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Sound Off — April 19

Here’s to All Volunteers
“Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay,” penned speechwriter Robert Orben.
This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, we at the Greater Toledo Area Chapter are celebrating our own dedicated volunteers and partners, the people who make the American Red Cross run.
Our volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to hundreds of local families faced with rebuilding after fires, tornadoes and flooding each year.
Volunteers provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications linking military members to their loved ones during an emergency.
Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming, babysitting and other health and safety courses. They staff community fairs to encourage their neighbors to learn these lifesaving skills and organize celebrations to recognize people who use their Red Cross training to save lives.
If you’re looking to serve your community, become a Red Cross volunteer. Right now the Greater Toledo Area Chapter especially needs people who are interested in providing relief to individuals displaced by local and national disasters. To volunteer, contact us at 419-329-2900 or visit www.redcrosstoledo.org.
Tim Yenrick, Executive Director
American Red Cross — Greater Toledo Area Chapter



Sheriff’s Association
Many residents of Ottawa County have recently received, or will soon receive, a mailing from the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association. Ths mailing has my name attached to it and requests your becoming a member of the BSSA for the 2012 membership year.
I would like to let the citizens of Ottawa County know that the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association is an organization that does a great deal for sheriffs within the state of Ohio, as well as all county sheriff’s offices.
BSSA offers sheriffs, deputies and civilian employees of sheriff’s offices up-to-date training of many key law enforcement components that are crucial in our ability to perform our duties properly. It also offers constant updated information on changes within legislation, legal updates, law enforcement issues within the state of Ohio and upcoming training available in other venues. Another key benefit to sheriffs and sheriff’s office employees is that BSSA provides a lobbyist within the statehouse who fights for law enforcement rights, sheriff’s office authority and laws to protect our citizens that keep our communities safe.
I strongly endorse the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and I am proud to be a member. However, this letter is not asking anyone to join, contribute or endorse BSSA. This letter is just being submitted to let each of you know that the letter from BSSA is not a scam and is a legitimate request.
As with any questionable mailing, I invite all citizens to check with our office regarding the validity of the mailing. You may contact dispatch at 419-74-4404 or call my direct line at 419-734-6877.
Sheriff Stephen Levorchick

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Tri County Safety Day is May 9

The annual Tri County Safety Day will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 at Terra State Community College.
The event, “Safety from Head to Toe,” is sponsored by Ottawa County, Sandusky County and Sandusky Area safety councils.
The day begins at 7:45 a.m. with a presentation for CEOs by Steve Buehrer, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator. A Drug Free Workplace Refresher for Supervisors follows at 9 a.m.
General sessions, which also begin at 9 a.m., include the following topics: forklift safety, OSHA updates, emergency planning, summer help/teen safety, FMLA and Workers’ Comp, eye safety, personal protective equipment, workplace violence, identity theft and much more.
Registration deadline is April 30.
For information, contact Denise Ventrone at 419-898-6244 or Jim Miranda at 419-332-8666.

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Jewelry sale coming up

The annual Jerry Moffo Memorial Jewelry Sale will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The address is 9789 W. Oak Harbor SE Road, Oak Harbor.
All proceeds go to St. Paul Lutheran Church and Immaculate Conception Church. The sale will include closeouts and samples of sterling silver, Marcasite, 10K and 14K gold, pearls and gemstones.

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OCIC director recognized for leadership efforts

OCIC director recognized for leadership effortsThe Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association recently presented OCIC Director Jamie Beier Grant with its Flame Award for Leadership Excellence at the organization’s annual meeting held on March 22. According to NORED’s President, Kay Reiter, the Flame Award was established in 2011 to recognize a business or individual who has distinguished themselves by their ongoing leadership and guidance in forming a stronger economic climate throughout Northwest Ohio.  

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Solid Waste District announces grant winners

Thirteen organizations received funding to start recycling programs or to buy products made from recycled materials in the first-round of competitive funding offered by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District.
The grant program’s main priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, governmental entities or non-profit organizations. Any agency applying must have a recycling program in place in order to apply for funds for products made from recycled material. There is a $10,000 grant award limit on each application and the applicant must match a minimum of 25 percent of the total project cost.

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Beach cleanup Sunday in PC

Earth Day was first celebrated April 22, 1970. This day has been set aside each year to recognize our Earth and promote greater environmental awareness through education, action and celebration. To commemorate this day the Port Clinton Recreation Department and the OSS Solid Waste District will once again be providing the  Port Clinton City Beach and Park Cleanup. The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Volunteers are needed and are asked to report to the Lakeview Park Shelter House with gloves, rakes and lots of energy.  Dress appropriately for the weather.

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Oak Harbor DECA members win big at state conference

A total of 44 Oak Harbor DECA members qualified to compete at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference held on March 16-17 at the Columbus Convention Center. More than 2,000 DECA members from 111 schools across the state competed at this event. The Oak Harbor chapter is a satellite program of Penta Career Center.
The majority of the members competed in written projects which included market research business plans and community service projects. In addition to being evaluated on their written documents, the student teams were also graded on oral presentations. All of the written projects teams placed in the top 10 in the state. Several students also competed in team decision-making and individual events.

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Reserve space now for Rally for the Kids

Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA will be hosting the second annual Rally for the Kids event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Bassett’s Market parking lot at the corner of Ohio 163 and 53.  
Activities are being planned including a Sidewalk Sale where anyone and everyone can rent table space and sell their wares. This is a cross between a flea market, garage sale, art sale and vendor sale. An 8-foot table is $25; space for an additional table is only $10.  

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Author speaking at library



The Ida Rupp Public Library will be hosting local author Patrick Welch at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Welch received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Bowling Green State University and taught English composition at Owens Community College. Now he writes fiction — sci-fi and fantasy mainly. He also publishes in the ebook format. Come meet Patrick and learn about his books and his experiences in publishing ebooks. Hard copies of his books are available through the library.
Ida Rupp is at 310 Madison St., Port Clinton. For information, call 419-732-3221.

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Small Business Basics Seminars — May

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, “Small Business Basics,” that will answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
This seminar will take the confusion out of your efforts and help you avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. Learn the basics of: name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

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