discoloration occur, contact the Water Department at 419-849-3031.




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