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P.E.R.I. meeting
P.E.R.I. Chapter # 93, Lucas County District 1 will meet Sept. 28 from 1-2:15 p.m. at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Ave.
For additional parking, attendees should use the farthest spaces available from the entrance of the Birmingham Branch Library, 203 Paine Ave.
Guest speaker will be Matt Markey, Blade outdoor editor.
After the break, there will be an opportunity to ask questions regarding O.P.E.R.S. benefits, Medicare denials and the latest state legislative information.
All chapter and P.E.R.I. members, guests and new O.P.E.R.S., P.E.R.I. and retirees are welcome, including those from nearby cities and towns.
Refreshments will be available. Attendees may wear masks if they choose.

Candidates to
host open house
New Oregon City Council candidates will host an open house Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5-10 p.m. at the Christ Dunberger American Legion Post, 4925 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
The event is being scheduled to enable community members to meet and learn more about council candidates. There will be no formal agenda.
Beverages and light refreshments will be provided

Magruder offering
adult flu shots
Adult flu shots are being offered in the Magruder Hospital Pharmacy, which is located at the end of the same building as Urgent Care, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
The pharmacy has regular and high dose flu vaccine available and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No appointment is required. The pharmacy can bill insurances; bring insurance cards.
Pediatric flu vaccines should be obtained from primary care providers or the Ottawa County Health Department.

Yoga class canceled
Due to recent cooler morning temperatures, The Yoga Haven is canceling the Yoga in the Grove class that was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 at Hayes Presidential Library and Museums in Fremont.
For more information, contact The Yoga Haven at 419-680-8347 or

Gardening workshop
Black Swamp Conservancy will present a gardening workshop Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg.
Led by master gardener Vicki Gallagher, the workshop will explore the concept of low-maintenance forest gardens, designed to mirror the intricate dynamics of woodland ecosystems. Forest gardens create a harmonious balance between nature and cultivation that’s achievable for gardeners of all skill levels.
Participation is limited to 25 attendees. The registration fee is $10. Learn more and register online at

Events to conclude
President Hayes’
birthday celebration
President Rutherford B. Hayes’ yearlong 200th Birthday Celebration will wrap up on Sunday, Oct. 1, with three free events at Spiegel Grove, located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland in Fremont.
Events include a reverse parade, a wreath-laying at the president’s tomb and dedication of a tree to Civil War soldiers in the U.S. Colored Troops who had ties to Sandusky County. After the festivities, there will be an ice cream social on the lawn.
The reverse parade through Spiegel Grove will start at 1 p.m. at the Hayes Home. In a reverse parade, spectators move, and the parade is stationary. Area scout groups, along with law enforcement and Grand Marshall Rutherford B. Hayes himself, will lead spectators on a leisurely stroll around Spiegel Grove to view “floats” highlighting key moments in President Hayes’ life. The floats will feature music, candy and people in costume. The parade will last about 45 minutes.
After the parade, the annual wreath-laying at the tomb will take place around 1:45 p.m. Military representatives sent by President Joe Biden will lay a wreath at the presidents’ tomb for his 201st birthday, which is Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Maj. Gen. Matthew Baker, commanding general of the 88th Readiness Division, U.S. Army Reserve, and Hayes Presidential Executive Director Christie Weininger will speak.
Chaplain Maj. Daniel Hamman of the 302 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, also will participate. Specialist Mindy Strahl, bugler of the 338th Army Reserve Band, U.S. Army Reserve, will play “Taps,” and local veterans will give a gun salute.
After the wreath-laying, Hayes Presidential will dedicate an oak tree and commemorative brick near the rose garden path to Civil War soldiers in the U.S. Colored Troops who had ties to Sandusky County.
The dedication is the result of a research project into the stories of these soldiers completed by Weininger, Curator of Manuscripts Julie Mayle, Associate Curator of Manuscripts Nan Card and Hayes Presidential board member and volunteer Regina Vincent-Williams, Ph.D.
Through their research, the group identified more than two dozen soldiers who were born, lived or worked in Sandusky County.
The group plans to continue unearthing more information about local soldiers in the USCT.
Reservations are not required for any of the events. Croghan Colonial Bank is sponsoring President Hayes’ 200th Birthday Celebration.
Call 419-332-2081, visit for more information. Updates are also available on Hayes Presidential social media pages.

Chamber opposes
State Issue 2
The board of directors of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the chief executive officer, Steve Stivers, have voted to oppose State Issue 2, the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot.
“Data has shown that states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana experience increased absenteeism and workplace injuries. At a time when Ohio companies are struggling to fill open positions, the legalization of recreational marijuana would exacerbate our current workforce shortages. The Ohio Chamber stands ready to work with stakeholders and legislators to ensure the business community’s voice is heard on this issue,” a statement by the chamber says.

The Alumni Association of Morrison R. Waite High School is currently seeking nominations for the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award.
This year’s recipients will be recognized at the 60th Annual Purple and Gold Celebration. The award established in 1981recognizes those Waite High School graduates who have maintained alumni status for the last 10 years, who have excelled in their fields of employment, and who have gone above and beyond leading and serving their community and country. The 2024 celebration will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024.
To nominate a Waite High School graduate for the DWA Award, please contact the Chairman of the Alumni Association by calling 419-697-1949 or email The deadline to submit a completed nomination form is Thursday, Nov. 1, 2023.


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