Sen. Brown announces new federal resources to help farmers reduce run-off

This week U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced $33 million in new federal resources available to farmers and producers to make necessary conservation improvements in areas with high priority watersheds, including the Great Lakes, Ohio River, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake and Mississippi River. The funding will be made available through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) administered by the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

“Increasing the tools and resources available to farmers to improve conservation methods is important to the overall vibrancy of our watersheds,” Brown said. “As we have seen the past few years around Ohio, if run-off is not properly managed it can dramatically harm water quality. These new federal resources will help expand conservation practices, while bolstering the overall efficiency of our producers.”

NRCS will prioritize funding to 174 watersheds in the United States where investment in conservation will make the largest water quality impact. In Ohio, funding will be available to farmers and producers in areas near the Brandywine Creek-Broken Sword Creek, which feeds into the Western Lake Erie Basin, as well as Five Mile Creek-East Fork Little Miami River and East Branch South Fork Sugar Creek, which feed into the Ohio River. Federal funds will combine with state funding and local partners to help provide additional assistance in watershed planning, conservation, and community outreach.

As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, Brown fought to strengthen the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) as a means to help improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The RCPP would consolidates four key areas into one program focused on improving soil and water quality, as well as wildlife habitat restoration. Brown has long fought to protect Lake Erie and the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Additionally, for the first time since 1996, USDA will link crop insurance premium support to protection of highly erodible land and wetlands. Additionally, 60 percent of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds are set aside for livestock operators to invest in cost-shared conservation projects that improve water and air quality and help producers meet their regulatory responsibilities.


Oak Harbor Chamber raising funds for July 4 fireworks

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is raising funds for their annual Independence Day Celebration.  The cost of fireworks has been increasing steadily by 5% each year, and because they would like to keep the same quality show that everyone is used to seeing in Oak Harbor, the Chamber needs to raise additional funds.  

To accomplish that, the Chamber will be selling patriotic stars that you can purchase for $1, $5, or $10 at local businesses from now until Independence Day. The stars will be displayed at the business location. Purchasers can write their name on the star to show their support. 

All funds collected will go towards the 2014 fireworks show. Everyone who purchases a $10 star will have their name entered into a drawing for VIP seating during the fireworks. On June 30, five winners will be drawn, who will each receive four VIP seats. 

Direct donations are also accepted at the Chamber office at 161 W. Water Street, Oak Harbor. For further information, call 419-898-0479.


Urban graduates from BGSU

Abbey Urban, a 2007 graduate of Port Clinton High School, made the Dean's List at Bowling Green State University. She graduated on May 9, 2014 with her Master’s Degree .She is the daughter of Ed and Lori Urban.


Judge Winters teaches course at National Judicial College

On May 6 Judge Bruce Winters had the opportunity to serve as instructor at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV. Judge Winters, a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College, led a course on control of the courtroom. The Control of the Courtroom is a practical skills course and involves both classroom instruction as well as live courtroom scenarios. During the live courtroom scenarios portion of the course, attorneys, judges and faculty/staff members are utilized to act out potential courtroom scenarios. The student judges then have to preside over the court proceedings and are given reviews of his or her performance. 

This was Judge Winter’s first opportunity to teach the Control of the Courtroom course at the National Judicial College, however, he has instructed similar curriculum for the Ohio Association of Magistrates as well the Ohio Judicial College. The course was highly reviewed by the program participants. In addition to instructing Control of the Courtroom, Judge Winters previously served as group leader at National Judicial College for other various studies. 

For over 50 years, the National Judicial College (NJC) has been a national leader in judicial education. The College serves as one place where judges from across the nation and around the world can meet to improve the delivery of justice and advance the rule of law through a disciplined process of professional study and collegial dialogue. NJC offers an average of 90 courses/programs annually with more than 4,000 judges attending from all 50 states, U.S. territories and more than 150 countries. Each year, more than 250 faculty members offer lectures, workshops, panels and structured discussion groups. Faculty members are chosen for their experience and expertise and consistently receive high marks from participants.


OCBDD volunteers

In recent years, OCBDD has partnered with local food pantries as well as participated in the Ottawa County Relay for Life. One recent endeavor was with the Ottawa County Humane Society, located at 2424 Sand Rd., Port Clinton. When OCBDD REC Specialist, Bri Combs, inquired if people would like to volunteer to work with animals, Jonathan Grayson and Rick Vega were eager to assist, as they both love animals.  

On their first visit to the shelter, Jonathan and Rick chose to spend time in the cattery, as they both have a cat as a pet. They spent time brushing, combing and petting the cats and shared that they had a lot of fun. Jonathan mentioned that his favorite cat was the orange one.  


Skipper Bud’s Fishing Derby

The Skipper Bud’s Fishing Derby was held at Derby Pond at Waterworks Park on Sunday, May 25, from 12-1 p.m. Many children, families and friends lined the shore of Derby Pond to participate in the event. Prior to the derby, the National Professional Anglers Association presented a kids fishing clinic from 11:30 a.m. to the start of the derby.


Television and electronics recycling collection May 31

On Saturday, May 31, the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a television and electronics recycling collection. The event is open to Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca County residents, including all residents of Bellevue and Fostoria. This collection is for residents only. Materials from businesses will not be accepted. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the following locations:

Ottawa County–Ottawa County Fairgrounds, W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor 
Sandusky County–Sandusky County Fairgrounds, north parking lot, 712 North Street, Fremont
Seneca County–Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Hopewell Avenue, Tiffin.

Residents will be charged to recycle CRT (lead/glass tube) televisions. The fee associated with the service reflects a portion of the District’s cost and is based on contract pricing with the electronics recycler. To determine the size of your television, measure your screen diagonally from corner to corner. Fees for televisions are: TV’s 24” and smaller, $2; TV’s 25” and larger, $3; all console units and projection screen TV’s (limit 2 per resident), $5.


Cameron King is Ottawa County Republican Women’s scholarship winner

Roni Reid presents Cameron King with the OCRW 2014 scholarship award.

The Ottawa County Republican Women recently announced the recipient of their 2014 scholarship award. Port Clinton High School’s Cameron King won the award with his essay on adding a balanced budget and line item veto to the United States Constitution. Cameron plans to attend The Ohio State University with a major in High School Social Studies Education. 

The award was presented to Cameron by Roni Reid, Candidate for Ottawa County Auditor, at Port Clinton High School’s Scholarship night on May 6.


Ottawa County educational leaders find career opportunities in service and tourism

On Thursday, May 15, representatives from local school districts, Joint Vocational Schools, and Terra Community College joined with the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) and United Way in Ottawa County for a second bus tour focusing on local career opportunities in the service and tourism sector. 

The program was held in follow-up to a December 2013 Manufacturing Bus Tour, giving school leadership and guidance counselors a first-hand look into the vast service and tourism career opportunities in the area. The program was sponsored by the Catawba Island Club, Magruder Hospital, OCIC, and United Way in Ottawa County.

Similar to the December manufacturing tour, participants were able to visit and get an in-depth look at the skills necessary to work in Ottawa County’s service and tourism sector, a sector that is abundant and unique to the community. “With the recent opening of the Hospitality Management Program at Terra Community College, Ottawa County’s Marine Skills Program, and the various healthcare certification and degree programs in our area, it is evident that the continuing education opportunities are here to support our service and tourism industries,” said OCIC Director, Jamie Beier Grant. 


K of C Measure Up Campaign

On Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be at Oak Harbor Community Market conducting their annual Measure Up Campaign for people with developmental disabilities.


Many fraternal organizations in the United States have fundraising efforts for their own special flagship charities. The flagship charity of the Knights of Columbus has long been support for people with developmental disabilities. The primary fundraiser assisting those with developmental disabilities is the Knights’ annual Measure Up Campaign. This fundraising effort provides additional programs and services in support of people with developmental disabilities.

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