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Burglary arrests
Walbridge police expect more arrests stemming from two burglaries in the Wood County village dating back to May 2011.

Police chief Ken Frost said a resident, Dion Farrell, 203 Parklane Street, was arrested as part of an investigation with the Ottawa Hills Village Police Department.

Farrell was taken into custody at his residence and transported to the Wood County Detention Center where he was held on a $45,000 bond.

He was out on bond on similar charges in Lucas County, Chief Frost said, adding that the Walbridge burglaries occurred at a Parklane residence.

“This investigation has not yet closed as we expect more arrests in the very near future,” he said.

BBQ for enrichment
A fundraising barbecue to benefit scholarships for students with disabilities will be held Aug. 31 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union branches at 1016 S. SR 19 in Oak Harbor and 1711 W. Fremont Rd., Port Clinton.

The barbecue will include a chicken dinner for $7 and a rib dinner for $10. Proceeds raised will go toward a scholarship for The ARC Summer Enrichment, a day camp for youth with developmental disabilities. The camp, offered three days per week for eight weeks every summer, costs $350 per child to attend.

To pre-order, call Deb at 419-707-3147.

Cropping for Kids
Lutheran Homes Society Family & Youth Services, a ministry of Lutheran Homes Society, will hold a “Cropping for Kids” scrapbooking fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Blackmon Alternate Learning Center, 40 S. Wheeling St. in Oregon.

The event is open to the public, with all proceeds to benefit Partners in Treatment Weekend, a therapeutic program offered by Family & Youth Services that provides counseling and skills training to troubled youth and their families. The cost is $30 to attend from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or $25 to attend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost includes half of an eight foot table at which to work, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and the opportunity to win giveaways throughout the day.

Creative Memories scrapbooking supplies, Premier Designs Jewelry and massage therapy will be available.

For more information, contact Aimee Kaminski at 419-693-1520, ext. 309, or email

LHS Family & Youth Services specializes in the care and treatment of seriously emotionally disturbed, high-risk, multi-need, difficult-to-manage children and youth in the least restrictive settings possible.

Seeking hornet venom
The hot dry summer is affecting Russell Lamp’s work schedule.

The entomologist has already started looking for active nests of Bald-faced hornets – seeking their venom.

“Normally we don’t start collecting the nests until the second week of August,” Lamp, a resident of Curtice, said. “But with the weather we’ve been having, we’re finding them earlier this summer.”

He provides the venom that the hornets produce to pharmaceutical companies for the manufacture of vaccines.

Active nests are usually found in trees or hanging from buildings, Lamp said, and never in the ground.

He is offering to remove nests that are the size of a basketball or larger for free if homeowners haven’t sprayed or disturbed them.

The hornets usually grow to one-inch and have a distinct color pattern – the head, thorax, abdomen, and antennae are black and white. Females will defend nest aggressively with repeated stinging.

Lamp says the hornets are beneficial in that they eat mosquitoes, flies and yellow jackets.

Queens that were born and fertilized at the end of the previous season begin a new colony. After selecting a location for its nest, the queen begins building it, laying the first eggs and feeding the first larvae, which become workers. They then assume the work of expanding the nest.

To contact Lamp, call 419-836-3710.

Later, he expects to be on the hunt for nests of the German yellow jacket, which are part of the wasp family and usually form large populations from August through October.

Free vascular screening
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Dr., Oregon, will offer free vascular screenings for those that qualify Aug. 13 between 1 and 4 p.m.

Screenings of the carotids, aorta and legs are offered. The carotid scan is a painless ultrasound test to help identify the risk of stroke. The aortic scan is a painless ultrasound test to detect an abdominal aneurysm—a potentially fatal condition. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) testing measures leg circulation.

Free screenings are available to those older than 65, or those older than 50 with a history of one or more of the following risk factors – diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, or family history of vascular disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 419-690-7845.

TAHS Challenge
Earlier this year, the Toledo Area Humane Society competed against more than 100 other humane societies and animal shelters nationwide in Round 1 of the ASPCA $100K Rachel Ray Challenge.

TAHS gathered enough votes from supporters to boost them into the top 50 organizations, moving them on to Round 2.

The competition inspires shelters and their communities to devise innovative ways to save more animals. The TAHS could win between $5,000 and $125,000 to directly benefit its mission and help save more lives. The ASPCA $100K Challenge involves multiple stages.

The second round of the Challenge began Aug. 1 and goes through October. During this round, the goal is for each competing shelter to increase adoptions by at least 300 over the same time period last year. This means that TAHS needs to do at least 878 adoptions in three months. If the goal is met, the TAHS will win at least $5,000 in prize money, which will directly benefit the mission of the organization and help them save more animals.  

“We feel incredibly appreciative and proud to have such an expansive support system behind us,” said John Dinon, executive director of TAHS. “Thanks to our community and supporters, we collected more than 10,000 votes in Round 1 of the Challenge. We were excited to make it to the next round and with the amount of support we received from everyone in our community in Round 1, we are very optimistic about Round 2.”

In order to increase adoptions, TAHS will hold special adoption promotions like the “$10 Tuesday” and “$5 Friday” cat and kitten adoption specials through August and the “Olympic Dogs” adoption special currently running through Aug. 12.

TAHS will also hold its first-ever Mega Adoption event, made possible by a grant through PetSmart Charities. The event, which will take place outside of PetSmart in Rossford Aug. 25 and 26, will unite other local area rescue groups and animal welfare organizations including the Lucas County Dog Warden, Planned Pethood, the Lucas County Pit Crew, the Wood County Humane Society, Ohio Small Dog Rescue and Ohio Great Dane Rescue. The goal is 200 adoptions in two days.

There will also be another community voting round for potential additional prize money through the ASPCA. Details about the final voting round will be made available closer to voting.

The Toledo Area Humane Society is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 419-891-0705, visit, or like them on

Welcome home banner
To honor our nation’s Vietnam Veterans when the Vietnam Combat Veterans Moving Wall visits Elmore August 9-13, the Elmore Chamber of Commerce will be hanging a “Welcome Home” banner in the downtown business district.

The banner will be available to anyone wishing to sign it before it is raised. It will be available for signing at the Elmore Village Hall August 6, 7 and 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call Tammy at 419-343-2982.




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