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.


Ohio Bike Week concludes on the North Coast

Ohio Bike Week started as the North Coast Rally and Ohio State H.O.G. of 1999 and 2000. Local interest grew and in 2001 the rally continued as the North Coast Thunder Rally. In 2006 it was renamed Ohio Bike Week and the rally was combined with racing and entertainment. The rally was created to open up Northern Ohio as a diverse tourist destination.


Lock Dock and Barrel energizes Buckeye Boulevard

Local business owners and friends Mike Miller, Nino Iriti, and Jameson Botimer are breathing new life into a local hot spot. Located at 124 Buckeye Boulevard in Port Clinton at the former home of Nick’s Road House, Lock Dock and Barrel promises to cater to locals and to visitors. “We aim to take care of local customers where they will have a year-round place to go to have a good time, quality food and service and entertainment as well,” says Mike Miller.

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