Ohio communities awarded $5 million in legal aid grants
COLUMBUS – Nearly $5 million in federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) has been awarded to help communities prevent and control crime. The annual grants support crime prevention by law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, correctional facilities, crime victim and witness initiatives, and others.
Richland County received three grants totaling $178,403. More than half – $84,936 – goes to METRICH. The Mansfield Police Department receives $43,467 for training, with the remaining $50,000 going to the Shelby Police Department for communications upgrades.
A total of 149 projects were funded in 57 provinces. The scholarships are administered by the Office of Criminal Justice Services of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
JAG funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, strategic planning, research and evaluation (including forensics), data collection, training, personnel, equipment, forensic labs, supplies, contractual support, and criminal justice information systems. They are intended as seed capital to launch new and promising programs that improve the criminal justice system.
Ontario holds tree lighting ceremony, craft show
The City of Ontario’s annual Christmas tree lighting will take place this Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Marshall Park.
Activities include performances by the Rhapsody in Blue Show Choir, jazz band and auxiliary band, hot chocolate and cookies, and the arrival of Santa Claus at 5:45 PM. The winners of the Ontario Lions Club coloring contest will be announced at 6 p.m.
The City of Ontario’s annual Craft Show will be held December 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Admission is $2 per person or a new toy (not stuffed animals). All proceeds benefit the community projects of the Ontario Lions Club and the Ontario Recreation Department.
All toys will go to the Springfield Township Fire Department and Ontario Police Department toy car.
The Christmas season is underway at Oak Hill Cottage
The Richland County Historical Society’s Oak Hill Cottage hosts holiday tours. Tours on Sundays from 2pm to 5pm will continue through December 18. New this year are two ‘Gaslight Tours’ on December 9 and 16 at 7:00 PM. An additional 7:30pm tour will be added if required. Leave a message at 419-524-1765 to make a reservation for these evening tours.
The annual Ghosts of Christmas Past event takes place on December 3rd from 5-9pm. Unique in many ways, this event combines a historic view of former Oak Hill residents and visitors with a walk-through experience unlike the usual guided tours.
All tours at Oak Hill are $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Poor children are free. For more information, oakhillcottage.org.