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.


Fort Firelands hosts Pioneer and Primitive Arts festival

Fort Firelands RV Resort will be hosting it’s 7th annual Pioneer and Primitive Arts Festival on June 8th and 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Firelands, located at 5650 E Harbor Rd in Marblehead on Rt. 163 at Rt. 269, is offering this event free and open to the public.

“We are very excited to be at Fort Firelands this year,” Bob Kelly, Captain of “Taylor’s Battery” says. “Our Civil War group portrays both the North and the South, as our members have ancestors from both sides. We are looking forward to having some fun, while keeping history alive.”

The festival features experiences and primitive arts from the Paleo hunter to the American Revolution, through the Mountain Man period and the Civil War. Re-enactors in authentic dresss convey life on the early frontier. Musicians, tomahawk throwing, cannon firing, mock skirmishes and a variety of other interactive demonstrations will be happening throughout both days. Period vendors will be on hand to sell old-time wares.

Members of the Ohio Atlatl Association (pronounced “at lattle”) will be on site to give children and adults a rare opportunity to try their hand at the Atlatl. Used by the Paleo hunter 12,000 years ago, the Atlatl is a device for throwing 6-7 foot darts that look like giant arrows. “We are proud to host the Ohio Atlatl Association,” says Jeff Barton, one of the owners of Fort Firelands RV Resort. “This is the only event they hold in Northwest Ohio.” 

While at Fort Firelands, visitors are encouraged to stop in Port•N•Starboard restaurant, the various shops and the flea market.


National Marina Day on Saturday

Freedom Boat Club has scheduled a celebration of Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, Saturday, June 8, from 1-4. As part of a nationwide observance, Catawba Island South Marina on Catawba Island and Venetian Marina in Sandusky join Freedom Boat Club in celebrating National Marina Day.

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