Local Briefs


Get homework help and a snack at the library

Students can get help with their schoolwork and enjoy a snack at the library on weekdays from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Dec. 2.

America Reads tutors from Bowling Green State University will be available to help K-5 students with reading support and homework help in the Children’s Place at the library, 251 N. Main St. Snacks and juice from Connecting Kids to Meals will also be served during this time.

No registration is required. This is presented in partnership with BGSU, America Reads and Connecting Kids to Meals.

Ghanbari receives Patriot Award

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, was awarded the Transportation Security Administration’s Ohio Federal Security Director’s Patriot Award during a Sept. 9 ceremony at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.

“I was humbled to be among a small group of Ohioans recognized by the Transportation Security Administration,” Ghanbari said. “The safety and security of our communities remains a top priority, and I’ll continue to stand with the honorable women and men who serve on the frontlines. We shall never forget the sacrifices of those who perished on 9/11 and those who have continually answered our nation’s call to service to defend the homeland from another attack.”

Ghanbari was one of 31 awardees from across Ohio to be honored with the Patriot Award. He was recognized for his significant contributions to the security, safety and welfare of the United States and the State of Ohio. A commissioned Naval Officer, Ghanbari previously served in the Army and has deployed multiple times following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“There is no better time to reflect on the legacy of service that runs through so many in Ohio, and we all benefit from that,” Ohio TSA Federal Security Director Don Barker said. “The individuals we were able to honor … committed their lives to keeping us safe and bettering their communities, and we hope these awards highlight our appreciation.”

Patrol participates in 6-State Trooper Project

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on criminal patrol and marijuana interdiction and eradication.

During the project, a total of 36,720 grams of marijuana was seized and 37 felony marijuana arrests were made. In Ohio, 1,530 grams of marijuana was seized and two felony marijuana arrests were made.

The project ran from 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 15 through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 18. The high-visibility campaign included the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

During the enforcement period, a total of 151 felony drug arrests took place in the six states, 43 in Ohio.

The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and information sharing.

Camp Palmer open house is Oct. 2

FAYETTE — Oct. 2 will be the return of Celebrate Camp open house, to celebrate 4-H Camp Palmer turning 75.

Everyone is invited for the festivities. Activities will run from noon-3 p.m. a lunch will be served from noon-2 p.m. The camp store will be open.

The open house will take place at 4-H Camp Palmer, 26450 County Road MN, adjacent to Harrison Lake State Park. 4-H Camp Palmer is owned and operated by 11 counties in Northwest Ohio and also is an outreach of Ohio State University Extension.

There will be a ceremony commemorating 75 years of making moments matter at 4-H Camp Palmer. Email [email protected] or [email protected] for any questions, or call 419-237-2247.

Bittersweet Farms named Torch Award for Ethics Winner

WHITEHOUSE — The Better Business Bureau of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan has awarded Bittersweet Farms with the 2022 Torch Award for Ethics in the Nonprofit Business category.

The Torch Award honors organizations whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character, ensures that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics, and generate trust with its customers and the community.

Bittersweet Farms is a nonprofit organization serving individuals with autism in a unique farmstead setting. Founded in 1983 as the first farmstead program for adults with autism in the United States, Bittersweet has since expanded to three farmstead locations across Northwest Ohio (Whitehouse, Pemberville and Lima).

Bittersweet’s model focuses on the abilities and talents of individuals with autism, encouraging their growth and development with person-centered supports. The mission is to positively impact the lives of individuals with autism and those whose lives they touch.

“After three consecutive years as a Torch Awards finalist, we are both thrilled and humbled to be chosen as the winner this year,” said Dustin Watkins, Bittersweet executive director. “At every level of our organization, we strive to do business and advance our mission in ways that reflect Bittersweet’s Core Values and instill trust in our constituents. This honor demonstrates that our team has achieved this incredible goal together.”

Nonprofit organizations must complete a Charitable Standards Evaluation process with the BBB and meet all BBB Standards for Charitable Accountability to be considered for the Torch Award. Entries are evaluated by an independent, voluntary panel of judges.

To learn more or to make a donation, visit www.bittersweetfarms.org.


Today: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 3 and 5 p.m., then a chance of showers after 5 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a west wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A chance of showers before 8 p.m, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8 and 11 p.m., then a slight chance of showers after 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind 9 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A slight chance of showers before 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Extended: Partly sunny Wednesday, with a high near 58. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41. Sunny Thursday, with a high near 60. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41. Sunny Friday, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45. Mostly sunny Saturday, with a high near 65.

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