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50th anniversary of the Ottawa County Fair

The 50th anniversary of the Ottawa County Fair opens this Monday at the Fairgrounds on SR 163 between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. This local slice of Americana runs from July 14 through the 20. There will be lots of entertainment every day of the fair. Noting that this is…
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Individual retirement account basics

A traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is an account that has been funded by pretax dollars that are held by a custodian until you reach the age of retirement. With Baby boomers reaching that age, these accounts will become very important in determining when a person can retire and continue…
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Happy Fourth of July!

By John Schaffner Of course, everybody wants to know when the various fireworks displays are…so here you go. First up is Catawba Island off the Catawba Island Club pier. They go off at dusk on Thursday (tonight), July 3, as are Oak Harbor’s along the Portage River downtown. Gates open…
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We will miss you, Dottie

I attended the funeral Tuesday of a lady who became a surrogate mom to me back in high school. Dottie Bergeman passed away last Saturday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. For many years, she worked side by side with her husband, Denny, at Bergeman’s Men’s Wear, located where the…
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Parade of Homes kick-off party June 26

The Catawba-Marblehead Parade of Homes is coming the weekend of June 28 and 29. I cut a commercial a week or so ago, and if you watch Channel 13 in Toledo, there is a good chance you will see it. We are having our Salvation Army fundraising party at Mon…
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Mr. Washington goes to Washington

One of Catawba Island’s more “infamous” residents is Ernie Washington, seen here on the right with Congressman Bob Latta and local realtor Tomi Johnson. Ernie and Tomi took the Honor Flight from Toledo to Washington D.C. last week. Ernie enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served in the…
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Surprise!

Photo by Mark Schaffner To say that she was surprised would be an understatement! My wife Mary Alice has decided to retire, so I contacted a few people to throw her a big surprise party at Port Clinton Yacht Club last Saturday evening. She is also having a birthday on…
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