News Briefs Week of 12/13/19

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Bill pay scam
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) has been made aware of a possible online bill pay scam that is not affiliated with its online billing system or
The District is advising customers to use the bill pay system affiliated with The District website: Access to online payments is still available at
The scam site, claims to process payments for an additional charge. This site is not affiliated with The District and shows up through search engines.
The District is taking action to remove our affiliation from this website.

Holiday Party
The Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet for its annual Holiday Party Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at Tony Packo's at the Park at 7 South Superior St. in downtown Toledo. Please note the change in date and location.
All are welcome, including “plus ones.” Attendees will order from the menu with dessert provided. For more info, visit

Navarre runs
For sheriff
Oregon Police Chief Mike Navarre announced on Wednesday that he has taken out petitions to become a candidate for the Office of Lucas County Sheriff.
Sheriff John Tharp is retiring at the end of 2020.
Navarre, 64, began his law enforcement career with the Toledo Police Department where he spent 34 years, the last 13 years as chief of police. Since Jan. 1, 2012, Navarre has been “Top Cop” for the Oregon Police Division. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo.
Navarre will run as a Democrat in the March 17, 2020 primary election. The general election will be held on Nov. 3, 2020.

Toledo GROWs
receives grant
The Board of Trustees of the Andersons Fund Supporting Organization of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation has recently provided funding for two projects at the Robert J. Anderson Urban Agriculture Center, the home of Toledo GROWs.
The grant, in the amount of $8,295, was awarded for capital improvements.
The Andersons Fund Supporting Organization grant was used to make repairs on the roof of the agriculture center. This building houses a classroom, offices, kitchen, workshop, and a head house where seeds are germinated. The funds also allowed Toledo GROWs to purchase a walk-in cooler in which to store produce that is grown and harvested at the urban farm where the agriculture center is located. This new cooler replaces a 40-year-old model that was no longer functioning.
“These projects have a great impact on the work of Toledo GROWs,” said Yvonne Dubielak, executive director. “The building is the center for much of our work. Each year, nearly 3,000 people of all ages come to the farm to take part in hands-on education on growing and eating healthy food. A roof with no leaks allows for a safe, comfortable building in which all can learn. 5,800 pounds of produce are harvested on the farm each year. We can’t always harvest and distribute the same day, so a large cooler is essential to hold the produce at a safe temperature for our customers and low- and moderate-income neighbors with whom we share this nutrient-dense food.”
Toledo GROWs, a regional leader in urban agriculture, has a network of growers from 125+ community gardens. The gardens provide healthy food for local residents and beautify neighborhoods. People of all ages come to Toledo GROWs’ 2½ acre urban farm to participate in hands-on education and volunteer opportunities. To donate, volunteer, or learn more, contact Yvonne Dubielak, Executive Director, at 419-720-8714 or visit

Project udpate
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has issued an update of several on-going projects that impact vehicular traffic:
Northwood- East Broadway waterline repair through December, lane restrictions are possible on East Broadway Street, from Wales Road to Andrus Road for waterline repair. Local access will be maintained. Project complete: January 2020.
Northwood - Tracy Road waterline repair. Upcoming closure for Tracy Road, between Andrus and Wales roads for waterline repair will be announced for February 2020.
Troy Township – Pemberville Road waterline installation through December, lane restrictions are possible on Pemberville Road, from US 23 to State Rt. 582 for waterline installation at the NSG facility.


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