Week of 5/27/19 News Briefs

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Meet the Artist
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd., Elmore, will host a reception for “Bronze in the Landscape 2019,” an exhibit featuring the works of Andy Sacksteder, Sunday, June 2 from 2-4 p.m. in the Trellis Gallery.
The exhibit will run through Oct. 31.
All three pieces in the exhibit are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds raised will benefit the nonprofit Schedel Arboretum & Gardens.
For more details, call 419-862-3182 or visit Schedel-gardens.org.

Zoo museum to open
The new ProMedica Museum of Natural History at the Toledo Zoo will open to the public following a short ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 31. On that date, Zoo admission gates will open at 9 a.m.
The new Museum focuses on biodiversity, or the variety of life in the world. The first floor begins with prehistoric Ohio and then becomes a walking tour of the various habitats found along Lake Erie following the Ice Age.
The second floor ties Ohio to species and habitats around the globe through venom and arthropods. In addition, the second floor is home to Nature in Hand, a hands-on library of bones, pelts and taxidermy, along with The Mazza Gallery, featuring animal, zoo and nature-themed children’s book illustrations. Along with exhibit space, the new facility also features a new rental facility, The Great Hall, which can accommodate weddings, parties and gatherings of up to 200.
Throughout the renovation process, which began in June 2017, the footprint of the historic WPA-era building was kept intact. With the addition of the two-story greenhouse on the front and Prairie greenhouse on the back, the new facility totals 74,500 square feet.
Entry to the new Museum will be included in Toledo Zoo admission. Hours of operation will be the same as Zoo hours.
As part of the June Membership Means More Campaign, Toledo Zoo members will have early access to the Museum at 9 a.m. each Saturday in June for Member Mornings. The rest of the Zoo will open at 10 a.m.
For more details about the new space, including rental bookings, please visit toledozoo.org/museum.

Suspected measles
cases investigated
Test results for a suspected case of measles in the Sylvania School District have come back negative, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has announced.
The affected school had been working closely with Health Department officials to ensure proper protocols are followed. Schools in Ohio are required to ensure that children receive the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine unless exempted. If your child is not up-to-date or is in need of the MMR vaccine, please contact your family doctor.
Erie County and Wood County health departments also recently investigated a possible case of measles that turned out to be negative.
A patient in Bowling Green reported a rash and other symptoms consistent with measles. The patient was isolated while awaiting laboratory results, which confirmed a non-measles diagnosis.
Erie County and Wood County health departments followed up with the patient and close contacts, and coordinated with the Ohio Department of Health. This investigation is an example of something health departments and other agencies do often in order to protect public health.
While Ohio does not have any confirmed measles cases, more than 800 have been reported in 24 states – the most cases reported in the U.S. since 1994. Measles is still common in many parts of world, and large outbreaks are currently occurring in Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines. Travelers with measles bring the disease into U.S., where it can spread in communities with pockets of unvaccinated people.
Measles is a very contagious, vaccine-preventable disease. The MMR vaccine has been proven highly effective at preventing the transmission of measles. One dose of MMR vaccine is approximately 93% effective at preventing measles and two doses are approximately 97% effective.

Troy-Webster Legion
Memorial Day events
Troy-Webster American Legion Post #240 will present arms with a 21-gun salute at Webster Township Cemetery at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day.
Auxiliary Unit Poppy Girls Jordan and Charlotte Durbin, along with Auxiliary President Becky Dippman, will place wreaths in memory of all veterans.
The Legion and Poppy Girls will also perform the ceremony at New Belleville Ridge Cemetery in Dowling at approximately 9:30 a.m., following a service by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. Ceremonies will be repeated at Belleville Ridge, also in Dowling, and Salem Cemetery on Bradner Road immediately following.
The Memorial Day events for the Village of Luckey will be held at Troy Township Cemetery, with a concert by the Eastwood Band starting at 1:45 p.m. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Lt. Angel R. Burgos, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will be the speaker.
The Legion will follow the program with a 21-gun salute at the mound along with placing of wreaths to honor veterans by the Auxiliary Unit Poppy Girls. In the event of rain, the service will be held inside the American Legion Post at 335 Park Dr. in Luckey.

Quilt Guild to meet
The Maumee Bay Country Quilt Guild will hold their will have their final meeting for the summer on June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Visitors are welcome.

Republicans
plan fish fry
The Ottawa County Republican Party is planning a Fish Fry in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ohio becoming the fifth state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to exercise their right to vote.
The event, which will be held Thursday, June 13 at the Catawba Island Club, will begin at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose will be the keynote speaker. The cost is $40 per person. RSVP required by Tuesday, June 4. For info, contact ShirLee Eberle at 419-310-3182.

Latta supports
Blue Water Navy
Vietnam veterans
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement regarding House passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act (H.R. 299), which would expand benefits for veterans who are suffering from diseases they received as a result of their service during the Vietnam War. Congressman Latta is a cosponsor of the bill.
“Our service members answered the call of duty during the Vietnam War, and we owe it to them – especially those exposed to harmful chemicals like Agent Orange – to properly care for them when they return home. I’ve proudly cosponsored this legislation for several years, and will continue to do so until ‘Blue Water Navy’ veterans receive the disability compensation they need. It’s the right thing to do.”
Under the Agent Orange Act of 1991, a veteran who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 and has a disease that has been associated with Agent Orange is automatically presumed to have been exposed to the chemical. Therefore, they qualify for disability compensation with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, a 2002 interpretation by the VA has limited this automatic presumption of Agent Orange exposure to those that served on the ground in Vietnam or in any of the inland waterways (“Brown Water” veterans). H.R. 299 restores presumptive coverage for “Blue Water” veterans that served in the territorial seas in of Vietnam.
During the Vietnam War, more than 20 million gallons of the herbicide “Agent Orange” were sprayed to reduce jungle foliage. The herbicide has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, various cancers, type II diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease.

Free gun
locks for Lake
Twp. residents
Gun locks are available at no charge to Lake Township residents.
The locks are being provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
“This organization is very involved in firearm safety issues,” said police chief Mark Hummer. “The locks are part of their Project Child Safe program, and they have made them available to us for distribution to our township’s residents.”
Some of the approximately 100 gun safety devices will be made available to parents of Lake Local Schools students who will participate in the upcoming Safety Town program, but the remainder will be available to Lake Township residents.
The locks may be picked up at the police department, located at 27975 Cummings Road, Millbury.

Zoning hearing
The Lake Township trustees have agreed to hold a zoning hearing for Patrick Gallagher and Susan Gallagher who are requesting the rezoning of 11.1 acres on Pemberville Road from A-1 Agricultural to B-2 General Commercial Business.
The hearing will be June 4 at 6 p.m.
The Wood County Planning Commission at its April meeting approved a recommendation for the township to rezone the property to B-2.
According to minutes of the plan commission meeting, the Gallaghers plan to develop a storage lot for impounded vehicles and construct another building on the parcel for office use. Currently, they are operating a towing business on the property.
The Gallaghers also own parcels surrounding the site and told the members of the plan commission they do not intend to develop a junk yard.
There are two buildings on the site; one built in 2003 and one in 2015, the Gallaghers told commission members, several of whom had concerns the commission would be engaging in spot zoning if they recommended the requested change.

Memorial Day
patrol increases
During the Memorial Day weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will have an increased presence on Ohio’s roadways.
As part of the Click it or Ticket campaign troopers are encouraging drivers to wear their safety belts. The campaign began May 13 and will continue through June 2.
Last year in Ohio, 17 fatal crashes killed 18 people during the Memorial Day weekend. Of those fatalities, seven were OVI-related and seven were unbelted. The Highway Patrol made 789 OVI arrests during last year’s Memorial Day weekend.
In addition to the Memorial Day reporting period, the Highway Patrol has joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on occupant protection. The enforcement includes the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police and the Ohio Highway Patrol. The initiative began May 20 and will continue through Monday, May 27.
In Ohio, call #677 to report drug activity or impaired driving.

Parade in Elmore
The Memorial Day parade in the Village of Elmore will begin at 10:30 a.m. on May 27 at Woodmore High School.
Other events include a performance by the Four Corners Quartet, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Harris-Elmore Library and a memorial service at the Peace Memorial at the corner of Clinton and Rice streets.

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