News Briefs Week of 11/25/19

Staff Writer

Wreath ceremonies
set in Ottawa County
The Ottawa County Wreath Committee is bringing Wreaths Across America to veteran graves in the Genoa and Elmore area cemeteries on Saturday, Dec. 14.
With the help of the community, the Wreath Committee will place more than 1,600 Christmas wreaths at the final resting place of Ottawa County heroes.
A remembrance ceremony will be held at Clay Township Cemetery and Harris Elmore Union Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m. Wreaths will be placed at the conclusion of the ceremony.
The event is made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths, and participate in the events.
For more details, call Sara Toris at the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office at 419-898-2089.

Cookie donations
sought for fundraiser
The Humane Society of Ottawa County is looking for volunteers to bake cookies for their annual Christmas Cookie Walk which will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m.-noon at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson St., Port Clinton.
Those wanting to help may drop off cookies, cookie bars, candies, breads or any other confections of any kind or amount at the church by 8 a.m. Dec. 14 or at the Humane Society shelter located at 2424 Sand Rd., Port Clinton between noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 10-13.
Call the shelter at 419-734-5191 for more details.

Quilters to meet
The Maumee Bay Country Quilters' Guild will hold their annual Christmas Dinner Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd., Northwood.
Paid reservations are required. Call Marlene Cervenec at 419-666-5176 for more info.

H2Ohio program
unveiled in Toledo
State Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) joined Gov. Mike DeWine in Toledo Nov. 14 as the Governor unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to preserve Ohio’s waterways and ensure safe, clean water for Ohio’s citizens.
The program focuses on reducing phosphorus and preventing algal blooms, creating wetlands, addressing failing septic systems and preventing lead contamination. The Ohio General Assembly fully-funded the program for the current biennium in the state budget earlier this year.
“The lake is important to all Ohioans, but especially to the people living in my senate district,” said Gavarone. “I’m proud to support the Governor's H2Ohio program, and I remain committed to working with our local leaders to protect Lake Erie and the value it brings to Ohio."
In addition to passing funding in the state budget for the H2Ohio program, the Senate also this year unanimously passed Senate Bill 2 which would establish a statewide watershed planning and management program to coordinate state and local efforts to improve water quality and meet the unique needs of various regions around the state.
Various leaders in the agricultural, environmental and business communities attended the announcement at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. Also joining were Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz, Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Laurie Stevenson and Lake Erie Commission Director Joy Mulinex.
“H2Ohio takes on Ohio’s water quality issues with an aggressive plan of proven solutions. We appreciate Gov. DeWine stepping up to provide funding to make the implementation of additional best management practices more economically feasible for farmers as they help achieve the overall goal of clean water across the state,” said Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III.
“H2Ohio is a major advancement in the fight to provide all Ohioans with clean, safe, and affordable water,” added Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council. “We look forward to continuing this important work alongside environmental, agricultural, academic and regulatory leaders to develop science-based, forward-thinking solutions that are good for people, good for our environment and good for our economy.”
For additional details about the Governor’s H2Ohio program, visit

The City of Toledo has streamlined lead grant applications for owner-occupied and rental lead abatement grant assistance.
The new applications are now nine pages for landlords and five pages for owner occupied applications – both down from 17 pages previously.
“We continue to streamline the lead grant application process and we want the public to know about the availability of lead abatement grant funds,” said Rosalyn B. Clemens, commissioner of housing for the city’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development.
The Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program, provided by the city, is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. It provides financial assistance to help control lead paint hazards in residential units located in the city of Toledo. Assistance is provided to qualified homeowners and landlords in the form of a grant, with highest priority given to units occupied by lead-poisoned children under the age of six or at least one pregnant female past her first trimester.
“The grant allows us to conduct lead hazard control and healthy homes work in residential units located within the city of Toledo,” Ms. Clemens said. “The funds are used to identify lead hazards in eligible units, the remediation of those hazards through appropriate control or abatement procedures, and other activities such as training and outreach. Financial assistance can include, but is not limited to paint stabilization, replacement windows, doors, and siding.”
The applications can be found at the following links:

4 arrested after
vehicle chase
A Riverdale, Illinois man and three juvenile suspects were lodged in Wood County detention facilities after leading law enforcement officers on a chase from Indiana to the City of Perrysburg where they were apprehended.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers from the Swanton Post responded Nov. 15 at 5:55 p.m. to a report of a stolen vehicle being pursued by the Indiana State Police on the Indiana Turnpike.
The vehicle entered Ohio and proceeded east on the Ohio Turnpike and then exited on I-280. From there it exited onto westbound State Rt. 795 and then to Perrysburg where it struck a vehicle on Boundary Street and the suspects fled on foot.
All four were taken into custody without incident. The driver, Dashawn Weeden, 21, was charged with failure to comply and receiving stolen property and was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center.
The other three suspects are juveniles and are to be charged with receiving stolen property. They were incarcerated in the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center.
The Highway Patrol was assisted by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Perrysburg Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Lake Township Police Department, Rossford Police Department, Wood County Park District, and Maumee Police Department.
Two occupants in the vehicle struck on Boundary Street were treated and released from St. Luke’s Hospital, according to the Highway Patrol.

Hunter fined
On the opening day of teal hunting season, State Wildlife Officer Reid Van Cleve, assigned to Ottawa County, was working at Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area where he observed two hunters in the marsh.
As a wood duck flew over, one of the hunters shot and killed the duck. Wood ducks are not legal game during the teal season. Officer Van Cleve was standing near the hunters when the violation happened and he retrieved the duck.
One of the hunters admitted to shooting the wood duck and apologized for the violation. He was issued a citation and paid $148 in fines and court costs.


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