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Easter Brunch at Otterbein

Otterbein Northshore Senior lifestyle community will host a community Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 20, with servings at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The menu includes carved honey baked ham, lamb chops, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, breakfast items, Belgian waffles and an omelet station. The brunch will be prepared by Executive Chef Ron La Pointe and his staff. The suggested donation for  adults is $13 per person, and children portions are available.  For more information or to make reservationsRSVP, call Lisa at 419-798-8203 by April 11. 

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

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Marine Patrol unveils renovated boats

Front: Jeck Frazer and Chris Klingler. Back L to R: Dean Hammer, deputy in charge or work program, Kevin Bowes, Brad Weinheimer, Mike Winke, David Nunn.

On Friday, March 28 the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office unveiled two newly renovated marine patrol boats. The Bruce E. Mettler is a 27’ Boston Whaler Vigilant center cabin patrol vessel and is primarily used for marine patrol duties. The other boat is a 32’ Boston Whaler Justice center-helm patrol vessel and is primarily used for the Northern Border Initiative Project. Both of these vessels are run on grant money and were renovated at no cost to the tax payer because they were renovated by inmates in the work program.

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Terra State to host STEAM event

Area children from preschool through middle school are invited to enjoy a fun and educational event on April 15 at Terra State Community College.

Terra State students and faculty from a variety of areas, including the Early Childhood Education Department and the Terra Association of Future Teachers (TAFT), will host this STEAM event from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on campus. STEAM stands for science, technology, education, arts and math, and provides the foundation for learning for young children while supporting the Common Core Curriculum.

Children can explore the world of STEAM as they experiment with rockets, design airplanes, engage in new computer technologies, explore pop-up playgrounds and discover the arts.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stacey Pistorova at 419-559-2216.

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United Way recognizes partners

This week at United Way of Greater Toledo’s monthly Chief Professional Officer meeting, several local nonprofit organizations were recognized for the outstanding services they provide to our community.

The Chief Professional Officer meetings provide a venue for United Way funded community partners to share information and discover opportunities to advance collective work and drive change in our community.

“We value each and every partnership we have in our community. It is through these partnerships that we can and will continue to move our work in the community forward,” said Karen Mathison, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo. “The work of these organizations matters mightily, so we want to recognize them.”

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Miller Boat Line wins business of the year

Back row (L-R): Lee Janik III (Clutch Tactical Fly Rods), Joe Rudolph (Clutch Tactical Fly Rods), Greg Peiffer (WPCR), Bob Babjack (Chipmatic), Chuck Miller (Baumann’s), Jeff Sondles (Lib. Aviation Museum), Brad Corbin (Sloopy’s). Front row (L-R): Cheryll Rose (Miller Boat Line), Marie Babjack (Chipmatic), Loretta Paul (accepting on behalf of Ray St. Marie w/ Rayz Café), Jan Pugh (Packer Creek Pottery)

On Thursday, April 3, the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation held their 2014 Business & Industry Awards. Overall, the Business of the Year award was presented to Miller Boat Line. Other categories of awards included Small, Medium and Large Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Economic Development Partner of the Year, the Bill Mack Award, Personal Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year. The awards were made by Ferguson Gallery in Marblehead and Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton provided the center piece flower arrangements for the awards.

Nominated for Small Business of the Year were WPCR-Port Clinton Radio and Sloopy’s Sports Café. To qualify for a small business there must be 1-25 employees. WPCR is the North Coast’s only radio station heard on the internet. After their first year on the web, WPCR had over 203,000 visitors with regular visitors from 36 states. WPCR also did live stream television coverage of the Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment. Sloopy’s Sports Café is a locally owned business in Lakeside. Sloopy’s competes in pizza competitions throughout the United States. They are part of the U.S. Pizza Team and have recently won Best Pepperoni Pizza at the fourth annual Rotary Pizza Challenge.

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Riverview hosting Spring Craft Show

Ottawa County Riverview HealthCare Campus, on State Route 163 near Oak Harbor, will be hosting its 7th Annual “Swing into Spring” Craft Show on Saturday, April 5, 9-3 p.m.

Nearly 40 Vendors from four counties will have items for sale including wooden doll furniture; crocheted item; nautical quilted bags, aprons and purses; Mary Kay items; beach glass jewelry; Bright and Bouncy hairbows and tutu outfits; customized baby onesies; Scentsy candles, warmers and lotions; Vault designer jeans; hand woven rugs; handmade greeting cards; quilt racks; outdoor decorations; beaded jewelry; quilts and table runners; customized clothing; polar fleece items; swags; florals; computer services; Easter candies, jams and jellies; custom made pillows; Tupperware; spring ruffled scarves; infant layette sets and Faberge-style egg art.

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Miller Ferry to run April 7

Weather permitting; the Miller Ferry will begin trips to Put-In-Bay on Monday, April 7. On Thursday, April 10, Miller Ferry will begin trips to Middle Bass Island, also weather permitting.

To view schedules or to view trip updates and changes visit millerferry.com or call the Miller Boat Line office at 1-800-500-2421 or 419-285-2421.

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Terra State hosts professional development event

Dr. Paul Cesarini, standing, leads a discussion about Active Learning Classrooms

Thanks to an Ohio Association of Community Colleges grant, Terra State Community College held a professional development event for its faculty and invited interested parties from other area colleges and universities as well.

The session was March 21 and featured Dr. Paul Cesarini from Bowling Green State University. The topic was Active Learning Classrooms, and the group met in Terra State’s own Hybrid Course Instruction Active Learning Classroom. Unlike the traditional college or high school classroom, this room features seven independent workstations for group activities and a computer-displayed presentation station. It includes audio and video playback equipment, OSX and Windows environments and lounge areas for comfortable student interaction.

Cesarini was instrumental in setting up four such classrooms at BGSU and he shared those experiences with the group. The session was aimed at generating interest in this type of instruction and providing insights into best practices for these spaces.

The OACC Student Success Center grants are meant to encourage statewide student success through professional development.

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Learn how to go “From Stressed to Best”

David S Prudhomme, founder of Mederi Wellness LLC, Port Clinton, and co-author of the “From Stressed To Best™” system and series of books, will be speaking on the secrets of reducing stress in yourself, your relationships and your life, April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Conference Room at Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton. At this free talk, Prudhomme will be talking about ways to learn to quickly control and reverse the patterns of stress in your life. 

Almost everyone says they are more stressed today than ever before. Studies are now showing that stress causes or exacerbates 85% of all illness, and that it is the root cause of many problems from relationship issues, to smoking, weight gain, pain, sleeplessness, physical illness, addictions, anxiety and depression. Some medical professionals now believe that reducing stress may be even more important than stopping smoking to ensure their clients’ health and well-being. 

Drawing on the latest science of the mind, Prudhomme will explain how one can immediately reduce stress by understanding their personality type, how the brain is hard-wired from birth, the strengths and stressors of each personality type, and how to use that knowledge to learn how to better communicate with co-workers, friends and family.

On Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m.in the Conference Room at Magruder, Prudhomme will be giving another free presentation, on becoming “The Best Me Now”. The program will explore how the mind and body work together and how one can use the power of the subconscious mind to change habits, behaviors, or emotions and create your best life.

Prudhomme has studied the mind and the body with experts all over the world. He is a Stress Reduction Specialist, Mind/Body Coach and Consulting Hypnotist. He is also a Master Practitioner of NLP, a certified MBTI® Practitioner, a motivational speaker and life-coach. He has a BS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MA in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. He is the founder and Director of Mederi Wellness, where every day he works with clients to help them shift from where they are to where they want to be. 

David S Prudhomme and Ruth E Schneider, co-authors of the “From Stressed to Best™” program and books for individuals and businesses, are available for newspaper, television, and radio interviews and speaking engagements on stress reduction, wellness and related subjects. For more information, go to www.mederiwellness.com or www.stressedtobest.com  or contact David at 419.341.1858 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Tigers hoping to make it to the World Series

For the third year in a row, the Detroit Tigers qualified for the playoffs, only to stub their toe in the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox when they were on the verge of taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Despite winning 93 games last year, Detroit has a roster that includes four new faces on the everyday lineup and a new starting pitcher, but the expectations are the same, to win the World Series.

Gone from last year are 1B Prince Fielder, SS/LF Jhonny Peralta and 2B Omar Infante, plus SS Jose Iglesias could miss the entire season with stress fractures in both legs. The team also traded away SP Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67 ERA), who had pitched quite well during his time with the Tigers.

Some of the new players, 2B Ian Kinsler and LF Rajai Davis, who stole a combined 60 bases last year, bring with them some speed. In fact, as a team, Detroit swiped just 35 bases in 2013, last in the majors. These new-look Tigers have much more speed, but sacrificed power to get here, losing 46 home runs with the departures of Fielder, Peralta and Infante.

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