News Briefs Week of 8/26/19

Staff Writer

Mural rededication
The Wood County Commissioners invite the public to an open house on the third floor of the Wood County Courthouse for the rededication of the restored courthouse murals on Monday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m.
I. M. Taylor, an artist and the 1911-1920 mayor of Bowling Green, painted the two large murals on the third floor – one depicting Fort Meigs and the other portraying railroad tracks and oil wells south of Portage.
In November 2018, the Commissioners contracted with Stefan Dedecek from McKayLodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc. to begin conservation treatment procedures on the two murals to repair, conserve, and protect the paintings for many years.
At the conclusion of the rededication event, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will provide light refreshments. RSVPs are appreciated and may be made by contacting the Chamber at 419-353-7945 or emailing
This event kicks off Wood County’s 200th birthday celebration with additional events slated, including a Gala Dinner and Benefit for the Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 26. To view events or add to the list of bicentennial projects, visit
Created by the Wood County Commissioners, the Wood County Bicentennial Committee’s goal is to promote the 200th anniversary of the founding of Wood County throughout 2020 and to preserve pictures, memorabilia, and documents concerning the history of Wood County.
The committee will also bring attention to the 125th anniversary of the Wood County Courthouse in 2021. The courthouse opened on Sept. 29, 1896 and has been in use continuously since that time.

Quilters to meet
The Maumee Bay Quilters’ Guild will hold the first meeting of this year on Sept. 3 at 6:45 p.m. at Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

PERI 82 meeting
Chapter 82 of the Ottawa County Public Employee Retirees Inc. will meet Monday, Sept. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room of Riverview Health Care Campus, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
After lunch, attendees will adjourn to the chapel for a program and business meeting.
Call Carolyn Nusbaum at 419-836-8926 for dinner reservations by Monday, Sept. 2.

Living History
The 16th annual Wood County Living History Day will be held Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Paupers’ Cemetery on the Historical Museum grounds, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.
Local residents will portray citizens interred in Wood County pauper cemetery. 2019 honorees were chosen to coincide with the “For Comfort & Convenience” exhibit at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
“A Joyful Noise” will provide music before the event. Parking is available at the museum parking lot. The Wood County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will provide free rides from the parking lot to the cemetery where the program will be held. Chairs are available, although those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In case of heavy rain, the program will be moved inside the museum in to the meeting room.
Event details and past honorees can be found at

Bible study breakfast
The First St. John Lutheran Church Men's Breakfast Fellowship will celebrate 15 years when they gather Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8 a.m. at the Woodville Diner, 1949 Woodville Rd., Oregon.
The first meeting was held on the first Saturday in September 2004. Bob Haar facilitated the meeting and has been the group’s leader for 15 years.
“We have eight to 10 men that usually attend,” Haar said. “Many of the men have attended for up to 10 years.” The group welcomes men from all faiths.
For more info, call Haar at 419-250-8409.


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