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Four Oak Harbor graduates receive American FFA degree

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree of advancement in the FFA, and is achieved by only the elite members. The prestigious honor was bestowed on all four Oak Harbor/Penta FFA graduates. Achieving this honor and in attendance were Tyler Kitzler, Lanee Sandwisch, and Jackie Lacumsky; while Bret Braun was recognized though not in attendance. All four members participated in many of the chapter’s career development teams, while being actively involved in a number of school and community activities.

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Port Clinton High School Key Club recognized at Walleye Drop

On New Year’s Eve Port Clinton High School Key Club received a $500 check. The check was presented to the PCHS Key Club for their many years of service organizing the New Year’s Eve children’s fun night that is held from 4-7 p.m. The club has chosen to donate the award money to the Kiwanis International Worldwide Service Project to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus.

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Grant Applications Invited

The Ottawa County Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations in or serving Ottawa County to submit requests for grant funding to the Foundation. The Foundation makes grants to programs in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environments, natural resources and the arts. The Foundation serves to provide for the enrichment of the quality of life in the Ottawa County community.

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Danbury Zoning Commission seeks potential member

If you have interest in serving on the Danbury Township Zoning Commission, call Zoning Inspector Kathryn Dale at 419-734-6120 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the activities of this board. The Zoning Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month and is responsible for amendments to the zoning resolution and map. To be considered for a board position your residence of record must be Danbury Township. An application for appointed positions is available at the Township Zoning Department or at www.danburytownship.com. Applications should be returned to the Zoning Inspector. Currently there is an opening for an alternate position on the Zoning Commission.

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Visitors Bureau installs new board members

The Ottawa County Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees is pleased to announce its new officers for 2013. Serving as President is Greg Peiffer, President & GM of Ottawa Broadcasting (WPCR, WPIB). Vice President is Linda Aigler from AAA Northwest Ohio. Secretary is Allen Cabral, who owns several vacation rental properties in the area. Treasurer is Nicole DeFreitas who recently opened her own business, DeFreitas Events & Travel. The Immediate Past President is Kim Kaufman, Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory. 

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Ottawa County Board of DD names Groscost as Community Employment Coordinator

Sue Groscost was hired in Dec. 2012 by the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OCBDD) as a Community Employment Coordinator. A Community Employment Coordinator is responsible for finding job openings in the community for people served by the board. Sue will be doing job placement, training and/or coaching and follow up to ensure both employer and employee satisfaction.

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OCTA offers senior citizens free trips

If you use OCTA for your transportation needs, Ottawa County Senior Resources along with the Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) will once again be able to provide free trips for eligible seniors (you must be 60 years of age or older). To obtain free trips, complete a registration form from either Senior Resources or your local Senior Center. Forms can be returned to Senior Resources, your local Senior Center or OCTA.

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Christmas tree and light recycling

To recycle your live Christmas trees, remove all decorations and tinsel.

Danbury Township: Drop trees at the fenced area behind the Township Hall garage

Village of Marblehead: Trees will be picked up at the curb through the month of January.

Village of Oak Harbor: Place trees at the curb for pickup through the month of January.

Port Clinton: Trees will be collected at the curb through January 16.

Lowe’s stores accept used Christmas lights for recycling, as well as compact fluorescent bulbs and re-chargeable batteries

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Blankets for Cherry Street Mission

Oak Harbor United Methodist Church is collecting blankets for the Cherry St. Mission in Toledo. A dedication will be held Sunday, Jan.13. Blankets can be dropped off at the church Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A potluck will be held after the 10:30 service. Any questions, call Darlene at 419-898-0659.

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A Merry Christmas in the Conestoga West End

On Sunday, Dec. 23, Lee Horne, Mayor of Port Clinton Vince Leone and his wife Suzi, Chief of Police Rob Hickman and his wife Roseann and John L. Sullivan handed out gifts in the Conestoga West End of Port Clinton. Horne has wanted to do this project for several years. This year he found the support to make his wish come true and enrich the Christmas of many children.

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