STEAM at Terra State

Two boys test their skill in the MaKey MaKey-inspired game developed by students in the Computer Information Systems capstone class.

The Student Activities Center at Terra State was filled with interactive displays in what organizers called, “Explore the World of STEAM,” which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The event attracted about 100 children from preschool through middle school. They experienced hands-on activities involving rockets, airplanes, computer technologies, art, math and science.


Area Safety Councils announce free Safety Day event

Three area Safety Councils, Ottawa County, Sandusky Area and Sandusky County, have teamed up with the Sandusky County Human Resources Management Association to hold a Safety Day event. Safety Day will be held at Terra Community College on May 2, starting with a kick off breakfast at 7:45 a.m. This event features over 30 vendors, 14 various safety seminars, and two special sessions-“Train the Trainer” and “Active Shooter Training”. 

Tom Dixon, Attorney with Eastman & Smith, will discuss Workplace Violence & Bullying at the kick off breakfast. Representatives of area businesses are invited to attend, and lunch and breakfast is provided at no cost to registrants. For information about registration, contact Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The registration flyer is also available on the Ottawa County Safety Council website at


Spring recital at Firelands Presbyterian Church

Twelve talented piano students presented their spring recital at Firelands Presbyterian Church. They are the students of Susan Larcey in Port Clinton. Students participating included: Front row L-R: Larin Brown, Emma Eickert, Olivia Eickert, Kaitlyn Robinette, Kamlin Nisch Quan, Tristan Yoh, and Carter Brown. Back row: Ally Batterton, Elena Kessler, Logan Martinez, Thomas Keville and Meghan Gallogly.


Free Skin Cancer Screening

Magruder Hospital will hold a Free Skin Cancer Screening by appointment on Friday, May 9, starting at 9 a.m. Appointments can be made by calling 419-732-4061 and participants should enter through the Outpatient Entrance toward the back of the building.   Michelle Bodie, PA-C, from Dermatology Partners will be providing the screening. 

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. That's more than all other cancers combined. The number of skin cancer cases has been going up over the past few decades. The good news is that you can do a lot to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer, or to catch it early enough so that it can be treated effectively

Spots on the skin that change in size, shape, or color should be seen by a doctor right away. Any unusual sore, lump, blemish, marking, or change in the way an area of the skin looks or feels should also be checked by a doctor.

For more information on other programs, events and screenings, visit Magruder’s website at


ICS fourth grader donates to Locks of Love

Emily Theibert, a 10 year old ICS fourth grader, recently donated her hair to Locks of Love for Easter. Emily was inspired to do this act because she heard about a 5 year old girl from Sandusky who has brain cancer. Emily loved her long hair, but the need to help others was greater to her. Emily’s grandma, Terrie Theibert, took her to The Moxie Salon on Perkins Ave. to have the owner, Amanda Stavaskie, cut her hair to donate.


Hawaiian Luau for Spring Senior Day

Ottawa County Senior Resources and Magruder Hospital present this year’s Spring Senior Day Hawaiian Luau on Wednesday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Perry. This year’s entertainment will feature Ohana Aloha, a Polynesian dance troupe.  Ottawa County Senior Resources will also be awarding the 2014 Senior Hall of Fame awards.  In addition, there will be over 38 local vendor booths.  

Seniors are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian outfit for the event.   Lunch will include:  Sweet and sour chicken over rice, tossed salad, tropical fruit, bread and Hawaiian coconut cake.  There are limited tickets available for this event.  

For more information or to purchase a ticket for the event, please contact your local Senior Center, Magruder Hospital Gift Shoppe or the main office of Senior Resources at 1-877-898-6458.


Drop-off locations accept unwanted medications

Ottawa County residents have had the opportunity to properly dispose of outdated, unwanted and unused medications for the past four years. In the fall of 2010, law enforcement agencies sponsored a Medication Take Back event. This event was a one-day collection held in the spring and fall. During those events 78 pounds of medication were collected. In the fall of 2012, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, along with local police departments, worked to create full-time collection drop-offs. Permanent drop-box containers have been available to Ottawa County residents since Oct. 1, 2012. In three months 358 pounds of unwanted medications were collected. In 2013, the program continued to grow and 1,075 pounds of medications were collected from county residents.


Oak Harbor Community Cleanup Day May 3

The 4th Annual Oak Harbor Community Cleanup Day is on May 3.  Service clubs, youth groups, homeowner associations, community groups, businesses, families and individuals are encouraged to take part in this annual event. The goal is to clean up debris and trash from the downtown community. Community Markets will be providing the dumpsters. All volunteers will be meeting in the back of Community Markets parking lot at 9 a.m. and will clean until approximately11 a.m. If you or your group would like to sign up, call the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce office at 419-898-0479.


March successful in raising awareness of people with disabilities

The month of March proved to be very successful in raising awareness of developmental disabilities in Ottawa County and all across the State of Ohio. Locally, the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OCBDD) raised awareness through this year’s theme of “Ability @ Work” by featuring David Salyers, service clerk at Community Markets, on billboards throughout the county and an up close interview. David’s popularity has grown as pictures of him spread quickly on the web. Members of the community commented on what a great guy he is and people were asking him for autographs. Even people that didn’t know David before were getting the opportunity to know him. Like many others served by the Ottawa County Board of DD, David has a lot to offer the community.  

On March 16 the OCBDD and the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus #1750 teamed together to host a pancake and sausage breakfast with the proceeds going to Port Clinton High School scholarships. The main focus was to raise awareness and show that people with developmental disabilities are a part of the community. The breakfast showcased display boards of individuals working in the community, showing their “Ability @ Work”. Many individuals and their families supported the breakfast and volunteered their services. One volunteer enjoyed his role so much that he decided to join forces with the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus and volunteered to work at their Friday night fish fries.

It just goes to prove that given the opportunity to be included in the community; people with disabilities shine, not only through their smiles, but also through their work. Next year’s pancake breakfast is set for Sunday, March 15. Until then, look for ways to give people with disabilities the chance to be part of your life and part of the community.

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