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Free summer programs at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is offering a variety of nature programs throughout the summer. All programs are offered free of charge and while organizers would like who is coming, no advanced registration is needed.
• Night Hike — meets at the bird center at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2
• Parents of preschoolers will want to mark the following Fridays on their calendars:  June 8 and 22, July 13 and 27 and Aug. 3 and 24. Special activities from “Growing Up Wild” will be held at the Bird Center from 10 to 10:45 a.m.  Each session will include going outside.
• Kids like to fish? Bring them out to the pond at the Bird Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, for a Kids Fishing Day. Bring a chair; poles and bait will be provided. The marsh will have some folks available to show you how it’s done. You may keep the fish you catch or return them to the pond. Also on June 16 will be the monthly Hike the Dikes walk. Meet at the Bird Center at 9 a.m. to explore the summer residents of the marsh. Attend three Hike the Dikes walks to earn a hickory walking stick.

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K. of C. collecting for Measure Up Campaign

Most of the fraternal organizations in the United States have fundraising efforts for their own “flagship” charities. The flagship charity of the Ohio Knights of Columbus has long been the support of citizens with developmental disabilities. On Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, the Oak Harbor K. of C. will conduct the annual “Measure Up Campaign” at Oak Harbor Community Market. This street collection raises funds to provide additional programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.  

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Joyful Connections raising awareness

Karen Demangos, then executive director of Joyful Connections, was recently honored with the Larry L. Noblitt Liberty Bell Award. The accolade was given by the Ottawa County Bar Association for outstanding service to the community for her work at the supervised exchange and visitation site in Oak Harbor.
“It was very exciting,” Demangos said, but not just for personal reasons. “I’m just glad for Joyful Connections to get this recognition.”
Perfect timing.
May is Supervised Visitation Awareness Month and the local organization is using this — and the representative orange ribbon — to get the word out about what they do. There is a coloring contest, the Rally for the Kids event last weekend in Bassett’s Market parking lot and literature being handed out around town.
The board for Joyful Connections was formed in 2007 as a Leadership Ottawa County class project. Next came bylaws, 501(c)(3) status, the hiring of an executive director and securing the site at 8200 W. Ohio 163, Oak Harbor.
“There was nothing here but junk,” Demangos said.

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