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Winter weather update

Ottawa County is still under a level 3 snow emergency as of 9 a.m. This means all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

A wind chill warning is also in effect in Ottawa County. This is effective until Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m.

Ottawa County Municipal Court is also closed today (Tuesday, Jan. 7).

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Wind Turbines

I am writing in response to the negative responses on birds and wind power. One, in our area there will be a negative impact on the birds that use the wildlife areas and refuges where the turbines are being constructed. Second, these studies and facts come from educated personal within the federal government, state government paid for by the tax payers to get the facts. Both USFWS and ODNR have said there will be impacts on the birds. We are talking millions of birds that flock to the beach ridges along Lake Erie during migration. These protected areas are for the birds since over 300 species can be found in Northern Ohio during migrations. Surely not just for the deer. 

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Memorial Hospital celebrates first baby of 2014

Ericka and Adam Bledsoe with their new son Isaias.

Ericka and Adam Bledsoe of Port Clinton celebrated the birth of their first child on January 1 at Memorial Hospital.

Isaias Felix Bledsoe was born at 4:09 a.m. on Jan. 1. He was the first baby born in the Memorial Hospital Obstetrics Department in 2014. Felix weighed 5 pounds and was 19.5 inches long at birth.

Memorial Hospital's OB department provides family-centered birthing in a safe and comfortable environment. During 2013, the OB department was renovated to increase patient and family comfort. The department is staffed by specially trained nurses, including childbirth educators and certified lactation consultants. In 2013, more than 280 babies were delivered at Memorial Hospital. For more information, visit memorialhcs.org/obstetrics.

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Ottawa County under level 3 snow emergency

As of 9:30 a.m., Ottawa County is under a level 3 snow emergency.

This means all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

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Winter weather update

As of 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6 Ottawa County is under a level 2 snow emergency.

A level 2 snow emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

The City of Port Clinton and the Village of Oak Harbor are under a snow emergency and residents are urged to move their cars off of the street.

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Paul Beck Receives North Central EMS Employee of the Year

North Central EMS employee Paul Beck was recently chosen by his co-workers as the 2013 Employee of the Year. Paul has been employed with NCEMS since 2004, and currently works as a wheelchair driver.    

The employee of the year award is presented to the selected candidate at the company Christmas celebration and is always chosen by the employees. Paul’s co-workers recognized his dedication to providing quality service, as well as his willingness to assist with special projects.

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Port Clinton Lady Redskin bowlers defeat Woodmore

Port Clinton Lady Redskins won their 7th consecutive match in action at Star Lanes at the Harbor in Port Clinton Friday defeating Woodmore 2207-1984.

Alysia Zoeller led the Lady Redskins with games of 192-153. Reilly Wittman added 141-191 and Sam Stroupe 147-156. Courtney Burner rolled 195-187 for Woodmore and Emily Paul added 172-138.

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Local Advocate Eryn Sanders Honored with National Youth Development Award

Eryn Sanders, Rural Outreach Coordinator for The Ability Center of Greater Toledo –Ottawa Office, was awarded the APRIL Linda Gonzalez Award at the National APRIL Conference. 

The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grass roots, consumer controlled, non-profit membership organization consisting of Centers for Independent Living, their satellites and branch offices, state-wide Independent Living Councils, other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America. APRIL hosts an annual conference in rural parts of the country each year. Participants and presenters from all over the United States attend to talk about the impact of rural issues for people with disabilities living in rural America. Each year, at the national APRIL conference, the APRIL Board awards the Linda Gonzales Award to a person who has made a significant impact in rural youth issues. This year Eryn Sanders was honored, receiving the award for her impact on community partnerships in the six rural Counties the Ability Center serves. 

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