B-C-S Board Welcomes Senator Gardner

From Left to Right is B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian with Senator Randy Gardner, B-C-S Board President Jamie Tooman, and Treasurer Tim Coffman during Gardner’s visit to their Board Meeting on July 22.

During its regular meeting held on Tuesday, July 22, members of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District Board of Education welcomed Senator Randy Gardner as a visitor.  Senator Gardner explained that he was visiting local government entities in his state senate district to hear what is on local officials’ minds, and to field questions.  Benton-Carroll-Salem Board members engaged Gardner on several topics ranging from school funding to curriculum issues to charter school accountability concerns.


Marblehead Village Square: Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club

The Lions Club is currently preparing for the 22nd annual Lions Club Perch Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at James Park. The money earned from this festival is returned to the community through club projects.

The tentative schedule this year has the grand parade starting at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 11:15 a.m. At 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. John Petz will present his magic show. Don Lombardi’s 3rd Degree Band will play from 1-4 p.m. K96 will be doing a live broadcast from the festival from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lafarge Quarry tours will be available at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Life Flight will also be making an appearance at 4 p.m. with a landing at the festival. Tickets can be purchased for the drawing raffle before the festival by contacting any Lions Club member. The grand prize for the raffle is $2014. The Grand Marshall of this year’s festival will be the Danbury Athletic Boosters.

The Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club was organized in 1984 and their motto is “We serve”. They have had made major donations to the community. Some examples include: the construction of the Danbury High School concession stand, Danbury food pantry, Holiday Bureau, Danbury Township Off Leash Dog Park, Danbury cheerleaders, James Park playground equipment, Ottawa County Top Ten Banquet, Otterbein North Shore, equipment for Ex Libris library and other organizations. Currently there are 38 members of the club.

The club also holds a pancake breakfast to raise funds to benefit people with special needs. Eye glass drop off boxes are provided at the Marblehead Bank and our local VFW for needy persons in our community. There are also 21 donation cans at local businesses for the Lions’ Sight Princess Contest.

The Lions Club meets at the Marblehead VFW Hall on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. John Endglebeck is the current president of the Lions Club and can be reached at 419-798-5735. Mayor Bird and The Village of Marblehead Administration would like to acknowledge all of the effort of the Marblehead Lions Club.

Angie Kukay
Village of Marblehead Councilwoman


Ugandan kids choir to perform in Port Clinton

On Wednesday, August 6, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton, Truth Ministries is sponsoring an energetic and entertaining free concert from a very special group of children from Uganda. There will be a free community meal served at 6:30 p.m. with the concert to follow at 7 p.m. Since seating is limited, it is suggested that concert goers  bring their own chairs or blankets.

The children in the Ugandan Kids Choir bring a message of hope—sharing their African folklore and the power of God’s love through music and dance. They are the fortunate few who have been rescued from poverty and are now a voice for children who are still waiting to be sponsored. Each year, the choir tours around the country and gives people an opportunity to provide children in developing countries with an education and a hope for a future.


The United States Lighthouse Society urgently needs the voices of America's lighthouse community

House of Representatives Mike Michaud and Chris Collins have requested that President Obama decree August 7 in Perpetuity as National Lighthouse Day.  A formal Congressional request has been sent to the White House, Maine's Congressman Michaud previously had circulated a letter among House representatives to obtain as many House signatures as possible.  

Either email the White House at or call at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 ASAP requesting President Obama make August 7 in Perpetuity as National Lighthouse Day.  Phone calls to the White House can be made from 9a.m.-5p.m. EST.

If the measure passes, the proposed National Lighthouse Day will coincide with the 225th anniversary of the federalization of America's lighthouses.

Check out the US Lighthouse Society's website for more information.  

Thanks in advance for your support.

Karen Salzgeber
Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society Secretary


Kids get wild at Winous Point

On Thursday, July 24, the third annual Day on the Wildside was held at America’s oldest hunt club, Winous Point. Day on the Wildside is a one day camp, lasting 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., facilitated by Winous Point Marsh Conservancy, Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. There were 40 volunteers from these and other professional organizations that enabled the camp to run smoothly.

This year, 58 children ranging from fifth to eighth grade attended the camp. 

“Last year we had 16 kids on the waiting list to attend the camp last year,” said Becky Simpson, Education Specialist and Fiscal Manager at Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District. “We try to keep attendance to about 60; we did have two kids cancel at the last minute.”


Redfern calls for emergency state funding to combat harmful algal blooms

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D- Catawba Island) this morning announced he is working toward emergency funding to reduce and control harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The Lake Erie lawmaker's announcement follows early morning "do not drink" orders for City of Toledo water customers due to dangerous toxin concentrations from harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the lake. Boiling the water can pose a greater health risk, as it increases the concentration of the toxins.

"It is absolutely necessary that the state step up to meet the ongoing threat of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie," said Rep. Redfern. "The state has a responsibility to provide for the public health of our greatest natural resource, and for the people who rely on the lake for something as fundamental as drinking water."


Putnam one of the speakers at Summit on Aging

Judge Kathleen Giesler, Patricia Gerber, Connie Cornett, Lori Clune and Chris Galvin

The planning committee of the Ottawa County Task Force on Aging recently met to finalize details for the Third Annual Summit on Aging in Ottawa County.  This group, led by Judge Kathleen Giesler, has helped raise awareness of the issues faced by the aging population in the county.  

The summit will be held on October 31 at the Magruder Hospital Conference Center from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  The conference will feature two national speakers, Dr. Robert Putnam and Dr. Georgia Anetzberger.  The previous summits have resulted in the development and distribution of the Ottawa County Senior Abuse Protocol as well as the Volunteer Guardianship Program.


Officer Shawn Craig new to Marblehead force

Full time Kelleys Island Police Officer Shawn Craig is joining the Marblehead Police Department part time. In the above photo, Officer Craig is being sworn in by Marblehead Mayor Jackie Bird while Marblehead Police Chief Greg Fultz looks on.


Appetite for the Arts Coming to airport Aug 15-17

Last year’s Appetite for the Arts event

Appetite for the Arts, one of the summer’s premiere arts events, touches down at the Port Clinton Erie-Ottawa International Airport Aug. 15-17. Three days of great art, children’s activities, food and music will fill the huge new hangar behind the Liberty Aviation Museum.

A fundraiser for the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council, Appetite for the Arts kicks off with The Main Course gala 6-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Partygoers can browse artist booths featuring jewellery, painting, metals, woodworking, sculpture, photography and more, and can bid for special art during a silent auction. Entertainment will be by the Junk, a high-energy area band playing ‘70s classic rock to ‘90s alternative to hip-hop, and the Naked Bacon Band providing its unique take and distinctive harmonies on a wide range of hits. At a variety of serving stations, 1812 and Cielo Grande Tapas restaurants will dish out gourmet sliders, made-to-order paella, walleye meatballs and more.

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