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Local author at St. Boniface Fish Fry

How often can you get a great, all-you-can-eat fish dinner and at the same time the chance to hear first-person stories of driving a tank in WWII?

On April 4 the St. Boniface Fish Fry welcomes Casimir “Ki” Jadwisiak for a book signing of his newly published book, “An Immigrant Family History”.

Ki Jadwisiak, a lifelong area resident, recounts in over 50 emails to his relatives and friends experiences and adventures of his 87 years. 

It all began at the family dinner table, where he told and retold tales of his youth to his children. Following these stories his children would often say, “Gee, Dad, I wish you’d write that down”. Ki started with what he thought would be about half a dozen email letters. He was amazed at how, when writing about a past incident, minute details of his past would come to mind.

The letters began with his parents in Poland. They take the reader through the trials and tribulations of life on a Port Clinton farm during the Great Depression and his experiences as a tank driver with the Marines in North China during WWII. The book recounts conversations with former bootleggers, brushes with big-time gangsters in LA, two personal audiences with Pope John Paul II and many other stories of his travels to 28 countries. The book contains 130 photos that accompany the story.

Ki will be available to talk and sign books from 4 through 7 p.m. at St. Boniface, 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor. A portion of all sales will be donated to St. Boniface Catholic School.

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Cecil, Kontak earn All-Ohio honors

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After being recognized with Division III District Honors two weeks ago, Oak Harbor's Tom Kontak and Andrea Cecil did one better last week, earning All-Ohio honors for girls basketball for their performance during the 2013-14 season.

Kontak, now in his second season with the Rockets, was named the Co-Coach of the Year, along with Andover Pymatuning Valley's Jeff Compan and New Lebanon Dixie's Jared Crowe, after leading Oak Harbor to a 20-5 record, an appearance in the district finals and a second-place finish in the Sandusky Bay Conference. He is 36-13 in two years with the Rockets after going 91-44 in six seasons at Genoa (2004-10).

"What I'd like to think, over time, is we've been doing this long enough for people to recognize (our accomplishments)," Kontak said. "You have to win, that's part of the equation. Hopefully, we've won (and) we've won the right way. We've won with great kids who compete hard and are grateful to compete for the opportunity (to compete) for their school. That's what I like about this group. We'll have to work hard to improve, and that commitment will be the x-factor." 

Alongside Emma Barney, Amanda Hetrick, Athena Eli and Maddy Rathbun, Cecil led Oak Harbor to an 18-4 record in the regular season before the Rockets defeated Margaretta (59-31) for its first sectional title in six years. The Rockets beat Bucyrus (54-48) in the district semifinal before falling, 40-37, to Bucyrus Wynford on a 25-foot shot at the buzzer.

Because Oak Harbor has played so well recently, they're starting to get recognition from other teams around the state. In fact, the Rockets will compete in the McDonald's Holiday Tournament at Lima Bath High School on Dec. 29-30 with some other great teams--Lima Bath, Lima Central Catholic and Minster; and later this summer, Oak Harbor will join some of the state's best teams in The Battle of Fort Stephenson, a tournament that will take place at the Fremont Rec Center on July 27-28. The 16-team tournament, which is being organized by Clyde head coach John Cahill, includes Clyde, Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown, Whitmer and Central Catholic.

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Oak Harbor teachers and administrators kiss a pig

Mrs. Scott, kissing the pig held by Ben Genzman, student at Oak Harbor High School.

Oak Harbor teachers and administrators kissed a pig to raise awareness and funds for those needing organ transplants. The event took place on Friday, Feb. 28, during two separate assemblies. Both the high school and middle school participated in the swine kissing. 

The kiss-a-pig contest was sponsored by the Penta Career Center, Oak Harbor DECA Chapter. Students at each school donated money in the name of their favorite teacher or administrator. The top five winners at each school had to pucker up to kiss the pig. The money will be donated to COTA, The Children's Organ Transplant Association, in the name of 2 year-old Camille Osborn, who needs funds for transplant related expenses. Camille and her family are from the Oak Harbor area. Her grandmother, Beth O’Shea, was a former employee at the middle school. 

Bryce Rubie, an Oak Harbor High School graduate, was a special guest and spoke to the students about his experience. He was in need of his second kidney transplant and recently found a match. Bryce will get his kidney later this year at the University of Michigan. He is the inspiration for the DECA members to help Camille. 

"It's very important because there are so many young kids and adults that need a transplant. They don't like being on dialysis like me for so long," Bryce said.

This event is part of a DECA community service project titled “Be Someone’s Miracle” which was developed to promote the need for organ donors as well as to raise funds to benefit Camille. Over $1900 has been raised so far and the chapter will continue to support the cause.

For questions or to make a donation, contact project leaders Ben Cochran, Dillon Pollard or Bryce Buderer at 419-898-6216, Ext. 351.

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