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Free hip screening
Free hip screenings will be offered Friday, Feb. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at Magruder Orthopedic Clinic, 611 Fulton St., Suite G.
The screening will include an x-ray, consultation with an orthopedic nurse practitioners or orthopedic surgeon, and an opportunity to meet with a physical therapist and have other questions answered about post-surgical needs participants might have.
Appointments for this screening are required and may be made by calling 419-732-4061.

Diabetes Get-together
The next Magruder Hospital Diabetes Get-Together will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. in the Magruder conference center.
The free get-together is for anyone dealing with diabetes or pre-diabetes, including family and friends. The topic for February will be “Diabetes & Foot Health.” Discussions are led by Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.
No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 419-732-4047 or email

Quilters to meet
The Maumee Bay Country Quilters' Guild will hold their next meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd.
Doors open at 6 p.m.; the meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. The visitors’ fee is $10; a yearly membership is $35.

Fremont Theatre
to present “Artichoke”
Fremont Community theatre will present “Artichoke,” Jan 27-29 and Feb. 3-5 at the theatre, located at 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont.
The comedy – the third show of the 2022/2023 season – is under the direction of Michael PJ Foos. Written by Joanna M. Glass, “ Artichoke! is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection.
“Artichoke” is set on the Morley farm, in the prairie country of Saskatchewan, in Canada. Walter Morley and his wife, Margaret, have been estranged for 14 years, ever since his encounter with a “water witch” resulted in the arrival of his illegitimate daughter, Lily Agnes, and led to Walter's banishment to the smokehouse.
Margaret has remained in the main house, with Lily Agnes (whom she has raised as her own), and her father, Gramps. They are joined for the summer by Gibson McFarland, Gramps' adopted son, now a college professor, who is recovering from a mild nervous breakdown. Gibson's return reopens old wounds and desires, and it is soon apparent (and so reported by two gossipy bachelor neighbors) that Margaret’s needs for culture and affection are now being satisfied at last.
As summer wanes so must the idyll of Gibson and Margaret, but her transgression, in Walter's eyes, evens the score between them – and as the play ends it is clear that the Morley household, so long divided, will once again know the harmony and love that anger and stubborn pride have so long denied.
Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, visit or call 419-332-0695.

Winter Crisis Program
As higher energy costs make energy bills less affordable, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership’s Winter
Crisis Program continues to help residents stay warm this winter.
The program helps eligible residents of Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood counties who have received a utility shut-off notice or are in disconnect. The program also helps households that are in short supply (25 percent or less) of wood pellets, propane and other heating supplies.
To qualify, residents must be at or below 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $23,783 annual income/household of one; $48,563 annual income/family of four). Applicants must also provide a list of all household members, including Social Security numbers and birthdates; proof of citizenship for all household members; proof of income for all household members for the previous 30 days or 12 months and copies of recent utility bills.
For more information on the Winter Crisis Program or to schedule for assistance, visit or call the GLCAP scheduling hotline at 567-432-5046.

Human Trafficking 101
Mercy Health is collaborating with the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition to offer a Human Trafficking 101 seminar about the topic and about the resources available in the community.
Human Trafficking 101 is free and open to the public. It will be held Monday, Jan. 30 from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in Conference Center Room 1 (3rd Floor), Mercy Health – St. Anne Hospital, 3404 W Sylvania Ave., Toledo.
January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month and offers an opportunity to learn the basics of human trafficking, including those at risk and signs to look for to identify victims of human trafficking.
“Many people do not realize how big the human trafficking industry is. People are affected by it every day,” said OraLee Macklenar, LISW-S, LCDC III, CEAP, supervisor of Mercy Health – Toledo Trauma Recovery Center and co-chair, Education Committee of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition. “It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time, so by educating yourself on the topic, you can protect yourself and others.”
OraLee and Pastor Chuck Campbell, a member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, will speak on a variety of topics including:
• What is human trafficking (both sex trafficking and labor trafficking)
• Who are the traffickers
• Who is most at risk
The program will also include a panel of experts speaking about the topic.
If you or someone you love is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 or text “BeFree” to 233733. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.

THS celebrating
Valentine’s Day
Looking for a creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, the Toledo Humane Society is currently running a “Love Stinks” Fundraiser.
Members of the public who may be feeling “pet-ty” are invited to donate $5 to have the names of an ex-partner written on THS litterboxes for shelter cats to “take care of business.”
On a more positive note, THS is also asking community members who have classes, groups, or even individuals to write love letters to the animals of THS. Mail Valentines to Toledo Humane Society, 827 Illinois Ave., Maumee, OH 43537.
Lastly, THS will conduct its annual Barkery sale on Saturday, Feb. 11 from noon-5 p.m. in the shelter education suite in honor of volunteer Linda Hansen, who passed away in 2014. The event raises funds for THS animals.
For more information, visit or or call 419-891-0705.

Live in the House!
The Baker Family, a high-energy bluegrass band hailing from south central Missouri, will perform at the Pemberville Opera House Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the ongoing Live! In the House Concert Series.
Tickets are $12 and are available at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville; by calling Carol at 419-287-4848 or at the door. The Opera House is located at 115 Main St., Pemberville.
In addition to bluegrass, the Baker Family’s repertoire includes Gospel and classic country music. They performed on season 12 of “America’s Got Talent,” and PBS’s “Great American Bluegrass.” The band has received a number of accolades, including being named “Bluegrass Band of the Year” by the International Country Gospel Music Association, and the “Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest” in Branson, Missouri.
The Baker Family band is comprised of mom, Carrie, who plays guitar and double bass; Trustin on the violin and banjo; Carina, who plays the mandolin and harmonica and Elijah, playing bass and lead guitar. Learn more at

Genoa mayor
stepping down

There will be some changes in the administration and council in the Village of Genoa.
Mayor Thomas Bergman said he plans to resign his office Feb. 6, prior to the regular 7 p.m. meeting of village council.
Council president Brent Huston will be sworn in as the new mayor at the start of the meeting.
Mayor Bergman said last week another change is being reviewed by the village solicitor as he intends to be appointed village administrator, effective April 1.
The current administrator, Kevin Gladden, is retiring at the end of March but will be retained on a part-time basis as project manager, the mayor said.
Gladden was elected to Genoa council in 1995. He served on the finance committee and for two years served as chairperson for the streets and sidewalks committee and the safety committee before taking the position as the public works director in 1997.
On Jan. 1, 2011, he was appointed acting administrator and in February 2011 was appointed by then Mayor Mark Williams to become the full-time administrator.
In 2012, Bergman was appointed by Williams to a seat on the Genoa Planning Commission.
He was appointed to another term by Mayor Ken Harsanje and elected chairman of the commission by its board members in 2016.
Bergman was elected to a seat on the Clay Township Board of Trustees in November 2017, and elected as mayor of Genoa in November 2019.

Injury crash on
State Rt. 420
On Jan. 23 at approximately 10:37 a.m., troopers from the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash in Lake Township.
Martin T. Hinton, 69, Minerva, Ohio, was driving an International semi tractor-trailer southbound on State Route 420 and was stopped at a red traffic light at Libbey Road.
Joseph R. Harris, 22, Clarkston, Michigan, was driving a 2021 Subaru Outback southbound on State Route 420 and struck the rear of Hinton’s trailer.
Harris was transported to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center by Lake Township EMS with life-threatening injuries.
Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.

Meeting rescheduled
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District “From the Farm” meeting for Jan. 25, has been rescheduled for Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m., at Buffalo Wild Wings,1550 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.


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