WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013
Pastor Ed Strietelmeier guest speaker at cemetery service
Perrysburg commemorates Memorial Day with weekend festivities
The Perrysburg community will commemorate Memorial Day in its traditional fashion–the annual Kip Boulis race, parade, graveside services and fort re-enactments.
Perrysburg American Legion Post 28 will hold its annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. Memorial services will be held at Fort Meigs Union Cemetery following the parade.
All U.S. military veterans are invited to join in the parade and service. There is no registration for groups who wish to participate in the parade.
The parade will form at the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Fifth Street at 9:30 a.m. It is requested that walkers and floats gather on the east side of Louisiana Avenue in the Commodore parking lot area and vintage cars and motorized vehicles line up on the west side of the street.
In the interest of safety, it is requested that no candy or other items be thrown into the crowd along the parade route.
The parade will head north on Louisiana Avenue to Front Street, west to State Route 25 and into Fort Meigs Cemetery.
The parade will stop at Hood Park for the placing of a wreath at the monument of those killed in service.
There also will be a brief stop at Riverside Park on West Front Street at which time the Legion Post 28 will commence a firing to honor all military service veterans who have been buried at sea.
Pastor Ed Strietelmeier, assistant pastor at Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania, will be guest speaker at the graveside service at Fort Meigs Union Cemetery.
Pastor Strietelmeier was born and raised in Indiana. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Capital University and a master’s degree in history from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
The pastor attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary and as part of his theological education completed a year pastoral internship at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg.
“It was a great year and I really enjoyed getting to know the people of Zoar and the community of Perrysburg,” said the pastor, who graduated from the seminary in 2009.
Both of the pastor’s grandfathers served in the military–an artillery officer in the Pacific Theater in World War II and his other grandfather as an Air Force pilot in the Vietnam War.
Pastor Strietelmeier and his wife Laura, an associate pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Ottawa Hills, have a two-year-old daughter Nora.
Kip Boulis Race
On Monday, May 27, the 33rd annual Kip Boulis 5-kilometer run/1-mile walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Woodlands Park. Registration/check-in will begin at 7 a.m. in the park shelter house.
The race is named after Officer Kip Boulis of the Perrysburg Police Division, who died while attempting to save a drowning victim in the Maumee River on Memorial Day 1976–37 years ago.
Officer Boulis was well-respected in the community and an active juvenile officer in the school system.
Proceeds from the race go toward the Kip Boulis Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for students in the field of criminal justice/law enforcement. More than $66,000 in Kip Boulis scholarships have been awarded.
For further information, contact Dean Butler, 419-872-8001, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Chalfant, 419-872-8001, e-mail email@example.com.
Fort Meigs Memorial Day Commemoration
On Memorial Day, May 27, the Fort Meigs staff and volunteers will honor the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will re-enact camp life throughout the day. A special wreath laying ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. in front of the monument within the fort. The ceremony ends with a wreath laying and musket firing at the Pennsylvania monument.
Veterans will be admitted free on Memorial Day.
Fort Meigs is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day.
Event admission is $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for children ages 6 to 18, and $1 for Ohio Historical Society Members. There is no cost for children age 5 and younger. For additional information, call 419-874-4121 or visit the Web site at www.fortmeigs.org.
ACS ‘Bark for Life’ to host book fair at 577 Foundation
this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26
The American Cancer Society (ACS) Bark for Life will host a book fair at the 577 Foundation on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 577 Foundation and book center, located at 577 East Front Street, Perrysburg, is open seven days each week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bark for Life was selected to manage the book center for April, May and June.
The center has a wide variety of paperbacks and hardback books ranging from fiction to westerns, cookbooks to children’s books, and biographies to sports.
The center also has a large selection of magazines.
All proceeds Bark for Life receives from the book center and the book fair weekend will assist cancer patients in Wood and Lucas counties.
Community members may donate books and magazines by dropping them off at the book center during regular hours. The center does not accept textbooks, encyclopedias, records, tapes or National Geographic magazines.
Bark for Life is an ACS Relay fund-raising event that honors the care giving qualities of canine “best friends.” It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.
Canine companions represent unconditional love, security, compassion, joy and no judgments of human abilities or appearances. The ACS Bark for Life is an irresistible way to “take the bite out of cancer,” smile and make new friends–canine and human.
The 2013 Bark for Life one-mile dog walk, will be held Sunday, September 8, at Fort Meigs Park.
Festivities include a blessing of the dogs, vendors, adoptions, games, contests and more.
Christina Williams, Channel 13 ABC reporter and weekend morning anchor, is the 2013 Bark honorary chairperson.
For additional information on Bark for Life or the book center, contact Deb Buker at 419-344-6284 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.