Family briefs: Living History Day highlights Wood Co. people, places, & things

Press Staff Writer

        The 18th annual Wood County Living History Day will be held Sunday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. on the Wood County Museum grounds.
        Local residents will portray early citizens of Wood County. The 2021 honorees were chosen to coincide with the museum’s photography exhibit, “People, Places, & Things.” The event is free and open to the public.
        “A Joyful Noise” will provide music before the event. Parking is available in the museum’s parking lot. The Wood County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will provide free rides from the parking lot to the program location. Those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved inside the museum’s meeting room, and the performance will be livestreamed on the museum’s Facebook page.
        New this year, the museum will be conducting a Drone Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser just after the Living History Day program concludes, at about 3 p.m. Buy a golf ball that will be released by a Toledo Aerial Media drone over a target. The three balls in/closest to the hole will win. Get one ball for $15 or three balls for $30. Entrants need not be present to win.
        Cash prizes for the winning golf balls include $500 for the first in hole/closest: $250 for the second closest and $100 for the third closest. Furthest from the hole will win $50. Golf balls will be sold until 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 22, or until they are sold out. A rain date will be set for the Drone Drop if weather is not favorable.
        Purchase golf ball drop tickets online at, by phone at 419-352-0967 or send a check to Wood County Historical Society, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402.
        2021 History Day honorees include:
        • Addie and John Cain. Follow their story from Little Big Horn to a very popular potato chip company. Portrayed by Deb Shaffer and Heath Diehl.
        • Jerome Calkins, who passed the teachers’ exam at the age of 14, and subsequently had many interesting experiences. Portrayed by Dale David.
        • Ellen Jane Kramp Phillips, the first Tomato Queen of Wood County, portrayed by Kelli Kling.
        • Lucy Veler, the unofficial historian of South Church Street, portrayed by Alex Gagyi.
        • James Walker, a professional photographer in Bowling Green from 1887-1936, portrayed by Bob Midden.
        • Narrator, portrayed by Keith Guion.
        Visit for more details.
Car show to collect school supplies
        A car show and school supplies collection will be held in the Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital parking lot on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
        The hospital’s Protective Services Department is hosting the event with the goal of helping area students start the school year with the supplies they need.
        Sports cars, muscle cars and classic cars will line the hospital’s Surgery Center parking lot outside Entrance C. Awards will be presented for Chief’s Choice, Best Muscle Car, Best Classic Car and People’s Choice.
        Pre-registration is not required. Participants and attendees are invited to bring donations of school supplies. Community members may also drop off school supply donations at Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital, to the attention of Julie Allen, director, Care Management and Clinical Research.
        The Mercy Health Protective Services Department is comprised of police officers and security personnel who provide for the safety and security of patients, visitors and staff at all Mercy Health facilities, along with Roman – the area’s first hospital-based K9 officer, specializing in both explosives-detection and patient therapy.
Sandusky Co. Fair set for Aug. 24-29
        The 169th Annual Sandusky County Fair will be held Aug. 24-29 at the county fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont.
        Highlights, by day, include:
        Aug. 24: ProMedica Memorial Hospital Day. Grand opening ceremony, 8 a.m.; Fremont Speedway races at 7:30 p.m.
        Aug. 25: ABC INOAC Day. Musician J.D. Owen from 1-4 p.m.; Gatlin (Darryl and Andrea) musical artists from 6-9 p.m.; Chicken, lamb, pig and calf scrambles beginning at 6:30 p.m.
        Aug. 26: Whirlpool Day. Musician Dan Long from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Jim Sleek and the Uptown Country Band from 2-5 p.m.; musician Candy Miller performs 6-9 p.m.; Broken Horn Rodeo at 7 p.m.
        Aug. 27: Fremont Federal Credit Union Day. Little Rock Band from 1-4 p.m.; Haywire band from 6-9 p.m.; Demo Derby at 7:30 p.m.; Square Dance, 8 p.m.
        Aug. 28: Croghan Colonial Bank Day. Baby Contest, 10:30 a.m. (entries taken at Secretary’s Office through noon, Aug. 27); Forgotten Country Band from 1-4 p.m.; Happy Hour Duo Danny Burton & Linda Griffith from 6-9 p.m.; Monster Truck Racing League at 7 p.m.
        Aug. 29: Westview Veterinary Hospital Day. “A Tribute to Ray Price,” at 1:30 p.m.; and The British Invasion -- A Tribute to The Beatles at 4 p.m.
        In addition, the fair will feature amusement rides, food, agricultural exhibits and contests, Dynamic Duo of Magic shows, Aquatic Acrobatic shows, Laser Tag, and more.
        For hours, admission prices and a full schedule of events, visit
Virtual Vacation Trivia
        The Wood County District Public Library invites community members to test their knowledge of travel destinations with a virtual vacation trivia contest.
        To play, visit WCDPL’s Facebook page and click on the link to its Google form starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24. The form will be open for the competition for 24 hours. After the winners are chosen, the form will be left available for anyone to play for fun.
        “We may not be able to take our ideal vacations at the moment, but we can play a round of trivia about the places we hope to visit one day,” said Emrys Cordier, Information Services Librarian.    
        No registration is required. For more information, call 419-352-5050 or email
Insurance program
        The topic of Magruder’s Monthly Education Program, which will be held virtually Monday, Aug. 16 at noon, will be “Understanding Insurance.”
        Representatives from the hospital’s finance and patient accounting departments will share information on the complex world of insurance, including all the different ways people get their insurance, what questions to ask when shopping around and how to translate the insurance language.
        For more information or to sign up, call Rachel at 419-732-4061 or email
Peach & Wine Fest to
benefit Humane Society

        Schwan Orchards is hosting the Catawba Peach and Wine  Festival Saturday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds going to the Humane Society of Ottawa County. Schwan Orchards is located at 1797 NW Catawba Rd., Port Clinton.
        Admission and parking are free. There will be wine tasting and sales provided by Firelands Winery. Food, beer, soft drinks and will be available. The event will also include pie and wine competitions, live music, yard games and more.
        For more details on entries, visit or call Brad Schwan at 419-341-7326.
Ironwood Family Festival
        Project E.R. invites the community to the 31st Annual Block Party/Ironwood Family Festival Saturday, Aug. 28 from noon-9 p.m. at 1219 Crystal St., Toledo.
        The theme for this year’s festivities is, “Do You Know Where You Live?” 
        Attendees can spend the day learning about the Ironwood community’s history and enjoying fellowship and fun. Admission is free.
        Highlights of the event will include:
        • Presentation of the Annual JD Carter Garden Award & JD Carter Family Award.
        • Bubby’s Buckle Equestrian (horses).
        • Puck A Luck’s Kiddie Kingdom & Junior Olympics.
        • Fish fry, hot dogs, burgers, chips, juice, frozen treats and water provided.
        • Entertainment featuring Aces, Dazzlin Diamondzz Dance Sisters and Icewater.
        • Vendors (sign up and set up will be from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 28.
        Donations are encouraged and accepted. Visit or call Mary at 419-392-5640 for more details. Those interested in donating food may call Connie at 419-984-2600.
Caregivers invited to
Care Compass program

        The Wood County Committee on Aging’s Care Compass project provides a quarterly opportunity for caregivers
to gather together and obtain resources to make the journey of caregiving less stressful.
        The next session will be held in-person on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 140 S. Grove St., Bowling Green. A virtual participation option will also be available.
        The program is free and open to all caregivers but requires pre-registration by calling 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 or by emailing
        Lunch, sponsored by Brookdale of Bowling Green, is available for the first 20 participants registered for the session.
        The agenda includes:
        • 11 a.m. – “Busting Myths of Hospice and Palliative Care.” Sara Chambers, BSN, RN, CHPN, of Hospice of Northwest Ohio will explore common myths and misconceptions related to hospice and palliative care. Questions are encouraged.
        • 11:45 a.m. – “Dying to Know: What to Expect When Death is Near,” also presented by Sara Chambers. The human body has its own internal wisdom when it comes to shutting down and dying naturally. This presentation will identify physical changes the body undergoes, including alterations in nutrition and hydration. It will also highlight the importance of normalizing the experience of dying, specifically exploring strategies that can support patients, caregivers, and their loved ones through an end-of-life journey.
        The final One Care Compass of 2021 will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3.
        The CARE Compass Project is also sponsored by Brookdale of Bowling Green, BGSU Optimal Aging Institute, Golden Care Partners, Ohio Living Home Health and Wood County Hospital.
        For information on additional programs and services offered by the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., call 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or visit
“Something Rotten”
        Tickets are on sale for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s upcoming production of the hit 2015 Broadway musical, “Something Rotten,” which runs weekends Sept. 10-26.
        Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star, William Shakespeare. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize to thine own self be true….and all that jazz.
        “Something Rotten” has a NC-17 rating (mature situations, themes and innuendo and profane language).
        For reservations, call 419-243-9277 or visit
“Grasping Your Grief”
        The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. will present a support group called, “Grasping Your Grief” two times per month starting in September.
        Lisa Myers, LISW-S and Jessica Ricker, MSW, LSW, will facilitate the open-forum group, geared toward those who have experienced a loss within their lives.
        The group will meet at the Wood County Senior Center, 140 S. Grove St., Bowling Green on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 1-2 p.m. Meeting dates scheduled for 2021 include Sept. 1 and 15, Oct. 6 and 20, Nov. 3 and 17 and Dec. 1 and 15.
        Contact Myers or Ricker at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935 for more info.


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