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Port president to make intermodal visit
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority President and CEO James Hartung is scheduled to travel to Nova Scotia July 1 through 3 to meet with officials from the Melford International Terminal Inc. project. Melford could allow the transfer of cargo containers from mega-container ships to trains, which would then travel Canadian National Railway lines to destinations in Canada and the United States. The facility, according to a company document, will serve as a transfer point for containers coming from Asia and the Indian subcontinent that are shipped to North America via the Suez Canal. Melford is a privately funded endeavor. Despite having an intermodal facility in Detroit, Hartung said in May, Canadian National could look to Toledo because of the congestion around the Detroit metropolitan area. He said the upcoming trip’s objective is to discuss synergies that could be developed between Melford and Toledo.
Famous Dave’s hosts Smoke on the Water contest
As part of the Columbia Gas Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross, Famous Dave’s will sponsor a pulled-pork eating contest set for 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo. The winner will receive a price package worth $500, a news release said. Interested participants may register at Famous Dave’s, 4757 Monroe St. Participants will be notified July 31. Smoke on the Water takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 3. Headline entertainment includes country music star Julie Roberts on Aug. 1 and alternative rockers Eve 6 on Aug. 2.
Lutheran Village hosts blood drive July 17 and 18
Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, located at 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Road in Holland, will be hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 1 to 6 p.m. July 17 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 18.
“We encourage people to make a regular commitment to donating blood and to give at least once during the trauma season,” said Kathy Smith, director of donor services, in a statement. “The entire blood-donation process, which includes a mini physical, only takes about one hour, and each donation can potentially save three lives.”
Blood demand rises dramatically during the summer due to more motor vehicle crashes and traumatic injuries, according to a news release.
To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in generally good health and provide a valid photo ID upon donation. For information on blood drives, call the American Red Cross at (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givebloodtoday.org. — John P. Krudy