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Ottawa County Common Pleas Drug Court receives state certification

On October 17, Judge Bruce Winters and the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court DATA Program received initial certification from the Supreme Court for the Drug Addiction Treatment Alliance (DATA) drug court program. In January of 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court began certifying specialized docket programs throughout the State of Ohio.

The DATA Program was developed in November 2013 by Judge Bruce Winters. The program is funded by a Justice Assistant Grant that was awarded to the Court by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. The mission of the DATA Program is to improve the overall quality of life in our community by providing a court supervised program for substance dependent offenders, to enhance public safety, reduce crime, hold offenders accountable, reduce costs to the community and to provide an opportunity for offenders to transform into positive, contributing community members.

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Oak Harbor seeks funding for parks system  

The Village of Oak Harbor will approach voters this November to ask the citizens for monies to fund the operations, maintenance and capital improvements to their parks system. Issue 7 will be seeking a 3-mill levy for five years. The parks of the village currently include Veterans Memorial Park, Flat Iron Park and Kraemer Park. Combined they cover over 25 acres and include activities for little league baseball, football, tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, skateboarding, sledding and batting cages. They also provide amenities for family gatherings, BBQ grills and handicapped accessible restrooms. Veterans Memorial and Flat Iron Park offer tributes to the men and women who fought for our country and Kraemer Park offers educational opportunities for local school children on the history of our area via the Log Cabin Committee and its programs. 

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Danbury Fire Department

Danbury Township Fire Department continued the tradition of the Annual Labor Day Spaghetti Dinner. Once again, the support and attendance of the residents in our community made this year very successful with more than 500 dinners being served.

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 Ohio State Marching Band to perform at Lakeside    

The Ohio State University Marching Band will be performing a concert at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside, Ohio on November 7 at 8 p.m.  The band will be staying in the area and entertaining fans as they travel to East Lansing, Michigan for the game against the Michigan State Spartans.

Tickets for this concert are only $10 and there is no entrance fee into Lakeside.  Tickets can be obtained at osumbinottawacounty.com  or at Bassets Market at St. Rt. 53 and St. Rt. 163 on Catawba and Mutach’s Market in Marblehead.

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American Red Cross encourages donors to make a blood donation before the holiday season

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives. 

Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent these seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types, and especially those with type O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed now to help maintain a stable blood supply. 

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Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase 

Last year's Turkey Chase.

Registrations for the fifth annual Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase are now being accepted online or by mail. The event will be held on Saturday, November 29, at 10 a.m. The cost to participate is $20 for preregistered adults or $25 the day of the event. Youth 12 and under are $10. All of the profits will benefit the Jessica Schenk Memorial Scholar/Athlete Scholarship fund. This award is given to Port Clinton High School seniors who will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution and who excelled in athletics, scholarship, and community involvement during high school. 

To register online, please visit eventbrite.com and search for Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase. Paper applications are available at the Catawba Island Club front desk and Fitness Center and online at jessiesturkeychase.yolasite.com.

For more information or to register, please call Ginger Schenk at 419-797-4959 or visit jessiesturkeychase.yolasite.com.

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Red Kettle Campaign kickoff

The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Center is holding its 21st annual Red Kettle Campaign kickoff celebration and sign up to ring the bell event Wednesday, November 5, at 7:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Catawba Island Club, 4235 E. Beach Club Road, Port Clinton. Breakfast will be provided.

“We are asking everyone to please join us as we ring in the holiday season and celebrate the volunteers that make miracles happen in our community throughout the year,” said Director Maureen Saponari.

To RSVP for the event call 419-732-2769.

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Lake Erie license plate proceeds fund two new projects

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) awarded two quarterly grants through Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund at its September meeting in Oak Harbor.

The fund was established to help finance research and projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. The fund is supported by tax-deductible donations and by purchasing Ohio license plates displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Lake Erie life preserver.

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Oak Harbor K of C family breakfast

On Sunday, October 26, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring an all you can eat sausage gravy and biscuits family breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church.  Beginning at 9 a.m., the Knights will be serving a menu including scrambled eggs and ham, homemade rolls, homemade applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and juice.  

Donation is $6 for adults and children under 12 $3.  Proceeds will benefit Joyful Connections in their mission to provide a healthy, safe and homelike environment where children can interact with family members in a non-judgmental setting.

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