News Briefs Week of 8/17/20

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No meeting
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will not meet this month due to concerns over COVID-19.

Cardinal Stritch
opening delayed
At an Aug. 6 emergency meeting, the Cardinal Stritch Board of Directors voted to delay the opening to Tuesday, Sept. 8. Once school begins, students will return to campus face to face, five days a week.
“Please know that Cardinal Stritch is fully prepared to begin the school year as planned (five days, face-to-face),” said Bill Berry, President/Head of School. “However, it is prudent that we also consider any information provided by our local health department about adjusting those plans.
Earlier this month, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department board recommended that all schools in the county conduct classes only remotely when instruction resumes this fall, and suspend all sports until Oct.1.
“Delaying our return gives the opportunity for Lucas County to decrease the spread of COVID-19,” Berry said. “Therefore, this decision is the safest choice for both our students and staff. This was not an easy decision to make because a great deal of preparation has already been taken to ensure that we could start safely as planned in August. But it is the right and proper decision for us to take.”
The Cardinal Stritch Department of Athletics will communicate a schedule to families as soon as possible, Berry said.

Hydrant flushing
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Maintenance Department will be flushing and testing fire hydrants beginning Monday, Aug. 17, through Friday, Oct. 30.
Testing will be performed on all hydrants in the city of Rossford and all hydrants east of the city of Perrysburg corporation limits to the I-280 expressway in Lake Township. The area affected will include Ampoint Industrial Park, Owens Community College, the village of Walbridge, Moline and Turnpike Exit 5 Interchange, as well as subdivisions such as the Hamlet, Belmont County Club, Starbright, Lakemont, Homecraft, etc.
Testing will be performed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Residents may experience rusty water during this period and are advised to run tap water before using water for laundry purposes. Those who may need rust-removing chemicals may obtain them at the District’s office, located at 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Call 419-354-9090 or 877-354-9090 for more info.

Census follow-up
Census takers in Ohio are beginning to follow up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.
The current self-response rate in Ohio is 67.6%, including 52.2% who have responded online. The Census Bureau will need to visit the remaining addresses to collect responses in person.
Households can still respond by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at, or by phone at 844-330-2020.
Those who respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.
Census takers will wear masks follow CDC and local public health guidelines when they visit. Census takers are hired from local communities. All speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.
If no one is home when the census taker visits, he or she will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail. People are encouraged to cooperate with census takers and ensure that everyone who was living in their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.
How to identify census takers
Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, contact the Philadelphia regional census center at 267-780-2600 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
For more information, visit

Fish fry fundraiser
A Fish Fry Fundraiser for the New Sportsman’s Club, located at 1420 Woodville Rd., Millbury, will be held Saturday, Aug. 29 from noon-6 p.m. at the club.
Mike Lopinski, of Lake Erie BBQ, will be donating all profits from the fish fry back to the club. In addition, baked goods will be for sale to benefit the club. A raffle will also be held.
The cost is $15 for a full perch dinner, which includes two sides. Dine in (socially distanced outdoor seating per COVID guidelines) or drive-thru for contactless service.
The club has been open since 1953. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club hasn’t been able to hold its wild game dinner, which generates operational funds. “It is a non-profit organization and needs help to keep the doors open,” Lopinski said.
For more info, follow Lake Erie BBQ’s Facebook page or visit The New Sportsman’s Club webpage at (Note: the club is by membership only and is open to the public during special events only.)

Road work scheduled
The Ottawa County engineer’s office will be sealing several roads Aug 17-20 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. that will require closing up to a mile section at a time.
Work will be done on:
-Moline-Martin, from Nissen Road to Genoa-Clay Center Road.
- Toussaint East Road, from Benton-Carroll Road to State Route 19.
-Benton-Carroll Road, from Bier Road to State Route 2.
Work schedules are subject to change depending on the weather.

Census response
urged by village
The Village of Oak Harbor is encouraging its residents to be counted in the US Census, Mayor Quinton Babcock, said last week. The village has made numerous social media posts and sent out letters in its utility bills to emphasize the importance of the 2020 Census to the future of Oak Harbor.

AMVETS rep needed
for commission
Wood County Common Pleas Court judges are accepting recommendations from AMVETS posts in Wood County for an appointment of an AMVETS representative to the Wood County Veterans Service Commission.
The appointment will fill an unexpired term ending Feb. 14, 2023.
Interested persons should contact local AMVET posts by Sept. 18.

Ickes sworn
in as judge
Attorney Jon M. Ickes was sworn in recently to fill an open judge’s seat of the Sandusky County Common Pleas Court Judge. The swearing in was done by Sandusky County Juvenile Court Judge, Bradley J. Smith.
Judge Ickes, of Fremont, must run for election on Nov. 3 to retain the seat for the term ending Dec. 31, 2020. Ickes is replacing Judge John P. Dewey, who retired on May 31.

Suspect arrested
in E. Toledo
shooting death
Toledo police have arrested one man in connection with a murder in East Toledo and have issued a warrant for another suspect.
Anthony Perry, 20, was arrested Aug. 9 for his role in the shooting death of Robert Pedelrose, 72, and a warrant was issued for Robert McKay, 21.
Officers were dispatched Aug. 8 to 1204 Navarre Ave. on a report of a person being shot and found Pedelrose suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center where he later died.

Cocaine seized
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a Wisconsin man after a traffic stop in Wood County. Troopers seized more than four pounds of cocaine worth approximately $90,000.
On Aug. 10, at 6:52 p.m., troopers stopped a 2017 Nissan Altima with Mississippi registration for following too close and speed violations on the Ohio Turnpike.
A check of the vehicle identification number revealed it was entered as stolen. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.
The driver, Angel Padilla Torres, 44, Milwaukee, was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.
If convicted, he could face up to 23 years in prison and up to a $45,000 fine.


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