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Olde Fashioned Christmas in Oak Harbor

On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4:15 p.m., Santa’s friends from the Portage District Fire Department will be guiding him through the streets of Oak Harbor as he announces his arrival and opens the 2013 Holiday Season.

At 4:45pm the large Village Christmas tree located at Adolphus Kraemer Park will be magically lit by Santa.

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Catawba Island Holiday Bureau taking applications and donations

Catawba residents are reminded that the deadline for applications to the Catawba Island Holiday Bureau for assistance during the holiday season is Dec. 1. Assistance includes food, paper goods, cleaning supplies and personal items. Also included are gifts for children age 18 and under, provided by the Salvation Army. 

Applications are available at The Vineyard of Catawba, Resurrection Lutheran Church on NE Catawba Road and the Catawba Township Administration Building on Cemetery Road. Applications and monetary donations can be sent to PO Box 72, Port Clinton, OH 43452. Monetary donations can be sent to Treasurer, PO Box 72, Port Clinton. In 2012, 26 families with a total of 60 individuals received assistance.

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Gardner wins amendment to fight open lake dumping

The Ohio Senate Wednesday approved an amendment sponsored by Senator Randy Gardner that strives to end open lake dumping of dredged materials in Lake Erie.

The Gardner amendment reappropriates approximately $1.6 million of existing state funds toward conservation practices in the counties of the Western Lake Erie Basin and specifically provides for transferring money to the Healthy Lake Erie Fund to address open lake dumping.

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Hope Thorbahn to attend Notre Dame College in Euclid

Port Clinton High School Senior Hope Thorbahn signed her letter of intent on Friday to continue her education and basketball career at DII Notre Dame College in Euclid, Ohio. Pictured, left to right: Adam Thorbahn (brother), Hope Thorbahn and Mike Thorbahn (father). Standing, Lady Redskins Basketball Coach Toby Bickel.  

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‘PARADE OF TREES’ in Oak Harbor

A time honored Holiday tradition, Christmas Trees on Parade, will light up Oak Harbor again this year. Friends, family, businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor a tree as a memorial, an honorary gift or a seasonal greeting.

A sign will be placed at each tree displaying the special message and the sponsor.

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Community Christmas celebration in downtown Port Clinton

Main Street Port Clinton’s Downtown Promotion Committee is organizing our annual Community Christmas event for Saturday, Dec. 7.  This year is extra special since the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council has teamed up with Main Street to host a Christkindl Markt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of US Bank located at 142 E. Second Street. Warm beverages, food, holiday music, arts, and holiday gifts will be found in abundance.  

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Cheyenne Meek to swim at OSU

Port Clinton High School senior Cheyenne Meek made it official on Nov. 13.  She will continue her education and swimming career at The Ohio State University. Seated, Brad Meek, Cheyenne Meek and Christine Meek; Standing, brothers Christian Meek and Shane Meek.

Cheyenne Meek Swimming Honors include:

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Beacon for Freedom Foundation event on Monday

On Monday, Nov. 18, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union (CPFCU) in Oak Harbor will be hosting an event to announce a groundbreaking concept called the Beacon For Freedom Foundation. The event will be held at be held at the 1812 Food and Spirits Restaurant, 102 Madison Street, Port Clinton, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Beacon For Freedom Foundation was established to assist communities in meeting unmet needs. Initially the organization will focus on helping individuals suffering from challenges that may hinder their ability to have financial freedom. Those scenarios may include single moms trying to get established; those who may be suffering from bruised credit; as well as those with autism, handicaps or learning disabilities. The Foundation wants to offer financial education and tools so that all people can experience financial freedom. Beyond that B4FF is asking the community what it needs.

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A special boy who has touched a community is laid to rest

Friday morning Devin Kohlman was laid to rest after a beautiful, moving ceremony at Immaculate Conception Church in Port Clinton. Hundreds gathered for the services and by the beginning of the funeral there was standing room only. The ceremony began with Devin’s friends and football teammates filing down the aisle and taking a knee one last time for Devin. 

Scripture was read by family and close friends and then Father John Missler gave the eulogy. The Father spoke comforting words to those in attendance, saying that to grieve so whole-heartedly only means that we are full of love and compassion.

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