News Briefs Week Of 3/7/2022

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College & Career
Preview Night set
High school students and their parents, along with prospective students of all ages, are invited to meet with representatives from approximately 100 colleges, universities, industries and the military at a College and Career Preview Night Wednesday, March 9 at Owens Community College. The previously annual event is returning following a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Held in partnership with 17 local high schools, the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center, 7316 Championship Dr., Perrysburg.
The College and Career Preview Night will also feature presentations on financial aid and in-demand careers plus information tables focused on helping students succeed after high school.
More details and a list of representatives attending are available at

Virtual food drive
March is Virtual Food Drive Month at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.
“We have developed the technology to make it easier for individuals or companies to sponsor food drives right on the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank website,” said James Caldwell, food bank president and CEO. “Hosting or participating in a food drive now is as simple as a few clicks.”
By accessing the link,, people can move badly needed products from the “shelf” to the “cart” where they are totaled. Once the “shopping” is completed, donors enter their credit card in the checkout portion for the final amount. In lieu of taking the time to shop, donors can simply enter an amount they wish to donate.
“This is a wonderful way for groups of caring people to make a huge difference in our region. Individuals can ask their friends to join with them, or employees at companies can work together to sponsor a company-branded drive,” Caldwell said. “In any case, groups large or small or a person by themselves will be making a difference in the lives of their neighbors throughout Northwest Ohio.”
The Virtual Food Drive Month will run through March 31.

Democratic Club
plans Polish dinner
The Oregon Democratic Club will hold a Polish Dinner Sunday, March 20 from 3-7 p.m. at Christ Dunberger Post, 4925 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
Dinner will include a variety of Polish favorites plus homemade desserts by Basia Lynn. Beer and pop are included in the ticket price. Tickets are $25.
The event will also include a raffle and door prizes.
RSVP by emailing For more info, call 419-787-5245.
Those who cannot attend may send contributions to Schuyler Beckwith, Treasurer, 1020 Grasser St., Oregon, OH 43616.

2021 concealed
carry report issued
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week issued Ohio’s Law on Concealed Handguns annual report, which showed that 202,920 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2021.
According to the report, county sheriffs issued 94,298 new licenses and 108,622 renewals. Permit holders who wish to renew their licenses must do so every five years.
Under Ohio law, county sheriffs are responsible for issuing concealed-carry licenses and renewing them, as well as suspending and revoking licenses.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office compiles this annual report, as required by law, about the number of licenses issued each year.
Each sheriff must report concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission within the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Ohio county sheriffs began issuing concealed carry licenses in 2004.
To learn more about Ohio’s concealed carry laws or to view this year’s report and other statistics, visit

Voter registration
drive planned
The Oregon Democratic Club will hold a voter registration drive in preparation for the upcoming Ohio Primary Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Starr Square, corner of Wheeling Street and Starr Avenue Extension.
Any Ohio citizen can drive thru or walk up to check their current registration status, register to vote or update their voter registration.
“We are dedicated to ensuring all eligible citizens get the opportunity to be registered voters,” said Bob Lynn, Jr., club president. “Please come and tell your friends and neighbors to join in as well. Every election is important and the best way to make your voice heard is to vote.”

County awards
bridge contracts
The Ottawa County commissioners have approved contracts for replacing one bridge and improvements to another.
A contract to repair a bridge at Reiman Road over Packer Creek has been awarded to B Hillz Excavating, which submitted the low bid of $263,934.
A contract to replace a bridge at Nissen Road over Packer Creek was awarded to R&I Construction, Inc. with the low bid of $486,000.

Lake panel
to meet
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its quarterly meeting March 9 at 10 a.m. at the University of Toledo, Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road, Oregon.
There will be a special presentation by the University of Toledo on Lake Erie research and the two-year COMPASS study to enhance modeling long-term weather trends in freshwater coastal systems.
Commission meetings are open to the public and include a public comment period.
The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and seven additional members of the public appointed by the governor.

Waste district to
start collections
Registration began March 4 for the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District’s TV and electronics collection.
Household hazardous waste, residential tire, and appliance collections will be held this fall with more information on those to be released later, as the district is still finishing up the last agreements with locations and vendors for them.
The upcoming TV and electronics collection, like all collections provided by the district, requires that all participants register in order for their items to be collected. Collections are open to Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca County residents including all residents of Bellevue and Fostoria. Businesses and institutions will not be accepted at these collections.
Residents can register at and following the link provided on the home screen. Registration can also be done by calling the OSS District office at 419-334-7222 extension 0 and following the prompt provided.
There will be a $5 charge for glass tube televisions 24 inches or less, and $10 for those 25 inches and larger. Console, DLP, and projection screen TVs will not be accepted in this collection. Televisions with broken screens or bare tubes are also not accepted for the safety of the collection volunteers.
A full list of items accepted and not accepted can be found at


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