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Taste winning desserts at the Apple Festival

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is announcing a new event the Friday evening before this year’s Apple Festival. After the official judges have named the winners of the baking contest, the public will be invited to view and taste the items. The baking contest currently has five divisions: apple pie, adult division, junior division, cupcake division and apple breads and cake division. Each division is awarded a first, second and third place trophy. Many of the pies and cakes are still warm when offered for judging.

The public will be welcomed to try the desserts and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. To go boxes will also be offered for those who would like to take some treats home to family or to enjoy later. The contest is popular among bakers old and young. This gives the public an opportunity to sample and see the array of desserts and to taste, firsthand, the differences in the use of many varieties of local apples that the bakers use.

The event will be held at the Oak Harbor Municipal Building on the corner of Main and Church Streets on Friday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the event will be $3 per person and admission includes one cup of coffee and one dessert sample.

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New voter registration closes October 6

The closing date for new voter registration and changes of address for the 2014 November general election is Monday, October 6. Extended hours on that day are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. The Board of Elections office is located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

New registrations and changes of address may also be made at any public library, any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, the Ottawa County Health Department, the Ottawa County Job and Family Services and the Ottawa County Courthouse in the Clerk of Courts Title Department or the Treasurer’s Office. Change of address forms can also be completed at myOhiovote.com

Call the Board of Elections with any questions; 419-898-3071.

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Lakeside Wooden Boat Society’s Amazing Grace named ‘Best Boat Ride’ by Lake Erie Living magazine

Lake Erie Living magazine recently announced the ‘Best of Lake Erie’ in Ohio, Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan.     

The Lakeside Wooden Boat Society’s Amazing Grace Charter was named ‘Best Boat Ride’ by Lake Erie Living readers.

Christened in July 2008 at the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show, Amazing Grace is a rare 1937 Richardson Cruiseabout. The 32-foot wooden boat was purchased by a Lakeside family in 2007 and then donated to the Chautauqua community to provide wooden boat rides to guests. Its meticulous restoration was completed by Lakeside Wooden Boat Society member and owner of Classic Marine, Dwight Davis.

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FriendShip Poker Run benefits JDRF

Pictured is Aaron Mettis of Miller/Coors Brewery, Mary Brown Grieger JDRF representative, and winner Tom Corrai of Elyria with his Grand Prize check $10,000.

The fifth annual FriendShip poker run was held at Margaritaville August 23, in Sandusky, to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  More than 380 participants visited predetermined FriendShip stores and drew cards to make the best poker hand.  Tom Corrai of Elyria won the Grand Prize of $10,000.  

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Experience Ottawa County 2014

The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) held its annual “Experience Ottawa County” program on August 21 at The Keys on Put-in-Bay, bringing local business leaders, community leaders, elected officials, and prospective clients together to demonstrate that Ottawa County is an advantageous location to expand existing business and relocate new business.   More than 200 people gathered together throughout the day for professional development and business networking.  

The OCIC hosted a luncheon with Ron Foth Advertising, entitled “Shifting Your Company’s Marketing Paradigm to Attract Today’s Consumers.”  OCIC also hosted its second annual “Taste of Ottawa County” with an Island Style twist, featuring island food and beverages from local businesses.  OCIC extends a special thank you to all of our sponsors for helping make this another successful event.

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US Bank Foundation Awards Gift to Main Street

Main Street Port Clinton received a $1,500 gift from the U.S. Bank Foundation for the Walleye Festival. Main Street Port Clinton is a non-profit organization striving to revitalize our downtown historic Port Clinton.

Pictured left to right: Missy Walker, MSPC Past President; Brenda Provenzale, US Bank; Dana Bacak-Lynd, Walleye Festival Chair; Aimee Slater-West, MSPC Vice-President; Don Clemons, MSPC Board Member; Roseann Hickman, MSPC President; Lori Madison, MSPC Board Member; and Laura Schlachter, MSPC Program Manager.

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Port Clinton High School hosts community Spooktacular!

Little goblins and ghosts can once again gather in their Halloween costumes for Port Clinton’s Spooktacular event on Wednesday, October 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Port Clinton High School.  Students and staff at Port Clinton High School host the popular event that transforms the high school into the center of Halloween fun.  PCHS students have planned some fun activities for the evening.  All children, infants to grade 5, must be accompanied by an adult.  Children will trick or treat in the building classrooms then take part in ghoulish games in various classrooms and the cafeteria.   

Donations of candy will be greatly appreciated from any community group or individual that would like to donate.  These items can be brought to Port Clinton High School or call 419.734.2147.

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College Fair October 6 at Terra State

The annual College Fair is slated for October 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Student Activities Center at Terra State Community College.

More than 70 college and university representatives will be on campus to answer questions about majors, athletics, student activities, financial aid, housing, costs, careers and transfer opportunities.

“Terra State is extremely pleased to provide high school students from Sandusky County the opportunity to meet one-on-one with college and university representatives from Ohio and other states,” said Heath Martin, Interim Dean of Enrollment Services. “This is one approach the College takes in hopes of raising the region’s educational attainment rate.”

Staff from the Financial Aid Office at Terra State will offer a financial aid workshop at 6 p.m. in Building B, Room 101. They will provide information and literature, answer questions, and discuss the all-important FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The fair will be in the Student Activities Center, Building C, at Terra State, 2830 Napoleon Road in Fremont. Go to www.terra.edu for campus maps and directions.

For more information, contact Elise Emly at 419-559-2345.

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Free Breast Cancer Screening

A Free Breast Cancer Screening will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Firelands Women’s Health and Wellness Center, 703 Tyler Street, Suite 152, Sandusky.

Targeted for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, screenings will include a clinical breast exam, education on prevention and early detection, including how to perform a breast self-exam correctly, and a screening mammogram if indicated. The clinical breast exam is free.

Screenings will be provided by Fredric Itzkowitz, DO, General Surgeon. Appointments for the screenings can be made by calling 419-557-7840.

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Recruiting volunteers for area preschools

A volunteer reader plays an important role in increasing a child’s academic success and engagement in learning.  That’s why United Way, Ida Rupp Public Library, Ottawa County Family and Children First Council, and Port Clinton News Herald have teamed up to recruit 100 readers for preschool classrooms in Genoa, Oak Harbor, Port Clinton, and Marblehead.

The commitment is one or two hours a month.  Local preschool staff have learned to work around snowbird schedules.

Ida Rupp is offering training for volunteers two times in October:  Monday, October 6 2-4 p.m. and Tuesday, October 7 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Contact United Way at 419.734.6645 or call Terri, 419.732.3212, at the library to register.  Help introduce children to books and to expand their vocabularies. We all benefit when kids succeed in school.

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