Written by Alyce Fielding
Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:32
Guitar Fest planned
Guitar Fest ’09 will be held Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toledo School for the Arts (TSA), 333 14th St., Toledo, between Adams and Madison.
TSA has lined up artists, performers, producers, technicians and songwriters for a day of style and technique workshops and performances. Among the local, regional and national artists in the festival line-up are:
• Joe “MoJo” Boes, Toledo singer/songwriter with his blues/jazz/funk fusion.
• Justin Longacre songwriter and member of Homeville Circle.
• Nathan Montgomery, experimental percussive acoustic and jazz guitarist from Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Lee Dyament, guitarist from Wayne State University.
• Don Flick, bluegrass and folk specialist.
• Rick Zeithaml of the Nu-Tones.
All levels of experience will be covered, as well as rock, blues, jazz, metal, country, bluegrass, folk and more. A total of nine workshops will be offered, including Playing Technique, Pedal Effects, Set-up and staging, Song Writing and Six-Strings. Give-aways, raffles, sponsor gifts and door prizes will be offered all day.
The event is open to the public. The $20 registration includes a t-shirt and a pizza lunch. Admission will be $25 at the door. Information and registration forms available at http://www.tsa-guitarfest.com.
The Journey of St. Paul
Theater of the Word, Inc., of St. Louis, will present “The Journey of St. Paul” March 14 at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 930 S. Wynn Rd., Oregon.
The presentation follows Paul on his journey from his early hatred and persecution of the church through his miraculous conversion and through his years of fighting for the faith as he battles shipwrecks, imprisonments, stonings and privations - all for the sake of the salvation of souls.
Tickets are $20 in advance. Seating is limited. For more information, call 419-698-4331 or e-mail
A call for poets
A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest sponsored by Christian Poets Guild.
Fifty prizes will be awarded, totaling $5,000. To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 7308 Heritage Dr., Mt. Vernon, IN, 47620, or enter online at www.freecontest.com. The deadline for entering is Feb. 28.
Poems may be written on any subject, using any style. “A typical poem might be a love poem, a nature poem or one that inspires the reader,” said contest director Dr. James Hunter.
Those who would like a winner’s list should enclose a stamped return envelope.
Genoa pianist Dr. Lynda Dunn, retired professor emeritus of music, will be a featured performer at a “Sunday Music Sampler” March 8 at 3 p.m. at the first Baptist Church of Greater Toledo, 6520 Pilliod Rd., Holland.
The program, sponsored by the Springfield Schools Foundation, will also feature Jeanne O’Donnell, director of music ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee, and “Tu-ba Fours,” from Defiance.
Dr. Dunn taught music in Genoa Area, Elmore and Toledo Public Schools for many years before joining the music faculties of Northern Illinois University and Carson-Newman College. She recently retired and moved back to Genoa.
For more information about the concert, call 419-855-7596 or e-mail
Financial aid event
On Feb. 8, College Goal Sunday seminars will be offered statewide to assist students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The free event is presented annually by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents.
The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants.
Terra Community College will host “College Goal Sunday” beginning at 2 p.m. Likewise, Owens Community College will offer assistance beginning at 2 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center on the Toledo-area campus.
Visit www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org for more information.
The Toledo East Women’s Connection will present a “Gifts from the Heart” luncheon and program Feb. 12 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. The lunch buffet will begin at noon, followed by the program at 12:30 p.m. Participants are invited to “come shop for free” at Sacks Thrift Avenue. Nancy Williams, of New Breman, O., will provide musical entertainment and discuss, “You are Priceless – You Can Live Beyond Your Disappointments.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.
Disaster loan aid
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has announced that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations located in Ohio that were impacted Sept. 14-16 by excessive rain and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.
Lucas, Wood and Sandusky counties are among the 13 counties eligible under the program, which provides loans of up to $2 million at 4 percent interest rate for terms of up to 30 years to qualified small businesses and non-profit organizations. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity, and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition. Agricultural producers are not eligible for loans under this disaster declaration, the SBA says.
Disaster victims should contact the SBA's customer service center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. by calling 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hering impaired) or by writing to the email at
. Loan applications may also be filed out online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
Cabin fever fund-raiser
A cabin fever brunch fund-raiser will be held Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Ave., in Toledo's Birmingham neighborhood.
Food is available for dine-in and carry-out and includes Hungarian stuffed cabbage, salad bar and Palacsinta (Hungarian crepes). Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and $5 for children under 12. Take out food requires advance orders and cost $5 for two stuffed cabbage and $9 for 6 crepes.
There will also be a bake sale, an arts and craft sale, and a slide show presentation on the American Summer Institute 2008 in Szeged and Csongrad in Hungary.
For tickets or more info, call Carol LaBounty at 419-874-1060 or Judy Balogh at 419-475-7053. Checks can be made payable to the Toledo-Szeged Committee and mailed to Carol LaBounty, 26406 E. Wexford, Perrysburg, OH 43551.
New library equipment
A large-screen digital TV, a Blu-Ray DVD player, an audio system and a media cart are now available for use in the meeting rooms at the Oak Harbor Public Library.
The equipment was purchased with a $1,500 grant received from the Ottawa County Community Foundation. Up to 90 people can be accommodated in the meeting room at the library at 147 W. Main, which also includes a pull-down screen, LCD projector and a laptop.
Groups interested in the meeting room at the library should call 419-878-7001 and ask for the director.
Flotilla 7-01 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary has scheduled its first winter class of the State of Ohio- and Coast Guard-approved Boating Safely eight-hour course mandated for those Ohio boaters born after Jan. 1, 1982.
The certified course will be held on Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maumee American Legion Post 320, 204 Illinois Ave., Maumee,
The cost is $30 per person or $5 per couple. Call 419-893-0249 or 419-536-BOAT by Feb. 18 for reservations.
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center was awarded $7,500 from the Toledo Rotary Foundation Jan. 26.
The funds will be used to purchase a vehicle for the center’s Chore Program, which provides low-cost lawn and snow removal services for local senior citizens.
The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Store at the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR. 163, Oak Harbor, will offer the following seminars in February:
• Feb. 13 – 9 a.m. to noon, “Interviewing and Role Playing.” Learn up-to-date interviewing techniques.
• Feb. 19 – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Get a Job or a Better Job, POD.” Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. The session includes a review of unemployment services provided by the state, information about other community resources and a free lunch.
• Feb. 27 – 9 a.m. to noon, “Control Your Stress.” Measure your own stress and learn coping techniques.
Job Store officials ask that people who are interested in these workshops should register by contacting Carol Guice at
or at 419-307-1189.
Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. They are also available to be customized for employers and delivered on site.
Moment with Mayor
Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner will hold a Moment with the Mayor on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1, 2100 Tracy Road. Residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns, offer suggestions on city matters, or just say hello to Stoner on a first come first serve basis. Residents requesting a specific meeting time are asked to call Sandra K. Perry, secretary to the mayor, at 419-693-9320 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Wood County Humane Society is seeking volunteers to move furniture, clean, design, repair, construct and organize as changes are made to the shelter space on Sunday, Feb. 15 starting at 4:30 p.m. as the shelter, at 801 Van Camp Rd. in Bowling Green, closes for the day.
New offices will be constructed for the staff and the current office will be converted into a reception area rather than having the public stand in the small lobby waiting for assistance. Volunteers will also enjoy space in the new area. All skill levels are needed and food and snacks for the workers would be greatly appreciated.
Written by Press Staff Writer
Thursday, 29 January 2009 15:22
Patrons and benefactors of St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon are invited to gather for a night of entertainment March 21 to raise money for hospital services.
The 2009 Crystal Ball, presented by the St. Charles Mercy Hospital Foundation, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn-Levis Commons, Perrysburg. Over the last decade, the Crystal Ball has generated more than $1,000,000 benefiting special patient care projects within the hospital. Last year alone, the gala raised $95,000 to benefit the upgrade and renovation of the waiting room areas.
In conjunction with its Crystal Ball, the St. Charles Mercy Hospital Foundation is selling Getaway Raffle tickets to benefit the Foundation.
Four hundred $100 tickets will be sold. Prizes include $6,000, $4,000 or $2,000 in travel gift certificates and $1,000 cash. The drawing will be held at the Crystal Ball. Winners need not be present.
Corporate sponsorships are available. Tickets cost $175 for general admission and $225 for benefactor status. Benefactors are invited to a special VIP reception preceding the main gala and are recognized in the program. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets or tickets to the event, call 419-696-7245. Visit the foundation’s Web site at www.mercyweb.org/stcharlesfoundation.
Color of vegetables
The 577 Foundation, located at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg, Ohio, will hold an informative class on the nutritional benefits of adding various colored vegetables to your diet Feb. 1 from 2-4 p.m.
The class will break down new and heirloom vegetable varieties and how to incorporate them into your garden. Seeds will be available to take home so participants can put together a colorful and powerhouse garden this season. The class, which is open to the public, will be taught by The 577 Foundation’s horticulturalist Vicki Gallagher. The fee is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling 419-874-4174 or visiting www.577foundation.org (pre-payment for this class is also required).
Free tax clinic
Residents who earned less than $56,000 in 2008 can file their income taxes at no cost at any WSOS Community Action Commission offices.
Free tax clinics have been set for Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at WSOS offices at 109 S. Front St., Fremont.
Residents can file their federal and state taxes and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit all in one convenient location with the assistance of a trained counselor.
The service has no preparation/refund/administrative/or other fees or charges, and provides e-filing capability for refunds in as few as seven days.
To use the service, applicants will need to bring with them a government-issued identification, their Social Security number(s), W-2s, 1099s, or 1098s, other information regarding other income such as alimony or child support etc., all deduction and credit information, and 2007’s (last year’s) income tax return (if available).
All information is completely confidential. The service is provided through the Ohio Benefit Bank, operated by WSOS. Counselors have been trained by Solutions for Progress Training Department, a group sanctioned by the state.
To attend or to schedule an appointment for assistance, call 1-800-775-9767.
All area women are invited to attend a “Gifts from the Heart” luncheon sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Feb. 12 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program.
Those attending will be invited to shop at the Sacks Thrift Avenue table. Everyone will take home something for free.
In addition, Nancy Williams, of New Breman, O., will present, “You are Priceless – You Can Live Above Your Disappointments.” She will also provide vocal entertainment. In keeping with this month’s theme, those who wish to participate may bring a new or gently used baby item for donation to the Pregnancy Center of Toledo.
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations or more information, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.
After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals:
• Robert C. Culbertson, Jr., 19, of Graytown, was charged with one count each of burglary and theft, felonies of the fourth and fifth degree, respectively. According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Culbertson entered a Benton Township home in December and took over $500 worth of items.
• Andrew C. Edmonds, 19, of Vermillion, was indicted on one count of trafficking in drugs and two counts of possession of dangerous drugs, all felonies of the fifth degree, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Ohio Highway Patrol reports, troopers allegedly found Edmonds in possession of marijuana packaged for distribution, along with prescription drug paraphernalia, when responding to a call for a disabled vehicle earlier this month.
Summons have been issued for the defendants, Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan said. The defendants are scheduled to appear in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas March 5.
Friends of Magee Marsh are offering transportation grants to schools wishing to visit Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center near Oak Harbor.
Six $150 grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Grant applications may be submitted after scheduling a program with the Magee Marsh naturalist. To schedule a program or receive an application for the grant, call 419-898-0960, ext. 31. Applications are also available at www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
The Court of Appeals for Ottawa County recently rendered a judgment upholding the conviction of William (Pete) Pinkelton, III.
Pinkelton, 23, was convicted by a jury in August 2007 of one count each of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court. He was sentenced to nine years in prison. He filed an appeal with the Sixth District Court of Appeals in attempt to have the conviction overturned.
The unanimous decision of the Court of Appeals, filed Jan. 23, affirmed the trial court’s decision and found that Pinkelton “was not prejudiced from having a fair trial.”
He is serving his term in the Mansfield Correctional Facility.
Gray cat month
The Wood County Humane Society is offering discounts in the adoption fees for gray cats for the month of February.
A gray cat can be adopted for half price of $40 throughout February. Or the adoption of a gray ca t at the regular price of $80 entitles the adopter to another cat, with any markings, for free. All cats available for adoption have been spayed/neutered, tested and vaccinated. The adopter also receives a card for a free veterinary exam at a local participating veterinary practice. The Wood County Humane Society is located at 801 Van Camp Road, Bowling Green.
Deputy registrars open
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, division of Motor Vehicles would like to note that while the Lucas County Clerk of Courts title offices at 4456 Heatherdowns Blvd., and 3034 Navarre Ave., will be closing effective Jan. 31, the deputy registrars located at the same locations will remain open to the public.
Clerk of courts primarily issues titles only and BMV Deputy Registrars offer vehicle registration, identification card, and driving licensing services.
Deputy Registrars are separate entities, but because their work is related to that of the clerk of courts, they are sometimes located in the same place.
Written by Larry Limpf
Thursday, 22 January 2009 14:22
TMACOG members will meet for their annual business meeting and general assembly Jan. 29 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.
Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. Two workshops will be held at 3:45 p.m. The program will conclude with dinner, followed by a keynote panel discussion. All governmental and non-governmental TMACOG members are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in elections and caucus sessions. Interested business and community leaders are also welcome.
At the general assembly, workshops and a keynote panel will address regional educational resources and training workers for business.
The workshop topics include:
• “Back to School – Educational Resources for Regional Initiatives.” As colleges and universities establish areas of specialty – transportation, regional development, health care – businesses are increasingly able to partner with professional educators for the benefit of our entire community.
• “Adapting the New Workforce for the Global Economy.” In 2007, Schindler Elevator International was considering consolidating some facilities, and possibly closing or moving the research and manufacturing facility in Springfield Township. Regional cooperation kept the facility open and added jobs.The keynote panel will address the topic, “Building Business and Building Communities through Educational Partnerships.” Joint presenters will be Dr. David E. Nixon, president of Monroe County Community College; and Jeff Durham, division vice president, Whirlpool Corporation, Clyde Division.
The cost is $50 for members, $50 for non-members $90 and $30 for students. For more information, contact Greg Gettum at 419-241-9155, ext. 132 or at
The Northern Wood County Republican Club (NWCRC) will host Ryan Augsburger, vice president of legislative affairs for the Ohio Manufacturers Association as speaker at the January meeting, which will be held Jan. 26 at the Holiday Inn Express in Perrysburg.
Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the brief monthly meeting and featured speaker to follow beginning at 7:30 p.m. Augsburger will discuss key issues regarding jobs and the manufacturing economy facing the 128 General Assembly. Beverages and snacks are available.
The club meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, which is located at 10621 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. For more information, contact Jerry Bannister, NWCRC treasurer, at 419-874-5269 or via e-mail at
or visit http://nwc.woodcountyrepublicanparty.com.
Owens Community College will hold auditions for the student production of “The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It” Jan. 26 and 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre, room 111. Callback auditions will be held Jan. 28.
Each individual is encouraged to prepare a monologue as part of the audition, or a monologue will be provided. Those who are musically included are invited to bring an instrument to the audition.
Production dates are April 16 to 19. Those wishing to audition must make an appointment. To do so, or to obtain more information, call 567-661-2798 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2798.
Board members sought
The Board of Lucas County Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the newly formed Toledo-Lucas County Commission on Disabilities, a 21-member commission comprised of a coalition of individuals with disabilities and community members interested in representing the disabled.
Applications are available from at the commissioners’ office at One Government Center in Toledo, by calling 419-213-4500 or at ww.co.lucas.oh.us.
Suffering from a case of cabin fever? Then come have some laughs and good food at CedarCreek’s presentation of “Daddy’s Girl” at the Perrysburg campus of the CedarCreek Church Feb. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m.
Seating is limited to 400. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets, which are $25 for the dinner and show, are available during any service at either the Perrysburg or Toledo campus of CedarCreek or by calling 419-661-8661.
“Daddy’s Girl” tells the story of Bernard, a widower 25 years, whose dead wife enlists the help of an angel to get Bernard and his long-lost daughter back together. The laughs and chaos begins when not one but two daughters show up.
Proceeds from the production will go toward the “Beyond Our Walls” campaign and specifically to Casa Hogar in Choluteca, Honduras.
Magistrate sworn in
A ceremony was held Jan. 23 at the Ottawa County Courthouse for the swearing in of Lorrain Croy, the new magistrate for the Court of Common Pleas, General Division.
Croy has been an assistant prosecuting attorney for more than 13 years in Sandusky and Ottawa counties. A graduate of East Tennessee State University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Mich., she and her husband Kelly reside in Oak Harbor with their four daughters.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (Flotilla 66 9CR) instructors will present a two-day boater safety class, “About Boating Safely (ABS),” Feb. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the auxiliary’s Woodville Mall offices, located in the Elder-Beerman concourse. The mall is located at 3725 Williston Rd., Northwood.
The classes are open those age 14 and older. A $35 registration fee will be collected at the start of class. Group and family discounts are available.
Successful completion of this course will earn participants a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary/Ohio Department of Natural Resources boater safety certificate and wallet card.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Call 419-698-4122 to register or obtain more information about this or other boater safety classes.
Written by Tammy Walro
Thursday, 15 January 2009 14:00
Board office closed
The Ottawa County Board of Elections will be closed Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 419-898-3071.
The winter’s continued onslaught of freezing temperatures, ice, sleet and snow has made it more difficult for local residents to stay warm, as is evidenced by the increased number of people seeking assistance from the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP), administered by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc.
In December 2008, 646 households in the WSOS four-county service area were approved for assistance to keep the heat on in their homes, up from the 501 households who received help in December 2007. Assistance was provided in the amount of $163,744.
Between the bad economy, rising heating bills and a bad winter so far, we find that people’s budgets are stretched very thin,” said WSOS Basic Needs Specialist Tony Lindenberger. “We are doing all we can to assist those who come to us.”
EHEAP provides income-eligible families who are in danger of losing their heat with one-time assistance with heating bills to resolve the energy crisis.
Boating course offered
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft is offering a one-day Ohio Boating Education Course Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gander Mountain, 1320 Holland-Sylvania Rd., Holland.
The course covers state and federal laws, navigational “rules of the road” and basic boating safety practices. The course meets Ohio’s boating education requirement, which requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 to successfully complete an approved boating course or a proficiency exam before operating a boat greater than 10 horsepower. Successfully completing the course also may qualify boaters for a discount on boat owner’s insurance.
A $5 fee covers the cost of materials. For more information or to RSVP, call 419-836-6003.
Board members sought
The Lucas County Commissioners are seeking applicants to serve on the newly formed Lucas County Dog Warden Advisory Committee, an 11-member committee charged with providing insight and recommendations to the board on issues relating to the dog warden.
Two of the 11 members are to be members of the community at large. The remainder is to be comprised of members recommended by Lucas County animal welfare agencies, the Toledo Police Department, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and the Toledo Veterinary Medical Association.
Members must reside in Lucas County and not have received a first-degree misdemeanor citation from the Dog Warden Department.
Those interested must fill out an “Application for Public Volunteer” form and provide a detailed resume. Applications are available at the Board of Lucas County Commissioners office at One Government Center, Suite 800, Toledo, by calling 419-213-4500 or online at www.co.lucas.oh.us. Applications will be accepted through the end of the business day Jan. 30.
Case still open
February 28 will be the three-year anniversary of the death of Kelly Norman, Jr., who was found by a passerby in a field on Sterns Road in Wood County just north of the city of Fostoria.
Det. Sgt. Terry James of the Wood County Sheriff’s office heads the case, which is considered open and active. “We believe that Kelly was struck by a vehicle headed westbound on Stearns Road in Wood County, just north of Fostoria,” Det. Sgt. James said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. James at 419-373-6529 or
The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will hold their regular scheduled meetings the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Complex Building, 240 W. Lake St., Unit B., Oak Harbor.
Owens Community College will be closed Jan. 19 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be no classes and the college offices will be closed for business.
Classes will resume and administrative offices will re-open Jan. 20.
FDS project meeting
On Jan. 21, FDS Coke Plant, LLC (FDS), will host a meeting for Harbor View residents to learn more about the coke plant project and a proposed Community Improvement Program (CIP) for the village. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the City of Oregon’s Municipal Office Complex at 5330 Seaman Rd.
FDS representatives will provide information and receive feedback from residents on the environmental aspects of the project, results of the Ohio EPA approved ambient air quality analysis for the village and an overview of a proposed Community Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP would be financially supported by FDS to directly benefit village residents. Refreshments will be served at the meeting
Written by Alyce Fielding
Thursday, 08 January 2009 14:13
The Teutonia Männerchor, a German men’s chorus that has entertained in the Toledo since 1867, is welcoming local men who are interested in joining the choir.
The Männerchor performs a wide variety of songs in German and in English. Members enjoy a busy musical and social schedule, often performing with Teutonia Damenchor, a German ladies’ chorus. The choruses participate in national and district song festivals, visit choruses in other cities and host choirs in Toledo. The Teutonia is a sponso of the annual German-American Festival.
Auditions or the ability to speak or read German are not required. The chorus rehearses Monday evenings 8:15 to 10:00 p.m. at Oak Shade Hall, 3624 Seaman Rd. in Oregon. For more information, call Jim at 419-474-0333 or e-mail
Open auditions set
For the first time in quite some time, the Pemberville Opera House is preparing to stage a play featuring local actors. The play, “A Window for Murder,” is a spoof of Sherlock Holmes. The cast will include, among others, a bunny slipper-wearing butler and a man with multiple personalities. Performance dates are March 20, 21 and 22.
The director will be Angela Patchett, currently the theatre and dance instructor at the Fort Meigs YMCA in Perrysburg.
Open auditions will be held Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Opera House. There are roles for five women and five men ranging in age from 20 to 60.
Information is available by contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848 or at
Feb. 2 deadline set
Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen reminds dog owners that while Jan. 31 is the deadline for 2009 dog registrations, his office will accept applications through Feb. 2.
A registration fee of $12 must be paid with the application for each dog registered. The information necessary for registration includes age, sex, color, length of hair, whether spayed or neutered, rabies vaccine information, breed of the dog and the name, address and phone number of the owner.
A kennel fee of $60 must be paid with the application and additional license fees for kennels are required for more than five dogs. Penalty fees will be collected on registrations received after Feb. 2 in the amount equal to the registration fee for each type of license.
Dog registration may be filed by mail, in person, or on the Internet. Mailed applications should include the license fee, dog information as stated above and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the license. Licenses may also be purchased in person at the Wood County Auditor’s office, located on the second floor of the courthouse building, or at the Wood County Dog Shelter.
Internet applications may be made at www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor. A $2 convenience fee per license will be added.
Mail applications to Michael Sibbersen, Wood County Auditor, One Courthouse Square, P.O. Box 368, Bowling Green, OH 43402.
Dog tag deadline
Jan. 31 is final day to purchase Ottawa County dog tags. Tags are required for all dogs three months of age and older.
The cost of each tag is $16 if purchased by the deadline, and $32 after. Tags are available at the Ottawa County Dog Warden’s office, 84000 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor; the Oak Harbor Bureau of Motor Vehicles, 106 N. Locust St., Oak Harbor; and the Ottawa County Auditor’s office, 315 Madison St., Port Clinton.
“Licenses may also be purchased by mail by printing an application form at www.ottawacountyauditor.org (under “forms”) and mailing it, along with a check for $16, to the auditor’s office at the above address. Applications must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31 to avoid a penalty.
For more information, call the county dog warden at 419-898-1368 or the auditor’s office at 1-800-788-8803, ext. 6740.
555th to perform
The 555th Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes will present a special concert in the Genoa Area High School auditorium Jan. 10 at 2 p.m.
Students from the Genoa High School Band will have the rare opportunity to receive hands-on instruction and training from the military band musicians during clinics before the concert. The students will then sit in with the Triple Nickel Band during the concert.
The concert, sponsored by the Genoa Area Music Boosters, is free and open to the community.
A suspect is in custody after a robbery Jan. 6 at the Taco Bell restaurant at 702 Front St. in East Toledo.
Toledo Police report the suspect, armed with a sawed-off shotgun, demanded money. He fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash and was apprehended in the WTOL Channel 11 parking lot near Cherry and Summit.
The shotgun and cash were recovered and Eric Briggs was booked into JCC and charged with aggravated robbery.
Meeting & Recognition Night
The East Toledo Family Center will hold its Annual Meeting and Recognition Night Jan. 28 at the center, located at 1020 Varland Ave.
The evening will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Several individuals and youths who have excelled in center programs and activities throughout the year will be honored during the event.
Those interested in attending may RSVP to Tracy Garufos at 419-691-1429.
Those who are planning to attend college in the 2009-2010 academic year, should put “completing the FAFSA” at the top of their to-do list.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is vital to the process of college affordability and should be completed as early as possible by anyone who will be attending college beginning in August 2009.
The financial aid staff at Terra Community College is offering free FAFSA workshops for their students, prospective students and anyone else who needs the assistance Jan. 23, Feb. 6 and 20, and March 6 and 20. The sessions will start at 2 p.m. in Building A, Room 204.
Those attending the workshop should bring their 2008 federal tax information (IRS forms 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) as well as any other pertinent income information such as checking and/or savings account statements.
“We don’t want anyone to put off going to college just because the paperwork scares them,” said Ed Recker, director of financial aid at Terra. “Financial aid is often what makes college attainable, and the FAFSA is the only way to secure that financial aid.”
To register or for more information, call 419-559-2344.
Two men wearing ski masks broke into a home Jan. 2 in the 29000 block of East Broadway and threatened an elderly couple with a knife before taking about $60, Lake Township police said.
The men gained entry through a back door about 7 p.m., according to police, who said the residents were not harmed.
The men were wearing overalls and were between 5-9 and 5-11 and appeared to weigh between 180 and 200 pounds.
Marley & More
The Wood County Humane Society is selling “Marley & More: Local Pet Tails,” a book written by area pet lovers who submitted stories about what makes their pet the best, worst, most loved, special or unique.
The books can be bought on-line at www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org, They can also be purchased at the shelter at 801 Van Camp Road in Bowling Green, downtown at Grounds for Thought, Squakers Café, and Ben-Franklin; and in Perrysburg at the Flying Bean in Levis Commons and the Perrysburg Messenger Journal. Copies of the books will be donated to public libraries in Pemberville, Grand Rapids, Wayne, Weston, North Baltimore, as well as the Way Public Library in Perrysburg, and the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green.
For more information, contact Aimee Smith at 419-344-5004.
Beat the Heat
Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that operates a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, has planned a “beat the heat” promotion to reduce the number of kittens born this spring.
The group will spay female cats during the month of February for just $20 in an effort to prevent unwanted litters before kitten season starts. Each spring, shelters are overwhelmed with kittens. So many, in fact, that some shelters must euthanize them because there aren’t enough foster homes, or room to accommodate them at the shelters.
The special $20 spay rate is even less than the group’s normal low-cost price and applies to all residents of Lucas County and Wood County (must provide proof of residency) regardless of income level.
Cat owners who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “beat the heat” promotion when they call to schedule their appointment. The promotion is based on availability and cat owners will be required to stop into Humane Ohio to pick up a “beat the heat” voucher in advance of their appointment.
“Our annual beat the heat promotion is fun, and it’s a win-win,” said Lisa Hochradel, Humane Ohio clinic director. “Every spring, local animal shelters and rescue groups are flooded with thousands of kittens. We can help these organizations by preventing unwanted kittens from being born, and we can help people with female cats by offering a really special rate to spay their cat.”
For more information, visit www.humaneohio.org or call 419-266-5607.
The Eastwood Board of Education will hold its organizational meeting and budget hearing for 2009 on Jan. 12. The organizational meeting will start at 7:30 a.m. and be followed by the budget hearing.
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