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Ottawa County Beach Clean-Up

To celebrate Earth Day and help remove litter from our area beaches, the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Magee Marsh, East Harbor State Park, and Catawba Island State Park, are hosting a county-wide beach clean-up. 

All beach clean-ups will be held Saturday, April 19 at 9 a.m.  If you are interested in volunteering at one of the four local beach clean-up events, please call to register. Make a difference this Earth Day and volunteer to keep Lake Erie clean!

Catawba Island State Park: Mike Monnett 419-734-4425

East Harbor State Park: Mike Monnett 419-734-4425

Magee Marsh: Becky Simpson 419-898-1595

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Justin Woldt 419-898-0014

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American Red Cross Babysitter Training in Genoa

American Red Cross Babysittter Training will be offered to students residing in the Genoa School District on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 and 23, 2:30–5:30 p.m.  Students must attend both sessions.  Registration forms are available in the middle school office, or by calling 419-855-7741, ext.31203. Class size is limited to the first 15 registered students.  Registration deadline is Thursday, April 17.

This training is offered at no cost to students thanks to a generous grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.  Space is limited to the first 15 registrations. Participants should be 11-13 years old and are asked to pack a sack lunch. 

American Red Cross Babysitter Training helps students prepare for the unexpected and respond to emergencies in a calm and confident manner.  This course teaches leadership skills, safe play, basic first aid, rescue breathing, and how to clear an obstructed airway.  Safety precautions regarding severe weather events are also a part of the curriculum.

Students who are left in charge of their younger siblings after school and on weekends, as well as those left in self-care, find Babysitter’s Training to be a resource to develop the necessary skills needed to increase their self-confidence. 

Participants receive a take home handbook with a DVD and a certification card upon completion.

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Easter egg hunt and lunch at St. Paul’s

A Community Egg Hunt and Lunch with the Easter Bunny will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 541 Church Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m.  Children and their adults will have opportunities to participate in crafts, photo opportunities, story time with Miss Easter Lily and an outdoor egg hunt.  Lunch will be provided with hot dogs donated by Netty’s, chips, root beer floats and dessert.  This event is sponsored by the “Side-by-Side” Ministry of St. John and St. Paul.  Reservations for the event may be made by calling 419-734-1662 by April 10.

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Easter Brunch at Otterbein

Otterbein Northshore Senior lifestyle community will host a community Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 20, with servings at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The menu includes carved honey baked ham, lamb chops, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, breakfast items, Belgian waffles and an omelet station. The brunch will be prepared by Executive Chef Ron La Pointe and his staff. The suggested donation for  adults is $13 per person, and children portions are available.  For more information or to make reservationsRSVP, call Lisa at 419-798-8203 by April 11. 

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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Marine Patrol unveils renovated boats

Front: Jeck Frazer and Chris Klingler. Back L to R: Dean Hammer, deputy in charge or work program, Kevin Bowes, Brad Weinheimer, Mike Winke, David Nunn.

On Friday, March 28 the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office unveiled two newly renovated marine patrol boats. The Bruce E. Mettler is a 27’ Boston Whaler Vigilant center cabin patrol vessel and is primarily used for marine patrol duties. The other boat is a 32’ Boston Whaler Justice center-helm patrol vessel and is primarily used for the Northern Border Initiative Project. Both of these vessels are run on grant money and were renovated at no cost to the tax payer because they were renovated by inmates in the work program.

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Terra State to host STEAM event

Area children from preschool through middle school are invited to enjoy a fun and educational event on April 15 at Terra State Community College.

Terra State students and faculty from a variety of areas, including the Early Childhood Education Department and the Terra Association of Future Teachers (TAFT), will host this STEAM event from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on campus. STEAM stands for science, technology, education, arts and math, and provides the foundation for learning for young children while supporting the Common Core Curriculum.

Children can explore the world of STEAM as they experiment with rockets, design airplanes, engage in new computer technologies, explore pop-up playgrounds and discover the arts.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stacey Pistorova at 419-559-2216.

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United Way recognizes partners

This week at United Way of Greater Toledo’s monthly Chief Professional Officer meeting, several local nonprofit organizations were recognized for the outstanding services they provide to our community.

The Chief Professional Officer meetings provide a venue for United Way funded community partners to share information and discover opportunities to advance collective work and drive change in our community.

“We value each and every partnership we have in our community. It is through these partnerships that we can and will continue to move our work in the community forward,” said Karen Mathison, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo. “The work of these organizations matters mightily, so we want to recognize them.”

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Miller Boat Line wins business of the year

Back row (L-R): Lee Janik III (Clutch Tactical Fly Rods), Joe Rudolph (Clutch Tactical Fly Rods), Greg Peiffer (WPCR), Bob Babjack (Chipmatic), Chuck Miller (Baumann’s), Jeff Sondles (Lib. Aviation Museum), Brad Corbin (Sloopy’s). Front row (L-R): Cheryll Rose (Miller Boat Line), Marie Babjack (Chipmatic), Loretta Paul (accepting on behalf of Ray St. Marie w/ Rayz Café), Jan Pugh (Packer Creek Pottery)

On Thursday, April 3, the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation held their 2014 Business & Industry Awards. Overall, the Business of the Year award was presented to Miller Boat Line. Other categories of awards included Small, Medium and Large Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Economic Development Partner of the Year, the Bill Mack Award, Personal Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year. The awards were made by Ferguson Gallery in Marblehead and Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton provided the center piece flower arrangements for the awards.

Nominated for Small Business of the Year were WPCR-Port Clinton Radio and Sloopy’s Sports Café. To qualify for a small business there must be 1-25 employees. WPCR is the North Coast’s only radio station heard on the internet. After their first year on the web, WPCR had over 203,000 visitors with regular visitors from 36 states. WPCR also did live stream television coverage of the Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment. Sloopy’s Sports Café is a locally owned business in Lakeside. Sloopy’s competes in pizza competitions throughout the United States. They are part of the U.S. Pizza Team and have recently won Best Pepperoni Pizza at the fourth annual Rotary Pizza Challenge.

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Riverview hosting Spring Craft Show

Ottawa County Riverview HealthCare Campus, on State Route 163 near Oak Harbor, will be hosting its 7th Annual “Swing into Spring” Craft Show on Saturday, April 5, 9-3 p.m.

Nearly 40 Vendors from four counties will have items for sale including wooden doll furniture; crocheted item; nautical quilted bags, aprons and purses; Mary Kay items; beach glass jewelry; Bright and Bouncy hairbows and tutu outfits; customized baby onesies; Scentsy candles, warmers and lotions; Vault designer jeans; hand woven rugs; handmade greeting cards; quilt racks; outdoor decorations; beaded jewelry; quilts and table runners; customized clothing; polar fleece items; swags; florals; computer services; Easter candies, jams and jellies; custom made pillows; Tupperware; spring ruffled scarves; infant layette sets and Faberge-style egg art.

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Miller Ferry to run April 7

Weather permitting; the Miller Ferry will begin trips to Put-In-Bay on Monday, April 7. On Thursday, April 10, Miller Ferry will begin trips to Middle Bass Island, also weather permitting.

To view schedules or to view trip updates and changes visit millerferry.com or call the Miller Boat Line office at 1-800-500-2421 or 419-285-2421.

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