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B-C-S Schools “Coffee Connections” to feature new OHHS principal

Treasurer Tim Coffman and Superintendent Guy Parmigian introduced "Coffee Connections" to the citizens of Benton-Carroll-Salem School District as a new and informal opportunity for citizens to introduce themselves, chat, ask questions, and learn more about the B-C-S school system and where we are heading. There is no cost to attend, and no reservations are necessary. Bring yourself (and friend/s if you would like), get your favorite beverage, and pull up a chair for some good conversation with the leaders of B-C-S. 

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Gem Beach open house during Parade of Homes

Beachtowne/Gem Beach Condo for sale by owner.

3137 Beachtowne, Gem Beach, Catawba Island.

Walk directly onto the beach with this turnkey condo. Beautifully decorated with two bedrooms, 2 baths with jacuzzi tub, granite countertops, stainless appliances, washer/drier, saltwater pool and clubhouse with exercise room. You can own the best view at Gem Beach/Catawba for only $309,900.

Call Laura, 330-604-1550 to view a little bit of heaven on the lake.

Gem Beach is also having an open house during the Parade of Homes, Saturday, June 28, 2 to 4 p.m.

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C.O.R.D. gathers required signatures for initiative ordinance

Citizens Organized for Responsible Development (C.O.R.D.) have gathered 280 signatures, more than the required 175, in support to put their initiative ordinance on the ballot for November. The petitions were handed over to Port Clinton City Auditor, Cole Hatfield, on Tuesday, June 24.

“According to Ohio law, I am to hold the petitions for ten days and then I am to submit a certified copy to the Board of Elections,” said City Auditor Hatfield. “The Board of Elections then examines the petition, checking signatures, which is protocol for every petition, and then a certified letter is sent to me stating the petition’s validity and the initiative will be put on the ballot in November.”

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Danbury Twp Board of Trustees special session

The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will meet in special session on Friday, June 27, at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Road, Marblehead, at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of extending the contract of Interim Fire Chief Doug Waugh.

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Top Junior Marksmen to Compete for the Gold at CMP National 3P Air Rifle Championship

After seven months of hard work and concentration, over 300 sporter and precision air rifle juniors will meet on the firing line for one final test to ultimately determine who are the best marksmen in the country. The 2014 CMP National Three Position Air Rifle Championships will be held June 23-25 and June 26-28 at the new Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Camp Perry.

Junior JROTC, 4-H and club team marksmen involved in the competition began their journey with the CMP Postal Competition in November, where CMP-issued targets were mailed into Headquarters for official scoring. Top shooters in the Postal Competition were invited to compete in the Regional Championships in March and April, with the overall high individuals and teams from that match qualifying for the National Championship.

The event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to visit the world-class Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center to witness extreme skill from tremendously talented juniors, as well as to explore the authentic Olympic memorabilia from two-time gold medalist and range namesake, Gary Anderson.   

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Put-in-Bay Chamber thanks tourism partners

On Saturday, June 21, the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce held a cocktail reception thanking their tourism partners throughout the area. The event was held aboard the U.S. Brig Niagara which was stationed at Fox Dock. Roughly 125 partners from Marblehead, Port Clinton, Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor’s Center were in attendance.

“This is our way of saying thanks,” said Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau member Nicole DeFreitas. “Working together with other communities to promote tourism is very important to us.”

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Register now for Walk to Remember

The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County invites bereaved parents, siblings, relatives and friends to register now for a one-mile “Walk to Remember” Sunday, July 20, at 1 p.m.

As the world’s largest self-help bereavement organization, The Compassionate Friends offers friendship, understanding, and hope to families that have experienced the death of a child.  There are more than 650 chapters in the United States, including all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The local event is patterned after The Compassionate Friends National Walk to Remember® in Chicago, Illinois, where as many as 1,500 are expected to participate. Dozens of chapters across the country are expected to hold a local Walk to Remember during 2014.

The local Walk will start at Lakeview Park Shelter House beginning with registration at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 20.  Following the Walk, there will be a balloon launch and potluck.

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B-C-S Board honors retirees and names new teachers

From left to right: one of the new OHHS band uniforms (hanging on shelf) purchased with private donations from the community (thank you!); persons pictured are Board members Steve Rhodes and Jeff Dornbusch with OHHS student and FFA District 1 President Micah Mensing, B-C-S Board President Jamie Tooman, Board member Heather Dewitz, FFA teacher/advisor Krysteena Brown, and Board member Kim Dusseau.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District Board of Education met on May 27, with a retirement celebration for our retiring certified and classified staff.   The meeting opened with a reception.  Each retiree was honored by being presented with a rose plant from the Board of Education. 

The B-C-S staff who were being honored were:  Mrs. Cindy Bringman, Bus Driver, Mrs. Michele Boussalia, High School French Teacher, Mrs. Lynn Brownell, Reading Teacher, Mrs. Joy Ceraldi, First Grade Teacher, Mrs. Connie Milbrodt, Custodian, Mrs. Annette Nordlund, Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher, Mr. Bill Rauch, Custodian, Mrs. Nancy Siefke, T.E.A.M. Teacher, Mrs. Laura Ulery, Spanish Teacher, and Mr. Bob VanHorn, Art Teacher.  

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Friday night patio parties

The VFW Post 2480 is hosting Friday night patio parties.  All profits from the meals will be donated to Rolling Thunder for their traveling Ohio POW/MIA Memorial or to the Vietnam Era Veterans Commemorations in Ottawa County.  All public are welcome.

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Introducing: Oak House

By Nancy Beadle

Wendy Abrahamson, director, left, and Julia Enderle, activities coordinator, third from right, with members of the Oak House as they are leaving for a Toledo Mud Hens game June 19.

Tucked away on the east end of Port Clinton, Oak House is a little known jewel of a place.  It is a non-judgmental, safe haven for adults recovering from mental illness.  This is a place where all kinds of interesting, challenging and fun things take place.    

In just one month all these might be on the calendar:  celebrating birthdays with cake and karaoke, painting beach scenes, doing exercises, watching a movie complete with popcorn, competing in Wii bowling and taking a trip to a place like the Toledo Botanical Garden.  Each month’s calendar is crammed full of things to do and places to go, all planned by Activities Coordinator Julia Enderle.  She says, “We’ve come to embrace members as one family.  They always feel welcomed and wanted.”

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