News Briefs Week of 7/20/20

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Virtual Leadership
Institute planned
In response to limited access to community organizations because of COVID-19, Leadership Ottawa County is offering a Virtual Leadership Institute designed to help leaders from across Ottawa County and beyond to hone their skills.
Carrie Sanchez, LOC program director, will lead participants through a variety of engaging activities during the eight-week course, which runs, July 28 through Sep. 15. The cost is $179, which includes a textbook and workbook, weekly virtual lessons, discussion boards with peers and leadership simulations. Group discounts and a special rate for LOC alumni are available.
For more details, email Sanchez at or visit, where a link to the application form can also be found.

Bicentennial events
postponed to 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Sandusky County Bicentennial events have been postponed until 2021.
The Bicentennial Committee announced it will continue to monitor health conditions and will notify the public about rescheduled dates on its website,, and its Facebook page, @sanduskycounty2020.
Rescheduled bicentennial events include:
• Cotillion Affair bicentennial ball;
• Black Swamp Historical Festival;
• State of Eight Vintage Base Ball Tournament;
• Birthday Bash at the courthouse;
• Historical downtown walking tour;
• Bootlegger’s Ball.
“Although it is disappointing that these events cannot take place this year, the Bicentennial Committee’s foremost concern is the health of the public and making sure the celebrations of Sandusky County’s 200th birthday take place in a safe environment,” the press release said.

Newsboys raise nearly $150,000
The Old Newsboys provides shoes, coats and clothing to needy children and food for families in need throughout the Greater Toledo area. The Old Newsboys earn additional funds through their golf outing fundraiser, the St. Patrick’s Day event in downtown Toledo and a Toledo Walleye charity jersey auction.
Last winter, the Old Newsboys provided $96,262 worth of clothing and shoes and $1,829 in emergency food baskets to the community. They also provided $44,128 in grants to organizations that serve children in the area as well as $50,000 in scholarships to area high school seniors.
Last year, volunteers from The Press helped local real estate agent Danny Knopp raise $3,986, which put him third among dozens of Old Newsboys.

Protest damage
at state capitol
nearly $160,000
Repairs to the Ohio Statehouse and the Capitol Square grounds due to the protests on May 28 through June 18 will cost the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board $158,263. The amount does not include the expenses incurred by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, or the costs to repair the damage that occurred on other state property.
The CSRAB is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square.
The CSRAB hired a professional service to clean and remove graffiti from the limestone building and walls, as well as the granite and marble monuments. The broken windows of the Ohio Statehouse have been boarded up since May 29, as the CSRAB collected quotes for repairs to the glass and the wooden millwork of the windows and doors. Exterior damages include pole lights and lanterns, a bench and many of the trash cans.

Bridge closings
Ottawa County has contracted to have soil borings done at two bridges in the county, requiring the closure of the spans to through traffic.
Overnight closures will be in place July 20-21 on Stange Road at Turtle Creek, from Walbridge East Road to Trowbridge Road, and July 22-23 on Billman Road at Ayers Creek, from State Rt. 579 to Walbridge East Road.
Local traffic and emergency vehicles will be permitted but must obtain access on the appropriate side of the bridge.

Director for BG
United Way
office named

United Way of Greater Toledo has announced the promotion of Jamie Brubaker, formerly a development officer with the organization, who will assume the role of Area Director for United Way in Wood County, a satellite office of UWGT in Bowling Green.
Brubaker, a licensed social worker, has more than a decade of experience with United Way, once serving as the Assistant Director of United Way in Wood County.
“Jamie is a trusted and familiar face in several communities across the County,” said Wendy Pestrue, president and CEO of UWGT. “Rural residents are sometimes forgotten in conversations on homelessness, poverty and food-insecurity. I believe that Jamie will be a strong advocate for all those seeking critical health and human service resources.”
Brubaker is a life-long resident of Wood County, currently residing with her family in the Village of Bradner.

Meeting rescheduled
The Board of the Ottawa County Transportation Improvement District has cancelled its regular meeting scheduled for July 20 and the next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m. at the Ottawa County engineer’s office, 8247 W. State Rt. 163, Oak Harbor.

Recycle Roundup
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Recycle Roundup Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine, at the refuge, located at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. The event will be held near the Visitor Center.
Friends of ONWR are hosting the drop-off location with the help of Recycle I.T. USA Toledo LLC and Clothes Bin Ohio.
Electronics items that will be accepted include computers/servers, keyboards and mice, monitors/displays, cell phones, storage devices/flash drives, video game consoles, printers, scanners, memory/RAM, networking hardware, stereo equipment/speakers and projectors. No TVs/CRT monitors will be accepted.
Textile items may also be dropped off, including anything made from cloth or artificial fabric, like vinyl. Nearly all textiles can be recycled, such as clothing, footwear, accessories (hats, belts, ties, scarves, headbands, handbags, etc.) and linens. Textile items may be brought in trash bags.
Those wishing to participate may recycle their items for $10 per carload (cash only). Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will receive cash per pound for recycled electronics and textiles. Funds raised will help to support conservation efforts at the refuge.
Event volunteers will be following CDC social distancing guidelines, including wearing masks, and recyclers are encouraged to do the same.
The Wildlife Drive will also be open on Aug. 1 from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting. Visitors are welcome to take the seven-mile, one-way gravel road back through woodland, prairie, and wetland habitats. The Wildlife Drive entrance is in the Visitor Center parking lot.

Pop-up markets
The Creating Healthy Communities program at the Toledo- Lucas County Health Department encourages community members to purchase and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Beginning next week, pop-up Farmers’ Markets will be held the third Tuesday of the month.
Locations are: July 21 at the Eleanor Kahle Senior Center, Hillcrest Ave.; Aug. 18 at the Toledo- Lucas County Health Department, N. Erie; Sept. 15, location to be determined, and Oct. 20, East Toledo Family Center, Varland Ave.
All markets are held from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.
Staff will be on-site to assist with those individuals using SNAP, P-EBT, and TANF benefits. WIC Farmer’s Market coupons and Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program coupons will be accepted, in addition to those paying with cash.


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