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Volunteens needed
Youths ages 11 and older are encouraged to sign up to be volunteens at the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green and at the Walbridge Branch for the Summer Reading Program: All Together Now.
Volunteens assist the library in a variety of ways, including registering readers, helping with programs and organizing materials. Schedules are flexible and the work is fun.
The library is offering a Volunteen Training May 20 and 21 from 2-4 p.m. at the Children’s Place in the Wood County Library, 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green.
Interested students should apply ahead of the training dates by visiting and filling out the embedded Google Form.
Youths ages 11 and up interested in serving as a volunteen at the Walbridge Branch should print and fill out the paper PDF linked at the bottom of the page and deliver it to the Walbridge Library, 108 N. Main St.
Future trainings will be available for those who are unable to attend either training.
Call 419-352-8253 or email for more information.

‘Run for Beer’ to
benefit Foundation
The Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) asks community members to be active, have fun and give back by participating in the 5K Run for Beer to be held at Twin Oast Brewing on Catawba Island Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m., during the brewery’s five-year anniversary activities.
The event is part of the 2023 Ohio Brewery Running Series
OCCF will receive a portion of every run ticket sale, with the proceeds going to further the foundation’s countywide efforts to aid nonprofit organizations and local students through annual community grants and scholarships.
“Enjoy some healthy activity, great local beer and seasonal swag while supporting the important work OCCF is doing across Ottawa County,” says OCCF trustee Marcia Jess. “Runners, walkers and joggers from all over are invited to participate.”
Ten percent of each regular registration goes directly to OCCF. For every highest level ($100) registration, OCCF will receive 100 percent of the ticket amount. Those not wishing to actively participate may still register to benefit OCCF’s efforts.
The 5K-ish, informal “Fun Run” starts and ends at the taproom at Twin Oast Brewing. The brewery’s anniversary celebration will also include entertainment.
Andrew Price, of the Brewery Running Series, said, “With the brew runs, we are able to help many different nonprofits grow their brand and outreach and raise a little money at the same time – which is just amazing.”
For more information about this and other “Run for Beer” events, and to register, visit

H2Ohio grants
More than 100 communities in Ohio have been awarded a total of $1 million in grants to help fund equipment needed to maintain their drinking water systems.
The entities could apply for up to $10,000 through the state’s H2Ohio Initiative program.
Locally, the Village of Gibsonburg and Ottawa County Regional Water District each received $10,000 to purchase leak locator equipment and the City of Toledo received $9,665 for leak detector and flow meter equipment.

Landfill hearing
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public information session and hearing on May 23 to accept comments on a proposed modification of the hazardous waste permit that would allow the Envirosafe Services of Ohio Inc. (ESOI) landfill in Oregon to expand vertically.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Oregon City Council Chambers, 5330 Seaman Road. During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present information about the expansion application and permitting process. During the hearing, which will immediately follow the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the proposed action.
Located at 876 Otter Creek Road, ESOI accepts hazardous waste from off-site and is permitted to treat, store, and dispose of the waste. Waste is currently disposed in one active landfill, Cell M. As of January 2022, Cell M has a remaining capacity of approximately 50,000 cubic yards. If the modification is approved, Cell M could expand vertically by 36 feet. The expansion would increase the capacity of the cell by 110,000 cubic yards.
The permit modification can be viewed online under the “April 2023” tab, or at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 N. Dunbridge Rd., Bowling Green, The phone number is 419-352-8461. The draft permit also can be viewed at the Oregon branch library, 3340 Dustin Rd.
Written comments may also be mailed to Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Attn. Elijah Lucas, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049, or emailed to Comments will be accepted until June 9.

Credit union
names manager
Fremont Federal Credit Union (FFCU) has announced the promotion of Mary Paul to the position of branch manager at the Port Clinton site.
Paul has been with FFCU for the past 15 years. She most recently served as the assistant branch Manager in FFCU's Woodville location.
"Mary's track record and focus on delivering an exceptional experience make her the perfect choice to lead our Port Clinton team." said Nicholas Cray, CEO of FFCU.


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