Care packages headed to Afghanistan

A Port Clinton area soldier stationed in Afghanistan recently reached out for support and VFW Post 2480 is answering the call. Sgt. Kenneth Bacon’s unit is collecting school supplies to hand out to the local children. In addition, Bacon pointed out that some men in his unit don’t receive care packages from friends and family in the states. The soldiers could use bathing supplies and snacks.


Oak Harbor DECA announces entrepreneurship award recipients

Oak Harbor DECA members presented awards to three local entrepreneurs on Feb. 14, at the eighth annual Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet. The banquet was held to honor local business owners for their contributions to the Oak Harbor Community. The Oak Harbor Rotary Club hosted the event and provided dinner.
The criteria used to select award winners included creativity, innovation, outstanding customer service and commitment to the local community. The Outstanding Entrepreneur Awards were given to the following: Jeff Chio of Edward Jones, Anna Lou Spino of Batdorff, and Dave Heintz of DCh Holmes Limited.


Port Clinton Smiles!

Dental care remains the largest unmet health care need for Ohio’s children, regardless of race or ethnicity according to the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey. The downturn of the economy, with lost jobs and lost benefits, has hit Ottawa County especially hard for several years.  Dental care is often the first area of need that is forfeited when financial resources are scarce.


Magruder Hospital renovating emergency room

Magruder Hospital has started making improvements to its emergency room that will improve the hospital's service to patients and accommodations for emergency personnel. The Board of Trustees recently approved this project and it is estimated to cost the hospital $950,000.
The renovation will feature an additional entrance for ambulances, allowing for more private transportation of patients into the hospital. All of the treatment rooms will now be private, another enclosed registration area will be added and a new report room for emergency personnel is all part of the plan.


Cottage Creations holding Spring Open House

Cottage Creations in downtown Oak Harbor will be hosting a Spring Open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Spring and Easter items will be unveiled and Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day items will be discounted.
Stop by the Spring Open House or call 419-898-0608 for information.


Village Watch program?

Village Watch is a team effort by community members to look out for each other’s safety and to help law enforcement officials protect people and their property against criminal activity.
The Marblehead Police Department has learned that community participation in the fight against crime is essential. One of the most effective ways is to promote information sharing through established neighborhood groups to determine specific problems or needs. The police can then act on this information and report back to the neighborhood group on their progress.


BCS seeking renewal levy

In 1991, Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools passed a 4.33 mill operating levy.  The community has been steadfast in that commitment and has continued to  renew that levy four times since then. BCS is looking for the continued financial support of the community on March 6 this year. The Board and Administration are committed to producing a balanced budget while maintaining excellence for the students and district.


Vendors needed for Port Clinton Farmers’ Market

Main Street Port Clinton is looking for vendors for the 2012 Port Clinton Farmers’ Market. Anyone interested in selling produce, plants, arts, crafts, baked goods, meats or canned products can apply by completing a registration application, which is available at the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Office, 110 Madison St. All items sold at the market must be locally grown, made or assembled items.
The Farmers Market will begin on Saturday, June 9, and is located at Adams Street Park. To download an application, go to  For information, contact Melissa Bayer at 419-239-9346.


Walleye Festival ride tickets for sale

Advance ride tickets for the 2012 Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival are now available. Each ticket is $35 and good for the entire Walleye Festival weekend. The Walleye Festival will run from Thursday, May 24, to Monday, May 28, at Waterworks Park. Quantities are limited so please buy them early.  Each Advance Ride Ticket enters you to win an iPod. Two iPods will be given away.


Terra’s Kern Center offers STNA classes

The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers State Tested Nurse Aide classes.
Nurse aides provide a variety of care-related tasks such as dressing, feeding and observing patients. This is an in-demand job and STNAs usually work in long-term care facilities, home health agencies, assisted living facilities and hospitals.

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