Wolcott Keeper’s House opens June 10

The Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 Bayshore Road, Marblehead, will open for the 2014 summer season on Tuesday, June 10 from 1-5 p.m.  Volunteers recently prepared with an informal training session with volunteer coordinators Bill and Sharon Coder refreshing memories on the place of the 1820's stone home in the history of the Firelands, and in the ongoing War of 1812 commemoration. Visitors frequently ask why the house is 2 1/2 miles away and isn't next to the lighthouse. Marblehead's first Lighthouse keeper, Benajah Wolcott, owned a farm on the peninsula, and the new lighthouse was a moderate overland walk from the back of his farm before Bayshore Road existed. 

Docents share other stories from the early history of the peninsula, and Wolcott's service in the Revolutionary War and as a member of the survey team for the Firelands land grant.  The property has a small museum and gift shop, and an assortment of books and DVD's about area history.  The house is a project of the Ottawa County Historical Society, who purchased it in 1989, restored it, and uses it as a venue for sharing the history of the Firelands and early Ottawa County. Music, military reenactments, frontier craft and fireplace cooking also make the Keepers House a popular destination for summer visitors.  

The 2014 schedule is 1-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 10 until August 28. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. from June 14 through October 11. Special events include Music in the Firelands, with frontier music and the North Coast Concert Band on July 12, hearth cooking on the Keeper's House fireplace September 13, and a Civil War encampment October 11 during the Lighthouse Festival.  

Visit our website, or call 419-798-9339 for more information.  The house is open by appointment for groups. There are restroom facilities and accessible entry.


Stork Express Offered at Firelands

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be hosting Stork Express on Saturday, June 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Firelands Main Campus, 1111 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky.

Stork Express is a free program designed to give pregnant women the opportunity to start on paperwork that is required during their hospital stay.  During the program, each participant will review and sign the necessary paperwork, watch the required safety video and take a tour of the OB Department. 

Stork Express helps to cut down on the amount of paperwork during admission, allowing the focus to be on the birthing process.  It also provides mom-to-be and her spouse/support person the opportunity to meet a nurse from the OB Department and ask any question that may be lingering as their exciting day approaches.  Any mom-to-be that is at least 34 weeks into her pregnancy is welcome to attend.  A spouse/support person is also welcome and is encouraged to participate.  

Register online by visiting the calendar of events at or by calling 419-557-7840. The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible.

About Firelands Regional Medical Center

Firelands Regional Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning care.  As a 400-bed facility, Firelands was ranked #1 in Ohio (top 5% nationally) for Spine Surgery, 2013; #4 in Ohio (top 5% nationally) for Vascular Surgery, 2013; #4 in Ohio (top 10% nationally) for Overall Orthopedic Services, 2013; Top 10% Nationally in Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, ranked in the Top 5% nationally for Patient Safety, 2011, is accredited in heart failure and is an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline heart attack center, as well as a certified chest pain center. Firelands Regional Medical Center is a Verified Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Serving a five-county region, Firelands provides many advanced care services to the region including comprehensive cancer care, full-time interventional cardiac care and open heart surgery, wound care services including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), acute inpatient rehabilitation, as well as many advanced surgical procedures. For more information about Firelands, visit our website at


Safety Council meeting and National Safety Month

Ottawa County Safety Council monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, June 18, at Magruder Hospital Conference Center. Lunch and networking are from 11-11:30 a.m. and the meeting and presentation is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  The speaker will be Pam Courtney, PHR with the topic being “Holding People Accountable for Safety.” Please RSVP on or before June 16 to Jessica Kowalski at 419.898.6242.

Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. As you plan your 2014 safety calendar, please join the Council and thousands of organizations across the country to reduce risk of the following safety issues: 

Week 1: Prevent prescription drug abuse
Week 2: Stop slips, trips and falls
Week 3: Be aware of your surroundings
Week 4: Put an end to distracted driving

The 2014 National Safety Month theme, "Safety: It takes all of us," was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction.  A successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk and removing or controlling them before harm is done. Use this June to find creative ways to engage everyone in reducing risk in your workplaces. A little effort today has the potential to prevent tragedy tomorrow.


Promoting art to people with disabilities

Suzy sea turtle by Dee Cochran

In June and July at the Sutton Center in Port Clinton the Accessible Expression Ohio (AEO), in conjunction with VSA Ohio, RVI and the Port Clinton Artists’ Club, is exhibiting its art show. The goals of AEO are to challenge a person’s notion of dis/ability and inspire creativity. AEO is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities. AEO is partnering with VSA Ohio, the State Organization on Arts and Disability, which represents people with all types of disabilities; mental, physical and developmental.

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club is donating half of the space in their Sutton Center gallery to house the exhibit. 

In celebration, local artist and Port Clinton Artists’ Club member, Dee Cochran hosted a VSA Ohio artist workshop on June 3. The class was 20 students, 10 of them who are disabled. The class is a batik class, which only includes four colors and is easy for anyone at any skill level. The batik the class did was Suzy sea turtle, seen above. A batik is a work of art made on rice paper using ink, watercolor and hot canning wax. 

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CMP Offers Pistol Small Arms Firing School and Warm-Up Match at National Matches

Those who have always wanted to try their hands at firing a real M9 Pistol in a safe and relaxed environment are encouraged to attend our Pistol Small Arms Firing School (SAFS), held Monday, July 7, during the Opening Day of the 2014 National Rifle and Pistol Matches at historic Camp Perry. 

Since the school is structured toward teaching new shooters, no past firearm experience is required. Students will learn basic instruction and firing practices, competition skills and live range firing, as well as compete in a real M9 Pistol EIC Match at the conclusion of the clinic. Intermediate shooters are also welcome to participate in this fun and exciting opportunity. The minimum age for Pistol SAFS students is 14 years old.

The SAFS courses have been a staple at the National Matches since 1918, with the involvement of over 1,000 pistol and rifle participants continuing each year. The school is conducted by members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). 

For those already familiar with pistol shooting, an Advanced Pistol Course will also be held the same day to provide additional class instruction, a Q&A session with real Pistol Champions and the chance to fire in the Service Pistol Warm-Up Match.

The Service Pistol Warm-Up Match is meant to be just that – an opportunity to “warm up” before the beginning of the National Pistol Matches. The event follows the President’s Pistol Match (one of the most prestigious pistol matches) Course of Fire and is open to adults and juniors who would like more experience in major competition.

Whether an experience shooter or picking up a firearm for the first time, come enjoy a day of fellowship and fun in one of America’s oldest pastimes with the security and knowledge of some of the best marksmen in the country!

For more details on the Small Arms Firing Schools and Warm-Up Match, visit Registration information can be found at 

For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto for more information and program descriptions.


Port Clinton preschool center gets national accreditation

The WSOS Early Childhood center located at The Sutton Center in Port Clinton was notified Wednesday, May 28, that it has been approved for accreditation by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

This center joins five other WSOS preschool centers, which has also received accreditation by NAEYC.

“We are proud to have received this honor,” said Family Development Director Jacquie Wells. “This accreditation affirms the good work we do and helps guide us as we strive to provide the best services to our communities.” 

To earn accreditation by NAEYC, the centers went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an onsite visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC, approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

The NAEYC accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs.

WSOS operates three other centers in the WSOS service area, which are also working toward accreditation. The other centers are located in Genoa, Pemberville, and Perrysburg/Rossford. 

If you’d like to enroll your child at a center nearest you, call WSOS at 419-334-8911 or toll free at 1-800-775-9767.


Otterbein North Shore hosts open air concerts

The public is invited to attend an open air concerts on the lawn of Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community at 9400 North Shore Boulevard on Saturday, June 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. and June 30 beginning at 7 p.m. Atendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to the event. On June 28 enjoy the music of “Tim and Michelle”.  These musician-entertainers from the Cleveland have been making music at special events, restaurants, parties and festivals in Northern Ohio and at the Lake Erie Islands for many years.  With their vocals, guitar and electric violin music, they will be a delight!

On June 30 at 7 p.m. enjoy the music of The Port Clinton Community Band.  Under the leadership of Rod Miller, this talented group of musicians from the North Shore area have been making music together for many years.  For more information, call Jo Ann or Kirsten at 419-798-8250.  

About Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

Founded in 1912, Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is a nonprofit health and human service ministry, serving nearly 2,000 people, and is related to the East Ohio and West Ohio Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Otterbein’s five full-service retirement communities in western and northern Ohio are located in Lebanon, St. Marys, Cridersville, Pemberville and on the Marblehead Peninsula on Lake Erie. In addition to these five continuing care “lifetime” retirement communities, Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices offers an entirely new concept in short and long term care with the Otterbein Small House Neighborhoods located in Perrysburg, Monclova, Middletown, Maineville and Springboro.

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


Dr. Kashif Khan Joins Edgewood Manor Nursing Center as Medical Director

Edgewood Manor Nursing Center is pleased to announce that beginning June 1, 2014; Dr. Kashif Khan joined our team, as Medical Director.  Dr. Kahn comes to Edgewood Manor as part of the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Kahn did his Residency and Fellowship in Geriatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.  He has worked in the Long Term Care field for over 10 years.

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