News Briefs Week Of 11/29/2021

Staff Writer

Genoa Christmas
Celebration Dec. 4
The 4th Annual Genoa Christmas Celebration – “Oh, What Fun” – has been rescheduled to Sunday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. on Main Street, downtown.
The parade will line up at 5 p.m. at the baseball diamonds. At 6 p.m., it will step off on Washington Street, proceeding to 9th Street, to Main Street, ending at Genoa Town Hall.

Williston tree lighting
The 4th Annual Williston Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Saturday, Dec. 4.
A light meal will be served in St. John Lutheran Church basement at 6 p.m. The tree lighting will be held at approximately 6:45 p.m. The dinner is free, however, monetary donations or contributions of non-perishable food items for the Genoa Food pantry will be welcome.
All are welcome to attend worship at 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

Jingle Bell Run
The Fremont Elite Runners Club will present its annual Jingle Bell Run Saturday, Dec. 4.
The 5K run will begin and end at Spiegel Grove, the grounds of Hayes Presidential and estate of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes. The run will start at 10 a.m.
Race-day registration is $25 and will begin at 9 a.m. at the Grove.
Advance registration is $20 and can be completed online at Those who register in advance will receive a race T-shirt.
Runners who pre-register also will receive a discount on a site pass, which includes a guided tour of the Hayes Home, or museum-only admission on Saturday, Dec. 4, after the run. Information about this discount will be included with the runners’ registration.
The run is open to runners and walkers, and creative holiday costumes. Awards are given to the best costume and overall male and female runners.
The runners club donates the proceeds of this event to Hayes Presidential.
On the morning of the run, the main entrance to Spiegel Grove will be closed from 9:45-11:30 a.m. The Jefferson Gate off Hayes Avenue will instead be used for vehicle traffic during that time.
For info, call 419-332-2081, visit or follow Hayes Presidential on social media.

“The Nutcracker”
A local production of “The Nutcracker” will be performed Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center. All seats are reserved.
The cast and crew are comprised of instructors and students of Class “A” Performing Arts, as well as community members from Oak Harbor, Port Clinton, Fremont, Genoa, Woodville and Elmore.
The production features Evelyn Widmer as Clara; Everret Hand as the Nutcracker, Sophie Repka as Dream Clara, Greg Lowe as the Prince and Makenna Gonya as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Angie Rahm will portray Mother Ginger.
Tickets are $18 and are available by calling 419-341-9007.

LCRTA to meet
The Lucas Country Retired Teachers Association (LCRTA) will hold its next luncheon/general membership meeting Thursday, Dec. 9 from noon- 2 p.m. at the Toledo Club, 235 14th St., Toledo.
Lunch will be served at noon, followed by musical program, Bowling Green Madrigals, an a cappella group selected from the top choral students at Bowling Green High School.
The cost for lunch is $27 per person. Entrée choices include Pesto and Parmesan Chicken Breast, Roasted Pork Loin, or Penne Alfredo.
Reservations are due by Friday, Dec. 3. Checks, payable to LCRTA, may be sent to Jeannine Petcoff, 15139 Todd Rd., Petersburg, MI 49270.

“Braving the Waves”
On Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) will welcome Bruce Lynn, executive director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, to deliver the final presentation in their annual fall lecture series entitled, “Braving the Waves: Life-Saving Service on the Shipwreck Coast.”
“The desolate shoreline between Whitefish Point and Pictured Rocks has come to be known as Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast,” said Carrie Sowden, the museum’s Archaeological and Research Director, who moderates the hybrid lecture series. “This presentation will explore the stories of the ‘Storm Warriors' along the desolate shoreline between Whitefish Point and Pictured Rocks to shed light on a little-known chapter of Great Lakes history.”
As in the previous lectures, the National Museum of the Great Lakes will offer this presentation as a hybrid event using Zoom, with one noted difference – the presenter will be delivering the lecture virtually. Individuals wishing to participate in person may come to the museum for a watch party and be a part of the live-streamed question and answer session following the presentation.
The lecture is free and open to the community. Registration is required. Participants can choose when registering to take part in person at the museum or online via Zoom. Donations are welcome and may be made upon registration.
For more information on the lecture or to register for the event, visit

United Way survey
on working parents
United Way of Greater Toledo (UWGT) released a comprehensive survey, entitled, “Supporting Working Parents and Children,” which gathered responses from 41 local corporate and community institutions on their maternity, paternity and general parental leave policies.
“Throughout the course of this pandemic, we have seen such intense hardships being placed on working parents, especially working women” said Wendy Pestrue, president and CEO of UWGT.
“Having the proper amount of time to welcome a child into the world, or to adopt, is so critical in building the foundation of a strong family,” she said. “Accessing parental leave has been a long-standing issue, but with dwindling wages, the expense of childcare has also created another unnecessary hurdle for families.”
According to The National Women’s Law Center, in December of 2020, 27,000 women entered the labor force, and that is after 863,000 women exited three months prior in September of that same year. Additionally, in an article from The Washington Post in late 2020, mothers of children ages 6-12 experienced steeper unemployment levels than fathers of children in the same age group.
Most institutions surveyed in United Way’s report have varying parental leave policies, only offering leave for births or adoptions via taking vacation time, sick days or short-term disability. Whereas those who indicated 100 percent paid leave coverage for birth or adoption varies from organization to organization based on years of service, with coverage declining during a parent’s time-of-leave, sometimes as soon as a week after leave.
“We can see through our collected data that a high percentage of our local workforce are parents,” Pestrue said. “No one should choose between sacrificing a career or being a parent; or quitting their job to stay home with a child because care is far too costly.”


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