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Published: Thursday, 10/4/2012

First Friday, fund-raiser, football and fire department highlight weekend


It's going to be a heart-warming weekend in the Perrysburg area.

The season's final First Friday event in downtown Perrysburg, themed "Eat Your Heart Out," will benefit the Whole Hearts Foundation and feature an appearance by the Hammitt family of Perrysburg.

Matt Hammitt, lead singer of the globally successful Christian rock band Sanctus Real, started the foundation after his son Bowen was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This life-threatening "half heart" condition required several surgeries, and Bowen celebrated his second birthday in September. You can follow his progress at bowensheart.com.

"Because we've had the experience ourselves, we understand the practical, financial, emotional and spiritual needs these families have. Whole Hearts Foundation is dedicated to assisting these families, and these hospitals that provide the life-saving care to our children," Mr. Hammitt says on the foundation's Web site.

First Friday will run from 6 to 9 p.m. in the city's historic downtown area. Entertainment will include Chortie the Clown, a bounce house, YMCA Fun Bus, and "DPI Express" train.

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You may have to bundle up Friday night at Steinecker Stadium, but the homecoming spirit will fill the place with friends old and new as Perrysburg High School takes on Sylvania Northview at 7 p.m.

This year marks the 35th reunion of the Northern Lakes League champion Perrysburg High School football team, who captured the crown in 1977. Activities begin at 6 p.m. with a memorial tree planting, pregame locker room pep talk for the Yellow Jackets, and alumni hospitality tent. Team members will be introduced at the start of the game's second half.

You can really turn up the heat and learn how to protect your loved ones at the Perrysburg Township Fire Department's open house Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the department at 26711 Lime City Road will be open to the public. Guests can tour the station, check out the trucks, talk with firefighters and other township officials, and participate in family activities.

At 1 p.m., things will get really hot with a side-by-side live burn that shows the difference between flames ripping through structures with and without suppression systems. A demonstration of a frozen turkey dropped into a hot oil cooker, with often disastrous results, also is slated.

The open house is being held in advance of National Fire Prevention Week on Oct. 7-13.

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