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Diabetes Get-Together
The next Magruder Diabetes Get-Together will be held Thursday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. in the Magruder Hospital Conference Center, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
The free monthly get-togethers are for anyone dealing with diabetes or pre-diabetes, including family and friends. The topic for January will be “New Year, New Me: Getting Back, and Staying Back On Track.” Certified diabetes care and education specialists lead discussions.
No RSVP is necessary. Call 419-732-4047 or email for more information.

Quilters to meet
The Maumee Bay Country Quilters' Guild will hold their next meeting Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 6:45 p.m. at Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd., Northwood. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
The program will be presented by Julie Shoemaker, the guild's resident EQ expert who will review the program's use from start to finish. The meeting will conclude with a show and tell of EQ projects.

Humane Society
plans meetings
The Humane Society of Ottawa County will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 4, immediately following the 6 p.m. regular monthly meeting. Meetings will be held at the Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton.
A general election will be held for the board of directors. Four incumbent board members are running for reelection, including Barb Ayers, Terry Glovinsky, Crystal Cleary and Mary Anne Koebel. There are three open positions on the board.
Members of the Humane Society of Ottawa County are eligible to vote. Members include anyone who adopted a pet from the shelter in 2023; anyone who volunteers at the shelter on a regular basis; employees of the Humane Society of Ottawa County and anyone who donated to the Humane Society of Ottawa County in 2023.
Anyone interested in serving on the board of directors can obtain an application on the Humane Society website at Click on “Services/Opportunities” and scroll down to the board application.
Applications must be received by Jan. 2. Nominations for board members will also be accepted form the floor during this annual meeting.
For more information, call 419-734-5191 or email at

Patrol releases
holiday report
According to Ohio Highway Patrol provisional statistics, nine people were killed in eight fatal crashes on Ohio roadways this Christmas holiday weekend, resulting in the fewest deaths during a Christmas reporting period since 2018. The four-day Christmas reporting period began Friday, Dec. 22 at midnight and ran through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 25.
Of the nine people killed, five were not wearing a safety belt and impairment was a factor in two of the crashes.
During the reporting period, troopers arrested 213 people for operating a vehicle while impaired and 21 for illegal drugs. Troopers also issued citations for 228 safety belt and 75 distracted driving violations. Additionally, troopers assisted 1,049 motorists on Ohio roadways.
In comparison, there were 12 people killed during the 2022 Christmas holiday, which ran from Dec. 23-26.
The public is encouraged to use #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity. A statistical analysis of the Patrol's enforcement activity and crash data over the holiday is available online at

P.E.R.I. Meeting
Public Employees Retirement Inc. Chapter 82, Ottawa County District 1 will meet Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Ottawa County Community Resource Center, 8043 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
The meeting is open to all P.E.R.I. members, pre O.P.E.R.S and O.P.E.R.S retirees of Ottawa County and the surrounding counties. Jennifer Widmer, Ottawa County Auditor, will be the guest speaker.
Future meetings have been tentatively set for the remainder of the year for April 8, July 8, and October 14.

price increased
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution to cover the cost of operating District WaterSheds. Five gallons of water will cost $1.25 starting Jan. 2, 2024 – an increase of $.25
The cost for a gallon of water remains $.25 per gallon.
“Even with the slight increase, we remain the lowest cost option for purified drinking water in the region,” said District President Jerry Greiner. “We review WaterShed costs annually, and this minimal increase will allow us to continue providing this unique water purification service,” he continued.
WaterSheds are walk-up buildings owned by the district that use a 9-step water purification process. Over a decade ago, the district saw the need in rural communities for people using well systems without access to public water. Since then, their popularity has grown to 13 locations throughout the region. For more information and locations, go to

Plan Commission
meeting Jan. 2
The Wood County Planning Commission will meet Jan. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the county office building in Bowling Green.
The meeting agenda includes an application to rezone about 39 acres of land in Perrysburg Township from an R-3 Suburban Residential-Medium Density zoning classification to an R-4A Suburban Residential-High Density.
The acreage is adjacent to the Starbright Subdivision.


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