News Briefs Week of 5/25/20

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Memorial Day
events canceled
Due to the current regulations arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, all Memorial Day events in Gibsonburg have been canceled, including the parade and ceremony at the cemetery.
“We encourage all residents to continue to pay their respects this Memorial Day, while a virus may keep us from doing what we would normally do in a large group, we should never forget the sacrifices made by many,” Village Administrator Marc Glotzbecker said.

Virtual Memorial
Day Ceremony
Genoa American Legion Post #324 will present an Online Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 25 at 9 a.m.
The ceremony will be presented live on the “Talk of Genoa” Facebook page.
The ceremony will include “The National Anthem” sung by Gabby Dunn; a rifle salute by the Legion Honor Guard; remarks by guest speaker State Sen. Theresa Gavarone and a performance by guest bugler Briann Edwards, Genoa High School Band Director.

Wood Co. Public
Defender vacancy
The Wood County Commissioners seek to fill a vacancy on the Wood County Public Defender Commission.
Eligible candidates should be a resident of Wood County and be interested in representation for indigent defendants in juvenile and criminal cases. Experience in business, finance, law, personnel or government is preferred. Interested candidates should complete an Application for Volunteer Service, available by contacting the Commissioners’ Office at 419-354-9100 or online at The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on June 2.

Library offering
pickup service
Birchard Public Library is offering pickup service at all four locations. In addition, items may now be returned in library book drops.
To place an order, call the Main Library at 419-334-7101, the Gibsonburg Branch at 419-637-2173 or the Woodville Branch at 419-849-2744. Please allow staff approximately 30 minutes to locate, bag and checkout orders.
Orders may contain a maximum of five requested items or a grab bag of 10 similar items, i.e., 10 DVDs, 10 storybooks or 10 readers for kids learning to read.
Upon arrival at the library during business hours, call the library to alert staff that they are ready to pick up yourbag. Staff will set bagged items outside the door for pick up.
Pick up service is available at Main Library Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pick up service at branch locations is available Monday and Wednesday 12-7 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thursday 12-5:30 p.m., Friday 12-4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit the library website at for a list of virtual programs.
The Summer Reading Program, which offers fun incentives to keep students reading all summer long, will be available starting June 1 on the library website. Daily activities for each weekly theme will be posted on the library website and social media pages.

COVID-19 test site
open in Oregon
A new COVID-19 testing site will open on Friday, May 22 at the Oregon Walmart, at 3721 Navarre Ave. The COVID-19 drive-thru testing site previously located at the Metroparks Hawkins Farmhouse, 5435 West Bancroft St., Toledo, moved to the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter located at 5821 W. Central Ave. on May 15.
The sites, supported by Walmart, Quest Diagnostics and state and local officials, will test those who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and all health care providers and first responders. Testing is not available inside Walmart stores.
Testing hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7-9 a.m., weather permitting. Sites are staffed by Walmart pharmacists and associates. Individuals who are tested are awaiting results are reminded to follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in their home and community.
Appointments are required through Quest’s MyQuestTM online portal and app,, which will screen and schedule appointments for those individuals that meet medical eligibility for the testing sites.
Those arriving for testing will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.
The self-administered nasal swab test will allow those being tested to swab their own nose while in their vehicles while being observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly.
Quest Diagnostics will handle processing test samples and communicating results to those tested and applicable departments of health.
Questions regarding testing and appointments may be directed to Quest’s dedicated COVID-19 line at 866-448-7719, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Nominate an
everyday hero
Cedar Point is celebrating everyday heroes who have risen to the challenges of keeping our communities safe and healthy during the global pandemic.
Through May 29, Cedar Point invites communities and individuals to nominate their hero for a chance to win a Ticket of a Lifetime, which affords the recipient lifetime admission to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark.
Everyday heroes may include frontline nurses, doctors, EMTs, caregivers, supply chain workers, parents who are now self-taught teachers, grocery store and retail workers, neighbors and anyone who has gone above and beyond to help others during these challenging times.
Ten heroes will be selected by a panel of judges. In addition, each winning hero can select three friends or family members to receive a Ticket of a Lifetime, for a total of four per hero.
Nominate an everyday hero by visiting and submit a photo of the hero, plus a few words about how he or she is making an impact in the community and why he or she should win a Ticket of a Lifetime. Complete rules and nomination instructions can be found at

Graduation at Sundance
Four high school graduation events have been booked at the Sundance Drive-In Theater. The drive-in theater will not be open as usual during those dates: Sunday, May 31, for Clay High School; Tuesday, June 2, for Maumee Valley Country Day School; Monday, June 8, for Northwood High School; Monday, June 15, for Toledo School for the Arts.

Work continues
on vet memorial
The project to renovate the Wood County Veterans Memorial continues to make progress in spite of the pandemic, organizers said.
Fundraising for the $400,000 project officially started in September 2019, and with recent contributions over 50 percent has been raised. Additionally, the fundraising committee has been working with area businesses and trade unions on a significant amount of in-kind work. The original project schedule completion was Veterans Day 2020. With challenges presented by the pandemic the project schedule is being extended in to 2021.
Jack Jones, chairman of the committee, said, “This project remains vibrant and important despite the delays caused by the pandemic. While it is appropriate to adjust the schedule at this time, support across Wood County remains strong. We are optimistic about a successful completion of the Veterans Memorial project in 2021.”
The existing Wood County Veterans Memorial was established on the southwest corner of the Courthouse lawn in 1950. Memorials for Korea and Vietnam were added, but time and weather have taken their toll and the site today is in need of help to respectfully recognize the people who gave their lives, Jones said.
Wood County veterans worked to design a new Veterans Memorial plaza that will recognize all county residents who died in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, and Afghanistan along with Gold Star Families.
The project will create an area that is accessible to people with disabilities, and is conducive to memorial services.
Donations for the project can still be made to the Bowling Green Community Foundation/Wood County Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 1175, Bowling Green, OH 43402. Email


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