County Veteran Receives Recognition

From left to right: Roger Akins, Ottawa County Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal, Ottawa County Commissioner Steven Arndt, and Ottawa County Commissioner James Sass

On May 27, the Ottawa County Commissioners recognized Ottawa County veteran Roger Akins, American Legion Post 113, Port Clinton.  

Roger Akins served with the Ohio National Guard from February 1970-May 1974 and the United States Army Reserve from May 1974-February 1976.  He completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Once he finished basic training, Roger went onto AIT and trained as a Combat Engineer.  


Otterbein Awards honor those who give back

Back row:  Otterbein North Shore Executive DirectorTom Keith, Otterbein Homes President/CEO Jill Hreben, Community Service of the Year award winner – The Ida Rupp Library, represented by Mary Breymaier and Sue Estep. Front:  Janet Clark, Resident Volunteer of the Year; Betty Schrock, Community Volunteer of the Year; Destiny McMurray, Partner of the Year and Marilyn Infield, Philanthropist of the Year.

Otterbein Homes President and CEO, Jill Hreben, along with Otterbein North Shore Executive Tom Keith, recently bestowed special recognition to individuals and companies who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of the senior community located in Danbury Township near Lakeside.

Resident Marilyn Infield graciously received the Philanthropist of the Year award for thoughtful and generous gifts throughout 2013.  Specifically, in memory of her husband, Dean, Marilyn donated the funds to purchase a new bus for ONS community use.


Design a transit system

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is asking Ohio residents to design the transit system that they would like to ride.

ODOT has designed an interactive tool and survey that lets users decide what the priorities should be and matches those with the dollars it takes to deliver them. The survey also illustrates the community benefits based on how funds are spent, helping users understand the trade-offs that decision-makers must face as they invest in our transit systems. 

For example, residents of urban areas like Akron or Toledo may want more bus service, running more often, on more days. Those who live in rural areas like Athens or Holmes counties may want van service that takes them to medical appointments or shopping locations. All across Ohio, residents may be thinking of new types of vehicles, services, and technology, which the survey will also help measure.

Ohioans are encouraged to use the interactive tool and take the online survey by June 30.

The interactive tool is located at Click “Proceed to Next Page” to be guided to the corresponding Ohio Transit Survey. (Google Chrome users may need to use only “” to access the page.)

The survey findings will assist ODOT’s evaluation of how transit needs and preferences vary by audience, region and experience. This feedback, along with other analyses of Ohio’s unique transit needs and the nation’s best practices, will shape recommendations produced by the ODOT Statewide Transit Needs Study, expected by the end of this year.

For more information on the ODOT study, visit


Local Art Graces Visitor Center

Photo by Barbara Radebaugh

Visitors and locals will have the opportunity to view the Splendor of Lake Erie at a special exhibit at the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center West.   The exhibit features  a variety of lake art from local artists Celeste Mycoskie, Put-in-Bay; Barbara Radebaugh, Catawba Island; Rosemary Schramm, Port Clinton and Jim Siemer, Columbus and Middle Bass Island, and will run through Labor Day.

Mycoskie, a watercolor artist, spent summers on PIB as a teen and enjoys sketching and painting the island offerings.   Her annual calendar with 12 island views has become a collector’s item. 

Radebaugh, a watercolor artist and photographer, paints or photographs unusual scenes from the wonders of nature that surround the beauty that is Lake Erie.  Her macro of a mayfly either thrills people or makes them say “eww!”


Tickets on Sale for Red Cross Bavarian Summer Gala

The American Red Cross of Ottawa County announces tickets are now on sale for Club Red's, A Bavarian Summer Fest - Willkommen! This seventh annual gala will take place on Friday, July 18, at 6 p.m. at the Catawba Island Club pavilion situated along the beautiful Lake Erie shore.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their most creative Alpine attire for this historically sold-out affair. The evening's festivities will feature German fare and décor to compliment this year's theme. The Bavarian Garden will host music and entertainment from the Edelweiss Combo along with libations provided by The Great Lakes Brewing Company and German vintner, Max Ferd Richter.  Live and silent auctions will be available for attendees to bid on throughout the evening.

"The success of the event is due to the dedication and stewardship of the generous members of our community," states Carol Schemmer, this year's gala chair. "It's a reflection of their eagerness to provide not only hope, but actual help to our friends, families, and neighbors in their darkest hours when they need it the most."


OCIC hosting Building & Sustaining Business Success seminar

On Wednesday, June 11, Ottawa County Improvement Corporation will be sponsoring a seminar on an interactive Executive Briefing, focusing on the “5-Step Closed Loop Process” approach to producing positive results in top line revenues and bottom line profits.  Topics will include HR, Sales, Marketing, Motivation, Leadership, Production and Customer Satisfaction.  The seminar is free and will be held at the Ottawa County Resource Centre from 8-10 a.m. Breakfast will also be provided.  Please RSVP to Jessica Kowalski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419.898.6242.


National Nursing Home Week

The residents and staff of Edgewood Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to National Nursing Home Week.  The week was full of many fun and exciting activities that would not have been possible without the help of these local businesses.

Hair Quarters Salon
Anything Automotive
Otto & Urban Greenhouse/ Flowers
Bergman Orchards
Bell Mel Pizza
Pizza Hut
No Limits Salon
Coffee Express
Avery’s Café & Catering
Port Clinton Ford
Miller Boat Line
Monsoon Lagoon Water Park
Pizza House
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
Great Wolf Lodge
Brandy’s Steak House
Tri Motor Sales
Perfect Color Hair & Tan
SmartStyle Family Hair Salon
Landmark Hair Studio
Tropicana Tan 
Eagles Ladies Auxiliary

Thank you, again, to these businesses for their generosity.

Carolyn Legg
Activities Director
Edgewood Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center


A Day on the Wild Side

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District in cooperation with Winous Point Marsh Conservancy; ODNR Division of Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invite youth fifth through eighth grades to spend A Day on the Wild Side. The camp will be held on Thursday, July 24, at the Winous Point Hunt Club in Port Clinton from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Participants will want to bring waders or old tennis shoes, a change of clothes (just in case), binoculars or cameras and an appetite (lunch is included). Sessions included are: archery, bird banding, fishing, plant investigating, the importance of habitat, shooting, and the history of the Winous Point Hunt Club, North America’s Oldest Hunt Club.  

Cost to attend A Day on the Wild Side is $20 and is limited to 60 participants.  If you are interested in attending, please call 419-898-1595.

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