News Briefs Week of 9/28/20

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Hydrant flushing
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will be flushing hydrants on weekdays through October from 7:30 4 p.m. in Rossford and Northwood.

Crash in Lake Twp.
The Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash which occurred Sept. 20 on Pemberville Road and Ayers Road, in Lake Township.
A 2015 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Kallin St. John, 32, of Northwood, was northbound on Pemberville approaching Ayers while a 2011 Ford Fusion driven by William Brewer, 67, of Oregon, was traveling west on Ayers. The Brewer vehicle failed to yield at the stop sign and struck the Town and County, which left the road and went into a ditch. Brewer was ejected from his vehicle and also landed in the ditch.
Katherine Scott, 29, of Northwood, was a passenger in the St. John vehicle as were 3-year-old Eli Beck, 2-year-old Logan St. John, and 7-year-old Ayden St. John. All occupants of the vehicle were transported to St. Vincent Medical Center by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
Brewer was also transported to St. Vincent Medical Center by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
The highway patrol said safety belts were worn by both adult occupants of the Town and Country, and child safety seats were used by the 3-year-old and the 2-year-old. The 7 year old was in a booster seat.
Troopers were unable to determine if Brewer was wearing a seatbelt. He was cited for failing to yield at the stop sign and the crash remains under investigation.

Fedor bill adopts
protocols for
remote meetings
State Senator Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, has introduced Senate Bill 365, which would allow members of a public body to hold meetings and votes remotely through the end of the pandemic.
“When this pandemic prevented in-person meetings back in March, we made open teleconference meetings an acceptable option for conducting public business. People who are high-risk or have mobility issues have found it easier to be present and participate through remote meetings, but unfortunately, this law will expire soon,” Fedor said.
This bill extends the provisions granted through House Bill 197, which allow local governments and groups such as school boards to hold remote meetings until Dec. 1, 2020.
“We had no choice but to legislate reactively when this crisis started,” said Fedor. “However, we now have the time and knowledge to proactively alleviate some of the stress this pandemic is causing local governments and the individuals they serve. Many local governments have successfully conducted remote meetings, and they want this bill passed now so they can prepare for maintaining this practice beyond December. None of us know when it will be possible to safely resume in-person meetings. Until then, remote meetings should be permitted as an essential option for efficient, inclusive government operations.”

Stahl endorsed
Mark StahI, has received the endorsement of two local trade unions in his bid for re-election to a seat on the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 1413 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 245 have endorsed Stahl.
Gary Quisno, a Democrat, is also vying for the seat which has a term beginning Jan. 2, 2021.
In the race for the other open commissioner’s seat, incumbent Mark Coppeler, a Republican, is being challenged by Randall Schiets, a Democrat, for a term beginning Jan. 3, 2021.

Save Stony Ridge Park
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stony Ridge Civic Association’s fundraising event that supports Stony Ridge Community Park was canceled, so the organization is looking for help.
“The non-profit association is made up of a group of volunteers who are dedicated to maintain a clean and safe park for our community,” said SRCA President Christine Greulich in a letter to the community.
“We do 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 taxpayer’s money on a private entity. It costs approximately $4,000-plus a year for basic operations costs. The bulk of that cost is for insurance.
“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,”
There is also an online auction to save the park and bids can be placed until Dec. 20 at
Greulich says for anyone who wishes to help with a donation, in any amount, the organization can provide a donation letter for tax purposes.
For more information, visit or visit Stony Ridge Strong on Facebook, attend a civic association meeting, or Greulich can be reached at 419-779-7543 or Checks can be mailed to Stony Ridge Civic Association, P.O. Box 335, Stony Ridge, OH 43463, or dropped off in person at any Huntington Bank or the go fund me page under Stony Ridge Community Park.

Crossing work
The rail company Norfolk and Southern has informed the Ottawa County engineer’s office it has updated the schedule for repairing the Plasterbed Road crossing, between Lockwood and State roads.
Work will start Sept. 28 and continue through Oct. 2, which will require the closing of the rail crossing at the site.

Water quality
meetings set
The public and water quality professionals are invited to a meeting to learn about northwest Ohio’s plans for sewers and wastewater treatment.
The 208 Plan is the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan. The five-county plan is updated every year by professionals in the region’s planning areas. The goal is to keep the 208 Plan consistent with local investment in sewers and wastewater treatment, reflect new regulation, and stay updated with the most current data.
This year’s updates are mostly concerned with capital improvements with some extended lines and capacity.
The meetings will be by teleconference and registration is required. Register for the meeting in your area at this link: Login information for each meeting will be emailed to registrants and posted on the calendar at within 24 hours of the meeting.
Lucas & Wood counties (combined) – Sept. 29, 10-11:30 a.m.
Sandusky County – Sept. 29, 2-3:30 p.m.
Ottawa County – Sept. 30, 2-3:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Gibsonburg Council
meeting set for Oct. 1
Gibsonburg Town Council will meet in regular session on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Town Hall, 526 N Webster St.
In keeping with the efforts to limit large gatherings, only the mayor, council members and administrative staff will be permitted in the council room. The meeting will be broadcast via Facebook Live on the Gibsonburg, Ohio Facebook Page beginning at 7 p.m.
Email questions for the mayor, council or administrative staff to by 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 to have queries addressed during the Public Comment section of the agenda.

Sauder Village will host its popular “Transportation Exploration” Saturday, Oct. 3. With horses, trains, trolleys, and automobiles of yesteryear, guests of all ages will discover exciting ways to “travel through time.”
Again this year, the event will feature model trains set up in Founders Hall by the Swanton Area Railroad and Model Club.
A variety of other transportation-themed activities are planned throughout the day in the Historic Village. Families can learn about traveling by canoe, talk with antique car owners along the 1920s Main Street, and see how to harness a horse for a buggy.
Williams Aerial, a local drone photography organization, will demonstrate the latest in drone technology and offer guests a bird’s-eye view of the historic village.
To celebrate transportation there also will be free rides on the tractor-driven trolley and the Erie Express train.
At the 1920s Main Street, guests can stop by the car dealership and gas station. In the Rich Ford Auto Dealership, they can experience a car dealership of days-gone-by, including a 1926 Model T Ford in the showroom, a table and chairs where sales took place, and an office complete with telephone and typewriter. Adjacent to the auto dealership is a service station complete with an old-time gas pump and a service shop full of car parts, batteries, tools, oil and other unique artifacts.
Sauder Village is located at 22611 SR 2 in Archbold, minutes from Exit 25 of the Ohio Turnpike. Call 800-590-9755, visit the Sauder Village website at or follow on social media for hours and admission information.

Call for artists
Downtown Fremont, Inc. has issued a call for artists for The Crop Circle Art & Music Festival, which will be held Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3 from 5-10 p.m. in downtown Fremont.
The entry fee is $5, unless entering the piece into the event’s silent auction. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Submitted entries should be original pieces of art.
Silent auction proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Sandusky County and the 2021 Crop Circle event.
To register online, visit
Crop Circle events
Highlights of the event include:
• A Bike Glow Ride presented by Flatlanders Bicycle Club at 10 p.m.
• A Kayak Glow Ride on the river Friday from 6-9 p.m. Enter and exit the river at the Darr-Root Boat Launch.
• Neon Water Gun Painting on the street Friday from 5-9 p.m. Cost to participate is $10 for ages 4 and up.
• Crop Circle Canvas Painting on the street Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
• An Art Walk & Silent Auction Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Bellevue Hospital is the title sponsor of the event.
Visit Downtown Fremont’s website,, for more details.


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