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Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet at Riverview, Otterbein

The Musical Arts Series at Firelands is sponsoring two free concerts by the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet on April 24, thanks to a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.  The concerts will be held at Riverview Healthcare Campus, Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, at 2 p.m. and at Otterbein Northshore, 9400 Northshore Blvd, Lakeside-Marblehead, at 3:30 p.m.  The public, as well as friends and relatives of residents of these two communities, are invited to attend.  These concerts replace two in March that were cancelled because of snow.

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The seasonal blessing of emergency vehicles and boats

Photos by Donna Lueke. 

On Tuesday, April 22, Father John Missler of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Port Clinton blessed the vehicles and boats of the Port Clinton Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Port Clinton Fire Department and the Marblehead U.S. Coast Guard Station. Ellif Fuiava, Port Clinton Marine Coordinator, organized the event, and Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone expressed gratitude to those law enforcement and rescue personnel gathered for their important service.

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The Lakeside Daisy attracts area visitors in May

Lakeside Daisy photo by Jasmine Cupp

The Lake Erie Water Snake is not the only local threatened species iconic to Ottawa County. During May, the Lakeside Daisy flowers brighten the Marblehead peninsula in the last remaining native locale population remaining in the United States. This local flower is a native natural wonder that draws springtime visitors to the area as it blooms.

While Kelleys Island has a burgeoning population of Lakeside Daisy blooms annually, that population was seeded there to help the flower species, listed as endangered in Ohio and federally threatened. Restoration efforts by various government, nonprofit, and private organizations have kept the delicate Lakeside Daisy from facing outright extinction in recent years.

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