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St. Boniface fish fry keeps growing

Bill Verbryke of Elmore enjoying a meal at a recent fish fry.

St.Boniface Catholic Parish found that its famous all-you-can-eat fish fry had become so popular it had outgrown the undercroft beneath the church. Its new venue in the school gymnasium reflects how the event has grown and changed over the years.

The fish fry started in 2005 as a necessary fund raiser to help St. Boniface School meet expenses. Each Friday during Lent they served about 250 dinners of fish with a side of cole slaw. As the menu expanded their reputation spread and the crowds of customers grew. The undercroft was just too small to comfortably accommodate the serving of 500 meals a night.

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Oak Harbor Young Farmers complete successful year

The Oak Harbor Young Farmers have recently completed their Educational Topics and community activities for the 2013-14 school year. The local Young Farmer chapter meets regularly on Thursday evenings at Oak Harbor High School. The group is under the direction of advisors Mr. Noah Neiderhouse and Ms. Krysteena Brown, the Agriculture Science instructors at Oak Harbor High School. 

During the year, the Young Farmers completed two fundraising activities. The first was in the fall of 2013 and was a Chicken BBQ that was conducted in conjunction with the Oak Harbor FFA Chapter. Proceeds from this event were used for FFA Leadership development, Ottawa County Holiday Bureau, and Benton Carroll Salem Food Pantry. The second fundraising activity was a BBQ Chicken or Pork Chop dinner on Feb. 14 This activity was held with the cooperation of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Ottawa County Chapter 30011. The Young Farmers thank the community for support in their activities. 

The Officers of the Oak Harbor Young Farmers are: President, Scott Schimming; Vice President, Micah Lenke; and Secretary-Treasurer, Louis Damschroder. This past year the Young Farmers donated over $1800 back to the community.

The Oak Harbor Young Farmers will begin their 2014-15 year with a farm tour in late August.

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R.C. Waters students engage with recycling

Third grade students at R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor enjoyed an engaging visit with Diane Ball, who is the educational specialist from the Solid Waste Management District. Her visit was intended to promote awareness of all the items that we buy that are made from recycled materials. 

The students participated in a hands-on learning activity, where students went through recycled shopping bags to see a variety of items that are made from recycled material. The program resembled a trip to the store to shop for green products, and was a great way to show the students how many items that we use every day are available for “green shopping”.

For more information about this program, contact Principal Karen Gruber at 419.898.6219.

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