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Riders Unlimited, Inc. looks to the community for support in the face of closure

On a peaceful farm just north of Oak Harbor, Riders Unlimited, Inc. made its home in 2011. The facility was just what the therapeutic equestrian program needed to thrive: it housed the Riders Unlimited herd in easy-access stalls, provided an indoor arena for safe and comfortable Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy, featured an attached home that could be converted to house the Board room and business office, had wide aisle ways that could provide plenty of room for horses, wheelchairs, and observers, and it had the room to grow and develop with the program for years to come. Over three years of being owned by the non-profit organization, the facility has underwent many improvements to increase accessibility, safety, and comfort for all riders, horses, and volunteers. During a hard winter, volunteers banded together and gave up more of their time to ensure that everything remained safe for the herd so that the horses would be healthy and happy for when their riders returned in the spring. The time and effort has, however, taken its toll.

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150th anniversary of serving God in the community

St. Paul Lutheran Church on County Road 17 is celebrating their 150th anniversary.  On March 2, former Pastor Paul Schlief delivered the Sunday message.  On May 11, St. Paul was honored to have Bishop Lohrmann for the morning service.

A special invitation has been sent to former confirmation graduates of St. Paul for the August 3 worship service.  Former Youth Group members and organists have also been invited for the service.  The Youth Group and Sunday school choir will be participating in the service.

St. Paul will have a float in the Apple Festival in Oak Harbor on October 11.  On October 26 a special Homecoming Service will be held at the church.  A son of the church, Pastor Timothy Nahls, will be present at that time.

Everyone is always welcome and especially on these dates.  Morning services on August 3 and October 26 will begin at 10:30 a.m. with lunch following.

St. Paul Church was started in 1864 by Rev. Christopher Raths, who had been born in Germany in 1807.  He became a teacher and then came to America in 1840, studied to be a minister and was ordained in 1858.  Rev. Raths served as pastor of St. Paul for 28 years from 1858 until his death in 1886.  He and his wife and buried in the Roose Cemetery, southeast of Oak Harbor.

 

The current pastor is Cheryl Wessel who has been with St. Paul since 1998.

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Camp Sabroske: Oak Harbor’s hidden gem

Caileigh Moyer with Cobalt Blue and volunteer Breanna Hutson with Denver standing on the outskirts of the pond at Camp Sabroske.

At 4405 W Toussaint North in Oak Harbor sits 112 acres of land that Camp Sabroske calls home. This land was donated in 1960 by Elin Sabroske specifically to be used as a youth camp and that is one of its purposes today. Camp Sabroske is also a camp ground with 30 RV sites with electric and water hook ups available, there is tent space available on all 112 acres, a lodge for events, an in-ground pool, a pond with paddle boats and catch and release fishing, dorms, cabins and horseback riding. The camp is truly a hidden gem in northern Oak Harbor.

The camp is owned, operated and run by Doug Moyer and his family; Doug’s wife, 8 children and 2 foster children. Camp Sabroske is a non-profit 501 C3 Christian campground. The family lives on site at the camp and performs all maintenance on the grounds. Doug also has his pastoral degree and runs the youth camps at Camp Sabroske.

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