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Northwood seeking
alumni nominations
Northwood High School is seeking nominations for its annual Alumnus of the Year Award.
Nominees must have graduated from NHS in or prior to spring 2022.
Letters of nomination should include the nominee’s name, address, year of graduation and a brief description of his or her accomplishments since graduation. These may include, but are not limited to, post-high school education, honors or awards received, employment history and other relevant information to support the nomination.
The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 24.
Letters of nomination must include the name and address of the nominator, and should be sent to Erik Johnson, Principal, Northwood High School, 600 Lemoyne Rd., Northwood, OH 43619. Email for more information.
The recipient will be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet in May.

Camera club to meet
TOPCIS Camera Club, a non-profit organization open to everyone, will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monclova Community Center, located at 8115 Monclova Rd., Monclova.

United Way 211 Week
United Way of Greater Toledo will celebrate 211 Week beginning Feb. 6, with educational programming, public awareness campaigns and fundraising events culminating in 211 Day, Saturday, Feb. 11 (2/11).
This is the local and national day of recognition for 211, a free information and referral service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Throughout 211 Week, United Way encourages area residents to learn more about the service and how it might help themselves, family and friends, neighbors, employees and coworkers. Visit to search the database, review 211 counts data, download free guides, or connect with a Community Resource Advisor (CRA).
211 Week is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor, O-I, venue sponsor 5/3 Bank, and with support from Hollywood Casino, Block Communications and Toledo-Detroit Outdoor.
211 is available nationwide and is funded and managed locally by United Way of Greater Toledo, covering Lucas, Ottawa, and Wood counties. 211 connects residents to vital health and human support services, including disaster relief, as well as eviction prevention, legal services, tax filing, employment opportunities, and access to food, clothing, shelter, and more. The program’s CRAs are the key to the service and are trained to “ask the second question” to identify root issues. The 211 database offers translation services and includes access to more than 800 organizations and 2,300 programs.
211 has seen a dramatic uptick in contacts since the pandemic. Prior to 2020, annual contacts ranged from 62,000 to 68,000 annually. In 2021, that number increased to more than 104,000 as residents sought access to COVID-19 vaccines and other pandemic relief. In 2022, the program fielded nearly 80,000 contacts; over half of that call volume were housing, food, and utility assistance contacts as housing costs and inflation soared.
For more information, visit

Toledo Helps Ukraine/ collection
As the one-year anniversary of Russia’s attack on Ukraine nears, Toledo Helps Ukraine/ continues efforts to help those impacted by the war.
Thanks to the work of Toledo Helps Ukraine/, Water for Ishmael, and the Sisters of St. Francis, a Ukrainian refugee family of six who was set to arrive in Toledo on Feb. 3 will have a safe place to live. This brings the number of Ukrainian refugees who have been sponsored by local families with the help of to 30.
Also, Toledo Helps Ukraine/, in partnership with the ProMedica Foundation’s Young Professionals Impact and Inspire (“I’m In”) series, is hosting a donation drive to collect items that will be shipped to Ukraine. Hollywood Casino has joined the effort and is accepting donations through Feb. 7.
Donations may be dropped off inside the main entrance to the casino. (Note: Persons 21 and under will not be allowed to go beyond the drop-off point as the casino is a 21-and-over establishment.)
Items being accepted include blankets, hand and foot warmers, bottled water, nonperishable food items, flashlights and batteries.
“I’m In” is a networking event series for young professionals which provides an opportunity for the next generation of leaders to engage in the culture of philanthropy. “I’m In” events never require a monetary donation, but instead ask guests to bring specific objects of impact that directly benefit the chosen beneficiaries.
On Thursday, Feb. 9, volunteers are welcome to come to Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St., from 5:3-8 p.m. to participate in the “I’m In” event to help pack items that will be sent to Ukrainian refugees in Ukraine. In lieu of a ticket, participants are asked to bring an item from the wish list of needed items. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Participants should bring business cards to share with peers and for an on-site raffle.
For more information, contact Alona Matchenko at 419-902-4502 or Elizabeth Latta at

Monthly lab screening
Magruder Hospital’s next monthly community lab screening will be held Thursday, Feb. 9 between 8 and 11:30 a.m. at the Magruder Community Clinic, 730 Jefferson St., Port Clinton.
The main lab test includes a CBC, CMP and lipid profile, which includes liver and kidney function, fasting blood sugar, cholesterol, HDL/LDL, triglycerides and a complete blood count (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the blood) for $50.
Add-on testing is available for additional costs, including:
• Lipid profile: $20.
• Hemoglobin A1C: $20.
• PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen): $30.
• TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone): $25.
• Vitamin D: $35.
Lab screenings are offered on the second Thursday of each month. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 419-301-4304. Participants are asked to fast for 12 hours prior to their appointment time, but can have water. No insurance is accepted – payment may be made by cash, check or credit card (no American Express).

Support team
needed for
rifle matches

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is seeking individuals who would like to become members of the Support Team (auxiliary staff) during the 2023 National Matches rifle and pistol events, held in July and August at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base.
Duties for NM Support Team members may include firing line work as range officers, helping with stats/scorecards, other given tasks as needed and providing an exceptional experience for guests to the National Matches.
For 2023, the CMP is in need of assistance on Camp Perry’s outdoor ranges for pistol, rifle, smallbore and long range events, as well as within the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located on Camp Perry, for air gun events.
Visit the website at or contact Vera Snyder at 419-635-2141 ext. 782 or
View the complete 2023 National Match calendar at


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