News Briefs Week Of 7/18/2022

Staff Writer

Genealogy society
to meet July 22
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet Friday, July 22 at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St., Toledo. Attendees should meet in the lobby at 10 a.m.
The outing is the group’s yearly field trip. After the meeting, attendees are invited to get together for lunch, at a place to be determined.
The public is invited.

Park Friends to
hold orientations
The Friends of Ottawa County Parks will be holding various orientation programs throughout Ottawa County during July.
The non-profit organization was established to support volunteer efforts and initiatives set forth by the Park District of Ottawa County.
Orientations will include a presentation and light refreshments. Anyone is welcome to attend, and pre-registration is not required. Membership forms will be available to complete at the orientation programs.
Orientation dates include:
• July 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Elmore Community Center.
• July 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Catawba Island Club.
Contact Friends of Ottawa County Parks at or the Park Office at 419-707-4051 for more details.

Operation Dry Water
leads to safe holiday
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) participated in a successful Operation Dry Water weekend by increasing law enforcement patrol and promoting sober boating over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
ODNR’s 85 officers working the holiday weekend issued 37 boating citations and 447 safety warnings.
“Our participation in Operation Dry Water has proven to be an excellent way to promote safe boating,” said ODNR director Mary Mertz. “Our officers were out there making sure everyone was taking the proper precautions – from life jackets to avoiding alcohol – and making sure state waters were safe for the busy holiday weekend.”
Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a national campaign from the National Safe Boating Council which encourages boaters to be aware of the dangers of alcohol and boating. Boating under the influence (BUI) is the leading cause of injuries and fatalities on the nation’s waterways.
For more information on national patrol and up-to-date statistics regarding boating use, visit

Fair barn to
be renamed
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for July 19 at 1 p.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.
The Ottawa County Senior Fair Board is observing the renaming of the entertainment barn to the “GenoaBank Pavillion” and the opening of the Jr. Fair Board Leadership ice cream stand.
The fairgrounds are located at 7870 W. State Rte. 163, Oak Harbor.

Helicopter rides
in Port Clinton
The United States Army Aviation Heritage Foundation and the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton will be offering helicopter rides July 23 and 24.
On July 23, beginning at 9 a.m. through July 24 at 5 p.m. residents and area visitors will be able to purchase tickets to fly on a Bell UH-1 Iroquois Huey helicopter or a Cobra Attack helicopter.
During the early days of the Vietnam conflict, many Huey helicopters were shot down and lost. It was clear that the army needed to develop a protection system for the Huey. The Cobra was designed from the same basic engineering as the Huey, but loaded with weaponry and enhanced speed. The Hueys carried much of the workload while the Cobras provided cover from enemy fire. By the time the conflict ended, it was rare not to see these two aircraft flying together.
Tickets to ride the Huey are $100 in advance or $110 walk-up; Cobra rides are $625
Tickets to ride either aircraft will be available the day of the show, or in advance from the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation at or by calling 770-897-0444.

Turnover rate
The staff turnover rate at Wood Haven Health Care is 39.4 percent, the facility’s administrator Jeff Orlowski reported earlier this month to the Wood County commissioners.
Orlowski said the rate might sound high but is actually much lower than industry average nationwide which is close to 85 percent and higher.
There were 58 open positions at Wood Haven when Orlowski updated the commissioners, including 14 RNS, 31 STNAs, 12 in the dietary and housekeeping departments and one activity leader.
Wood Haven’s retention rate is 71 percent, he said.
Located in Bowling Green, Wood Haven is a non-profit 93-bed, short-term rehabilitation and long-term health care center.


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