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Absentee ballots available
Friday, 03 October 2008 16:09
Absentee ballots for the November General Election are now available at the Ottawa County Board of Elections, 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, in the Veterans Memorial Building.

Voters may vote an absentee ballot at the board office 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Nov. 3 and on Saturday Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. An application to have a ballot mailed may be printed from www.co.ottawa.oh.us or voters may call 419-898-3071 or 800-697-9807 to request an application or obtain more information.
 
Hydrant flushing
Written by Tammy Walro   
Friday, 26 September 2008 09:38
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Maintenance Department will be conducting hydrant flushing and testing through Oct. 24.

Testing will be performed on all hydrants east of the city of Perrysburg corporation limits to the I-280 expressway in Lake Township, including Ampoint Industrial Park, Owens Community College, the Village of Walbridge, Moline and Turnpike exit 5, as well as subdivisions such as The Hamlet, Belmont Country Club, Starbright, Lakemont, etc.

Testing will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents may experience rusty water during this period.

Food pantry fundraiser
In celebration of Northwood Jewelers’ 25th year in business, and in honor of Richard “Mo” Majewski, a party/fundraiser for local food pantries will be held Oct. 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Sunrise Park & Banquet Center in Millbury.

The event will feature live music by Time Piece, raffles and door prizes and hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets will be $25. Those who cannot attend may send donations to the Food Pantry Fundraiser c/o Northwood Jewelers, 4725 Woodville Rd., Unit 11, Northwood, OH, 43619.
    
Banned Books Week
Each year, the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of American Publishers and the National Association of College Stores sponsors Banned Books Week, which will be observed this year Sept. 27 through Oct. 4.

In observance of Banned Book Week, the Harris-Elmore Public Library will display a number of books that have been banned or challenged somewhere in the United States during 2007-2008. Banned Books Week is the 27th annual celebration of the Freedom to Read, which is rooted in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Some of the books that have frequently been challenged this past year include “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou; “Go Ask Alice,” by Anonymous; “Running with Scissors,” by Augusten Borroughs; Robert Cormier’s “The Chocolate War,” “Whale Talk,” by Chris Crutcher; “The Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold; and the Harry Potter books, by J.K. Rowling.

There will be a drawing at the end of the week for two “Banned Books” T-shirts.

Voter registration deadline
The Ottawa County Board of Elections reminds voters that the closing date for new voter registrations and changes of addresses for the upcoming November General Election is Oct. 6.

Voters who are already registered do not have to re-register.

Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Oct. 6, the board office will be open extended hours from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The board office is located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor in the Veterans Memorial Building.

New registration and change of address may also be made at any public library, Bureau of Motor Vehicles office and at the Ottawa County Courthouse at the Clerk of Courts Title Department or the Treasurer’s Office.

For more information, call the board of elections at 419-898-3071 or 1-800-697-9807.

Women’s Connection
All area women are invited to a “Bountiful Harvest” luncheon and program that will be sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Oct. 9 at noon at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.

Heidi Phillips from the Wood County Extension Service will share ideas on what to do with all of the fall bounty from the garden. Deanna Dixon, of Curtice, will provide vocal entertainment and Delores Mitson, from North Canton, Ohio, will discuss, “How Change Brings New Hope and Excitement to living.”

The cost is $10, all inclusive. For reservations, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.

Sheriffs plan workshop
On Oct. 9, the Sheriffs of Northwestern Ohio Fiscal Workshop will be held at the Wood County Sheriff’s Office in Bowling Green.

Transportation of inmates will be the topic of discussion, with the goal of pooling resources to save personnel, time and money.

For more information about the meeting, call Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn at 419-354-9008 or Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton at 419-734-6877. The meeting is open to the public.

Silver & Gold Club trip
The Silver and Gold Club sponsored by Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home will take a day trip to Perrysburg for shopping and dinner theater Oct. 15.

The bus will begin boarding at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $55, which includes transportation via luxury motor coach, all admissions, taxes and gratuities. The trip will include shopping at Levis Commons, lunch and the stage show, “Love Letters,” at Ms. Rose’s Dinner Theatre. The bus will return to the funeral home at 5:45 p.m.

Reservations and payment should be sent to Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave., Oregon, 43616 by Oct. 1. Registration should include a check payable to the funeral home, the participant’s name, address, phone number and the name and number of an emergency contact.

Foster care, adoption classes
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is welcoming adults interested in becoming foster or adoptive
parents to attend a session of free training classes in October.

A new fall session of classes, which are required for foster or adoptive licensing, will be held Oct. 6 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., allowing participants to complete the entire curriculum in just six day-long sessions. Register by calling 419-213-3336.

While LCCS strives to help children remain with their families by working with their parents to build a safe, nurturing environment, it’s not always possible. As a result, the agency needs foster and adoptive parents for children of all ages, but particularly families who can provide loving and stable homes for teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters. The agency is also seeking parents to join its therapeutic foster care program, providing care to children with behavioral, developmental or physical challenges.

To qualify, applicants:
• Must be at least 18 years of age to adopt; 21 to become a foster parent.
• Can be married, single or partnered
• Can own or rent their own homes.
• Can work outside the home.
• Don’t have to earn a lot of money, just enough to support themselves.
• Need a safety inspection for their homes.
• Agree to a background check.
• Receive free training.
• Receive financial support, based on the child’s needs.
Another six-day program is also scheduled to begin Nov. 10.

Diabetic support
Memorial Hospital’s Diabetic Support Group will meet in the Chestnut Café Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker will be Angie Laughlin, certified fitness trainer. The topic of discussion will be “Fitness Choices that Fit Diabetes.” The public is welcome to attend. For further information, call 419-332-7321 ext. 6635.

Offices relocated
Ottawa County Senior Resources has moved its administrative offices to 8200 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, just one door west of its previous home at Riverview Health Care Campus.

In June, the kitchen facilities were moved to the same location as growth warranted more space for meal preparation and packing for home-delivered meals. The new location offers space for a conference room, office space for the agency’s satellite program -OPTIONS for Independence, and space for a proposed senior computer training room.

The building, which once housed the MRDD school and offices, is shared by the Ottawa County Early Childhood Program and the court-directed Student Assistance Program.

To contact Senior Resources, call 1-877-898-6459 or 419-898-6459.
 
Monster Ball planned
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center will hold its 8th annual Monster Ball & Reverse Raffle (previously the Rock, Raffle & Race) Oct. 28 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 245 Hall, 705 Lime City Rd., Rossford.

The cost is $40 per person and includes a dinner and two free drink tickets. The theme for the event is Halloween, however costumes are optional. A reverse raffle ticket included in the ticket price offers the chance of winning the grand prize of $2,000.

Only 125 tickets will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the East Toledo Senior Activities Center. For tickets or more information, call 419-691-2254.

Neighborhood meeting
East Toledo/Ironwood area neighbors will hold a neighborhood meeting Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave.

Topics of discussion will include possible ways to change and improve the neighborhood’s appearance and improve safety.

For more information, call Ellen at 419-343-6739.

Benefit fundraiser
A benefit chicken dinner will be held for 9-year-old Kaeyla Rae Vasko, of East Toledo, who was hit by a pickup truck Sept. 3, 2008 while riding her bicycle near her home.

The dinner will be held Oct. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in East Toledo. The fundraiser will also include a 50/50 raffle and silent auctions.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, will be available at the door or in advance by calling Michelle Gladieux at 419-360-2670 or Kim Hartbarger at 419-350-7254.

Donations may also be made to help Kaeyla’s family with medical expenses at any National City Bank branch.

Rabies shots
The Toledo Lucas County Health Department will hold a low cost rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Health Center, 635 N. Erie Street. Pets will be vaccinated by licensed veterinarians for $5 each. All dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. No pregnant animals, or animals under 3 months will be vaccinated. For more information, call 419-213-4078.

Vehicle auction
On Sept. 27 at 11 a.m., the Toledo Police will hold its 4th abandoned and forfeited motor vehicle auction of the year. The auction will be held at the Toledo Police impound Lot, 198 Dura Avenue. Terms of the sale will be cash or check. No third party checks. Picture ID is required. For more information, call 419-245-3399.
 
Pack the Parks Picnic
Written by Tammy Walro   
Saturday, 20 September 2008 06:58
The Punt, Pass & Kick competition will return this year for the 3rd edition of The Andersons Pack the Parks Family Fun Day, Saturday, Sept. 20 at Pearson and Wildwood Preserve Metroparks.     Additional sponsors of this year’s event are Buckeye CableSystem and 7UP.

Free picnic lunches will be served and high school bands will perform to create a fall/homecoming frame of mind.

The NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick competition from 9 to 11 a.m. is for boys and girls 8 to 15. Last year’s national winner, Lucas McCullough of Luckey, will be there to root on this year’s contestants. Registration and a copy of a birth certificate are required to enter. Registration forms are available at The Andersons stores and at the Pearson park offices.

Picnic lunches will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunches are free with a ticket, available at the local Andersons locations or for $1 on the day of event.

Also from 11 to 5, Buckeye CableSystem will sponsor children’s activities and bag toss.

Local high school marching bands will perform from noon to 3 p.m., followed by rousing performances by high school cheerleader squads from 3 to 5 p.m.

Volunteers are also being sought to help staff the picnic. Contact Marge Dembowski, special events coordinator, at 419-407-9727.

Pearson Metropark is located on SR2 at Lallendorf Road in Oregon.

Fall plant sale
Owens Community College’s Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club will hold its annual Fall Plant Sale Sept. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the greenhouse, located near the entrance to the Owens Math/Science Center. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

The sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and rare and unusual trees,
among other items.

“What individuals might not realize is that the fall is actually a very good time to plant trees and shrubs,” said Chris Foley, Owens associate professor of Life/Natural Sciences and Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club advisor. “The ground is still warm from the summer months and the soil is very moist. These conditions promote great root growth for plants through December. Plants benefit greatly from the fall planting because by the time the next hot, dry weather comes around they will have already established a strong root system.”

All proceeds from the plant sale will help fund the organization’s participation in PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days, which will be held in California.

For more information about the sale, call 567-661-7623 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7623.

iDecide forum set
Members of the community are invited to join moderator Cate Knipp for the upcoming Sandusky County iDecide 2008 Candidate Forum Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Vanguard Technology Center lecture lab in Fremont.

Those attending may register to vote, learn more about candidates and ask questions about issues of concern.

The slate of candidates scheduled to present includes: common pleas judge - John Dewey and Norman Solze, and Barbara Ansted, David Dorobek, and Roger Hafford; juvenile/probate judge - Brad Culbert and Brad Smith; county commissioner - Glenn Baker and Terry Thatcher and Michael Hetrick and Danny Polter; county prosecutor - Thomas Stierwalt; county treasurer - Irma Celestino and Don Nalley, Jr.; county engineer - James Moyer; county recorder - Colleen Carmack; county coroner - John Wukie; clerk of courts - Warren Brown; state representative 81st district - Andrew Kashmer and Jeff Wagner; state senate 26th District - Karen Gillmor and Tom Kruse; and U.S. House of Representatives 5th District - George Mays.

For more information, call Lesley Wadsworth at 419-992-4535.
 
Aerobic program starting
Maumee Bay State Park, in conjunction with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, is offering a fall/winter aerobics program for adults 18 and over.

Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Maumee Bay Resort lodge pool. Three eight-week sessions will be offered.

The cost is $30 per session. The first session will begin Oct. 6 and run through Nov. 26. Call 419698-7145 for more information.

Diversity celebrated
The City of Toledo, Board of Community Relations, Metroparks of the Toledo Area and The Toledo Botanical Garden will present a celebration of the community’s diverse cultural heritage with “A Taste of Diversity,” Sept. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the botanical garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo.

The event will include samplings of a variety of ethnic foods donated by some of Toledo’s finest restaurants, cultural music, dance and spoken performances. Visitors are also invited to enjoy nature walks at the garden.

Admission, parking, food and entertainment are free. For more information, call the Board of Community Relations at 419-245-1565.

Harvest Festival
Bittersweet Farms will host its 25th annual Harvest Festival Sept 28 from noon to 5 p.m. Bittersweet Farms is located at 12660 Archbold Whitehouse Rd., Whitehouse.

The family-focused event will feature live bands including Hand Hewn, Gene Zenz, Tim Oehlers and Alma Drum & Dance Group as well as children’s games and activities, a greased pig contest, hayrides and barbeque chicken and pulled pork dinners.

Attendees will also be able to purchase arts and crafts made by the participants of Bittersweet Farms and homemade baked goods made by friends of Bittersweet Farms.

Admission is free. Parking is $2 per car. All proceeds from the event go to fund programs at Bittersweet Farms, a 501c(3) not-for-profit that has been providing residential and vocational programs for people with autism for 25 years.

Penta open house
The new Penta Career Center, located at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg Township, will hold a Community Open House Sept. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The public is invited to tour the school and get a first-hand look at the professionally designed career-technical labs, academic classrooms and science labs.

At 522,000 square feet in size, the new Penta is one of the largest career-technical school construction projects in Ohio. The estimated budget for the construction of the new school was about $90.6 million.

Penta offers more than 30 career-technical programs for high school students. Nearly 1,500 students attend classes at the new facility and the school serves an additional 2,000 students through various satellite programs within its 16 member school districts, which include Benton-Carroll-Salem, Eastwood, Genoa, Lake, Northwood and Woodmore.

Youth hunting symposium
The N.W. Ohio Youth Hunting Symposium will be held Sept.20, at the WolfCreek Sportsmen’s clubhouse, located at 349 Teachout Rd., Curtice.

The free event is open to youths 10 through 17 with an adult partner. Participants will learn more about shooting sports and the great outdoors. Topics to be discussed include gun shooting, archery and flint knapping, among others. Lunch will be provided. Advance registration is suggested.

Call Bob at 419-292-1806 or Sam at 419-691-2016.

Conservancy anniversary
Black Swamp Conservancy, a Perrysburg-based land trust, will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its founding with a dinner Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Metropark on West Central Avenue in Toledo.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Blade Outdoors Editor Steve Pollick, who will tell “Stories from Northwest Ohio: Loving the Land.” The event will also include a raffle for prizes including a duck hunt for two at the conservancy’s easement-protected marshland in Sandusky Bay; a Maumee River fishing excursion for four people guided by Pollick and Eric Kraus of thenaturalresource.com and a canoe trip for up to 12 people to view bald eagles.

Dinner tickets are $35. Seating is limited to 100 people. Raffle tickets are $20 or six for $100. Ticketholders need not be present to win. For more information, call 419-872-5263.

Board passes resolution
The Woodmore Local School Board recently approved a resolution to authorize the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) to proceed with funding offer to Woodmore for a Pre-K building plan.

The board’s next regular meeting will be held Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodmore Elementary School Library.

Safe boating course    
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft will offer a one-day Ohio Boating Education Course Oct. 18 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.  A $5 fee covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitation.

The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and meets Ohio’s boating education requirement. Successful completion of the course may also qualify boaters for a discount on boat owners’ insurance.

For more information or to RSVP, call 419-836-6003.

Records available
Lindy Buck, M.D., and Henry J. Taylor III, M.D., have closed their Oregon medical practice. Ohio State retention regulations require that the original medical records accumulated during the term of the practice be maintained for a period of no less then 10 years. Iron Mountain, Inc., will store and provide release of information services. The records have been moved to the practice’s Toledo facility. In order for patients or their designated recipients to obtain copies, patients or their legal representatives must sign an authorization and pay a fee of $32.50 or higher, if the record is very lengthy.

For more information, call 734-456-5000.

ACT prep
Owens Community College will offer “Building Confidence with ACT Prep” in September and October.

The class, coordinated through the college’s Workforce and Community Services, will be held Monday evenings Sept. 29 through Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the College’s Workforce and Community Services building on Tracy Road in Northwood.

During each of the four sessions, students will be tutored in all five sections of the ACT test. The actual ACT is comprised of one test in each of the following areas: English, math, reading, science reasoning and writing. In addition, students will learn traditional testing strategies such as how to take a timed test and how to find the elusive answer to a difficult question.

Registration for the ACT preparation class is required Sept. 26. Limited seating is available and early registration is recommended. For more information, or to register for the class, call 567-661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.

Good Ol’ Days
Faith United Methodist Church in Oregon is planning a Good Ol` Days Family Festival Sept. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. The church is located at Starr and Coy.

Young festival-goers can drive a half-scale Model T. Hands-on fun will include kite making and flying, rocket building and launching, the chance to make corn husk dolls and even to build a Montgolfier hot-air balloon.

The afternoon’s events will also include an old-fashioned cake walk, silent auction and stage entertainment every half hour. In addition, there will be old-fashioned carriage rides provided by Vail Meadows and Tom Hinkle will be demonstrating his high-wheeler cycle.

Admission is free for entertainment. Tickets for games and food etc are five for $5 at the door or six for $5 in advance. Canned food donations may be exchanged for tickets. All food collected goes directly to the Oregon Food Bank.

All profits from the festival will benefit the Oregon Food Bank, UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) and Open Door Ministries.

Energy options considered
The Benton-Carroll-Salem school board is exploring energy options for operating the district.

The board used a work session earlier this month to hear a presentation on wind power by Michael Spacek, of Engineered Process Systems.

“We must be careful in spending district money and consider all options to reduce further energy costs,” said Bev Rust, board president.

If state grants could be used, the board estimates the useful life of a wind turbine would be about 30 years and have a pay-back period of about seven to 10 years.
 
Week of September 15th
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 11 September 2008 09:53

ATV safety program
Ohio’s 4-H ATV program will present a safety course Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.

The 4-H ASI ATV Rider Course helps riders increase their knowledge about safe riding practices and practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment, under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor. The course includes completion of a pre-ride inspection, starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, emergency stopping and riding over obstacles. Participants will also learn about protective gear, local regulations, places to ride and about environmental concerns.

 
Week of September 8th
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 04 September 2008 11:22

Family celebration
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Oregon invites the community to a family celebration Sept. 14.

Ben Freudenburg, author and director and professor in family life studies at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, will be the guest speaker at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services.

 
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