News Briefs Week of 7/15/19

Staff Writer

Genealogy meeting
The Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, July 20 at 1 p.m. at the Black Pearl Restaurant, 4630 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo. (Please note the change in time and location.)
The meeting is the group’s annual summer social. All are welcome.
For more info, visit

Patrol releases
July 4 statistics
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports 12 people lost their lives in 12 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Wednesday, July 3 and ended Sunday, July 7.
Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least three of those crashes.
Throughout the five-day period, Troopers made 709 arrests for impaired driving and 507 for drug-related charges. The Patrol responded to 809 crashes and made more than 55,000 traffic contacts in total, which included providing assistance to more than 4,500 motorists.
“Impaired driving is a risk to everyone’s safety on our roads,” said Col. Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “That’s why troopers make OVI enforcement a priority.”
During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from July 3-4, there were a total of four fatal crashes that killed eight people. Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.
For a breakdown and map of Patrol activity, visit

St. John’s concert
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge will continue its 150th anniversary celebration with a free concert by the Toledo-Polish America Concert Band on Sunday July 14.
The concert will be held in the sanctuary of the church, which is located at the corner of US 20/US 23 and SR 163 in Stony Ridge, about seven miles east of I-75. It will begin at 3 p.m. and will conclude at about 4:30 p.m.
The band will perform both instrumentals and vocal selections. Refreshments will be served following the concert. The community is invited to the event.

Google digital
tools livestream
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce is presenting a free Google Digital Tools Livestream Wednesday, July 17 from noon-2 p.m. at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd.
This free workshop introduces Google tools that that can help users stay organized, collaborate with others, better manage time and more.
After the event, Cassie Tinta, from EvieLou Studios, will be available to help attendees implement and optimize Google digital tools and optimize them for their use.
Pack a lunch or snack and bring a laptop or tablet. RSVP at

Meeting planned
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Union Chapel Museum of the Catawba Island Historical Society, 5258 E. Porter St., Catawba Island. The public is welcome to attend.

Vacation Bible School
Woodville United Methodist, Solomon Lutheran and Elmore Churches will present Vacation Bible School July 22-25 from 6-8 p.m. at Woodville United Methodist Church, 201 W. First St.
Everyone is welcome.
Register online at / or call 419- 849- 2400.

Bell ringers needed
The Port Clinton Salvation Army Service Unit is seeking volunteers to ring the bell for the “Christmas in July” Red Kettle Campaign July 26 and 27 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
There will be several kettle sites set up with bell-ringing volunteers needed at each site. All proceeds will help support the Port Clinton Salvation Army Service Unit.
To volunteer or make a donation, contact Salvation Army Director Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769 or

Women’s Connection
All area women are invited to attend the “Fashion Parade” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection on Thursday, July 11 at Bayside, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon lunch. Betty Hill will present fashions from her Change of Seasons shop in Perrysburg. Entertainment will include patriotic songs. Lori Kempton, from Fairfield Township, Ohio, will share, “Change Happens.”
The price is $12.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633 by Sunday, July 7.

Road work starts
Benton Township has contracted for work on Lindsey-Limestone Road, which will be closed during construction.
Work began July 8 and is expected to continue through Aug. 2. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.
Through traffic will be prohibited. Buses, emergency vehicles and local traffic will be permitted.
For more information contact the Ottawa County engineer’s office.

Pre-trial hearing set
A pre-trial conference is set for Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. in Wood County Common Pleas Court in the case of Keith B. Perry, III, who is charged with kidnapping and multiple counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person.
He has entered a not guilty plea.
Lake Township police executed an arrest warrant for him last month at a residence on Ayers Road.
According to police, Perry tried to abduct a young girl at the Eastpointe on the Mall subdivision but she was able to escape and run home.


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