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Are these the dog days of summer?

I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell if it’s still summer or the start of an early fall around here. There have been some mornings where we were headed out on the lake at sunrise and the morning air was chilly, and the sky had that cold crisp look to it that you often see in the fall. Normally, our attire would be shorts and a t-shirt with the hope that it wouldn’t get too hot out. But, lately, we’ve donned our pants and jackets over our shorts hoping it got warm enough later in the morning to take off our outer layers.

Along with this confusion on how to dress for the weather, is the confusion on how to approach the fishing. I have only been fishing for perch since my return from my dream vacation, so like many of you, I can only read about the walleye fishing, or talk to friends who have been walleye fishing.

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Ottawa County Juvenile Court receives state certification

Judge Kathleen L. Giesler and Intensive Supervision Officer Mike Reynolds.

Judge Kathleen L. Giesler is pleased to announce that the Families and Court Together program (FACT) has earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.    In order to receive the certification, the court had to submit an application, undergo a site visit, and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards.

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Williams Syndrome Awareness Night

At Danbury High School’s Biro Field on Friday, September 19, at 6 p.m. there will be a Williams Syndrome Awareness Night. The event is for friends and family of all ages to come and learn about Williams Syndrome.

The evening will be filled with music, dancing, games and walking the track. There will be a prize drawing and cash donations will be accepted at the door.

For any questions contact Julie Oglesbee at 419-340-0827.

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Ottawa County Safety Council celebrates Addiction Recovery Month

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to applaud the improvements made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. 

Now in its 25th year, Recovery Month highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need. For more information, please visit http://www.recoverymonth.gov. 

This month’s Ottawa County Safety Council monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, September 17, at the Magruder Hospital Conference Center. Lunch and networking will be from 11-11:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Tally Gallogly from Summit EAP speaking on drug free workplaces. The meeting and presentation will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242 by September 15 for the monthly meeting.

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Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival lights up the harbor

Over September 6 and 7 Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival, sponsored by The Perry Group, was held on Put-in-Bay. 

On Saturday, at 10 a.m., there was a wreath laying ceremony to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie. The United State Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay took participants to the battle site. 

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Top three place holders announced for Best of the Best competition

The votes have been counted and we have the winners of the Best of the Best competition, but we are only releasing who received first, second or third place until the award’s ceremony Thursday, September 18, at Mon Ami. Over the last week, letters of congratulations were sent to businesses, organizations and people placing in the competition. The top three winners of each category are:

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A Day of Caring for Kids in Ottawa County

September 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. organizations that work with children in Ottawa County will provide information about how adults can get involved.   There will be interactive fun for children and adults.  Hot Dogs, chips and beverages will be provided along with a celebrity dunk tank and 50/50 raffle.

Lake Erie Adventure Play will have a pop-up event where adults can use their imaginations and see what it would take to be a LEAP volunteer.  

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Marblehead sets open house for Village bike path meeting

By Ron Royhab

Marblehead Mayor Jackie Bird has scheduled an informational meeting at Village Hall for Marblehead residents and merchants who may want to learn more about Village plans to construct a bikeway path along two-miles of SR 163 to improve the safety of bikers and walkers. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

In 2013, Marblehead received a grant for this project from the Ohio Department of Transportation.  ODOT will pay 80% of the project cost and the Village 20%.  There will be no assessment or charges to the residents or businesses. Construction, under the supervision of ODOT, is scheduled to begin September 1, 2015 and completed by November 1, 2015.

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Remembering 9/11: A tribute

By Lynette Ellis

Though the fish weren’t biting, the fishing excursion for the 66 veterans of the past four major war conflicts was free along with the fish fry that followed. Tibbels Marina recently paid host to the Fourth Annual Veterans Fishing Excursion. What started as a way to remember the victims of 9.11 as well as the soldiers past and currently in fighting to keep our land free, has now also become a way to celebrate the life of the man who originated the veterans fishing day.

Jack Tibbel lived over 70 years on the shores Erie, making his livelihood from the waters. His knowledge of the joys as well as the pitfalls of the lake gained him the respect of fellow fisherman. Tibbel became a charter boat captain; at one time chartering as many as 9 boats out of his marina. When fishing did not provide enough income to stay afloat, Tibbel was able to supplement his income by finding new ways to utilize his recourses. When the fish had been depleted during the 60’s, Jack chartered his boats to scuba divers who needed time under water in order to certify.

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Household hazardous waste collection

On Saturday, September 13, the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  The collection will take place from 

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  In order to bring materials to the collection you must be a resident of Ottawa, Sandusky or Seneca County.                           

Collection times are as follows: last name A thru M (9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.), last name N thru Z (10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.).  To avoid long lines, residents regardless of their last name, may choose to drop off their materials between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

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