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Eighth-graders prepare for science fair

The staff and students of Port Clinton Middle School are inviting friends and family to view their science reports and experiments. Projects will be on display from 2:15 to 3 p.m. April 30 in the Port Clinton Middle School Auditorium.

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Emergency heating help ends on a high note

In March, 441 households were approved for assistance from the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program compared to 367 approved in February. The program, which ended March 30, has served an estimated 2,600 households in 2012. The final tally of the number served for the 2012 heating season will be available later this month.

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The Vineyard offers afternoon Bingo

Residents and friends will gather for Bingo at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in The Vineyard on Catawba's Community Center, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Dr., Port Clinton. There is a  $1 donation per card, and prizes will be awarded to all winners. Refreshments are served, and this event is free and open to the public. Call 419-797-3100 for information.

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Cupcakes for the Cure

There is still time to enter the Cupcakes for the Cure competition and cupcake auction which will take place on Saturday, May 5, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 108 Perry St., Port Clinton.
Activities start at 10 a.m. with a balloon release honoring those who are currently fighting, are survivors or have been taken by breast cancer. The contest is open to the public and includes a Junior Division for ages 6-12. Contestants are asked to deliver 2 1/2 dozen standard-sized cupcakes to the K. of C. Hall by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the competition. There is no entry fee. Snacks and raffles will be available for purchase.
Cupcakes for the Cure is a service project of the PC Seniors/Port Clinton Senior Center and Gerner-Wolf Walker Funeral Homes with proceeds benefitting the October 2012 Susan G. Komen 3-D (60-mile walk) via sponsorship of two area walkers.
For information or to donate cash or raffle prizes in honor/memory of a “pink warrior,” call Juanita Mills-Persely at 419-341-1080.

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Ottawa County Veteran of the Year

Harold “Harry” Fillmore was honored as Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2011 at a celebration in his honor last week at the VFW Post 8732, Oak Harbor. Fillmore is the first veteran in Ottawa County to receive this honor. The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission selected Fillmore after reviewing several nominations. His commitment to the veterans in Ottawa County speaks volumes through his 58 years selfless service as a veterans advocate.

“Harry served our country with honor when our country needed him. Upon discharge, he continued to faithfully serve in the civilian sector. He inspired, mentored and befriended many veterans, to include myself,” said De Ann M. Louk, Executive Director, Ottawa County Veterans Service Office. “He has stood the watch for almost 60 years for our veterans. As the first veteran to receive this award, he certainly set the bar high for those to follow.”
Fillmore joined the United States Navy on Sept. 4, 1943. He was honorably discharged on March 2, 1946, after successfully attaining the rank of Seaman First Class and awarded the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and American Area Medal. A few years after settling into the civilian sector, Fillmore joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8732 and held many prominent positions for over a period of 58 years. He served as Junior Vice-Commander; Senior Vice-Commander; Commander from 1953-1954, 1984-1987; Aide de Camp 1953, 1954, 1984, 1986, 1987; Americanism Chairman from 1984 to present; and Post Service Officer from 2007 to present.
Fillmore received recognition of his selection by several community organizations. De Ann Louk, was the master of ceremonies and presented Fillmore with a U.S. flag and certificate authenticating that it flew above the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office on the day of the ceremony. David McDougall, President, Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission, presented Fillmore with a plaque. VFW State Commander Gerald J. (Mort) Ward presented Fillmore with a lifetime achievement pin set and complimented him on his lifetime service to the VFW. VFW Post 8732 Commander Gary Cagle, who nominated Fillmore, thanked him for his service in the VFW. The Board of County Commissioners of Ottawa County commended Harold J. Fillmore for his service to our country, dedication to our county veterans and his selection as Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2011 and proclaimed April 16, 2012, as “Harold J. Fillmore Day” throughout all of Ottawa County.
Fillmore’s son, Lauren Fillmore, came from Texas for the ceremony and spoke of his memories growing up with the VFW and his father’s dedication throughout the years. He was joined by Fillmore’s daughters, Diane Meckfessel and Janet Schmidt, and granddaughter, Melissa Losie.

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St. Boniface opens doors for community appreciation day

In thanks for all the time, donations and support given by the community during the recent $100,000 fundraiser, St. Boniface Catholic School invites everyone to an Appreciation Day from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at St. Boniface Church and School, 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor. Join in for complementary hot dogs, ice cream and root beer floats. There will also be kid’s games and a variety of rescue vehicles and heavy construction equipment for the children to explore. Students and staff are excited to show what makes the school special.

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Bagels and the Bible

All are invited to Firelands Presbyterian Church’s Wednesday morning Bible studies at 10 at the Common Grounds coffee shop in the Sutton Center. A group of members and friends have begun meeting there for coffee, sweets, conversation and an informal Bible study led by Firelands Pastor Jeanne Gay. Rev. Gay.
“It’s good to get outside the church building sometimes, to remember that faith doesn’t happen just on Sunday mornings,” said Gay. “And sometimes it’s easier for people to relate the scripture to their everyday life when they’re in an everyday setting.”

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Local company is finalists for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award

Port Clinton’s Zink Calls is among the finalists for the Excellence in Entrepreneurship. The presentation of the fourth annual award — sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce — will take place on Tuesday, May 15, at the Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus. The award will be presented during the Ohio Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and legislative eeception, which begins at 3:30 p.m. As in years past, the award winner will receive a check for $25,000 and new this year Ricart Ford of Columbus will also present a 24-month lease on a 2012 Ford Fiesta.

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Terra presents ‘A Choral Celebration’ in PC

Join the Terra Choral Society as they present “A Choral Celebration!”
Experience three centuries of choral favorites in 60 minutes, from Baroque to Gospel. The program includes selections by composers such as Handel, Verdi, Bruckner and Moses Hogan, as well timeless songs such as “O Danny Boy,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “This Little Light of Mine.”
Vocal faculty instructor Joan Eckermann (soprano) will join the Choral Society in a performance of the “Easter Scene and Prayer” from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana and again on the classic spiritual “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel.”  Whether you enjoy traditional choral classics or new contemporary chorus literature, there is something here for you. The Terra Choral Society is under the direction of Michael Shirtz and accompanied by Jane Beckley.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony set for Workplace Resources

Workplace Resources has moved to a new location at 142 W. Water St. in downtown Oak Harbor. To celebrate, the company has planned a celebration May 9. The ribbon cutting will be held at 3:30 p.m. with an open house and light refreshments to follow until 4:30 p.m.

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