News Briefs Week Of 8/8/2022

Staff Writer

Bridge project
on Fostoria Rd.
Ottawa and Wood counties have contracted with R & I Construction for improvements to the bridge on Fostoria Road over Dry Creek.
The bridge is located between Curtice East & West Road and State Rte. 579 and the repair project will require the full closure of the bridge Aug. 15 through Sept. 28.
A detour route will be posted.

Game day at library
The Walbridge branch of the Wood County District Public Library will host community games on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. in the meeting room.
The public is invited to play pinochle, euchre, and hand and foot or to bring other games.
To register call 419-666-9900 or register online at

Turnpike travel
remains steady
Despite high fuel prices, passenger and commercial vehicle traffic on the Ohio Turnpike remains steady, according to the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission.
Vehicle numbers and vehicle miles traveled on the Ohio Turnpike have increased during the first six months of 2022, compared to the same period a year ago.
The combined number of passenger cars and commercial trucks that traveled on the Ohio Turnpike through the first six months of the year was 23.7 million, an increase of 4.6 percent from January through June 2021.
Passenger cars (17,258,185) were up 4.9 percent and commercial trucks (6,442,814) were up 3.7 percent.
Total vehicle miles traveled was 1.43 million from January through June 2022, an increase of 4.7 percent from the same period in 2021. Passenger cars and commercial trucks were up 4.4 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively.
In addition, E-ZPass use on the Ohio Turnpike continued to increase. Through the first half of this year, 62.6 percent of passenger car customers used E-ZPass, an increase of 2.6 percent from last year; and 89.2 percent of commercial truck customers used E-ZPass, up 0.8 percent.

90’s Plus event
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. will hold the annual 90’s Plus Spectacular Event in-person this year on Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. The event will celebrate individuals in Wood County who are 90 years of age and older. Honorees may bring up to two guests to celebrate this milestone.
The evening will include a slideshow highlighting the lives of those 90 and over, musical entertainment by harpist Laurel Stankey, and awards presented by elected officials.
Pork roast is on the dinner menu for honorees and their guests. Those who are unable to attend in person will be provided with a framed certificate.
Registration is required by Sept. 1. Honorees are asked to complete a brief bio form and provide a JPEG emailed picture to be featured on the slideshow. Those wishing to participate should call the WCCOA Programs Department at 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or email to receive a registration form and further instructions. Registration forms are also available at any senior center location in Wood County or can be found digitally on the WCCOA website at

Habitat golf scramble
The Annual Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County Golf Scramble will be held Friday, Aug. 26 at Hidden Hills Golf Club, 4900 Country Rd., Woodville.
Organizers are looking for teams, sponsors, items for goodie bags and door prizes.
“In the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion in costs associated with new construction,” said Debi Heiks, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County. “We are currently building a home in Elmore for a family of five. The costs of building make it difficult to keep the house affordable for the new family.”
All proceeds from the golf scramble will go towards the new home build.
The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The team entry fee is $260. The deadline for scramble entry is Friday, Aug. 26.
For more information, email or call Heiks at 419-734-7074.

Free legal clinic
The Ohio Justice Bus, a mobile legal aid office and technology hotspot, will visit Ottawa County Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 579 S. McKinley Dr., Port Clinton.
The Ohio Justice Bus is partnering with the Ohio State Bar Association to offer free legal advice to low-income county residents. Attorneys can help clients prepare a simple will, durable financial power of attorney, health care power of attorney, donor registry enrollment form, living will and declaration of funeral arrangements.
Registration is required by Aug. 13 by calling 614-715-8576 or


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