News Briefs Week of 12/14/2020

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Council to meet
Gibsonburg Village Council will meet in regular session on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in chambers at 526 N. Webster St.
In keeping with the efforts to limit large gatherings, only mayor, council and administrative staff will be permitted in the council room. The meeting will be broadcast via Facebook Live on the Gibsonburg, Ohio Facebook Page. Any residents with questions should email them to by 6 p.m. on Dec. and they will be addressed during the public comment section of the meeting agenda.

Fiream indictment
A federal grand jury sitting in Toledo has returned a two-count indictment charging Steven Leskow, 30, Bowling Green, with one count of possession of a firearm by someone who is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance and one count of possession of stolen firearms.
According to the indictment, from October through December of 2019, while enrolled as a student at Owens Community College in Findlay, the defendant is accused of stealing several firearms from a law enforcement class. It is alleged that the defendant stole these firearms and sold them to support a drug addiction.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.

Genoa to hire
police chief
Genoa Mayor Thomas Bergman said the he would like to have a new police chief sworn in by Feb. 1, 2021 but noted the hiring process will not be rushed.
Chief Bradley Weis is retiring.
The mayor said he expects the salary range for the next chief will be $55,000-$65,000. The chief reports to the mayor and supervises up to three full-time officers and 10 part-time officers.
In 2020, the police department had a budget of $480,000.
Mayor Bergman described the position as a “working chief” with half of the time dedicated to routine patrolling and related duties.
In-house candidates will be considered, the mayor said.
An associate’s degree is required in a field related to law enforcement but a bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Applicants should have at least five years of full-time law enforcement experience.
Application materials should be submitted to the mayor via email at by mail at 102 E. Sixth St., Genoa, Oh, 43430.

Grants awarded to
lower emissions
The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District has received a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency as part of a program to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment.
The district has been awarded $50,000 for 25 percent of the cost to replace two diesel-powered school buses that model years 2008 and 2009 with two new diesel buses.
Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio EPA Director Laurie Stevenson said nearly $12 million in grants will be awarded to 40 entities, including 10 school districts, to reduce emissions.
The EPA estimates this year’s grants will remove 36 tons of nitrogen oxide and 7.7 tons of other air pollutants annually.
The Lucas County Engineer's Office received $209,454 for 33.3 percent of the cost to replace six model year 2004-2009 Class 8 diesel-powered local freight trucks with six new diesel local freight trucks;

Donations to aid
Humane Society
The Humane Society of Ottawa County has placed a Giving tree in the Bassett's Markets locations at 3994 East Harbor Rd. and 1608 E. Perry St., Port Clinton for anyone wishing to donate to the Humane Society.
These trees have paper ornaments with items needed at the shelter. Shoppers take an ornament off the tree, purchase the item listed and return it to the store. A box is provided with the tree for these donations. Items needed include dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, collars, office supplies, pet toys and gas cards.
Some ornaments list monetary donations to pay for a dog or cat spay and neuter, veterinary tests, vaccinations or adoption fees. Monetary donations may be mailed to the Humane Society using the self- addressed envelope attached to the ornament.
Those wishing to donate may also send contributions to the Ottawa County Humane Society, 2424 E. Sand Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452. Visit for more details.

Zoom webinar
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, Interlake President Mark W. Barker will join the National Museum of the Great Lakes in presenting a live Zoom webinar titled “Transforming Interlake for the Future.”
Although many things came to a halt during 2020, Great Lakes shipping did not. Nor did the building of Interlake Steamship Company’s newest vessel in their fleet— the 639-foot M/V Mark W. Barker. This freighter, the first new U.S. Great Lakes bulk carrier built on the Great Lakes in over 35 years, will be the topic of the museum’s first-ever virtual lecture and the first of two special lectures the museum is planning in celebration of their 76th anniversary.
“The pandemic stopped us from properly celebrating our 75th anniversary,” said Great Lakes Historical Society and National Museum of the Great Lakes Executive Director Chris Gillcrist. “So, we decided to extend that celebration and connect it to our 76th anniversary. I can’t think of a better way to lead into a new year than with this momentous new vessel as our topic.”
Registration for the event is required but free. Donations are encouraged and can be given upon registration. For additional information visit

“Home for the Holidays”
Ready to hang up an extra stocking for a temporary furry friend this holiday season? The Toledo Humane Society’s popular “Home for the Holidays” short-term foster event is back.
The staff and volunteers at the Toledo Humane Society want every one of the animals at the shelter to get to celebrate the holiday season in a warm and loving home.
“Short-term fostering is a simple, easy, and fun way to give back this time of year,” said THS Marketing and Development Associate Morgan Korecki. “We provide the supplies, and you provide the loving home environment.” The foster program provides a safe and relaxing temporary home for animals over the holidays, and helps the THS learn more about the animals in a home environment to match them with their perfect forever homes.
THS is seeking foster families for any shelter animals not yet adopted over the holidays! Foster families will pick up animals on Wednesday, Dec. 23 and will return them either Dec. 28-30 for dog foster families, and Jan. 4-6 for cat foster families.
The application for our short-term foster program is live at Fill out the application and submit it to the THS foster department at by Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Contact the THS Foster Department at for more details.

Winter Wonderland
S.T.A.R.S. (Standing Together Against Real Slavery), in collaboration with Unity United Methodist Church will present a Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Extravaganza.
Organizers are inviting sponsors to help make the holidays special for area children who may be struggling, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Items being sought include:
• Christmas ornaments and lights.
• Hats, scarves and coats.
• Turkeys and/or hams.
• Ten-dollar restaurant gift cards for youths age 13-17.
• Any Christmas gifts for boys and girls ages newborn-13.
• Christmas candy.
• Monetary donations (mail to STARS, 1910 E. Broadway, Northwood, OH 43619)
Drop-off times for donations are Monday, Wednesday at Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1910 E. Broadway. A drive-up drop-off will be held Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Gifts will be distributed Wednesday, Dec. 23. Children must be in the vehicle.
COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place.
For more info, contact S.T.A.R.S. Executive Director EleSondra “Ele” DeRomano at 419-280-2451 or Unity United Methodist Church Senior Pastor Jim Nevel at 567-938-9816.
Fundraising dinner
S.T.A.R.S. will hold a dinner to raise funds for Winter Wonderland gifts on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 1910 E. Broadway, Northwood.
The menu includes BBQ pork and beef ribs and chicken wings, breast, legs and thighs. Various side dishes available including macaroni and cheese, baked beans, potato salad, pasta salad, spaghetti and greens with turkey. The cost is $15, which includes one meat option, two sides and a drink.
Pre-orders are available by calling 419-280-2451 or emailing Delivery is available for 10 orders or more.


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