News Briefs Week Of 9/19/2022

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History program set
The Miami Erie Canal revolutionized the state of Ohio, bringing industry, immigrants, water power and more to the region. It also connected Toledo and Cincinnati with a new “superhighway” opened for shipping.
But how did they dig it? What was life like? And how did those canal locks actually work?
Northwest Ohio historian Taylor Moyer will answer these questions and more at a program presented by the East Toledo Historical Society Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at the East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St., Toledo. Moyer is a State of Ohio history educator, a nationally certified historic interpreter and an author. His credentials include serving as the historic programs manager for the Black Swamp Intertribal Foundation. He is a former board member of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Commission and former president of the Henry County Historical Society.
Moyer also worked on the Miami Erie Canal at Providence Metropark and will share some of his experiences driving the canal boat and operating the canal lock.

P.E.R.I. 93 to meet
P.E.R.I. CHAPTER # 93, Lucas County District 1 will meet Sept. 22 from 1-2:15 p.m. at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Ave., Toledo.
Additional parking is available across the street at the Birmingham Library. Use the farthest parking spots from the library entrance.
Bring questions regarding health reimbursement arrangements (HRA), medical and pharmacy insurance, Medicare denials and the latest state legislative information regarding pensions and HRAs. All O.P.E.R.S and P.E.R.I. members and guests, along with retirees, and new O.P.E.R.S. and soon-to-be retirees are welcome.
Refreshments will be available. Masks are required. Please bring COVID-19 vaccination card for registration.

Lincoln Day Dinner
The Lucas County Republican Party will present the Lincoln Day Dinner featuring keynote speaker Kim Klacik on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The dinner will be held
at the Premier Banquet Complex, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.
Tickets are $85. VIP tickets, which include an opportunity to meet with Klacik, are $225. Tables of 10 are $800.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 419-491-8467 OR email for more details.

Bands of America
High school performers will bring live music back to Glass Bowl Stadium in Toledo on Saturday, Sept. 24 as marching bands from throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio and West Virginia compete in the 2022 Bands of America Northwest Ohio Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha.
Hosted by the University of Toledo Band, the family-friendly event will feature 18 high school marching bands performing in preliminary competition.
A panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching band experts will evaluate the performances and the top 12 scoring bands will advance to the evening finals competition. The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band will offer an exhibition performance.
The Northwest Ohio Regional Championship is one of 26 Bands of America marching band championships across the country this fall. The BOA season will conclude with the Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, Nov. 10-12 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Glass Bowl Stadium is located at 1745 Stadium Dr., Toledo. Tickets are $25 for prelims, $25 for finals or $40 for an all-day pass when ordered in advance. Tickets are $7 more each when purchased on site at the event. Children 10 years old or younger are admitted free for general admission seating.
Visit to see the event schedule and order tickets online.

Plant Exchange
set for Oct. 1
For many gardeners, free plants are like pollen to bees: irresistible.
The Toledo Plant Exchange will be Oct. 1, rain or shine, inside a building at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.
The timing is ideal: Autumn, when daylight decreases and plant-growth slows, is a great time to divide and move perennials, and to install trees and bushes.
People are invited to bring healthy plants, which should be weed-free and labeled with the plant's name, between 8:30 and 10 a.m. on the first day of October. Also accepted will be gardening tools and paraphernalia related to one of America's favorite hobbies. A crew of volunteers will organize donations into categories such as hostas, daylilies, sun, shade, edibles, ornamental grasses, house plants, and more.
Also during that time, attendees can peruse the many tables hosted by organizations that promote native plants, rain gardens, learning opportunities, and volunteering.
At 10 through 11:30, people will be allowed to select donated items in the "shopping" area. Everyone will receive at least a few items and those who bring donations will be allowed to take more plants.
Entrance to the fairgrounds at 1406 Key Street will be the main gate.
Begun in 2005, the Toledo Plant Exchange is a project of Lucas County Master Gardener Volunteers and private gardeners.
Additional information is on Facebook and at 419-578-6783.

Trustee appointed
Elizabeth Wick has been appointed to the Northwestern Water and Sewer District Board of Trustees.
She fills the vacant position of retired member John Cheney. Elizabeth was named to the board by Wood County Commissioners earlier this month and took her oath during the board meeting on Sept. 8. Her term expires in December 2025.
Elizabeth is a Senior Engineer in the Compliance Services section of EnviroScience. She recently retired from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Northwest District Office after 33 years of service.

Fire departments
sharing grant
The Troy Township and Pemberville-Freedom Township Fire Departments have been awarded a regional FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant to replace all existing self-contained breathing apparatus for both departments.
The regional grant award from FEMA is in the amount of $458,513. Troy Township and Freedom Township are only responsible for $22,925.
The units being replaced are no longer in compliance with current standards and parts are becoming obsolete.
Troy Township and Freedom Township have an automatic-aid agreement.


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