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Ottawa County Brain Gain: Debbie Hymore Tester

An Oak Harbor graduate, Debbie Hymore Tester has made a happy, comfortable home in the Port Clinton community as a business owner. Business owner is not the only claim to fame that Debbie has; she is a former Mayor of Port Clinton, she was co-chair of the PORTS committee, she served on City Council for four years prior to being Mayor, she served on the Main Street Port Clinton Board and the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce Board, she was on the board at Ruth Ann’s House for close to 15 years, she was part of the Downtown Business Group, the Harvest Hall committee, school levy committee and she is currently a member of the Fourth of July committee. To say that Debbie has invested into her community would be an understatement.

After her four years as mayor, Debbie took time away from committees and boards to focus on her business, The Country Gentlemen Barber Shop and Beauty Salon and recently opened CG Nail Bar.

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The Compassionate Friends Thank You

Remembering with love our children who had died, nearly 100 parents, family members, and friends joined hands and hearts in a one mile Walk to Remember on Sunday, July 20.  Members of the The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County, a nationwide self-help support organization for families following the death of a child, held the local walk at Lakeview Park.  Our hearts were joined with those walking to remember all children who left us too soon.  We will always cherish the memories of our children, no matter how long or how short they were with us. The walk gave us a way to honor their lives in a truly memorable way.  

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Weird Animals Vacation Bible School

A summer kids’ event called Weird Animals VBS will be hosted at Oak Harbor United Methodist Church from August 11-15. At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations. They’ll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. 

Kids at Weird Animals VBS will join an international mission effort to share God’s love by providing water for school children in India. 

Weird Animals VBS is for kids from age three to grade five and will run from 6-8:30 p.m. each day. For more information, call 419-898-8481.

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Community calendar July 31-Aug 6

July 31 – August 6

The Splendor of Lake Erie Exhibit by Local Artists
What: Local artist’s exhibit works
Where: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center-West, 770 S.E. Catawba Rd
Info: shoresandislands.com

Summer Ghost Walks with Victoria
What: Walk with Victoria through old Port Clinton as she recounts tales of romance, history, mystery, and spirits
Where: Marshall Inn Bed & Breakfast, 204 Monroe St., Port Clinton
When: 7 & 8 p.m.
Cost: $8.50
Info: marshallinn.com

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Updated information on the Coastal Wetland Restoration Project for the City of Port Clinton

Map of the projected project as of June 2014 by the Army Corp of Engineers.

The Army Corp of Engineers has released an update to their Coastal Wetland Restoration Project for the City of Port Clinton. The affected area of the project is west of the City Beach on Perry Street, east of Derby Pond at Waterworks Park, north of Perry Street. Originally the project was listed as a $2.5 million dollar project, but after some reconsideration, the bill for the project, as proposed now, has dropped to $1,257,500.

“To save cash and to be equally affective, the ponds will be deeper so there will still be water exchange,” said Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. “Originally there was a pipe system that was going to go in, but it was too costly.”

Right now the coastal wetland in the projected area currently provides little quality habitat for coastal species, including migratory birds. The area now is characterized by an abundance of non-native, invasive plant species, including phragmite. The existing wetland is also cut off from external water sources of surface water, such as upland lake connections, that would provide adequate water input and exchange.

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TNT-till next time mentoring program

60 mentors are needed for BCS and Port Clinton City Schools by August 1.  The program helps keep students in school, improves grades and self-esteem, and teaches how to relate to all kinds of people.  Mentors can expect a fulfilling experience by supporting other students while giving back to the community.  The mentors can expect to spend 45 to 60 minutes each week with the mentee in their school setting, either during their school day or after school, and must be dependable and consistent.  Interested mentors should contact Shanna Strouse, BCS coordinator, at 419-704-6366 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Terra State to host third annual Heroes Run

Terra State Community College in partnership with SCHRMA will host the Third Annual Heroes Run Aug. 16 on the campus. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk will go to the Haldon Dodway Veterans Scholarship Fund to assist veterans at Terra State.

Pre-registration fee is $10 for ages 10 and up and $5 for those under 10. Deadline to pre-register is July 28. Cash or make checks payable to the Terra College Foundation. Run day registration begins at 8 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

There will be overall male and female winners as well as top three male and female finishers in each age category. Age categories range from 9 and under to 70 and over.Vendors will be on campus selling shirts, beverages and food. Goodie bags will be given to the first 200 registrants.

For more information, contact Joyce Spencer at 419-559-2348, Jacque Dodway Foos at 419-559-2370, or John Tooson at 419-349-2664.

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Adult GED and college prep courses available

ABLE classes are available at the Ottawa County Resource Center in Oak Harbor for adults interested in improving basic skills, obtaining a GED, or preparing to go to college. The Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program offers free ABLE classes at the OCRC to help adults improve their reading, math, or writing skills, to prepare for the GED test, and to get ready for college or an adult certificate training program. 

Students interested in obtaining a GED are now doing so through the new 2014 GED test. We are prepared to help adult learners obtain the GED to earn the satisfaction of receiving a high school credential and to create a pathway to a better future. Students enrolling into the ABLE classes at the Ottawa County Resource Center and meeting the eligibility requirements will be able to take an Official GED Practice test for FREE to determine their readiness for the Official GED test. 

Orientation to the ABLE program is required before enrollment into classes. Attend orientation to set goals, complete placement testing, and develop an individualized learning plan. Call today to register for orientation: Oak Harbor (419.898.3688 ext. 270)

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Firelands Offering Free Parenting Class

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering the next Happiest Baby on the Block parenting class on Tuesday, July 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Firelands Regional Medical Center’s South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky.

The Happiest Baby on the Block is based on the techniques of world-renowned pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp.  Dr. Karp has been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Phil Show, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and numerous national radio programs.

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