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For the Week of 5/25/09
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 12:59

Benefit BBQ
The community is invited to attend a Chicken BBQ Drive-Thru benefiting Heifer Project International May 31 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at SR 51 at Witty Road, a mile north of Elmore.

Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until sell-out. Each meal includes a half chicken, baked potato, green beans, dinner roll and home-made cookies at a cost is $7.50. Thrivent Financial is providing matching funds.

 
For the week of 5/11/09
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 07 May 2009 11:46

ACT course offered
Area residents preparing to take the national ACT test are encouraged to bring a pencil, paper and a calculator to Owens Community College for a program titled “Building Confidence with ACT Prep,” which will be offered in May and June.

The class, coordinated through the College’s Workforce and Community Services, will be held Monday evenings, May 11 through June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Workforce and Community Services building on Tracy Road in Northwood.

 
For the week of 5/04/09
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 30 April 2009 13:25

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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.


Application Day
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.


Owens commencement
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.


Foreclosure seminar
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.
 

 

 
For the week of 4/27/09
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 23 April 2009 12:31

Spring plant sale
Members of Owens Community College’s Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club will hold their annual Spring Plant Sale April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the greenhouse, which is near the entrance to the Math/Science Center.

 
For the weel of 4/20/09
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 16 April 2009 14:32

Safety Town sign-ups
Oregon Safety Town, a safety awareness program designed for students entering kindergarten, will be held June 9-20, starting at 8 or 10:30 a.m., and June 22-July 2 at 9 a.m. The program is open to children from Oregon and surrounding communities.

Classes will be held at Starr Elementary School. Registration forms are available at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd., or at Oregon elementary schools.


Taste of the Nation
The 14th Annual Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Toledo will be held April 26 at Fat Fish Blue in Levis Commons in Perrysburg.

Toledo’s finest chefs and restaurateurs, as well as nationally known chefs, will offer their culinary talents, time, food and staff to support Taste of the Nation.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is the largest nationwide culinary benefit that supports anti-hunger and anti-poverty efforts. Locally, the event has raised over $1 million since 1996 with 100 percent of ticket sales being distributed to relief programs.

Local recipients of grants funded by this year’s proceeds include Toledo GROWs, Toledo Day Nursery, Aurora House and Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.

Tickets for the black tie optional gala are $150 per person. Call 419-539-0266 or visit www.toledotaste.org for more information.


Meet the alpacas
The Alpaca Crossroads LLC and the Tractor Supply Company, 2501 W Market St, Tiffin, will hold an informational presentation of the alpaca industry and display of alpacas for sale April 25.

Alpacas will be on display, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tiffin Tractor Supply Co. for those wishing to come out and “meet the alpacas,” learn more about the inquisitive, unique animals. The event is free and open to the public.


Seniors spell s-u-c-c-e-s-s
The Wood County Committee on Aging commended the Perrysburg Senior Center as the winner of its third annual “Battle of the Woods” spelling bee competition.

The annual contest, coordinated by Wood County Committee on Aging, pits the senior centers of Wood County against each other for three consecutive weeks of competition. Six centers, including the center in Pemberville, participated.

The winning Perrysburg team was asked to spell words like “Uropedium,” “pusillanimous” and “obsequious.” The Wood County Committee on Aging is dedicated to the planning and development of programs and services that will allow the older adults of Wood County to remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible.
 

Volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed for the Area IV Special Olympics Jennifer Adams Spring Games, which will be held May 9 At Clay High School in Oregon.

At the events, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Special Olympic athletes from Northwest Ohio will compete in track and field, volleyball, bocce and cycling. More than 300 athletes are expected to attend.

Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch. Duties may include getting athletes lined up to participate, serving as a line judge, distributing awards and food distribution. Children 10 to 13 years old are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more details, contact Linda Baranek at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 419-277-0935.


Food safety workshop
The Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK), a non-profit commercial facility that educates and advises entrepreneurs interested in establishing a food business, will hold a half-day workshop for those interested in safety of processed foods April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green.

Guest speaker Shari Plimpton, Ph.D., will discuss how to improve products, increase customer satisfaction and decrease product recalls and potential customer complaints.

Food-related business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and those who are producing a product to sell at markets or retail establishments are invited to attend.

The fee to attend is $30 per person and includes reference materials and refreshments. Cash payments will be accepted at the door. To reserve a space, contact Paula Ray at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen at 419-823-3099 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


All that Jazz
Ottawa County Senior Resources and Magruder Hospital will present Spring Senior Day 2009, “All That Jazz” May 13 at the Conference Center at Camp Perry, SR 2 and SR 358, Port Clinton.

This year’s theme, “All that Jazz,” will feature the Benton-Carroll-Salem High School Jazz Band and the Danbury High School Choir. The 2009 Senior Hall of Fame awards will also be presented during the event.

Tickets, which are advance-purchase only, are $6 and are available at all Ottawa County Senior Centers, Magruder Hospital and the Senior Resources Office in Oak Harbor. For more information, contact your local senior center or call Senior Resources at 877-898-6459. 


Republican Lunch Bunch
The Ottawa County Fourth Thursday Republican Lunch Bunch will meet April 23 at noon at the Port Clinton Elks Club on Buckeye Boulevard.

No reservations are necessary for the luncheon. Guest speaker will be Dr. Edward (Ned) W. Hill, professor and Distinguished Scholar of Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs of Cleveland State University.


Art on display
North Point Educational Service Center will present the 42nd Annual Five-County Invitational Art Exhibit April 25 and 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School.

The host for this year is Robert VanHorn, OHHS art teacher. The school’s halls, cafeteria and auditorium areas will be filled with works from art teachers and students from Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood counties.

Judges will grade various student categories for both middle and high school levels. Best-of-Show awards will be presented in both age groups.

The public is invited to view the exhibition.


Spring Ice Show set
The Bowling Green Skating Club will present a Spring Ice Show, “Around the World on Ice,” April 25 at 1 p.m. at the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena.

The performance will feature guest skaters Madison and Keiffer Hubbell, Melissa Telecky and Matthew Ko as well as 60 members of the Bowling Green Skating Club

Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available for purchase at the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena, by visiting www.bgskateclub.org. Tickets will also be available at the door at a cost of $10 for adults and $6 for students.


More help offered
A total of 580 households within the WSOS four-county service area received assistance with heating bills totaling $110,269 in March.

 In February, 160 fewer households – 421 households – received assistance. The number represents an increase over those served in March 2008 when 354 households received assistance.

The households were assisted through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP), which ended March 31. EHEAP is administered by WSOS Community Action Commission.

The $110,269 was allocated among the four counties in the following amounts:
• Sandusky County – 169 households for a total of $32,609.
• Seneca County – 170 households for a total of $31,333.
• Wood County – 162 households for a total of $28,959.
• Ottawa County – 79 households for a total of $17,370.

Several other households that applied before the deadline are still awaiting approval, according to WSOS Basic Needs Specialist Tony Lindenberger. Final numbers for this year’s program are still being compiled. To date, the 2008-09 EHEAP program has served 2,763 households for a total of $686,635.

EHEAP provides a one-time payment of heating bills to income-eligible residents who are in danger of losing heat in their homes due to non-payment of heating bills. In 2008, the program was extended to the end of April.

WSOS continues to enroll Columbia Gas customers in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP). This allows a customer to pay their Columbia Gas bills according to their income. Also, customers of Columbia Gas of Ohio and the American Electric Power (AEP) Company can get additional help with their heating bills as long as they meet the companies’ requirements and as long as funding is available.

For more information, or to make an appointment to get the additional assistance, call WSOS in Wood County at 419-353-7407; in Ottawa County at 419-734-2652; and in Seneca County at 419-435-4884.

 

 
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