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OSS Grant Enhances Community Room

The Portage Township Community Room was originally an unused garage area that the trustees decided to make available to residents for private gatherings such as birthday parties, reunions, and other family gatherings.  The hall received sporadic use but, it was basically a two-car garage in which to hold family activities.

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Ida Rupp hosts geeks all summer long

William Johnson and his mom, Ida Rupp administrative assistant Amber Cupp, at the I Geek Science program.

The Ida Rupp library has a reoccurring geek theme all summer, highlighting topics that people are passionate, or that they geek, about.  Included within this theme was the children’s program I Geek Science, which included activities of creating a stop-motion animation film, creating a catapult with items found throughout the house, and creating rubber band cars.

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Drawings to be Held for Controlled Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The drawing dates and times are as follows:

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Early Teal and Goose Hunt

A drawing will be held at the Magee Marsh on Wednesday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. at the Magee Marsh Beach Parking Lot, 13229 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor.

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Once bullied, now helping others

Left to right: Mac, Mike and Andy speaking about bullying.

There are lots of presentations on the subject of bullying, but none quite like this.  This presentation’s actors have personal experience with being bullied and the subject brings a lot of strong, hurtful emotions to the surface.  Pain they hope no one else will ever have to face.  That’s why they are trying to get the word out about bullying.  

The idea began when several groups of self-advocates from different county boards of developmental disabilities around northwestern Ohio started talking at the Ohio Self Determination Association/PAR Conference.  They decided to work together and put on a presentation that would allow them to tell their stories first-hand, and also give real action steps and facts about bullying. Mac Gilleland, Mike Metzger, and Andy Wells are part of the Ottawa County Board of DD, self-advocate group called S.A.S.S.Y. (Self-Advocates Sayin’ Something, Yeah!).  Together with Sandusky County Board of DD’s self-advocacy group, they created a presentation called, “You Better Stop Bullying”, which is about anti-bullying and utilizes scenes from the movie, Grease.   

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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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