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The Ohio Department of Health wants to urge the community to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of a Cold, Flu, and COVID-19

If you’re feeling sick, call your doctor first before going in.   Learn the different symptoms at http://www.Coronavirus.Ohio.gov

 

Victory Kitchen “We Walk In Faith, Not Fear”
At this crucial time of the COVID 19 Panademic, Victory Kitchen is still standing strong to be the helping hands to those in need in the community.  They are providing Hot Meals for Breakfast and Lunch, prepared fresh daily for patrons to take home. Along with the hot food, they are providing  food bags (1 per Adult & 1 per Child).
If you would like to make a donation, monetarily or product please call 419-627-8732 and speak with a staff member.
Thank you for your continued support and God Bless!

 

CLI in Norwalk has received a shipment of disinfectant, and is offering it to seniors and others in need in our community.  Anyone interested in learning more, contact John Schwartz at john@clisupports.com  CLI appreciates the support the Huron County community has given over the last 20 years, and they want to be here for others in our community now.

 

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Huron County Treasurer’s Office will be closed to the public until further notice.
Anyone wishing to make real estate or mobile home tax payments are advised to do the following:
Mail your payment to Huron County Treasurer 16 East Main St. Norwalk, OH 44857
Drop your payment in the secure night drop, located inside the front door of the office, to the right. It is accessible 24/7.
Log on to the Huron County Auditor’s website: huroncountyauditor.org and click on the link that reads:” Pay Real Estate and Mobile Home Taxes here”. You will be re-routed to the Lexis Nexis Vital Check Landing Page. You will be guided through the payment instructions.
They will be open 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to answer your phone calls at 419.668.2090.
Questions can be emailed to: treasurer@huroncountytreasurer.org.

 

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 the Huron County Recorder’s Office will be closed to the public until further notice.
Unless due to extenuating circumstances we will maintain regular business hours of Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.   The public may contact us by phone: 419.668.1916.  Requests may also be submitted by Email:  huronrecorder@gmail.com.
Documents for recording may be submitted by mail to:  12 E Main Street, Suite 100, Norwalk, OH  44857.
Our online index is available on our website:  http://huronrecorder.org/
I appreciate your patience and cooperation at this difficult time.

 

The Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions about Coronavirus.
The center is staffed by licensed nurses and infectious disease experts.
The call center is open 7 days a week from 9am-8pm at 1-833- 4-ASK-ODH
That number again is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH

 

Effective March 18th, the Erie County Office Building at 247 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, will be closed to limited public access.
All the doors will be secured on the north end of the building, the South entrance on Washington Row will be remain open and visitors with appointments or essential business to transact will be admitted on a limited basis.  If you have business to transact, please contact the office you are visiting to ensure an orderly flow.

ODJFS is asking for stations to help in directing people to the ODJS website (unemployment.ohio.gov) to apply for benefits. 

Below is text that can be used on screen or aurally.  If you can regularly include this in your newscasts or other COVID-19 updates that you may be providing to your viewers and listeners, it would be greatly appreciated.  If you have questions or need more information about this, please contact Tom Betti at ODJFS at Thomas.betti@jfs.ohio.gov or 614-817-2945.  For all other media inquiries regarding Job and Family Services issues, please contact Bret Crow at bret.crow@jfs.ohio.gov.

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio needs your help now more than ever.  With the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be an increasing need to provide food for those in our community.  You can help by donating or volunteering.  Your donations will help get food into the hands of those who need it.  And volunteers are needed to sort and re-pack food, help on-site distribution, work in the office, and more.  Please go to https://www.secondharvestfoodbank.org/  to donate online and learn more information.

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.

Non profit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

In order to complete the state’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis should immediately send their contact information to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.gov. Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

 

Coronavirus and Unemployment Benefits

Questions and answers regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on unemployment benefits can be found here https://unemployment.ohio.gov/PublicSelfServiceChoice.html

 

Firelands Regional Medical Center has implemented visitor restrictions.

If you have a cough, chills, fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, or believe you have the flu and do not need emergency care, do not come in. Visitation is restricted to healthy immediate family or immediate support person 18 and over.

 

To protect patients and staff, Fisher Titus Medical Center has implemented visitor restrictions             

For more information visit FisherTitus.org   

 

The Red Cross has announced an urgent need for blood donations

Eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon. 

They do ask to postpone your donation for 28 days if you’ve traveled to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea or If you’ve been diagnosed or in contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19

Schedule your appointment at RedCrossBlood.org

 

The Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services urges all community members to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health during these times of uncertainty.  The Board remains open to serve the public and connect those in need to community resources.

If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with stress and isolation, dial the Huron County Support Line at 567-743-7155, the Huron County Crisis Hotline at 800-826-1306 or text 4HOPE to 741741 to be connected with a crisis counselor. You may also call the Board directly at 419-681-6268.

Again, the Support Line is 567-743-7155, the Crisis Hotline is 800-826-1306 or text 4HOPE to 741741

 

Early voting is open in Ohio.

Registered voters can vote at their county’s board of elections.

In Huron County at the County Administration Building 180 Milan Ave., Suite 4 in Norwalk

In Erie County at 2900 Columbus Ave., Room 101 in Sandusky

In Ottawa County at 8444 W. State Route 163, Suite 101 Oak Harbor

In Sandusky County at 2020 Countryside Dr. Fremont

Get a complete list, voting hours and schedules at http://www.OhioSOS.gov

 

Erie MetroParks will be cancelling all programs through the month of April 2020. Facility reservation will also be suspended, and indoor facilities will remain closed to walk-in traffic during the month of April. Erie MetroParks will refund any existing reservations. The situation will continue to be monitored and reevaluated as new information becomes available from state and
local officials. Erie MetroParks staff will continue its work of conserving natural resources while connecting the community with nature through education and exploration. During this period of precautionary social distancing, The Great Outdoors remains open. The park district includes over 3,000 acres and more than 30 miles of trails in every corner of Erie County. Erie MetroParks encourages individuals to explore the parks, get some fresh air, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world.
For specific inquiries, please see the contact information below.
Facilities & Reservations: (419) 625-7783 x221
Programs: (419) 625-7783 x223
For the most current status of Erie MetroParks program cancellations and park closures, please visit:
eriemetroparks.org/bulletins

 

The Huron County Chamber of Commerce has postponed their Membership Breakfast, scheduled for March 26, and their Annual Banquet on April 9th.  The Chamber will remain open for business, but will reduce hours of operations. They ask that you call ahead – 419-668-4155

 

Norwalk First United Methodist Church    Free Kids Lunches   11:00 a.m.-Noon
Norwalk  First United Methodist Church 60 W. Main in Norwalk, OH
First come, first served.
Come in the Main Street entrance and stay in your car for pickup!

Be Strong Uniforms & Learning Center is offering FREE meals.
Stop by at 55 Benedict Avenue in Norwalk during store hours to pick up a meal for your family.
While supplies last. Go to Be Strong Uniform‘s Facebook page or website for more details.

 
 
APRIL
3rd Fri City of Norwalk- Compost Facility

The City Compost Facility, located on Austie Shadle Drive by Baines Park, will open for the season on April 3, 2020.  The facility is open through Nov. 29th on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

City residents can take extra yard waste to the compost pile.  Residents can drop off yard waste and brush.  Residents can also pick up leaf compost when available at no charge.

Anyone using the compost facility must show proof of city residency, such as a valid driver’s license. Compost facility is for residential use only, not commercial use.

4th Sat Liberty Aviation’s Easter/Spring Arts, Crafts, & Vendor Event 10am – 5pm

Free Admission to shop.

Admission is required to view museum gallery and second hangar

Liberty Aviation Museum 3515 East State Rd, Port Clinton, OH 43452

http://www.LibertyAviationMuseum.org for more information

4th Sat 11th Annual Wags to Riches Casino Night Fundraiser 6:30pm

Join Friendship APL for their biggest fundraiser of the year!

Taking place at Tom’s Country Place 3442 Stoney Ridge Ave, Avon, OH 44011.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Proceeds from this wonderful evening benefit their medical relief fund and help offset the cost the shelter incurs from their spay/neuter program and other medical expenses.

You will enjoy dinner, cocktails (included) and live music while ensuring the animals receive the care they so desperately need and deserve.

There will be a wonderful array of prizes available to win in the Vegas-style Casino and Pick-a-prize raffle.

Tickets for this event sell out quickly. Reserve your tickets today!

https://www.friendshipapl.org/events/

6th – 10th Mon-
Fri
City of Norwalk- Limited Spring Trash Pickup

Limited Spring Pickup  will be held the week of April 6th, 2020 on residents’ trash day.

Households will be allowed to set out three large items or nine extra trash bags (no larger than 33 gallon) for pickup at no additional charge on their normal trash day during this week.  One large item is equal to three bags, so residents may set out one item and six bags, or any equivalent combination.

The pickup will be limited to household items only including: mattresses; couches; tvs; etc.  This does not include construction or remodeling debris (carpet, lumber, drywall).  Items with Freon can only be collected if properly tagged that the Freon has been removed.  The household items are restricted to items that two sanitation employees are able to lift.

Further questions can be directed to the Norwalk Sanitation Department (419) 668-7122.  The City of Norwalk reminds you not to litter and thank you for doing your part to keep our community beautiful.

7th Tues Sandusky Bonsai Club 6:30pm

This month’s meeting will be at Mulberry Creek Nursery.  Members bring your Shefellera from last year’s challenge and/or the Juniper from 2018 to see how they are doing.

The 1st Tuesday of every month the club meets at Osborne Metro Park in the John G. Frost Center.   

New Members are welcomed!

7th Tues Full Moon Hike – Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and State Nature Preserve

Join to explore the forest and the estuary as the day shifts into the evening with a full moon rising.  Registration Required. coastal.ohiodnr.gov/oldwomancreek

11th Sat White House Easter Tradition – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums – 2-3:30pm – FREE

This event is for kids ages 3-10 and is from 2-3:30 on the lawn of the Hayes Home.

11th Sat Easter Egg Hunt – Schedel Arboretum & Gardens – 1-3pm – FREE.  Canned Good Donation Accepted.

Rain or shine, Easter Egg Hunt times are 1:15 pm and 1:45pm.  Seperate egg hunting areas will be designated for different age groups between the ages of 1-12.  Bring your own basket!  Other activities include the Easter Bunny, Easter egg cookie decorating station, storytime with Harries-Elmore Library Director and more!

12th Sun Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Memorial Park on Kelleys Island – Noon-1pm

Children of all ages are invited ot participate in collection eggs filled with candy and small prizes – held rain or shine.

18th Sat Benefit For Don Beck – Monroeville Elementary School Cafeteria & gym 4-8pm
Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction & Raffles to benefit Don Beck, a 1984 graduate of Monroeville High School plus basketball coach and great member of the community.  Tickets on sale at the Monroeville village Office and Monroeville School Board Office 8am – 3pm Weekdays.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  $10 Adults  $5 Kids Under 12  Questions? Call Jason at 419-706-6338  or to Volunteer or donate to the silent auction, contact BJ at 567-224-1565. 
19th Sun Monroeville Knights of Columbus Breakfast Buffet 8am until Noon

Adults $7       Children  $3      Ages 3 and Under are Free

The public is welcome.  Breakfast will be serve at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at Peru Center Rd., Monroeville.

 

23rd Thur. Fused Glass Wind Chimes – Schedel Arboretum & Gardens – 6-8pm

Artists Jill Groves will demonstrate how to create these wind chimes made out of glass!  Create your own design and take it with you after they are fired!  No experience required.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.  Participants are welcome to purchase a glass of wine or snack at the gardens.  Registrations required.  schedel-gardens.org

24th-26th Fri.-Sun. It Should Been You – Harlequins Community Theatre – Wayne St., Sandusky – Friday and Saturday – 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm

The Bride is Jewish, the Groom is Catholic.  Her mother is a force of nature.  His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker.  And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride!”  harlequinstheatre.org

26th Sun KLS Equine Rescue Annual Quarter Mania Auction at The American Legion in Sandusky beginning at 1pm. 

KLS Equine Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing abused, neglected and abandoned horses, mules and donkeys with care and rehabilitation in order that they return to health and productivity.

 
 

May

1st – 3rd & 8th – 9th Fri. – Sun. It Should Been You – Harlequins Community Theatre – Wayne St., Sandusky – Friday and Saturday – 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm

The Bride is Jewish, the Groom is Catholic.  Her mother is a force of nature.  His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker.  And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride!”  harlequinstheatre.org

 

1st * 2nd Fri.-Sat. The Wizard of Oz – The Hirt Theater – Bellevue, Ohio

This classic take in which a Kansas farm girls travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home.  This is a one-hour adaptation tailored for young performers!  bellevuearts.net

4th – 8th Mon –
Fri
City of Norwalk Spring Brush Pick up

The Spring Brush Pickup will be held on the week of May 4, 2020.  Residents on dedicated City streets may place cut brush on the curb for pickup on their regular trash day.  Brush is to be stacked neatly with no roots, stumps, or soil attached.  Branches are to be no longer than six feet; entire large trees or bushes will not be picked up.  No more than one pick-up truck load will be collected from a residence and brush will only be collected once.

Weekly Curbside Yard Waste Pickup also begins on the week of May 4, 2020 on resident’s regular trash day.  Residences are allowed two cans or two bundles of yard waste per dwelling.  Cans must not be more than 33 gallons in size and not weigh more than 40 pounds.  Cans must be clearly marked “yard waste.”  Bundles must be tied, be less than 4 feet in length and weigh less than 40 pounds.

Further questions can be directed to the Norwalk Sanitation Department (419) 668-7122.  The City of Norwalk reminds you not to litter and thank you for doing your part to keep our community beautiful.

5th Tues Sandusky Bonsai Club 6:30pm

Show Planning Meeting

The 1st Tuesday of every month the club meets at Osborne Metro Park in the John G. Frost Center.   

New Members are welcomed!

7th Thurs Vermilion Community Prayer Gathering at Noon

Victory Park at the Gazebo (Corner of Ohio Street & Main Street Vermilion, OH)

Hosted by the Vermilion Ministerial Association and the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

9th Sat. Kids Day at Hayes – Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Library & Museums – Fremont – Time TBA

Kids can enjoy a Victorian tea.  This is an interactive educational series for kids through age 12.

 

16th Sat. International Museum Day – Merry-Go-Round Museum – Sandusky, Ohio
10am – 4pm – FREE
Free admission, $1 carousel rides in celebration of International Museum Day.
19th-21st Tues.-Thurs. Perry Education Days – Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial – Put-In-Bay, Ohio 

Hands-on educational experience for students to learn about the War of 1812, life during that period in the United States and life on board the U.S. vessels.  An open invitation is extended to the first 3,000 students.  School teachers should contact the Park to enroll their class.

21st Thurs. Fused Glass Sun Catcher – Schedel Arboretum & Gardens – Elmore, Ohio – 6-8pm

Artist Jill Groves will demonstrate how to create these decorative sun catchers out of glass!  You will create your own design and take it with you after they are fired! No experience necessary.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.  Participants are welcomed to purchase a glass of wine or snacks at the gardens!

28th – 30th Thurs.-Sat. Genoa Homecoming – Genoa Veteran’s Park – Genoa Ohio

Good ‘Ol fashioned fun!  Amusement rides all weekend.  Grand Parade on Friday evening, home run derby, pie-eating contest and other family activities on Saturday.  Fireworks Saturday night.  Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 5pm-12am and Saturday 12pm-12am.