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Boehner visits Catawba Island

Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington, John Boehner, who lives in the Cincinnati area, took some time off to visit Catawba Island the weekend of 4th of July. He is pictured her on the far right with Don Dougherty and Addie Reno of Catawba while at dinner at Catawba Island Club.

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Ohio conservation and outdoor recreation projects receive more than $1.2 in federal resources

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that Ohio has been awarded $1,277,698 in new federal resources by the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to promote conservation and outdoor recreation. Of the funds, $1,236,596 comes from the regular Fiscal Year 2014 apportionment awarded to the states and $41,102 is a supplemental apportionment as a result of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA).

“These federal funds will help Ohio’s natural resources and create new outdoor recreation opportunities,” said Brown. “Strong funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund is critical to ensuring Ohio will continue to reap the economic and environmental benefits of conservation.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund uses revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling to fund conservation and recreation projects in every state. The LWCF is authorized to be funded at $900 million but its funding is often diverted towards other programs, leaving many important conservation projects unfunded. This year, however, as the LWCF celebrates its 50th year, President Obama has called for reauthorization and full funding of the program in 2015. 

LWCF funds have supported conservation projects across Ohio including Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Wayne National Forest.

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Friends of the Cemetery

Yes, someone believes in us and it feels so good! Over the last year and a half the Friends of the Port Clinton Cemeteries have been concentrating all their efforts on finding a way to pave the cemetery roads. We knew it would not be easy because the price tag on such a project is large, but we also knew that it was a project we must undertake. It was decided the best way to achieve our goal was to do it in phases starting with the outer perimeter of Riverview Cemetery.

We have been holding fundraisers and applying for grants but because of the enormity of the project at times it felt out of our reach.

Yet, someone believes in us and that someone is the Stenson Foundation! Because of the generosity of the Stenson Foundation phase one will be complete before this year comes to a close. We all have a moral obligation to honor the dead and for that reason our mission statement is “to ensure that the properties in and around the parameters of the cemeteries are always worthy of those who lie within”.

From the bottom of our hearts we offer thanks to the Stenson Foundation not only for understanding the moral obligation we all have, but also for trusting in us to carry out the mission by paving the cemetery roads.

Once phase one is complete we will continue to strive for our goal of completing all other phases of this project and we ask for the communities support in our future fundraising efforts.

Sincerely,
Port Clinton Friends of the Cemeteries

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2014 Summer Earth Camps a big success

Recycling Rock Stars

The OSS Joint Solid Waste Management District sponsored three Earth Camps this June in Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca County.  The half day camps were hosted at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton, Conner Park in Fremont and Meadowbrook Park in Bascom.  A total of 136 elementary students participated in the camps learning about recycling, litter prevention and natural resources.

Campers were separated into three groups, Planet Protectors, Go Green Gang and Recycling Rock Stars and each group rotated through stations.  Team flags were made and carried with pride to each session during the camp.

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North Coast Bluegrass by the Bay Festival Aug 22

Headliner Lonesome River Band.

Sandusky/Bayshore KOA Campgroud, 2311 Cleveland Road East in Sandusky, will host the Third Annual North Coast Bluegrass by the Bay Festival on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23.   Proceeds from the festival will benefit Cancer Services of Erie County.  

“We are so excited to be hosting the festival again this year,” said Jeff Hoffman of Sandusky/ Bayshore KOA.  “Giving back to the community is a way for us to honor our brother, Doug, and our mother, Grace (Pete), who we lost to cancer.  We, the Hoffman family, have always loved bluegrass music and sponsoring this festival has been something we have wanted to do for a very long time.  With the service that Cancer Service of Erie County performs, it is a natural fit for us.”

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WoodsStock Music & Arts Festival in Elmore Aug 2

On Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m. until midnight, the WoodsStock Music & Arts Festival will be held as a benefit at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens located in Elmore.  

The rain or shine festival features a juried fine arts show and two stages of live music and eight bands performing throughout the day.  The festival also includes a vintage car show and two food courts by Rosie’s Italian Grille and Rosie's Rolling Chef.  Fine artists from all over the country will be lining the Grand Lawn of the beautiful seventeen acre botanical gardens. The musical lineup features the national act, indie folk rock band, Wheeler Brothers from Austin, Texas.  Phil Barone and The Cruisers will close out the day with Joe Cocker and Jim Morrison tribute sets.  Beer, wine and liquor are available for purchase throughout the day.

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Oak Harbor Young Farmer Fundraising Event

The Oak Harbor Young Farmer Chapter is sponsoring a Chicken BBQ Dinner at the Oak Harbor High School Cafeteria on Friday, September 12, as their main fundraising activity for community service groups for the year 2014.   Serving for this event will be from 5-6:30 p.m.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to help the Holiday Bureau, donation to BCS Food Pantry, and promote youth activities.  Cooperating with this special fundraising event will be Oak Harbor FFA Chapter members.

Tickets for this dinner and fundraising event will be available until Monday, September 8.  Tickets will be an $8 donation for quarter chicken, baked potato, green beans, roll and butter, drink, and ice cream cup.   Tickets are available from any FFA Member, Young Faramer member, or call YF Treasurer – Louis Damschroder at 419 898-5440.  Please help raise money to help the Oak Harbor community in 2014.

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Coalition of Diverse Interests launches Healthy Water Ohio

One of Ohio’s greatest assets for families, communities and businesses is its abundant supply of water. Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) is a newly announced coalition organized to develop a long-range strategy to protect and enhance the waters of the state.

The coalition first began its work in November, 2013. As part of its introduction to the public, HwO revealed plans for a statewide public poll to gather input that will help guide the coalition’s efforts.

Healthy Water Ohio is a diverse partnership of stakeholders from conservation, business and industry, universities, water suppliers, agriculture and others who will lead development of a 20 to 30 year management strategy to address water issues for Ohio.

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Fishing remains outstanding in the Western Basin of Lake Erie

Steve Chapman and his catch.

While most of us can agree this past winter was a real challenge to get through, because of the extreme cold temperatures brought on by the Polar Vortex, no one who has been fishing lately can disagree that is has helped with this years walleye and perch fishing.

I believe the last time Lake Superior froze over was in 2003, and if my memory of what the fishing was like during that season is correct, it was also an outstanding year for walleye fishing on Lake Erie.  It was also the year of the largest walleye hatch the lake has seen in many years. My fingers are crossed that this year’s hatch will rival that of 2003, but we won’t know until the DNR does their creel surveys in the fall.

The reason the freeze over was helpful is that the water temperatures have stayed much cooler than normal, as the waters move down through the Great Lakes, helping to keep the bigger walleye from moving to the deeper waters to the east.  

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Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office is excited to announce the annual Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair is on Saturday, July 19.  The staff has been working very hard to make this year’s Veterans Day special.  In addition to last year, complimentary cookies and coffee will be provided at 10 a.m., prior to opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Entrance is free for veterans, with identification.  The opening ceremony kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in the Entertainment Tent, in the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to building B3.  American Legion Post 279 will provide the Color Guard; National Anthem will be performed by Ben David, Oak Harbor High School Choir Student; and veterans from each service era and a family member are the guest speakers.  Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2013, Mr. Paul Laderach is the Guest of Honor.  

Immediately following the opening ceremony, a free pigs in a blanket lunch from Limestone Tavern will be provided to all veterans and their family (while food lasts) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in building B3.  There will be a Stein Hospice Pinning Ceremony, the Toledo Mobile Vet Center will be on site, entertainment will be the Wild Mind Comedy Hypnosis Show at 12:30, and there will be a presentation by the Sandusky CBOC on VA Healthcare.  Magruder Hospital will also be performing free blood pressure and blood sugar tests for all veterans from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Children activities include: Sunglass decorating; Dear Soldier Station; Uncle Sam photos; and Coloring Contest (Age Groups 2-4; 5-7; 8-10; 11-13; and 14 up).  

Should you have any questions, please contact the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office at (419)898-2089 or visit us at 8444 W State Route 163, Oak Harbor OH 43449.  Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook! See you at the Fair!

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