Relay for Life: Stories of Hope

This year, the Ottawa County Relay for Life had a special guest leading the parade at the opening ceremony held Friday, June 20, at 6 p.m. Tess Siefke, a sixth grader at the Oak Harbor Middle School, who was stricken with leukemia, wore her superhero cape around the track. This is just one story of many in a county where everyone understands the ups and downs of cancer.

The Relay for Life is a way for survivors, sufferers, family members and friends to come together and raise money to help ease the battles associated with cancer. As of Friday night, the Ottawa County Relay for Life had raised $48,000. The money raised goes towards local programs, such as Look Better, Feel Better and the Wig Bank, but mostly goes towards cancer research. All of the money raised stays within the general area.


Community calendar June 26-July 2

June 26-July 2

The Splendor of Lake Erie Exhibit by Local Artists
What: Local artist’s exhibit works
Where: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center-West, 770 S.E. Catawba Rd

The Amazing Grape Race
What: Visit wineries along the Lake Erie Shores and Islands trail in Northwest Ohio
Where: Wineries along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail

Lakeside Quilt Show with Lakeside Women’s Club
Where: Hoover Auditorium Lobby, 113 W Third St., Lakeside


Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes the Rev. Dr. Michael B. Brown

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes the Rev. Dr. Michael B. Brown as Chaplain of the Week from June 29-July 3. This week’s Chaplain of the Week program is supported by Bob and Becky Brymer.

Dr. Brown will lead the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 29 in Hoover Auditorium. His sermon, titled “Choosing to be Christian,” is based on Matthew 25:31-45.


Free home safety checks available for seniors

In recognition of National Safety Month, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties is offering free home safety checks for area seniors. Conducted by local senior care experts, the safety checks will be offered to the end of June.


Peregrine falcon chicks banded at the Ottawa County Court House

Pictured: Bob Ford and Jennifer Norris from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with the help of Clare Pollick, a North Carolina resident who was visiting her grandparents.

On Friday, June 20, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources banded four peregrine falcon chicks that are living in the tower of the Ottawa County Court House. The chicks are banded at three weeks old, their current age, because their legs don’t grow any wider.


Downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Market

The first Downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Market of the season will be held on Saturday. June 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Log Cabin Park on North Church Street. Along with farm fresh produce, farm market vendors can also provide quality poultry products, fresh baked goods, herbs, fresh cut flowers, all types of plants, fruit, cider, handmade crafts, garden décor, antiques, art, music, jewelry and gourmet food items. 

There is still vendor space available. Those interested in being a vendor should call the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 419-898-0479 for more information or visit the chamber of commerce website for an application at



Fowl Foolers teams up with “The Outdoor Option” TV Show

Fowl Foolers, a company that prides itself on producing high quality, American Made outdoor products, has joined forces with The Outdoor Option to help continue to bring its national audience exciting outdoor adventures. The Outdoor Option puts you on the edge of your seat as you follow this father, son, and daughter trio. Proud father Dan Reaser leads his 21 year old son, Danny, and 16 year old daughter, Shannon, on the adventures.


Torch Run lights up downtown Port Clinton

Residents and supporters lined the streets in downtown Port Clinton Sunday, June 22, for the leg of the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. This is the third year for the event after a 20 year break in our area. The run went from Jefferson Street Pier, to Fourth Street, Fourth to Madison and ended up at the Knights of Columbus on Perry Street.

14 Special Olympic athletes from Ottawa County participated in the Torch Run along with 5 law enforcement officers and 3 200th Red Horse members. There were also civilians that joined the run along the route.

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