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Otterbein named Home Care Elite

Otterbein Home Health was named to the HomeCare Elite for 2013, a national rating of the top 25% home health agencies in the country. The list was based on data compiled by National Research Corporation, and announced in conjunction with DecisionHealth.

HomeCare Elite™ is a list of the most successful home care providers in the United States. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Now in its eighth year, this market-leading review names the top agencies based on a series of performance measures, including quality outcomes, best practices implementation (process measure), the patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance.

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Oak Harbor village wide garage sales June 6-7

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the 5th Annual Village wide Garage Sale Days in Oak Harbor on June 6 and 7. A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Harbor Public Library, and also on oakharborohio.net, starting Wednesday, June 4. If you would like to place your sale on the list, there is a $3 minimum donation. Information must be received by Monday, June 2. For further information, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479.

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Master Gardeners sponsor plant sale

The Ottawa/Sandusky Master Gardeners are sponsoring a plant sale at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Numerous annuals, perennials and vegetable plants will be on sale as well as gardening related items such as garden gloves and bug barns. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening related questions. 

Master Gardener Volunteers provide educational services to their communities such as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities. This annual event is a fund raiser for the Master Gardeners to help them continue to provide these services to Ottawa and Sandusky County communities. For more information, contact Master Gardener Coordinator Becky Lauer at 419-637-2738 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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PCMS hosts grade five orientation

Port Clinton Middle School will be welcoming grade five students on Wednesday, May 28, as part of an orientation program. As a class, students will visit PCMS during the school day for a tour and to learn more about all that is available to them as a sixth grade students next year.  

Later that day, parents of grade five students are invited to attend a special “Parent Chat” to discuss both student and parent expectations. Topics will include the transition from elementary school to middle school, general information, expectations and extra-curricular opportunities for students. The Parent Chat will take place at PCMS at 6:30 p.m. 

More information regarding scheduling and elective classes is available on the school district website, pccsd.net, under News.

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Father and son graduate from water operator training

William Pinkleton (left) with step-father Mark Buxton (right).

Mark Buxton and his stepson, William Pinkleton, both of Port Clinton, received their certificates from the Water Operator’s training class on May 1 at the program’s graduation exercise. They join two Fremont residents in the graduation class.

“This was an opportunity for me to re-invent myself and start a new career path,” Buxton said. 

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Ottawa County Health Department Clinic Schedule May 19-23

Unless otherwise noted all clinics are at the Ottawa County Health Department with appointments being made by calling 419-734-6800 or 1-800-788-8803.

May 19

Immunization Clinic (including flu/pneumonia shots) 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
WIC Clinic 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

May 20

WIC Clinic 12:45-4:30 p.m.

May 21

Family Planning 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Immunization Clinic (including flu/pneumonia shots) 2-6:30 p.m.
TB Clinic (no appointment necessary) 3-4 p.m.

May 22

Well Child, STD and Family Planning Clinic 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

May 23

TB Clinic (no appointment necessary) 3-4 p.m.
WIC Clinic 7:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

For home health please call 419-734-6800.

Speakers are available for your group by calling the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6800 or 1-800-788-8803.

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Biking with Your Dog

By Kim Salerno

When you think about the activities that you can do with your dog, your list might look like this: walk, run, play fetch. With such a short list, you probably cycle through these pretty quickly. Why not shake things up a bit and introduce your dog to something new? Spring and summer are wonderful times to ride your bike and the best part is that your dog can come with you. It's the perfect way to bond and reconnect with your pooch and enjoy that fresh spring air together.

Can Any Dog Bike?

It makes sense that a healthy dog that's used to walking, running, or hiking is a great candidate for a bike mate. But what if your dog is small and doesn't need much exercise? Don't worry! There are a few different ways that will allow your dog to join you so you don't have to leave that wagging tail and adorable little face behind.

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First Magruder Hospital VIP Club Trip of 2014

The deadline to sign up for Magruder Hospital’s first VIP Club Trip of 2014, a two-day trip to Amish country in Sugarcreek, Ohio, is Monday, June 9.  The trip will take place on Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30.  Cost per person will be $294 each for double occupancy. 

The group will depart from the City/County Complex on West Perry Street at 7:30 a.m. on July 29.   The first part of the trip includes a tour of the Behalt Mural and lunch on your own at the Farmstead Restaurant.  Then there will be stops at the Heinis Cheese Chalet and Coblentz Chocolates.  Dinner, which is included, will be at Katie Schrock’s Amish home that evening and the group will stay at the Carlisle Inn.

Day two includes a tour of Rolling Ridge Ranch, Hershberger Bakery and lunch, which is included, at the Dutch Valley Restaurant.  The group will then enjoy live theater in the round at the Carlisle Inn, with The Confession a musical by Beverly Lewis. This musical is based on the Amish novels by award winning Beverly Lewis. The day ends with a trip to the Breitenbach Winery before heading home, arriving back in town around 8:15 p.m. 

Flyers for all the 2014 trips can be found at the Main Lobby and Outpatient desks at the hospital.  These trips are open to the public and being a VIP Club member is not required.  For more information or to sign up for any of these trips, call Marty Willis at 419-265-2479 or Rachel Fall at 419-732-4061.

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Otterbein hosts “Know it All” Lunch and Learn

Area retirees are invited attend a complimentary lunch and program called “Know it All!” on Tuesday, May 27, beginning at noon. The lunch will be held at The Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community in Lakeside-Marblehead. A presentation covering household tips, including 2000 uses for WD40, will follow lunch. The presentation will also provide a recap of the Rick Hunsicker senior real estate seminar hosted in April at the Otterbein community. Guests will go home with a can of WD40 and a Hunsicker Senior Planning Guide. Reservations are necessary and space is limited. Call Jo Ann Franks, Independent Lifestyle Counselor, at 419-798-8250 to for more information and to make reservations.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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Ohio ranked 16th most bicycle friendly state

The League of American Bicyclists released its 2014 Bicycle Friendly States ranking today and Ohio placed #16 nationally as being a leader in creating a bicycle friendly culture.

“Bicycling is a growing transportation choice and activity for many Ohioans,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We continue to support investment in programs and infrastructure which improve safety and connectivity.”

To help improve the state’s previous ranking by 50 percent, ODOT partnered with several communities, agencies, businesses, and bike advocacy groups, including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Bicycle Federation, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations around the state, to enhance and encourage bicycle friendly education, investment and policy.

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