Friday, September 19, 2014

Wood County Throwdown 2014

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will host the Wood County Throwdown, a challenge among area chefs and cooks, on Saturday, October 11 at Penta Career Center (located at 9301 Buck Road in Perrysburg). Doors open at 11 a.m.

The Wood County Throwdown will include chefs and cooks from area senior centers, assisted living facilities, retirement communities and long term care facilities. The talented chefs and cooks will challenge each other to a three-course food throwdown.

Attendees will get the chance to sample a variety of courses, including appetizers, main courses and desserts. Appetizers will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the main course at 12:30 p.m. and dessert at 1:30 p.m.

Local chefs and cooks participating in the throwdown include James Price of Sterling House of Bowling Green; Joseph Hrabovsky of the Wood County Committee on Aging; Adam Foltz of Grand Rapids Care Center; Randy Urbanowicz of Spring Meadows Extended Care Facility; and Anne Hodulik of Bowling Green Manor.

The Wood County Throwdown champion will be decided upon by celebrity judges, including Doris Herringshaw, Wood County Commissioner; George Kamilaris of Georgio’s CafĂ© International; and Fred Lefebvre of The Morning News on 1370-WSPD.

Attendees will vote for their favorite as well. That cook or chef will receive the People’s Choice Award.

The Dave Nelson Jazz Trio will provide entertainment for the event.

Only advanced tickets will be sold for this event. Tickets are $5 and are available at all seven Wood County senior centers. For more information, please contact the WCCOA Program Department at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or email This event is open to all ages.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WCCOA Annual Campaign

Thank you for supporting older adults in Wood County. Your donation to our annual campaign ensures that we can continue providing our meals, programs, and services for many years to come.

Please send your tax-deductible donation to:

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.
Annual Campaign
305 N. Main St.
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Please write checks out to: Wood County Committee on Aging

For questions, please contact Colin Andrews, Public Relations and Development Specialist for WCCOA, at,  (419) 353-5661, or (800) 367-4935.


Go Orange for Hunger

Take action during September. Play a role in ending hunger by donating food items to help create care baskets for community members in need. Please include items that are non-perishable, unopened, undamaged, non-expired, and have a long shelf life.

Each bag will include one item from each category:
Canned meats & proteins (peanut butter, tuna, chicken)
Canned fruits (peaches, pears, applesauce)
Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, peas, potatoes)
Canned stews & soups (chili, beef stew, ravioli)
Grains (hot & cold cereal, oatmeal, rice)
Boxed pasta (mac 'n cheese, spaghetti, raman noodles, dried beans)
Sauces (pasta sauces)
Help us reach our goal to make 200 care bags!
All of the items can be dropped off at one of the following locations by September 26, 2014:
  • Browning Masonic Retirement Community (8883 Browning Drive, Waterville)
  • Asian Resource Center (7036 Mourning Dove Ct., Toledo)
  • Sterling House of Bowling Green/Clare Bridge Place (121 N. Wintergarden, BG)
  • Otterbein Portage Valley (20311 Pemberville Rd., Pemberville)
  • Abundant Life #1 & #2 (100 Trinity Court, Perrysburg)
  • All Senior Centers in Wood County (call 419-353-5661 for locations)
Wood County Throwdown
Saturday, October 11, doors open at 11 a.m.
Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg
Six chefs from area senior center, assisting living facilities, retirement communities and long-term care facilities will challenge each other to a 3-course food throwdown.
This event will feature:
  • Entertainment, sampling of a variety of courses from local chefs
  • Critique all food samples by voting on your favorite appetizers/starters served at 11:30 a.m., main course served at 12:30 p.m. and dessert served at 1:30 p.m.
  • Vote to crown the People's Choice Award for Appetizers/Starters, the main course and dessert. Celebrity judges will vote to announce the "Wood County Throwdown Champion."
Tickets are $5 per person and are available at all Senior Centers.
Register for this event by contacting the WCCOA Program Department at (419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935.
Class: AARP Driver Safety
Thursday, November 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St., BG
Led by certified AARP Instructor, Brad Biller.
This course is designed to refresh your memory and fine tune your response to everyday driving.
Participation in this type of program may reduce your insurance costs, please refer to your insurance agent for clarification.
Course fees are $14 for non-AARP members and $12 for AARP members.
Register for this event by contacting the WCCOA Program Department at (419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935

For more information on WCCOA programs, please pick up a copy of Your County Connection, our print newsletter, or contact us at (419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935.

Social Services

Medicare Check-Up Day

Medicare Check-Up Day is Wednesday, September 24 at 1 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center. This is a free service from the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) at the Ohio Department of Insurance. This event is an educational presentation on Medicare. No reservations are required.
  • Learn ways to stay informed, healthy, and save money.
  • Learn about recent changes to Medicare.
  • Find out how the October 15-December 7 Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period can work for you.
  • Get tips on how to enroll for 2015 coverage in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and/or a Medicare health plan.
  • See if you qualify to save an average of $3,900 on your prescription drug costs.
Visit or call (800) 686-1578 to learn more.
Blood Pressure Clinics, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Please contact each individual site for more information

Wood County (Bowling Green) 305 N. Main St.
September 16 (blood pressure only)
October 21 (blood pressure and blood glucose)

North Baltimore, 514 W. Water St.
September 11 (blood pressure only)
October 9 (blood pressure and blood glucose)

Northeast (Walbridge), 705 N. Main St.
September 17 (blood pressure only)
October 15 (blood pressure and blood glucose)

Perrysburg, 140 W. Indiana Ave.
September 10 (blood pressure only)
October 8 (blood pressure and blood glucose)

Rossford, 400 Dixie Highway
September 8 (blood pressure only)
October 22 (blood pressure and blood glucose)

Wayne, 202 E. Main St.
September 12 (blood pressure only)
October 10 (blood pressure and blood glucose)

Pemberville, 220 Cedar St.
September 9 (blood pressure only)
October 14 (blood pressure and blood glucose)

For more information on WCCOA social services, please pick up a copy of Your County Connection, our print newsletter, or contact us at (419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935.

September's Recipe

WCCOA Hamloaf

  • 2 pounds hamloaf mix (1/2 ground ham & 1/2 ground pork - from Belleville's Market)
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 whole egg
Sauce Mixture
  • (1) 10 & 3/4 oz. can of tomato soup (no water added)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • Mix together hamloaf mix, graham cracker crumbs, milk, and egg. Form into a loaf. Cover with foil, bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Drain and top with sauce mixture. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees (F).