News Briefs Week of 10/5/20

Habitec Security
donates to charities
Throughout the month of August, Habitec Security asked customers and employees to nominate deserving non-profit organizations for donations as part of their “Habitec Cares” program.
Habitec originally planned to donate $5,000 to some of the nominated organizations. Due to the overwhelming number of nominations, the company stepped up and donated $7,500 in total and spread out the donations to all 22 nominated organizations.
Habitec Security is giving $1,000 to Mom’s House and Claver House Soup Kitchen, St. Martin De Porres. They are also giving away $500 to 1Matters/Veterans Matter and The Mustard Seed Foundation.
Other donation recipients include Connecting Kids to Meals, Individuals Autism, Father Fred Foundation, Anthony Wayne Youth Football League, Delaware County Diabetes Association, Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, Toledo Day Nursery, Widows Empowered Strengthened & I Inc., Tutor Smart, Maria Early Learning Center, YWCA Columbus, St. Paul's Community Center, East Toledo Family Center, Catholic Charities of NW Ohio, St. Vincent DePaul Society of Jackson, Michigan, Cherry Street Mission, Toledo Foodbank and Mareda Center.
“We love our communities and are proud to support so many incredible local organizations. When you work with a local security company, you’re not just a number – you’re a part of the Habitec Security family,” said John Smythe, President and CEO of Habitec Security.

Gathering of Quilters
The Gathering of Quilters will meet Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Holland Free Methodist Church, 6605 Angola Rd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Designer and international quilter Jacqueline de Jonge will present a program, “Be Colourful World.” Well known for her embellished and colorful paper pieced quilts, she lives in the Netherlands and travels throughout the United States giving lectures and retreats.
The group has planned a number of monthly programs for this year. Visit for more info. Annual dues are $25. Guest fee is $5 per month.

Support sought for
Stony Ridge Park
The Stony Ridge Civic Association is seeking support to help maintain the Stony Ridge Community Park.
The non-profit organization, comprised of a group of volunteers, owns and operates the park. It does not receive any local, state or government funding.
“The township that we are located in cannot provide any funding due to not being able to use taxpayers’ money on a private entity,” said Christine Greulich, president of the Stony Ridge Civic Association. “It costs approximately $4,000 a year for basic operational costs, the bulk of which is for insurance.
“Due to COVID-19, our annual fundraising event that supports the park for the year was canceled,” Greulich said. “We are reaching out to the community and area businesses for help with donations to keep the park open. This year has been tough on everyone financially, and it is hard for us to ask for money, but we really need to keep this park open for our community.”
Send donations to the Stony Ridge Association at P.O. Box 335 Stony Ridge, OH 43463, or visit the Help Save The Stony Ridge Community Park GoFundMe page.
For more details, email or visit or

Magruder VIP trips
The Magruder Hospital VIP Club is planning a number of trips in 2021.
Trips are open to VIP members, their guests and members of the community. For more information, call Marty at 419-265-2479 or email Michele at
Trips include:
• An Italian Vistas trip is planned for Oct. 2-14, 2021. The cost is $5,499 per person for double occupancy and includes 17 meals. Highlights include Rome, the Colosseum, Ruins of Pompeii, Sorrento Coast, Isle of Capri, Florence, Statue of David, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscan Winery, Venice, Murano Island, Verona and Stresa. A Zoom meeting regarding the Italy trip will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m.
• A Canyon Country trip is planned for Aug. 20-27, 2021. The cost is $2,999 per person for double occupancy and includes 10 meals. Highlights include Scottsdale, Oak Creek Canyon, Kaibab National Forest, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Choices on Tour, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Las Vegas.
A Zoom Meeting for the Canyon Country trip will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.
Contact Michele Mueller at for Zoom meeting invitations. The meetings will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Foundation funding
available to nonprofits
The Greater Toledo Community Foundation has funding opportunities available for local nonprofit organizations that are providing services to those who are most vulnerable and in need in the community.
In part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of GTCF’s grant application deadlines were delayed earlier this year and are now rescheduled. The foundation has also added some additional funding opportunities.
GTCF currently has nine open funding opportunities for nonprofit organizations – all with application deadline dates between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21.
Guidelines and application forms for each grant opportunity are available online at The foundation encourages applicants to call 419-241-5049 for more details.
GTCF works with individuals, families and businesses to create funds to be used to achieve charitable goals. Over the course of the last 47 years, the foundation has created more than 900 individual funds, each one representing a unique charitable giving partnership.

Fatal crash
The Fremont Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Sept. 26 on U.S. 20 in Sandusky County.
James Richards, 60, Perrysburg, was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries and was not wearing a helmet, according to the highway patrol.
Eric Hill, 40, Woodville, was driving a Dodge Ram and hauling a trailer that was loaded with a tractor. He was traveling with two passenger’s ages 11 and 14. Hill and his passengers were wearing their seat belts and none of them were injured during the crash.
Hill was found not to be impaired during the incident.
Assisting on scene were the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, Woodville Police Department, Woodville Fire Department, Woodville EMS, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Ash’s Towing.

Cookie sale
Members of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 9789 W. Oak Harbor Southeast Rd., Oak Harbor, is conducting a sale of its popular apple-shaped cookies this year, though the Oak Harbor Apple Festival has been canceled.
Cookies will be sold by pre-order only. Orders are being accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 6. Cookies are available with red or yellow frosting, or a combination of both colors. When ordering, please specify the number of each color you would like.
The cost is $7 per dozen. To order, call Twyla Northrup at 419-898-2168. Cookies may be picked up at the church on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Trying open
meetings again

The Lake Township will be returning to an open meeting format effective Oct. 6, Mark Hummer, administrator, said.
There will be a 10-person limit for those attending.
The trustees meet the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Town hall for
Lucas County
The Lucas County Republican Party will hold a virtual town hall to be held for voters to meet the candidates and get an opportunity to ask questions while remaining socially distant.
The town hall will be held Oct. 6 from 7-9 p.m. It will be live-streamed to the Lucas County Republican Party's Facebook, YouTube, and other social media accounts.
Voters wishing to submit questions to the candidates can e-mail their questions to Type "Town Hall Question" in the subject, include your name, where you are from (city) and indicate the candidate or candidates you would like to answer the question. Questions must be submitted by 11 p.m. on Oct. 3 to be included.
All candidates are invited to attend and will include: Charlie Sulek for Sixth District Court of Appeals; Brett Warner for Lucas County Sheriff; Jess Gonzalez for Lucas County Common Pleas Court
John Rozic for Lucas County Treasurer; Steve Salander for Ohio House District 46 and Tony Dia for Toledo City Council.


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