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Free band concert
There will be a free spring band concert at the Owens Community College at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 in the Center for Fine & Performing Arts Theater on the Owens Campus.
The program will include selections from Broadway shows, movie music, marches, and much more. Featured will be virtuoso flute soloist Marene Fondessy playing the Meditation from “Thais” by Jules Massenet and a trumpet trio made up of Mark Padley, Jeff Brenneman, and Gloria Buck playing “Triad” by J. J. Richards.
Free refreshments will be served shortly after the concert in the theater lobby. For more information, contact the Owens Community College Department of Fine & Performing Arts at 567-661-7081.

Finding an arsonist
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau (FEIB) are seeking the public’s help in locating a Toledo woman wanted in connection to a March 24 fire in Northwood.
Brooke Marie Maxcy-Tipton (AKA: Brooke Marie Liggons) has been charged with aggravated arson for her role in a vehicle fire at a hotel on Oregon Road, Northwood, at 3:03 a.m. March 24. Maxcy-Tipton is 5’1” with brown hair and brown eyes.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to Maxcy-Tipton’s arrest and conviction for the fire.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the State Fire Marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728 or the Northwood Police Department at 419 691-5053.

Funding announced
State Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) announced state funding for projects that include a new addiction treatment facility in Toledo and improvements at Maumee Bay State Park.
Items approved for the 11th Senate District include:
• $62,926 to Unison Health for the continued renovation of a residential treatment facility on Jefferson Avenue in Toledo.
• $327,578 to assess electrical improvements needed at Maumee Bay State Park to better accommodate modern RVs.
“There are so many people suffering from addiction who are seeking treatment, but have to wait for help because Ohio doesn’t have enough beds to accommodate them,” Sen. Fedor said. “This new facility will provide a needed, long-term recovery solution for Toledoans.”
“In Lucas County, residents and visitors can enjoy the best of Lake Erie by visiting our beautiful state parks,” she added. “It’s important that we have up-to-date facilities so people can enjoy all that we have to offer.”
The state investments were approved through the Ohio Controlling Board.

Superhero meet-up
Imagination Station will be the place to be for Avengers fans on Saturday, April 27. From 1-4 p.m., Captain Marvel and her friends will be on hand to meet science center visitors.
Aspiring heroes can design and make their own superhero mask in the Tinkering Space, then step into the photo booth for a photo with Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain Marvel. The superhero meet-and-greet and mask-making are included in science center admission.
Lucas County residents receive a $2 discount and free Saturday admission for kids, 12 and under with paid adult admission, limit two children per adult.
For more details, call 419-244-2674 or visit

Live! In the House
Comedy ventriloquist David Crone will continue his personal mission to “make the world a better place, one laugh at a time,” Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St.
The performance, the final in the 2018-19 Live! In the House concert series season, promises to be fun for the whole family.
Crone has been performing on stage for more than 30 years. A former corporate executive, he left the comforts of the corner office for a rugged life on the road when his busy performance schedule no longer allowed him to “do both.”
He brings a full cast of characters and blends in a touch of comedy magic and incorporates lots of audience interaction.
Tickets are $12 and are available at the door, or in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville or by contacting Carol at 419-287-4848 or
Visit for more details.

Shoe drive fundraiser
The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, June 30 to raise funds for upgrades to the shelter.
WCHS will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes.
Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes. Shoes may be donated at the shelter or local businesses throughout Wood County that have donation boxes.
Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Melissa Hall, co-chair of the Fundraising Committee. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for WCHS, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
The Wood County Humane Society was able to gather a total of 115 bags for last year’s shoe drive. This year, the goal is to reach 150 bags.
For more information, visit

Prescribed fire season
The staff of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) announced the beginning of the spring prescribed fire season, which typically runs through May 15.
During this time frame, smoke may be visible above refuge properties throughout Ottawa and Lucas counties. Prescribed burning on the refuge is conducted to improve wildlife habitat and reduce the accumulation of fuels that lead to uncontrolled wildfires. Ottawa NWR has historically treated between 100 and 800 acres annually with prescribed fire. A prescribed fire during this time period is especially productive for habitat management and brush control.
Prescribed fire will only be conducted when conditions allow for safe implementation. Any questions concerning the prescribed fire season may be directed to Refuge Manager Jason Lewis or Private Lands Biologist Jeff Finn. Call the refuge at 419-898-0014 to learn more.

Mother’s Day
BBQ canceled
Members of Troy-Webster American Legion Post #240, Luckey, announced the post will not host a Mother’s Day Chicken BBW this year. The event has been a tradition for more than 50 years.
Becky Dippman, president, Troy-Webster American Legion Auxiliary Unit #240 said there weren’t enough volunteers to hold the BBQ.

Cinco de Mayo
5K and fun walk
Adelante Latino Resource Center will host its 5th Annual 5K run and 1-mile fun walk Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at the center, 520 Broadway, Toledo. All funds raised from the event, which will be held rain or shine, will support the Summer Camp Youth Program at Adelante.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. The course will run through Middlegrounds Metropark and a portion of downtown Toledo, beginning and ending at Adelante. The tax-deductible early registration fee is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-mile fun walk.
The event, which will last until 3 p.m., will include music, food and community resources. Register online at or in person at Adelante.
For more info on Adelante, a Latino non-profit organization whose mission is to empower Latinos and the community at-large through supportive services, education and advocacy for children and families, visit or call 419-244-8440.

Rally by the Rails
marketplace planned
The Lake Twp. Farmer’s Market has partnered with Walbridge-Fest., Inc. to have a marketplace this year at the annual Rally by the Rails, which will be held May 17-18 at Loop Park in Walbridge.
To date, more than 50 crafters and vendors have committed to attending this year’s event - doubling the number that participated in last year's event at this venue.
Space is still available, according to Richard Jensen, Lake Twp. Farmer’s Market event coordinator.
Those who are interested in selling crafts or products may contact the Lake Twp. Farmer’s Market Facebook page or email to obtain more information and contract.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Be transported south of the border to celebrate Mexico’s rich heritage with a traditional fiesta on Sunday, May 5 at the Toledo Zoo’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
Cinco de Mayo literally translates to the fifth of May but it is much more than simply a date. On May 5, 1862, underdog Mexican forces defeated the powerful French Army at the Battle of Puebla. While the battle was not a huge strategic win, it was a moral, patriotic and unifying victory.
The Toledo Zoo is celebrating that victory with a traditional Mexican fiesta which will include live entertainment from El Corazon de Mexico Folklorico Dance Group, music provided by DJ Tony Rios, a piñata, Mexican paper flower crafts and other activities.
The festivities will take place on the Main Plaza from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In the event of rain, events will be held in the Malawi Event Center. The full schedule of activities can be found at
The family-friendly fiesta is free with Zoo admission.

ToleGo Bike Day
Join Gotcha to learn more about bike sharing in Toledo at ToleGo Bike Day, Thursday, May 2 at Middlegrounds Metropark, 111 Ottawa St.
There will be a group ride at 3 p.m. from various downtown Toledo bike hubs to the park. Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will speak at 3:30 p.m.
Attendees can sign up for memberships at the event, including a one-day-special price on annual memberships. Gotcha will also have free giveaways. Space is limited. Get more information and sign up at More information at
The event runs from 3-6:30 p.m., rain or shine.

Women’s Connection
All area women are invited to attend the “Simple and Sweet Gift Items” luncheon presented by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, May 9 at Bayside, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon. Nancy Mills, of Oregon, will demonstrate easy gift ideas. Bonnie Mohon, of Oregon, will provide musical entertainment. Diane Miller, of Warsaw, Indiana, will speak on “Extreme Freedom from Extreme Busyness.”
For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633 by Sunday, May 5.

Arndt retiring
State representative Steve Arndt, R – Port Clinton, has announced he plans to retire from the legislature effective July 31.
“I am sad to conclude my service to the people of the 89th house district, but I am also excited as I enter the next chapter in my life,” he said. “I look forward to having more time to spend with my family and sail my boat. This summer, my wife and I will fulfill a dream we’ve had for a long time and that is to do extended sailing and eventually complete the Great Loop of North America. Thank you to everyone in the 89th House District and in Columbus who has made my experience as your State Representative unforgettable. It has been an honor and a privilege of a lifetime to serve you in the People's House.”
The 89th district encompasses Erie and Ottawa counties.

Neighborhood watch
group to meet
An expert in computer and Internet security will be the guest speaker at the May 4 meeting of the Woodcreek Village Neighborhood Watch group.
Seth Jacomet, of JEM Computer Services, has been invited to speak and offer advice on how to avoid scams, said Ron Craig, the crime prevention and community policing officer of the Lake Township Police Department.
The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and be held at the Woodcreek Village clubhouse, 30824 Drouillard Rd.
Email scams, fraudulent websites, credit card scams and phone scams will be discussed. For information call officer Craig at 419 481-6354.



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