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Public invited to Castalia State Fish Hatchery open house

Anglers have the chance to see fish hatchery operations firsthand when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife hosts an open house Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Castalia State Fish Hatchery. This event is free and open to the public.

“We look forward to showing the public how we are using sportsmen’s dollars to create and sustain fisheries in Ohio,” said Nick Jamison, Fish Hatchery Program Administrator.

A number of activities will be held to entertain kids, including a fish feeding event for kids 17 and younger. Other activities will include: opportunities to view the electrofishing boat, archery activities for youth in attendance, and a wildlife learning area featuring Ohio’s eagles.

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Halupki’s Craft Fest takes place during Halupki Festival Aug. 17

Herman Halupki’s Craft Fest will take place on Sunday, August 17. The event, now in its fifth year, features over 30 vendors offering a variety of primarily hand-crafted items, including jewelry, glassware, prints, honey, metal yard art, candles, soaps, handbags, pottery, and more.

The Craft Fest is part of the famous Halupki Festival, the 58th annual celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and music presented by Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 East Main Street in Marblehead. The festival hours are 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and the Craft Fest will be open the entire time. Admission to the festival and craft fest is free of charge. 

As an additional attraction, Marblehead’s many unique shops and galleries will be open during the festival, and are within easy walking distance from the festival grounds.

For more information on either the craft fest or the Halupki Festival, call 419-625-1040, or visit the Facebook page: Holy Assumption Halupki Festival.

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Ottawa County Safety Council highlights National Immunization Awareness Month

Each year in August National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Actitivies are focused on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. In 2014, the National Public Health Information Coalition is coordinating NIAM activities. The NIAM Communication Toolkit, developed by NPHIC in collaboration with CDC, focuses on four weekly themes:

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Port Clinton firefighters looking for past members

Port Clinton Fire Chief Kent Johnson is on a special mission to pay homage to past firefighters that served on his department. “Due to a substantial donation earlier this year, we are taking on a huge project to honor those who came before us in the department,” said Chief Johnson. “We are huge history buffs, so this is a great project for us.”

The chief intends to place grave memorial markers on each grave of the Port Clinton Firefighters in the area, but he is having some trouble locating them all.

“We have used old yearbooks and rosters and we have a pretty substantial list compiled,” said Chief Johnson, “but I am confident it is not complete.”

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PCHS needs head softball coach

Port Clinton High School is seeking a head softball coach. There are no teaching openings at this time. Please send a letter of interest, credentials and references to Rick Dominick, Athletic Director at Port Clinton High School, 821 S. Jefferson Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Crews will survey the Portage River to find lampreys

The continuing battle against sea lampreys soon will come to locations in the local area.  A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey crew will conduct work on the offshore area near the Portage River in Ottawa and Sandusky Counties during August 17-20 to search for the presence of lampreys near the mouth of the stream. The information gathered will be used to determine if sea lampreys have established themselves in the system.

A first step in the control of sea lampreys is to survey streams tributary to the Great Lakes to determine the presence of lamprey larvae.  Sea lampreys invaded the Great Lakes during the 1920s and have been a permanent, destructive element of the fishery ever since.  Sea lampreys attach to fish with a suction cup mouth, rasp a hole though the fish’s scales and skin, and feed on blood and body fluids.  The average sea lamprey will destroy up to (40 lbs/ 20 kg) of fish during its parasitic phase.

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Thank you from Ida Rupp

The Ida Rupp Public Library would like to thank Friends members, volunteers, and community for their help with this year's book sale. 3,342 of our books found new homes! Thank you to everyone who adopted new books and donated money at the book sale. We would also like to thank the 267 people who donated to become Friends of the Ida Rupp Public Library members this year. The commitment and engagement of the library's community help make this yearly event, and the library, the success that it is. We appreciate your support.

A special thank you to the following Friends members for setting up and running the book sale this year:

Susan Smith, Judy and Tim McKenna, Sandy Schaffner, Nancy Hartung, Skip & Peg Ormsby, Roland Roder, Kevin Winters, Jeff Smith, Rich Norgard, Marit Reynolds, Marlene Gulas, Kathy Jo Schweitzer, Sandy Pienta, Chris Occhino, Roslyn Hashiguchi, Joyce Davis, Jim & Theresa Heyde, Bonnie Legg, Judy Euller, Peggy Debien, Jim Widmer, Vivian Saylor, Vee Reifsnyder, John Gibson, Anne Butcher, Tom & Barb Karst, Earl Kennedy, Sandy Pick, and Catharine Hadley.

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Peach Social August 16

On August 16 from 4-6:30 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting its annual Peach Social. The festival will be in the church fellowship hall, 541 S. Church Rd., Danbury Township, Marblehead.

The event features homemade chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, homemade pie, ice cream, sliced peaches, salads and beverages.

For more information contact St. Paul Lutheran Church at 419-734-1662.

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On the Record with Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone

As many residents and visitors know, the algal bloom and the water quality issues facing Lake Erie are a hot topic. This month, Mayor Leone wanted to address these issues and let the people of the City know what steps the City is taking to prepare for an emergency and what long term solutions they are looking into for the situation.

“The relationship with the City and County has improved dramatically. It is important that we work together to watch the water quality and go over the protocols of what we need to do. On Tuesday, August 12, Port Clinton Fire and Police, Safety Service Director Colston and other emergency services employees met to create and go over a standard operating procedure for when Port Clinton is faced with an emergency.”

“We need to make a plan to isolate the water tower and distribute water; we need to talk to the county, hospitals, the elderly and schools to see what their needs are so we are prepared. I do not see this as a “what if”, I see it as a “when”.”

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Port Clinton City School District hosts orientation and open houses

With the start of the 2014-15 school year just around the corner, the Port Clinton City School District has numerous orientations and open houses scheduled for students and their parents.  Prior to school there are also dates for older students to pay school fees and pick up schedules and supply lists.  These sessions provide an opportunity for students and their parents to become familiar with their school setting and meet with the faculty and staff of each building. 

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