Community calendar April 3-9

Thursday April 3

Autism Support 
When: 6:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Info: 419-898-0400

What: Taking off pounds sensibly
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., weigh in at 6 p.m.
Where: Port Clinton Senior Center
Info: 419-734-4102

What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 8 p.m. every Thursday
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 135 Adams St. Port Clinton


BCS Volunteer Appreciation Night

The Intra-District Committee of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will host a Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment Night on Thursday, April 3, at the Oak Harbor High School Cafeteria. This event is open to current volunteers, people interested in learning more about volunteering, school staff, and all community members. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a welcome from Superintendent Guy Parmigian.  Free pizza and a free open swim will be available from 6:15-7:30 p.m.  The walking track will also be open during this event. 

This will be an opportuninty to meet representatives from school organizations, network and learn about becoming a volunteer for BCS Schools to make a difference in the lives of students.  Volunteers are needed to work directly with students, work behind the scenes (yard work, office work, bulletin boards, etc.) and work on special projects (website, Career Day, taking photos, etc.).

Door prizes for this event have been donated by African Safari Wildlife Park, Allied Chiropractic of Fremont, Bill's Auto, Coffee Express, Drown's Dairy and Ella Lou handmade creations on Etsy. 

Call 419-898-6210 to make reservations, to ensure proper amounts of pizza and lifeguard staffing are available.


Ottawa County Health Department Clinic Schedule April 7-11

Unless otherwise noted all clinics are at the Ottawa County Health Department with appointments being made by calling 419-734-6800 or 1-800-788-8803.

April 7

Immunization Clinic (including flu/pneumonia shots) 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
WIC Clinic 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

April 8

No clinics scheduled

April 9

Family Planning Clinic 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Immunization Satellite Clinic, Genoa St. John UCC, (including flu/pneumonia shots) 12-4 p.m.
TB Clinic (no appointment necessary) 3-4 p.m.

April 10

Well Child, STD and Family Planning Clinic 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

April 11

TB Clinic (no appointment necessary) 3-4 p.m.

For home health please call 419-734-6800.

Speakers are available for your group by calling the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6800 or 1-800-788-8803.


ICS Fifth Graders explore the history of Johnson’s Island

The fifth graders at Immaculate Conception School are preparing for the opportunity to be archeologists this spring. Mrs. Jane Drusbacky’s class will once again have the experience of participating in the Experiential Learning Program in Historical Archaeology offered by the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology of Heidelberg University. 

As the students prepare to explore and learn about the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison site, Dr. David R. Bush visited their classroom last Wednesday to give the students the insight and background of the field experience scheduled for May 5. Dr. Bush is the site director for the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison and a Professor of Anthropology.

Johnson's Island held more than 10,000 Confederate officers between 1862 and 1865. The students viewed a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Bush, which included historical pictures and facts about life and conditions at the POW camp. Dr. Bush's excavations there are providing unprecedented information about the activities, health, and living conditions of the prisoners. Dr. Bush both informed and excited the fifth graders of the adventure to come later this spring.


Receive 10 free shade trees

National Arbor Day is Friday, April 25, this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual tree-planting holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive 10 free shade trees.

By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive the following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, bald cypress, thornless honey locust, pin oak, river birch, tulip tree, silver maple and red maple.

The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

“These trees provide shade in the summer and vibrant colors throughout the fall,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Through the simple act of planting trees, one person can make a difference in helping to create a healthier and more beautiful planet for all of us to enjoy.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting in April or May. The 6-12 inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Shade Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, byApril 30, or visit


Safety Council Meeting April 16

The next Ottawa County Safety Council Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 16, at the Catawba Island Club. This meeting will also serve as Ottawa County Safety Council’s CEO Event and BWC Safety Council Awards Presentation. A special feature will be that Bernadette Delgado, Toledo Service Office Manager, will present the BWC Safety Council Awards to members. Breakfast and networking is 8-8:30 a.m. and the guest speaker and BWC Awards Presentation is 8:30-9:45 a.m.  The speaker, Jennifer Oiler, Comp Management Health Systems Inc.  will discuss “The Aging Workforce.” Make reservations before April 11 with Jessica Kowalski at 419.898.6242.

April is Injury Prevention Month, which makes this the perfect time to do some serious awareness training and show employees exactly how to prevent injuries in the workplace. Employees injured in accidents often pay a heavy price. Injuries can be painful, disabling, and even fatal. There is also the economic cost, which results in workers’ comp claims and lost productivity. Every year employers lose millions of work hours and billions of dollars because of workplace injuries. Anything a company can do to prevent job injuries is time and money well spent.


Spring Senior Day May 7

On Wednesday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Spring Senior Day: Hawaiian Luau is being held at the Camp Perry Clubhouse. Festivities include the Senior Hall of Fame Awards, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, vendor booths and more. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirts to the event. The cost to attend is $6. Tickets can be bought at any Ottawa County Senior Center, Magruder Hospital or the Ottawa County Senior Resources Center.


Win a trip to Washington and help the Terra Choral Society

Terra State Community College in Fremont is sponsoring a raffle for the opportunity to win a free trip to Washington and travel with the Terra Choral Society and Jazz Ambassadors on their tour to participate in the National Memorial Day festivities in May.

The Choral Society sang in the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center two years ago, and will be returning to participate again this May. This year, the Jazz Ambassadors will also be traveling with the Choral Society and presenting several concerts in Washington. The chorus and band will also share a public concert.

The winner of the raffle will be able to go backstage to the Kennedy Center, travel and attend concerts with the musicians, and visit the monuments and grounds of our nation’s Capitol. 

In a special fundraiser to help off-set the costs of the trip, the organizers will be selling raffle tickets for $20. Tickets are sale from now until the winner is announced at the college's jazz concert on Thursday, April 10. The winner will then join the musicians as they travel to Washington May 22-26.

To purchase a raffle ticket, call the Terra State Box Office at 419-559-2379 or visit the Division of Business, Communications and the Arts, located in the Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center (Building D), Office Suite D201. For more information, call 419-559-2233.


Ottawa County celebrates Vietnam Veterans Day

Display provided by the Matthews family.

On March 29, 1973, the last round of troops came home from Vietnam. Last March, Governor Kasich declared March 29 Vietnam Veterans’ Day in Ohio. This day is celebrated and recognized in 35 states so far and more are hoped to be added each year. This year, Ottawa County held its first annual Welcome Home Vietnam Era Veteran Celebration which was held at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.

The event was independently organized by veteran Ernie Hopkins and sponsored by the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office. Hopkins is a Vietnam veteran. He served 15 months in infantry in Charlie Company 5/46 198th Americal Division artillery. Veterans were asked to serve on a committee to help with the event which also was critical in making this event happen.

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