Otterbein Awards honor those who give back

Otterbein Homes President and CEO Jill Hreben, along with Regional Executive Director Tom Keith, recently bestowed special recognition to individuals and companies who have supported the mission of Otterbein North Shore in an exemplary manner.

Port Clinton resident Rock Sherer was named Employee of the Year for going above and beyond every day. His nominator asked residents what they thought of Sherer and they replied that he’s dependable, can always be counted on to get the job done, and do it with a good attitude and a smile.

Since 1998, not a year has gone by that resident Art Soderberg, Philanthropist of the Year, hasn’t made a charitable contribution to Otterbein North Shore. He is passionate about benevolent care and has supported it through regular giving. He has supported Otterbein partners through appreciation giving, and has made countless memorial gifts for friends and neighbors who have passed away.

Art was a strong advocate for Otterbein’s efforts to raise funds for the nursing beds, which resulted in the No. 1 Ohio ranked Jane Baker House. His personal donation was a lead gift and he assisted in with acquiring other gifts, including from The Gypsum Company where he was employed for many years. The Gypsum Foundation also made a matching gift on Art’s behalf.

Ruth Muntis was honored as Resident Volunteer of the Year for playing the piano at the Wednesday church service and during meals.

Catawba Island resident Bob Martin, was named Community Volunteer of the Year for being available to help with transportation, driving the Otterbein bus to church services and outings.

Provider of the Year was the Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) for their help in assuring Otterbein North Shore elders remain independent. Their nomination by Director of Nursing Jen Lenthe said, “whether traveling to a doctor’s appointment or taking a trip to the local store, OCTA offers ease of scheduling, unlimited availability, affordable fares, quality service, and a driving staff that truly treat the Otterbein family like their own.”

Otterbein North Shore is located at 9400 North Shore Boulevard, in Danbury Township.  For more information contact Robyn Karbler at 419-798-8254.  Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available on its web site at


Danbury physicals

Danbury Local Schools will be hosting their physical night on Wednesday, June 5th beginning at 5 p.m. at Dr. Jackson's office in Marblehead. You must be a Danbury Student to attend and you must have the physical form filled out prior to the physical. Times are as follows: Middle School Girls at 5 p.m., High School Girls @ 5:15, Middle School Boys @ 5:45, & High School Boys at 6:00.


CMP to hold BB gun demonstrations at 2013 Walleye Festival

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will once again offer free BB Gun demonstrations at the 33rd Annual Walleye Festival at Port Clinton’s Waterworks Park.

Kids of all ages, including supervised kids under 18, are welcome to visit the CMP’s portable BB Gun range on the festival grounds and try their hand at some old-time marksmanship fun.

Christie Sewell, CMP General Manager, says last year’s appearance of the portable range at the festival was a first-time success.“We were excited to have so many people stop by our inflatable BB Gun range to shoot at a target for the first time or to reminisce about shooting a BB Gun when they were kids,” Sewell said.

“We are also extremely proud to have our name associated with the 2013 Walleye Festival Grand Parade. The CMP staff has always enjoyed being in the parade with our vehicles and this year’s parade will be extra-special.”

The portable range will be open to festival-goers all Memorial Day weekend long, with hours of operation 5-7 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday.

The range is completely enclosed and has two firing positions with target runners. Instructors work with shooters one-on-one to teach them shooting safety rules and marksmanship techniques using Daisy youth BB guns such as the famous Daisy Red Ryder.

The CMP hopes that some of the families who experience the BB Gun range at the festival will be encouraged to visit the organization’s 80-firing-point indoor airgun Marksmanship Center at Camp Perry, site of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Airgun. CMP’s Marksmanship Center is a family-friendly facility and will be open for public shooting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the conclusion of the 2013 National Matches in July and August.  The CMP also holds monthly airgun matches for sporter and precision air rifle shooters.

Thanks to its increased popularity, the CMP Marksmanship Center will be undergoing a major expansion for several months beginning this summer, adding a reception area, changing rooms for competition shooters, common areas, eating areas and larger classrooms.


Barge parties cancelled

The Sandusky Bay Barge Parties which have been held the last few years off Bay Point on the south shore of Marblehead have been cancelled for 2013, according to an online Facebook posting by the organizers. They have held two per year over the past few years, on the last Saturday in June and July. As you can see from the  photo the events were extremely popular with the boaters of Lake Erie. According to a report in the Sandusky Register, event organizer Shaun Bickley of Sandusky said the primary reason for cancelling is financial. He cited increasing insurance costs as the primary culprit. Bickley and his partners brought a dredging and construction barge from Sandusky to the sand bar south of Marblehead and converted it into a giant stage with local bands entertaining the revelers.


Sixth Street Project

The Sixth Street Reconstruction Project has been bid and a contract awarded to Underground Utilities of Monroeville, Ohio. The work is scheduled to start at the end of May and will continue to November, 2013. The project limits, for the work on Sixth Street, are from Fulton Street to Harrison Street.

With the project now scheduled to start, there will be a public meeting for residents, businesses and stakeholders. on May 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Port Clinton City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1868 East Perry Street. At this meeting the contractor and the City’s engineering team involved with this work will be introduced. In addition the following will be discussed:

  1. General overview of the project
  2. Contractor schedule
  3. Maintenance of Traffic / Detour (local access only)
  4. Access to your property
  5. Public and emergency services
  6. Safety
  7. Special needs /Events
  8. Project communication and Notices
  9. Questions

Baumann Auto Center goes to bat for PC youth baseball

Baumann Auto Center has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution and invitations to free instructional clinics for Port Clinton Youth Baseball, as well as an opportunity for community members to enter the Free Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes.


Lakevue Marina Kayak Demo Day to benefit the Ottawa County Humane Society

When: Sunday, June 2n d 2013 from 11-?
Cost: $20 per person. All proceeds go to the Ottawa County Humane Society.
Where: Lakevue Marina- 8549 N. Shore Blvd. Lakeside, Ohio 43440
What: A fun day to try every kayak in our fleet. You can peddle, paddle, sail, and fish with these kayaks. Representatives from Hobie Kayak will be on hand to answer questions. Hot dogs and Brats will be served.
For more info contact Jodi at 419-297-6477 or Tony at 419-798-5221


NBOH promotes food drive

National Bank of Ohio, headquartered in Oak Harbor, has kicked off a “Cans 4 All” food drive campaign. NBOH wants to give back to the community by lending a helping hand to the local food bank. The theme “Feeding The Need In Our Communities; You Can Bank On It!” will be featured on their parade float at festivals in the area. The first parade will be in Oregon May 19h, followed by a parade in Port Clinton on May 25 and in Genoa May 31. They will then finish up the year at the Apple Festival Parade in Oak Harbor on October 12. The theme  is displayed on the float, in their banking offices and in other business locations in the community with large posters and bright yellow collection bags. 

The public is invited to stop by one of the displays, pick up a bag or two, fill it with non-perishable/canned food items and return it to one of the banking locations. Along the parade route bank employees will be passing out bright yellow collection bags for people to use to fill with candy from the parade, then to refill with a donation for the food bank to bring to one of the banking offices.

NBOH has been in business since 1934 and is an independently-owned provider of financial services to businesses and consumers. Currently, NBOH operates four full service offices located in Oak Harbor, Curtice, Port Clinton and Oregon, along with two loan production offices in Perrysburg and Fremont. They invite you to join them and be a part of ‘feeding the need’.


The Earthquakers will rock the tent at the Walleye Festival

Back by popular demand, the Earthquakers will be performing at the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival on Friday, May 24, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent sponsored by Baumann Auto Group.  Brothers Jacob Byler, Seth Byler and Isaiah Work left all their cares at the door to have the time of their lives.  They brought together the power of rhythm to create this unique band.  Check out their website at  For a complete schedule of events at the Walleye Festival, visit


2013 Compost Workshop

Composting is one form of recycling that can happen right in your backyard. Catawba Island Township, Sandusky County Park District, Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District are sponsoring a Compost Workshop on Wednesday, May 22nd. The Compost Workshop will demonstrate how composting yard waste, food scraps, and other organic materials are used to create a nutrient-rich soil conditioner for yard or garden. 

Pre-registration is required to attend one of two available sessions because of limited space. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, May 21. The first session will begin at 10 a.m. and the evening session will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be a charge of $5 to participate.

Each year the workshop is sponsored in one of the District’s three counties. The 2013 workshop will be featured in Ottawa County at the Catawba Island Township building located at 4822 E. Cemetery Road, Port Clinton. The compost workshop is open to all District residents including all residents of Fostoria and Bellevue. 

“It doesn’t make any sense to throw away materials that can be turned into compost in your backyard,” said Tim Wasserman, Director of the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District.  "We want to offer these workshops to educate residents on the proper way to create and maintain a compost pile.”

The workshop will cover basic techniques and essentials of composting.  These aspects include the composting process, materials to place in your pile, common compost problems and other helpful information.

Registered participants will be put into a drawing to win composting and gardening door prizes.  In addition, participants will be provided with snacks and a tour of Catawba Island Township's compost area and Cedar Meadow Nature Preserve.

Residents may pre-register by calling the Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District office at 419-898-1595. Information regarding the workshop can also be found on the OSS Solid Waste District’s website at or on Facebook at Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene or on Twitter by searching: OSS Solid Waste @Aim2BGreen. For more information call the District's main office at 419-334-7222 or toll-free at 1-888-850-7224.

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