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Festive Business Afterhours in Marblehead

The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is inviting business owners to participate in A Festive Business Afterhours on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5-7 p.m. The event is hosted by 1812 Food & Spirits. There will be networking, refreshments, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Reservations are required for the event. 

To RSVP please call the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at 419-734-9777.

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Senators Gardner and Cafaro announce new Lake Erie Caucus

State Senator Randy Gardner (R- Bowling Green) and Senator Capri Cafaro (D- Hubbard) announced Friday, Dec. 13, the formation of a new bipartisan Lake Erie Caucus of legislators which will hold its organizational meeting in January.

“Lake Erie is one of Ohio’s truly great natural assets,” said Gardner. “We just believe the lake and all it means to Ohio needs even more focus. As state legislators, we have an obligation to provide that focus and leadership.”

Gardner and Cafaro will serve as Senate joint chairs of the caucus. They expect additional Senate colleagues from both sides of the aisle will join the caucus due to Lake Erie’s significance in northern Ohio. Gardner and Cafaro are reaching out to members of the House of Representatives to join the caucus as well.

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Immaculate Conception Art Club makes Christmas Memories

Immaculate Conception Art Club had its monthly meeting last Wednesday.  The group made beautiful Christmas ornaments.  The students were given the choice of a snowman or a nativity ornament that was constructed out of clay and then assembled within a painted ball.  The art club is under the direction of Mrs. Joni Hoffman and meets each month to explore and create.

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Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilites 2014 Action Plan Draft

The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilites will present its draft of the 2014 Annual Action Plan at a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. The hearing will take place at the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilites, 235 N. Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor.

The board welcomes families, persons served and community members to give input on the 2014 Action Plan. To request a copy of the draft plan please call 419-898-0400 ext. 3114.

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Help the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign reach their goal

The Salvation Army of Ottawa County has set a goal of $64,000 for this holiday season and with days left in the campaign they need your help reaching their goal. Right now the campaign is a little over halfway to their goal and they are reaching out to ask the public to donate what they can to make the holiday season better for those who need assistance.

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Benton-Carroll-Salem School Honored by State

The staff and students at R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor, serving students in grades K—3 in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District, have earned the award of being named a “High Progress School of Honor” by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  R.C. Waters Elementary School was the only school in Ottawa County to earn this award!

ODE recognized more than three dozen Ohio schools for improving academic achievement among their students, including many from economically disadvantaged homes.   According to the department, "High Progress Schools of Honor" score in the top 10 percent of schools as ranked by gains in reading and mathematics combined proficiency in all tested grades for the past five years. They also are in the top 10 percent for gains in graduation rate during the past five years. The department also considers Adequate Yearly Progress, Value-Added measures of student growth and Local Report Card ratings when determining award selection.

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Oak Harbor United Methodist Church hosting Blood Drive Dec. 23

The Oak Harbor United Methodist Church located at 360 E. Ottawa St. is holding a Blood Drive on Dec. 23. The Blood Drive is being held from 1-6 p.m. Hot potato soup will be served to all of those who donate. 

To schedule an appointment please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code OAKHARBORUMC.

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American Red Cross recognizes volunteers

Pictured from L-R:  Lynn Majce, 2013-14 Club Red Chair, Connie Starnes and David Amerine

Local volunteers for the American Red Cross of Ottawa County were recognized for outstanding service Wednesday evening at the home of Deena Camerato. Entertainment was provided by pianist Greg Fox. In addition to the annual holiday gathering, the evening featured appreciation and acknowledgment of Red Cross volunteer leaders. 

2013 Volunteers of the Year:

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