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Trinity United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School

Trinity United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School begins this Sunday, July 14th, at 5:30 p.m. at 135 Adams Street in Port Clinton. This year’s theme is “Adventures on Promise Island: Where Kids Discover God’s Life-Saving Love”. All children entering kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome.
Each evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a light supper served in the Coconut Café. Evening activities begin at 6:05 and include Bible lessons, crafts, music and games. There will also be a study group for parents and adults.

Vacation Bible School will meet on Sunday through Wednesday, with the last class meeting on Friday night, July 19th. For more information, contact Melissa McBride at 419-797-4076.

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Senior Citizen’s Day at the Ottawa County Fair

The Ottawa County Senior Fair Board, along with Ottawa County Senior Resources, will once again play host to “Senior Citizen’s Day at the Ottawa County Fair” on Wednesday, July 17. Anyone 60 years of age or older will receive free admission to the fair and are welcomed to join the Senior Day activities at Building B-3 Barn on the fairgrounds. This year’s events will include lunchtime entertainment from “Just Us Two’, sponsored by Americare and Dave Ninke.

There will also be a continental breakfast sponsored by Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Homes and Magruder Hospital and an ice cream social sponsored by Riverview Healthcare Campus. Blood Pressure checks will be conducted by the Ottawa County Health Department. Magruder Hospital will also be available for speech therapy screenings. Other activities include Bingo, sponsored by Senior Helpers and ADT, and Wagon Rides around the fairgrounds conducted by the Senior Fair Board. Transportation to and from the parking lots will also be available.

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New Direction Health and Wellness

The Massage Therapy Clinic located at the Sutton Center at 1848 E. Perry St., Ste 70, in Port Clinton, is changing its name to New Direction Health and Wellness. Owners Judy Paschen, LMT, APP, and Amanda Conn, LMT, RPP, are changing the name of their business to denote an expansion in their approaches to well care. The new offering of Polarity Therapy allows for bodywork and health building with guidance in food awareness, exercise, etc. Paschen and Conn are offering individualized guidance to help people attain a balance in their health, and a free consultation to those mentioning this notice. 

Contact New Direction at 419-301-0224 or www.newdirectionwellness.com

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Fish Ohio program rewards anglers for trophy catches

Fish Ohio pins

Anglers from 36 states and one Canadian province received 2012 Fish Ohio awards for big catches at Lake Erie, the Ohio River, inland waters and private ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The Fish Ohio program recognizes noteworthy catches among 20 individual species based on the size of the fish. Anglers who qualify receive a collectible Fish Ohio lapel pin and a certificate to signify the achievement. Those who reel in a qualifying fish can submit an entry to the Fish Ohio online registration at www.fishohio.org. An individual who catches four different qualifying species in the same year receives a master angler pin. The master angler pin is similar to the Fish Ohio pin, except it is gold in color instead of silver.

Anglers submitted 12,642 Fish Ohio applications and 521 master angler applications in 2012. Lake Erie received the most Fish Ohio entries with 4,090. Private ponds were second (2,800) and the Ohio River was third (886).

Since Lake Erie was coined the “Walleye Capital of the World” by former Ohio Governor James Rhodes, it is worth noting that Lake Erie walleye received the most entries for one species in a single body of water (1,599) in 2012. Lake Erie also had the most entries for yellow perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white bass, rock bass, channel catfish, freshwater drum, carp and brown trout. The Ohio River yielded the most flathead catfish, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish and sauger.

The top inland lakes and rivers in 2012 were Mosquito Creek Lake (232 entries), the Maumee River (203) and Alum Creek Lake (175). Mosquito Creek Lake received the most entries for northern pike and crappie. Indian Lake was the top destination for saugeye, Rocky River produced the most rainbow trout, West Branch Reservoir had the most muskellunge and Portage Lakes had the most sunfish.

Crappie had the most overall entries in 2012, with 1,771, followed by walleye (1,727), sunfish (1,673), channel catfish (1,195) and yellow perch (972). Go to www.fishohio.org to see more information on the best places to catch big fish.

More than 450,000 anglers have received Fish Ohio recognition since the program began in 1976. The blue catfish was added as a Fish Ohio species in 2010, bringing the number of recognized species to 20. A crappie is featured on the 2012 Fish Ohio pin, and a brown trout is on the 2013 pin.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.gov.

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Hog-Calling contest at the Ottawa County Fair open for entries

The 13th Annual Hog Calling Contest at the Ottawa County Fair near Oak Harbor will take place on July 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the entertainment tent. The contest is sponsored by the Ace of Clubs 4-H club. This year’s divisions are age 5 and under, ages 6-10, ages 11-17, adult (18 and over) and a couples division. There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd places in each division for male and female and for the couples division. The couples division can be any pair (male/female, male/male, female/female) of any age. The contest is open to the public and the entry form can be found in the Fair premium book online at www.ottawacountyfair.org. For more information, contact Vicki Brough at 419-734-2068.

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Class Reunion

The Danbury High School Class of 1988 will be holding its 25 year reunion on August 17. They are asking local business owners if they would like to donate items for a raffle to be held at the reunion. Proceeds from the raffle will be put towards a scholarship to be given to a member of the Danbury Class of 2014. Contact Robert Lenthe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contribute.

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Rain, rain, go away! Come again another day!

Capt. Juls with a nice Canadian walleye

When summer began, people’s spirits were high and everyone was looking forward to all of their summer plans that they had been dreaming of since the cold dreary days of winter. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had a devious plan of her own to upset all those plans.

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Bell ringers needed for Salvation Army’s “Christmas in July”

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring the bell for the “Christmas in July” Red Kettle Campaign. This community event will take place on July 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th & 28th from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. There will be several kettle sites set up with volunteers needed at each site. The sites involved are: Community Market in Port Clinton, Bassett’s, and The Jet Express Port Clinton and Put-in-Bay locations. All proceeds will help support The Port Clinton Salvation Army Service Unit.

If you are interested in ringing the bell for “Christmas in July” or would like to make a donation, contact Director Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769, 1854 E. Perry Street,Suite #800, Port Clinton.

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Governor John Kasich signs Boater Freedom Act

Governor Kasich in Port Clinton at the signing of the Boater Freedom Act. Photo by John Schaffner

Wednesday afternoon at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center in Port Clinton Governor John R. Kasich signed into law House Bill 29, known as the “Boater Freedom Act,” which establishes criteria for watercraft safety inspections on Ohio’s waters. This legislation should decrease the number of safety inspections that recreational boaters experience on Lake Erie and all of Ohio’s waterways.

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