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Diabetes get-togethers
The next Magruder Diabetes Get-Together will be on Thursday, March 7 at 1 p.m. in the Magruder Conference Center, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
These free get-togethers are for anyone dealing with diabetes or pre-diabetes, including family and friends. The topic for March will be “Diabetes and Nerve Damage.” Certified diabetes care and education specialists lead discussions. Attendees will learn, have the opportunity to ask questions, support one another and share stories.
RSVP not required. Call 419-732-4047 or email tstadler@magruderhospital.com for more information.

OSU Extension
offering programs
The Ohio State University Extension Lucas County Educators, in cooperation with Metroparks Toledo, is hosting monthly educational programs on a range of topics, including food, gardening, mindfulness and more.
Programs will be offered at the new Glass City Enrichment Center at 815 Front St., Toledo, next to Glass City Metropark.
Program dates are Thursdays, March 14, April 11 and May 9 from 3-5 p.m. The programs and parking are free. Reservations are required, as space is limited. To register, visit go.osu.edu/osugcec.
“We are excited to begin monthly programming for the community at the new Glass City Enrichment Center,” said Amy Stone, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Extension Lucas County. “The March 14 program features information on food from garden to plate in celebration of National Nutrition Month. Our April 11 program will highlight victory gardens with a seed giveaway.
“On May 9, we will be talking about nature for the health of it, drawing attention to mindfulness in the outdoors,” she said.
All programs are open to adults, youths and their parents/caregivers.
“We are planning more valuable programs for the second Thursday of each month for the remainder of the year,” Stone said. “All our programs are designed to help educate and empower residents of Lucas County to thrive.”
The OSU Extension is a county-based non-profit educational resource. Included within extension are Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

Lucas DD Night
at the Pistons
The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities is partnering with the Detroit Pistons for a fundraiser as part of DD Awareness Month celebrations.
“Lucas DD Night at the Pistons” will be held Saturday, March 9 at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, where the Pistons will host the Dallas Mavericks.
A portion of every ticket sold through this link, https://fevo-enterprise.com/event/LucasDD, will go back to the Lucas DD Friends Allies and Neighbors Network (FAN). FAN is a way for community members to give time or resources to help people with disabilities. Since its inception, the network has successfully responded to a range of requests of individuals served by the board—from furniture to recreation to attending concerts and sporting events free of charge.
Aside from the donation to the board, every ticket purchased through the link will come with a free Pistons gift and post-game opportunity to shoot a basketball on the Pistons home court.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month has been celebrated every March since 1987 to shed light on the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to their communities.

Quilters to meet
The Maumee Bay Country Quilters’ Guild will hold their next meeting Tuesday, March 5 at 6:45 p.m. at Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd., Northwood.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The program will feature the proprietor of The Carpenter’s Daughter Quilt Shop in Helena, who will share her journey as a quilt shop owner and a long arm quilter.
Visitors and new members are welcome. The visitors’ fee is $10. Annual membership dues are $35.

Greater Toledo
Train & Toy Show
Toledo Toymasters will present the Greater Toledo Train and Toy Show Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Student Health & Activities Center at Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg.
General admission is $7 for adults. Early Bird admission (9 a.m.) is available for $10. Children 12 and younger can get in free with a paid adult.
More than 250 dealers featuring model trains of all gauges and manufacturers, toys from all eras and static and operating displays. “Roundhouse Randy” will be on hand offering free appraisals and repair advice, as well as original parts for sale.

AG allocates $250K
for food pantries
following settlement
Food banks and food pantries throughout Ohio will again benefit from a settlement secured by the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost over price discrepancies at a discount retailer’s stores – this one with Family Dollar.
The $400,000 agreement earmarks $250,000 for food banks or other similar charities to purchase and distribute food and personal care items, with the beneficiaries chosen by Ohio’s 88 county auditors. Yost’s office recently entered into a $1 million settlement with Dollar General, with $750,000 of that distributed in December to auditor-selected food pantries.
Family Dollar, which was bought in 2015 by Virginia-based Dollar Tree, has 460 stores in Ohio.
On the heels of price discrepancies identified at Dollar General stores, Family Dollar stores came under scrutiny from county auditors, who are responsible for price verification at retail businesses.
Auditor inspectors found that Family Dollar was displaying prices on store shelves for certain items but charging higher prices at its registers.
In addition to paying monetary relief, Family Dollar must also make changes to ensure accurate pricing, including:
• Immediately adjusting the register price to match the shelf tag when a consumer identifies a discrepancy, and, within 24 hours, correcting the shelf tag.
• Requiring store managers and district managers to conduct monthly and bimonthly random price checks.
• Requiring stores with three “failed” auditor inspections within six months to undergo a full-store assessment within seven days of the third failed inspection – one that involves checking the price of every item for accuracy.
• Educating all employees about these policies and posting signs in its Ohio stores informing customers of the same.
Although Dollar Tree was originally named in the state’s complaint against Family Dollar solely as Family Dollar’s parent company, it was dismissed from the lawsuit upon the state reaching a settlement agreement with Family Dollar.
Ohioans who suspect unfair business practices should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.

Building trades
endorse Williams
State Representative Josh Williams, R-Sylvania, announced last week that the Northwest Ohio Building Trades Council has endorsed his campaign for the newly redrawn House District 44 in the November 2024 election.
Rep. Williams currently serves House District 41 which extends from portions of western Lucas County, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, West Toledo, Point Place, Oregon, and Eastern Lucas County.
However, in November 2024, Williams will be running in the redrawn House District 44 which includes all or parts of: Lucas County - Berkey, Harding Township, Monclova Township, Providence Township, Richfield Township, Roche de Boeuf Township, Spencer Township, Swanton, Swanton Township, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, Waterville, Waterville Township, and Whitehouse; in Wood County - Rossford, Northwood, Perrysburg, and Perrysburg Township; and in Ottawa County - Allen Township, Clay Center, Clay Township, and Genoa.

Water district
updates projects
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has announced updates on several projects.
A waterline repair throughout the Village of Millbury is now complete. Crews will return to the area for landscaping when the weather permits.
In Northwood, a sewer lining project throughout the city may cause lane restrictions in various locations.
The $830,000 project is scheduled for completion at the end of May.

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