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Fritchie Road to be closed July 7-August 29

Ottawa County has contracted KF Construction to replace a bridge on Fritchie Road at Schultz Ditch.  In order to compete the work Fritchie Road will be closed to all traffic during construction; between Rymers and Carroll-Erie Roads.  Work will begin July 7 and is expected to be complete by August 29.  Emergency vehicles and local traffic will NOT be permitted through the area and must plan an alternate route.

Please keep in mind that schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.  Please view our website at www.co.ottawa.oh.us/countyengineers/roadclosures.htm for updated closure information.  Changes to the schedules will be posted as they become available.

Any questions may be directed to the office at 419-734-6777.

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Port Clinton Artists’ Club Call for Artists

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club is happy to announce Arts in the Park will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton.  Exceptional, original art is displayed and sold by nearly 120 artists coming from as far away as Florida.  The show is free and open to the public.  One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park continues to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County.  

Artisans will be displaying and selling ceramics, jewelry, glass, paintings, photography, wood, mixed media, textiles and fiber art.  Samples of the artists’ work can be seen on the Port Clinton Artists’ Club’s Facebook page.  The People’s Choice voting is all day Saturday and the award will be made Sunday morning.

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RVI art studio creates banners for Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor Power employee Dan Wendt hung a banner created by the artists at Riverview Industries Imagine Art studio Monday morning on Ohio 19 just south of Ohio 163 in Oak Harbor. RvI provides employment and other services to adults who have developmental disabilities. Four banners created by Imagine Art artists can be seen through September. They can also be seen on Ohio 163 near the intersection with Ohio 105, near Adolphus Kraemer Park, and on Locust Street.

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76 percent of Ohio voters support federal Great Lakes restoration efforts

Solid majorities of Ohio voters from across political lines want stronger rules to curb farm runoff, support federal investments to restore the Great Lakes, and agree that the Clean Water Act should cover wetlands and small streams, according to a new poll released today by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, National Wildlife Federation, and Ohio Environmental Council.

Read the poll and results at www.healthylakes.org

“Ohio voters care about clean water and the Great Lakes,” said Paul Fallon, president of the Columbus-based Fallon Research & Communications, Inc., which conducted the survey. “Our polling indicates that protecting Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes unites Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Ohioans across the political spectrum support state and federal policies that keep waterways clean.”

“In a time of intense partisanship at both the state and national levels, such consistent support across party lines for the Clean Water Act and Great Lakes restoration funding is noteworthy,” said John Russonello, partner at Belden Russonello Strategists, LLC. “Clean water unites people. Ohioans care about the Great Lakes. They support the Clean Water Act. And they are even willing to back stronger regulation to protect the lakes from pollution and farm run-off.”

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Kids fishing derby at the Ottawa County Fair

Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District and Oak Harbor FFA will be hosting the annual free youth fishing derby during the Ottawa County Fair on Sunday, July 20. All kids ages 12 and under are invited to participate in the fishing derby. The event will take place at the race track infield pond and will being promptly at the scheduled times for each group: 9-10 a.m. 0-5 years and 10:15-11:15 a.m. 6-12 years

Prizes will be awarded to the boys and girls of each class for the most fish caught (ties will be broken by weight), the largest fish caught (by weight) and the smallest fish caught (by weight). There is also a guaranteed prize for anyone that registers before July 16.

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Coast to Coast Baseball try outs

Coast to Coast Baseball would like to invite local players (ages 14-18) to one of our upcoming tryout events.  At the tryout, our staff will evaluate player’s skills in four areas; hitting, fielding, arm strength, and speed.

Since the summer of 2001, over 3000 athletes from 46 different states have participated in the Coast to Coast Baseball program.  Our alumni now compete at every level of collegiate baseball and even professionally.

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Duck Drop and Chemo Crawl being held Aug. 9

The largest single event to raise money for our local American Cancer of Northwest Ohio is underway.  Save the Date for August 9, to join Ottawa County at the Duck Drop and Chemo Crawl.

The Duck Drop will take place at 11 a.m. at the Monsoon Lagoon.  Each year over 800 ducks race around the lazy river to the finish line.  Every duck ticket purchased allows your duck to compete.  With each $10 purchase, participants can chose either a one day waterpark pass to Monsoon Lagoon or a round trip ferry ticket to Put-in-Bay on the Miller Boat Line.  Monsoon and Miller Boat Line have graciously donated these tickets in an effort to help raise money for cancer.  Check the tickets for exclusions.  These are good for the 2014 season only.  

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Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run a booming success

The second annual Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run 5k took place Friday, July 4. 380 runners and walkers registered for the event. The run started on Perry and Adams and snaked around the City to end in Adams Street Park. Spectators lined the streets with squirt guns, and even sprinklers and hoses, to squirt the runners and walkers as they went by.

Before the run, Gabe DeFreitas, incoming Port Clinton High School senior and organizer of the event, gathered everyone at the flag pole in Erie Dearie Park and together, led by runner Jaclyn Favro, they sang the Star Spangled Banner.

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Port Clinton Middle School Student Travels as Student Ambassador

Port Clinton Middle School student, Kaylee Phillips, has been selected as a Student Ambassador with the People to People program.  She was selected from over 3500 applicants and one of four representing Northwest Ohio in an experience that takes her to France and England this summer from June 20 until July 3. 

According to their website, “People to People Ambassador Programs has a clear mission: to provide students with unparalleled access to people and places beyond compare, preparing them for success in a globalized world by making friends locally and globally. Student Ambassador programs visit schools, experience homestays, absorb world culture through firsthand exploration, meet with government experts, and enjoy unique insider access to significant people and places. Student Ambassadors prepare for this experience well in advance and are asked to keep a daily journal and participate fully in all activities for academic credit. Students build their leadership skills while working as a team with other students and making friends in a well-supervised environment of cultural exploration. Comparing cultures and ways of life helps students gain global awareness—the very mission of People to People Ambassador Programs.”

Kaylee was selected after an interview and orientation process based on many factors including leadership and cultural diversity.  She will stay with a host family and will see many of the famous sites in Europe.  Kaylee is involved in Girl Scouts and PCMS Project Reality.  Next year, she will be in 7th grade at Port Clinton Middle School.

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Black Swamp Conservancy Receives Stranahan Foundation Challenge Grant

The Stranahan Foundation has made a $15,000 grant to Black Swamp Conservancy. A portion of the donation is a one-for-one challenge grant – requiring the Conservancy to raise matching funds from new supporters or increased contributions from current donors. These funds will be used to support the Conservancy’s annual operations. 

Black Swamp Conservancy is a regional land trust whose mission is to permanently protect natural habitats and family farms for the benefit of current and future generations. The Conservancy’s service area includes sixteen counties in northwest Ohio, from the Indiana line to the west and the Lake Erie Islands in Erie County to the northeast. The service area extends as far south as Hardin County. To date, the Conservancy protects more than 13,300 acres of agricultural lands, woods, prairies and wetlands. 

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