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Library gets Early Literacy Station

Ida Rupp Public Library and Erie Islands Library announce the acquisition of the Early Literacy Station, a complete educational solution loaded with 50 educational software titles for kids ages 2–10 in the English edition and over 50 in the Bilingual Spanish edition. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. The ELS has a colorful keyboard and tiny mouse to promote easy learning and discovery.


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Picnic in the Park for Relay For Life

There will be a Picnic in the Park event on May 19 at Veteran's Memorial Park on Washington Street in Genoa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A barbecue chicken dinner — a half chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, roll and brownie — will be available for $8. Advance tickets for the dinner are recommended as very limited tickets will be offered for purchase on Saturday. Contact Kim or Tami at 419-855-4370 for complete information or to purchase dinner tickets.

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Luncheon, uniform sale coming up at Magruder

Educational Luncheon
On Monday, May 21st at noon, Magruder Hospital will host an educational luncheon in the Conference Center.  A representative from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will be talking about Scams & Consumer Protection.                     
This luncheon is part of a monthly education series in the hospital’s conference center, which features a different topic and speaker each month. The luncheon series is open to the public and the cost is $6.  The program is free if you do not wish to have lunch.

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Plant sale Saturday in Catawba

The annual plant sale sponsored by the Catawba Island Garden Club is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the John Braun Park, Northeast Catawba Road. There will be perennials from members' gardens, annuals, seedlings, tools, accessories — the wonderful things you have not used for a time or your garden has shrunk — a children's corner and a bake sale. All members are contributing to this project, however, Cheryl McLaughlin, Rosemarie Shinde and Sandy Pienta have contributed much in organizing.

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Mandel, Wurzelbacher to speak at GOP event

U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel 9th District Congressional hopeful Joe Wurzelbacher — aka Joe the Plumber — will be among the candidate speakers at the Ottawa County Republican Women's Club get together on Thursday, May 24. Women, men and teens are welcome to the loft at Mon Ami Restaurant, 3845 E. Wine Cellar Road, Port Clinton.
There will be hors d' oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction and an opportunity to chat with candidates, elected officials and friends beginning at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Mandel, Wurzelbacher and others will speak. Sandy Bihn, the Great Lakes Water Lady will speak briefly on algae.

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Nelson, Dornbusch top officers

Port Clinton Police Officer Josh Nelson and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy Heather Dornbusch were named as Port Clinton Kiwanis Law Enforcement Officers of the Year on Wednesday. The awards are annually given as voted on by the two local departments.
Dornbusch is a 12-year veteran of the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office. She began her career in 2000 as a part-time dispatcher. By December the same year, she was promoted to full-time dispatcher.

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County honors 2012 Senior Hall of Fame recipients

The 2012 Ottawa County Senior Hall of Fame Awards were presented to the awardees during the annual Senior Day celebration at Camp Perry on Wednesday, May 9. Recipients received a plaque commemorating their service to the seniors of Ottawa County. The recipients for this year’s award include: Shirley Pryor representing the Danbury Senior Center; Barbara Magsig, representing the Elmore Golden Oldies Senior Center; Bernice Runner, representing the Genoa Senior Center; June Kwaitkowski, representing Port Clinton Senior Center; and Anne Parker, representing the Put-in-Bay Senior Center. This year, two seniors who were very active in the Harbor Lights Senior Center in Oak Harbor were also honored.
Dianne Mortensen, Executive Coordinator of Ottawa County Senior Resources, presented the awards and read the following information about the recipients:

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Firelands recognized for environmental practices

Firelands Regional Medical Center was recently recognized with the Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award. Awarded by the Ohio Hospital Association. Firelands was one of 10 hospitals in Ohio to be recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow.
“Firelands is excited to be recognized for our efforts in being more environmentally friendly,” said Richard Brown, Director of Environmental Services at Firelands Regional Medical Center. “In 2011 alone, Firelands Regional Medical Center recycled over 74 tons of cardboard/plastic/glass and 81 tons of paper.”

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Danbury hires three new head coaches

Joe Fetzer, former athletic director and girls’ basketball coach (1993-2003), will be the next girls basketball coach at Danbury High School. Fetzer takes over for Ron Aukerman after two seasons as coach in the program. Joe has 139 career wins as Danbury girls basketball coach. Contact Fetzer at 419-341-3515 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Bryan Dudash has been hired to be the next head football coach. Dudash is a teacher in the Danbury school district and has been an assistant coach under Tim Heffernan the past two seasons. Contact Dudash at 330-571-3473 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Men’s Chorus making stop in Oak Harbor

The Ohio Northern University Men’s Chorus will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 165 Toussaint St., Oak Harbor. The community is invited to attend the concert as this 40-voice ensemble from Ada, makes a stop in Oak Harbor during their Spring Tour of the Midwest. A freewill offering will be received.
Under the direction of Dr. Ben Ayling, Director of Choral Activities, and Anthony Taylor, Student Assistant Director, the ONU Men’s Chorus has been pleasing audiences since 2002 with its varied repertoire, contagious enthusiasm and rich male harmonies. It is comprised of students from many majors as well as faculty, staff, alumni and community members, and is one of the University’s prime touring ensembles, having toured to seven states since its inception.
Dr. Ben Ayling conducts and administers the ONU choirs as well as teaching Choral Conducting and Choral Methods. He comes to Ohio Northern from Kent State, where he was founder and conductor of the KSU Men’s Chorus. He is sought after as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and speaker; served as guest conductor of state and regional honors choirs in Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee; taught choral music in public schools, including Sylvania, for 20 years; and sang bass in The Ritz, the 1991 International Champion Quartet of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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