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St. John Lutheran in Rocky Ridge Celebrates 125 Years

Quasquicentennial – it's not a word that rolls easily off anyone's tongue, but it is an appropriate description of the upcoming celebration at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocky Ridge. The church is located about four miles west of Oak Harbor. On Sunday, April 7, the church will celebrate its 125th year, the quasquicentennial of its birth in 1888. On April 8th of that year, the St. John parish first known by the German name “Evangelische – Lutherische St, Johannes Gemeinde” was organized by twenty-four charter members under the leadership of the Reverend Samuel Kusthardt. 

On November 5, 1888, a frame building constructed using material and labor largely donated by its members was dedicated. Just over two months after the dedication, fire completely destroyed the building. However, the members were not discouraged, as even with their humble means they began the construction of a brick building that very spring. In October of that year, less than twelve months after the dedication of the original church, the new brick building was dedicated. This structure served as the church's home until it moved into its present sanctuary less than a mile away in 1967.

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Sixth Street reconstruction in Port Clinton

Bids for the reconstruction of Sixth Street from Harrison Street to Fulton Street in Port Clinton will be opened Thursday, April 4th.  The project includes reconstruction of the road base with the proper under drains provided, some additional catch basins for storm water collection, new pavement at a width of thirty-four feet, new curbs with the replacement of some of the existing sidewalks. All driveway approaches will be reconstructed using concrete. A new waterline is also being installed as part of the project.

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Riverview Healthcare Campus announces 2012 Employee of the Year

On Thursday March 7, the multipurpose room of Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus was filled with staff and their family members for a special night of recognition and celebration. Everyone enjoyed a pig roast with a variety of salads, desserts, and pulled pork.

The evening began with a presentation that featured facility-wide honors Riverview achieved in 2012. These honors included the highest admission rate in six years. A total of 290 residents/patients were admitted in 2012 and 212 of those admissions (72%) returned back to the community. The facility also celebrated its Medicare 5 star rating, which it has maintained since January 2010. The facility has been named on the US News and World Report’s listing of “Best Nursing Homes” for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and also achieved a deficiency free state survey. Riverview was able to keep a close eye on their budget and secured a $17,476 surplus for the year.

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Riverview BBQ chicken dinner

Riverview All Stars is hosting a BBQ chicken dinner on Thursday, April 18, at Riverview Healthcare Campus Multi-purpose room, 4-7 p.m. The dinner, catered by Grandma’s Backyard BBQ, will include ½ chicken, baked potato, corn, roll and cokie. Dine in or take out are available. Cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 419-898-2851.

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Red Cross Babysitter Training offered in April

American Red Cross Babysittter Training will be offered at two different locations in April: 

  • Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Middle School (OHMS), Benton-Carroll-Salem School District students may be registered by calling Mrs. Lenz at OHMS, 419-898-6217
  • Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Bataan School in Port Clinton, Port Clinton City School District students may be registered by calling Mrs. Martinez at Bataan, 419-734-3931

Participants should be 11-13 years old and are asked to pack a sack lunch.

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Spring Phi Theta Kappa induction at Terra State

Twenty-eight Terra State Community College students were inducted into membership by the Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national two-year college honor society, during a ceremony March 21.

Michael Shirtz, Dean of Business and Creative Arts, was the keynote speaker. He told the students about a traffic accident that changed the course of his life but never extinguished his passion. He gave them an assignment – to nurture their own personal PTK, and always keep their fire going.

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PENTA Career Center to Offer STNA classes in Oak Harbor

PENTA Career Center Adult & Continuing Education has partnered with the Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus  in Oak Harbor to offer State Certified Nurse’s Aide (STNA) training starting in April. The class will be held at the Riverview Healthcare Campus two nights per week for eighteen weeks. Funding may be available. 

There will be an informational night on Tuesday, April 2, at the One Stop on State Route 163 in Oak Harbor. 

For other information or other classes offered at Penta, check the adult education website at www.pentacareercenter.org or call 419-661-6555.

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Ontario ‘punk rock’ birder idolizes Oak Harbor author

Close your eyes, and in your mind’s eye picture what you think a typical bird watcher looks like. Paul Riss used to see the same vision.

“People always think bird watchers are little old ladies,” said Riss, a 42-year-old Canadian. “I thought I would try to change that (stereotype) by making a documentary, called ‘Punk Rock Big Year.’ People say I don’t look like a bird watcher.”

Riss is one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Biggest Week in American Birding, which will be held May 3-12 in various locations around Port Clinton, Marblehead, the Lake Erie Islands, and Northwest Ohio. Riss has been “birding,” he said, since he was 10 or 11 years old.

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Local Cheer Teams win multiple national titles

The Ohio Elite All Stars, a local all star cheerleading organization housed at Kid’s World Gymnastics and Cheerleading in Millbury, have national bragging rights. The Ohio Elite All Star teams have won three national titles over a year’s time. In April 2012, the Senior CoEd Level Three cheer team won their division at the US Finals National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Teams from around the country came to Indianapolis to compete for the national title, and the Ohio Elite Senior CoEd team took the crown.

On March 2, 2013, Ohio Elite traveled to Columbus for the Arnold Sports Festival to compete in US Spirit’s Cheer and Dance National Championships. Ohio Elite’s Junior Level Two team, the Sergeants, placed first, earning the national title and the Senior CoEd Level Three team, the Commanders, also placed first, earning an additional national title. On top of this the Commanders won Grand Champion in their division, meaning that the team had the highest score over all other level three teams at the event. Each team also earned a bid to compete in The One: Cheer and Dance Finals in New Orleans.

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Ohio Chamber Symposium planned for Port Clinton

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Ohio Chamber Symposium Thursday, April 25 at the Civilian Marksmanship Program at Camp Perry Training Site, Building 3.  Registration is at 11:30am, the workshop is from 12-1pm.  Todd Sarver with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Attorneys at Law will be presenting Social Media:  The Brave New Workplace.

The legal impact of social media in the workplace will be reviewed including:

  • hiring process
  • monitoring employees
  • employee (mis)conduct and termination  
  • an interactive discussion about protected employee activities on-line
  • review best practices and policy considerations for employer

To register the workshop, contact the Chamber at 419-734-5503 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Registration deadline is April 19.

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