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B-C-S School Board Celebrates Progress

Present for the December District Highlight at the B-C-S Board of Education meeting regarding improvements at the OHHS Softball Field include (left to right): Mr. E.J. Croll, Coach Chris Rawski, Superintendent Guy Parmigian, and Director of Athletics Drew Grahl.

There were several issues to celebrate and appreciate at the Dec. 17 meeting of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Board of Education.  First, Superintendent Guy Parmigian extended commendations on behalf of the Board to Mrs. Karen Gruber, Principal at R.C. Waters Elementary School, and the staff at R.C. Waters Elementary School for being named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education.  Principal Gruber pointed to the efforts and teamwork of all staff at R.C. Waters who helped to make this award possible.  R.C. Waters Elementary School was the only school in Ottawa County to earn the High Progress School of Honor recognition.  Next, Athletic Director Drew Grahl awarded commendations to 2013 Cross Country State Qualifier Tyler Sievert.

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AAA Northwest Ohio offers Tipsy Tow for New Year’s

AAA works year round to educate motorists about driving practices that will keep them safe and reduce traffic related crashes and injuries. To help members and non-members celebrate safely this New Year’s, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 through 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. While AAA encourages party goers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol this holiday, the Tipsy Tow service is available to assist those who find themselves in an impaired situation and need to get their vehicles home safely.

To take advantage of the Tipsy Tow service:

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Browns fire Chudzinski after one season

After another lackluster season, the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski.

The move, which came as a surprise to many, comes after a 4-12 year that saw Cleveland lose seven straight games after entering their bye week with a 4-5 mark on Nov. 3 while holding out hope for a playoff run. 

The Browns had an up-and-down season that, at times, showed signs of promise before the team ended the year on a sour note. After starting the year 0-2 behind some awful quarterback play from Brandon Weeden, Chudzinski replaced him with backup Brian Hoyer, who led the team to three straight wins before injuring his knee in a win over Buffalo in week 5 that cost him the rest of the season. Weeden returned, only to struggle, and Jason Campbell was later named the starter. Ultimately, the team's lack of consistent play at quarterback held them back.

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Christmas Tree Recycling

As our holiday season comes to a close and Christmas trees are ready to be taken down the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District has compiled information on how to dispose of your live Christmas tree in your community. Trees must be free of all decorations and tinsel.

In Ottawa County:

City of Port Clinton- 419-734-5522
Trees will be collected at the curb Dec. 26-Jan. 13

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Spring real estate classes begin January 7

Terra State Community College and the Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies will be offering pre-licensure real estate courses on Terra's campus spring semester.

These courses are the four required courses to the real estate license exam and include: Principles and Practices of Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Law and Real Estate Appraisal.

The Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies is the oldest real estate pre-licensing school in Ohio. They have helped launch many successful careers as real estate sales agents, brokers, appraisers, trainers, managers and personal assistants.

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Thank you from Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services

Dear Editor:

The Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services would like to thank all of the community members who have worked and contributed to meet the needs of the less fortunate this holiday season.  There are often times when we see needs that government programs are not designed to meet, especially at the holidays.  Your efforts exemplify the caring and giving community in which we live.

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The Village Square

By Robert Hruska Marblehead Zoning Administrator

Happy New Year everybody!  I hope this letter finds you well.

In case you thought you heard more construction trucks going by this year: you did!  We had 20 new homes built in the village in 2013. That is twice as many homes as in 2012. We also issued permits for 4 house additions and a dozen accessory structures including four fences, three sheds, several garages and a swimming pool.

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The Gift of Knowledge

It is approaching the New Year. The best gift you can give for the holidays and the New Year is the gift of knowledge of your personal information. 

I have all of my financial affairs in order.

That is fine but does anyone else know these facts other than you?  Does your spouse know of every bank you utilize and what type of accounts are in these banks? Do you know if there is a lockbox, and if so, do you know where the key is stored?  This may sound trivial but upon a serious illness or death it can be crucial that your spouse or child be in position to continue to keep the home front running.

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Put-In-Bay favorite Ray Fogg playing show at Strikers

Courtesy of rayfogg.net

As the winter blahs set in, a fixture of the summer party scene will be coming to town. Popular Put-In-Bay entertainer Ray Fogg will bring his one-man show of island fun to Fremont for a single performance at Strikers (at Plaza Lanes) on Saturday, Jan. 25. Showtime will be 9 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Seating will be limited. Tickets are available by calling 419-332-1192.

Ray Fogg has become a favorite of islanders and tourists alike at Put-In-Bay. He performs about 50 shows on the island during the season. Cleveland’s Sun Papers said, “What attracts people to Fogg’s shows is his ability to write, and better yet ad lib, edgy comical songs and anecdotes perfectly suited to a beer-drinking crowd.”

For more information call Strikers at 419-332-1192 or Ray Fogg Productions at 216-749-3334.

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