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Mary’s Blossom Shop helps tornado victims with flowers

Once again Mary Gangway Snyder of Mary’s Blossom Shoppe has stepped up to help raise funds for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Mary’s Blossom Shoppe is offering a wrapped bouquet of three carnations and three roses, cash and carry, for $10.  All proceeds will support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to provide shelter, food and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent Oklahoma tornado.

This special fundraiser starts today and runs through May 28.  The Shoppe will be opened the entire holiday weekend.

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Important Danbury School meeting

Danbury Schools will be holding a meeting for parents and concerned community members n Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m., about how Danbury schools will respond to an emergency. The meeting will outline changes in safety procedures at the school. For further information, contact Joe Miller, Danbury Middle School Principal at 419-798-2258.

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Harbor Island Homeowners Association becomes a United Way Caring Giving Community

At their annual meeting on Saturday, May 18, Harbor Island Homeowners Association became the first long-time established homeowner’s association in Ottawa County to be a United Way Caring Giving Community (CGC). They will join other associations who became Caring Giving Communities at the time their development was initiated. The first CGC, Catawba Bay Development, was recognized in April by Ohio United Way at their 100th anniversary celebration as one of 100 community heroes for creating this novel approach to allowing residents to make a commitment to change lives in their communities.

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CIC Run/Walk for Humanity June 2

The CIC Run/Walk for Humanity will be held Sunday, June 2 at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinotn. Now 19 years old, this event is still a Catawba-Port Clinton community calendar highlight. “We always have close to 300 runners and walkers who participate in the 5-mile run or 3-mile run/walk. And for kids, we do a ¼ mile fun run. So this event is not only a great event for Ottawa County’s Habitat for Humanity, it is truly a family-based event. We welcome strollers, dogs and all ages to enjoy,” says CIC’s Michael Schenk.

Applications are still being accepted for all events and t-shirts will go to the first 250 registered.

Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the CIC Maintenance Building with parking in the lot across from the CIC Pro Shop on Beach Club Road. The 5-mile run starts promptly at 9 a.m. with the 3-mile run/walk starting at 9:15 a.m.

If you are interested in signing up or need more information go to cicrunwalk.org.

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Bataan Day ceremony is May 24

The annual Bataan Day ceremony will be Friday, May 24, at 9 a.m. in the Bataan Memorial School Gymnasium.

The students and staff of Bataan Memorial Elementary School invite members of the community to their Bataan Day Ceremony. The Ceremony will honor the thirty-two men from Port Clinton who participated in the Battle of Bataan and the Bataan Death March of World War II. The ceremony helps the students remember the history of their school name and realize the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and others like them who fought and continue to fight for their country and our freedom.

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Judge Hany forms Veterans Affairs Committee

Judge Frederick C. (Fritz) Hany II has instituted a Municipal Court Veteran’s Affairs Committee. The committee will aid the Probation Department in addressing mental health and/or substance abuse issues unique to veterans. “In many cases, veterans with no previous criminal history find themselves in the criminal justice system after their tour of duty,” Hany stated, “One goal of this committee is to target these cases and direct offenders to resources available for appropriate treatment.”

The committee has also undertaken a project to document and honor Ottawa County Veterans’ service to the nation. Chairperson Peggy Debien, herself a former Naval Officer, said, “The displays located in the lobby of the Municipal Court are intended not only to honor our county’s veterans but also to present examples of good citizenship in our country.”

In addition to Debien, members appointed to the committee are County Commissioners James Sass and Jodi Regal; DeAnn Louk, Senior Veterans Service Officer (currently on active duty); Veterans David McDougall, Roger Velliquette, Ron Distel and Military Historian, Kevin Winters.

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Mayor proclaims EMS Week

On Thursday, May 16, Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone and Councilman Mike Snider went to Port Clinton Fire and Rescue headquarters on State Road to proclaim Emergency Medical Services Week. EMS Week, May 19-25, honors the lifesaving work of the EMS squad.

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May Crowning at ICS

The May Crowning ceremony is a long standing tradition at Immaculate Conception School. It is a time of year to honor mothers and most especially Holy Mary. The ceremony at Immaculate Conception puts the recent first communion class as the hosts and hostesses of the ceremony as they carry flowers to be put at the foot of the Mary statue.

The fifth grade class has the honor of leading the Mass prior to the ceremony and two fifth grader girls are given the honor of crowning Mary. This year’s fifth graders chosen to crown the Mother of Jesus were Hannah Paeth and Lissa Gillman. After Mass, the school children lead a processional that makes its way to the statue of Mary where the crowning takes place.

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Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce holds annual banquet

On Thursday, May 16, the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce held their 76th Annual Banquet in the tent at the Catawba Island Club. The backdrop for the program was a beautiful spring evening sunset over Lake Erie that emphasized the benefits of living and being in business on the Norht Coast.

Larry Fletcher, Executive Director of Ottawa County Visitors Bureau, and Craig Samborski, Tall Ship Festival specialist from Duluth, MN, gave presentations focusing on this summer’s Bicentennial Celebration and Tall Ships Festival.

Bassett’s Markets received the Business of the Year Award and Marilyn Burns of Marilyn’s in Lakeside received the D.S. Kirkpatrick Award that honors dedication and service to the community.

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Leadership Ottawa County class of 2013 graduates

Wednesday evening, May 15, Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) class of 2013 held graduation ceremonies at the Catawba Island Club. The mission of Leadership Ottawa County is “to develop, strengthen and enrich leaders for Ottawa County through an excellent leadership program”.

Each year the LOC class completes a community services project. The 2013 class completed two projects, both of which will benefit Ottawa County well into the future.

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