News Briefs Week Of 7/25/2022

Staff Writer

Toledo Public Utilities
warns of scam callers
The City of Toledo has been made aware of calls being made to city water customers that appear to be coming from the Public Utilities customer service phone number, 419-245-1800. The caller demands payment be made immediately or water will be shut off.
These calls are not coming from Toledo Public Utilities and customers should not make any payments to these scammers.
The Department of Public Utilities will not call customers demanding payment. Those who have questions about the legitimacy of any call coming from the City of Toledo, should hang up and call the customer service number directly to speak to a representative about any concerns about their account. It is safe to call 419-245-1800.

Veterans Day
at the fair
Ottawa County Veterans Service Office will present Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair Saturday, July 23.
Veterans will receive free admission to the fair. In addition, Ottawa County Veterans Service Office is partnering with Boy Scouts #316, Oak Harbor, in providing a free sandwich and drink to veterans on Veterans Day at the Fair.
Pick up a free admission card and meal ticket at the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office, 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For more information, call 419-898-2089.

Seminar on Supreme
Court rulings planned
The NW Ohio Conservative Coalition is sponsoring a talk, “The Supreme Court Term in Review: Faithful to the Constitution,” featuring Professor Lee J. Strang, John W. Stoepler Professor of Law & Values, University of Toledo, Wednesday, July 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 2931 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
Strang has published dozens of articles in the fields of constitutional law and interpretation, property law and religion and the First Amendment. He is a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences and a regular participant in debates at law schools across the country, contributor to the media, and speaker to political, civic, and religious groups.
The talk is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted to cover the room cost. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Email to register.

Theatre auditions
Fremont Community Theatre will conduct the first auditions of the 2022/2023 season July 24 and 25.
Director Tracy Armentrout invites the community to audition for the “rated R” musical comedy “Avenue Q” which will be performed Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9.
Auditions will take place at Fremont Community Theatre, located at 1551 Dickinson Ave., Fremont, starting at 7 p.m. both days.
This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Auditioners should be aware that the colorful cast of characters are an exuberant and fun non-apologetic mix of puppet and human characters that often use offensive language. Puppet sexual content, and most likely puppet nudity, are also involved. All puppet roles require interesting puppet voices as well as a committed focus on their puppet and it’s humanized acting. Puppetry training will be provided.
Auditioners should come prepared to sing at least 16 bars from a song of their choice – one that showcases their vocal range and ability and should also bring a copy of their chosen music to the audition. Auditioners may also be asked to learn fragments of a song that could show off a particular character’s voice.

African Safari
Christmas in July
The holiday season is in full swing at African Safari Wildlife Park with yuletide surprises for animals and people alike.
As part of its Christmas in July celebration, through July 25, the Park is giving away $700 in gift cards to local gas stations, Amazon and Home Depot. Sixteen Park guests will be selected at random.
General admission is available for $18.25, a savings of up to $11.70 per person, on the park’s website, Tickets purchased through this promotion are valid through the end of the park’s 2022 season.

Gas cap testing
Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments is offering free gap cap testing and replacement Thursday, July 28 at Woodland Mall, 1234 N. Main St., Bowling Green.
Leaky gas caps are a preventable cause of ozone pollution. Take this simple step to make sure your passenger car or light truck is not contributing to pollution. A broken or missing gas cap can also reduce fuel efficiency by 1-2 percent and cost drivers up to two full tanks of gas each year.
Motorists should drive up to a TMACOG testing site, and staff will do a quick compression test to make sure the gas cap is sealed. If it’s leaking, they’ll get a replacement on the spot. Receive a bonus gift while supplies last.
Older vehicles are more likely to have a poorly sealed cap, but any vehicle could be leaking. A loose gas cap may
trigger the check engine light, so if the light turns on randomly or right after filling up, the cap may need to be replaced.
TMACOG is a non-partisan regional planning partnership made up of voluntary members in Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Together, TMACOG members work on transportation, water quality and other economic development endeavors that affect quality of life for everyone in the region.
For more information, visit

July Garden Party
Pemberville’s July Garden Party will be held Tuesday, July 26 from 5-8 p.m. in the village’s downtown. Garden Parties are held the fourth Tuesday of the month through September.
Attendees can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides around Pemberville at a cost of $35 for up to four adults. Call 419-287-3274 to schedule a ride.
Local vendors will be set up along downtown streets, offering fresh produce and plants, sweet treats and one-of-a-kind handmade goods.
Karrie and Karla from The Summer Kitchen in Helena will be on hand for an Iced Tea Party and will teach a class on three ways to make iced tea. Create your own iced tea blend to take home and share with friends. The class is $18. RSVP at 419-287-3274 to reserve a space.
Local vendors interested in participating in the next Garden Parties may call 419-287-3274 for more information or to hold a spot. A small fee is required in advance. Spaces are approximately 10’x10’ outside of Pemberville’s downtown businesses.

Road project
Weather conditions and other factors have resulted in delays of a drainage improvement project along Fostoria Road, the Ottawa County engineer’s office said last week.
The work area is between State Rt. 51 and Walbridge Road.
Because of the delay, the road closure will be extended through Aug. 11. Traffic will be restricted to one lane during construction.
The work schedule is Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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