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Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club Perch Festival on August 23

The Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club in conjunction with the Danbury High School Athletic Boosters will be holding their 22nd Annual Perch Festival on August 23, at James Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  A parade will kick off the event at 10 a.m. The Firelands Physician Group will be sponsoring live music featuring the Third Degree Band.  Perch sandwiches and other local foods will be served.  Other attractions include:  craft vendors, flea market booths, car show, games, children's activities, and free Quarry tours will take place at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m.  The John Petz Magic Show which is scheduled at 12 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. and the St. Vincent's Life Flight landing at 2:30 p.m.  In addition, multiple raffle drawings as well as 50/50 raffles will be held all day with the grand prize drawing taking place at 4 p.m.

Fundraisers such as the Perch Fest enable us to provide for community members in need of eye examinations, glasses, reading assist machines, establishing a scholarship fund for a local graduating senior, and developing support and funding for many student programs.

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Firelands Children’s S.P.O.T. Open House

Firelands Regional Medical Center is hosting a community open house for the Firelands Regional Medical Center Children’s S.P.O.T. (speech, physical and occupational therapy) on Thursday, August 14 from 4–7 p.m. at Firelands South Campus 1912 Hayes Avenue, 2nd Floor, Sandusky.

Meet the staff and enjoy refreshments. See what’s new in children’s therapy and tour our newly expanded facility, providing:

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Early Intervention, support for babies and toddlers with developmental concerns

By Margaret Szabo, EI Coordinator, Ottawa County Board of DD

When parents are told their child has a developmental delay, a disability, or a medical condition likely to result in a delay or disability, they often go through overwhelming feelings of shock, disbelief, anxiety, fear and despair; life takes on a new normal.  Normal becomes internet searches, insurance questions, paperwork, being put on hold, and a constant wonder of what’s next.  There are no manuals, rules or guides because every child and family is unique.  Normal becomes celebrating little victories, teaching compassion and courage, and finding out that you and your child are capable of so much more than any search result would indicate.  You’ll also find that you are not alone.  There are other parents like you with similar situations, and resources and agencies there to assist you.  

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Child support awareness month

The Ohio child support program impacts more children than any other public program in Ohio, except public education.  One in three children are affected by the program.

Ohio bases its child support program on the fundamental belief that children deserve financial support.  If children truly are our future, then it is imperative that the child support program aid in the healthy development of children, including the emotional and financial support of both parents.  

The child support program ensures parents financially support their children when they are living apart. The program provides many important services, which include collecting child support for families, establishing the legal relationship between children and their parents, enforcing court orders and health insurance coverage. 

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Gardner and Redfern host Lake Erie Caucus Algae Forum

Photo from Experimental Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin released by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

State Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Chris Redfern have announced they will host a special meeting of the Lake Erie Legislative Caucus on August 15 to focus on algae problems plaguing the lake and, most recently, the Toledo area’s drinking water.

Gardner and Redfern are co-chairs of the Lake Erie Caucus along with Senator Capri Cafaro of Hubbard and Representative Mike Dovilla of Beres. The leaders have scheduled the forum for Friday, August 15 beginning at 10 a.m. at Maumee Bay State Park in eastern Lucas County.

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Harry Stensen Memorial Fund to benefit Terra State students

From left, Diane Bascone, Licensed Personal Banker, and Stephani Preston, Branch Teller, represent the KeyBank National Association in presenting the check to Carl Koebel, Terra State Trustee, College President Dr. Jerome Webster, Executive Director Lisa Williams, and Matt Montowski, Terra State Trustee.

The Harry Stensen Memorial Fund recently made a $10,000 donation to Terra State Community College for an endowed scholarship fund to assist Port Clinton High School graduates with their studies at the college.

“This is the first scholarship fund we have that specifically benefits Port Clinton students,” said Lisa Williams, Executive Director of the Terra College Foundation. “We are so appreciative to those who have been instrumental in this donation.”

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Wild About Eyes special reading hour to be held at Ida Rupp Public Library

Prevent Blindness Ohio and the Ida Rupp Public Library are presenting a special reading hour at 10:30 a.m. on August 18.  Senator Randy Gardner and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will read a book to children gathered for the hour.  

The theme of the reading hour is children’s eye health and safety.  Specially selected books will introduce the children and their caregivers to the importance of taking care of your eyes, and Prevent Blindness Ohio will facilitate five stations of hands-on activities for the children to engage in that will help them understand the importance of eye health and safety. Each child attending will receive a special goody bag that contains a pair of sun/safety glasses, a copy of the book ‘Arthur’s Eyes,’ and assorted brochures for their caregivers.

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Cut-a-thon to benefit local woman with ALS

The owner of a local salon has decided to donate some of her time for her sister-in-law in need. Salon 53 is holding a Cut-a-Thon to benefit Melissa Belcher, a Fremont woman diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2010. “One of the joys of being a business owner is being able to help out a worthy cause such as this,” said Brenda Belcher, owner of Salon 53. "We just celebrated our one year anniversary, and we were very successful, so we decided to give back."

Melissa is a 1990 graduate of Fremont Ross High School, and has been a teacher at Whitmer High School and Sylvania Northview High School. She and her husband Kelly have two sons, Grant, 10, and Aden, 4. In addition to her teaching duties, she enjoyed coaching volleyball at both of these schools. Her symptoms began while she was five months pregnant with her son, and since then, the disease has forced her to give up her teaching and coaching careers. The Cut-a-Thon will help offset the family’s high medical bills, which include in-home health care and frequent trips to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for specialized treatment.

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Youth fishing opportunity at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Anglers 15 and under can fish on Saturdays in August at the designated Youth Fishing Pond at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Loaner equipment and bait will be provided, and a Division of Wildlife staff member will be available to assist, all free of charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

Only youth age 15 and under are allowed to fish in the pond located around the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Young anglers may catch as many fish as they want, but they may keep only 6 channel catfish per day.

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Farm tire recycling collection

The agricultural community will once again have an opportunity to recycle their unwanted farm tires through a collection sponsored by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District.  The event will be held at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds in Fremont in the north parking lot.  This collection is open to farm owners, operators and residents in the three county area (including Bellevue and Fostoria residents).  ABSOLUTELY NO DEALERS or AGRI-BUSINESSES WILL BE PERMITTED.

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