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Volunteer opportunities at Magee Marsh

The Friends of Magee Marsh will be sponsoring many special events throughout the year and are in need of volunteers to assist with these events. Volunteers at the Migratory Bird Center in the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area will be able to enjoy nature and wildlife and help people of all ages.  Volunteers are asked to help with a variety of activities including scheduled programs and events, working in the garden, answering visitors’ questions, assisting in the store and giving out information and maps of the area. 

The Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center are 17 miles west of Port Clinton, located at 13229 W. State Route 2, between State Routes 19 and 590. The Bird Center is open weekends beginning March 1 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The area is known as one of the best birding spots in North America.

A volunteer training session is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, at 12 p.m. at the Sportsman Migratory Bird Center and will include a pizza lunch. If you are interested in volunteering and signing up for the session, visit the Facebook page for Friends of Magee Marsh, click on message and send your contact information (name, phone number and address); or you can send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact information.

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RC Waters Kindergarten registration and screening

Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will hold kindergarten registration and screening on April 14, 15 & 16, at RC Waters Elementary. In order to be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be five years old by Sept. 30. All kindergarten students should be screened and registered to begin the school year. Parents and guardians should call the elementary school at 419-898-6219 to schedule an appointment. 

Appointment times are at 8:15-10:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. each day. Items to be brought to the appointment include the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, the child’s Social Security card, proof of residency, your driver’s license and custody papers, if applicable. Children should dress in comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. 

A parent/guardian must be present with the child during the entire screening appointment. All parent information and registration forms will be completed at the screening session.

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Gamers Club in Port Clinton reopens

Gamers Club and Mega Nites were the first to open Internet Sweepstakes Cafes in Ohio and rapidly became the industry leader. The Cafes were popular and the owner eventually opened several Cafes across the I-90 corridor. Many competitors followed suit, but they still were voted the “Best of the Best Internet Café” in a poll by the Lorain Journal. 

In October, 2013, the Ohio legislature passed laws that essentially made Sweepstakes games illegal. As a result, approximately 600 Cafes closed. The owner searched for a better solution and found it with a new software provider, offering state-of-the-art games, but most importantly, a business model that is legal and will remain so in Ohio for the duration– Skill Games. Customers have the opportunity to play Skill Computer Games on a high-speed interactive web-based network utilizing true HD graphics with video animations. The games include features such as multi level bonuses, power spins, wild cards and other interesting twists. Prizes are paid in gold and silver bullion which is readily convertible into cash or gas cards. 

Gamers Club reopened in Harbor Light Landing in Port Clinton in December and Mega Nites reopened on SR 60 in Vermilion in January. The Café offers a place to play and win the games and enjoy an adults-only, alcohol-free, smoke-free environment and the camaraderie developed among the customer base. Early reports indicate the Cafes have already nearly reached their prior levels of business.

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BGSU Firelands announces fall semester Dean’s List

Bowling Green State University’s Firelands College has announced its Dean’s List for the 2013 fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must have carried 12 or more graded hours during the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above. 

Lakeside Marblehead

Elizabeth Benya

Oak Harbor

Nicole Shaffer

Port Clinton

Lauren Balduf

Michelle Fillmore

Danae Fisk

Laura Puffenberger

Jennifer Purtee

Kami Sayre

Clayton White

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Toledo Symphony String Quartet to play at Edgewood Manor and the Vineyard

Thanks to a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation, the Toledo Symphony String Quartet will perform at two Port Clinton retirement communities on Wednesday, Feb. 12. 

Edgewood Manor Nursing Care Center, Fulton St., Port Clinton, will host the group at 1:30 p.m., with refreshments provided by Home Instead.  The Vineyard on Catawba, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Drive, will host the quartet at 3 p.m.  

Admission is free and family, friends and the public are invited to attend both of these concerts.  The concerts have been arranged by the Musical Arts Series at Firelands.

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WSOS earns two more Best Practice awards

Juvenile Re-entry Initiative. From left: WSOS Board member Carmen Beltran, Trisha Baker of WSOS, Mae Leake of WSOS, Program Participant Josh Perez, WSOS President/CEO Ruthann House, Parent Renee Becerra, Program Partner Representatives Dallas Leaker and Kay Hofacker and WSOS Board member Jeannie Weber.

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Terra State prepares for evaluation

Terra State Community College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit April 2-4 by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Terra State has been accredited by the Commission since 1975.

The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College to:

          Public Comment on Terra State Community College

          The Higher Learning Commission

          230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

          Chicago, IL 60604-1411          

Or online at www.ncahlc.org

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and be received by March 6.

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McCallum and Mersch design book for Ballreich Bros.

Marblehead-based illustrator/artist Jodie McCallum and author Kathy Mersch have teamed up to develop a new 24 page coloring and activity book for Ballreich Bros. Inc. Ballreich contacted the McCallums to secure their talents in developing products and characters that would appeal to their customers. Ballreich is a Tiffin-based company that has been in business since 1920, producing potato chips and various other snack foods. The company is increasing its market share by expanding their product lines, branding them with new characters and expanding into new territories within the Tri–State area. Later this spring the products will be initially distributed through Ballreich’s new retail store and Gallery, Granny B’s, located  on Ohio Avenue in Tiffin. Other outlets for the products will be announced later. 

The McCallums have developed hundreds of products over the past 40 years. These products have been distributed throughout the United States by many major publishers and have been translated into several foreign languages and distributed internationally.

For more information contact Ballreich Bros. at 419-447-1814 or McCallum Design Studios at 419-341-4508.

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Dr. Alice Randolph, Geriatric Specialist expands psychology practice

Alice Randolph, Ed.D., MSCP, a nationally acclaimed gero-psychologist announces the February 2014 opening of an office at 205 SE Catawba Rd., Suite A, Port Clinton. Dr. Randolph is available for coaching, consultation, assessment and therapy by appointment on issues facing elders and their families such as coping with loss, difficult health and life style decisions and adjusting to changing health conditions. Along with treatment for depression, anxiety and cognitive loss, she consults on the psychological aspects of psychoactive medications.

She is clinical director and co-owner of Psychological Transitions, Inc. a behavioral health practice serving residents in nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living facilities. She is a member of the Ohio Board of Psychology, is active in many professional associations and has received the Life Time achievement award of the Ohio Psychological Association. Dr. Randolph is a resident of Marblehead, mother of grown sons, and grandmother of four. She is president of West Harbor Group and West Harbor Landing Boataminium on Marblehead.

For more information on Dr. Randolph call 419-734-3333 or visit www.alicerandolph.com.

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