News Briefs Week Of 10/3/2022

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Camera club to meet
TOPICS Camera Club will meet Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monclova Community Center, 8115 Monclova Rd.
For more information, visit

Quilters Guild meeting
Members of the Maumee Bay Country Quilters’ Guild will hold their next meeting Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6:45 p.m. at Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. The visitors’ fee is $10; yearly membership is $35.

Benefit briefing
All Ottawa County veterans are invited to an informational event on the recently passed PACT Act on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 114, Oak Harbor.
The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office, in partnership with VFW Post 8732 at American Legion Post 114 are presenting the briefing on the new law, which expands VA healthcare and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances
Due to limited space, the event is open to veterans only. A light meal and non-alcoholic beverage will be provided.
For more information, text Malachi Kennedy at 419-467-3262 or email

Toledo Litter League
This summer Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful has distributed 8,081 bags, 2,219 gloves, 480 safety vests and 680 litter tongs for litter cleanups throughout Toledo and the rest of Lucas County. Many of these supplies went to the 2022 Toledo Litter League.
The Toledo Litter League is a baseball-themed, competitive, summer-long litter abatement program aimed at striking out litter. In its second year, this year’s season ran from late May to the end of August. The program saw 37 teams complete 164 cleanups.
In total, an estimated 37,080 pounds of litter were removed from area streets, neighborhoods and parks.
New this year, the Toledo Litter League was also competing with the Columbus Litter League. A friendly competition ensued between Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful and Keep Columbus Beautiful. Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Columbus Mayor Ginther also got in on the fun, making a side bet on the competition.
Columbus emerged victorious in the competition, however, between the two cities, 3,807 bags of litter were collected.
In Toledo, the winning teams included:
• TARTA Trash Troop, the undefeated champs for two consecutive years, collected 182.5 bags of litter.
• Pickup Artists collected 133.5 bags of litter.
• Litter Critters – a one-man litter collection machine, single-handedly removed 107.5 bags of litter from throughout Oregon.
• Toledo Nature Preserve collected 98 bags of litter as well as more than 300 pounds of large, bulky items.
• Old West Enders collected 90 bags of litter.
These and other teams joined Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, City of Toledo, and Lucas County representatives on Sept. 23 to celebrate the volunteers and their hard work. The celebration took place during a Mud Hens vs. Columbus Clippers game and was made possible through support from 5/3 Bank, which donated more than 175 tickets for volunteers.
Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful administers the Toledo Litter League program in partnership with the City of Toledo and Lucas County, and with support from Republic Services and Gateway Recycling.

Nominations sought
Ottawa County Senior Resources is seeking nominations for its annual induction into the Ottawa County Senior Hall of Fame.
Nomination forms are available at Ottawa County senior centers, including Oak Harbor, Elmore and Genoa. The deadline to submit forms is Monday, Oct. 10. Senior Resources staff will review nominations to determine the 2022 inductees.
The award recognizes senior volunteers in the community who exemplify a positive image of aging, demonstrating those characteristics through involvement and contribution to volunteer activities throughout Ottawa county.
Nomination is open to anyone 60 years of age or older who lives in Ottawa County or participated in volunteer activities for any organization in the county.
Senior Hall of Fame winners will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. at the CMP Air Rifle Range on the grounds of Camp Perry. Honorees will receive a plaque commemorating their achievement. All previous award winners are invited to join in welcoming new inductees.
For more information or to obtain a nomination form, contact any Ottawa County senior center, visit or call Senior Resources at 419-898-6459.

Voter registration
deadline announced
The Ottawa County Board of Elections announced the closing date for new voter registrations and changes of address and names for the 2022 November General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Board of Elections will be open Oct. 11 until 9 p.m. Absentee in-person voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 8 a.m. and ends Monday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.
The Board of Elections office is located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
New registrations and changes of address and name may also be made at any public library, any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, the Ottawa County Health Department and at the Ottawa County Courthouse at the Clerk of Courts Title Department or the Treasurer’s office.
Change of address may be completed online at
Call the Board of Elections office at 419-898-3071 with any questions.

Youth Wrestling
Registration for 2022 Eastwood Youth Wrestling open to grades pre K-6, will be Monday, Oct. 3, at the Eastwood Wrestling Building between 6 – 8 p.m..
The cost is $40 max; $60 for family.
Practice is Mondays and Thursday from Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 until Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A pizza party will be Monday, Jan. 30 2023.
Eastwood Youth Wrestling is for kids to become familiar with folkstyle wrestling. The program teaches various skills needed to compete at the middle school and high school level. Wrestlers will be divided into groups based upon age, size and experience. The goal of Eastwood Youth Wrestling is to continue the successful tradition of Eastwood Wrestling. Over the years, the program has produced many excellent wrestlers and teams. Eastwood Youth Wrestling is the foundation for success down the road.
For more information, contact Coach Lippert at 419-619-0599.

Drug bust on I-75
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a Florida woman after a traffic stop in Wood County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 33 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $1.07 million
On Sept. 19, troopers stopped a 2018 Dodge Ram cargo van with Texas registration for a turn signal violation on Interstate 75. A drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed the contraband.
The driver, Paige LaTonya-Katryna Hamilton, 32, Palm Bay, Fla., was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.
If convicted, she could face up to 22 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.


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