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The United States Lighthouse Society urgently needs the voices of America's lighthouse community

House of Representatives Mike Michaud and Chris Collins have requested that President Obama decree August 7 in Perpetuity as National Lighthouse Day.  A formal Congressional request has been sent to the White House, Maine's Congressman Michaud previously had circulated a letter among House representatives to obtain as many House signatures as possible.  

Either email the White House at whitehouse.gov/contact or call at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 ASAP requesting President Obama make August 7 in Perpetuity as National Lighthouse Day.  Phone calls to the White House can be made from 9a.m.-5p.m. EST.

If the measure passes, the proposed National Lighthouse Day will coincide with the 225th anniversary of the federalization of America's lighthouses.

Check out the US Lighthouse Society's website uslhs.org for more information.  

Thanks in advance for your support.

Karen Salzgeber
Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society Secretary

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Kids get wild at Winous Point

On Thursday, July 24, the third annual Day on the Wildside was held at America’s oldest hunt club, Winous Point. Day on the Wildside is a one day camp, lasting 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., facilitated by Winous Point Marsh Conservancy, Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. There were 40 volunteers from these and other professional organizations that enabled the camp to run smoothly.

This year, 58 children ranging from fifth to eighth grade attended the camp. 

“Last year we had 16 kids on the waiting list to attend the camp last year,” said Becky Simpson, Education Specialist and Fiscal Manager at Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District. “We try to keep attendance to about 60; we did have two kids cancel at the last minute.”

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Redfern calls for emergency state funding to combat harmful algal blooms

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D- Catawba Island) this morning announced he is working toward emergency funding to reduce and control harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The Lake Erie lawmaker's announcement follows early morning "do not drink" orders for City of Toledo water customers due to dangerous toxin concentrations from harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the lake. Boiling the water can pose a greater health risk, as it increases the concentration of the toxins.

"It is absolutely necessary that the state step up to meet the ongoing threat of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie," said Rep. Redfern. "The state has a responsibility to provide for the public health of our greatest natural resource, and for the people who rely on the lake for something as fundamental as drinking water."

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Putnam one of the speakers at Summit on Aging

Judge Kathleen Giesler, Patricia Gerber, Connie Cornett, Lori Clune and Chris Galvin

The planning committee of the Ottawa County Task Force on Aging recently met to finalize details for the Third Annual Summit on Aging in Ottawa County.  This group, led by Judge Kathleen Giesler, has helped raise awareness of the issues faced by the aging population in the county.  

The summit will be held on October 31 at the Magruder Hospital Conference Center from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  The conference will feature two national speakers, Dr. Robert Putnam and Dr. Georgia Anetzberger.  The previous summits have resulted in the development and distribution of the Ottawa County Senior Abuse Protocol as well as the Volunteer Guardianship Program.

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Officer Shawn Craig new to Marblehead force

Full time Kelleys Island Police Officer Shawn Craig is joining the Marblehead Police Department part time. In the above photo, Officer Craig is being sworn in by Marblehead Mayor Jackie Bird while Marblehead Police Chief Greg Fultz looks on.

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Appetite for the Arts Coming to airport Aug 15-17

Last year’s Appetite for the Arts event

Appetite for the Arts, one of the summer’s premiere arts events, touches down at the Port Clinton Erie-Ottawa International Airport Aug. 15-17. Three days of great art, children’s activities, food and music will fill the huge new hangar behind the Liberty Aviation Museum.

A fundraiser for the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council, Appetite for the Arts kicks off with The Main Course gala 6-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Partygoers can browse artist booths featuring jewellery, painting, metals, woodworking, sculpture, photography and more, and can bid for special art during a silent auction. Entertainment will be by the Junk, a high-energy area band playing ‘70s classic rock to ‘90s alternative to hip-hop, and the Naked Bacon Band providing its unique take and distinctive harmonies on a wide range of hits. At a variety of serving stations, 1812 and Cielo Grande Tapas restaurants will dish out gourmet sliders, made-to-order paella, walleye meatballs and more.

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Terra State to host Skilled Trades Open House

Terra State Community College is hosting a Skilled Trades Open House on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m.

“I virtually get calls on a daily basis from businesses looking for HVACR technicians,” said Associate Professor Steve Bender. “All of our graduates are employed, so I know there is a shortage. We need more students in our program.”

The open house will include the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration program as well as Terra State’s welding and automotive programs. It will be in the Skilled Trades Center where all three programs are located.

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Atari video game tournament

The Wood County Historical Center & Museum will host an Atari 2600 video game tournament on Saturday, August 30, starting at 1 p.m. at the museum.  Participants will be playing the original Missile Command video game on a vintage Atari 2600 game console.  The tournament will start at 1 p.m. and run until it is finished.  

Gamers must be 18 years or older and pay a $10 entrance fee.  To participate in this video game tournament please RSVP to Michael McMaster, Education Programs Coordinator, at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, 419-352-0967.

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Last day for the Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday, Aug 2, is the last day for the Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Ida Rupp Public Library. Hard cover books are 50 cents, paperback books and children’s books are 25 cents, magazines are 10 cents and reusable cloth book bags are $2. The book sale is open Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

“We support library programs, we have paid for the Friends’ Plaza out in front of the library, bought computer supplies, audio video equipment, paid for the remodeling of the children’s area and more,” said John Gibson, treasurer and board member of the Friends of the Library. “The money we raise at the book sale goes back into the library.”

Last year, 3373 items were sold at the sale and just under $1595 was raised at the event.

To find out more about the Ida Rupp Library or Friends of the Library visit idarupp.org.

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Gratitude at Otterbein

Joe Cowan, residents Gordon Wahlers, Marie Bowman, Don Yaussy, Bea Walker, Joyce Edwards, Tom Walker and Gordon’s son David Wahlers prepare for the first cruise on the new golf cart at Otterbein North Shore.

Otterbein North Shore was the grateful recipient of a donation from resident Gordon Wahlers to purchase a new golf cart to be used exclusively for activities.  The sunset orange Yamaha golf cart arrived in bright fashion as a group of residents and board members awaited to take the first cruise around the Otterbein campus.  Wahlers was pleased with the golf cart and said he was “happy to be able to do it.”  

For many years Wahlers owned and operated Wahlers Fruit Farm producing and selling peaches and apples.  And, at more than 90 years old, he still spends time on the farm working to make sure the property is immaculate.

Otterbein North Shore is a Continuum Care Retirement Community offering independent and assisted living, as well as short-term rehabilitation in the Jane Baker House.  For more information call Jo Ann Franks or Kirsten Trammel at 419-798-8250.  Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available on its web site at otterbein.org.

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