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Heat can take its toll on seniors

Nobody likes extreme and prolonged heat, but such conditions can be very dangerous and potentially deadly for seniors.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. On average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined (noaawatch.gov/themes/heat.php).

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USDA invests new conservation funds to improve Lake Erie water quality

 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand "boots-on-the-ground" capacity in the area and will be contributing an additional $1 million in technical assistance which will in turn be leveraged by the NFWF along with other public and private entities. Earlier this month, water service in Toledo, Ohio was disrupted by algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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Sean Black second in Michigan Junior Masters

Former Redskin and now Davenport University Bowler Sean Black from Port Clinton finished second in the Michigan Junior Masters Association (MJMA) Tournament at Plaza Lanes in Plymouth, MI, Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24.

Competing on a 39’ flat sport lane condition, Sean finished 8 games qualifying Saturday in fifth place. He went 8-3-1 in match games Sunday to qualify for the five man stepladder in third place. He defeated Vincent Papais from Sterling Heights, MI, 232-191, then defeated Michigan High School Bowler of the Year Alex Ouellette from Bay City, MI, 200-191, then tied the Championship game to Antwar Howard from Flint before losing 10-8 in a 1 frame roll.

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Ford Tri-Motor moved to new hangar

On Monday, August 18, with many hands on deck, the Ford Tri-Motor fuselage at Liberty Aviation Museum was loaded onto a trailer and was rolled out of the museum hangar. It was moved across the way to its new home in the new restoration hangar.

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Economic impact of tourism in Lake Erie nearly $1.8 billion

Visitors generated nearly $1.8 billion in business activity, including direct, indirect, and induced impacts, in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region in 2013. This valuable information was presented to the Erie and Ottawa County Visitors Bureaus recently in a report on the 2013 travel year. The biennial report was coordinated by the Ohio Tourism Division and executed by Tourism Economics. All 88 Ohio counties have the opportunity to participate in this study.

The $1.8 billion in economic impact reported is up more than 18% from the last economic impact study, done for the 2011 travel year.

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Support rally being held for Republican candidates

The Ottawa and Erie County Republican Parties are hosting a Rally to Support Our Candidates: Roni Reid for Ottawa County Auditor, Steve Kraus for Ohio House of Representatives for the 89th District and Rick Jeffrey for Erie County Auditor at the Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 East State Road, Port Clinton on Tuesday, September 9, from 6-9 p.m. Matt Borges, Ohio Republican Party Chairman, will be the guest speaker. 

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Medicare enrollees: things to know before 2015 open enrollment

By Steve Gulas, Bolte Insurance

This year’s annual open enrollment will be October 15 through December 7. This is the time of year in which all Medicare enrollees can change prescription drug plans or Medicare Advantage Plans. If you are going to make a change in your coverage this is typically the only time of the year you can change plans unless you qualify for a Special Election Period due to a special circumstance recognized by Medicare. Not reviewing your plan each year can be a costly mistake and may leave you in a plan that may not suit your needs.

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ODOT announces area roadwork

SR 2 Mine Remediation

Effective Monday, Sept. 8, through May 2015, SR 2 between SR 163 and SR 53 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for mine remediation. On Monday, Sept. 8, through May 2015, the ramp from southbound SR 53 to westbound SR 2 is closed. Detour routes are SR 53 and SR 163. The projected date for this project to be complete is May 2016.

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The time was served, now it’s time to honor

In Veteran’s Park in Port Clinton 12,500 bricks make up the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway; nearly 1300 of those bricks are engraved to honor and/or remember those who have served our country. The brick walkway was dedicated on November 11, 2001 in Veteran’s Park, a park that was first built in the 1930s to honor those fighting and who have fought for the freedom of our country.

Walking under the beautifully crafted Veteran’s Park arch facing north towards the lake, the brick walkway lays before you. The bricks in the front of the walkway honor those who were part of the Bataan Death March. The last survivor, Joseph Hrupcho, is honored in the center. Still facing north, to the left of the howitzer are past commanders of The American Legion, to the right are past commanders of the VFW.

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