News Briefs Week of 11/23/2020

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Thanksgiving Dinner
A free, drive-thru dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Woodmore High School, 633 Fremont St., Elmore
The dinner is available to Ottawa and Sandusky county residents, however, everyone in the community is welcome.
The menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and desserts.
As in past years, local churches, businesses, community organizations and many volunteers are collaborating to make the event a success. Last year, about 400 people attended the event, and organizers are expecting about the same this year.
Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, there will be no inside seating. All safety guidelines will be followed to ensure safety for those who pick up meals at the drive-thru.
Anyone who would like to donate their time for this event may contact Robin Hindall at

Online auction to
benefit Healing Barn
An online auction fundraiser to benefit The Healing Barn, a non-profit horse rescue facility located at 27731 Bradner Rd., Millbury, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Tuesday, Dec. 1.
The auction will feature hundreds of items, including watches and jewelry, Kate Spade purses; rare bourbons and whiskeys, destination packages including fly fishing in Telluride and a Best of Key West VIP Getaway; experiences including four tickets to an NFL game, a weekend as an astronaut for two and more.
All proceeds raised go directly to helping abused horses.
Log on to see prizes and bid at Learn more about The Healing Barn at

Avoid clogged
kitchen drains
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) is reminding those preparing meals this holiday season to be aware of what goes down their kitchen drains.
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) can solidify and cause blockages in pipes that can lead to backups, clogged plumbing, damaged wastewater treatment systems and environmental issues.
The District reminds area residents that, when it comes to fats, oils, and grease – can it, cool it and throw it away.
Fats, oils and grease come from meats, butter and margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products and cooking oil.
When FOG is warm, it’s easy to pour down the drain, but as it cools, it hardens and can cause sewer pipes to clog. This can lead to a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO), where raw sewage can back up into homes, lawns, neighborhoods, and streets and harm public infrastructure.
The District offers these tips for stopping this common problem:
• Allow fat, oils, and grease to cool and solidify in an aluminum can and then dispose of it in your garbage.
• Use a disposable paper towel to wipe off greasy pans and dishes to remove build-up before rinsing or placing in the dishwasher.

Holly Jolly Events
Downtown Fremont Inc. will host Holly Jolly Events in Downtown Fremont to get the holiday season started.
A tree lighting will be held Friday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at the corner of Front and State streets by The Santa House Downtown.
Santa will welcome children in his house at the corner of Front and Croghan streets prior to the tree lighting, from 5-7 p.m. Santa will have also have hours from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. COVID-19 precautions will be in place, including social distancing, a mask requirement and a hand washing station.
Dancers from Kassandra’s Dance Academy will be on hand to kick off the tree lighting, and The Garrison Restaurant will be roasting chestnuts and other holiday foods to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Front Street between State and Croghan streets will be closed to traffic for the tree lighting.
Small Business Saturday
Shoppers are encouraged to patronize local businesses on Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 28.
“The war on small businesses is happening. While franchises are great, a lot of that money leaves the community while most all of small business money stays in the community,” said Kristie Bilger, Executive Director, Downtown Fremont, Inc.
From Nov. 27 through Dec. 14, for every $10 shoppers spend at participating downtown Fremont retail businesses, they will be entered into a drawing to win 250 or 100 Downtown Fremont Dollars, which are redeemable at participating downtown stores.
Santa will be in his house on Fridays in December from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. A mailbox will be placed outside of the house Nov. 27 through Dec. 19 for children to mail Christmas letters to Santa and receive a letter back from the North Pole. Stamps are not required, but letters must have a return address.
For more info, call 419-332-8696, visit or follow Downtown Fremont, Inc., on social media.

Thanksgiving meal
Northwood Church of God, 1838 S. Coy Rd., will offer a free Thanksgiving meal, Thursday, Nov. 26 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The menu includes turkey and all the fixings. Carryout and drive-thru pickup is available. Call 567-525-1684 or the church at 419-691-1376 to reserve a meal. The meal is open to everyone in the community.

Holiday meal gift
cards for veterans
The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office is offering free holiday meal gift cards to county veterans, as a show of gratitude for their service to our country.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Veterans Service Office will not conduct an in-person distribution this year. Veterans may contact the office at 419-898-2089 for more info. Requests must be completed by Dec. 1 to allow for processing time.

Motorists cited for
seat belt violations
The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on distracted driving enforcement.
During the project, 3,504 people in Ohio were cited with failing to wear an available safety belt. Additionally, 36 people were cited for child safety seat violations.
The high-visibility enforcement included the OHP and state police from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and the West Virginia. The initiative began Nov. 9 at 12:01 a.m. and continued through Nov. 16 at 11:59 p.m.
Motorists are reminded that safety is a shared responsibility between the driver and passengers. Each time you get in a vehicle, ensure everyone uses safety belts if available.
The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

The Ohio Department of Health last week issued a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. statewide curfew that will be in effect for 21 days to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The curfew will not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to a pharmacy. Picking up carryout or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery will be permitted, but serving food and drink in person must cease at 10 p.m.
"We're not shutting down, we're slowing down," Governor Mike DeWine said at his weekly press conference. "The curfew is aimed at helping to reduce the number of person-to-person contacts because the only way virus lives is when it goes from one person to another. We have to flatten this curve again and get this under control."
The decision to impose a 21-day curfew was made with input from the medical and business communities with consideration to the economic and mental health impacts that another shutdown could cause.
"This is a balanced approach that will slow down people coming together and impact the spread of the virus to the point that it can be controlled, and at the same time, not cause a catastrophic effect in the economy," said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. "You have to care about both the economy and health - you can't just care about one in isolation. Based on all of the recommendations we considered, a curfew was the most impactful option with the least disruption."
DeWine also encouraged Ohioans to do one thing each day that will decrease the spread of the virus through mask-wearing, social distancing, and limiting the number of daily contacts.

Virtual Cub Scouts
The Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America is launching a virtual Cub Scout Pack to better serve youth in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Ed Caldwell, Erie Shores Council Scout Executive/CEO, “With the rise in COVID cases and the need to limit social gatherings, the Erie Shores Council volunteers and staff have recognized the need to adapt some of our traditional programming to be better equipped to serve the entire community. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we began to create opportunities such as the six-week #Scoutingathome419 Challenge, online merit badges, virtual hike, virtual camp-in, and Camp-to-Go (a virtual day camp experience). Scouts have continued to serve the community through various service projects including food drives, park beautification and various Eagle projects.
“Many of our Cub Scout packs and Scouts BSA Troops continue to meet in person in small groups outdoors,” she said. “Outdoor camping continues with state and local health guidelines being put in place.
“Our virtual pack allows families that are unable to participate in those small in-person groups, to experience what Scouting offers,” he said. “Cub Scouts is more than just outdoor adventure. Scouting delivers character and leadership development, STEM-based activities and teaches service to the community all in a safe environment.
The virtual Cub Scout is open to youth grades K-5. Interested families can fill out the parent survey at or by emailing


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