News Briefs Week Of 10/31/2022

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Quilters to meet
Members of the Maumee Bay Country Quilters’ Guild will hold their next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:45 p.m. at Northwood Church of God, 33735 Curtice Rd., Northwood.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. The visitors’ fee is $10; yearly membership is $35.

Camera club meeting
TOPICS Camera Club, a non-profit organization open to everyone, will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 pm at the Monclova Community Center, 8115 Monclova Rd., Monclova.

Diabetes Get-Together
Magruder Hospital offers monthly Diabetes Get-Togethers on the first Thursday of each month (except December) at 11 a.m. in the conference center at the hospital, located at 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
The free get-togethers are for anyone dealing with diabetes or pre-diabetes, including family and friends.
The Nov. 3 meeting will be about staying on track during the holidays. Certified diabetes care and education specialists lead discussions.
No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 419-732-4047 or email

Pemberville Opera House
to welcome storyteller
Join professional storyteller Corrine Stavish as she takes a humorous and heartwarming look at the people who make us who we are – family – Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St.
Stavish’s appearance is 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., at the door or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.
Born in the Bronx, Stavish spent her childhood years in Tulsa, Oklahoma, divided her adolescence between Chicago and the Bronx. She went to college in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois, reared her children in Evanston, Illinois and moved to Michigan in midlife. She says living in four states has given her an unusual perspective of this country and introduced her to a variety of people who populate her stories. Universally recognizable regional accents and situations fill her tales.
Stavish credits her father, Martin Grayson, for instilling in her a love of justice, a passion for history, a wicked sense of humor, and a drive to share stories. She uses her degrees in Theatre, Literature and Performing Arts to great advantage, whether in the classroom or on stage, to shape personal and public history into inspiring narratives described as powerful and poignant.
She has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival and has presented workshops nationwide and was a keynote speaker at the 2005 National Storytelling Conference. She sits on the board of governors of the International Storytelling Center and is a College Professor in Humanities at Lawrence Technological University.

OSS to offer
pumpkin composting
For the second year, the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District will hold a pumpkin composting collection at the fairgrounds in all three counties,
Throughout November, residents may drop off pumpkins and gourds used for seasonal decorations in bins at:
• Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W SR 163, Oak Harbor.
• Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 744 North St., Fremont.
• Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Hopewell Ave., Tiffin.
The District’s partnership with Go Zero gives pumpkins and gourds a more sustainable ending, and reduces waste generated in the landfill. The pumpkins will get delivered to Andre Farms in Wauseon, where they will be specially composted. Compost that leaves their farm has 300% the plant nutrition of topsoil and can be used as a substitute for traditionally manufactured petroleum-based fertilizers.
Bins will be open to the public for the entire month of November during daylight hours. Bins are only for pumpkins and gourds, no other yard waste.
Email for more details.

Care Compass Project
The Care Compass project, a quarterly network gathering for caregivers and those who may be caregivers in the future, will meet in person and virtually Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 140 S. Grove St., Bowling Green.
The theme of this session is “Self-Care for Caregivers: Tips and Tools for Stress Relief.”
The Care Compass Project is free and open to all caregivers and community members but requires pre-registration by calling 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 or by emailing
Zoom login information will be given upon registration, if requested.
The agenda includes:
• 11 a.m.: Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is used as a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and wellness. Aromatic essential oils can be used to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit, while enhancing both physical and emotional health. Presented by Karen Bruss, certified aroma therapist.
• 11:45 a.m.: Lunch provided by Brookdale of Bowling Green for the first 20 in-person participants registered.
• 11:45 a.m.: Stress Relief Tips and Tools. Participants will gain tools and tips to help manage stress; take part in a guided meditation to experience peace and calm and clear the stress, anxiety or other emotional charges (20 minutes). A digital recording of the mediation will be provided. Teresa Bartchlett, of Rei-Light Healing and Hypnosis, will lead the session.
The Care Compass Project is sponsored by BGSU Optimal Aging Institute, Brookdale of Bowling Green, Golden Care Partners, Ohio Living, Wood County Committee on Aging, and Wood County Hospital.
For information on Wood County Committee on Aging programs and services, call 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or visit

County health
center undergoing
The Wood County Community Health Center will soon begin a renovation project that will allow for an expansion of services. The renovation will enable the Health Center to increase the number of exam rooms, add a behavioral health wing and expand the pharmacy and waiting room area.
“We’re excited about the changes we will be making in our facility, which will improve the experience our patients have in our center, allow us to serve more people and offer expanded service to our patients,” said Diane Krill, Health Center CEO.
The remodel is expected take approximately four months. Construction will be completed in phases, allowing the Health Center to continue to serve patients on-site throughout the renovation.
The Health Center will be closed Oct. 28 and 31. The Health Department will be open for all other services on those days.
Beginning Nov. 1:
-The Health Center entrance and parking for patients will be located on the east side of the building. Signs will be posted to direct patients to the alternate entrance and parking area.
-The Health Center pharmacy will move to an alternate location within the building and will be accessed through the main Health Department entrance.
The project is being funded through a grant specifically for health center renovations, made available from the Health Resources Services Administration.
“We appreciate the support of the Wood County Community Health Center Board of Directors and the Wood County Board of Health in undertaking this renovation,” said Krill. “Approving the use of federal funds for this project will provide a long-term benefit to our community.”

Storybook trail opens
Black Swamp Conservancy is inviting families to visit the newly-installed storybook trail at Dr. Robert L. Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve, 4400 Muggy Road, Port Clinton, (on Catawba Island).
The loop storybook walking trail, which winds through a restored pollinator meadow and along the water’s edge, is open to the public from dawn to dusk. New books will be installed monthly. This month’s book is Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, written and illustrated by Kenard Pak.
Funded by a grant from the Recreational Trail Program, a cooperative project of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Federal Highway Administration, Nehls Storybook Trail will provide families year-round outdoor activity.
For information about Nehls Storybook Trail and updates on featured books, visit Black Swamp Conservancy’s website at or call 419- 833-1025.

Campaign ad

The campaign for Ohio’s 41st House of Representatives District seat heated up over the weekend after an endorsement ad from the Nancy Larson campaign was labeled misleading and prompted a reaction from the Northwest Ohio Building Trades Council, who endorsed Josh Williams in the race.
The endorsement ad in question appeared in the Oct. 24, 2022 edition of The Press Newspapers on page 10 and featured a photo of Larson in front of a Toledo Refining Company logo and an unnamed employee.
"We are calling on the Larson campaign to stop using this ad immediately. The combination of the Toledo Refining logo and employee imply an endorsement of her campaign, and that factually is not the case. The Toledo Refinery Company does not endorse candidates and our union which represents contractor employees did not endorse Ms. Larson.
“In fact, Northwest Ohio Building Trades has endorsed Josh Williams for the House District 41 race. We are calling on the Larson campaign not to use Toledo Refinery logo, contractor employees, and Northwest Ohio Building Trades Council members in ads. The Northwest Ohio Building Trades Council stands firmly behind Josh Williams in this race because he stands with working men and women.” said Shaun Enright, Executive Secretary, Northwest Ohio Building Trades.


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