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Mark Schaffner

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OCHS spring meeting at the 1812 Food and Spirits

1812 was both the topic and the venue as Ottawa County Historical Society members and guests gathered at the Island House’s 1812 Food and Spirits Dining Room for their annual spring meeting. 

War of 1812 scholar Louis Schultz of Sandusky and The Columbus Academy in Gahanna gave an informative presentation about the ‘Forgotten War,’ and displayed some of his extensive collection of related artifacts.  Schultz is the author of the current War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier exhibit at The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.

Schultz related many examples of how misdirection and missed communications, coupled with treachery both foreign and domestic, added to the difficulty of fighting the War. The necessity of traversing the Great Black Swamp made it difficult to get troops where they needed to be and to find food for both animals and men.  When the battle of Lake Erie started,  Commodore Perry overcame his own strategic blunders to win the day, though Schultz said the Battle had no real impact on the war.  Although the British and Americans’ result was essentially a draw, it was the Native Americans who really suffered the greatest defeat, losing territory and influence. 

The Ottawa County Historical Society welcomes new members interested in their mission of discovering and preserving local history.  For information, visit

Elders of Jazz to play for seniors

The Musical Arts Series at Firelands is bringing two spring concerts to area senior centers with the assistance of a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation. On Saturday May 4, the Elders of Jazz will present concerts at 1:30 p.m. at Edgewood Manor and at 3:15 at the Vineyard on Catawba.

Many of the Elders of Jazz are indeed elders from Presbyterian churches on the west side of Cleveland. This group celebrates the roots of jazz based on the spirituals and gospel songs played by the early New Orleans street bands. While     this group usually plays in the greater Cleveland area, in recent years they have played at Lakeside for programs and worship in Hoover Auditorium. The Elders of Jazz have also played as part of the summer concert series on Put in Bay at the Perry Monument.

The public is welcome to come and enjoy either of these concerts. Contact Carolyn Legg at Edgewood Manor or Paul Shaw at the Vineyard on Catawba for additional information.

Easter Seals hosting ‘Savor the Flavor of Firelands’ Finest’

“Savor the Flavor of Firelands’Finest”, presented by the Sandusky Register, is an opportunity to sample some of the finest cuisine and wines in the Firelands area. Tuesday, May 14, 6-9 p.m. at the Port Clinton Yacht Club, will feature an evening of delicious food, fine wine and auction items. The event will feature cuisine from 1812 Food and Spirits/Rosie’s Bar and Grill, Bruno’s Pizzeria, Cleats, Crosswinds Restaurant & Bar, EHOVE Career Center, Great Lakes Popcorn Co., Mesenburg Creative Catering, Mon Ami Restaurant & Historic Winery, Papa Jimmie’s BBQ & Pizza, Phil’s Inn Restaurant, Providence Care Centers, Slater’s Madison Street Pub, Thirsty Pirate Taphouse Grille, Timbers Smokehouse & Grill, Toft’s Dairy, Waldo Peppers and Wendy Kromer Confections.

Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets or for more information call 419-332-3016.

Savor the Flavor sponsores include Crown Battery, Lafarge North America, Eagle 99, Mix 102.7, Carbo Forge and the Croghan Colonial Bank.

All money raised will support local programs and services to adults and children with disabilities in our community.

Ottawa County CASA celebrates CASA Day in Ohio

On Tuesday, April 30,  three volunteers from the Ottawa County CASA program traveled with Connie Cornett, Executive Director, to Columbus to join with other CASA programs in the State of Ohio to celebrate CASA Day in Ohio. A reception was held in the Supreme Court building and the Honorable Justice Judith French was the host for the event. Rosalyn Barnhill, JoAnn Behlke, and Mary Hall, all dedicated volunteers in the Ottawa County program, listened to presentations from the Justice, the Ohio Attorney General’s office and the Office of Families and Children.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and these volunteers are trained to advocate for children that are abused or neglected. Volunteers investigate all there is to know about a child and then become the “voice” of that child in the courtroom. John Davis, president of the Youth Advisory Board, a group of young people aged 14-24 that have experienced foster care, expressed his appreciation for the CASA volunteer that has helped guide him to the success he is experiencing today.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has committed $2 million to the statewide Ohio CASA to grow the program throughout the state. During a year-long state wide listening sessions, these volunteers were found to be crucial in helping courts make decisions on the best interest of the children served according to a report released by the Attorney General’s office. Jennifer Justice, Director of the Office on Families and Children, stated that local job and family service offices need to work in conjunction with local CASA programs to serve the needs of the most vulnerable children in the state and that those agencies truly appreciate the commitment of the volunteers to the kids.

Ottawa County CASA is currently recruiting volunteers for a new class of CASAs.  Volunteer training is scheduled to begin soon, so if you have a few hours a month to give to a child in need please contact the CASA office at 419-301-0225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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