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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Ottawa County Board of DD (OCBDD) and related organizations are celebrating the meaning of this year’s theme, “Ability at Work!" 

Statewide and across the nation organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Ability at Work” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools everyone wins.

"This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve," said Superintendent Melinda Slusser. “During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about the 340 people in this community who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make this a better place to live.” 

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OHHS student balances the role between player and manager

Most days after school you will find freshman Jonas Hetrick preparing the basketball court for the Oak Harbor High School Girls Varsity Basketball team. At a recent practice, Coach Tom Kontak relayed to me that three years ago they asked Jonas if he would like to help out and be the team manager and he responded in the way he normally does, by putting his head down and shaking it “yes”. Jonas takes his job as manager very seriously. “He places the equipment on the court, helps with daily warm-ups and anywhere he is needed,” said Coach Kontak. “He’s a great addition to our team.” 

Jonas has the diagnosis of Asperger’s  syndrome (AS), which is an autism spectrum disorder.  Asperger’s is one of a distinct group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.  His parents, Dave & Denise, convey that Jonas was Failure to Thrive at the age of one month, which meant that his weight or rate of weight gain was significantly lower than that of other children of similar age and gender.   Around 6-12 months of age they noticed Jonas’ development was not progressing as it should, as he did not babble or attempt to form words, was very fussy and never slept.   Jonas would start to catch up on his development to only be behind again.  At that time they turned to the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities Early Intervention program to assist with his development.  

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American Red Cross babysitter training at Oak Harbor Middle School

American Red Cross Babysitter Training will be offered to students residing in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District on Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Instructor for the training is Jan Overmyer, R.N. Registration forms are available in the school office, or by calling 419-898-6217. Registration deadline is Thursday, March13. 

This training is offered at no cost to students thanks to a generous grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.  Space is limited to the first 15 registrations. Participants should be 11-13 years old and are asked to pack a sack lunch.  

American Red Cross Babysitter Training helps students prepare for the unexpected and respond to emergencies in a calm and confident manner. This course teaches leadership skills, safe play, basic first aid, rescue breathing, and how to clear an obstructed airway. Safety precautions regarding severe weather events are also a part of the curriculum. 

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Magruder Charity Ball: Prom Night, A Night to Remember

Board members: Sandy Weiner, Ron Weiner, Linda Slaughterbeck, Kelly Biggert, John Biggert, Sue Deerhake, Greg Deerhake, Kathy Durflinger and Richard Durflinger.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Magruder Hospital held its annual charity ball at the Catawba Island Club. The theme of the night was Prom Night, A Night to Remember. Catawba Island Club created a drink, the Prom Crush, especially for the event. Rock N Roll Express provided music for the cocktail hour and The Junk performed after dinner.

“This is a transition year,” said Vice President of Nursing Kathy Durflinger, RN. “The money raised tonight will go to the Magruder Hospital Foundation to go towards purchasing a new MRI for the hospital.”

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United States Coast Guard tug Ohio at Miller Ferry Dock

Photo by Nancy Oreskovich

The Great Lakes Towing Company tug, Ohio, docked at the Miller Ferry Dock on Feb. 26. The Ohio departed from Cleveland and made its way towards South Bass Island, transitioning between Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. After that the Ohio departed from Put-In-Bay and headed towards Catawba Island, following the Miller Boat Ferry Route.

The Ohio cleared a path to transport the materials for the new docks on Put-In-Bay that have been waiting on the Miller Ferry Dock.

Previous story at www.thebeacon.net/local-news/item/4584.

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Redskin football players attend Nike SPARQ Combine

Port Clinton Redskins participating in the Nike SPARQ Football Combine in Massilon were (left to right): Cole Araguz, Jack Warner, Keegan Lowe, Aidan Rospert, Jesse Escobedo, Emerson Lowe and Brandon Moore

On Feb. 15, seven Port Clinton football players attended the Nike Football SPARQ Combine. The Nike SPARQ combine is where high school football players can test their athleticism and compare their scores with other high school players in the nation.

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Danbury Middle School students perform at Music Festival

Left to right are Sydney Bieberich, Acacia Peterson, Sarah Bossetti, Bridget Sowers, Haley Hoffman, Sarah Redett and Lily Bishoff.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Ohio Music Education Association’s District 2 Junior High Music Festival was held at Tiffin Middle School. Students from twenty-seven different area schools performed. Danbury Middle School band students selected to perform in the ensemble of one hundred students were eighth graders Sydney Bieberich, flute; Lily Bishoff, trumpet; Sarah Bossetti, euphonium; and Haley Hoffman, percussion. 

Danbury Middle School choir students selected to perform in the vocal ensemble of 114 students were eighth grader sopranos Acacia Peterson and Bridget Sowers and alto Sarah Redett. These middle school musicians rehearsed all day Saturday for a performance in the evening in the gymnasium at Tiffin Middle School for a standing room only audience.

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Danbury 5 and 6 grade boys basketball team finishes winning season

Left to right, row 1:  James Peacock, Brady Lenthe, John Holzaephel & Kory Behrent; row 2: Coach Bob Meterko, Colton Klima, Kody Sieger, Logan Faulkner, Zayne Manning, Connor Gillum, Jarret Minton and Aiden Faulkner; not pictured: Everett Overmyer

The Danbury fifth and sixth grade boys basketball team went 6-0 during the regular season in the Firelands Area Basketball League, which included teams from Huron, Monroeville, New London, Norwalk St. Paul, Perkins, South Central and Western Reserve.  

The Lakers lost the league tournament championship game to South Central after defeating Monroeville and New London on Feb. 22. They are scheduled to participate in the Sandusky St. Mary's tournament March 1-2.

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Brock Moore is PCHS February Student of the Month

Port Clinton High School recently announced that the Student of the Month for February is Brock Moore. 

Brock has devoted much of his four years of high school to Redskin athletics. He is a four year member of the football team, earning three varsity letters and Honorable Mention All SBC. As a four year member of the basketball team, he was named captain, and SBC Honorable Mention.  In Redskin track he is the SBC Champion in Long Jump, Runner up in the 100 meter and holds the school record in the 100 meter. At PCHS, he is a Senior Class Officer and a Freshmen Mentor. Brock is the son of Ralph and Lisa Moore. Next year he plans to major in Nursing at the University of Toledo.

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Avery’s to hold benefit bake sale

On March 1 and 2, Avery’s Café in Marblehead will be holding a benefit bake sale. The hours of the bake sale are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, or until all items are sold. All proceeds will go for The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation. Avery’s owners Josie and Scott Kluding’s grandson, manager Michelle and Eric Nowak’s son Charlie, is affected by the disease. 

The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) is a national, non-profit organization focused on pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart muscle. CCF is dedicated to accelerating the search for cures while improving diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for children affected by cardiomyopathy. The hope is that one day every affected child can be cured to live a full and active life. “A Cause for Today…A Cure for Tomorrow” is their motto.

For more information on the benefit, call Avery’s at 419.798.1700. For more information on CCF, go to www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org. 

 

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