News Briefs Week of 5/20/19

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Flag ceremony
Boy Scout Troop 87 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Miakonda, 5600 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo. The event is open to the public.
The U.S. Flag Code 36s 176(k) states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” This solemn ceremony is designed to show Scouts and citizens of all ages how to provide for retirement of unserviceable flags in a dignified manner.
Tattered or torn flags may be brought to the lobby of the Jadel Leadership Center at Camp Miakonda.
For info, contact Charles Mann at 419-276-2364 or

Memorial Day
Memorial Day services for the Oak Harbor area community will begin on Sunday morning May 26, when members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and the auxiliaries will attend church services at 8:30 a.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church.
On Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day), a breakfast will be served from 6:30-8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post Home, 221 Park St. All veterans and their families are invited.
Also on Memorial Day, VFW Post 8732 will hold memorial services at the following cemeteries:
• Frenchtown Cemetery, 8:45 a.m.;
• Locust Point Cemetery, 9:05 p.m.
• Rushau Cemetery, 9:30 a.m.
• Roose Cemetery, 9:55 a.m.
American Legion Post 114 will hold Memorial Day services at the following location:
• Limestone Cemetery, 9 a.m.
• Elliston Cemetery, with speaker Jerry Britt, 9:30 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., the two units will join other organizations for the annual Memorial Day Parade, led by the Benton-Carroll-Salem High School Band. The parade will step off at 11 a.m. and proceed south on Church Street to Water Street to Flat Iron Park, where a brief ceremony will be held. It will then proceed to Bayou Bridge to honor veterans lost at sea. From the bridge, the parade will proceed to the Veterans Memorial Circle in Union Cemetery for the final service of the day. Guest speaker will be Roger Carpenter. Rev. David Voll will offer the invocation and benediction.
In the event of severe rain, the parade will be canceled and the Union Cemetery service will be held in the Oak Harbor Junior High School.
Parking and seating will be available at the Union Cemetery service.

Flags of Honor
display in Rossford
Ohio Flags of Honor,, a patriotic memorial honoring more than 300 Ohio service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, will be on display May 17- 19 in Rossford.
The event, which features more than 800 flags, will be held at the IBEW/NCEA facility, 807 Lime City Rd. The ceremony includes posting flags in honor of every Ohio soldier who gave his or her life in Afghanistan, Iraq, and globally in the War on Terrorism.
During the opening ceremony, the name of each Ohio fallen service member is announced by local commanders of the Rossford American Legion Post #533 and Rossford VFW Post #6409. A flag is placed in the ground to honor each fallen soldier and a bell is rung for the soldier.
Rossford resident and Gold Star mother Sharon Belkofer, whose son, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, helped bring the traveling exhibit to Rossford for the second year.
The flags will be up all weekend and will be lit up throughout the night. The memorial will remain open to the public until the closing ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. with the playing of the National Anthem, closing remarks by Mayor Neil McKinnon III, a rifle salute, and taps.
Visit for more details.

Meetings set
Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties Administrative Committee will meet Monday, May 20
The Program Committee will meet Wednesday, May 22. The Board will meet Thursday, May 30. All meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Nancy A. Cochran Conference Room at the board offices, 1200 N. SR 53, Tiffin. Visit for details.

Gypsy moth spraying to start this month
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will soon begin aerial treatments designed to control the gypsy moth population in Ohio.
Treatments on 2,517 acres in Lucas and Seneca, as well as Auglaize, Cuyahoga, Fulton, Hancock, Lorain, Paulding and Williams counties will begin in mid-May, as larva and leaf development reaches the optimal threshold for treatment.
Treatments are administered using a low-flying aircraft that flies just above tree tops. High humidity, low temperature and minimal wind are crucial for a successful application. Treatment will most likely take place during early morning hours.
The department will use Foray (Btk), a naturally occurring bacterium found in the soil that interferes with the caterpillars’ feeding cycles and Gypchek (NPV), a virus that affects only the gypsy moth caterpillars and has no effect on beneficial insects. These treatments are not harmful to humans, pets, birds or fish.
View maps of treatment blocks at When the project begins, daily updates on treatment progress across the state will be available on the website or by calling 614-387-0907 or 614-728-6400.

Gypsy moths are invasive insects that defoliate over 300 species of trees and shrubs. In its caterpillar stage, the moth feeds on the leaves of trees and shrubs and is especially fond of oak. A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies. In Ohio, 51 counties are currently under gypsy moth quarantine regulations.
The department uses three programs to manage the gypsy moth population in Ohio. The suppression program is used in counties where the pest is already established, but landowners voluntarily request treatment to help suppress populations. The second program, slow-the-spread, occurs in counties in front of the larger, advancing gypsy moth population. The third program is the eradication program, used in counties where isolated populations develop ahead of advancing moth populations due to human movement of the moth. Officials work to detect and control isolated populations to slow the overall advancement of the gypsy moth infestation.
For more information about the gypsy moth or for specific treatment locations, visit

20 Under 40
Nominations for the 24th annual 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition event, which salutes young, dynamic leaders under the age of 40, will be accepted through July 8.
The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or as volunteers in their community.
To submit a nomination, visit and complete the electronic form. To be eligible, candidates must be under 40 years of age as of June 30, 2019.
Those nominated are required to complete a personal profile including information on their career, achievements and community involvement. An independent panel of judges then selects 20 candidates for recognition.
“The University of Toledo is proud to count many alumni and members of our dedicated staff among those who have been nominated for and received the 20 Under 40 recognition,” said university president Sharon L. Gaber. “As this city’s university, we embrace our role in attracting talent to Toledo and in keeping our young people here to make great contributions to our region. We are excited to see their leadership helping to shape our strong future.”
The 2019 Recognition Program will take place at the Valentine Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Visit for a complete list of past awardees. Previous awardees are encouraged to update their contact information by emailing
For the 24th consecutive year, Chrys Peterson, former WTOL news anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies at the 2019 recognition/awards event.

Coyote problem
in Millbury
With 24 Millbury-area residents attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting Wednesday, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Officer Eric VonAlmen discussed the coyote problems in the village and surrounding area.
Several of the residents expressed concern for small pets that may become prey for the coyotes. Officer VonAlmen explained that the wild animals will usually attack domestic animals such as cats and dogs because the pets are seen by the coyotes as a threat or as a food source.
Ohio law stipulates that any wild animal captured must be disposed of by either releasing the animal in the same immediate area or by euthanizing it.
He said moving a wild animal to another location, even to release it back into the wild, is prohibited.

Judgment sought
in road case
Lake Township has filed a motion for summary judgment against the Village of Walbridge in the legal battle over which jurisdiction is responsible for maintaining a stretch of Drouillard Road.
The township filed the motion Wednesday in Wood County Common Pleas Court.
“Reasonable minds can come but to one conclusion and that conclusion is adverse to the Village of Walbridge even construing the pleadings most strongly in their favor,” the motion says.
The township contends the village has been reneging on a 1977 agreement to maintain Drouillard from the village limits south to where Drouillard meets Cummings Road.
In a recent filing with the court and in correspondence with township officials, the village denied it was responsible for maintain the road and the signers of the agreement were not authorized to hold the jurisdictions to it in perpetuity.

Water trail meeting
The second and third meetings to seek public input on a water trail proposed for the Portage River in Wood, Sandusky and Ottawa counties will be held this week in Oak Harbor and Pemberville.
The proposed trail would include a series of access points to the river with parking and informational signs.
A meeting is scheduled for May 21 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, State Rt. 163, and May 23 at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville.
The meeting will be from 7-8 p.m.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Portage River Basin Council, a committee of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, will have personnel at the meetings.
A meeting was also held May 15 in Elmore.
For more information about the proposed trail project contact Sara Guiher, TMACOG water quality planner, at 419 241-9155, ext. 1147 or

Meet the chief, mayor
Walbridge mayor Ed Kolanko and Ken Campbell, police chief, will be at the Walbridge branch library May 20 at 6:30 p.m. to meet with residents and answer questions about the village government.


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