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Introducing: Oak House

By Nancy Beadle

Wendy Abrahamson, director, left, and Julia Enderle, activities coordinator, third from right, with members of the Oak House as they are leaving for a Toledo Mud Hens game June 19.

Tucked away on the east end of Port Clinton, Oak House is a little known jewel of a place.  It is a non-judgmental, safe haven for adults recovering from mental illness.  This is a place where all kinds of interesting, challenging and fun things take place.    

In just one month all these might be on the calendar:  celebrating birthdays with cake and karaoke, painting beach scenes, doing exercises, watching a movie complete with popcorn, competing in Wii bowling and taking a trip to a place like the Toledo Botanical Garden.  Each month’s calendar is crammed full of things to do and places to go, all planned by Activities Coordinator Julia Enderle.  She says, “We’ve come to embrace members as one family.  They always feel welcomed and wanted.”

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Port Clinton brain gain: the Kleinhans family

Donald, Latoya and Jamie Kleinhans outside of their new business endeavor, PJ’s Grille & Bar.

Jamie Kleinhans, who went through the Port Clinton school system, moved out on his own at the age of 16 and earned his GED in 1996. Now, with the help of his wife, Latoya, a 1995 Port Clinton graduate, and his brother, Donald, who graduated from Oak Harbor in 1998, he is running Papa Jimmie’s and as of May 5, PJ’s Grille and Bar.

Jamie spent some time in the Dayton area after school as head chef of an organization that gave meals to intercity families. There were 23 locations in the operation. Six years ago, Jamie came back to Port Clinton to take care of his grandmother. Soon after, he started the Port Clinton Papa Jimmie’s.

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Peregrine falcon chicks banded at the Ottawa County Court House

Pictured: Bob Ford and Jennifer Norris from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with the help of Clare Pollick, a North Carolina resident who was visiting her grandparents.

On Friday, June 20, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources banded four peregrine falcon chicks that are living in the tower of the Ottawa County Court House. The chicks are banded at three weeks old, their current age, because their legs don’t grow any wider.

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