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Ottawa County Issues:

BCS School District, renewal, 1.2 mills for general ongoing permanent improvements (yes/no)

BCS School District, renewal, 3.9 mills for current operating expenses (yes/no)

Danbury Twp, additional, 1.5 mills for fire protection (yes/no)

EHOVE Vocational School District, replacement, .5 mill for current expenses (yes/no)

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WSOS offers help for returning veterans

Ken Sayre of WSOS Veterans Program

Ken Sayre served 22 years in the U.S. Navy. After he retired, he worked in the corporate sector for a time, then came to the realization that he really wanted to work with veterans. In 2012, he came to WSOS Community Action to work with the veterans program.

In a meeting with Director Roger Fisher, they decided what was most needed was employment and training for returning veterans, including the associated skills of work readiness, interview techniques, how to build a resume, how to dress for success and how to budget.

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Mike has a cornucopia of gratitude this Thanksgiving

Michael Metzger and friend Lisa

Thanksgiving is often a time of reflection. Michael Metzger, who recently moved to Ottawa County, took a moment to think about what he is most thankful for and answered that it was his family, friends, his ability to drive, and have fun. Mike’s life is full of people that he enjoys spending time with such as his mom, brother, Lisa (his girlfriend and best friend of 14 years), Lisa’s family, co-workers, self advocacy team members, his SSA and his counselor at The Giving Tree.  

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Genoa volleyball team helps Humane Society

The Genoa 8th grade volleyball team held a bake sale Friday evening, Oct. 18, to raise money for The Ottawa County Humane Society. The girls then presented the money to the Humane Society on Saturday, Oct.19, and volunteered several hours of community service at the shelter.

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Decorate a Tree for Charity

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the 2013 Gift of Lights.  They may purchase a tree for a $30 donation.  The trees will be located at Adams Street Park in downtown historic Port Clinton.  People will vote for their favorite or best-decorated tree for a dollar donation.  The proceeds from the 2013 Gift of Lights go to the Oak House as selected by the 2012 winner (Port Clinton Artists Club).  The donations will determine this year’s winner.  

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B-C-S Board approves updated five year forecast

Superintendent Guy Parmigian with OHHS student Matt Harris following his presentation to the B-C-S Board of Education on his Eagle Scout project.

At its October 22nd regular meeting, the B-C-S School District Board of Education approved an updated five year financial forecast that shows the district remains on the fiscally responsible track. The updated forecast showed, for example, that B-C-S Schools ended Fiscal Year 2013 (that ended on June 30, 2013) in the black for the first time in five years. Salaries and benefits for employees were reduced by $2 million dollars from Fiscal Year 2012 to Fiscal Year 2013. In addition, all other district expenses were reduced by approximately $450,000 during the same time period.

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Anton Jackson elected to WSOS board

Anton Jackson was elected in October to represent Ottawa County on the WSOS Board of Directors for the next two years.

Jackson, who lives in Port Clinton, will replace Ken Priddy of Oak Harbor on the board as of January 1. Priddy served one two-year term on the board. Jackson was elected to serve a two-year term, which ends December 2015.

Jackson has a child in the WSOS Early Childhood program at the Port Clinton center.

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Steve Hall holds CD Release party at Keith Fleming Gallery

Quirky singer/songwriter Steve Hall will hold a release party for his new CD “Twisted”  from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Keith Fleming Gallery, 132 E. Second St., in Port Clinton.

The veteran songwriter/musician is best known locally for playing bass and mandolin with the Naked Bacon Band and for his goofy, affectionate video tribute, “Drop Anchor in Port Clinton,” which has garnered more than 23,000 views worldwide on YouTube. He recently posted a new YouTube video, “Zombie Love,” which features his signature tune, the undead and a certain famous blonde doll.

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Port Clinton’s first Christkindl Markt

We believe that the health and welfare of our communities is dependent upon the success of the arts. Art is not a frivolous endeavor, it is essential to the human creative spirit.

The history and traditions of Christmas in Germany are rich and varied.  Some of our more popular songs such as "Silent Night" originated in Germany.  The name we often use for Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, was created from "Christ Child".  From this evolved one of the best loved traditions in Germany, the Christkindl Markt, an outdoor Christmas Market which is an annual festival in German culture.

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