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Apply now for BPW scholarship

The Port Clinton Area Business and Professional Women are now taking applications for the fall scholarship offering.
Applications are available at the Frederick Insurance Agency, 120 W. Second St., Port Clinton, the Port Clinton, Oak Harbor and Marblehead Peninsula Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Oak Harbor and Port Clinton public libraries. If you would like to print your own copy, check out our Facebook page. We will be accepting applications postmarked by May 11. The scholarships will be awarded after May 17, and can be used for the summer or fall classes. All applicants must be adult females, living in Ottawa County and be attending or planning to attend and enrolled in a school in Ohio. Applicants must not have received a BPW scholarship in Ohio in the past five years.
Call Lori Madison at 419-732-3171 for information.

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St. Boniface Schools holds Come and See Days

St. Boniface School will host “Come and See” days from noon to 2 p.m. May 1-3. Preschool and elementary students are invited to spend an afternoon to participate in classroom activities and to meet teachers and fellow students. Students may visit on any or all afternoons. Parents may call the school office at 419-898-4312 to schedule a visit.
St. Boniface Catholic School, 215 Oak St. in Oak Harbor, serves students in grades K-5 of all religions, racial, ethnic and income backgrounds. For information on the curriculum, admissions policies and registration contact the school office at 419-898-1340 or visit www.ourstb.com.

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Veteran Health and Information Fair

Veterans of all ages, military family and friends and the general public are invited to a free Veteran Health and Information Fair on Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky.  (Enter from Ohio 250 and follow signs to Veterans Hall).
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives will be on hand to discuss VA Healthcare enrollment and eligibility and other benefits. Information available for all Veterans, from Operation New Dawn to World War II.
The fair also features:

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Stein Hospice sponsors Caregiver Day May 9

Are you caring for a loved one and looking for answers? Or could you use a couple hours just to relax? If so, plan to attend our Caregiver Day on Wednesday, May 9, at the Ernsthausen Community Complex, 100 Republic St., Norwalk.  
The event will include informational displays from several community agencies, a meditative labyrinth, chair massages, refreshments, door prizes and more. Stop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to all.
The Caregiver Day is sponsored by Stein Hospice, which cares for patients and families in seven counties. For information contact Stein Hospice, 800-625-5269.

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Annual Daisy Run/Walk is May 12

The Marblehead Bank is hosting its annual 5K Daisy Run/Walk for the eighth consecutive year. The event will take place on Saturday, May 12. Registration and packet pickup begins at 8 a.m. at the Marblehead V.F.W. Post 7572, 421 W. Main St., Marblehead.  

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Eighth-graders prepare for science fair

The staff and students of Port Clinton Middle School are inviting friends and family to view their science reports and experiments. Projects will be on display from 2:15 to 3 p.m. April 30 in the Port Clinton Middle School Auditorium.

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Emergency heating help ends on a high note

In March, 441 households were approved for assistance from the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program compared to 367 approved in February. The program, which ended March 30, has served an estimated 2,600 households in 2012. The final tally of the number served for the 2012 heating season will be available later this month.

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The Vineyard offers afternoon Bingo

Residents and friends will gather for Bingo at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in The Vineyard on Catawba's Community Center, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Dr., Port Clinton. There is a  $1 donation per card, and prizes will be awarded to all winners. Refreshments are served, and this event is free and open to the public. Call 419-797-3100 for information.

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Cupcakes for the Cure

There is still time to enter the Cupcakes for the Cure competition and cupcake auction which will take place on Saturday, May 5, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 108 Perry St., Port Clinton.
Activities start at 10 a.m. with a balloon release honoring those who are currently fighting, are survivors or have been taken by breast cancer. The contest is open to the public and includes a Junior Division for ages 6-12. Contestants are asked to deliver 2 1/2 dozen standard-sized cupcakes to the K. of C. Hall by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the competition. There is no entry fee. Snacks and raffles will be available for purchase.
Cupcakes for the Cure is a service project of the PC Seniors/Port Clinton Senior Center and Gerner-Wolf Walker Funeral Homes with proceeds benefitting the October 2012 Susan G. Komen 3-D (60-mile walk) via sponsorship of two area walkers.
For information or to donate cash or raffle prizes in honor/memory of a “pink warrior,” call Juanita Mills-Persely at 419-341-1080.

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Ottawa County Veteran of the Year

Harold “Harry” Fillmore was honored as Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2011 at a celebration in his honor last week at the VFW Post 8732, Oak Harbor. Fillmore is the first veteran in Ottawa County to receive this honor. The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission selected Fillmore after reviewing several nominations. His commitment to the veterans in Ottawa County speaks volumes through his 58 years selfless service as a veterans advocate.

“Harry served our country with honor when our country needed him. Upon discharge, he continued to faithfully serve in the civilian sector. He inspired, mentored and befriended many veterans, to include myself,” said De Ann M. Louk, Executive Director, Ottawa County Veterans Service Office. “He has stood the watch for almost 60 years for our veterans. As the first veteran to receive this award, he certainly set the bar high for those to follow.”
Fillmore joined the United States Navy on Sept. 4, 1943. He was honorably discharged on March 2, 1946, after successfully attaining the rank of Seaman First Class and awarded the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and American Area Medal. A few years after settling into the civilian sector, Fillmore joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8732 and held many prominent positions for over a period of 58 years. He served as Junior Vice-Commander; Senior Vice-Commander; Commander from 1953-1954, 1984-1987; Aide de Camp 1953, 1954, 1984, 1986, 1987; Americanism Chairman from 1984 to present; and Post Service Officer from 2007 to present.
Fillmore received recognition of his selection by several community organizations. De Ann Louk, was the master of ceremonies and presented Fillmore with a U.S. flag and certificate authenticating that it flew above the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office on the day of the ceremony. David McDougall, President, Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission, presented Fillmore with a plaque. VFW State Commander Gerald J. (Mort) Ward presented Fillmore with a lifetime achievement pin set and complimented him on his lifetime service to the VFW. VFW Post 8732 Commander Gary Cagle, who nominated Fillmore, thanked him for his service in the VFW. The Board of County Commissioners of Ottawa County commended Harold J. Fillmore for his service to our country, dedication to our county veterans and his selection as Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2011 and proclaimed April 16, 2012, as “Harold J. Fillmore Day” throughout all of Ottawa County.
Fillmore’s son, Lauren Fillmore, came from Texas for the ceremony and spoke of his memories growing up with the VFW and his father’s dedication throughout the years. He was joined by Fillmore’s daughters, Diane Meckfessel and Janet Schmidt, and granddaughter, Melissa Losie.

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