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Second annual Oak Harbor Community Cleanup Day

The second annual Oak Harbor Community Cleanup Day will be April 28. Service clubs, youth groups, homeowner associations, community groups, businesses, families and individuals are encouraged to take part in this annual event. The goal is to clean up debris and trash from the downtown community. Community Markets will be providing the Dumpsters for this event. Participants will be meeting in the back of Community Markets parking lot at 9 a.m. and will clean until approximately 11 a.m.
If you or your group would like to sign up, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479.
This event is being coordinated by the Oak Harbor Downtown Committee in conjunction with the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Juvenile Court presents 'Bridges out of Poverty' seminar

The Ottawa County Juvenile Court, in conjunction with the United Way of Ottawa County, Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services and Ottawa County CASA, presents nationally recognized speaker Jodi Pfarr on “Bridges out of Poverty” on Friday, April 20, at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge. “Bridges out of Poverty” is a book and an approach that helps employers, community organizations, social service agencies and individuals address poverty in a comprehensive way. People from all economic classes come together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes and support those that are moving out of poverty. This day-long seminar will present methods to counter poverty and its impact on people and businesses in the community.  For information, contact Cheryl Seigley at the Ottawa County Juvenile Court at 419-734-7719.

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St. Joseph’s will celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy

St. Joseph Catholic Church will celebrate “The Feast of Divine Mercy” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15. All are invited for this special occasion. The hour of prayer will include scripture readings and songs of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Veneration of the Image of the Divine Mercy, The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (sung), Litany of Praise and Prayers for the Church. The event will be lead by St. Joseph Choir. This is an opportunity to invite family, neighbors, friends and those who have been away from God and the Church. Refreshments and social will follow in the parish hall. The church is located at 822 Barclay St., Marblehead,

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Spaces available for fishing instructor workshop

Spaces are still available for adults, groups or conservation clubs who have a sincere interest in taking kids fishing and want to become certified fishing instructors, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. A free workshop is available on Wednesday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place at Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay.

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Walk on the Wild Side

The second annual Walk on the Wild Side at Magee Marsh will be at 9:30 a.m. May 12. Proceeds from the walk will support our Weeds to Wildflowers project.
The Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, purchased by the Ohio Division of Wildlife in August 1951, lies in some of Ohio’s finest remaining wetlands. The marsh complex has historically been inhabited by large numbers of waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds and songbirds. The primary responsibility at Magee Marsh is the development and maintenance of high quality wetland habitat for a diverse array of wetland wildlife species.

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Community Calendar — April 5 and beyond

Bingo

  • WHAT: Prizes will be awarded to all winners, refreshments are served, open to the public
  • WHEN: 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Vineyard on Catawba's Community Center, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Dr., Port Clinton
  • COST: $1 donation per card
  • INFO: 419-797-3100
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Sound Off — April 5

Castle or bunker?
It’s been said that a man’s home is his castle. I’m wondering about that … especially if you live in the east end of Port Clinton. It may be that a sound-proof bunker would be more appropriate.

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Ottawa County's Best Kept Secrets

The Leadership Class of 2012 is looking to shed light on Ottawa County’s best kept secrets — those little-known projects locals quietly undertake to help others. These volunteers donate their time or efforts for nothing more than the satisfaction of knowing they have made someone’s day a little brighter or their life a little easier. If you know of such a project, e-mail details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Bombers drop in on PC

Two World War II planes along with their crews landed at Carl Keller Field Monday as part of annual training exercises. The group — from the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Mich., — brought B-17 and B-25 bombers out for check rides for the first time after maintenance.
“Once a year we have to have the check rides for all of our pilots who fly this aircraft,” said Gene Wedekemper, volunteer with the Yankee Museum and 747 pilot for Delta Airlines.
The check rides are thorough and demanding, according to Wedekemper. They include simulated engine failure, various emergency situations and multiple approaches, similar to the check rides used by the professional airlines.

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Author sets off on lakeside adventure

Loreen Niewenhuis stopped for a quick photo on the beach at Magee Marsh before setting off on the second day of her 1,000-mile hike. PHOTO BY ANGIE ZAMAuthor Loreen Niewenhuis set off on a 1,000-mile journey around the Great Lakes Sunday in Ottawa County.
Her walk — which will touch each of the five great lakes — isn’t the first time she’s taken to the shore. In 2009, Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan which led to “A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach,” a book chronicling her adventure along with the geology, ecology and other fascinating aspects of this Great Lake.
“During my hike around Lake Michigan, I became captivated with the Great Lakes, our vast Inland Seas. I decided that one adventure wasn’t enough. I wanted to touch all five of these amazing bodies of water and to explore their importance in my next book,” she said.

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