Tickets on Sale for Red Cross Bavarian Summer Gala

The American Red Cross of Ottawa County announces tickets are now on sale for Club Red's, A Bavarian Summer Fest - Willkommen! This seventh annual gala will take place on Friday, July 18, at 6 p.m. at the Catawba Island Club pavilion situated along the beautiful Lake Erie shore.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their most creative Alpine attire for this historically sold-out affair. The evening's festivities will feature German fare and décor to compliment this year's theme. The Bavarian Garden will host music and entertainment from the Edelweiss Combo along with libations provided by The Great Lakes Brewing Company and German vintner, Max Ferd Richter.  Live and silent auctions will be available for attendees to bid on throughout the evening.

"The success of the event is due to the dedication and stewardship of the generous members of our community," states Carol Schemmer, this year's gala chair. "It's a reflection of their eagerness to provide not only hope, but actual help to our friends, families, and neighbors in their darkest hours when they need it the most."


OCIC hosting Building & Sustaining Business Success seminar

On Wednesday, June 11, Ottawa County Improvement Corporation will be sponsoring a seminar on an interactive Executive Briefing, focusing on the “5-Step Closed Loop Process” approach to producing positive results in top line revenues and bottom line profits.  Topics will include HR, Sales, Marketing, Motivation, Leadership, Production and Customer Satisfaction.  The seminar is free and will be held at the Ottawa County Resource Centre from 8-10 a.m. Breakfast will also be provided.  Please RSVP to Jessica Kowalski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419.898.6242.


National Nursing Home Week

The residents and staff of Edgewood Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to National Nursing Home Week.  The week was full of many fun and exciting activities that would not have been possible without the help of these local businesses.

Hair Quarters Salon
Anything Automotive
Otto & Urban Greenhouse/ Flowers
Bergman Orchards
Bell Mel Pizza
Pizza Hut
No Limits Salon
Coffee Express
Avery’s Café & Catering
Port Clinton Ford
Miller Boat Line
Monsoon Lagoon Water Park
Pizza House
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
Great Wolf Lodge
Brandy’s Steak House
Tri Motor Sales
Perfect Color Hair & Tan
SmartStyle Family Hair Salon
Landmark Hair Studio
Tropicana Tan 
Eagles Ladies Auxiliary

Thank you, again, to these businesses for their generosity.

Carolyn Legg
Activities Director
Edgewood Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center


A Day on the Wild Side

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District in cooperation with Winous Point Marsh Conservancy; ODNR Division of Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invite youth fifth through eighth grades to spend A Day on the Wild Side. The camp will be held on Thursday, July 24, at the Winous Point Hunt Club in Port Clinton from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Participants will want to bring waders or old tennis shoes, a change of clothes (just in case), binoculars or cameras and an appetite (lunch is included). Sessions included are: archery, bird banding, fishing, plant investigating, the importance of habitat, shooting, and the history of the Winous Point Hunt Club, North America’s Oldest Hunt Club.  

Cost to attend A Day on the Wild Side is $20 and is limited to 60 participants.  If you are interested in attending, please call 419-898-1595.


CMP Highpower Marksmanship Clinic June 14

The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association is sponsoring, with the support of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the CMP Highpower Marksmanship Clinic held June 14. The clinic introduces junior and adult new shooters to the sport of high power rifle shooting. It is an opportunity for civilians to develop a degree of proficiency with the service rifle. All participants must be members of the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association or members of their home state NRA Association. 

Subjects being covered at the clinic include safety, purposes of competition rules, duties and responsibilities of competitors, NRA classification system, equipment, range control and commands, marking and scoring targets, aiming, trigger control, positions, sight adjustment, rapid fire, zeroing, use of score book and scope and effects of weather. Ammunition and rifles are supplied by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Do not bring your own rifles or ammunition.

The clinic runs from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Certifications of completion will be awarded to all attendees after completion of firing and pit duty. All shooters will be required to complete pit duty. Entry fees are as follows:

Junior- $45 clinic only, $53 includes ORPA one year membership

Adult- $55 clinic only, $80 includes ORPA one year membership

The clinic is limited to 140 entries. Please mail entries as soon as possible. Make check or money orders out to ORPA Highpower. Mail entry and fee to: Gwen Bailey, 175 West Main St., New London, OH 44851. 

The Stat Office, building 1024 C, will be open from 7-9 p.m. Friday and at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

For more information contact 419-929-0307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Register for Chamber’s Classic Car Show

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 21st Annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown historic Port Clinton.  The event has been renamed the Jerry Lippus Memorial Car Show in honor of Jerry Lippus (Mr. Downtown) who organized the event in previous years before passing away in November 2007 from cancer.

Cars, trucks and bikes from virtually every era and every make will be on display on the on Madison Street.  Proud owners will be polishing their vehicles and waxing eloquently about the history and renovations of their unique vehicles.  There will be a 50/50 drawing every hour beginning at 11 a.m., door prizes every hour beginning at11:30 a.m. and a DJ will play throughout the event.

In recent years, the shows have hosted an average of over 150 cars and trucks.  Vehicle registration is $10 with a portion of the registration fees being donated to the Port Clinton 4th of July Fireworks and Main Street Port Clinton in honor of Jerry Lippus.  Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars at check-in; and if you register and pay before June 30, you will receive a free t-shirt.

For more information, please contact the Chamber at 419-734-5503 or go to to download a vehicle registration form.


Otterbein North Shore Customs and Border Patrol Program at June Breakfast of Champions

On Wednesday, June 25, starting at 9 a.m. a hot buffet breakfast prepared by Chef Ron will be served, followed by a presentation by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. CBP’s top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the U.S. while welcoming all legitimate travelers and commerce.  Find out about what activities and tasks are carried out by this community neighbor to protect our shore and borders.  Make your reservation today with Jo Ann or Kirsten at 419-798-8250.  Space is limited.

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.


Two Terra State students named Academic All-Ohio

Josh Thacker and Shawn Boller

Two Terra State Community College students were honored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges at a luncheon in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus in April.

Shawn Boller, of Mount Gilead, was named to the Academic All-Ohio first team and received a $1,000 scholarship while Josh Thacker, of Tiffin, was tabbed for the third team and received a $250 scholarship.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Boller graduated earlier this month with an Associate of Applied Science in Welding. He searched for colleges in Ohio that offered a degree in welding and, although it meant a daily commute of three hours round trip, he chose Terra State for its outstanding welding degree program. During that time, he also worked the night shift at Marion Correctional Institution.


Firelands Symphony Orchestra: First-time season ticket buyers save 50%

Join the Firelands Symphony Orchestra for a season of exciting musical variety, including nationally known guest musicians, familiar classics and popular favorites. To introduce new listeners to this local treasure, FSO is offering each first-time season subscriber a 50% discount off regular single ticket prices.

The season kicks off Aug. 24 with a free outdoor pops concert with the FSO and renowned soprano Kishna Davis.  Davis is acclaimed throughout the United States and Europe for her performances in opera, with orchestras and as a solo concert artist. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Oregon, Pacific, Phoenix, and San Francisco symphonies. 


Joyful Connections celebrates Supervised Visitation Awareness Month

Supporters and Board Members of Joyful Connections. Sitting L to R: Dr. Hablitzel, Ottawa County Community Foundation, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick. Standing L to R: Executive Director Joyful Connections Sheila Powell, Corrine Creeden, Joy Roth, Gary Macko and Wayne Biggert.

There are thousands of children and families that are in need of supervised visitation services. Parents, guardians or family members may have chemical dependency, mental health or domestic issues which can put strain on a child’s home life. Joyful Connections is a safe place where children can visit their parent or family member who may have a problem with any of these issues, but wants to try and work them out for the sake of their family and the sake of their child.

“No matter what has happened to these kids, they’re excited to see their parents,” said Sheila Powell, Executive Director of Joyful Connections. “Seeing their parents and having that connection gives them a taste of normal.”

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