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OH girls win fourth straight, improve to 8-2

With a 54-36 win over Margaretta last week, the Oak Harbor Rockets improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

It was the fourth consecutive win for Oak Harbor, which took an early 11-8 lead after the first quarter before pushing the lead to 25-17 at the half before slowly pulling away in the final two quarters.

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Rockets rally to defeat Wildcats

Despite trailing by four points late in the fourth quarter, the Oak Harbor Rockets rallied to defeat Woodmore, 33-30, in non-conference action last weekend to improve to 3-6 on the season.

Andy Rathbun, who was fouled on a three-point shot with just under two seconds remaining, made all three of his free throws to account for the difference in Oak Harbor's victory over the Wildcats, who are now 1-8 on the season.

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Snowy owl a rare treat for Ohio birders

On Sunday, Dec. 29, this snowy owl made a rare appearance on the shoreline of Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park. There have been a few sightings of the Arctic natives in our area. A shortage of lemmings, the snowy owls’ main source of food, has led the owls to fly further south than normal to find food. 

Unlike most owls, the snowy owl is diurnal which means they actively hunt day and night. Snowy owls love to hunt near open water so the Lake Erie shoreline would be a great place to spot this snowy visitor.

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Danbury girls defeat Lakota

Erin Lavelle led all scorers with 17 points as Danbury trounced Lakota 51-23 in a non-conference action.

The Lakers took control early and led 16-3 after the first quarter and 34-9 at halftime.

The Lakers scored the first 16 points and led 16-3 after one quarter. The advantage was 34-9 at the half.

Megan Stephens had 10 points and seven rebounds to help pace Danbury.

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Weather Alerts for Ottawa County

The Ottawa County Senior Centers are closed today (Jan. 2).

Ottawa County home delivered meals are canceled today.

Ottawa County is also at this time (9 a.m.) under a level one snow emergency.

The village of Oak Harbor has declared a snow emergency. Vehicles must be moved off of the streets are they will be towed.

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Port Clinton defeats Edison in convincing fashion

Port Clinton recovered from a tough loss to Clyde and got back to its winning ways by defeating Edison 68-29 in Sandusky Bay Conference action last week.

Hope Thorbahn and Tiffany Colston scored 16 points apiece as the Redskins raced out to a 20-2 lead after the first quarter and controlled the game throughout.

Port Clinton, which improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the league, got 13 points from Emily Ashley. The 'Skins play Oak Harbor this week in a battle of second-place teams.

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Port Clinton falls to Huron, 65-55

Despite playing well at times, the Port Clinton Redskins fell to Huron 65-55 in Sandusky Bay Conference action last weekend.

Port Clinton guard Nathan Stubbelfield led all scorers with 22 points and was instrumental in helping to keep his team in the game.

After holding an early lead, the 'Skins rallied to cut the deficit within five points several times but were unable to get over the hump. Port Clinton trailed 29-25 and 37-33 before the Tigers (4-1, 3-1 SBC) were able to build their lead each time.

Carter Rumball helped pace the 'Skins with 11 points and hit a three-pointer with 2:40 to play to cut the deficit to 59-54 before Huron finished the game out on a 6-1 run to get the victory.

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Happy New Year 2014!

Hundreds gathered on north Madison Street at midnight to watch the Walleye Drop for what might be the last time. Wylie 2 fell for 2014 and Don Clemons, Chairman of the Walleye Drop Committee, says he hopes that Wylie 3 will be able to ring in the New Year for 2015. Right now the committee is looking for an artist who works with metal or fiberglass that might be able to help accomplish this goal.

There was a great turnout for the 2014 Walleye Drop where the crowd frolicked in the snowflakes and rang in the New Year. Wylie the Walleye was there handing out bead necklaces and Mayor Vince Leone was there to rally the crowd.

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Celebrate the New Year with 10 Free Flowering Trees from the Arbor Day Foundation

Residents of Ohio can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during Jan. 2014.

By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two Sargent crabapple, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, three white flowering dogwoods.

"These beautiful trees will give your home lovely flowers with pink, yellow and white colors," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds."

The free trees are part of the Foundation's Trees for America campaign.

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