News Briefs Week of 10/14/19

Staff Writer

Fall convention planned
The Federated Democratic Women of Ohio will hold its Annual Fall Convention Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19 at the Radisson-Toledo, 101 N. Summit St.
The Friday schedule includes an open meeting with State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) from 7-9 p.m., followed by acknowledgement of office holders and candidates. Light refreshments will be available. RSVP is appreciated.
On Saturday, a luncheon will be available 1 p.m. The cost is $25. RSVP is required. A business meeting will follow, with guests State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Randi Clites, (D-Ravenna).
For more details or to RSVP, email or call 330-861-2932.

Farmers Market &
Harvest Happenings
Downtown Fremont Inc. host the Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market & ProMedica Memorial Hospital Harvest Happenings Events on Front Street on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
This Farmers Market will include many spooky activities for children of all ages.
South Creek Clydesdales will have a two-hour set-up that starts at 9 a.m. at Croghan and Front streets. There will be a drawing to award a rider the opportunity to participate in the Clydesdale Parade which will go through the market at 11 a.m.
Haunted Hydro will have a Costume Parade at 10:30 a.m. through the market. Meet in the Brady Parking Lot to parade to The Strand for the Adult & Kid Costume Contest. Judging will start at 11 a.m.
A pumpkin-decoration contest for carved and uncarved pumpkins will take place at noon at the intersection of Garrison and Front streets. All pumpkins should be decorated by adults and kids at home and dropped off at the intersection of Garrison and Front streets starting at 9 a.m. No registration is required. Prizes will be given for first-, second- and third-place to downtown businesses.
Throughout the market, there will be pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, face painting and other activities. Chris Fry, the Chalk Goblin, will be creating interactive sidewalk chalk drawings.
Downtown Fremont businesses and vendors within the market will be participating in trick-or-treat from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Participating stores and vendors will display an orange balloon.

Charity Sight-in
The 36th annual Dick Gremling Memorial Sight-In Day, sponsored by the Elmore Conservation Club, is set for Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the club range, 15550 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore.
The public offers shooters the opportunity to sight in rifle, pistol, slug-gun, handgun or bow for the hunting seasons. A donation of $10 per firearm or bow is requested, with proceeds going to Elmore area charities for the needy at the holidays. Experienced club staff will be on hand to assist.
The range is located along the Portage River, south side, a half mile west of SR 590. For questions, call Rich Marleau at 419-729-3358 or Steve Pollick at 419-307-8328.

Film, literary
contest winners
Original films about President John F. Kennedy’s last speech and little-known Civil War regiments comprised of injured soldiers were named the winners of the recent American Presidents Film & Literary Festival Awards.
The winners in each category include:
• Best Feature Film: “JFK: The Last Speech”
• Best Short Film: “The Invalid Corps”
• People’s Choice: “JFK: The Last Speech”
• Best Production: “The Invalid Corps”
The winners were announced Oct. 5 during the Champagne Film & Literary Awards Ceremony at the Live Edge Center in downtown Fremont.
“JFK: The Last Speech” explores the dramatic relationship between President John F. Kennedy and the poet Robert Frost, which reached its tragic climax in a surprising encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev at the height of the Cold War.
Born out of these events was Kennedy’s remarkable speech about poetry and power, which altered the life course of a group of Amherst college classmates who witnessed this compelling address and continue to exemplify in their contemporary lives a portrait of the challenges facing America.
“This is a lovely discussion about the importance of a liberal arts education and the value of learning about art,” said Tammy Kinsey, one of film competition judges. “The impact of this on educated people is clearly illustrated.”
The film was directed by Bestor Cram and introduced at the festival by Roger Mills, associate producer and member of the Amherst College class of 1964 that witnessed JFK’s last speech.
Mills, who graduated from Amherst College in 1964 and witnessed Kennedy’s last speech, accepted the awards for the film. He is an associate producer of the film and co-editor of the book “JFK: The Last Speech.”
Throughout the festival, Mills discussed the film with the audiences and also signed copies of the book for attendees.
“The Invalid Corps” tells the story of a July 1864 surprise raid by Confederates on the gates of Washington, D.C. The city was in panic, and nearly every able-bodied Union soldier had already been sent south to the Siege of Petersburg, more than 100 miles away.
That left clerks, government officials and the Invalid Corps, which was made up of soldiers injured in battle or by disease. This group held out for a desperate 24 hours until Gen. Ulysses Grant could send reinforcements.
The film is directed by Day Al-Mohamed.
On the literary side, Michelle Peach won first prize for her essay, entitled “A Conversation with Woodrow Wilson.” Peach is a junior at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Fremont. She received $50 and a certificate.
The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is organized by the Liberty and Learning Foundation, Fremont City Schools, Birchard Public Library and Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
For information, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter at @ampresfilmlit.

Auditions set
From the Heart Theater Group will hold auditions for a Christmas Double Feature Spectacular – two shows in one will be presented at Eisenhower Intermediate Dec. 13-15.
Auditions for both shows are open to the public. Auditions for “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” open to all junior high and senior high students, will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 from 4-6 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.
Auditions for “One Bethlehem Night,” a Broadway-style musical, a cast primarily of adults, will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 from 6-8:30 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Auditions will be at Ashland Church, 2350 Starr Ave. Oregon.
For full character and music descriptions as well as complete audition information, visit

Road closure
Rocky Ridge Road, between True Road and Toussaint North Road, in Ottawa County will be closed for repairs Oct. 14 through Nov 1.
Traffic will be restricted from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Emergency vehicles, school buses and local traffic will be accommodated. Others will need to use alternate routes.
For updated information visit the county engineer’s website.


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