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Andrew Fillmore's winning veterans essay rings true on Memorial Day

Left to right: Andrew’s grandfather, Robert Bihn, Andrew Fillmore, and his mother Teresa Fillmore.

The Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge recently announced the winners of the Port Clinton and District Essay Contest. Andrew Fillmore, a seventh grade student at PCMS, won the seventh and eighth grade competition. Andrew’s essay, “What does Veterans Day mean to me?”, also received first place in the State of Ohio and will go on to the Elk’s National Essay Competition.

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Redfern votes to bring new beds to OVH

This week State Controlling Board member Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) voted to appropriate $315,775 to replace 150 electric beds at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

“This is important to the quality of life and comfort of our veterans,” said Rep. Redfern. “They have risked their lives to protect our country. The least we can do is provide a safe and comfortable place for them to rest their heads.”

The Ohio Veterans Home first opened in 1888 to care for Civil War Veterans and has been in operation ever since. The home specializes in caring for individuals in need of an intermediate level of care, as well as veterans with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

There are 427 resident beds in the Ohio Veterans Home, most of which are nearing the end of their 15 year life span. The nursing home plans to replace all 427 beds throughout the course of the next two biennium budgets.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of seven members on the State Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. In October, Rep. Redfern cast the deciding vote in favor of expanding Medicaid for low-income and disabled Ohioans, including some 52,000 veterans.

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Veterans Service Commission adds meeting

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission will be adding a meeting to their regular January meeting dates to hear financial assistance applications. The additional meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building. Regularly scheduled bi-monthly meetings will proceed as normal with the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Those needing to file for financial assistance can contact the office at 419-898-2089.

The Ottawa County Veterans Office is located at 8444 W State Route 163, Oak Harbor.  For further information, visit the website at www.co.ottawa.oh.us/veterans.

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