In support of those in Boston

Today is a day to keep in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from and affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy. It has been designated as a day to wear a race shirt if you have one.


Whitaker completes training

Navy Fireman Andrew J. Whitaker, son of Christy L. Whitaker of Oak Harbor, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. 

During the eight-week program, Whitaker completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.


Pause for a child at the Ottawa County Family Fun Fair

Parenting can be tough. Finding help and preparing for the challenges of parenting doesn’t have to be. To enjoy a day of family fun and find out more about local services and organizations for your family, come to the Ottawa County Family Fun Fair, Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bataan Memorial Elementary School in Port Clinton. 

The Ottawa County Family Fun Fair features a variety of games and activities for kids and information about resources available to families.


ONWR offers free nature programs

On Sunday, May 5, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is offering a free nature program, Birds and Branches, from 1:30-3 p.m., to explore the refuge for our feathered friends. 

On Sunday, May 12, experience Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex on a Blue Goose Bus Tour. The trip leaves from the visitor center at 8 a.m. and returns at 11 a.m. after touring habitat hot-spots in the area (reservations required and destinations vary).


Dinosaur Day for ICS first grade

Wednesday was Dinosaur Day for Mrs. Rita McNutt’s first graders at Immaculate Conception School.  It was a day full of hands on learning about the prehistoric beasts of the past.  The children visited several stations that allowed them to explore, experience, and create.

Joe Nguyen looks for fossils (AKA chocolate chips) from the depths

of his cookie.

There was a clay station that allowed the students to make fossils with plastic dinosaurs.  The class ate like dinosaurs as they enjoyed beef jerky, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery stalks and peanut butter.  Each young paleontologist was given a chocolate chip cookie, a toothpick, and a small paint brush to carefully remove “fossils” or chocolate chips from the cookie- a tedious and precise process. The students each were given dinosaur activity books that incorporated many areas of learning, such as math, spelling, reading, and writing, with the dinosaur theme. At the conclusion of the day,  Mr. Gregory Fox entertained the class with song.


Danbury Community Garden

If you live in an apartment or have no space for a garden, the Danbury Community Garden offers the opportunity to have your own plot. Plots are available for individuals, or as a summer projects for a Scout groups, church group, or youth group to grow produce for the Danbury Food Pantry.  

The Danbury Community Garden is located behind (and sponsored by) St. Paul Lutheran Church, 541 Church Road, Lakeside-Marblehead.  You can pick the size of your plot, large or small.  Planting of seeds such as beans, squash, pumpkins and melons should be done by the end of April if possible.  The ground is plowed and ready to plant.  A water source is nearby.  Bring your own seeds.  Some garden tools are available. 

For more information or to reserve a plot, call 419-734-1662.


Cub Scouts receive awards

Members of Cub Scouts Pack 361 received their advancements and awards at the 2013 Blue & Gold Banquet held March 4 at St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton.

The awards result from the hard work and projects the Scouts undertake over the course of the year according to the Boy Scouts of America requirements.


Community Day May 11 at Schedel’s

The Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a free Community Day and Meet the Artists event on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

The SA&G is a 17 acre garden estate located in Elmore.  The nonprofit arboretum and botanical garden has been open to the public since 1991 and is home to many species of trees, plants and shrubs not commonly seen in this area. The grounds include displays of irises, peonies, roses, lilies, perennial plants and more than 12,000 annual plants and flowers each summer.


Abbi Pitts to attend Ashland


PCHS Senior Abbi Pitts will continue her education and soccer career at Ashland University. Abbi is an accomplished athlete, named All SBC for two sports in one season (soccer & cross country). Her list of athletic accomplishments include:

  • Soccer: 1st Team All SBC 2011; 2012 Honorable Mention All SBC; 2011 & 2012 All District Honorable Mention; Captain 2012
  • Cross Country:1st Team All SBC  2010 & 2011; SBC Champions 2010 & 2011; 2nd Team All SBC 2012; Regional Qualifier 2011 & 2012
  • Track: SBC Champion 4 x 800 2012; Regional Qualifier 2011 & 2012


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