Downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Market

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will again be holding Downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Markets on the fourth Saturday of each month June-October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location of the market has been moved this year to the Log Cabin Park on North Church Street. Along with farm fresh produce, farm market vendors can also provide quality poultry products, fresh baked goods, herbs, fresh cut flowers, all types of plants, fruit, cider, handmade crafts, garden décor, antiques, art, music, jewelry and gourmet food items. If you are interested in being a vendor, call the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 419-898-0479 for more information or visit the chamber of commerce website for an application at


Ohio United Way honors four from Ottawa County

Galvin, Snyder, Van Der Giessen and Weimer among Ohio’s 100 Heroes

Ohio United Way will celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary at their Annual Meeting, Wednesday, April 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Capital Club in Columbus. 

Ohio United Way will use the Annual Legislative Luncheon to celebrate 100 Years - 100 Heroes, recognition of the many individuals from across the state who have improved lives in their communities through service to their local United Way and/or the state organization.  Honorees were nominated by local United Ways and Ohio United Way.

Ohio United Way’s Board Chair, Attorney Clair Dickinson, states:  “Ohio United Way is thrilled to be using the occasion of its anniversary to honor people who have made its work possible:  individuals from across Ohio who have given selflessly to make a positive difference in their communities.”

In 2003 three local developers, Bob Snyder, Bill Van Der Giessen and Pete Weimer; conceived the idea of a Caring Giving Community. These three gentlemen thought this was a way for developments to give back to the larger community as part of a commitment made by all of its residents. The program is designed to be a template for developers and homeowner associations in Ottawa County, and could be expanded throughout the state and perhaps throughout the country. In fact the original Caring Giving Community, Catawba Bay Development, has inspired imitators in Ottawa County and there are now three Caring Giving Communities.

“Giving back to our community through an institution like United Way makes us stronger, caring and creates a better place for all of us to live in so many ways, “says Van Der Giessen, Catawba Bay project developer. 

Supporting United Way through a program of total community support is an ideal way to help build strength needed to provide for all elements of our society, and recognize those special groups willing to stand up and do their part for others. A Caring Giving Community is a program that will reward United Way with a contribution supplied by a portion of the profit from the sale of each home. Additionally, as provided in the community by-laws and subsequent association dues, an annual sum from each property owner will go toward the support of United Way. In so doing, the development will continue to be recognized as a United Way Caring Giving Community.

Since 2003 the Caring Giving Communities in Ottawa County have contributed $82,273 to United Way in Ottawa County.

In addition Ohio United Way is recognizing Christine Galvin and the Conestoga Project. Galvin has been the Ottawa County Director for United Way of Greater Toledo for the past 20 years. Through Christine’s leadership 21 community partners began the Conestoga Program in Port Clinton, transforming neighborhoods, addressing issues such as employment and finding a good job, providing a comfortable home, alcohol & drug addiction, mental health and other issues affecting the neighborhoods.  The program and its success have now spread into Sandusky.


Kiwanis One Day

Five Kiwanians and two Port Clinton High School Key Clubbers spread mulch in the Rotary Playground at Lakeview Park as part of Kiwanis One Day, a day set aside in April for all Kiwanis


Make your own rain barrel

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD) and Schedel Arboretum & Gardens are partnering to bring a Rain Barrel workshop on Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Schedel


PC boys tennis team loses to Norwalk

Port Clinton Boys tennis team took on Norwalk Thursday in a non-conference match.  The Truckers bested the Redskin 3-2.  This improved Norwalk to 2-0 on the season and dropped Port Clinton to 1-1.


Parents celebrate graduation

On March 19, the eighth class of the Ottawa County Parent Project held a graduation ceremony for six parents. Several distinguished guests, Ottawa County Commissioners Jodi Regal

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