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Benefit for Kyler Hammer

There will be a benefit chicken barbecue for Kyler Hammer on March 30 at the Eagles Nest Hall, 210 Jefferson St. in Oak Harbor. The event, sponsored by Batdorff Real Estate, will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until the dinners are sold out. Tickets are $9 for the meal that includes chicken, baked potato, cole slaw and dessert. Carry-out only.

Kyler is the son of Nick and Megan (Brandt) Hammer, grandson of Dean Hammer, Laura (Behnken) Hammer and John and Karen Brandt and great-grandson of Bernie and Gene Hammer and the late Clarence and Joan Behnken. He was born on June 3, 2013, with a genetic disorder requiring extensive therapy that is not covered by insurance.

Advance purchase is recommended for the dinner. Tickets can be purchased or donations can be made at Batdorff Real Estate, Inc., 149 Church St., Oak Harbor; or call Batdorff at 419-898-9503, Bernie Hammer at 419-307-4060 or any other Batdorff real estate agent. Checks can be made out to Kyler Hammer Benefit.

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St. Boniface fish fry keeps growing

Bill Verbryke of Elmore enjoying a meal at a recent fish fry.

St.Boniface Catholic Parish found that its famous all-you-can-eat fish fry had become so popular it had outgrown the undercroft beneath the church. Its new venue in the school gymnasium reflects how the event has grown and changed over the years.

The fish fry started in 2005 as a necessary fund raiser to help St. Boniface School meet expenses. Each Friday during Lent they served about 250 dinners of fish with a side of cole slaw. As the menu expanded their reputation spread and the crowds of customers grew. The undercroft was just too small to comfortably accommodate the serving of 500 meals a night.

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Oak Harbor Young Farmers complete successful year

The Oak Harbor Young Farmers have recently completed their Educational Topics and community activities for the 2013-14 school year. The local Young Farmer chapter meets regularly on Thursday evenings at Oak Harbor High School. The group is under the direction of advisors Mr. Noah Neiderhouse and Ms. Krysteena Brown, the Agriculture Science instructors at Oak Harbor High School. 

During the year, the Young Farmers completed two fundraising activities. The first was in the fall of 2013 and was a Chicken BBQ that was conducted in conjunction with the Oak Harbor FFA Chapter. Proceeds from this event were used for FFA Leadership development, Ottawa County Holiday Bureau, and Benton Carroll Salem Food Pantry. The second fundraising activity was a BBQ Chicken or Pork Chop dinner on Feb. 14 This activity was held with the cooperation of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Ottawa County Chapter 30011. The Young Farmers thank the community for support in their activities. 

The Officers of the Oak Harbor Young Farmers are: President, Scott Schimming; Vice President, Micah Lenke; and Secretary-Treasurer, Louis Damschroder. This past year the Young Farmers donated over $1800 back to the community.

The Oak Harbor Young Farmers will begin their 2014-15 year with a farm tour in late August.

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