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American Red Cross Babysitter Training at Danbury

American Red Cross Babysittter Training will be offered to students residing in the Danbury Local School District on Wednesday and Thursday, April 2 and 3, 3 p.m.–6:15 p.m.  Students must attend both sessions.  Instructor for the training is Lea Mark.  Registration forms are available in the middle school office or by calling 419-798-2258. Registration deadline is Monday, March 31.

This training is offered at no cost to students thanks to a generous grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.  Space is limited to the first 15 registrations. Participants should be 11-13 years old. 

American Red Cross Babysitter Training helps students prepare for the unexpected and respond to emergencies in a calm and confident manner.  This course teaches leadership skills, safe play, basic first aid, rescue breathing, and how to clear an obstructed airway.  Safety precautions regarding severe weather events are also a part of the curriculum.

Students who are left in charge of their younger siblings after school and on weekends, as well as those left in self-care, find Babysitter’s Training to be a resource to develop the necessary skills needed to increase their self-confidence. 

Participants receive a take home handbook with a DVD and a certification card upon completion.

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Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet free concerts

The Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet will present two free concerts in Ottawa County on March 12, thanks to a generous donation by the Ottawa County Community Foundation and arrangements by the Musical Arts Series at Firelands. The Brass Quintet will perform at 2 p.m. at Riverview Health Care Campus on SR 163 in Oak Harbor and at 3:30 p.m. at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Community in Marblehead.

Friends and family of residents are invited, as are members of the community.

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“Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice and Survival” thank you

The Ottawa County Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #34 would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support of the recent documentary screening of “Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice & Survival”: The Island House Hotel, WPCR-portclintonradio.com, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Ceremonial Unit Bagpiper-Deputy Bruce Connor, Frankie Bickel, Cub Scout Pack , Guest Speakers Cory and Lindsey Winfield, Heroes Behind the Badge Film Producer Bill Erfurth, Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center, Dupps Printing, Fraternal Order of Police #79, Ottawa County Sheriff Office, Poggemeyer Design Group, Speer Bros. Construction, Arcadis and RFC Contracting. We are proud to announce the funds raised from the event were donated to the Natioal Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #79 and Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #34.  

Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #34
Roseann Hickman

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Otterbein offers soup making class

Chef Ron LaPointe will host a cooking class to demonstrate how he creates the soups that are served at Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community and have been delivered to local homes this winter. The class will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, at the Otterbein community in Lakeside-Marblehead. Complimentary soup and salad luncheon will be served following the class. For reservations or more information, contact Kirsten or Jo Ann by Tuesday, March 11, at 419-798-8250.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 888-513-9131.

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National park tourism in Ohio creates $156.7 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,611,158 visitors to national parks in Ohio spent $156.7 million and supported 2,437 jobs in the state in 2012.

“The national parks of Ohio attract visitors from across the country and around the world and provide premiere historical, cultural, natural, and recreational experiences,” said NPS Midwest Regional Director Michael T. Reynolds.  “This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested. Funding generated by national parks has a swift and direct positive impact on local economies in Ohio as well.”

The national parks in Ohio are:  Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Xenia; Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville; Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton; First Ladies National Historic Site, Canton; Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Chillicothe; James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor; Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay; and William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati.

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Port Clinton Kiwanis donates pediatric trauma equipment

L to R: Shannon Belcher, Danbury Township; Tim Brown, Rocky Ridge; Tom Kellogg, Erie Twp.; Will Moore, Catawba Twp.; Kassie Anderson, former Chief North Central EMS; and Trish McCartney, State Farm Insurance.

Kassie Anderson and Trish McCartney spearheaded an initiative to get updated pediatric trauma equipment to townships in Ottawa County that needed it. In January of this year Anderson and McCartney headed to the North Central EMS station in Milan to talk with them about helping obtain the equipment.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26 the equipment was donated to the area EMS units in Ottawa County by the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club through the Ohio Kiwanis Foundation at the Kiwanis weekly meeting. 

The emergency personnel that received the equipment, a toddler sized backboard and a car seat, gave the Kiwanians a report on how the equipment will be used in the field.

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Investing in Port Clinton

Cielo Grande logo, designed by Davenport Sign and Art of Port Clinton

This year has started on the upswing for Port Clinton. New businesses are moving into the downtown and people are starting to stop and take notice of Port Clinton. 

“In the past three or four months we have definitely had more interest from business owners wanting to move into the store fronts,” said program manager of Main Street Port Clinton and president of the Port Clinton Chamber Laura Schlachter.

Schlachter also said that already established businesses in Port Clinton are relocating to the downtown and some are also expanding to reap the benefits of the location. Lilly & Gert’s is expanding and moving to West Second Street across from the Post Office. Dr. Francis of Erie Shores Chiropractic is relocating to Madison Street and On Point Wellness is moving into where Pin-Ups hair salon used to be.

“There are so many positive things happening downtown,” said Schlachter.

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Ribbon Cutting planned for Baumann Auto Center

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the completion of extensive renovations to the Baumann Auto Center located at 625 S.E. Catawba Road in Port Clinton. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Thursday, March 6, at 5 p.m. 

Baumann Auto Center honors and appreciates the support Port Clinton and their customers have given them. They want to provide the finest retail environment and ownership experience possible for their customers, and feel they have accomplished that with their new facility. Baumann Auto Center is also proud to say that they used all local contractors to do the job. They feel their investment reinforces the fact that they are dedicated to Port Clinton and the surrounding area.

Baumann Auto Center invites the public to stop in and check out their renovations and their inventory of new Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac vehicles. For more information, call 419-732-3148 or visit  www.baumannautoportclinton.com.

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Oak Harbor girls fall in district finals in heartbreaking fashion

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Bucyrus Wynford found that out on Saturday. In a back-and-forth game that featured two ties and three lead changes in the closing minutes, Oak Harbor girls lost, 40-37, when Wynford’s Meghan Harrer’s desperation three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Royals the victory in the Division III District Finals last Saturday at Seneca East High School in Attica.

The Rockets, who finish the season at 20-5, fought valiantly, playing virtually the entire game without guard Emma Barney before rallying from a seven-point deficit to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. Entering the final quarter trailing, 25-22, Oak Harbor fell behind by six before rallying to take a 35-34 lead on two free throws by Andrea Cecil with 2:21 remaining. 

However, Cecil fouled out at the 1:55 mark on a questionable call when she was whistled for a foul on Wynford’s Brenna Quinn. Quinn connected on 1-of-2 free throws to tie the score at 35.

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