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Wolcott Keeper’s House opens June 10

The Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 Bayshore Road, Marblehead, will open for the 2014 summer season on Tuesday, June 10 from 1-5 p.m.  Volunteers recently prepared with an informal training session with volunteer coordinators Bill and Sharon Coder refreshing memories on the place of the 1820's stone home in the history of the Firelands, and in the ongoing War of 1812 commemoration. Visitors frequently ask why the house is 2 1/2 miles away and isn't next to the lighthouse. Marblehead's first Lighthouse keeper, Benajah Wolcott, owned a farm on the peninsula, and the new lighthouse was a moderate overland walk from the back of his farm before Bayshore Road existed. 

Docents share other stories from the early history of the peninsula, and Wolcott's service in the Revolutionary War and as a member of the survey team for the Firelands land grant.  The property has a small museum and gift shop, and an assortment of books and DVD's about area history.  The house is a project of the Ottawa County Historical Society, who purchased it in 1989, restored it, and uses it as a venue for sharing the history of the Firelands and early Ottawa County. Music, military reenactments, frontier craft and fireplace cooking also make the Keepers House a popular destination for summer visitors.  

The 2014 schedule is 1-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 10 until August 28. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. from June 14 through October 11. Special events include Music in the Firelands, with frontier music and the North Coast Concert Band on July 12, hearth cooking on the Keeper's House fireplace September 13, and a Civil War encampment October 11 during the Lighthouse Festival.  

Visit our website, www.keepers.house or call 419-798-9339 for more information.  The house is open by appointment for groups. There are restroom facilities and accessible entry.

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Otterbein North Shore hosts open air concerts

The public is invited to attend an open air concerts on the lawn of Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community at 9400 North Shore Boulevard on Saturday, June 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. and June 30 beginning at 7 p.m. Atendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to the event. On June 28 enjoy the music of “Tim and Michelle”.  These musician-entertainers from the Cleveland have been making music at special events, restaurants, parties and festivals in Northern Ohio and at the Lake Erie Islands for many years.  With their vocals, guitar and electric violin music, they will be a delight!

On June 30 at 7 p.m. enjoy the music of The Port Clinton Community Band.  Under the leadership of Rod Miller, this talented group of musicians from the North Shore area have been making music together for many years.  For more information, call Jo Ann or Kirsten at 419-798-8250.  

About Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

Founded in 1912, Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is a nonprofit health and human service ministry, serving nearly 2,000 people, and is related to the East Ohio and West Ohio Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Otterbein’s five full-service retirement communities in western and northern Ohio are located in Lebanon, St. Marys, Cridersville, Pemberville and on the Marblehead Peninsula on Lake Erie. In addition to these five continuing care “lifetime” retirement communities, Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices offers an entirely new concept in short and long term care with the Otterbein Small House Neighborhoods located in Perrysburg, Monclova, Middletown, Maineville and Springboro.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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Otterbein Awards honor those who give back

Back row:  Otterbein North Shore Executive DirectorTom Keith, Otterbein Homes President/CEO Jill Hreben, Community Service of the Year award winner – The Ida Rupp Library, represented by Mary Breymaier and Sue Estep. Front:  Janet Clark, Resident Volunteer of the Year; Betty Schrock, Community Volunteer of the Year; Destiny McMurray, Partner of the Year and Marilyn Infield, Philanthropist of the Year.

Otterbein Homes President and CEO, Jill Hreben, along with Otterbein North Shore Executive Tom Keith, recently bestowed special recognition to individuals and companies who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of the senior community located in Danbury Township near Lakeside.

Resident Marilyn Infield graciously received the Philanthropist of the Year award for thoughtful and generous gifts throughout 2013.  Specifically, in memory of her husband, Dean, Marilyn donated the funds to purchase a new bus for ONS community use.

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