News Briefs 7/19/2021

Staff Writer

Field trip set
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will be having a field trip to Elmore-Harris Public Library on Tuesday July 20 at 2 p.m.
Attendees will tour the library and be shown renovations done to the building. The public is invited to attend.

Quilters’ Guild picnic
The Maumee Bay Country Quilters’ Guild will hold its opening picnic Tuesday, Aug. 3.
The get-back-together event will be held at 6 p.m. at Cedar Creek Park Pavilion on Walbridge Road in Northwood. CDC COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.
Attendees should bring their own food and beverage and show-and-tell items, especially their finished “House BOM.”
Registration forms and $35 fees should be submitted at this time.

Delta variant
Lucas County has confirmed its first case of the COVID-19 delta variant (B.1.617.2) in an unvaccinated individual, in his/her 20’s.
The variant, first identified in India, appears to spread more easily and quickly than earlier strains of COVID-19. Additionally, the delta variant is now the most dominant strain of coronavirus in the United States.
Public health officials are investigating this case further to understand how the individual contracted COVID-19 and to take steps to prevent further spread of the variant.
The best protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant, is to get fully vaccinated. “The vaccine is highly effective against the Delta variant, but you have to get the full vaccine series to get the maximum protection,” said Dr. Eric Zgodzinski, health commissioner. “The majority of people who get the Delta variant are not fully vaccinated.”
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department continues to urge all unvaccinated persons to continue good habits like hand washing, wearing a mask, and social distancing.
“Protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated. If you’ve been waiting, now is the time,” said Dr. Zgodzinski. “Together, as a community, we can protect each other and put the pandemic behind us.”

Hydrant flushing
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Maintenance Department is flushing and testing fire hydrants through Aug. 31.
Testing will be performed on hydrants in the area of Lake Township (served by Oregon water), parts of Northwood, and the village of Millbury. This area is bounded by the Wood County line to the north and east, Drouillard Road and I-280 to the west and south to the village of Millbury at SR 795.
Testing will be performed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Residents may experience rusty water during this period and should run tap water prior to using water for laundry purposes. Those who notice rust on their laundry may obtain rust-removing chemicals at the District office, 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Call 419-354-9090 or 877-354-9090 for more information.

Pistol ranges
remodeled at
National Matches
If you’re attending the 2021 National Matches, you may notice the custom pistol ranges have undergone a complete remodel.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program, which conducts the annual National Matches at Camp Perry, has added an enhanced range system that provides safety and efficiency.
The National Pistol Match events are traditionally fired on the 600-yard and 1000-yard rifle ranges using temporary target lines constructed specifically for the pistol phase. Though fully operational, the previous target system was complex and required extensive labor to assemble, leaving room for improvement.
After the 2018 National Matches, CMP staff members were tasked with creating a cost-effective, simple and reliable range system to use for the hundreds of pistol competitors that attend the annual event each summer.
The team quickly went to work – creating a boosted frame design and receiving construction bids from several vendors before ultimately choosing the local B&W Welding Company, which had also previously provided metalwork for the indoor air gun ranges and the portable high-power range for the CMP.
The new frames, which cost just $23,000 per 50 firing points to produce, dramatically sliced assembling time – with only about two hours needed for completion, unlike the three weeks of work required for the traditional range setup. The modernized frames are sturdy enough that they don’t require stakes to secure them and are also equipped with a generator-ran air cylinder used to turn the target faces during the rapid fire series of the pistol events.
The updated system was tested with great success in 2019 and is now powering all pistol ranges during the 2021 National Matches – currently underway at Camp Perry.
"CMP made improvements from the 2019 first version of the pistol targets. We received competitor feedback and the frame heights were shortened. We also installed poles at the bottom to minimize the movement when the targets turn to face the competitors" said Christie Sewell, CMP Programs Chief.

Board meeting
date changed
The Woodmore school board will hold its regular meeting July 19 at 4 p.m. at the high school media center.
The meeting had been scheduled for July 15.
Due to the expiration of the policy allowing public boards to meet remotely, the Woodmore board will not be streaming its meetings. Audio recordings of meetings will continue to be posted on the district website after the meetings.
Anyone not wishing to address the board on an agenda topic in person should call 419-862-1060 and arrangements will be made to speak to the board by telephone.


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