Port Clinton Photography Club holds Awards Night

On May 22, Port Clinton Photography Club held their annual Awards Night, election of officers and selection of summer projects. This was the last meeting for the Club until September. From September through May, the Club meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton.

First Place Black and White went to Marilyn Reeder. First Place Color went to Tammy Shanahan. First Place Nature went to Chris Sheldon. Best of Show went to Tom Liskai.

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Peace Among Nations art exhibition in Columbus

In honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial along with several of its partners will sponsor “Peace Among Nations—The Lasting Legacy of the War of 1812 Art Exhibition” at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus starting June 3, according to Blanca Alvarez Stransky, Superintendent of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.


Ottawa County Relay for Life on Saturday

Oak Harbor High School is hosting this year’s Ottawa County Relay for Life. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and goes until 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. The Relay for Life is more than just doing laps around the track; it’s about remembering those who have lost their battle with cancer, it’s about bringing awareness to the disease, and about empowering those still fighting to survive.


Marblehead Lighthouse tours have begun

Marblehead Lighthouse tours have begun. Tours are offered by the East Harbor Naturalist and volunteers as follows for 2013:

  • Weekdays (Monday-Friday) between now and Friday, Aug. 30 from noon until 3:45 p.m.
  • Sunday evenings until Aug. 25 from 4-5:45 p.m.
  • Second Saturday of the month between June and October from 11 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.

There is a $2 fee for adults and children ages 6 and up • Children under age 6 are free

The museum located in the Keeper's House and operated by the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society, is open whenever the tower is open


Lakeside dedicates Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park

On Sunday, May 26, Lakeside Chautauqua dedicated the Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park. The Garden was inspired by the Bayview, Michigan, Chautauqua’s Memorial Garden and in response to requests from Lakesiders for a memorial garden.

Kevin Sibbring, Lakeside Chautauqua’s President and CEO said, “We want to build one of the greatest gardens in the world and connect people with loved ones past and with God the creator, to demonstrate the circle of life, a place where ashes will become part of the earth and nurture the garden.”


Ottawa County and Ohio farmers are helping to heal Lake Erie

Mike Libben and his father Bob farm 650 acres in Ottawa County. As with many modern farmers, Mike also works at another job, as District Program Administrator of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD). As with most of the county’s farmers, Mike grew up farming. Here, where even the largest farm of 6000 acres is farmed by father and son, most farmers continue to strive to be stewards of the land, passing that land down from generation to generation. Here, where farms are within a few miles of the lake, that legacy includes doing what is right for Lake Erie.


Danbury and Oak Harbor students experience “ Real Money, Real World”

What do you do to motivate students the last month of school, when state testing has been completed and students and teachers have an eye toward summer vacation? One answer is to give them money and let them spend it.

Kathy Booher with the Ottawa County OSU extension, took “Real Money, Real World” to Danbury and Oak Harbor schools. National Bank of Ohio (NBOH) partnered with the program that gives students an opportunity to manage finances in a real world budget. Connie Fabian of NBOH said, “NBOH was looking for an opportunity to educate students and the OSU program was looking for a partner.”


CIC 5K/3K Run/Walk for Humanity

At the CIC on Sunday, breezes cooled the 200 runners and walkers and gave a tail wind for at least part of the course. The 19th CIC 5K/3K Run/Walk raised $12,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

The first place finisher was Brad Lieske, 47, of Oak Harbor, in 33.03. The first place female runner was Kelly Bonilla, 34, with a time of 37.13.


Amazing Island Raise benefits local children

Ottawa County CASA and Joyful Connections report that teams are filling up fast for The Amazing Island Raise being held on South Bass Island on Saturday, June 15th. These two non-profit agencies serving local children are teaming up with this fun-filled event to raise funds Put-in-Bay style.

Teams will solve clues, complete challenges and win prizes while enjoying the fun and sun of Put-in-Bay.  Teams of 4-6 adults will race against one another to see who has what it takes to be an Amazing Island Raise Champion.


Catawba-Marblehead Parade of Homes scheduled for June 22 and 23

Just about everybody, if you asked them, would confirm that they secretly desire to own a place at the lake. Perhaps that desire isn’t such a secret after all. The desire lives in people from all over Ohio and adjoining states. The remedy? The 6th Annual Catawba-Marblehead Parade of Homes, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.

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