Suicide and tragic deaths seminar in Oak Harbor

With our area having experienced several tragic deaths in recent years, the Stephen Ministry of St. John Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor is sponsoring a mini-seminar on suicide and tragic death. Topics to be covered are signs and symptoms of potential problems, the help available, coping with the loss, what to say and not to say to families who have lost a loved one and the question of where God is in these situations.

The speakers will be Joyce M. Gates, M.A., LICDC, LPCC of C.O.P.E.; Joe Vidal, Coroner’s Investigator; and Pastor Debra Domeier of St. John Church. The seminar, to be held at Salem Township Community Center, 11650 W. Portage River South Road, Oak Harbor, beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, is open to everyone. There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not necessary. For questions, please call the church office at 419-898-6474.


Stein Hospice volunteer training held in Port Clinton in May

In May LifeCourse volunteer training for Stein Hospice will be offered at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 Harbor Road, Port Clinton. The 18-hour training program will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22.

 “I thought I was helping others, but I get as much back as I give. Stein Hospice is a great family,” said Peggy Willard, who became a hospice volunteer after she was helped by Stein Hospice when her husband was ill with terminal cancer.  

Retired banker Gene Heinzerling agrees. “I am honored to represent Stein Hospice,” the Port Clinton volunteer said.

To register or for further information, contact Stein Hospice volunteer department at 800-625-5269 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Stein Hospice offers programs for caregivers

When Carrie Scheufler’s husband Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, Carrie had to learn how to be a caregiver. The retired Sandusky teacher also had to learn how to take care of herself, and she will share her experiences at Stein Hospice’s “Caring for the Caregiver.” 

All caregivers are invited. Please join us Saturday, May 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Stein’s main office, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky. People will also learn how to give a hand massage and have the opportunity to talk with other caregivers. For reservations, call Stein Hospice, 800-625-5269.


National Day of Prayer observed May 2

The National Day of Prayer will be observed on May 2 on the grounds of the Ottawa County Courthouse in Port Clinton. Clergy from Port Clinton area churches will be leading prayers at the service which will begin at 12 noon.

The National Day of Prayer was signed into law in 1952 by President Harry Truman, and in 1988 President Ronald Regan signed the law that set the date as the first Thursday in May.

Attendees may want to bring a chair or a blanket. Should it rain, the services will be held in Immaculate Conception Church. For further information, contact Carol Fox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-734-1239.


Mother’s Day brunch in Lakeside

Lakeside Chautauqua will be holding their the annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12, at Wesley Lodge (510 Central Avenue). There are two seating times available for the brunch buffet, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per adult, $8 per child (ages 6-12), and children age 5 and under are free. There are no gate pass admission fees for this event.


Magruder Hospital and Port Clinton Kiwanis annual Health Screening

The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club and Magruder Hospital will be offering the Annual Community Health Screening Program this year on Saturday, May 4, from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Magruder Hospital ConferenceCenter.  

For 25 years Magruder and the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club have jointly sponsored and cooperated to make this screening service available to the community at a reasonable cost, providing individuals an opportunity to detect health problems before symptoms appear.  A comprehensive blood analysis will be available at the screening.


From Wall Street to Main Street at Ida Rupp

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Ida Rupp Public Library will be hosting a free workshop titled “From Wall Street to Main Street: Myths, Miscues and Investment Fundamentals”, presented by Allison Falls, CFA, on Tuesday, April 23 at the library.  

In this educational and informal discussion Falls will demystify the financial pundits and in plain language highlight investment fundamentals such as asset allocation, diversification, risk and return and volatility. Falls is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the CFA Institute. 

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the workshop beginning at 9 a.m.  To register, contact the Chamber at 419-734-5503.


From “Two Tramps in Mud Time”, by Robert Frost

A very accurate description of a Lake Effect Spring.  Shared by Sandy Braunworth, Oak Harbor 

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill. 
You know how it is with an April day 
When the sun is out and the wind is still, 
You're one month on in the middle of May. 
But if you so much as dare to speak, 
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch, 
A wind comes off a frozen peak, 
And you're two months back in the middle of March.”

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