News Briefs Week Of 4/25/2022

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Quilters to meet
The Maumee Bay Country Quilters’ Guild will meet Tuesday, May 3 at 6:45 p.m. at Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd., Northwood.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. The visitors fee is $10. Yearly membership is $35.

Memorial Craft Show
The George D. Jensen Memorial Craft Show will be held Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at VFW Post 9963, located at 109 N. Main St., Walbridge. Thirty-two crafters and vendors will be offering their crafts and products at the event.
George “Tater” Jensen was a U.S. Marine who lost his fight with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in early February. His two greatest loves, outside of his family, were his beloved Corps and feeding the hungry. Jensen was the Northwest Ohio Advocate for the Society of St. Andrews, an organization that gleans farmers’ fields or orchards and takes food that normally would go to waste and distributes it to local food banks to help feed the hungry.
A donation of non-perishable food items will be taken at the door for admission to the craft show and monetary donation will be collected. All proceeds from the event will be donated to a local food bank that is run by veterans for veterans.
According to Jensen’s oldest son, who is organizing the event, “This would make my dad very happy – helping to feed hungry veterans.”

Demonstration Day
at Wood Co. Museum
Meet with historic reenactors and learn about what life would have been like in the early days of Wood County settlement Saturday, April 23 from noon-4 p.m. at the Log Cabin on the Wood County Museum grounds.
The free, family-friendly event will also include rug-making demonstrations. The cabin will be open for visitors to go inside and help with some spring cleanings activities, such beating out the rugs.”
The museum, located 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, will be open from 1-4 p.m. April 23 with regular admission, which is $7 for adults, with discounts for seniors, veterans and children. The museum is handicap-accessible with an elevator, handicap restrooms, and ample parking in the visitor lot as well as behind the museum (south side).

Toledo Toy Show
The Toledo Toy Show returns to Total Sports in Rossford on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
More than 150 tables will feature a variety of toys and collectibles, including NASCAR, Hot Wheels, Star Wars, Matchbox cars, Tonka, dolls, trains, tractors, sports cards, slot cars, models, comics, tin toys, action figures and more.
Total Sports is located at 10020 S. Compass Dr., Rossford, directly behind Meijer on SR 20. Admission is $5 per person, with kids under 12 admitted free. Early bird entry is available from 7:30-9 a.m. for $10.
The Toledo Toy Show is an expansion of a series of shows held throughout Michigan. Jerry Dorer, promoter of the show, has hosted the toy shows for 18 years after experiencing the event as a vendor of diecast cars.
Like “The New Toledo Toy Show” on Facebook or visit for more details.

African Safari
tree plantings
Staff at African Safari Wildlife Park plan to celebrate Earth Day the weekend of April 23-24 by planting more than 60 trees and shrubs around the park, most of which are native Ohio species.
Weekend visitors may participate by helping plant saplings throughout the park grounds.
“These plants enhance the natural beauty of our grounds and provide shade to animals and guests alike, but there are many more benefits than what meets the eye,” said Park Director Kelsey Keller. “They convert carbon dioxide to oxygen; provide nectar for bees, butterflies and other native pollinators and offer shelter to wild mammals and birds.”
The plants were purchased from the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District in Oak Harbor. Species were distributed throughout the park’s Walk-Thru Safari and Drive-Thru Safari and included sycamore, red maple, Norway spruce, willow, black walnut and crabapple trees, as well as a variety of flowering shrubs.
Earth Day plantings are becoming something of an annual tradition for the park. Staff planted more than 100 trees in 2021 and around 30 trees in April 2020.
African Safari Wildlife Park is located at 267 S. Lightner Rd. in Port Clinton. The park is open daily, rain or shine, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with the last car admitted at 4 p.m. until the summer season begins May 28.

Bill amended
Ohio House Bill 164, introduced by State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) to designate a portion of SR 795 in Wood County as the “Lake Township Veterans Memorial Highway,” was amended into Substitute House Bill 291.
The legislation, recently approved by both chambers of the General Assembly, includes several road-naming bills and now heads to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature.
“As Chairman of the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee, I am honored to help recognize our local veterans with this distinction,” Ghanbari said. “Our service men and women have, and continue to make, a generational impact in our communities. This is a small gesture to honor their tremendous sacrifice.”
Ghanbari notes the idea for the Memorial Highway was brought to him by fellow veteran and Lake Township Trustee Ken Gilsdorf, who serves as the commander of the Veterans of Foreign wars Walbridge Post 9963.
Ghanbari also acknowledges Lake Township’s efforts to honor veterans, most recently in 2019 through Lake Local Schools dedicating their Veterans Wall Memorial at the high school. The memorial was built in memory of all the military veterans who served and attended either Lake, Walbridge or Millbury schools. There are approximately 600 names on the wall, including six who paid the ultimate sacrifice and one former prisoner of war.
Additionally, Lake Township, VFW Walbridge Post 9963 and Lake Local Schools combine efforts to hold an annual parade and ceremony at Lake Township Cemetery, which draws about 400 people annually.

Grants awarded
The Board of Trustees of Greater Toledo Community Foundation and the Waterville Community Foundation recently approved grants totaling $52,870 from the Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth to support programs in Northwest Ohio that enhance the lives of young people under the age of 18. Grants were awarded to nine area nonprofit organizations.
Among the awardees were:
• Advocating Opportunity –$7,500 to support trauma-responsive legal and social services to youth victimized by human trafficking.
• Bittersweet Farms – $6,000 to support the Social Recreation Program.
• Courageous Community Services – $6,000 to support camp experiences for youth with developmental disabilities.
• Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center – $8,000 to support the Children’s Advocacy Center.
• Sunshine Foundation, Inc. – $2,970 to support the summer camp program for children.
• The RIDGE Project – $7,500 was awarded to support the Film Camp program at the Lucas County Youth Treatment Center.
• Waterville, Ohio Rotary Club – $3,000 was awarded to support the Build a Bed Initiative.

P.E.R.I Chapter to meet
P.E.R.I. Chapter #93, Lucas County District 1, will meet Thursday, April 28 from 1-2:15 p.m. at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Ave., Toledo. Additional parking will be available across the street at the Birmingham Branch Library.
Attendees will get answers to questions regarding HRA, medical, pharmacy insurance, Medicare denials, and other topics.
Members and guests welcome, including O.P.E.R.S. retires are welcome.
Masks are required. Attendees should bring COVID-19 vaccination cards for registration. Refreshments will be available. Seating will be limited.

Nominations sought
The Ottawa County Republican Central Committee is seeking nominations for the Second Annual Joy Roth Community Service Award.
The award is presented to a deserving county resident who has given his/her time and talent to make a positive impact for the betterment of our community. It is given in honor of Joy Roth, who selflessly dedicated her time and talent to improving many lives in Ottawa County.
Nomination forms and selection criteria are available at Ottawa County Republican website at, online at and at the Port Clinton and Marblehead locations of the Ida Rupp Library. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, May 1.
The Joy Roth Community Service Award will be presented Thursday, June 16 at the Ottawa County Republican Annual Fish Fry at the Catawba Island Club (CIC).

GLCAP assists
1,200+ households
with heating needs
More than 1,200 households in Northwest Ohio were assisted with heating needs this winter through Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP).
The GLCAP Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) helped Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood county residents with utility payments to prevent shut offs, restore utilities or replenish propane, kerosene or other heating supplies. GLCAP provided more than $400,000 in energy-related assistance to families in need. Staff are still in the process of tallying the final figures from the program period, which ran Nov. 1, 2021-March 31, 2022.
Although the EHEAP program has ended for this winter season, residents still have time to apply for assistance through the regular Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) that provides a one-time energy credit per year for utility or bulk-fuel bills.
“HEAP helps thousands of people every year with lowering their utility costs – we encourage anyone who is eligible to reach out for assistance,” GLCAP Energy Assistance Manager Joyce McCauley-Benner said.
HEAP is available to households at or below 175% of federal poverty guidelines (e.g., $46,375 for a household of four). The deadline to apply for assistance is Tuesday, May 31. Details are available at

Board meeting
The Woodmore school board has rescheduled its April regular meeting to April 25 at 6 p.m. at the high school media center, 633 Fremont St., Elmore,


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