Vendors gather in Oak Harbor for Farmers Market

The Oak Harbor Downtown Committee, in conjunction with the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, will be holding the next downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
In addition to fresh produce, there will be crafts, baked goods art and more. The Ottawa County Humane Society will also be having a dog wash at Flat Iron Park from 11 to 3 p.m. that day.


First shot kicks off National Matches

One of the grand traditions of our area is the annual National Rifle and Pistol Championships at Camp Perry. One of the even grander traditions of the National Matches is the First Shot Ceremony that opens the matches. Monday’s event was no different.
Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram, Director of the Army National Guard, made his remarks noting the history of Camp Perry and these shooting events. He noted how Camp Perry and the National Matches were begun under the leadership of then President Theodore Roosevelt, a former army officer himself who led a famous charge up San Juan Hill. He also took note of the poor shooting skills of the men in his charge. Ingram noted that President Roosevelt recognized the need for a continuing program to improve shooting skills of both the military and the civilian population.
Ingram was then handed a classic World War II vintage M1 Garand and fired the first shot downrange opening the 2012 National Rifle and Pistol Championships.


County Fair kicks off Monday

The Ottawa County Fair kicks off Monday at the fairgrounds and runs through Sunday, July 22. Below are some of the highlights:

• 7:30 p.m. — Grande Parade
• 8:30 p.m. — King and Queen Contest

• 8-10 p.m. — Jessica Kenney Band
• 8 p.m. — Wagon Wheel IPRA Rodeo


Kasich in town for Fish Ohio

Gov. John Kasich kicked off the 34th Governor’s Fish Ohio Day by joining anglers for a day of fishing on Lake Erie Wednesday morning. Fish Ohio Day promotes the positive impacts of Lake Erie sport fishing and tourism on the region’s economy. Ohio has an $800 million sport fishery industry and a $10 billion tourist industry. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife was a sponsor of Fish Ohio Day as well as Lake Erie Shores and Islands-West and the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association. Nineteen charter boats participated in the event this year.
ODNR Director James Zehringer joined the governor in fishing on Lake Erie today. Zehringer reinforced that Lake Erie is not only important to northern Ohio, but to the entire state. He shared that Lake Erie fisheries have been sustained for decades, and Kasich and ODNR are committed to ensuring Ohio’s fisheries are sustainable for the future.


Lakers Reverse Raffle celebrates 20 years

Help the Danbury Laker Athletic Boosters support the kids both academically and athletically at the 20th annual Reverse Raffle on Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. Mary’s Hall. Because of great community support, the Boosters have been able to purchase uniforms, practice equipment and provide scholarships for our Laker Athletes. 
Tickets are $110 each (only 300 are sold), and include a complimentary dinner of honey-glazed chicken and prime rib prepared by Mesenburg Creative Catering and all drinks. An additional dinner can be purchased for $15. There will be sideboards, bingo and 50-50 raffles throughout the evening.
For tickets, contact one of the following:


iPads available at library

Thanks to the Friends of the Ida Rupp Public Library, guests will be able to sign out an iPad for use inside the facility beginning Monday, July 16. Three iPads were purchased for adult use with funding from the Friends and are loaded with apps and ready to be explored.
We are very excited to bring you this new 4G technology and will be offering classes in how to use iPads on July 17 and July 23. Call to register at 419-732-3212.
Look for in-house iPads for children and teens to be available in the next few weeks.


Safety Council enrollment period open

July 31 is The FY13 enrollment period for new and Safety Council members who are interested in qualifying for a rebate of 2 percent or more on their Workers’ Compensation premiums. It is also time for dues renewal and submission of 1st Half 2012 Semi-annual Reports for present members.
In a special incentive program, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is offering Ottawa County area employers a one-time rebate of 2 percent on their Workers’ Compensation premiums for active participation in Safety Council during the next 12 months. The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers or state agencies. New for FY13 is that employers participating in BWC group-retrospective programs are eligible for a 2 percent participation rebate. As in FY12 group-experience-rating members are eligible for a 2 percent performance rebate. For many companies, the 2 percent or 4 percent savings will actually outweigh the cost of membership in Safety Council. 


ICS gets new fourth grade teacher

Jaclyn Turinsky Brown will be the fourth grade teacher at Immaculate Conception Parish School.  Brown has her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo, Elementary Education 1-8 with a mathematics concentration. She received her Master of Education from Bowling Green State University in classroom technology and has 9-plus years teaching experience. Brown
Brown was listed on the Dean’s list all semesters of college studies, was a Golden Key National Honor Society member and an Ohio Council Teacher of Mathematics member. She was also a coach for girl’s varsity basketball, eighth grade girl’s volleyball and basketball coach. She describes herself as a practicing Catholic, enjoys being around children in and out of the classroom and strives to be a positive influence in a child’s life.
Brown lives with her husband, Tyler, and their two children Lia and Maci in Marblehead.


Head to library for zombie games

Zombie and Other Outrageous Teen Games are planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the library.
Zombies and Humans, Zombie Marco Polo, Flee/Hide, Zombie Quiz, Vampire Donut Shooting, Decap Your Opponent, Cheese Curl Head and Elephant Bowling will be played by teens entering sixth through 12th grade.
No registration required. 
For information, call Ida Rupp Public Library
at 419-732-3212


Public forum scheduled on new Healthy Lake Erie Fund

A public forum will be held July 10 for residents interested in learning more about Ohio’s new Healthy Lake Erie Fund with an opportunity to provide input on solutions to resolving the lake’s algae problems.
State Rep. Randy Gardner, sponsor of the Healthy Lake Erie Fund, will host the forum with invited guests Director Jim Zehringer of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Director David Daniels of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally.

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