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Celebrities read to children at ICS

21-11-2014 Hits:209 Schools  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Celebrities read to children at ICS

Fire Chief Kent Johnson choose a book given to give by his mother to read to the ICS fifth grade class.  Immaculate Conception Catholic School spent Tuesday morning listening to local...

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Civil Air Patrol visits Erie-Ottawa Inte…

20-11-2014 Hits:222 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Civil Air Patrol visits Erie-Ottawa International Airport

The Civil Air Patrol, in a mission ending November 20, was at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport. The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) worked in conjunction with Homeland Security, the United States...

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Portage and Erie Garden Park get new ame…

19-11-2014 Hits:487 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Portage and Erie Garden Park get new amenities

Safety Services Director Tracy Colston and Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone among students and volunteers helping construct a pavilion at Erie Garden Park on Friday. Over the weekend volunteers (including safety...

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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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