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The Lakeside Daisy attracts area visitors in May

Lakeside Daisy photo by Jasmine Cupp

The Lake Erie Water Snake is not the only local threatened species iconic to Ottawa County. During May, the Lakeside Daisy flowers brighten the Marblehead peninsula in the last remaining native locale population remaining in the United States. This local flower is a native natural wonder that draws springtime visitors to the area as it blooms.

While Kelleys Island has a burgeoning population of Lakeside Daisy blooms annually, that population was seeded there to help the flower species, listed as endangered in Ohio and federally threatened. Restoration efforts by various government, nonprofit, and private organizations have kept the delicate Lakeside Daisy from facing outright extinction in recent years.

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Mon Ami holding benefit for Richie Saponari

We are very sorry to report that Richie Saponari, the husband of Salvation Army Ottawa County Director Maureen Saponari, passed away last Friday. He was one of those “characters” on the local scene that made life more interesting and fun! Mon Ami is planning a special benefit for Richie this coming Tuesday, April 22 from 6-10 p.m. They are asking a minimum $20 donation at the door or you can purchase tickets at the following locations: The Beacon, Minuteman Press, Mon Ami or the Crow’s Nest. All proceeds will go to his medical expenses. Ronnie Howard and his band, Cruisin’, along with the Flashback 3 band from Seniors Gone Wild (which Richie organized and got started) will provide the entertainment. He also started Island Idol, another popular entertainment venue from past years. He knew how to twist my arm to get me to judge many of those Island Idol events. For more information, contact Mon Ami at 419-797-4445.

We want to wish a very happy 50th Birthday to the late Earl Warnke’s favorite daughter (I won’t mention any names). All I can say is that she looks terrific and still knows how to have lots of fun!

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Easter egg hunt and lunch at St. Paul’s

A Community Egg Hunt and Lunch with the Easter Bunny will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 541 Church Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m.  Children and their adults will have opportunities to participate in crafts, photo opportunities, story time with Miss Easter Lily and an outdoor egg hunt.  Lunch will be provided with hot dogs donated by Netty’s, chips, root beer floats and dessert.  This event is sponsored by the “Side-by-Side” Ministry of St. John and St. Paul.  Reservations for the event may be made by calling 419-734-1662 by April 10.

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