News Briefs

Staff Writer

Live in the House!
concert series returns
The RFD Boys will kick off the 15th season of Live in the House! concert series Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St.
Tickets are $12 for the show, or $90 for the nine-show series and are available at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville; at the door or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.
Concerts are presented the first Saturday of each month, September through May. Visit for more information.
The RFD Boys have been delighting Ann Arbor audiences since 1969 with their music and sly, exquisitely timed between-song humor. With an appearance on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited, songs recorded by the likes of the Country Gentlemen, and performances alongside bluegrass greats like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, the RFD Boys are a part of America’s bluegrass tradition. One of southeastern Michigan’s most durable musical ensembles, they’re very much a local tradition, too.
“Orange Blossom Special,” the granddaddy of all train songs, has been their closer for more than 30 years.
To learn more about The RFD Boys, visit

Labor Day Fireworks
Festival set in Elmore
The Village of Elmore will present a Fireworks Festival Sunday, Sept. 3 from 4-8 p.m.
The celebration will include live music featuring Willow Hill, from Nashville, Tennessee and local favorite Nick Ammons.
Festivalgoer can also enjoy a range of attractions including:
• 4-8 p.m. – Artisans, bounce houses.
• 5-6 p.m. – Reptile show.
• 5-7 p.m. – Petting zoo, pony rides.
A number food trucks will be on hand including Deet’s BBQ, Juanito’s Tacos, Smashdawgs, Quinn’s Concessions, Nene’s Sweet Treats, BD’s Lemonade King, K&K Funnel Cakes and Kona Ice.
Festivalgoers can also purchase refreshments at the Entertain Elmore table or from DORA participants in the village.
Fireworks will launch at dusk from Well Park. Parking and seating will be available at Woodmore Stadium.

Constitution Day
Seminar planned
The Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition (NWOCC) and Back to Basics are sponsoring a Constitution Day Seminar on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at Schaller Memorial Hall, 130 W. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg.
Speakers will include Professor Lee Strang on originalism and natural law; Katherine Clark on the Convention of States; Professor Drew Blazsik on currency and monetary policy; Jon Jakubowski on checks and balances; Tim Brentlinger on Article IV and Bob Densic on enumerated powers.
“We are excited to have so many excellent speakers share with us their knowledge of the greatest document in history and are proud to celebrate the birth of our republic by learning about the Constitution,” said Linda Bowyer, chair of the NWOCC.
A donation of $20 is requested. Lunch will be provided, so pre-registration is required. To register, email
The Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition is a non-connected political action committee registered with the Federal Election Commission and the State of Ohio.
For more information, visit or contact email

Raise the Roof
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington St., Genoa, has been raising funds to replace a $160,000 roof on their school building and the church offices.
The church has held a number of fundraising events throughout the spring to support the “Raise the Roof Campaign.” On Friday, Sept. 8, a BBQ Chicken Dinner will be held before the Genoa vs. Fostoria football game.
The dinner will include a half-chicken, baked potato with sour cream and butter, cole slaw, applesauce and a cookie.
The drive-thru-only event starts at 4:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and are available at or by dropping off a check at the church office on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information, call 419-855-3906 or email office@stjohnsgenoa.
Economic development grant
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $70,000 grant to the Maumee Valley Planning Organization to support its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The Maumee Valley Planning Organization serves Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Defiance, Williams, Fulton, and Erie counties.
Ohio workers can compete with anyone in the world, and this investment will help these local communities remain competitive,” said Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. “This will help create more good-paying jobs in Northwest Ohio and position the region to lead in new and growing industries.”
The investment aims to establish an economic development plan and strategies to support private capital investment and job creation in the area.
The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at

B-17 bomber to
visit museum
Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton will host the World War II B-17 Bomber “Yankee Lady”
Sept. 9 to offer flights to the museum patrons and guests.
Yankee Lady is one of nearly 13,000 B-17 Bombers built for the war, of which less than 40 survive.
Yankee Lady is one of only nine still airworthy.
Reservations for a seat on this historic aircraft can be made on-line at or by calling 734-252-6457

H2Ohio enrollment
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a “From the Farm” H2Ohio new enrollment meeting Aug. 30, at 7 p.m., at Simpson Garden Meeting Room 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green.
Learn more about the next round of H2Ohio signup, updates to practices, payments, OACI, and the incorporation of MyFarms. Enrollment for new and returning producers begins Sept. 5.
RVSP to the district office at 419-354-5517 #4.

Hydrant flushing

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will be flushing and testing fire hydrants beginning Aug. 28 through Nov. 3.
Testing will be performed on all hydrants in the City of Rossford and all hydrants east of the City of Perrysburg corporation limits to the I-280 expressway in Lake Township. The area affected will be Ampoint Industrial Park, Owens Community College, Village of Walbridge, Moline and Turnpike Exit 5 Interchange, as well as subdivisions such as the Hamlet, Belmont County Club, Starbright, Lakemont, and Homecraft.
Testing will be performed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Residents may experience rusty water during this period and should run tap water prior to using water for laundry purposes. Should you do laundry during this testing period and rust appears on clothing, rust-removing chemicals may be obtained through the district’s office located at 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Customers may call 419-354-9090 or 877-354-9090 (toll free) if they have any questions or need rust removing chemicals.

Bridge, road
projects starting
Road repairs and a bridge project are planned to start in Ottawa County.
The county has contracted with Great Lakes Demolition to rehabilitate the bridge on Toussaint North Road over Packer Creek, between Benton-Carroll Road and Duff-Washa Road.
The work will require the full closure of the bridge and through traffic will not be permitted between Benton-Carroll and Duff-Washa roads.
The bridge is scheduled to be closed Sept. 5 through Oct. 31. A detour route will be posted.
The county will also be fog sealing various roads that will require closure as crews place material.
Emergency vehicles, school buses and local traffic will be provided access. Work is scheduled to start Aug. 28 and finish by Aug. 31.
The order of the projects is:
-Darr Hopfinger Road, entire length
-Mulcahy Road, from Darr-Hopfinger to Oak Harbor Southeast
-Bolander Road, from Moline-Martin to Main Street in Clay Center
-Rocky Ridge Road, from State Rt. 163 to Kolb Road
-Rocky Ridge Road, from True Road to Toussaint North Road.
-Duff-Washa Road, from Lickert-Harder to Benton-Carroll Road
Project updates will be posted on the county engineer’s website:

Hebert to speak
at Hayes Library
A former Toledo TV news reporter will talk about his book that features unusual stories of Toledo’s past during a presentation Aug. 27, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museum, Fremont.
Lou Hebert will speak at 2 p.m. about the new, 2023 edition of his book, “Day By Day in Toledo.”
The book will be for sale in the Museum Store, and Hebert will sign copies of the book after the talk.
Admission is free, and the talk will take place in the museum auditorium.
“Day by Day in Toledo” is an almanac of important and noteworthy happenings in Toledo and Northwest Ohio over the years that are largely forgotten but still interesting and sometimes relevant today. Herbert was a reporter and writer in broadcast news for four decades in Toledo and also worked as an anchor in Toledo radio news. He is a native of Genoa.
Hayes Presidential is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit


The Press

The Press
1550 Woodville Road
Millbury, OH 43447

(419) 836-2221

Email Us

Facebook Twitter

Ohio News Media Association