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United Way kicks off 10 Days of Giving Blitz

United way of Greater Toledo, along with their funded partners, kicked off a 10 Days of Giving Blitz which runs from Feb. 19-28.

United Way has developed the 10 Days of Giving Blitz to appeal to individuals who did not participate in the 2013 campaign.

“An aggressive goal was set for 2013 because it was needed to help individuals and families be successful in our community,” said Chip Carstensen, president of Block Communications, Inc. and 2013 United Way of Greater Toledo campaign chair. “Turning our backs on a goal that hasn’t been met means turning our backs on the undeserved in our community.”

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Leadership Ottawa County learns about PC Schools

Leadership Ottawa County Class of 2014 met on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Port Clinton City Schools Board Office.  Pat Adkins, Superintendent, and Jeff Dornbusch, Treasurer, talked to the group about what's new in education, school levies and budgets.

The class then traveled to Victorian Inn in Marblehead where owner Ann Duez, a 2007 graduate of Leadership Ottawa County, provided dinner for the group.  Ann shared her experiences and offered suggestions.  After dinner, the group discussed ideas for the class project.  It was decided that the class project will be assisting Adventure Play, part of United Way of Ottawa County, to fund transportation for the Pop up Playground.   Pop up Playground targets children ages one through twelve and uses recycled materials to promote creative thinking and innovation during play time.  The class project will raise money to help fund transportation so the playground can travel to community events in Ottawa County.

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Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast

On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring an all you can eat Pancake and Sausage Family Breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church beginning at 9 a.m. The menu includes homemade rolls, homemade applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and juice. The donation is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit Heartbeat Pregnancy Center of Ottawa County. Along with the breakfast the Knights are holding a “Big Hearts for Little Hearts” Baby Shower to benefit Heartbeat. 

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ICS Preschool celebrates Valentine’s Day, announces open houses

On Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Preschool in Port Clinton Miss Mary Heschel’s four year olds made a variety of patterns of pink and red hearts down the school’s corridors in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Immaculate Conception Preschool is now accepting registration for 3 and 4 year olds for the 2014-2015 school year and planning two open houses to welcome new students and show any interested families j what Immaculate Conception Preschool offers. The first is on Wednesday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Parents and children 3 and 4 years old are welcome to take a look at the preschool, meet the preschool staff, and ask any questions. The second open house is Sunday, March 16, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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Charter Captains Conference brings together Lake Erie fishing professionals

For the 33rd year, Ohio Sea Grant’s Charter Captains Conference will help prepare Lake Erie fishing charter boat captains for the upcoming season by providing updates about Lake Erie's 2014 fishing outlook, environmental conditions, licensing, regulations, and business management. The conference will be held on Saturday, March 1, at the Cedar Point Conference Center on the Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus, and is co-sponsored by the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.

Jessica Barber, Fish Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will update captains on the Service's efforts to control invasive sea lampreys in Lake Erie. Jonathan Coholich of Navionics will present the company's newest navigation and sonar equipment, and OSU Extension Tax Field Specialist Larry Gearhardt will offer tax tips to charter business owners.

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Basketball Sectional Tournament Schedule

Redskin girls’ basketball sectional finals at Old Fort on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6:15 p.m. vs. the winner for the Eastwood-Bowling Green game.

Port Clinton boys basketball team will play Oak Harbor at Willard High School on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:15 p.m. The winner will advance to play Clyde at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.

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Oak Harbor sends eight wrestlers to districts

Behind first-place finishes from junior Nick Bergman and Jamie Balboa, the Oak Harbor Rockets wrestling team finished third at the Division II District Meet at Bowling Green State University on Saturday.

As a team, the Rockets were third with 167 points behind Central Catholic (272) and Wauseon (207.5). Galion was fourth with 131.5 points, followed by Sandusky (127.5) and Upper Sandusky (112.5). Other area teams competing in the 15-team event were Rossford, which was eleventh with 54.5 points and Port Clinton, which came in fourteenth with 28 points. 

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Oak Harbor boys defeat Danbury, 62-32

The Oak Harbor Rockets took control early and defeated Danbury, 62-32, in non-conference action Saturday in Marblehead. Oak Harbor (6-14) outscored the Lakers 17-3 in the first quarter to control and led 35-9 at halftime.

Tyler Sievert led all scorers with 13 points and Cole Weirich and Andre Ramsey finished with nine points apiece. Caleb Gerber had eight points to lead Danbury (4-16). Seth Vargo chipped in with six points and Connor Lenthe finished with five.

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Lonz Winery Grape Stomp

Jim Siemer would rather be stomping grapes on Middle Bass Island than shoveling snow.

During this snowy winter, Siemer conjures up the summer on Middle Bass Island through his new painting titled “Lonz Winery Grape Stomp”. While creating this art, Siemer states, “I experienced the magic of being transported back in time to the Lonz Winery Annual Grape Festival. There was dancing, laughter, stomping, music, and lots of drinking Lonz Wine.” Siemer’s new painting is now available at OhioArtwork.com under the category Middle Bass Island.

Jim Siemer was inspired by the beauty and splendor of Middle Bass Island to begin painting watercolors over 25 years ago. This winter he imaginatively returns to the island through the creation of several new paintings capturing Middle Bass Island life.

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