Donna Lueke

Donna Lueke

Editor for Schaffner Publications, Inc. Website URL:

Drumming at Otterbein North Shore


Otterbein North Shore, in keeping with its mission of embracing a whole-person wellness philosophy, has added a new dimension to the community – drum circles.  Recently three employees became certified HealthRHYTHMS facilitators, trained in recreational Empowerment Drumming, an evidence-based therapeutic approach to wellness based upon an emerging discipline called Rhythmacology.


At Otterbein North Shore the drum empowerment sessions elicited immediate interest and enjoyment from the residents. Participants smiled throughout the session and wanted to know “when can we do this again?”  Drumming is now offered monthly, with full participation. Resident Janet Clark commented, “When we’re drumming there’s a smile on everyone’s face!”  Joe Williams, who plays the banjo, said he comes because he enjoys music and the association with other people.

OCJFS hours change


Effective September 1, 2012, the hours of operation for the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services (OCJFS) will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Job Store will remain open until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The OCJFS is responsible for determining eligibility for a variety of public assistance programs, establishing and enforcing child support orders, workforce development services, and investigating reports of abuse or neglect of children or individuals over 60 years of age. 

In addition to visiting the office, there are a variety of ways to contact the agency or apply for services.  Online applications and reporting for public assistance benefits are available at  Application for Child Support Enforcement activities, as well as case information for child support, is available at After-hours concerns about child welfare or elder abuse or neglect can be directed to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at 419- 734-4404, or in emergencies by dialing 911.

For more information, please contact the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services at 419-898-3688 or 1-800-665-1677.


New editor named at The Beacon


John Schaffner, Publisher of The Beacon, is pleased to announce the appointment of Donna Lueke as Editor of the publication based in east Ottawa County. She replaces Angie Adair Zam, who recently took another position which will allow her to work from home to be with her young child.

“Donna has a love of the written word and has been active in a number of local organizations for several years, which should be a plus for her,” stated Schaffner. “At the top of her resume she wrote … ‘whatever the job, wherever I am, whenever I can, I love to write’.”

United Way partners with NBOH


Since 1993, over $65,890.00 has been donated to United Way in Ottawa County by the National Bank of Ohio. NBOH has also had diaper and food drives, and time has been volunteered by NBOH employees.


United Way has partnered with the National Bank of Ohio in an effort to ignite a social movement, encouraging residents to give, advocate and volunteer to improve the conditions in Ottawa County.


United Way’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities, to advance the common good. United Way 211 connected 1,262 Ottawa County residents to community resources in 2011.

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