News Briefs Week of 8/19/19

Staff Writer

Spirit of Wood Co.
Nominations for the 2019 Spirit of Wood County Awards are being accepted through Friday, Aug. 30.
County Commissioners Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote and Ted Bowlus encourage residents of Wood County to nominate current or former residents for one of seven awards that will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov.3 during a special ceremony in the Alvin L. Perkins Atrium at the Wood County Courthouse Complex in Bowling Green.
The seven award categories include Agricultural Leadership; Industrial/Economic Development; Education for Civic Responsibility; Liberty through Law/Human Freedom; Religion and Liberty; Self-Government; and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.
Nomination forms and category descriptions are available online at (follow the “Spirit Awards” link). A list of previous award recipients is also posted on the website. Forms may also be obtained by contacting the Commissioners’ Office at 419-354-9100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Steel Magnolia
nominees sought
Nominations are now open for Walbridge-area residents to be considered for the Steel Magnolia Award, the Middletown Community Foundation has announced.
Women who have overcome obstacles to positively impact the Walbridge community can earn recognition as Steel Magnolia Award recipients in the program funded by the AK Steel Foundation. Up to 13 awards are given annually, limited to no more than one recipient per AK Steel U.S. location. Each recipient designates a $2,500 donation to an eligible charity of her choice.
The award honors women of all ages who have faced personal adversity and have shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership through their work in support of their communities.
Nominations, which should take the form of an essay of 500 words or less, must be submitted to the program administrator, the Middletown Community Foundation, no later than Sept. 30.
Nominees must live in the vicinity of an AK Steel facility. Association with AK Steel is not a requirement for nomination and will have no bearing on the nominee’s consideration.
Visit to view complete requirements and obtain a nomination form. For more info, contact the Middletown Community Foundation at 513-424-7369.

Foundation success
The Toledo Community Foundation’s Annual Report highlighted its 45th anniversary year, which includes a record amount of grants paid in a single year.
Since its inception, the foundation has awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $233 million to nonprofit organizations in our region and beyond.
In 2018, Toledo Community Foundation awarded more than $16.1 million in grants and scholarships, the most grants awarded by the Foundation in a single year and received nearly $20 million in donations.
Reflecting on the successful year, Foundation President Keith Burwell, said, “We need to keep our focus on tomorrow, on building a resource that will meet changing community needs long after we’re gone. We are truly blessed that, over these past 45 years, hundreds of dedicated people including staff, board and volunteer committee members have provided for the future of the Toledo region by guiding fiscally responsible fund management, visionary community leadership and knowledge of community to make a difference in the lives of others.
“If it weren’t for the hundreds of funds created by generous citizens in our region, not billionaires, but citizens just like you and me, we would not be able to support the agencies and nonprofits that impact individuals throughout our region,” he said. “We are thankful, indeed, for everyone’s efforts.”
Surging interest in donor advised funds and awareness of the Foundation’s 45th Anniversary in 2018 fueled the growth, Burwell said. Donors including individuals, families and businesses, give assets, including stocks and real estate, to the Foundation. In addition to getting a tax deduction, the donors then work with the Foundation to make recommendations on how to distribute those funds to charity over time.
Toledo Community Foundation currently manages more than 860 charitable funds. It vets nonprofits and helps donors identify community needs. Call 419-241-5049 to donate or for more info.
The Foundation’s 2018 annual report is available online at

Golden Luncheon
The Waite Alumni Association will present the 19th Golden Luncheon celebrating the classes of 1915-1969 on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Sunrise Banquet Center, 1460 Woodville Rd., Millbury.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. Lunch, prepared by Carolyn’s Catering, will be served at 12:15 p.m.
The luncheon is open to alumni of the classes who are who are celebrating 50 years and more since graduating from Waite, along with spouses and guests. Attendance is limited to the first 400 people who register. The cost is $20 per person.
For info, contact Thelma Stockmaster Scarborough at or at 419-262-6331.

Library furniture sale
The Harris-Elmore Public Library, 328 Toledo St., Elmore, will hold a one-day furniture sale Monday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Those attending the sale are asked to park in the church lot next door.
The library will be undergoing interior renovations and will be selling various chairs, tables, desks, couches, electronics, children’s items, and décor to make way for new items.
Follow Harris-Elmore Public Library on Facebook for items listings, photos, and pricing. The library will close for two months for interior renovations beginning Monday, Aug. 26. All staff and library loan items will be directed to the branch library in Genoa.

9/11 Remembrance
The Village of Gibsonburg will host a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Public Safety Service Memorial in Williams Park on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
The keynote speaker will be Rev. Kyle Timmons, a U.S. Navy veteran with four years of service as a Religious Program Specialist, 3rd Class. He served from 2000-2004 with service at NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) in Washington, D.C., and time on the USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
Timmons, who grew up in Fremont, served in the Washington, D.C., Naval District at the time of the 9/11 attacks and worked at the Pentagon recovery site during the days that followed the attacks. He is currently a minister in Grant Park, Illinois.
For more info, contact the Village of Gibsonburg at 419-637-2634 or

Meetings set
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties Administrative Committee will meet Monday, Aug. 19.
The Program Committee will meet Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The board will meet Thursday, Aug. 29.
All meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Nancy A. Cochran Conference Room at the board offices, 1200 N. SR 53, Tiffin.

Free yoga class
A free yoga class will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center,1460 Woodville Rd., Millbury.
Anne Boyle, RYT, will conduct the class, being held to benefit the Immaculate Conception Church (The Darby) Community Outreach Center, Old South End, Toledo. The Outreach Center assists local residents with food, gently used clothing, household items and hygiene products.
Admission is free with a donation of canned or boxed food or hygiene products. Check donations may be made payable to Immaculate Conception Church.
Those attending the class are asked to bring a yoga mat. This class is suitable for all fitness levels.
For more info, email Anne Boyle at

Doggy Day Out
The Wood County Humane Society is announcing the start of their Doggy Day Out Program. The Doggy Day Out Program will encourage people to take dogs from local shelters on outings and field trips in the community. This helps the dog receive visibility outside of the shelter while also getting some mental stimulation by experiencing new places and people. Anyone that is 18 years of age or older can participate. No orientation is necessary. This allows those in the community who are not normally able to stop out to volunteer or foster to help the dogs at the shelter by advocating for them.
The Wood County Humane Society believes the Doggy Day Out Program has the potential to help those dogs burn off energy and get more exposure to potential adopters. Dogs are able to be picked up starting on Thursdays and Sundays at 12:30p.m. and must be returned an hour before the shelter closes for the day. Participants are given all supplies needed and an “Adopt Me” card that may be given to potential adopters for $10 off the dog’s adoption fee. The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a full-service, no-kill shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. In addition, the organization assists Wood County residents with its Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for hundreds of animals each year—from dogs and cats, to horses, goats, and pocket pets. The non-profit organization is funded predominantly through donations from local individuals and businesses,


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