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County Auditor Lawrence Hartlaub is holding series of Town Hall Meetings

Ottawa County Auditor Lawrence Hartlaub is hosting three public Town Hall meetings across the county in October. Hartlaub is providing this opportunity for Ottawa County residents to learn more about their property tax bills, available tax credits and the property valuation process. In addition, he will explain where residents’ tax money goes and different ways Ottawa County communities utilize levies.

Ottawa County residents are welcome at any of the three meetings without prior registration; however, seating is limited. Each Town Hall Meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and likely conclude around 6:30 p.m. with a question and answer period. The schedule is as follows:

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BCS seventh grade Students of the Month 

Sensational September students. Back row: Jordan Millinger, Stephan Reaper, Shelby Adkins, Jac Alexander, Sam Boss. Front row: Doug Johnson and Zack Fisher.

The seventh grade team at Oak Harbor Middle School has nominated several students as Sensational September Students. 

Stephen Reaper was nominated by Mr. McKitrick. “Stephen has started off the school year with the energy and willingness to participate in math class. Stephen’s actions have made a loud announcement of his intentions to succeed this school year. Keep it up,” said Mr. McKitrick.

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Are the Mayor’s statements meant to confuse?

Rick Noderer of Citizens Organized for Responsible Development (CORD), under the Ohio Sunshine Law, did a public record’s request through City Hall requesting copies of leases from the City leasing property. Noderer requested leases from 2009 to 2014 and only received two documents back from the City.

“From my request I received two leases through the City: one was regarding the Senior Center and the other was Sassy Sal Charters,” said Noderer. “This tells me that the City does not consider park reservation contracts or event applications as leases.”

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Great Egret Marsh officially opens

Marianne Gabel, Nancy Reymann, Josh Knights, Executive Director TNC, Congresswoman & State Senator
Photos by Terrence Dziak.

The Nature Conservancy’s Great Egret Marsh celebrated its Grand Opening on a perfect fall day in September.    The event was hosted by TNC staff members.  A crowd of supporters, including birders, canoers and kayakers, hikers, nature lovers, and government dignitaries gathered under a white tent facing a gorgeous vista of open water for a  welcome by Josh Knights, TNC Ohio Executive Director.  Marian Gabel, Chairman of TNC’s Ohio Board of Trustees, described the mission and scope of the Conservancy and where Great Egret Marsh fits into the plan.

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Driftmyer receives Quilt of Valor

Sunday afternoon, the family of Carl Driftmyer, 86, of Portage Township surprised him with a very special honor at the Liberty Air Museum. Army Private Driftmyer, a veteran of the Korean War who served 10 months driving tanks on the front lines, was presented with a Quilt of Valor by Kathy Pettry of North Ridgeville.

He was totally surprised by his special honor, noting that since he returned home in the early 1950s, "I never got thanks for anything!" Driftmyer was wounded in action, receiving the Purple Heart, along with a number of other medals from his time in the military. 

Over 10,000 handmade Quilts of Valor have been presented to worthy veterans over the years. Kathy Pettry and her husband Tim have presented over 30 of them this year alone.

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PC jumps on top of Margaretta, wins 44-20

PC's Tristen Mallory heads upfield with the football against Margaretta.
Photos by Bill Migala

After losing its first game of the season last week to Oak Harbor, Port Clinton wanted to get back on the right track.

The Redskins wasted no time in answering the call, scoring on their first five possessions before defeating Margaretta, 44-20, in Sandusky Bay Conference action Friday night at True-Lay Stadium.

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Oak Harbor falls to Edison late, 14-7

In a defensive struggle, one or two plays can make or break a game.

With the game tied at 7 late in the fourth quarter, two runs that netted 77 yards set Edison up for the winning score, a three-yard run by Owen Moyer with 2:15 remaining that gave the Chargers a 14-7 victory over Oak Harbor last week.

The first big run, a 50-yarder by Moyer, was followed by a 27-yard dash by quarterback Keegan Hall that gave Edison a first-and-goal at the 3-yard-line.

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Gibsonburg pulls away from Danbury

Danbury's Justin Tibbels returns this punt 51 yards for his first of two rushing touchdowns against Gibsonburg last Friday evening.  The Lakers lost to the Golden Bears, 58-24.
Photo by John Kozak

Sometimes, the final score is very deceiving.

That was certainly the case in Danbury’s 58-24 loss to Gibsonburg on Friday night at Biro Field.

In its matchup with the top team in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, the Lakers fought tooth and nail to hang with the Golden Bears before Gibsonburg pulled away, pushing its 35-24 lead, which it held early in the fourth quarter, to 58-24 by scoring 23 unanswered points in the game’s final nine minutes.

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Candidates and issues night October 2

The public is invited to a forum where candidates for public offices and issues representatives will have an opportunity to present their platforms.

Candidates for Ottawa County offices including judiciary candidates, commissioner, auditor, and state and federal offices have been invited.

Representatives supporting and opposing Issue 6 regarding the parks initiative in Port Clinton will be present. Mental health renewal levy for Ottawa and Erie County is also on the ballot.

The program will be broadcast on WPCR, on the internet and taped and later shown on cable.

For more information contact the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce at 419-734-5503.

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