LEAP thank you

On behalf of United Way and Lake Erie Adventure Play, we would like to thank the graduating class of Leadership Ottawa County for their outstanding support of families and children in Ottawa County. On April 26 the LOC, under the leadership of Marcia Jess, sponsored a Pop Up Talent Show at the Elks Lodge to help raise funds for  a new United Way program, Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP). LEAP's mission is to provide child-directed play opportunities that foster innovative thinking, creative problem solving, and healthy risk taking for local children and families. Heartfelt thanks go out to LOC 2014: Amy Simkus, Andrew Wells, Becky Simpson, Dawn Segaard, Diane Ball, Kathy Berger, Kathy Dale, Kirsten Trammel, Laurie Cleaver, Steve Hall, Steve Lange and Vern Shepherd.


Summer Lunch and Fun begins June 17

After school is out, year four of the Summer Lunch & Fun Program begins. Lunch is being served for all school-aged children at three locations in Port Clinton at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday until Aug. 21. The locations are Lakeview Estates Community Room, Ida Rupp Public Library and Bay Meadows Community Room.  All children are welcome at any time during the summer. Registration happens on-site.

New this summer, Lake Erie Adventure Play, also known as Pop-Up Play, will be bringing their child directed play to the lunch sites. The play workers and volunteers will join us from noon until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at one of the sites throughout the summer. Kids are encouraged to bring their imagination and sense of adventure with them to the site for safe and enriching play. 

Last year more than one hundred community volunteers made this program a success. Groups of volunteers from clubs and workplaces met at Firelands Presbyterian Church at 9 a.m. on lunch day and put together healthy lunches. Community organizations and area restaurants contributed food and supplies. Other volunteers were on hand to pass out the lunches and participated with the children in enriching activities from clock making to tie dying. This year there is a greater emphasis on the FUN in Lunch and Fun with musical instruments being introduced at the sites by Mary Krejci from Immaculate Conception School. 

This program is a community collaboration of area churches, Port Clinton City Schools, social service agencies, volunteers and donors. 

If you are interested in lending a hand at a lunch site this summer, please call program coordinator Kristen Gerwin at 419-734-6645 to volunteer. Small groups of 4-5 individuals are also needed to pack lunches.


Ottawa County Veteran of the Year

Standing: Timothy Laderach; Seated, left to right: Paul Laderach and Dale Laderach.

On April 30, Mr. Paul Laderach was honored as Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2013 at a celebration in his honor at the VFW Post 8732, Oak Harbor. Paul is the third veteran in Ottawa County to receive this honor.  

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission selected Paul after reviewing several nominations. Paul’s commitment to the veterans in Ottawa County speaks volumes through his years of selfless service as a veterans’ advocate. “Paul served our country with honor when our country needed him. Upon discharge, he continued to faithfully serve in the civilian sector. He has inspired, mentored and befriended many veterans, and I personally find his kindness and compassion an inspiration.” said Sara Toris, Executive Director, Ottawa County Veterans Service Office.  


Rep. Redfern recommends state funding for Keeper’s House, East Harbor

State Controlling Board member Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) this week voted to release over $150,000 in state funding for upgrades to the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park Keeper’s House and East Harbor State Park.

“I am pleased that we will help preserve a part of our peninsula’s history at the ‘second’ Keeper’s House for future generations. And with improvements at East Harbor, we will meet the increased demand for services from visitors and vacationers,” said Rep. Redfern. “Investments that promote access to lakeside recreation and preserve historical landmarks are fundamental to our local economy.”

The “second” Keeper’s House, constructed adjacent to the lighthouse in 1880, is in need of external repair and painting of its wooden structure to preserve the integrity of the building. It currently serves as a museum and is staffed by historical society volunteers. The Keeper’s House garage will receive similar renovations.

East Harbor State Park will update electrical systems at the park’s camp store to meet increased demand, while the campground will install a new floating courtesy dock to accommodate greater boater access to Lake Erie.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of seven members on the State Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.


Ottawa County beach clean-up a success

Thanks to the over 80 volunteers who made the Ottawa County beach clean-up a success. On Saturday, April 19, over 400 pounds of trash was removed along four area beaches. Despite the chilly weather, volunteers were eager to participate in the Earth Day celebration. As part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach™ program, collection information is entered into an online database and used to educate the public and improve beaches throughout the Great Lakes. Thanks to the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, East Harbor State Park, Catawba Island State Park and Magee Marsh for hosting this year’s Adopt-a-Beach™ clean-ups.

Becky Simpson


Ottawa County appliance and scrap metal collection May 10

On Saturday, May 10, Ottawa County residents can bring their old appliances and scrap metal to the Ottawa County Fairgrounds at W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for recycling.

Items accepted include washing machines, dryers, ovens, stoves, hot water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, dehumidifiers, furnaces, air conditioners, water fountains, etc. Items made of steel, such as grills and lawn mowers, and propane tanks will also be accepted, as will appliances with CFCs (Freon). Televisions, computers and electronics will not be accepted at this collection. This collection is free to all Ottawa County residents. All of these items will be taken to a scrap metal yard.

For general recycling information, District recycling collections and events, log onto the OSS Solid Waste District's website at, go to their Facebook page or follow on Twitter at OSS Solid Waste @Aim2BGreen. For more information call the District's main office at 419-334-7222 or toll-free at 1-888-850-7224.

The Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District was formed in March 1989 under HB 592 which required counties to form single or multi-county solid waste districts. The District has developed a solid waste plan which ensures disposal capacity for the next 15 years. The District also sponsors waste reduction, recycling, and reuse programs designed to increase recycling to meet state waste reduction goals. For more information call the District's main office at 419-334-7222 or toll-free at 1-888-850-7224.


Ottawa County Republican Women Spring Luncheon

On April 24, the Ottawa County Republican Women held their annual Spring Luncheon at Schedel Gardens in Elmore, with over 60 in attendance.

Elected officials, liaisons for Ohio state office holders and local candidates were present, including U.S. Representative Bob Latta, Ohio Senator Randy Gardner, and Ottawa County Commissioner Steve Arndt. Also attending were Lyn Bliss (Ohio Federation of Republican Women President), Steve Kraus (Republican Candidate for the Ohio 89th District) and Roni Reid (Republican candidate for Ottawa County Auditor). Each spoke briefly to the group.

After the buffet lunch, Vivienne Sommerfield provided an interactive educational presentation about The Star Spangled Banner. 2014 is the 200th anniversary of its writing by Francis Scott Key. The guests were free to stroll through beautiful Schedel Gardens where spring had finally "sprung" with over 3000 daffodils in bloom.

For more information on the Ottawa County Republican Women's Club, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Paint with Geoff Mowery May 15

Local artists will have the rare opportunity to paint with and learn from Geoff Mowery, listed in the “500 Best Contemporary Artists in North America”. A graduate of the Choinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, Mowery paintings grace the halls of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art, to name a few. 

An all day plein air class with Mowery, sponsored by the Port Clinton Artists’ Club, will be held at Lakeview Park on Thursday, May 15, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The rain date is Friday, May 16. Mowery paints primarily in egg tempera and oil, but artists are invited to bring whatever medium they prefer. The class is open to the public and is $45. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Kathie Widing at 419-341-0817.


All Sport FUNdamentals Put-in-Bay VFD & Senior Center Races May 17

All are invited to join All Sport FUNdamentals on Saturday, May 17, in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, for a family FUN charity race event benefiting the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department and Senior Center. The morning will consist of a 5k and 10k Race starting at 9:05 a.m. and a 1 mile Family FUN Run starting at 9:35 a.m. There are no age restrictions so everyone is welcome to participate in any event they desire. Strollers are permitted and any riders are free of charge. 

The events will begin near the PIB Chamber of Commerce and will finish at DeRivera Park in historic downtown Put-in-Bay, near Put-in-Bay harbor and Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. Participants will run the island of South Bass and along shoreline cliffs with views of Rattlesnake, Green, Middle Bass and Gibraltar Island, historic Lonz Winery and Stone Laboratory. 


Otterbein Breakfast of Champions features Lakeside Summer Arts Program

Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community will present its May Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday, May 14, at 9 a.m. The event will be held at the North Shore campus at 9400 North Shore Blvd., Lakeside-Marblehead. A complimentary hot breakfast buffet prepared by Executive Chef Ron La Pointe will be served. Following the breakfast MaryAnn Kelmer, Lakeside Chautauqua’s new C. Kirk Rhein Jr. Center for the Living Arts Director, will tell about the arts and crafts classes during Lakeside’s summer season. Kelmer has a passion for the arts and for “up-cycle quilting”. Reservations are required.  Call  Kirsten or Jo Ann at 419-798-8950 to make reservations for for more information.  

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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