Wilmington Fire Dept. sets 175th birthday bash

To celebrate the Wilmington Fire Department’s 175th anniversary, they will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the firehouse on Sugartree Street.

The event will include automobile extraction and forcible entry demonstrations as well as a state fire marshal’s demonstration, CareFlight will be there (weather permitting), several pieces of fire equipment will be on display including some horse-drawn equipment, plus a fire safety trailer. There will also be displays and booths by the Clinton County Historical Society, local law enforcement and the American Red Cross.

And of course there will also be food and refreshments provided.

Husted’s office sets hours in Wilmington

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced his office’s October regional office hours. Regional liaisons for the Secretary of State’s office will be in 31 counties — including Clinton County, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Wilmington Public Library at 268 N. South St.

The purpose of open office hours is to give local residents an opportunity to learn more about, and stay connected with, the Secretary of State’s office in an informal and accessible setting.

In addition to making voter registration forms and election information available, regional representatives will be on hand to answer questions and distribute materials to those interested in learning more about the other functions of the office such as the business services division and initiatives including the Ohio Business Profile and Military Ready-to-Vote program.

Costume 5K for Community Run/Walk

The Second Annual Costume 5K for Community Run/Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 benefiting the United Way of Clinton County.

This fun family event will take you down the bike trail and through the Sugar Grove Cemetery for a fun-filled run that includes fellow runner dressed in their best Halloween attire. Last year included groups of zombies, pirates, and even PacMan! The trail is lit with glow sticks and luminaries plus every runner receives a glow necklace at check-in. There will be additional glow items available for purchase.

We will have awards for the Top Male and Female runners, Best Group Costume, Best Costume, and Most Creative Costume. This is a family-friendly event and everyone is encourage to participate from and avid runner, to the walker, to a first timer. There are spots for everyone and it is a truly fun event that supports a great cause.

There will be an after-party with Ryan Page as DJ when the race ends.

Registration starts at 5:45 p.m., race starts at 6:30, and the after-party is from 8 p.m. until ? at the United Way office at 100 W. Main St., Wilmington.

Chayse your Dreams fundraiser for Wolf

Eighteen-year-old Chayse Wolf of Wilmington graduated from Clinton-Massie High School in May 2015. In July, he was involved in an ATV accident and is paralyzed below the waist. “I refuse to let this injury define me!” he says. ” I realize now that God has a plan for my life that is far different than what I had.”

As Chayse, the son of Travis and EmmaLee Wolf, devotes his time to his recovery, the family will be struggling with the financial hardships due to his hospitalization and rehabilitation, and also the need to make changes to their home. He will also need a vehicle or modifications for transportation, wheelchairs, braces and rehab equipment.

Come out and support him at the Chayse Your Dreams Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Ancil Dodge Auction Barn, 1975 Roxanna New Burlington Road, Waynesville. The event includes silent and live auctions with food and bounce houses. To learn more, go to the Facebook page of Chayse Your Dreams and Chayse Your Dreams Fundraiser.

Blan hydrants to be flushed soon

The Blanchester Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants Oct. 6, 7, 8 and 9.

The water may turn colors during these dates. If water has color, let your faucet run until the water clears up. If you have any questions, please call 937-783-2621 and ask for Wayne Moore, Water Department Supervisor, Blanchester Water Department.

Wilmington Writers Collaborative to meet

Enjoy and enrich your life with writing; writers of all genres — fiction, biography, poetry, essay, and short story — are welcome to attend the Wilmington Writers Collaborative. They are “a fun group that meets monthly to help each other with feedback, commentary and possible future publication” with “group writing exercises and often host guest writers. We discuss interesting movies, books and other cultural events.” Please bring any material you would care to read to the next meeting.

The next meeting is Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at 279 S. South St., Wilmington. Call Stella 937-382-7262 for more information or email [email protected]