Public input sought for transportation plans
Got a gripe about traffic patterns?
The Toledo metropolitan Council of Governments is seeking your input for the creation of their “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan” for Wood, Lucas, and southern Monroe Counties.
This plan will guide investment of millions of dollars over the next 30 years, states Diane Reamer-Evans, transportation project manager. Reamer-Evans will seek public comment at the March meeting of the East Toledo Club, Thursday, March 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White Street.
The plan will address personal transportation (walking, bicycling, driving, public transportation, passenger rail, or air), moving freight (by truck, rail, water, or air), and how transportation is affecting our quality of life and economy.
Lunch can be purchased at noon, reservations required; call Jodi, 419-691-1429. If you are coming just for the public meeting, come at 12:30.
For more information, go to www.tmacog.org
Reamer-Evans joined TMACOG in 1992 after working for the previous five years at the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions. Her responsibilities include development of the regional multimodal transportation plan, and planning for passenger rail, public transit, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. She staffs the Transportation Alternatives Committee, which selects bikeway and historic transportation projects for federal funding.
The Press won a number of awards in the annual Osman C. Hooper Journalism contest for weekly newspapers sponsored by the Ohio Newspaper Association.
The Press won a second place in news coverage in the category for papers with a circulation of more than 10,500. The paper also won a second in In-Depth reporting for an article entitled “Levy revenue would go for salaries, programs” written by Editor Kelly Kaczala and freelance writer Melissa Burden. The story explored how additional money would be spent by six organizations seeking levy approval in the 2012 November election. The story listed salaries of top administrators and compared public versus private sector employment and wages. The judges commented, “Great use of open records requests and data reporting.”
John Szozda, Press manager and columnist, won first place in original columns for three columns. They were entitled, “Billboard underestimates potential cost of DUI at $10,000; Vietnam veteran says goodbye to five friends at The Moving Wall and Governor’s sales tax proposal would limit your right to know.”
Ken Grosjean, Press photographer, won a third place for a photo depicting Ken Hetrick, owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics, posing with a yawning lion.
The Press also won a second place in special sections for “Girls’Sports: 40 Years after Title IX.” Title IX is the federal law that expanded opportunities for participation and scholarships by mandating equal participation in girls’ sports for public schools and universities.
At the clubs
Derek Stern of 360 Risk Management will speak on “What to do when someone gets hurt” at the March 19th meeting of the Ottawa County Safety Council.
The meeting will be held at Magruder Hospital Conference Center from 11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m. RSVP before March 17 to Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242.
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host the 21st annual Prism Awards Wednesday, March 12, 6 p.m. at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center in Millbury.
The event honors excellence in this area’s businesses and organizations. Paul Toth, president of the Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority will be the keynote speaker.
RSVP to Sarah Beavers at 419-693-5580 or email her at director @embchamber.org.
The right thing
Becky Williams, owner of the new Wendy’s which opened recently in Bowling Green, partnered with the Bowling Green, Elmwood, Eastwood and Otsego High Schools to raise a total of $4,533 to share among their high school band programs. Each school had a designated day where they earned 20 percent of the sales from the entire day.
St. Mark Lutheran Church will host its 8th Annual Golf Scramble Sunday, June 1 at Chippewa Golf Club.
The event helps fund the Youth in Mission Program. Shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $70 per golfer which includes dinner, cart dessert and prizes. There are also sponsorship packages available. Call Heather Roecker at 419-691-3597.