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P.E.R.I. Meeting
Public Employees Retirement Inc. (P.E.R.I.) Chapter # 82, Ottawa County District 1, will meet Monday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Ottawa County Resource Center, located at 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
The meeting is open to all P.E.R.I. members and pre-O.P.E.R.S. and O.P.E.R.S. retirees of Ottawa and surrounding counties. Ottawa County Auditor Jennifer Widmer will be the guest speaker.
Those who have questions about their benefits are invited to attend.
Future meetings have tentatively been set for April 8, July 8 and Oct. 14.

Ottawa Co. Wreath
Committee announces
matching funds
On Dec.16, volunteers assembled at Clay Township, Allen Township, Carroll Township, Sackett and all other Danbury Township/Marblehead-area cemeteries to honor veterans resting in those locations with wreaths.
The event was made possible by donations that purchased wreaths and the volunteer Wreaths Across America, Ottawa County Wreath Committee, which manages the countywide program.
Through Tuesday, Jan. 16, Wreaths Across America will match all donations sent to the local Ottawa County office. The cost of a wreath is $17. Tax-deductible donations of any amount may be made out to Wreaths Across America and mailed to 8444 W SR 163, Oak Harbor, OH 43449.
Questions regarding the program, donations, etc., may be directed to Sara at 419-898-2089.

Model Train Clinic
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is offering a second opportunity this holiday season to get help with model trains.
Hayes Presidential will offer a second model train clinic Saturday, Jan. 6 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the museum auditorium.
Admission is $5 per person for ages 6 and older. Kids ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the museum front desk the day of the event.
Veteran model train hobbyists will examine model trains that guests bring in and help them with troubleshooting and advice. They also gave a train clinic in early December at Hayes Presidential and are returning to help more people fix up their trains before putting them away for next holiday season.
In addition, attendees can run their trains on the “Hayes Train Special” track, which fits standard, O-gauge and G-gauge trains. “The Hayes Train Special” is Hayes Presidential’s annual model train display, where model trains run through a Victorian holiday scene and delight visitors of all ages. Visitors and train clinic participants can watch them wind through tunnels and villages in this multi-tiered 12-foot by 24-foot exhibit. They can get involved by pushing buttons that run one of the trains, blow the train whistle and more.
Hayes Presidential is located at Spiegel Grove, at the corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. Visit for more details.

Christmas decoration
donations welcome
As area families take down and pack up their holiday decorations, Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society is accepting new and gently used Christmas items for next year's Community Christmas event.
Drop-offs can be made every Monday in January from 10 a.m.-noon at the Educational Wing of First St. Mark’s, 1121 Grasser St., Oregon
Call 419-902-5149 to make other drop-off arrangements.

Museum closure
The National Museum of the Great Lakes, located at 1701 Front St., Toledo, will remain closed through Friday, Jan. 12 for annual deep cleaning.
Call 419-241-5000 or visit for more information about the museum and upcoming hours.

Adult Winter Reads
The Wood County District Public Library is presenting an Adult Winter Reads reading program from Jan. 8 through March 11.
Starting Monday, Jan. 8, visit a WCDPL library location to pick up submission forms, or use the online form at, to keep track of your reading. Then, choose your favorite book, e-book or audiobook. Get materials instantly using WCDPL OverDrive, the Ohio Digital library, and hoopla, or use the WCDPL catalog.
Read or listen to materials from the library, fill out your forms and submit them for a chance to win prizes in one of three raffles.
Those who submit their first entry in person starting Jan. 8 will also receive a free Winter Reads mug. Mugs are available for the first 100 people to submit. Pick up your mug at any WCDPL location.
Prizes include:
• Jan. 29 raffle – Book bag with a cozy blanket.
• Feb. 19 raffle – $100 Visa gift card.
• March 11 grand prize raffle – iPad 9th generation.
To be eligible for the grand prize drawing, entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m. Entrants must be 18 or older to win.
The Adult Winter Reads program is supported by the Bowling Green Manor and Heritage Health Care. For more information, call 419-352-5050, email, or visit

Swatting incident
at rep’s home
State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) released the following statement after becoming the victim of a swatting incident at his home.
“This afternoon I was contacted by the Perrysburg Police Department after their dispatch received communication indicating an individual has been shot at our residence,” Ghanbari said. “This false report prompted a response by law enforcement officers who arrived on scene and swiftly cleared our home.”
Swatting is generally known as a prank phone call to emergency services which results in an emergency response to a given address.
Similar incidents targeting elected officials in Ohio and across the country have been reported in recent days. An investigation is underway.
Ghanbari expresses his gratitude to the professionalism and prompt response of The Perrysburg Police Department, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, The Columbus Police Department and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force as these entities are engaged in this active investigation.


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