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Sign up now for flea market day trip

Magruder Hospital’s VIP Club is planning a one-day trip to the Hartville Flea Market on Thursday, Sept. 27. The Hartville Marketplace is a 100,000-square-foot facility that houses more than 100 indoor shops with clothing, collectables, boutiques and more.  Outside is 12 acres of up to 800 outdoor seasonal vendors and 200 pavilion vendors offering produce, flowers, antiques and crafts. Cost for the trip is $56 and includes roundtrip deluxe DVD motorcoach transportation, a lunch of Amish-style food at Hartville Kitchen and all applicable taxes and gratuity. The trip will depart at 6:30 a.m. from the City/County Complex at 1868 E. Perry St. in Port Clinton and will return around 7:30 p.m.
For information or to sign up for either trip, call Marty at 419-734-5362.

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Coffee shop, fitness studio open for business

Two new businesses are celebrating grand openings in downtown Oak Harbor: Mill Street Brew, at 169 Mill St., and Lisa’s Fitness Studio at 165 W. Water St.
Mill Street Brew is a coffeehouse owned and operated by Chris and Rachel Varga. They have a variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, muffins, sandwiches, salads and more. They are open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can check out their specials on Facebook and reach them by calling 419-707-0681.

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Stone Laboratory welcomes new research coordinator

Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory recently hired Justin Chaffin, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toledo, as its new research coordinator. He will manage on-site research, the Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates, and some of the laboratory renovations currently in progress, along with teaching classes and supporting the lab’s outreach and education efforts. Chaffin is also heavily involved in Stone Lab’s monitoring and research of harmful algal blooms and nutrient levels in Lake Erie, a topic he has focused on throughout his academic career.
“Justin will be coordinating the lion’s share of our research and the REU program here at the lab,” says Matt Thomas, Stone Laboratory manager. “He’ll also be our on-site limnologist, playing an instrumental part with the renovation of the analytical laboratory, and with HAB monitoring.”

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Wooden Boat Show, Art Festival coming to Lakeside

A collaborative effort blending the craftsmanship of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society and the artistic expression of the Plein Air Art Festival will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua season from July 20-22.
This three-day event begins on Friday when plein air artists arrive at Lakeside to paint outdoor landscapes. The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.” The festival will host more than 30 plein air artists from across the Midwest. Guests are invited to watch them paint.
There will be opportunities to purchase artwork with the addition of the Open Air Gallery, located on the pedestrian walkway of Walnut Avenue, between Second and Third Streets in Lakeside. The Open Air Gallery will be open preceding the 8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium performance from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Cooley Canal YC holding fish fry, raffle

The Whistling Wings Shooting Club will hold its sixth annual fish fry from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Cooley Canal Yacht Club Pavilion off Ohio 2 in Curtice.
All-you-care-to-eat perch and walleye will be available for $10 per person or $5 for those under 12. Every ticketholder gets a door prize. Good food, fun and free soda will accompany the famous great wall raffle, 50/50’s, guns and more.
For information or tickets call Junior at 419-344-2068. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Vendors gather in Oak Harbor for Farmers Market

The Oak Harbor Downtown Committee, in conjunction with the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, will be holding the next downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
In addition to fresh produce, there will be crafts, baked goods art and more. The Ottawa County Humane Society will also be having a dog wash at Flat Iron Park from 11 to 3 p.m. that day.

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First shot kicks off National Matches

One of the grand traditions of our area is the annual National Rifle and Pistol Championships at Camp Perry. One of the even grander traditions of the National Matches is the First Shot Ceremony that opens the matches. Monday’s event was no different.
Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram, Director of the Army National Guard, made his remarks noting the history of Camp Perry and these shooting events. He noted how Camp Perry and the National Matches were begun under the leadership of then President Theodore Roosevelt, a former army officer himself who led a famous charge up San Juan Hill. He also took note of the poor shooting skills of the men in his charge. Ingram noted that President Roosevelt recognized the need for a continuing program to improve shooting skills of both the military and the civilian population.
Ingram was then handed a classic World War II vintage M1 Garand and fired the first shot downrange opening the 2012 National Rifle and Pistol Championships.

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County Fair kicks off Monday

The Ottawa County Fair kicks off Monday at the fairgrounds and runs through Sunday, July 22. Below are some of the highlights:

Monday
• 7:30 p.m. — Grande Parade
• 8:30 p.m. — King and Queen Contest

Tuesday
• 8-10 p.m. — Jessica Kenney Band
• 8 p.m. — Wagon Wheel IPRA Rodeo

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Kasich in town for Fish Ohio

Gov. John Kasich kicked off the 34th Governor’s Fish Ohio Day by joining anglers for a day of fishing on Lake Erie Wednesday morning. Fish Ohio Day promotes the positive impacts of Lake Erie sport fishing and tourism on the region’s economy. Ohio has an $800 million sport fishery industry and a $10 billion tourist industry. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife was a sponsor of Fish Ohio Day as well as Lake Erie Shores and Islands-West and the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association. Nineteen charter boats participated in the event this year.
ODNR Director James Zehringer joined the governor in fishing on Lake Erie today. Zehringer reinforced that Lake Erie is not only important to northern Ohio, but to the entire state. He shared that Lake Erie fisheries have been sustained for decades, and Kasich and ODNR are committed to ensuring Ohio’s fisheries are sustainable for the future.

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Lakers Reverse Raffle celebrates 20 years

Help the Danbury Laker Athletic Boosters support the kids both academically and athletically at the 20th annual Reverse Raffle on Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. Mary’s Hall. Because of great community support, the Boosters have been able to purchase uniforms, practice equipment and provide scholarships for our Laker Athletes. 
Tickets are $110 each (only 300 are sold), and include a complimentary dinner of honey-glazed chicken and prime rib prepared by Mesenburg Creative Catering and all drinks. An additional dinner can be purchased for $15. There will be sideboards, bingo and 50-50 raffles throughout the evening.
For tickets, contact one of the following:

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