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For the week of 2/16/09
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 12 February 2009 14:27

Open curling
The Bowling Green Curling Club will hold its last open curl of the season Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the ice arena on Mercer Road at Bowling Green State University.

Several times each season, the club, which has been curling at the BGSU arena since 1968, invites anyone interested in trying the sport to come out and give it a go. For $10, club members will be on the ice to provide instruction and help participants through their first game. Special equipment is provided. Participants should wear warm clothes and bring clean athletic shoes.

Additional information is available at the club Web site, or call Mike at 419-262-1143.

Emergency help available
The United Way in Ottawa County has announced that the Emergency Food and Shelter Board has been awarded $44,937 in federal funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. 

Public and private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter funds may contact Peggy Sneider at United Way, 419-734-6645, for an application. An application form may also be downloaded at The application deadline is Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m.

The local Ottawa County Emergency Food & Shelter Board  responsible for distribution of funds will meet Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry, Port Clinton.

Cinderella auditions set
The Fremont Community Theatre will hold auditions for its spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Feb. 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the theatre, 1551 Dickinson St.

The cast includes roles for six females and five males, as well as a large singing and dancing chorus of all ages. A few children 6 years and older will also be cast as townspeople.

Sunday evening will be singing auditions only, depending on how many potential cast members come out. Monday will be singing for newcomers until 7:30 p.m., at which time those auditioning will be asked to read from a script. Bring a short musical selection to sing or choose a song from one of the books that will be available. An accompanist will be available.

Production dates are May 8-10 and May 15-17. Those who have questions or would like to be a part of the orchestra may call 419-332-0775. Visit for more information about upcoming shows.

Nominations sought
The Kiwanis Club of East Toledo-Oregon is seeking nominations for the Frederic E. Hansen Humanitarian Award, which recognizes individuals who exhibit exemplary volunteer work or perform an outstanding humanitarian deed.

The award, which is also intended to increase awareness of the importance of volunteer work to the general public, will be presented at the club’s annual dinner April 15. At that time, scholarships will also be awarded to deserving high school seniors who also exhibit volunteerism and humanitarianism in the community.

The deadline for nominations is March 15. Contact Mary Ann Coleman at 419-698-5370 for more information.

Volunteers needed
A therapeutic horseback riding program outside of Gibsonburg is in need of volunteers to assist as horse leaders and side walkers during lessons.

Training will be provided March 2 and 4. Call Rebekah at 419-307-0222 for more information.

GPS navigation course
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (Flotilla 6-6 9CR) will present a six-day GPS & Boating Highway Signs (Aids to Navigation) program Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., March 3-26 at their Woodville Mall office, located in the Elder-Beerman concourse, 3276 Williston Rd., Northwood.

The course, which is open to everyone age 14 and older, requires no pre-requisite course(s) or knowledge in navigation techniques. A $35 registration fee will be collected at the first session.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Call 419-698-4122 to register or obtain more information.


For the week of 2/09/09
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

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

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 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.

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

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 for more information.

Women’s Connection
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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Loan applications may also be filed out online at

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.

Boat Smart
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.

Grant awarded
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.

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

Maintenance Day
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.


For the week of 2/02/09
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 29 January 2009 15:22

Crystal Ball
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

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 (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. 

Women’s Connection
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.

Indictments returned
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.


Grants available
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

Conviction upheld
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.

For the week of 1/26/09
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 14:22

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

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

Owens auditions
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

`Daddy’s Girl’
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.

Boating course
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.


For the week of 1/19/09
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.

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

Meeting schedule
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.

Holiday closure
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

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