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

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

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 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 (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.

Suspect arrested
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.

FAFSA workshops
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.

Home break-in 
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, 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 or call 419-266-5607.


Board meeting
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.



For the week of 1/05/09
Written by Larry Limpf   
Tuesday, 30 December 2008 12:57

Tax bill changes
Property tax bills will be arriving soon in mailboxes across Ottawa County. Due to recent levies now taking effect, property owners may notice changes in their bills from last year, county auditor Jo Ellen Regal said.

Other changes to the tax bill may include:
• A special assessment, such as a ditch, sewer, etc., is added or removed to the taxing district.
• A levy is removed or added.
• The millage rate has changed.
• A property changed use. For example, if the use has changed from commercial to residential, the tax might change.
• A Homestead Exemption was added or removed from the property.
• The 2.5 percent owner-occupied tax reduction was added or removed.
• New structures or buildings were removed or added to the property.
• On commercial or industrial properties, a tax abatement may have been added or expired.
• On agricultural properties, the Current Agricultural Use Value program may not have been renewed, therefore a recoupage charge was levied on the property.
• CAUV values may have changed.

The auditor’s office also has been working on the state-mandated triennial update with new values expected to be available in the spring, Regal said. The new values will impact the tax bill taxpayers receive in 2010.

The triennial values are determined based on a comparison of the auditor’s current value with verified sales that occurred in the three years since the last appraisal (2006, 2007 and 2008) and the indicated percentage change is then applied to all properties in a neighborhood, Regal said.

Open registration
Terra Community College will hold an open registration event Jan. 8. Offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help students who want to register for spring 2009 classes.

Students are invited to tour campus, talk with financial aid representatives, complete the COMPASS placement assessment and meet with an advisor to discuss course selection.

Current and prospective students are asked to report to the Admissions Office in Roy Klay Hall (Building A) to get started.

Spring classes begin Jan. 12. Schedules are online at or hard copies are available on campus. For more information, call 419-559-2349 or toll-free 866-AT-TERRA, ext. 2349.

for the week of 12/22/08
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 18 December 2008 15:28

County closures
Wood County Common Pleas Court, General Division, including Domestic Relations, Adult Probation and Court Administration offices, and the Wood County Clerk of Courts Legal Office will close Dec. 24, at 3 p.m. will be closed Christmas Day and all day Dec. 26.

The Wood County Clerk of Courts Title Office observe the same hours.

Board openings
Written by Tammy Walro   
Friday, 12 December 2008 16:19
Because of the holidays, Allen Township Zoning Office hours will be held Dec. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be no office hours Dec. 31.

Anyone interested in serving the township is invited to apply for the open position for a five-year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals. There is also a position available for an alternate member, which is a three-year term. The Zoning Board of Appeals deals with variance requests, as well as conditional-use requests.
For the week of December 8th
Written by Larry Limpf   
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 16:36

Dog licenses
Applications for 2009 Wood County dog licenses are currently available, county auditor Michael Sibbersen said.

Ohio law requires owners of dogs 3 months of age and older to register the dogs in the county where they are kept before Jan. 31 of each year. Information necessary for registration includes age, sex, color, length of hair, whether spayed or neutered, breed of the dog and the name, address and phone number of the owner.

A registration fee of $12 for each dog to be registered must be paid with the application. As a convenience, the auditor’s office mails renewal registration forms to owners of record. Owners who registered in 2008 through the Internet will receive a reminder e-mail. Kennel owners are also required to register annually. The application fee is $60.

The penalty for registering after Jan. 31 is the amount equal to the registration fee for each type of license.

Those acquiring dogs after Jan. 31 have 30 days after the date of acquisition or the date that the dog reaches 3 months of age to register with the auditor’s office.

The 2009 dog registration may be filed by mail, in person, or on the Internet.

When mailing the application, include the license fee, dog information and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the license. Applications should be mailed to Michael Sibbersen, Wood County Auditor, One Courthouse Square, P.O. Box 368, Bowling Green, OH 43402.

Licenses may be purchased in person at the auditor’s office, located on the second floor of the courthouse building between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday or at the Wood County Dog Shelter. Internet applications may be made at An additional $2 convenience fee per license will be charged. Cash should not be sent with mail-in applications.

Wood County District Board of Health has adopted a regulation requiring all dogs be immunized against rabies please provide the rabies information in the application process.

Northcoast Jobs
The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Store at the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, located at 8043 W. SR 164, Oak Harbor, has scheduled the following seminars for December:

Dec. 11 – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Resume Writing Assistance.” Work one-on-one with a specialist and produce a good resume before you leave. By appointment only through the Job Store.

Dec. 15 – 9 a.m. to noon, “Introduction to Word/Excel.” A free computer class presented by the Kern Center.

Dec. 18 – 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. This session includes a review of unemployment services provided by the state, information about other community resources and a free lunch.

Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. The seminars are also available to be customized for employers and delivered on site. Register by e-mailing Carol Guice at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling her at 419-307-1189.

For more information on the Job Stores, visit or in Ottawa County, call 800-665-1677 or Denise Ventrone at 419-898-6242 at the Community Improvement Corporation.

Number 1 pooch 
Lucas County dog licenses for 2009 are now available. The Ohio Revised Code requires dog owners to purchase a license for all dogs 3 months or older.

The cost is $25. There will be a $25 late fee for licenses purchased after the Jan. 31 deadline. To help raise awareness for the program, Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez will sponsor a “Pick of the Litter” photo contest, in which the winning dog will receive the “Number 1” dog tag for 2009. The winner’s picture will also be featured on the 2010 dog tag renewal forms.

Entries may be mailed to the auditor’s office, Attention “Pick of the Litter” at One Government Center, Suite 600, Toledo, OH 43604 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A complete list of rules is available at

Dog tags for 2009 may be purchased at the auditor’s office, from the Lucas County Dog Warden or area agents including the Oregon License Agency, 3016 Navarre Ave., Oregon; Gladieux Lumber, 5120 Navarre Ave., Oregon; and Island Variety, 722 Dearborn Ave., Toledo.


Returning Home
St. Ignatius Church, 212 N. Stadium Rd., Oregon, will conduct a series called “Catholics Returning Home,” six consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning Jan. 6.

The sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions returning to the church. The sessions will include informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith. For more details, call the church office at 419-693-1150.



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