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Polka, food and more at Halupki Festival

It’s Summertime, and in Marblehead, folks will soon smell the cabbage rolls a-cookin’ and hear the lively sounds of polka music at the 56th annual Halupki Festival. The event, a celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, is presented each year on the third Sunday of August by Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 E. Main St. (Ohio 163), Marblehead. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, Aug. 19.
The day’s activities begin with Divine Liturgy in the historic church at 9:30 a.m. The choir of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lorain will sing. The parish family extends an invitation to one and all to join with them in worship.

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Two Stein Hospice nurses earn certification

Two Stein Hospice nurses recently earned certification from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. Registered nurses Denise Bowerman and Laura Mercer are now Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
Bowerman has been with Stein Hospice for nearly 18 years. She is a Quality Clinical Educator and assists in the Care Center. She and her husband, Tim, have five children and live in Bellevue.
Laura Mercer joined Stein Hospice three years ago after a lengthy career with Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon. Laura works in the Care Center in Sandusky. She and her husband, Dale, live in Catawba. 

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Reserve spot now for St. John Fall Festival

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church is planning an all-new Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.
The cost to rent one 10-foot table is $20. Flea market or garage sale items are prohibited.
Contact Exhibitor Chairwoman, Monette Garn, at 419-635-5863 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive an application and contract with the terms and conditions. Contracts must be postmarked by Aug. 31. There is limited space.

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Lady Thunderbolts travel softball tryouts

Lady Thunderbolts Travel Softball will be holding tryouts to fill openings on the 10U, 12U and 14U teams for next year. Tryouts will be held at Dorn Park, 699 Bardshar Road, in Sandusky, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.
For information or questions, contact Troy Hayberger at 419-271-0478

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Fly-In event features free airplane rides

“Tin Goose” Chapter 1247 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be hosting its annual Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 19. This event is open to the public and will be held at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport, 3255 E. State Road, Port Clinton, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Breakfast includes coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
There will be free introductory airplane rides for youth ages 8-17. These Young Eagle flights are provided by local EAA volunteers and give kids and opportunity to take a ride in a general aviation aircraft.
Also on hand will be tickets for Baumann's Auto Charity Raffle, a 50/50 drawing, airplanes, classic cars and Ford Tri-Motor souvenirs.
For information, visit the Chapter 1247 website at www.tingoose.org. All money raised at this event will go toward Chapter 1247’s college scholarship fund, public programs and on-going Ford Tri-Motor restoration project.

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​Visit the Wildlife Refuge

The Ottawa Wildlife Refuge Auto Tour will be open to all visitors with wheels on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19. Drive through 7 miles of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge that are normally closed to the public. New entrance from the Visitor Center parking lot opens at 8 a.m. and closes and 4 p.m.
If you’ve always wondered what all the “birders” are doing running around Northwest Ohio, come to the refuge at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, for a Beginner Bird Walk. A seasoned naturalist will guide you on how to spot and identify birds on Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Binoculars and field guide will be available to borrow.
All events are free of charge and are held at the Visitor Center. Call 419- 898-0014 for questions.

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Locals earn scholarships for BGSU Firelands

Caly Anne Laurents, of Port Clinton, and Tamera Lynn Helle, of Oak Harbor, have received the Bowling Green State University Firelands College Community Scholarship. Laurents will receive $1,244 toward tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year. She is a junior majoring in visual communication technology at BGSU Firelands where she has been on the Dean’s List and maintained a 3.95 GPA. She has won the Visual Communication Technology Award and twice won the Outstanding Technical Award for Theatre. She has been inducted into the Society of the Flame, Phi Eta Sigma and Wellgates International Honor Society. She is active with the Speech Activities Organization – Theatre and Visual Communications Technology Organization.
She is married to Joe Simko and she is the daughter of Phil Lacer and Victoria Laurents, of Port Clinton.
Helle has received the Health Careers Unlimited Scholarship and will receive $300 toward tuition plus an additional $200 book as a companion scholarship. has received the Health Careers Unlimited Scholarship
This award, sponsored by the Health Careers Unlimited organization, is available to a sophomore majoring in a health career field at BGSU Firelands. Recipients must have a “B” average and be from Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, Huron, or Seneca counties.
Helle is a 2010 graduate of Oak Harbor High School and a sophomore majoring in nursing at BGSU Firelands. She is the daughter of Ron Helle and Tracey Schiller.
For information about these and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Debralee Divers, director of enrollment management and student retention services, at 419-433-5560, 800-322-4787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Farm tire recycling coming up

The agricultural community will once again have an opportunity to recycle unwanted farm tires through a collection sponsored by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District. The event will be held at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds in Fremont at the north parking lot. This collection is open to farm owners, operators and residents in the three-county area (including Bellevue and Fostoria residents). Absolutely no dealers or agri-business will be permitted.
Pre-registration is required to participate. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, and will end at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Prior to calling, know the number of tires by type/size that you would like to recycle. When the office is contacted, a representative from the District will provide you with a time for delivering your tires and confirm the cost based on the quantity and diameter of tires being recycled. It is important that all participants bring proof of residency (driver’s license) to the collection site. This will verify your registration and speed the process of generating a receipt for your records. Pre-register by calling the District’s main office at 419-334-7222 or toll free at 1-888-850-7224.

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Seniors honor Vietnam Vets

More than 100 seniors from across the county came together today at Riverview Healthcare Campus, home of the Harbor Lights Senior Center, to honor our country’s Vietnam Veterans and the procession of the Vietnam Combat Veterans' Moving Wall as it passed through Ottawa County on it way to Elmore.
Seniors gathered at the Multipurpose Room of Riverview beginning at 9:30 a.m. for a coffee and doughnut social sponsored by Walker Family Funeral Homes. Dave Ninke performed several patriotic songs in preparation of the procession. After the coffee social, seniors proceeded to the road to honor their fellow countrymen. Many carried signs and waved American Flags in tribute to the many veteran motorcycle riders who accompanied the procession.

The wall is set up now at Depot Park in Elmore.

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‘Dolphin Tale’ showing rescheduled

Main Street Port Clinton has rescheduled “Dolphin Tale” to Thursday, Aug. 16, at Waterworks Park. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to claim your spot in front of the large inflatable movie screen. Concessions will be available for a donation or you may bring your own. The movie will begin at dusk, around 8:45 p.m.
The next show will be “Happy Feet,” on Aug. 30.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For $500, your organization may show a commercial before and after each film. Your banners will be displayed on the concession tables and your organization will be announced as a sponsor at all events and meetings.
Current sponsors include: Ottawa County Community Foundation, The Commons of Providence, Holiday Inn Express, Magruder Hospital, Zink Calls,
For information, contact Main Street Port Clinton at 419-734-5503.

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