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Free income tax preparation assistance available

It is tax season again. Doing taxes can be a frustrating and difficult addition to already busy lives. Following are some resources that you can use for free to reduce the burden of tax season:

1. If your total household income is under $58,000 annually you can file your taxes for free using H&R Block software by going to www.myfreetaxes.com/unitedway211.  

2. If you want to do your own taxes but would like an IRS certified tax preparer to be available in person to assist you ($58,000 annual income limit), you can go to either the University of Toledo or Owens Community College. Times are available for taxpayers from the community to utilize this free service, which will be facilitated by an IRS certified tax preparer. Call 211 for times and locations.

3. If you would like an IRS certified tax preparer to prepare your tax return at one of 11 locations in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa Counties, dial 211 to schedule an appointment. In addition, in Ottawa County you may call Ottawa County Transitional Housing directly to schedule an appointment at 419-734-9494.

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Firelands Association of Realtors install new board members and officers

The Firelands Association of Realtors installed new board members and officers at its annual year end board meeting. Board members installed were Frank Corder, Mitch Mesenburg, Tammy Steinle, Alex Morgan Johnson, Scott Myers and Fran Andersons.

Frank Corder is an agent with REMAX Quality Realty in Sandusky and is serving his second term on the Board. Mitch Mesenburg is an agent with Prudential Stadtmiller Realty in Sandusky and is also serving his second term on the Board. Tammy Steinle is a broker/agent with Wendt Key Team Realty of Fremont. Fran Andersons is a manager/ partner of Select Realty in Tiffin. Scott Myers is an agent with Century 21 Mike Myers Real Estate in Norwalk.

Firelands Association of Realtors officers elected for 2014 are: President Phillip Bolte, broker of Bolte Real Estate in Port Clinton; President-Elect for 2015 Frank Corder of REMAX Quality Realty in Sandusky; Secretary/Treasurer Sara Riesen, broker of Select Realty in Tiffin; and Tony Taylor, Past President, of Howard Hanna Real Estate in Fremont.

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Couples’ personality seminar offered at St. Joseph, Marblehead

It’s the classic story of the odd couple; she’s the life of the party, while he gives any excuse to leave early. He’s neat and orderly, while she leaves milk on the counter and clothes on the floor. He’s logical, she’s emotional; he’s from Mars, she’s from Venus. Does this sound like your relationship? 

The Marriage Enrichment team at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead would like to invite any married and engaged couples to explore communication and personality styles with an interactive workshop presented by Father Marty Nassr and Father Dan Zak. The first session will be held Feb. 9 following the coffee gathering after the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Parish Hall and consists of taking a survey. The second session will be on March 16 following the 10:30 a.m. Mass and will be the interpretation of the survey. If you are interested, register by Feb. 3 by contacting Carol Arntz at the Parish Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-798-4177 ext. 303.

Attendance at the first session is necessary to attend the second session. St. Joseph is located at 822 Barclay in Marblehead.

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Cold weather warning for seniors

With dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast, Home Instead Senior Care says now is the time for seniors and their loved ones to brush up on cold weather safety tips.

“Winter can be a difficult time, as the harsh conditions especially impact seniors,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc. “We want to make sure seniors and their loved ones are aware of simple ways they can stay safe and warm throughout the season.”

Those over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths. As the body ages, the ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature decreases, creating an insensitivity to moderately cold temperatures. Seniors may not realize they are putting themselves at risk until symptoms appear. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. If symptoms are present, immediate medical attention is necessary.

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Service men and women pay respects to fallen comrade

Two North Central EMS workers look on from the Fulton Street bridge as the procession to bring Private James A. Dickman to rest passed through Port Clinton. Between Toledo and Sandusky, overpasses were filled with service trucks, police, fire and EMS workers paying respects to a fallen serviceman. The line of serviceman, mourners, family and friends were on their way to the Chapel in Sandusky where Private James A. Dickman’s funeral service will be held. The procession made one detour and that was to pass Dickman’s former fire house at the Perkins Fire Department.

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Lakeside Chautauqua hires new Rhein Center Director

MaryAnn Kelmer was recently appointed as Lakeside Chautauqua’s new C. Kirk Rhein Jr. Center for the Living Arts Director. The Rhein Center is an inspiring space for fine arts and crafts classes during Lakeside Chautauqua’s summer season.

Kelmer served as the position’s Administrative Assistant for two years under Richard and Shirley Witteborg. This promotion marks Kelmer’s 21st year visiting the Chautauqua community. Kelmer attended Sinclair Community College in Dayton, where she studied Medical Records Administration. After receiving her degree, she worked at Piqua Memorial Hospital for 15 years.

Before working at Lakeside Chautauqua, Kelmer spent time traveling with her business, Fabric Rescue. She started the organization 20 years ago, teaching people how to up-cycle used fabric for quilt making.

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PC Chamber announces Beach Party

The Port Clinton Area Chamber and Main Street Port Clinton are planning a Reverse Raffle Beach Party at Dock’s Beach House, Port Clinton, on Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $100, which includes a chance to win the $7500 grand prize and other cash prizes, along with a meal, other games of chance and prizes. Proceeds go to support a special downtown project. One additional meal can be purchased per ticket for $30. Only 300 tickets will be sold. 

Contact the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce at 419-734-5503 to reserve a ticket or for further information, or stop in at the office at 110 Madison Street.

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Redskins and Rockets team together for breast cancer awareness

On Tuesday, Feb 4, the Lady Redskins and the Lady Rockets are joining forces to donate money for breast cancer awareness. The varsity basketball game starts at 7:30 p.m. At the game, the girls will have t-shirts for sale, a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle and a $1 three-pointer shoot out with prizes available. The athletes ask everyone in the community to join them in their efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer.

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OH girls fall to Clyde

Trailing by one point late in the first quarter, Clyde scored 32 unanswered points, holding Oak Harbor scoreless in the second quarter on their way to a 59-23 victory.

The loss, which breaks an eight-game win streak for the Rockets, drops Oak Harbor to 12-3 and 8-2 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. 

Andrea Cecil had 18 points to lead the Rockets and Amanda Cahill also scored 18 to help pace the Fliers.

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Oak Harbor boys defeat Columbian at the buzzer

With the score tied and just seconds remaining, Oak Harbor’s Tyler Sievert hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Rockets a 42-39 victory over Tiffin Columbian in non-conference action last week.

The Rockets (5-11) controlled the first half, taking a 14-10 lead after the first quarter and a 25-18 lead at halftime before the Tornadoes cut the deficit to 30-29 after three quarters.

Sievert and Andy Rathbun led Oak Harbor with 10 points and Derek Wood chipped in with eight.

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