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Schultz breaks middle school diving reco…

26-12-2014 Hits:198 Sports  - avatar Rob Zajac

Schultz breaks middle school diving record

Alaina Schultz, 8th grader at Port Clinton Middle School, broke the school record for diving in route to winning the Middle School Diving Championships Friday, December 19. Alaina starting diving last...

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Santa flies into the Erie Ottawa Interna…

24-12-2014 Hits:230 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Santa flies into the Erie Ottawa International Airport

On Sunday, December 21, boys and girls across the area gathered at Erie Ottawa International Airport to watch Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves fly in. After their arrival, Mr...

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Second Street renovation plans discussed…

23-12-2014 Hits:304 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Second Street renovation plans discussed at public meeting

On Wednesday, December 17, the City of Port Clinton and members of Poggemeyer Design Group held a public meeting discussing the Second Street reconstruction project. The project extends two blocks...

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Play, the Important Work of Children

On a Monday evening two professional play-workers intrigued a group of curious community leaders to learn about encouraging free play through adventure playgrounds. Morgan Leichter-Saxby, of Vermont and the UK, and Suzanna Law, of Manchester, England, both professional playworkers, talked and played at Bataan School in Port Clinton as one of 16 stops on tour of the United States. Suzannah is the organizer of the tour and is working on her PhD in play work. Morgan has been in the lead on play work training since Pop-Up Adventure Play’s inception and has spoken at over a dozen international conferences. 

Adventure playgrounds are new to the United States and to Port Clinton. Last fall Tricia O’Connor and Melissa Bayer, who did not know each other at the time, separately called Chris Galvin, Area Director of United Way in Ottawa County, with the idea of using adventure play to engage and involve local children and adults, to help revitalize the community. 

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United Way recognizes partners

This week at United Way of Greater Toledo’s monthly Chief Professional Officer meeting, several local nonprofit organizations were recognized for the outstanding services they provide to our community.

The Chief Professional Officer meetings provide a venue for United Way funded community partners to share information and discover opportunities to advance collective work and drive change in our community.

“We value each and every partnership we have in our community. It is through these partnerships that we can and will continue to move our work in the community forward,” said Karen Mathison, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo. “The work of these organizations matters mightily, so we want to recognize them.”

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Cost of Poverty Experience

Every day people in our community struggle to meet basic needs and achieve financial stability. In order to have a better understanding of the challenges they face, the United Way and the Ottawa County Housing Collaborative is offering a special opportunity.

Cost of Poverty Experience (C.O.P.E.) is a poverty simulation exercise that allows participants to role play through various scenarios based on real life examples. By making choices and encountering barriers, participants gain a greater awareness of the daily realities for many low to moderate income families in our community.

United Way and the Ottawa County Housing Collaborative are hosting the event at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on April 9 from 1-3 p.m.

The experience was created to inform and enlighten participants’ understanding of poverty with hopes of inspiring them to take action to help those who need it most. Network with donors, volunteers and community leaders and be part of the discussion on how we can become change agents to impact the community.

To RSPV to the event contact Kristen Gerwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 419-734-6645. For more information on the event or about the United Way, visit unitedwayottawacounty.org.

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