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Catawba Peach and Wine Festival

30-07-2015 Hits:117

Catawba Peach and Wine Festival

Peach harvest from 1914.Most area residents know of the great history of peaches growing in the Catawba Island area.  Few, however, realize the importance of this particular year as it...

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The health of Lake Erie

29-07-2015 Hits:678

The health of Lake Erie

A satellite image by NOAA taken July 27 shows the algal bloom near the area.As predicted by multiple organizations, there is a harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie. How we’ve...

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Sea hawks are making a comeback in Ottaw…

26-07-2015 Hits:232

Sea hawks are making a comeback in Ottawa County

A female Osprey getting banded at ONWR. By Heidi Hughes, Ottawa National Wildlife RefugePhotos by Heidi HughesNot the football team.  We’re talking about real, live fish eating birds of prey: Ospreys.

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Compassionate Friends ‘Adopt a Highway’

The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County recently signed up to help keep our highways clean through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s “Adopt A Highway” program.  Volunteer groups adopt a two mile section or an interchange along a State Route, United States Route or Interstate. The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County adopted State Route 163 West from Route 2 for a two mile stretch to Lacarne.  

Groups who sign up with the program adopt for two years and pick up a minimum of four times each year. Participants in Adopt-A-Highway are volunteers and not paid to pick up litter. Groups can partner with others in adopting, but may not pay another group to pick up litter. The Department of Transportation provides safety training, trash bags, disposable safety vests and two signs to be used at the beginning of the two mile section. The only cost to each group is their time. The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County’s Chapter Leader, Roseann Hickman, said “The parents of our organization are proud to be giving back to our communities that have given so much to us. Everything we do is for the memory of our children gone too soon.”

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Board of Elections meeting

The Ottawa County Board of Elections will meet Friday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. This is the board’s normal business meeting. It will be held in the conference room at the Board of Elections in the Veterans Memorial Building at  8444 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor.

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