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Danbury National Honor Society induction

The Danbury High School National Honor Society held its induction ceremony on Monday, Feb. 24, in the Gailord Braithwaite Auditorium. Congratulations to the new members: sophomores  Brianna Adams, Alexis Dayton, Hayley Doski, Marinah Edwards, Racheal Kirk, Kelly Lavelle, Gina Moravec, Alyxandra Perram and Taylor Wilhite; juniors  Kylie Beach, Seth Bowser, Shay Rickard, Megan Stephens, Jack Tyson and Taylor Zelms; and senior Caitlynn Thompson. 

To be inducted into the National Honor Society is one of the most prestigious honors one can obtain throughout his or her high school career. To be considered for membership into the Danbury National Honor Society, a student must be a sophomore, junior or senior with a high cumulative grade average of 3.5. The candidates are then evaluated in the areas of character, leadership and service by a faculty committee. Membership in this organization not only honors students for their accomplishments, it challenges them to develop themselves through active involvement in school and community projects. This year the Danbury National Honor Society has hosted a food drive for the Danbury Food Pantry, a Holiday Fun Day for grades K-6 and will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, April 30.

Current members are: Lindsay Mark, president; Erin Lavelle, vice-president; Alyssa Almendinger, secretary; Cassidy Rhodes, treasurer; Tori Wright, public relations. Senior members are Allison Ahrens and Alyssa Biro. Junior members are James Dorko, Caleb Gerber, Joseph Mintz and Taylon Molnar. Adviser is Holly Gast. 

 

 

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Cash Mobs have hit Oak Harbor

DECA members at Mill Street Brew Cash Mob. From left to right: Coral Petersen, Clara Stirewalt, Ben Cochran, Cassie Brenneman, Abbi Riechmand and Trinity Gephart.

To celebrate ten years of promoting entrepreneurship, the Oak Harbor DECA chapter created a special activity to show support and appreciation of local entrepreneurs. The first cash mob was started in February at the Mill Street Brew in the village of Oak Harbor. Ten businesses will be selected by DECA members for weekly cash mobs. 

What is a Cash Mob? A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community. Last Friday the cash mob was held at the Sugar and Spice Bakery, formerly Sweet Treats, now under new ownership.

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American Red Cross Babysitter Training at Danbury

American Red Cross Babysittter Training will be offered to students residing in the Danbury Local School District on Wednesday and Thursday, April 2 and 3, 3 p.m.–6:15 p.m.  Students must attend both sessions.  Instructor for the training is Lea Mark.  Registration forms are available in the middle school office or by calling 419-798-2258. Registration deadline is Monday, March 31.

This training is offered at no cost to students thanks to a generous grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.  Space is limited to the first 15 registrations. Participants should be 11-13 years old. 

American Red Cross Babysitter Training helps students prepare for the unexpected and respond to emergencies in a calm and confident manner.  This course teaches leadership skills, safe play, basic first aid, rescue breathing, and how to clear an obstructed airway.  Safety precautions regarding severe weather events are also a part of the curriculum.

Students who are left in charge of their younger siblings after school and on weekends, as well as those left in self-care, find Babysitter’s Training to be a resource to develop the necessary skills needed to increase their self-confidence. 

Participants receive a take home handbook with a DVD and a certification card upon completion.

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Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet free concerts

The Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet will present two free concerts in Ottawa County on March 12, thanks to a generous donation by the Ottawa County Community Foundation and arrangements by the Musical Arts Series at Firelands. The Brass Quintet will perform at 2 p.m. at Riverview Health Care Campus on SR 163 in Oak Harbor and at 3:30 p.m. at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Community in Marblehead.

Friends and family of residents are invited, as are members of the community.

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“Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice and Survival” thank you

The Ottawa County Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #34 would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support of the recent documentary screening of “Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice & Survival”: The Island House Hotel, WPCR-portclintonradio.com, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Ceremonial Unit Bagpiper-Deputy Bruce Connor, Frankie Bickel, Cub Scout Pack , Guest Speakers Cory and Lindsey Winfield, Heroes Behind the Badge Film Producer Bill Erfurth, Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center, Dupps Printing, Fraternal Order of Police #79, Ottawa County Sheriff Office, Poggemeyer Design Group, Speer Bros. Construction, Arcadis and RFC Contracting. We are proud to announce the funds raised from the event were donated to the Natioal Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #79 and Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #34.  

Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #34
Roseann Hickman

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Otterbein offers soup making class

Chef Ron LaPointe will host a cooking class to demonstrate how he creates the soups that are served at Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community and have been delivered to local homes this winter. The class will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, at the Otterbein community in Lakeside-Marblehead. Complimentary soup and salad luncheon will be served following the class. For reservations or more information, contact Kirsten or Jo Ann by Tuesday, March 11, at 419-798-8250.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 888-513-9131.

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National park tourism in Ohio creates $156.7 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,611,158 visitors to national parks in Ohio spent $156.7 million and supported 2,437 jobs in the state in 2012.

“The national parks of Ohio attract visitors from across the country and around the world and provide premiere historical, cultural, natural, and recreational experiences,” said NPS Midwest Regional Director Michael T. Reynolds.  “This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested. Funding generated by national parks has a swift and direct positive impact on local economies in Ohio as well.”

The national parks in Ohio are:  Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Xenia; Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville; Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton; First Ladies National Historic Site, Canton; Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Chillicothe; James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor; Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay; and William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati.

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Port Clinton Kiwanis donates pediatric trauma equipment

L to R: Shannon Belcher, Danbury Township; Tim Brown, Rocky Ridge; Tom Kellogg, Erie Twp.; Will Moore, Catawba Twp.; Kassie Anderson, former Chief North Central EMS; and Trish McCartney, State Farm Insurance.

Kassie Anderson and Trish McCartney spearheaded an initiative to get updated pediatric trauma equipment to townships in Ottawa County that needed it. In January of this year Anderson and McCartney headed to the North Central EMS station in Milan to talk with them about helping obtain the equipment.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26 the equipment was donated to the area EMS units in Ottawa County by the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club through the Ohio Kiwanis Foundation at the Kiwanis weekly meeting. 

The emergency personnel that received the equipment, a toddler sized backboard and a car seat, gave the Kiwanians a report on how the equipment will be used in the field.

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Investing in Port Clinton

Cielo Grande logo, designed by Davenport Sign and Art of Port Clinton

This year has started on the upswing for Port Clinton. New businesses are moving into the downtown and people are starting to stop and take notice of Port Clinton. 

“In the past three or four months we have definitely had more interest from business owners wanting to move into the store fronts,” said program manager of Main Street Port Clinton and president of the Port Clinton Chamber Laura Schlachter.

Schlachter also said that already established businesses in Port Clinton are relocating to the downtown and some are also expanding to reap the benefits of the location. Lilly & Gert’s is expanding and moving to West Second Street across from the Post Office. Dr. Francis of Erie Shores Chiropractic is relocating to Madison Street and On Point Wellness is moving into where Pin-Ups hair salon used to be.

“There are so many positive things happening downtown,” said Schlachter.

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