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The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 2014 Seedling Tree and Shrub Sale order forms are now available by calling 419-898-1595 or visiting the website, www.ottawaswcd.com.

Evergreen varieties in packets of 10 for this year include Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, American Arborvitae and Bald Cypress. This year The Ottawa SWCD will again offer the fast growing Green Rocket Cedar that will be sold individually. These Cedars will grow up to three feet per year, are deer resistant, have a strong root system and no major insect problems. They make a great windbreak or privacy screen.

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Rocket girls improve to 15-4

Behind a career-high 17 points from Maddy Rathbun, the Oak Harbor Rockets defeated Eastwood, 60-30, in non-conference action on Monday.

Oak Harbor took control in the first quarter, grabbing a 15-7 lead, but the Eagles kept it close until halftime, trailing 29-19 at the break.

However, the Rockets (15-4) broke the game open by outscoring Eastwood, 13-2, in the third period to push the advantage to 42-21.

In addition to Rathbun’s 17 points, Andrea Cecil had 14 and Allie Kuhn finished with seven.

The Eagles were led by Mackenzie Albright, who had seven points. 

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Rocket boys fall to St. Mary CC, 54-33

Oak Harbor fell behind early and was unable to recover in its 54-33 loss to St. Mary CC.

The Rockets, who fell to 5-13 overall and 0-11 in the Sandusky Bay Conference with the loss, trailed 27-17 at halftime before the Panthers outscored them, 27-16, in the second half. 

Denarius Harris led SMCC with 18 points and Brett St. Clair and Lucas Will finished with 10 points apiece. 

Oak Harbor got nine points from Andre Ramsey and eight from Andy Rathbun. 

The Rockets host Perkins on Friday and travel to Marblehead to face Danbury on Saturday. In the tournament drawings, Oak Harbor was matched up with Port Clinton. The two will face each other in the Division II Sectional Semifinal on Feb. 25 at 6:15 p.m. at Willard High School. The winner faces Clyde, the No. 2 seed, at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 28, also at Willard High School.

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Lakeside Chautauqua hires Kunz as new Content Manager

Although it has only been two short years since Melissa Kunz completed her summer internship with the Lakeside Leadership Academy, she is thrilled to be back at Lakeside Chautauqua as the new Content Manager. Originally from Canfield, Ohio, Kunz earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Mount Union.

“I’m so excited to be back working for Lakeside,” said Kunz. “I am really looking forward to enhancing the Lakeside experience for new and returning guests through various marketing efforts.”

As the new Content Manager, Kunz is responsible for managing content and projects related to marketing, fundraising and the website, ensuring they are consistent with the mission and strategic goals of the organization. The Content Manager also designs promotions, assists with traditional and digital marketing efforts and creates social media content.

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Lutheran Village of Wolf Creek appoints area resident as Executive Director

Julie McKitrick is the new Executive Director for Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek.

Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) announces the appointment of Julie McKitrick as Executive Director of Lutheran Village of Wolf Creek, a retirement community located at 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Road in Holland. Mrs. McKitrick has been employed in the long-term care industry for 16 years. Most recently she was an administrator with Trilogy Health Services, where she worked for more than five years at locations in Genoa, Maumee and Willard.

As Executive Director of the Wolf Creek campus, Mrs. McKitrick will be responsible for the ongoing operations, community relations and business development of the retirement community, which is a ministry of LHS in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital. The campus offers independent living, assisted living, long-term and short-term nursing care, rehabilitation services and respite care.

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Free training for Nutrient Management Planning

Crop advisors in the Western Lake Erie Basin have an opportunity to improve nutrient management and farmer productivity this season. Feb. 25-26 the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Ohio State University Extension, in collaboration with IPM Institute of North America, will host a free training event for Certified Crop Advisors to become Technical Service Providers (TSPs) qualified to write Nutrient Management Plans. 

With TSP certification in Nutrient Management Planning, growers and their advisors can take advantage of funding available through NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP provides financial assistance to growers to hire qualified professionals to create and implement approved plans addressing the 4Rs: Right fertilizer source, at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place.

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Edgewood Manor receives Customer Experience Award

Edgewood Manor Nursing Center of Port Clinton is proud to announce that they are the recipient of Pinnacle Quality Insight’s 2014 Customer Experience AwardTM. Qualifying for the award in the categories of Dining Services, Activities and Safety and Security, Edgewood Manor Nursing Center displayed a continued dedication to providing Best in Class senior healthcare services.

Denice Day, Executive Director of Edgewood Manor, describes receiving the awards as an honor, stating that, “We strive to provide quality services to our residents and their families. We are thrilled that our staff has been recognized for their hard work and dedication.”

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Thank you Highlander Harris

During the bad snow storm on Jan. 7 we became stuck in a snow mound on Schrock Dr. while trying to check on a furnace for a friend. I tried calling AAA for 45 minutes only to get a busy signal. I have a heart condition and cannot be in the cold for long. The only thing I could think of was to call Scott from Highlander Harris. He plows out our development and I thought maybe he could help us. 

I explained the situation to Scott and he was there in 15 minutes, plowed the snow away and helped push us out. The bill was minimal, way beyond fair. I tried to get reimbursed for the bill from AAA since they were not available but they wouldn’t reimburse us. That was the end of AAA for us. We are very thankful for Highlander Harris because they actually care. Thanks, Scott!

Signed,
Linda and Peter Neura

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OMEA District Music Festival at PCHS on Feb.15

Talented musicians from around the area will gather at Port Clinton High School on Saturday, Feb. 15.  The high school musicians will be participating in the District II Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) Honors Band, Choir and Orchestra.  There will be 277 students representing 26 school districts in seven counties.

Port Clinton High School students selected to participate in the festival include the following: 

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ICS celebrates National School Choice Week

At ICS last week, the entire school posed for photo to commemorate the conclusion of Catholic Schools Week 2014.  The group showed their school spirit by wearing bright yellow scarves that were provided by the National School Choice organization. National School Choice Week provides an opportunity every January to shine a spotlight on the need for effective education opportunities for all children.

National School Choice week overlaps Catholic Schools Week, which was celebrated from Jan. 27-Feb. 2. I.C.S. joined more than 2,000,000 Catholic school students in more than 7,800 Catholic schools across the nation to celebrate how Catholic education raises the standards of faith, academics and service every day for its students.

Immaculate Conception School is open to children of all faiths and offers many options for tuition assistance.  ICS has begun its open registration for the 2014- 2015 school year for preschool and grades K-5. For more information or to meet with staff and tour the school, call the school at 419.734.3315.

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