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Home sales continue upward trend

The number of homes sold in the area covered by the Firelands Association of Realtors (FAR) showed strong growth across the board in October. The local market posted gains in activity in both total dollar volume and number of units sold according to statistics provided by the Ohio Association of Realtors.

“The Ohio housing market is continuing to maintain a modest, steady pace in terms of its overall level of sales and pricing growth,” said OAR President Thomas Williams. “It appears we are heading into a more traditional housing marketplace…one that stabilizes and experiences ebbs and flows in overall activity.”

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Danbury Athletic Boosters alumni basketball game

The Danbury Athletic Boosters are hosting an alumni basketball game on Friday, Dec. 27. Registration is required by December 10th. Call Bill Chapman for more information at 419-734-9649 or 419-573-2214, or contact Drew Davie at the school at 419-798-4037, ext. 3033. You can also find them on Facebook. The evening will include a pork and sauerkraut dinner, raffles, 50/50, etc.

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Marblehead Merchants Holiday Open Houses Dec. 7-8

The Marblehead Merchant Group is kicking off the holiday season by sponsoring Holiday Open Houses at businesses and restaurants along Main Street (route 163) in downtown Marblehead on the first weekend in Dec. (Dec 7 and 8), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

In addition to special sales and unique merchandise, participating merchants will be selling plates of homemade cookies and Marblehead foam koozies to benefit children's activities sponsored by the Marblehead Police Association, and to purchase banners for the village.

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Ottawa County Improvement Corporation

Director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, Jamie Beier-Grant, speaks to a group of local and area bankers Wednesday night at CIC regarding the Revolving Loan Fund that is available for local business creation and expansion. She explained how the fund could be used to supplement local bank loan packages for such things as purchase of fixed assets, leaseholder improvements, inventory or professional fees. She cited recent loans to Sloopy's Sports Cafe in Lakeside, PC Foods on State Road east of Port Clinton and the creation of Nagoya Japanese Steak House back in 2005. In the nine years since the fund was created, there have been only three applications that have been turned down. 

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Firefighter Phil teaches valuable lessons at ICS

 

Annabelle Barna shows Mr. Mike her magic. 

The students at Immaculate Conception had the opportunity to participate in an assembly program on Monday that was as fun as it was valuable. Thanks to the Port Clinton Fire Department, the students had the chance to see the Firefighter Phil program which taught them the proper steps to follow in the case of a fire. Lessons like “stop, drop, cover, and roll” and “Get out and stay out” were combined with magic, a puppet show, and comedy to make the message fun and memorable. Fire Chief Kent Johnson was on hand to help answer questions about fire safety. The children were given the homework assignment of going home and checking with Mom and Dad as to the location of an emergency meeting spot and the changing of smoke detector batteries. Immaculate Conception School wishes to thank both Fire chief Kent Johnson and the Port Clinton Fire Department for an afternoon of learning.

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Black Swamp Bird Observatory holds holiday open house

Black Swamp Bird Observatory, 13551 W. State Ohio Rte. 2, Oak Harbor, will be holding a holiday open house on Dec. 8 from 12-4 p.m. 

At the 5th annual Holiday Open House, there will be free refreshments, a binocular raffle, and local vendors with unique hand-made crafts. There will be kid craft activities and nature-themed holiday gift items. Some of the favorite BSBO authors will be available from 1-3 p.m. to autograph their books.

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Port Clinton Leadership Council tailgate party

Port Clinton Leadership Council will be hosting a tailgate party before the Girls' home basketball game against Bellevue this Friday, Nov. 22.  The tailgate will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end around 6:30-7:00 p.m.  It will be held in the courtyard by the middle school parking lot and the main gym. Tickets will be sold today and Friday (Nov. 21 & 22), before and after school at the High School in the main office and during lunches for $3 or you may purchase a ticket at the door for $5 and will get you a hamburger or hot dog, pop or hot chocolate and a dessert.  There will be corn hole and other tailgate festivities.

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Oak Harbor PeeWee cheerleaders

Pictured from left to right, bottom row: Kerrigan Ernsberger, Emma Martin, Bailey Blunt, Kiara Brough, Erica Winters middle row: Julie Young, Breanna Large, Cally Sebastian, Jeana Edwards, Bailey Dusseau, Emily Haar, Jordan Buckantz top row: Zoe Lattimore, Emma Therrien, Karli Reifsnyder, Laikin Frank, Hannah Genzman, Emily Willis, Kennedy Blunt.

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Veterans enjoy Army stew and share stories

Joe Stys, Don Kortan and Marty Stys of the American Legion joined Dean Osborne, Ken Monnin, Dave Groene and Dan Monak of the VFW to perform the Veteran’s Day honor guard duties at the Marblehead VFW Post 7572 on Monday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary honor guard consisted of Lilah Groene, Charlotte Shrock, Linda Osborne, Mary Ann Monak and Mary Goebel. Navy Petty Officer 5 Jennifer Kelly also attended the ceremony.

Commander Robert Peroni opened the ceremony by remembering our veterans and their sacrifices. Elaine Roth gave the opening prayer which was followed by Ladies Auxiliary President Debra Garrard’s recitation of the poem “The Final Inspection” written by Joshua Hilterbran. The event was closed with a prayer by Elaine Roth.

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Treasurer to utilize tax lien sale to collect delinquent taxes

Ottawa County Treasurer, Robert Hille, as a result of a meeting with Ottawa County Auditor, Larry Hartlaub and Ottawa County Prosecutor, Mark Mulligan will be collecting more revenue for the county, its jurisdictions and the schools. The #1 benefit of a Tax Lien Certificate Sale is this allows the treasurer an opportunity to give taxpayers more time to pay their delinquent property taxes rather than the last resort of sending the file to the county prosecuting attorney to file an action against a taxpayer.

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