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Help with rising winter heating costs

As higher energy costs make energy bills less affordable, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership’s Winter Crisis Program continues to help residents stay warm this winter.

The program helps eligible residents of Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties who have received a utility shut-off notice or are in disconnect. The program also helps households that are in short supply (25% or less) of wood pellets, propane, and other heating supplies.

To qualify, residents must be at or below 175% of federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $23,783 annual income/household of one; $48,563 annual income/family of four). Applicants must also provide a list of all household members, including Social Security numbers and birth dates; proof of citizenship for all household members; proof of income for all household members for the previous 30 days or 12 months; and copies of recent utility bills.

For more information on the Winter Crisis Program or to schedule for assistance, visit www.glcap.org/winterheating or call our scheduling hotline at 567-432-5046.

Ghanbari appointed chair of House Homeland Security Committee

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, has been appointed chair of the House Homeland Security Committee for the 135th General Assembly.

“Representative Ghanbari is a forward thinking leader with an undisputable record of support for the safety and security of our fellow Ohioans,” said Speaker Jason Stephens. “His appointment as chairman is a reflection of my confidence in his leadership, and the keen insight he will bring, to lead a vitally important committee focused on the many facets of homeland security here in the Buckeye State.”

Ghanbari has more than two decades of military service, including multiple deployments. Promoted to lieutenant commander on Sept. 1, 2018, he currently continues his service in the United States Navy Reserve.

Ghanbari previously served as chair of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee and as a member of the Finance, Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education, Technology and Innovation, and Transportation and Public Safety Committees.

House committees can be streamed live on www.ohiochannel.org.


Hazardous weather outlook: Near-zero to sub-zero wind chills are possible tonight into Wednesday morning.

Today: Cloudy, with a high near 29. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 20. West wind around 7 mph. Mostly clear, with a low around 7.

Extended: Mostly sunny Wednesday, with a high near 26. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 16. Mostly cloudy Thursday, with a high near 30. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 12. Mostly sunny Friday, with a high near 24. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 10. Mostly cloudy Saturday, with a high near 30.

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