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St. Boniface holds kindergarten screening

St. Boniface Catholic School will have kindergarten screening for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, April 23, at 9 a.m. Screening will take place at the school located on 215 N. Church St., Oak Harbor. 

Any child who will be five years old by Sept. 30 and would like to attend St. Boniface School for kindergarten must participate in screening. Children already screened through BCS who are interested in attending St. Boniface do not need to be rescreened, as the BCS screening is transferable. Contact the school office for more information and to register.

St. Boniface Catholic School serves students in grades K-6 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 the website at www.sb-oh.org.

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Poggemeyer market study

I just read with astonishment, frankly, the “Downtown revitalization presented to council” article in The Beacon by Editor Jasmine Cupp.  “The market study found that manufacturing, medical, service and food were the growing areas of industry in the area; the highest being food service.”  And, “People are coming to the community; we just need to get them to stay here.”  That’s vague.  To live?  To visit?  To what? 

“We need to aim towards locals and then to the tourists.”  Really?  The census in Port Clinton is about 6,000 and 40,000 in Ottawa County.  Don’t hundreds of thousands of people visit every season to bird watch (Ottawa County is ranked as one of the best places in the country to visit during migration season), participate in and watch shooting matches at Camp Perry, fish (we have a Cabela’s sponsored national pro-am walleye tournament here), visit the Marblehead Lighthouse (thousands of people visit every year-once source said 500,000 throughout the year), see the tall ships, take the Jet and ferries to the islands, attend the Walleye Festival and Arts in the Park, and enjoy the rising number of excellent restaurants and art galleries?  They don’t come to get a new physician. 

They are part-time residents, friends of residents, people who love the area–bird watchers, fishing lovers, history buffs–not necessarily full-time residents.  They are people who would come all year long if there was a reason to come.

Many businesses literally succeed year after year only because of tourists.  There are not enough people in Ottawa County, let alone Port Clinton, to base this initial plan on.  Focus on the residents first?  Not in my humble opinion.  Don’t get me wrong.  I live in Ottawa County.  I love all of the seasons, including winter, but let’s not disrespect the tourists.  Let’s meet everyone’s needs.  It can be done.

Why not move the Ottawa County Historical Society building to the center of downtown or Waterworks Park?  Create a museum of sorts.  Include a history of Camp Perry (it’s fascinating), partner with Magee Marsh to create a bird migration and fish exhibit.  People go to the Marblehead Lighthouse because it’s history.  Ottawa County has a great historical story.  Let’s tell it.

Many people wish there was a venue that would hold more than 200 people–an all year venue.  Do it!  Have a bird symposium, teach basic boat classes and hunting safety–all in January and February.  Make it fun.  Add more original public art. Fix the roads.  Hire a public relations person for the city/county to create and celebrate the magnificence of the city.  There is so much potential here.  The bickering must stop and compromise begun.

Barbara Radebaugh
Catawba Island

 

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Pitch, Hit & Run competition

Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. On April 26 at 1 p.m. at Waterworks Park Port Clinton youth baseball and softball will host this free competition. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each age and gender group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent of guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, please contact Carolynn Snyder, local coordinator, at 419-357-2678.

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Little League launches WeatherBug app

Spring means baseball and the start of severe weather season. That’s why Little League Baseball and Softball and WeatherBug launched Little League WeatherBug, a new smartphone weather app providing real-time weather, severe weather alerts, and personalized Spark lightning detection to help boys and girls stay safer while playing outside this season.

Little League WeatherBug is available for download on both Google Play and the iTunes App Store for free. Simply search for Little League WeatherBug.

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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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Terra State to host fifth annual Community Recycling Day

In observance of Earth Day, Terra State Community College is hosting its fifth annual Community Recycling Day. On April 22, Earth Day, from 2 to 6 p.m., area residents can drop off a wide variety of items that will be recycled instead of ending up in landfills.

“This is my first year heading up the community recycling event, and I’m hoping, along with our committee, that we can help to recycle even more than we did last year,” said Michael Ryan, Assistant Professor. “The weather hasn’t been the best the past two years so we’re hoping it’s warm and sunny and people really turn out.”

Electronic items that will be accepted include: computer CPUs, monitors ($5 charge), speakers, keyboards, mouse, electric typewriters, word processors, televisions ($25 charge), sweepers, fans, stereo/boom box, copiers, printers, game consoles, telephones, small kitchen appliances, ham radio equipment and just about anything with a power cord except large kitchen appliances, dehumidifiers, air conditioners and any device containing Freon.

In addition, AccuShred, one of the event’s co-sponsors, will accept confidential papers which will be shredded on site. This is aimed at helping area residents protect themselves from identity theft. Another co-sponsor, the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District, will accept batteries, including Ni-Cad, Ni-MH, Li-Lon, Ni-Zn, alkaline and sealed/gel cell lead. No wet cell or automotive/marine batteries will be accepted. Another co-sponsor, Goodwill Industries, will accept all kinds of shoes and books as well as clothing in any condition, small housewares, small furniture and aluminum cans.

Turn into the Terra campus at 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont, and follow the recycling day signs. For more information, call Michael Ryan at 419-559-2116.

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Small Business Basics seminars set for May

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars,“Small Business Basics,” that will answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

This seminars will teach the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

The May schedule is:

•Wednesday, May 7–9:30-11:30 a.m. at Ottawa County Improvement Corporation conference room, 8043 W. S.R. 163, Oak Harbor
•Wednesday, May 14–9:30-11:30 a.m. at Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce conference room, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin
•Wednesday, May 21–9:30-11:30 a.m. at Erie County Chamber of Commerce conference room, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky
•Wednesday, May 28–4:30-6:30 p.m. at Terra State Community College, Building A, Room 314, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont

These events are free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, at 800-826-2431 or 419-559-2210, or contact him by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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ICS Journeys with Jesus

Father John Missler helps complete the prayer and sticker book that explains the Stations of the Cross with the kindergarteners in Mrs. Susie Adams’ class.

Students at Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton spent time during this Lenten season reflecting on the pain and suffering of Jesus and the new life and hope that was given to them through his death and resurrection. 

Immaculate Conception School first grade teacher, Miss Karly Cross, and kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Susie Adams, spent time in church last week with their classes. Father John Missler spent the morning with the kindergarten class as they prayed and reflected on the sacrifice of Jesus. The students visited the Stations of the Cross and took a walk in Jesus’ shoes as they walked through the Stations of the Cross. Students thought about the last days of Jesus’ life and how much he loved them. The Stations of the Cross themselves are usually represented in churches by a series of 14 pictures or sculptures covering our Lord's Passion. They are meant to be stopping points along the journey for prayer and meditation. The classes took turns reading prayers at each station and reflecting on how they can live as Jesus did, with love and sacrifice.

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