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Small Business Basics seminar set for March

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

This seminar will address running a business and offer help to avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. The seminar will cover the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

The Ottawa County seminar will be held Wednesday, March 5, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation conference room,8043 W. S.R. 163, Oak Harbor. It is 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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Safety Council meeting and eye safety awareness

Ottawa County Safety Council’s monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, March 19, at Magruder Hospital Conference Center. From 11-11:30 a.m. will be lunch and networking. From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. will be the meeting and a presentation by Derek Stern, 360 Risk Management, on the topic “What to do when someone gets hurt.” RSVP on or before March 17 to Jessica Kowalski at 419.898.6242.

The Safety Council would also like to remind everyone that March is Eye Safety Awareness Month. Thousands of eye injuries occur in the workplace each year, which makes wearing proper eye protection so important. All it takes is a tiny sliver of metal, particle of dust or splash of chemical to cause significant and permanent eye damage. March is a great time to review eye and face protection regulations. OSHA’s eye and face protection standard (1910.133) states, “the employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.”  

Whether on the job or working on projects around the house, remember to wear proper safety glasses, goggles or face shields. Follow employer guidelines or the safety instructions provided with the equipment, materials or tools you are using.

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Police Academy Graduates

EHOVE Adult Career Center congratulates Police Academy graduates. Captain Mike Conney from Norwalk Police Department was the instructor speaker at the graduation ceremony. 

Students in the EHOVE program learn the skills they need to become certified as a basic Police Officer in the State of Ohio.  They learn about and utilize firearms, defensive tactics, driving techniques, traffic enforcement and more.  

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WWII Veterans can experience a different kind of Honor Flight at the Liberty Aviation Museum

The Liberty Aviation Museum today announced that World War II veterans will be able to experience a unique and different kind of Honor Flight this season.

“This all becomes possible because our friends up at The Yankee Air Museum (YAM) recently announced they will be honoring WW II veterans with free rides on the B-17 Yankee Lady and B-25 Yankee Warrior when a paid rider accompanies them,” states Jeff Sondles, Operations Director of the Liberty Aviation Museum. “This special two-for-one pricing is effective for the season, beginning in May and running into October.”

“All of us feel the deepest honor when a World War II veteran steps aboard one of our aircraft,” said Kevin Walsh, Executive Director of Yankee Air Museum. “We want as many World War II veterans as possible to have the opportunity to fly on the B-17 or B-25. This is a special offer for them and an imperative for us.”

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United Way kicks off 10 Days of Giving Blitz

United way of Greater Toledo, along with their funded partners, kicked off a 10 Days of Giving Blitz which runs from Feb. 19-28.

United Way has developed the 10 Days of Giving Blitz to appeal to individuals who did not participate in the 2013 campaign.

“An aggressive goal was set for 2013 because it was needed to help individuals and families be successful in our community,” said Chip Carstensen, president of Block Communications, Inc. and 2013 United Way of Greater Toledo campaign chair. “Turning our backs on a goal that hasn’t been met means turning our backs on the undeserved in our community.”

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Leadership Ottawa County learns about PC Schools

Leadership Ottawa County Class of 2014 met on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Port Clinton City Schools Board Office.  Pat Adkins, Superintendent, and Jeff Dornbusch, Treasurer, talked to the group about what's new in education, school levies and budgets.

The class then traveled to Victorian Inn in Marblehead where owner Ann Duez, a 2007 graduate of Leadership Ottawa County, provided dinner for the group.  Ann shared her experiences and offered suggestions.  After dinner, the group discussed ideas for the class project.  It was decided that the class project will be assisting Adventure Play, part of United Way of Ottawa County, to fund transportation for the Pop up Playground.   Pop up Playground targets children ages one through twelve and uses recycled materials to promote creative thinking and innovation during play time.  The class project will raise money to help fund transportation so the playground can travel to community events in Ottawa County.

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Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast

On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring an all you can eat Pancake and Sausage Family Breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church beginning at 9 a.m. The menu includes homemade rolls, homemade applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and juice. The donation is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit Heartbeat Pregnancy Center of Ottawa County. Along with the breakfast the Knights are holding a “Big Hearts for Little Hearts” Baby Shower to benefit Heartbeat. 

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ICS Preschool celebrates Valentine’s Day, announces open houses

On Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Preschool in Port Clinton Miss Mary Heschel’s four year olds made a variety of patterns of pink and red hearts down the school’s corridors in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Immaculate Conception Preschool is now accepting registration for 3 and 4 year olds for the 2014-2015 school year and planning two open houses to welcome new students and show any interested families j what Immaculate Conception Preschool offers. The first is on Wednesday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Parents and children 3 and 4 years old are welcome to take a look at the preschool, meet the preschool staff, and ask any questions. The second open house is Sunday, March 16, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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