News Briefs Week Of 12/27/2021

Staff Writer

Tips sought in
BG car wash fire
The Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau is seeking tips from the public regarding the identity of a man suspected of intentionally setting the fire at the Super Wash Car Wash, 1003 North Prospect Rd. in Bowling Green.
The suspect was also seen breaking into the City of Bowling Green utility drop box on Nov. 30, the same night as the car wash fire. The suspect was captured on camera and investigators are hoping the public will help in identifying him.
The State Fire Marshal and Bowling Green fire and police departments are conducting the investigation. A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for these fires.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect should contact the State Fire Marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728, or call the Bowling Green fire or police departments.

Winter heating help
Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) is offering emergency winter heating assistance for those facing a utility shutoff or fuel shortage this winter.
The GLCAP Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) can assist Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood County residents who have received a gas or electric disconnect notice or have already had utilities disconnected. The program can also assist those who are facing a shortage of bulk fuel such as wood, propane or fuel oil, or need new or transferred service with a utility company.
“GLCAP is busy this holiday season helping hundreds of families with heating needs,” said Joyce McCauley-Benner, GLCAP’s energy assistance manager. “When facing a heating crisis, reach out to us as soon as possible. By making an appointment using our scheduling hotline, a hold will be placed on your account until your appointment date. During these cold holiday months, knowing this can help you rest easy.”
To be eligible for assistance, residents must be at or below 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines (e.g., $22,540 annual income/household of one; $46,375 annual income/family of four).
Applicants must also provide:
• A list of all household members, including Social Security numbers and birthdates;
• Proof of citizenship for all household members;
• Proof of income for all household members for the previous 30 days or 12 months,
• Copies of recent utility bills.
Emergency winter heating assistance through EHEAP is available through March 31, 2022.
“Those that have been already shut off or are below 20% bulk fuel, should contact our customer service team right away,” said McCauley-Benner.
To schedule an appointment with GLCAP, call 567-432-5046 or visit Residents who have less than 20 percent bulk fuel or whose utility services are already off should call GLCAP’s customer service team at 419-333-6054 to be scheduled an emergency phone intake.

Fire & Ice celebration
Downtown Fremont Inc. is partnering with the City of Fremont and local businesses for the 4th Annual Downtown Fremont, Ohio, New Year’s Eve Celebration.
The “Fire & Ice” event will be held from 8 p.m.-midnight on Front Street between Croghan Street and Birchard Avenue. It will feature interactive activities on the street for all ages, along with music, photo ops, food and more.
The interactive games include VR Google and Pods, Giant Pac Man Battle, Urban Hoops and Giant Foosball Extreme, which can be played for an unlimited access when a $5 lanyard is purchased. Interactive games will be under a tent, with lights and heating on the two blocks of Front Street.
DJ Werkit will be playing music. Several photo ops will be available, including a large “Happy New Year 2022, Fremont, Ohio” ice sculpture at the intersection of Garrison and Front streets.
The New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl, “DORA Freeze and Thaw” will be happening at DORA liquor establishments to feature signature cocktails and specialty beers to help ring in 2022. Several businesses will be open and have entertainment inside their venues.
Support from the City of Fremont, Fremont Federal Credit Union, Crown Battery, Style Crest and The Garrison has helped bring the event to Downtown Fremont, however, more sponsorship is appreciated. Please text Fremont NYE to 44321 to donate.
For more info, call 419-332-8696 or 567-342-4758 or visit the Downtown Fremont, Ohio, New Year’s Eve Celebration Facebook Page @FremontNYE.

Airports to
receive grants

Several airports in Northwest Ohio are among those in the state to receive funding from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that was recently signed into law.
In all, Ohio airports stand to receive about $254 million in Airport Infrastructure Grant funding.
Area airports to receive funding include:
-Toledo Express, $1.5 million
-Toledo Executive, $159,000
-Kelley’s Island Land Field, $110,000
-Middle Bass Island, $110,000
-North Bass Island, $110,000
-Put-in-Bay, $110,000
-Erie-Ottawa International, $295,000
-Wood County, $159,000
-Sandusky County Regional, $159,000
The funds can be used to improve runways, taxiways, and airport-owned towers. The bill also expands the program to include terminal improvements and multimodal connections to the airport.


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