News Briefs Week of 5/13/19

Staff Writer

Plant exchange
Oregon Fest announces its Give ` Take Plant Exchange on Saturday, May 18, in conjunction with the Flower Market. Participants are invited to bring extra plants they’ve divided from their spring yard work and trade for what others bring. At plant drop off, participants will get tickets that can be redeemed in approximately one hour for other plants to take home. Plant drop off is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the south side of the Flower Market area at the front of Pat Catan’s parking lot on Navarre Ave. Bring plants in pots, boxes or plastic bags. Label with your name. The plant exchange is from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 419-913-3337.

Music in the Parlor
Enjoy a musical performance by a flutist and accompanist playing classical music in the large parlor of the historic Hayes Home during Music in the Parlor on Sunday, May 19.
The performance will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the same parlor where President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes entertained guests. The cost is $12 per person.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling Jacque Baker at 419-332-2081, ext. 238, or online at
Flutist Alec Porter and accompanist Rhys Burgess will perform a selection of songs by Bach, Mozart, Dutilleux, Martinu and Ran.
Porter is a music education and music performance dual major, studying under the tutelage of Conor Nelson, Ph.D., at Bowling Green State University.
Burgess is an active collaborative artist, currently finishing his master’s degree in piano performance at BGSU as a student of Laura Melton, Ph.D.
For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit

Mewvement &Subwoofers
The Mewvement & Subwoofers Concert Series fundraiser to benefit the Wood County Humane Society continues Saturday, May 18 at Howards Club H, 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Live music by The Knits, Mechanical Cat, Flat Earth Agenda and Sleep Sofa starts at 8 p.m. There will also be drink specials, a 50/50 raffle and a showcase of adoptable animals. Admission is $5.

Society meeting
The Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Rd.
Due to the temporary closure of the Main Library for remodeling, all meetings until further notice will be held at the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek located on Perrysburg-Holland Road, just south of Airport Highway. Turn into entrance at traffic light opposite Pilliod Road. Bear left to Forest View building. Once inside the building, turn left to proceed to chapel/meeting room. All are welcome.
The program will include a presentation by Jan Whitaker entitled “Westward Expansion: Historic Migration Routes,” exploring the concepts of westward expansion and manifest destiny. Transportation routes from colonial times to the start of the 20th century will be discussed and how these affected the settlement of the United States. Whitaker is a board member of the Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and a member of several other genealogical societies.
For further information, contact

Retired teachers meet
The May Luncheon of the Lucas County Retired Teachers Association will be Thursday, May 23 at noon at the Radisson at University of Toledo Medical Center, 3100 Glendale Ave., Toledo.
The program will feature Dr. Randa Mansour Shousher, audiologist and philanthropist.
Attendees are asked to bring books to the luncheon for donation to “Right to Read.”
Entrée choices include Baked Chicken Breast, London Broil or Eat Right Pasta (gluten-free). The cost is $20.50. Reservations are due by Wednesday, May 15. Mail check, payable to LCRTA, and entrée choice to Jeannine Petcoff, 15139 Todd Rd., Petersburg, MI 49270.

Public input sought
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s fishing program and is seeking public comment on the changes. The last update to the Ottawa fishing program was 1985.
The proposed changes include:
• Units open to fishing include the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Pond, Radar Ditch and Crane Creek, Ottawa/Magee Borrow Ponds, Metzger Marsh, Helle Unit, Knorn Unit, Turtle Creek Unit, West Harbor Unit, and Burmeister Unit and the Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge Fishing Pond.
Members of the community are invited to review draft documents related to these changes, including the Draft Fishing Plan, Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Compatibility Determination. The documents are available through May 30.
Draft documents are available from the refuge office at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, or contact the refuge at 419-898-0014 or to request either printed or electronic copies.
An open house will be held Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m.-noon at the refuge. The open house will offer the opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with refuge staff and to provide comments on the draft plans. Comments may also be submitted to the refuge by mail at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449 or via email at

Museum program
“Beekeeping Methods” will be the topic of a program Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Clyde Museum, 124 W. Buckeye St.
The presentation will present how beekeepers practice their trade. Refreshments will be served following the meeting and presentation.
For more information, call 419-547-7946 or email Parking is available at the overflow parking of First Financial Bank on the corner of George and W. Buckeye Street and in the alleyway behind the museum.

Village garage sales
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the 10th Annual Village-wide Garage Sale Days in Oak Harbor on Friday and Saturday June 7 and 8.
A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Harbor Public Library, and also on starting Wednesday June 5.
There is a $3 minimum donation to have a sale placed on the list. The deadline to sign up is Monday, June 3. Call the chamber office at 419-898-0479 for more details or to register.

Naturalization ceremony
The Village of Gibsonburg, Gibsonburg School District and United States District Court will host a naturalization ceremony in the gymnasium of Gibsonburg High School on Thursday, May 16 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The ceremony will be an actual session of court, where approximately 40 individuals who have completed all of the necessary requirements will take the oath of citizenship and will be made naturalized U.S. citizens.
The event is open to the public. Entrance to the event will be from the doors of Gibsonburg High School that are located behind the school near the football stadium and athletic building.
For more info, contact the Village of Gibsonburg at 419-637-2634 or

Benefit garage sale
Wood County Humane Society will present a Garage Sale May 23-25 under the grandstands at the Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green.
Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday ($2 bag sale day).
Donations will be accepted 5-9 p.m. Sunday May, 19; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday May 20 and 21 and 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 22. Donations of good and useful items are tax-deductible.
All proceeds from the sale benefit the Wood County Humane Society.
For more details, visit

Auditions set
The Pemberville Children’s Theatre will hold auditions for their 12th production, “Night at the Wax Museum, the Musical,” Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m.-noon and Sunday, May 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House.
The auditions are open to children ages 7-16. Production dates will be Aug. 2-4. Applications are available at or at the opera house during audition hours.
The cost is $35 per child, which offsets production costs, including scripts, music and costuming.
Director Angie Patchett says she’s is excited to see PCTW continue to grow with new faces every year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and since May 5, now also holds a Master of Education in Career Technical Education, both from The University of Toledo. She teaches Costuming and Fashion at Toledo School for the Arts. Her work has
also been seen recently at The Toledo Rep, and The Village Players.
Music Director Vanessa Adams has a music education degree from Bowling Green State University and a thriving music studio. She teaches piano, voice and ukulele along with beginner lessons on most band instruments from her home.
The Gale and Marlyn Williamson Performing Arts Fund provides funding for the wonderful children’s programming at the Pemberville Opera House. because Marlyn played and taught piano for decades in the Pemberville area many people came to know of her love of music. Both Gale and Marlyn enjoyed live performances of all kinds and had a deep love and appreciation for the arts.

Memorial service set
The Oregon Fireman’s Auxiliary Memorial Service for Oregon firemen, city officials, city employees and police officers will take place Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. in the City Municipal Building on Seaman Road.
The community is invited to join in honoring deceased department members.

Rail crossing to be repaired
Norfolk and Southern plans to begin repairs on May 13 to a crossing on Wildacre Road in Ottawa County.
The project is expected to be finished by May 22.
Traffic will not be permitted on the crossing during the work, the Ottawa County engineer’s office said.

Coyotes to be discussed
An officer of the Ohio Department of Natural Resource has been invited to talk about the presence of coyotes in the Millbury area during the May 15 meeting of the Millbury Neighborhood Watch.
The public is invited to the meeting at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Ron Craig, crime prevention officer and community policing officer for the Lake Township Police Department, said he invited Eric Vanalmen, Wood County’s wildlife officer with the ODNR, to the meeting after residents said they were concerned about coyotes roaming in the area.
“When you think of crime prevention, a coyote problem may not come to mind, but village residents are concerned about it,” Craig said. “At the April meeting, I was asked if we could bring in an expert to discuss it because a resident’s cat was recently killed by a coyote.”
While wild animals’ habitat may not include populated areas such as cities and villages, they may roam outside their normal areas to seek additional food sources, he said.
“The residents have told me they are afraid to let their pets out, especially at night, knowing the coyotes may be in the area,” Craig noted.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is located on State Route 795 on the south edge of Millbury.
For more information, contact officer Craig at 419-481-6354.

Rally by the Rails
The annual Rally by the Rails will be held May 17 and 18 at Loop Park in Walbridge, rain or shine.
A highlight of the festival will include the Butch & Paulette Slone Memorial Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show May 18 from noon-4 p.m.. Registration begins at 9 a.m. There is a $10 registration fee. All awards will be presented at 3 p.m. by drawing. Dash plaques will be presented to the first 75 registered. For car show info, call Dr. Moose at 419-304-2395.
The festival will also include a parade; a Craft, Arts & Hobby Show; inflatables by Air Extreme; a K9 demo; a petting zoo; a dedicated kids’ area; “The Nest” music/talent show; games; food and much more.
In addition there will be live entertainment in the beer tent. The lineup includes The Grape Smugglers on Fiday night and Dry Bones Revival featuring Bobby May on Saturday night. Saturday afternoon’s entertainment is TBD.
A cornhole tournament will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m..



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