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Ohio boaters, paddlers and anglers urged to avoid high water

High, fast-moving water poses safety risks

After the steady rain Ohio has experienced during the past two weeks, Ohioans and visitors are reminded to avoid high, fast-moving water in rivers and streams, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

"With the increased amount of rain, extra precautions are needed to ensure that the strength and speed of a river does not exceed people’s skill capabilities or that of their equipment," said ODNR Director Jim Zehringer. “Always remember to a wear life jacket while boating. It’s a simple decision that can save lives.”

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Leadership Ottawa County accepting applicants

The Board of Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) announces that applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 program year. According to Board President Emily Dunfee, “Some applications have already been submitted and LOC is anxious to see another talented and diverse group of people experience all that LOC has to offer. The program has two major areas of concentration. First, we are proud of our community and believe great local leaders must be aware of the many resources available both public and private. Also, the program strives to develop and nurture leadership skills through education and practice.”

The nine month program kicks off in August and graduation is the following May. It is a one day a month commitment for the participant. Businesses are encouraged to sponsor employees and individuals and are also welcome to apply on their own. Scholarships and payment plans are available. 

For more information visit www.leadershipottawacounty.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Fairway Villas First Tee of Lake Erie Tournament

The winners for Fairway Villas’ The First Tee of Lake Erie Two Person Scramble Tournament were: Player Division:1st Place, Phillip Bolte & Joey Kurtz, 65; 2nd Place, Chuck Benes & Travis Focht, 71: Par Division: 1st Place, Brad Meek & Braxton Berry, 74: 2nd Place, Stan Moyer & Ethan Longoria, 83. Pictured left to right: Travis Focht & Chuck Benes; Stan Moyer & Ethan Longoria; Braxton Berry, Phillip Bolte & Joey Kurtz.

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Boy Scouts working to protect water quality

Part of the Outdoor Code for Boy Scouts is “to be clean in my outdoor manner, be considerate in the outdoors, and be conservation minded.”.  Troop 370 brought this code to fruition on June 8th in Oak Harbor. The troop labeled over 80 storm drains in Oak Harbor with a marker that stated “No Dumping, Drains to Lake”. 

Prior to the event, Becky Simpson, a staff member from the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District, provided the educational markers and explained to the Boy Scouts that after a rain event the water has two options: soak into the ground or runoff. As we increase development and impervious surfaces such as roadways and parking lots, we also increase the amount of water running off the land and entering our storm drains. Many storm drains have historically led to the sewer system, however with the increased amount of large rainfall events  this has led to an increase of combined sewer overflow problems.  This has resulted in beaches being closed because of the amount of e-coli found in the water.  Both the Village of Oak Harbor and the City of Port Clinton has been proactive by disconnecting many of their storm drains from the sewer system.

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Trinity United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School

Trinity United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School begins this Sunday, July 14th, at 5:30 p.m. at 135 Adams Street in Port Clinton. This year’s theme is “Adventures on Promise Island: Where Kids Discover God’s Life-Saving Love”. All children entering kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome.
Each evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a light supper served in the Coconut Café. Evening activities begin at 6:05 and include Bible lessons, crafts, music and games. There will also be a study group for parents and adults.

Vacation Bible School will meet on Sunday through Wednesday, with the last class meeting on Friday night, July 19th. For more information, contact Melissa McBride at 419-797-4076.

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Senior Citizen’s Day at the Ottawa County Fair

The Ottawa County Senior Fair Board, along with Ottawa County Senior Resources, will once again play host to “Senior Citizen’s Day at the Ottawa County Fair” on Wednesday, July 17. Anyone 60 years of age or older will receive free admission to the fair and are welcomed to join the Senior Day activities at Building B-3 Barn on the fairgrounds. This year’s events will include lunchtime entertainment from “Just Us Two’, sponsored by Americare and Dave Ninke.

There will also be a continental breakfast sponsored by Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Homes and Magruder Hospital and an ice cream social sponsored by Riverview Healthcare Campus. Blood Pressure checks will be conducted by the Ottawa County Health Department. Magruder Hospital will also be available for speech therapy screenings. Other activities include Bingo, sponsored by Senior Helpers and ADT, and Wagon Rides around the fairgrounds conducted by the Senior Fair Board. Transportation to and from the parking lots will also be available.

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