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Township PD one of only 15 agencies chosen for program

Lake Township Police Department is one of only 15 law enforcement agencies in the United States chosen to participate in a special program to promote a crime prevention and community policing initiative. The event, labeled National Night Out, is being co-hosted by Walbridge Police Department.
Chief Mark Hummer explained the program involves the First Responder Children’s Foundation, which is sponsoring the program, in conjunction with CSX Railroad. The FRCF is donating about 200 toys for kids ages 1-16 to be given away during a two-hour event on Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd.
“We are proud that the First Responders Children’s Foundation chose us to participate in this program,” Chief Hummer said.
While National Night Out is celebrated nationwide, the special program is the result of a collaboration with several agencies, Hummer said.
“We are working with local CSX Police officials to plan the event,” he said. “In addition to the toy giveaways, we are planning to have a food truck from Smashdawgz, entertainment and a vintage police vehicle display as part of the event.”
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and private collectors will be displaying vintage law enforcement vehicles, including a 1930 Ford Model A police car. Walbridge Police Chief Ken Campbell, who is a DJ, will provide entertainment.
In addition to the toy giveaway, Lake Township Fire Department will have their Fire Safety Trailer at the event.
“The idea of National Night Out is to promote unity between law enforcement agencies and members of the public. This is accomplished while, at the same time, providing crime prevention and community policing information to the public. This is done while having a good time,” Hummer said.
“National Night Out is traditionally held on the first Tuesday in August, but that would interfere with the Wood County Fair. The following Tuesday is Election Day, so we decided to hold the event on Wednesday, the ninth,” he said.
For more information on the event, contact Ron Craig, LTPD’s community policing officer and crime prevention specialist, at 419-481-6354.

Zip the Burg
Downtown Perrysburg Inc. will present “Zip the Burg 4.3551 Mile Race” Friday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
The presenting sponsor is Visit Perrysburg, also known as the Perrysburg Visitors and Convention Bureau. Additional partners include Dave’s Running Shop, Preferred Insurance Network, Second Street Dental, the City of Perrysburg and the Police Division,
During DPI’s Zip the Burg Race, the community will be able to enjoy a family evening filled with plenty of fun. Highlights include:
• Character meet-and-greet with Princess Peach and Super Mario.
• Kids Dash (free), beginning at 6:20 p.m.
• 4.3551 mile run beginning at 6:30 p.m.
• One-mile Family Fun Run/Walk, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
• “The National Anthem,” sung by local teen, Reese Looser.
• Food trucks, including The Loaded Gastro, Porky’s Sweet Spot and Susie Lynne's Lemonade located at The Vault Parking lot.
• Beer Garden open to all ages (must be 21+ to drink alcohol) beginning at 7 p.m. near the start/finish line behind Second Street Dental and PIN Insurance.
Visit to register for the run. Runners for the 4.3551 mile and the one-mile race will receive a shirt, event logo bottle, admission into the Beer Garden, and beer ticket (for those 21+). All Kids Dash participants will receive a Finisher’s Ribbon.
Volunteers are needed. Sign up at the above link and click the volunteer tab at the bottom of the page. All volunteers will get free entrance into the Beer Garden party.
More information about the race can be found on DPI’s social media pages or by contacting race director Brittinee Huntley at

Tickets available
for plane rides
On Saturday Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6, Liberty Aviation Museum guests will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to ride in a World War-era aircraft known as “Tillie.”
The PT-17 was built by Boeing for the sole purpose of training military pilots to fly during World War II. After the war, Tillie was sold into civilian hands in 1945 and was used as a crop-dusting aircraft for the next 30 years.
Damaged in a landing accident in 1982, her remains were shipped to Florida to be attended to by Gid Townsend, who spent five years restoring the aircraft her to its current glory.
In 2017, Heritage Biplane Ltd. acquired Tillie and moved her to her new home in Akron, Ohio. Heritage Biplane and Liberty Aviation Museum will offer rides in classic warbird on flights originating from Liberty Aviation Museum on the grounds of the Erie Ottawa County International Airport.
To schedule a flight, call 330-328-4527.
Liberty Aviation Museum was founded in 2003 and houses the area’s largest collection of working early aviation and World War II artifacts, all of which are fully functional.

Disc golf course
coming to Millbury
A fundraiser will be held Aug. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at Passive Park, State Rt. 795 and Fostoria Road, in Millbury to inform residents about a planned 18-hole disc golf course at the park.
A temporary 13-hole disc course will be open to the public and there will be food trucks and raffles, said Matt Lassiter, who is planning the course for the village through a non-profit organization.
Lassiter said construction of the 18-hole course is tentatively planned to start in the fall of 2025.
He has also designed disc courses in Perrysburg and Genoa.

Sr. center
chili cook-off
The East Toledo Senior Center will hold a chili cook-off Sept. 9 from 6-10 p.m.
It will be free to enter the cook-off but anyone who comes to the event must purchase a ticket for $20, including those who enter the contest.
Entries must be brought in the night of the event no later than 5:30 p.m.
A minimum quantity of at least five quarts is required to enter and entrants are responsible for supplying their own crock pot. No roasters can be used.
Entries must be homemade and if any nut-based oil is used in the preparation it must be listed on the crock pot.
If entrants name their chili they can’t have personal names in the title.
Celebrity judging will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the people’s choice ballots will be accepted until 8 p.m.
Entry forms can be mailed or dropped off by Sept. 1 at the East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St., Toledo, Ohio. 43605.


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