Aug. 21 Parade for Olympian Oshae Jones Update

The parade to honor Olympian Oshae Jones, a Toledo native and bronze medal winner in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, will begin at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 at the intersection of Indiana and Junction avenues. The parade will move east on Indiana Avenue to City Park Avenue, where it will turn south. It will culminate with a celebratory event in Savage Park and the surrounding area.

Please note the parade starting point and route has been altered from the previously announced plans.

Ms. Jones won the Olympic bronze medal in the Women’s Welterweight Division, becoming the third American woman to medal in the sport of boxing. Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz bestowed the Key to the City to Ms. Jones on Aug. 16.

OhioMeansJobs Lucas County to Host Pop-Up Virtual Job Fair

OhioMeansJobs Lucas County will host a Pop-Up Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, August 19, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon. To participate, job seekers must register online at:

Area employers are continuing to struggle to recruit qualified applicants for positions. Given that COVID-19 and its variants are still very much active in the community, a virtual hiring event is the best option for employers to recruit job seekers.

The following companies plan to participate in the Pop-Up Virtual Career Fair:

• Adler Pelzer Group
• Buckeye Broadband
• Lucas County Sheriff’s Department
• Ternion Schools, Training and Education Centers
• Renaissance Hotel, Downtown Toledo
• Ohio Pickling & Processing, LLC
• Welch Packaging
• Great Lakes Windows

Health Department Stresses the Importance Vaccinations: VAX to School Event Every Saturday in August

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month and encourages parents to have their children immunized now to avoid the back-to-school immunization rush. Shots 4 Tots n Teens is a walk-in immunization clinic for children from birth through 18 years old. In order for your child to receive services, please bring the following items:

  • Child’s Paper Shot Record
  • Child’s Insurance Card (if any)
  • Parent’s ID

All insurance plans are accepted. A fee of $21.25 per shot is charged for those without insurance; however, no child will be turned away due to inability to pay. Cash, checks, and credit ca rds are accepted.

The Shots 4 Tots n Teens staff will ensure your child is up-to-date on their immunizations and ready for daycare or school. There are special shot requirements at kindergarten, seventh, and twelfth grades.

“Back to school vaccinations help protect our children and families from the spread of infectious diseases,” said Health Commissioner, Dr. Eric Zgodzinski, “I encourage parents to review their child’s immunization records along with school requirements, and make plans to obtain needed immunizations soon.”

Vaccines help develop immunity to countless infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases. The following vaccines are required for children entering pre-school and grades K-12: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella,
polio, varicella (chickenpox), and hepatitis B. Students entering college should check with health services at their college regarding immunization requirements.

The Health Department continues to hold the VAX to School event each Saturday in August from 8am to 3pm at the Downtown location. Appointments are appreciated, however, walk-ins are welcomed. Please call 419-213-2013 to schedule. COVID-19 vaccinations will also be provided to those 12 years of age and older. All those who are getting their first COVID vaccine are eligible for a $100 gift card. Please visit for additional details.

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement events scheduled in Toledo, Bowling Green

Anyone can get a no-cost test of their vehicle’s gas cap, and a free replacement cap if a leak is found, at two upcoming events offered by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG).

Leaky gas caps are a preventable cause of ozone pollution. Take this simple step to make sure your passenger car or light truck is not contributing to pollution. A broken or missing gas cap can also reduce fuel efficiency by 1-2 percent and cost you up to a full tank of gas each year.

Drive up to a TMACOG testing site, and staff will do a quick compression test to make sure your cap is sealed. If it’s leaking, you’ll get a replacement on the spot. Receive a bonus gift while supplies last.

Older vehicles are more likely to have a poorly sealed cap, but any vehicle could be leaking. A loose gas cap may trigger the check engine light, so if the light turns on randomly or right after filling up, you might need a new one.

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement events will take place:

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at Westgate Shopping Center, Central Avenue at Secor Road, Toledo. Vehicles will be staged in rows in the parking lot of the former Sears store.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at Woodland Mall, 1234 N. Main St., Bowling Green.

Special Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of Harvey J. Steele

The community is invited to give blood in memory of longtime Toledo radio personality Harvey J. Steele at a special American Red Cross blood drive Friday, Dec. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel at the University of Toledo Medical Campus, 3100 Glendale Ave.

Harvey was a Toledo radio personality for more than 30 years, spending much of his career as part of the Shores & Steele duo on K-100. Harvey was quick-witted, goofy, generous and a friend to everyone.

Harvey was also a tireless champion for organ and blood donation, as a liver transplant and blood products gifted him another 20 years of life. He volunteered countless hours to Life Connection of Ohio, a non-profit that promotes and facilitates organ donation. His efforts were recognized by the United Network for Organ Sharing in 2016 when he received the organization’s prestigious National Donor Memorial Award.

Harvey’s family and friends encourage the community to give blood in his memory and ensure local patients have the blood they need. The traditional slump in blood donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s comes as the blood supply already faces challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Required medical treatments and emergencies don’t pause for the holidays or a widespread coronavirus outbreak. Blood, platelet and plasma donors are urged to give now to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients.

As a thank-you for helping meet the need for blood donations from Nov.15 through Dec. 15, Suburban Propane is offering those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane, to enable a lucky winner to enjoy socially distanced celebrations with family and friends this holiday season. The prize includes a propane-powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater and stipend towards propane. See complete official rules and terms and conditions of the giveaway.

Donate Blood in memory of Harvey J. Steele
Friday, Dec. 4, 2020
Noon to 6 p.m.
Radisson Hotel at the University of Toledo Medical Campus
3100 Glendale Ave. Toledo, OH 43614

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current

coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit and enter code “Harvey”, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.