Terra registration under way
Registration is currently under way for fall semester 2009 at Terra Community College.
“The number of applications for incoming students is up by double digits, so those who plan to attend next fall should register soon to get the best class selection,” said Mary Mc Cue, director of marketing and auxiliary services. “Students can receive advising and register for classes now without paying the tuition right now.” Students already enrolled at Terra are encouraged to register online using the student portal at my.terra.edu.
Fall classes at Terra begin August 24. Schedules are online at www.terra.edu or hard copies are available on campus.
Now is also a good time for students to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This procedure must be followed for students to put themselves in line for grants, scholarships or loans.
Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov and click, “Fill Out Your FAFSA” or call 419-559-2344 to ask about upcoming FAFSA workshops.
For more information, contact Admissions and Enrollment Services at 866-AT-TERRA, ext. 2349.
Living Better with Less
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elmore, will present, “Living Better with Less,” a half-day collection of workshops focused on creatively using limited resources to live better in the midst of hard economic times May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 19225 Witty Rd at SR 51, just north of Elmore.
Workshops will include:
• Cooking from Scratch, a primer in making food dollars go farther.
• Victory Gardens, growing your own good, fresh veggies.
• Darn It!, how to mend/repair clothing.
• Staying Afloat on Stormy Seas, basic financial planning.
• Family Fun without Going Broke, inexpensive and free ideas for entertainment.
• Green Living, tips on ways to reduce, re-use and recycle.
A special workshop and activities will also be provided for kids in pre-school through grade six.
The event is free and open to the community. Each workshop will be offered twice during the morning. Participants will be able to attend up to three sessions. Refreshments will be available throughout the morning.
A call-in pre-registration is requested, but not required. The first 50 pre-registrants will receive a gift bag donated by local businesses. Pre-register by calling the church office at 419-862-3630. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.
Sponsors for the event include Grace Church, Bench’s Greenhouse, Woodville Hardware, Ottawa County Extension Service, OSS Solid Waste District, Meijer and Pills-n-Packages.
Pancake fund-raiser set
On May 2, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Elmore will sponsor a benefit pancake breakfast for Jerhid Fegley, a fourth-grader at Woodmore Elementary School.
Fegley suffers from HLH, a rare and life-threatening blood disorder. He has been in treatment at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital most of this school year.
The breakfast, which will be held from 7 to 10 a.m., will include Tank’s famous sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs, juice, milk, coffee and all the pancakes one can eat. The requested donation is $3 per person, although larger gifts will be gratefully accepted.
Thrivent Financial is providing matching funds. The church is located on SR 51, a mile north of the village of Elmore at Witty Road. For directions or more information, call 419-862-3630 or e-mail
Native plant sale
The Wood County Park District will hold a Native Plant Sale May 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at park district headquarters, 18729 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green, north of the Woodland Mall.
A wide variety of native grasses and wildflowers will be available, including cardinal flower, columbine, black-eyed Susan, Ohio spiderwort and more. There will also be a limited variety of vegetables for sale.
Plants will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only. For more information, call 419-661-5113.
Habitat for Humanity will be taking applications for anyone interested in applying for a Habitat home in Ottawa County May 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at Trinity Methodist Church, 135 Adams St., Port Clinton.
For more information, call 419-734-7074.
Town hall meeting set
Individuals and organizations interested in providing support for Ohio’s military families are invited to attend a town hall meeting being hosted by Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt, the Adjutant General of the State of Ohio, May 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater & Gallery, located in Hanna Hall at Bowling Green State University. Those attending should park in Lot A, located at the corner of South College Drive and East Wooster Street.
Maj. Gen. Wayt will discuss today’s military mission and its impact on military families, as well as ways community members can use their talents, skills and experience to support service members and their families. Town Hall events are facilitated by the Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Service Member Support Program. For more information, contact Mike Magnusson at 614-336-7319.
Preschool classes forming
WSOS Early Childhood Program in Ottawa County is accepting applications for the 2009-10 school year. The classes are open to children who are 3 or 4 years old and whose families are income-eligible.
WSOS offers a variety of programs in Ottawa County, depending on the needs of the family. Children may be placed in any of the following options:
• Center-based program, which operates in a classroom setting for three and a half hours per day four days per week September through May.
• Home-based program, which focuses on providing one-on-one service to parents and children in their homes.
• WSOS contracts with area daycare centers to provide services to families in need of childcare.
Program sites in Ottawa County include Elmore, Genoa and Port Clinton. For more information or to enroll a preschooler, contact the Elmore center at 419-862-2279; the Genoa center at 419-855-3931; the Port Clinton center at 419-734-1452, or the Port Clinton office at 419-734-2652.
Terra commencement May 8
Two Terra Community College alumni will help mark the college’s 40th commencement ceremony May 8.
Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle A. Overmyer and WSOS teacher Jacqueline P. Smith-Andrzejewski will deliver the keynote addresses at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.
About 228 students have earned associate degrees this spring while 78 have earned certificates. All are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony on May 8. Paul Fisher, a member of the Class of 2009, will be the graduate speaker.
Free boat inspections
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft is offering free boat safety equipment inspections during National Safe Boating Week May 16-22.
Locally, an inspection will be offered May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Anchor Point (Lucas County Ramp). For more information, call the Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003.
Seven hundred one candidates for graduation, including 133 from the Findlay-area campus, will receive their degrees during the 43rd annual Spring Commencement at Owens Community College May 8.
The commencement will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the College’s Toledo-area Campus.
Matthew A. Szollosi, state representative for the 49th District and currently serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives, will serve as the keynote speaker for the ceremony, which is free and open to the community.
Rep. Szollosi, of Oregon, serves a portion of Toledo, Harborview Village, Jerusalem Township, the city of Oregon and Washington Township.
Laura Drouard, a registered nursing program student from Rossford, has been selected as the Owens class representative and will address the graduates during the commencement ceremony.
Senior Citizens Luncheon
Northwood Local Schools will hold the 11th Annual Senior Citizens Luncheon May 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lark Elementary School, 331 Andrus Rd.
The event is free for all senior citizens residing in Northwood. An invitation has been sent to residents who regularly attend the monthly senior citizen meetings held in the Josie Reinhart Community Room in the city building. Seniors wishing to attend may call Judy Myers at 419-691-3888 to make a reservation.
Special guests planning to attend the luncheon include state representatives, board members from Northwood Schools and the Wood County Educational Service Center, representatives from the City of Northwood and the Wood County Commissioners.
Sacred Heart celebration
All former students, teachers, and families of Sacred Heart School of East Toledo are invited to attend a celebration of 120 years of providing knowledge, service and faith to the East Toledo community.
The celebration will be held at the school and in the church basement on Saturday May 30 after Saturday afternoon Mass.
Those attending are asked to bring a side dish or dessert along with old photos and memories to share. RSVP to the school at 419-691-5376.
A special program designed for those at risk of foreclosure will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave., Toledo.
Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz will give the welcoming remarks.
Reservations are not required, but seating is limited. Reserve space by calling 419-418-6677.
“The key to addressing a situation where foreclosure might be on the horizon is to seek help early,” said Linda Ewing, vice president, Community Affairs, Fifth Third Bank (Northwestern Ohio). “Waiting is the worst thing a borrower can do. Speaking with your lender before the situation gets out of hand is the best approach.”
Attendees will hear about “loss mitigation” from Fifth Third Bank and learn what the lender requires to consider a mortgage loan for a workout plan. Several organizations will be on hand to explain services that are available to stop foreclosures including Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), Fair Housing Center & Northwestern Ohio Development Agency (NODA), Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS),
Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), H&R Block and Senior Reverse Mortgage. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations.