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The Marblehead Bank Achieves Highest Rating

In these tough economic times, it is important to know there are financial institutions that are strong, secure, and ready and able to assist their communities. The Marblehead Bank, Marblehead, Ohio is one such institution – dedicated to getting Main Street back on its feet. Since it exhibits overall financial superiority in such areas as: capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability, BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida is proud to bestow its highest 5-Star Superior rating upon The Marblehead Bank. In fact, this marks the 97th consecutive quarter that The Marblehead Bank has earned this distinction. Only 5% of the nation’s banks can claim that.  

“The unstable economic picture, both on Wall Street and on Main Street, makes it all the more important to recognize those financial institutions that are strong and stable,” remarks Karen L. Dorway, president of BAUERFINANCIAL. “The institutions that played by the rules and did not compromise their lending standards are the same institutions that stand ready to help build the economy back up. The Marblehead Bank is an excellent example of this community spirit.”

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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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