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Sound Off — March 22

‘Sewing smiles’
In September of 2010, I wrote in The Beacon of my granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth, who was undergoing cancer treatment at the time. We remain grateful for the response we received.

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Bring back our children

Class members stand in front of two personal comfort totes they collected for teens complete with hygiene products and personalized goodies. The bags are given to each child entering foster care.Bring back our children — that is the focus of an ongoing project by the Leadership Ottawa County Class of 2012. The group is working to bring awareness to the need for more foster care families in Ottawa County.
Right now, there are about 25 children placed in foster care but only four licensed foster families in the county. That means local kids are being sent even farther from home.

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St. Boniface School gets its miracle

The families and alumni of St. Boniface School in Oak Harbor were handed a nearly impossible task two months ago: raise $100,000 in order to keep their school open. On Tuesday, they got the news they were hoping for ... they did it!
“It is a bright and sunny morning in Oak Harbor,” said Advisory Committee Member Dr. Molly Judge on Wednesday. “It was truly a grass roots campaign. Yes, we had a few larger donations, and the fundraiser at the Happy Hour last Friday that raised $3,200 was one of them.”

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A Night for the Stars

Second-graders Paige Reineck, Emily Theibert and Keegan Hunsinger show off the popcorn dish — one example of the pottery that will be in this year’s Fish Bowl from each of the classrooms.Plan for an evening of fun and entertainment at Immaculate Conception School’s 26th annual auction Saturday, April 28. The theme this year is “A Night for the Stars … Our Children.”

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Port Clinton City Schools celebrate Pi Day

Andy Batterton brought in a pie for extra credit on “Pi Day” in Mr. Spencer’s Math Class at Port Clinton High School.  Pi Day was March 14 to honor Pi (3.14) with special math lessons at both Port Clinton Middle School and High School.March 14 was Pi day at Port Clinton City Schools and the official celebration day of pi. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 because it resembles 3.14. The official celebration began at 1:59 p.m., to make an appropriate 3.14159 when combined with the date.

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You Belong @ Your Library Diorama Contest

Celebrate National Library Week (April 8-14, 2012) at Ida Rupp Public Library by telling everyone why they belong at the library using marshmallow Peeps to create a diorama or shadow box.  
Why do you use the library? What’s your favorite thing to do at the library? What does the library provide for you? Why should everyone get involved in what is going on at Ida Rupp Public Library?  

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Mud Hens tickets up for grabs

Enter to win four tickets to a Toledo Mud Hens home game — field level tickets to the game of your choosing — for $10. Seventy-one tickets will win.
The drawing will take place on Sunday, March 25, at St. Paul UCC, 165 Toussaint St., Oak Harbor, beginning at 6 p.m. The party is in the basement of the church. Winners do not need to be present, however the winners who are present will be able to select the game they wish to attend from the available list right away.

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Better Together

"Our Community is Better Together" is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2012. The Ottawa County Board of DD and other related organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, and invite you to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme. Statewide organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability.
“Our Community is Better Together” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship and schools, everyone wins.

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Upcoming events at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Owl Prowl — 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23. Come learn about Ohio's owls at a free, fun event for the family. Learn about owls and their natural history, find out what they eat and what makes them different from other birds. Weather permitting, guests will also drive out on the refuge and see if we can find a Great Horned or Screech Owl. Space is limited; register by calling 419-898-0014.

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