News Briefs Week of 9/30/19

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Women’s Connection
All Area Women are invited to attend the “Home Decorating with Flare” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, Oct. 10 at Bayside, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon program.
Laura Sheahan, from Three Girlz Urban Living, in Oregon, will share what they offer at their store. Joyce Hensley, from Northwood, will provide special music. Amy Gardner, of Luna Pier, Michigan, will speak on her real-life story about “Laughter to Joy.”
The price is $12.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Donna at 419-836-8990 by Sunday, Oct. 6.

Live! In the House
Nashville-based Williamson Branch will take the stage of the Pemberville Opera House Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the concert – part of the ongoing Live! In the House concert series – are $12 and are available in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St. and by calling Carol at 419-287-4848. Tickets are also available at the door.
Williamson Branch offers a high energy show that features a fine-tuned variety of bluegrass, gospel and country music, accentuated by world class Appalachian clog dancing.
As Pinecastle recording artists, the family has thrilled audiences from Canada to the Cayman Islands, Maine to the Mexican border.
Visit for more details.

“Good Grief” breakfast
Good Grief of Northwest Ohio, Inc. will present its 7th Annual Community Breakfast Thursday, Oct. 17 from 8-9 a.m. at The Pinnacle in Maumee. Special guest emcee will be Ryan Wichman, from WTOL Channel 11.
Good Grief provides support for children, teens, young adults, and their families, who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. The program, which includes peer support groups, is no cost and open ended which means participants attend as long as they wish.
One in 12 young people in Ohio will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach 19. In Lucas County alone – that’s nearly 10,000 kids.
More than 350 people are expected to attend the hourlong breakfast event, which will include information about the resources Good Grief provides for this community - both in its Toledo program space, and in four of the area’s school districts.
Current and past family participants, volunteers, staff and community members will share their stories of how Good Grief has made a positive difference and helped them pick up the pieces of a life shattered by the death of someone they love.
This event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.
For more information, call 419-360-4939 or visit us on the web at

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner
The Honor Workers of St. John’s United Church of Christ, 448 E. Rice St., Elmore, will hold their annual Chicken & Biscuit, Dinner on Saturday Oct. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at the church.
The menu will feature the Honor Workers’ “famous” chicken & biscuits, salad, applesauce, cranberry sauce, beverages and dessert. Donation for the dinner is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-10. Drive-thru service is available again this year.
In addition to the dinner, there will be a bake sale and raffle for paintings, gift baskets, items for home décor, a wood carving and gift certificates for various services. Many of the craft items have been created by church members. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
Tickets for the dinner and the raffle may be obtained from church members or by calling Sharon Arndt at 419-862-3589 or the church office at 419-862-3511.

Cemetery Walk
The Pemberville Public Library System invites the community to enjoy an evening touring Fish Cemetery in Freedom Township on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Participants will walk along a lantern-lit path and learn about the cemetery and the lives of four historical figures from the Pemberville/Freedom Township area. Tour groups will include 10-15 people. Groups will meet at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 14545 New Rochester Rd., Pemberville.
Transportation to and from Fish Cemetery is being provided by Eastwood Local Schools. Tours start at 6:15 p.m., and refreshments will be served at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
This is a free event; however, registration is required. Visit the library at 375 E. Front St. to register. For more information, call the library at 419-287-4012.

Coats for Families
The Salvation Army in Ottawa County has partnered with the Cousino Restoration and the Ottawa County Community to provide new and gently used warm winter coats for local children and families in need.
The Salvation Army’s “Coats for Families” program, which will run through January 2020, is based on donations from the general public of new and gently used coats only that will be cleaned by Cousino Restoration.
Last year, The Salvation Army collected and distributed more than 1,018 coats to local families in Ottawa County. This is the 25th year the program has been providing coats to the local residents.
Donations of new coats may be dropped off at the Salvation Army, 1834 East Perry St., Port Clinton. For more details call Salvation Army Director Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769.

Hungarian Appetizers
& Wine House planned
The Toledo-Szeged Committee, in collaboration with WSOS/Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development and The Hungarian Club of Toledo, will hold a Hungarian Appetizers & Wine House on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2-5 p.m. at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Ave. (Birmingham community).
The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a welcome and introduction of a 15-member Professional Fellows delegation from Albania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia. The guests will offer a brief presentation about their lives and their communities. A short performance by Toledo International Youth Orchestra quartet will follow.
An introduction of Hungarian appetizers and wine traditions and family recipes will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12. Reservations are required by Oct. 8. For info or reservations, call Carol LaBounty at 419-874-1060 or Elizabeth Balint at 419-973-8007.

German-American Day
Bowling Green State University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures and Wood County Historical Center & Museum present “German-American Day: Du lieber Gott! – German-American Religious Customs,” Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.
The public is invited to participate in the 16th annual German-American “Story Slam” event. Participants will be allowed five minutes to tell their own family’s stories about German-American religious customs and German-American religions. Following the story slam, enjoy German food and fellowship or take a self-guided tour of the exhibit, “For Comfort and Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm.”
Admission is a $5 suggested donation, which will go toward funding the event and the Wood County Historical Society.
For more info, contact the museum at 419-352-0967.

Bras for a Cause
5K Run/Walk
The Magruder Hospital Foundation, with support from Port Clinton Auto Repair and the Campbell Family, is hosting the sixth annual “Bras for a Cause” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Sign-in is from 8-8:45 a.m. in the Magruder Hospital lobby with the race starting at 9 a.m. from the front of the hospital, located at 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
The race is being held in honor of Mimi Campbell, a longtime Magruder employee and director of nursing, who lost her battle with cancer in 2010. Race-day sponsors include Edgewood Manor Rehabilitation & Healthcare, Ohio Living Vineyard on Catawba and Riverview Healthcare Campus.
There will be an optional bra decorating contest at the event. Individuals, families and groups are invited to make a creative bra to display (or wear, if you are feeling brave) and winners will be announced at the end of the race. There will be race awards for top male and female overall, top male and female in each age group and top three walkers.
Cost is $25 per person if pre-registered, or $30 on the day of the race. Registration material can be found online at
For more info, call 419-734-3131, ext. 3147. All proceeds will benefit the Magruder Hospital Foundation for cancer patients in need.

Youth hunts set
The Oak Harbor Conservation Club (OHCC) will hold youth hunts at OHCC’s DARR Wetlands. A Youth Waterfowl hunt will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, and Youth Upland hunts in the morning and afternoon Sunday, Oct. 6. Sign in is at 12055 North Toussaint Rd.
Hunts are open to youths ages 10-17. A valid Ohio Youth Hunting License and hunter orange are required.
The funds used to run the hunts are provided by Ohio Division of Natural Resources and the OHCC.
“Youngsters have a wide variety of- skill levels, and we build on that experience,” said Don Hunter, who has been running the hunts for the last seven years. “Most importantly, we make sure they understand the importance of safety.
“The young folks learn the proper way to hunt and to prepare the harvest for cooking, and this is done with the help of great group of volunteers,” he said.
Pre-registration is required. Contact Hunter at A confirmation email will be sent with the time of the hunt. No-walk ins will be accepted. For more info, call Hunter at 567-278-1551.

Nov. election voter
registration deadline
The Ottawa County Board of Elections offers a reminder that the closing date for new voter registrations and changes of address for the 2019 November General Election is Monday, Oct. 7.
Extended hours at the office, located at 8444 W. SR 163, Suite 101, Oak Harbor, are 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
New registrations and changes of address may also be made at any public library, any bureau of motor vehicles office, the Ottawa County Health Department, the Ottawa County Job & Family Services and at the Ottawa County Courthouse in the Clerk of Courts Title Department or the Treasurer’s Office.
Registering and change of address may be completed online at
Call the board of elections office at 419-898-3092 for more details.

Coffee with a cop
The Oregon Police Division will be participating in the 4th Annual National Coffee with a Cop Day at Bob Evans Restaurant, 2849 Navarre Ave. in Oregon on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
No agendas or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns to the police. The chief and assistant chief will be in attendance.

West Nile Virus
death in Lucas Co.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (TLCHD) has confirmed its first human West Nile virus-related death in Lucas County for 2019.
A 68-year-old Lucas County man, passed away after being hospitalized with encephalitis.
WNV continues to circulate in mosquitoes throughout Lucas County, however, the Sanitary District continues to spray or fog on a routine basis.
“Although we’re getting closer to the end of summer, you still can be at risk of getting West Nile virus,” said Eric Zgodzinski, Health Commissioner. “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions such as wearing insect repellent and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”
The most effective way to prevent becoming infected with WNV is to follow the three Rs:
• Remove standing water around your home in pet bowls, flower pots, old tires, baby pools and toys and remove leaves and debris from gutters so water doesn’t accumulate. Pools of water allowed to stagnate for three or four days become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
• Repel mosquitoes when outdoors between dusk and dawn by applying insect repellent with DEET and wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
• Repair or replace torn screens on doors and windows
Most people infected with WNV have no symptoms of illness and never become ill. But illness can occur 3-15 days after an infected mosquito bite and cause symptoms of fever, headache and body aches. The disease can affect all ages, but people over the age of 50 and those with a chronic disease, such as heart disease or cancer, may be at increased risk for serious complications such as encephalitis or meningitis.
For that reason, people who experience high fever, confusion, muscle weakness, severe headaches, or a stiff neck should see a doctor immediately.
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