Family briefs: Historical society to present “Navarre Family Sword” program

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        Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society will present “Navarre Family Sword” – PowerPoint and Presentation by local historian Larry Michaels, Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Brandville School, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon.
        The program is free and open to the public.
        The program will detail the life of the Navarre family, the first permanent white settlers east of the Maumee River in 1807.
        Hear about Alexis, Peter’s youngest brother, who built his homestead on Otter Creek Road and later moved to Bayshore Road.
        Meet Cad Williams, a Civil War soldier who first owned and carried the Navarre family sword. Williams was  married to Elizabeth Navarre, Alexis’ daughter.
        See the actual sword and learn about its story at the program.
Tobacco & smoke-free
product use survey

        Tobacco use and smoking rates have declined in Lucas County, however, the problem still exists in the community.
        The 2019-2020 Lucas County Community Health Assessment reports 15% of adults (18+) are current smokers and 4% of those adults used e-cigarettes or vapes in the past year.
        In an effort to reduce the number of tobacco users, state and local health agencies across Ohio are working together on policy implementation to decrease tobacco use and initiation among youth and adults.
        The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department's Tobacco Prevention Program is conducting an online survey to gather community input on tobacco (including electronic cigarettes) and smoke-free policies in Lucas County. The community feedback will allow the Tobacco Prevention Program to gauge community approval and empower the program to move forward on improving the health of Lucas County residents.
        The community survey is accessible from a link at
        For a full list of tobacco cessation providers in Lucas County, visit the Health Department’s tobacco website,
        For more info, call Nikeisha Cross at the Tobacco Prevention Program at 419-213-4120.
Kiwanis craft &
independent sales fair

        The East Toledo-Oregon Kiwanis Club will present a Craft Show & Independent Sales Fair Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot at the Oregon Senior Center.
        Vendors may reserve one parking space for $30. Reserve a space by contacting Paula Benton at or call 419-698-7078.
        In the event of rain, the event will be held Saturday, Oct. 9.
Black Swamp Players
to open 53rd season

        The Black Swamp Players will open its 53rd season with the comedy, “I Ought to Be in Pictures,” Sept. 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Players’ newly renovated performance venue at 115 E. Oak St., Bowling Green. All patrons will be asked to wear a mask for the duration of the performance.
        Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain time. Wayne G. Weber is directing the production.
        Tickets are $20 for general admission seating and are available online at or at the door.
        Written by Neil Simon, “I Ought to Be in Pictures” focuses on Herb (Heath A. Diehl), a Hollywood scriptwriter currently “at liberty,” who is surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby (Katya Dachik), a teenage daughter who has trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom. With Steffy (Tiffany Scarola), his sometime paramour, at his side, Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right.
        The play opened on Broadway in April 1980. In 1982, Simon’s comedy was adapted to film and starred Walter Matthau, Ann-Margaret, and Dinah Manoff.
        Black Swamp Players is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects.
        To learn more or volunteer, email
Program to discuss
“Hero of Wood Co.”

        The story of Eleazer Derby Wood, whose surname was memorialized when Wood County was founded in 1820, will be featured Thursday, Sept. 23 at a program at Way Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg.
        Larry Nelson, site director at Fort Meigs State Memorial from 1980 to 2004, will present, “Eleazer Derby Wood – Wood County’s Hero,” at 7 the library’s downstairs meeting room.
        Wood was born in Massachusetts in 1783. An early appointee to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the engineers, stationed in New York, Virginia and Connecticut, before being assigned to the “Northwest Army.”
        Wood was chief engineer, overseeing construction of Fort Meigs at Perrysburg and Fort Stephenson in Fremont. He eventually went to western New York and was killed in action at Fort Erie.
        After retirement from the Ohio Historical Society, which operates Fort Meigs State Memorial in Perrysburg, Nelson joined the history faculty at Bowling Green State University. He is currently retired.
        The program, sponsored by the Wood County Bicentennial Commission and Way Library, had been planned for 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 Oak Harbor
Apple Festival

        Organizers are putting the finishing touches on plans for the 2021 Oak Harbor Apple Festival, which will be held Oct. 9-10 in downtown Oak Harbor.
        The festival, presented annually by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce on the second full weekend in October, typically draws more than 25,000 visitors.
        Watch the crowning of the Royalty Court on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Baby Contest at 11:30 a.m. and the Grand Parade at 2 p.m. A cornhole tournament, talent show and “The Junk” performing in the beer tent to round out the day’s entertainment.
        Among Sunday highlights are a Classic Car Show, a 5K Run and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, and local performers showcasing their talents.
        As always there will be mechanical rides and games, more than 130 vendors, vendors, a rummage sale, the Boy Scouts Apple Butter Stir and many other activities.
        Admission is free. Shuttle rides will be available from the high school parking lot to the festival area for $1.
        Visit for more details.
Bone Chilling Books
        Join the Wood County District Public Library’s Bone Chilling Book Club to discuss a horror, mystery or suspense novel every month.
        Book Club meetings are held via Zoom at 7 p.m.
        The schedule includes:
        • Tuesday, Sept. 21 – “Sharp Objects,” by Gillian Flynn.
        • Tuesday, Oct. 19 – “Mexican Gothic,” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
        • Tuesday, Nov. 16 – “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires,” by Grady Hendrix.
        • Tuesday, Dec. 21 – “Devolution,” by Max Brooks.
        Copies of book club titles are available for checkout from the library and available online through WCDPL’s eMedia resources. Registration is required. To register and learn more, call 419-352-5050 or email
Hockey for Habitat
        Habitat for Humanity of Wood County Ohio’s 6th annual Hockey for Habitat Fundraiser will include a ball hockey tournament, an online auction and, new this year, a raffle drawing for a 55-inch TV and other prizes.
        All funds raised from this event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wood County in its mission to help individuals and families secure decent and affordable housing through its new home construction and home repair programs.
        Prior to the tournament on Saturday, Sept. 25, six hockey teams will compete in a fundraising challenge to determine the team’s position in the free agent draft. The team that raises the most funds will claim the first pick and a bye in the first round of the tournament.
        Help the teams by donating at The free agent draft will take place Friday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.
        This year’s free agent players are Jeremy Bronson, Kyle Page, Kyle Rogers, Kyle Bonis, Evan Rankin, Iain Duncan, Taylor Raszka and Ryan Wichman from WTOL.
        On Sept. 25 starting at 8:30 a.m., the teams will play in a double elimination ball hockey tournament at BG City Park for the title of 2021 Hockey for Habitat Champion. At the park, YES FM will be playing music and the State Bank GIVES Truck will be onsite as well.
        The online auction is open and can be found on the Don Rose Auction website, The bidding will close Saturday Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
        A raffle drawing for a 55-inch TV and other prizes will take place at the hockey event. Tickets can be purchased online through Sept. 24 or in person at the event.
        For more info, visit
Kids Days @ Hayes
        Kids can complete a story walk through Spiegel Grove based on a book about enslaved people who escape a plantation during Kids Days @ Hayes on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.
        During the walk, which takes place outside on the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums grounds, kids will read the book “Follow the Drinking Gourd” by Jeanette Winter and complete an activity at each stop.
        Tickets are $5 for Hayes Presidential members at the major level and higher and $7 for non-member kids. They can be purchased online at is no cost for adults who bring kids to this program.
        Hayes Presidential is partnering with Birchard Public Library to offer this event. It is geared toward kids in fourth through sixth grades, but kids of all ages are welcome. The event sponsor is AMCOR.
        Hayes Presidential is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
        For information, call 419-332-2081, visit, like Hayes Presidential on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.
Ballroom Bash
        Paramount Elite will present a Ballroom Bash Friday, Sept. 24 from 7-11 p.m. in the Stranahan Great Hall.
        Jeff McDonald’s Swingmania orchestra will provide entertainment. The event will include door prizes, free snacks and a cash bar.
        Admission is free for Paramount members and $5 for all other guests. Call 888-891-0707 for more info.
Story trail invites
wandering readers

        Black Swamp Conservancy is inviting families to walk the newly installed story trail at Pat and Clint Mauk’s Prairie, located at 4825 Sugar Ridge Rd., Pemberville.
        The story trail offers a fun and engaging way for families to enjoy both reading and the outdoors. It features a children’s story whose book pages are exhibited at stations that are installed at regular intervals along a natural outdoor path.
        Each month, the Conservancy will feature a different book about the natural world, along with accompanying extended learning opportunities.
        The first featured book is “Begin with a Bee,” by Liza Ketchum, Phyllis Root, and Jacqueline Briggs Martin with illustrations by Claudia McGehee.
        Upcoming 2021 books include:
        October – “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn,” written and illustrated by Kenard Pak.
        November – “In November,” by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Jill Kastner.
        December – “Winter Dance,” by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones.
        For more information about Pat and Clint Mauk’s Prairie Story Trail and updates on featured books, visit or call 419-833-1025.
Knights’ golfers donate $7,500
        On Sept. 8, the Saint John XXIII Knights of Columbus, Council 14502 of Perrysburg presented a donation check in the amount of $7,500 to The Cocoon of Bowling Green. 
        The funds were raised through the Annual Charity Golf Outing sponsored by the Saint John XXIII K of C held on July 31 at Riverby Hills Golf Club. 
        The Cocoon is Wood County’s only comprehensive domestic and sexual violence agency serving those in need throughout northwest Ohio.
        The Cocoon exists to provide safety, healing and justice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, their children, and all of those affected by abuse, to provide education and awareness about abuse, and to build a compassionate and safe community for all. Today, The Cocoon provides legal and medical advocacy and support systems to more than 700 survivors plus their children annually.
        The donated funds will be used by The Cocoon to purchase outdoor playground equipment for the children housed at their shelter.  The playground is expected to be installed and ready for play by the end of September. 
        For more information or to support The Cocoon, visit


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