News Briefs Week of 2/24/20

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“The Drowsy Chaperone”
The Black Swamp Players continues its 52nd season with “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which will be staged Fridays Feb. 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, Feb. 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Feb. 23 and March 1 at 2 p.m. at First United Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green.
“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a parody of American musical comedy in the 1920s, featuring Jazz-Age style showstoppers and dance numbers.
Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors 65+ and students under 18, and can be purchased online at or at the door.

“The Art of the Cut”
The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Peristyle will be turned into a community barbershop Sunday, March 1, with local black barbers demonstrating their artistic abilities as they perform haircuts inspired by the past and present and visions for the future.
“The Art of the Cut,” which runs from 3-6 p.m., examines the intersection of art and health while celebrating local black barbers and their roles as artists and men’s wellness advocates. The event is presented by Circle, a Museum affinity group whose diverse, civically and culturally engaged members work with TMA to develop innovative ways of connecting the Toledo community with the Museum and with art.
“Last year, ‘The Art of the Cut’ event filled the GlasSalon to capacity, so this year we moved the event to accommodate the community and showcase the barbers on the historic Peristyle stage,” said Maria Iafelice, youth and family programs manager. “’The Art of the Cut’ demonstrates the intersection between art and health, and we are excited to bring hundreds of people together to see how TMA, the barbershops and ProMedica are working together to improve community wellness.”
These predominantly African American barbershops are among the participants in ProMedica’s Barbershop Health and Wellness Program, which provides barbers education on prostate cancer and other screenings as well as health educational materials for barbers to distribute to their clients.
“The barbershop program is about fostering trusting relationships between the community and health care providers while providing health screenings, health education and resource information,” said ProMedica Cancer Institute Community Liaison Robin Charney, who leads the program. “The response from the barbers has been phenomenal. They have the ear and the trust of the community and have allowed us to expand our health education and screening efforts.”
The event will be co-hosted by barbers from Da Shop, Victory, Groomed, Tal-Mon, Fletcher’s Hair Design, Steve’s Sport-n-Cuts and Foster’s Hair Concepts Unlimited.
The live barbering showcase will feature entertainment throughout the Peristyle Theater with a cash bar and food available for purchase. The event is free, but registration is encouraged. To register, visit Circle is sponsored in part by ProMedica and HCR ManorCare. Media sponsorship of The Art of the Cut is provided by

Genealogy seminar
Toledo Polish Genealogical Society will host a seminar, “Polish Immigration to America,” with author Stephen Szabados, Thursday, April 23 at Wildwood Park, Ward Pavilion, 4830 Central Ave., Toledo.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner, featuring chicken, meatballs, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy, roll and butter and coffee, will be served at 5 p.m. The presentation will follow at 6 p.m.
The cost is $30 for TPGS members and $35 for non-members. More details are available at

Columbia Gas
outage notifications
Columbia Gas is encouraging customers to sign up for outage alerts.
The new alert notifications allow customers to stay up to date about unplanned natural gas outages through text messages, email and/or an automated phone call. The launch is part of continued customer experience enhancements that began with a re-design of Columbia Gas of Ohio’s website and expansion of online bill pay.
“Natural gas outages are rare, but we want our customers to be informed when they do happen,” said Columbia Gas President Dan Creekmur. “We invite our customers to sign up for our outage alerts now so we can keep them informed if an outage occurs at their home or business.”
Customers who enroll will be notified when an unplanned outage has occurred in their neighborhood and will continue to receive updates as more information becomes available. Once a customer is enrolled, Columbia Gas will only use customer contact information for outage alerts.
To receive outage alerts, customers should log into their online account and click on “Manage Alerts” to add or update outage alerts. They may provide up to three phone numbers and/or email addresses for each alert method. Customers without an online account can create one at
If customers need assistance creating an online account or signing up for outage alerts, Columbia Gas customer service representatives are available by calling 1-800-344-4077 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.

Lone Raven on stage
Lone Raven will perform an eclectic blend of traditional music from around the world on a variety of unique, ethic instruments on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Pemberville Opera House.
With over 20 instruments on stage, the band soars through everything from heartfelt Irish ballads to exhilarating Gypsy fiddle tunes, musically transporting listeners through breathtaking European landscapes.
Tickets for the concert, part of the ongoing Live! in the House Concert Series, are $12 and are available in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, or by contacting Carol at 419-287-4848 or Tickets are also available at the door.

Updated Domestic
Action Plan Draft
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will host a webinar on Feb. 24 to answer questions about the draft Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2020 that was released on Jan. 28.
The Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2020 is a plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This draft Ohio plan is a continuation of the Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaboration Implementation Framework finalized by the State of Ohio in early 2017 and supports Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan, which was released in November 2019.
The webinar will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 24. To register and join the webinar, visit: and click the link to the webinar.
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will finalize the update of the Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2020 in coordination with Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), which each share responsibility for implementing the plan.
The draft plan is available at Public comments may be emailed to and are being accepted until the close of business on March 2.
OLEC was established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem and promote economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources and five additional members appointed by Governor Mike DeWine.

Water tank planned
for township
The Wood County Water and Sewer District has begun preliminary site work for an elevated water tank in Lake Township.
District-owned property along Lemoyne Road is being considered for a new tank, Theresa Pollick, a spokesperson for the district, said.
A new tank will provide critical water storage capacity to areas supplied with water to the district from the City of Toledo, including Walbridge, Rossford, part of Northwood and townships in Northern Wood County, Pollick said, adding that a new tank will enhance flow and pressure and provide additional storage in the event of an emergency in the system.
The district also sees a new water tank as a support for economic development in the northern section of the county.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recommends that at least one day usage supply of water be available in elevated storage tanks.
Mark Hummer, township administrator, reported to the township trustees last week, that the district was conducting soil bore tests at the site along Lemoyne.

Public hearing
Oregon City Council will hold a public hearing on a Special Use Exception (SUE) on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in council chambers at 5330 Seaman Rd.
The applicant/owner, Robert Taylor, is seeking the SUE in a C-1 Zoned District for the purpose of a single family residential use at 4135 Navarre Ave.
The Oregon Planning Commission recently voted 5-0 to allow the SUE.
James Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning, said there presently is a building on the property that looks like a house but operates as a business in a C-1 Zoned District. The owner wants to sell the building and use it as residential for new buyers.


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