Colton Francis, son of Justin and Jamie Francis, sitting on Santa’s lap.
Nathan, Austin and Kayden show off their owl creations
Third graders at R.C. Waters Elementary in Oak Harbor celebrated autumn with a fall festival Friday, Nov. 1. The five third grade classes moved through the stations during the afternoon with the help of many parent volunteers. Students worked together to stuff a scarecrow, play a game of corn hole, create a unique owl, play fall bingo and enjoy a tasty snack.
Jade and Mason Zervas with Santa
On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce in support of the Portage Fire Station put on an Olde Fashion Christmas Celebration for the village of Oak Harbor. Families headed to the Portage Fire Station to enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, a secret gift shop, A Charlie Brown Christmas movie and Santa. Throughout the event about 250 children came through the firehouse to partake in the holiday festivities.
USG Gypsum’s 230 employees celebrated achieving the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program Star designation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Nov. 4. The Star is the highest recognition within OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. To achieve it, employees, management and OSHA work together to implement safety and health programs and processes that go beyond OSHA regulations to further protect employees and promote safe operations.
There are fewer than 2500 worksites out of 8 million in all of the U.S. that hold the Star designation. The Gypsum plant has an exceptional safety record, working more than 3,640,000 safe work hours and 2,517 days without a lost time injury.
Handel’s Messiah will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton. Area soloists include: soprano Joan Eckerman Professor of Voice at Terra Community College, alto Karen Roberts soloist at St. John Lutheran, tenor Chris Scholl Chairman of the Voice Department at Bowling Green State University, and bass Michael Perry Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace.
Orchestra players from Bowling Green and Port Clinton will provide the accompaniment for the soloists and the 60 member community choir. A reception will be held in the church Fellowship Hall following the performance. Attendees are urged to come early because seats go fast.
The outpouring of community support was overwhelming for Lakeside Chautauqua’s first #Giving Tuesday event. The event on Dec. 3 raised $105,000. In November, Lakeside Chautauqua introduced stakeholders to #Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving encouraging individuals and families to celebrate generosity in their community and inspiring donors to give back to in unique ways.
Donations were received from Ireland and across 14 states and 60 Ohio cities; a total of 148 gifts were received in support of Lakeside Chautauqua’s mission. Money was raised towards the restoration of Bradley Temple and children’s programming improvements, Lakeside Chautauqua Endowment, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, recreational programming and facilities, religious life programming, youth group housing and Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile beautification project. Gifts were also made in honor and memory of loved ones.
Due to the community’s generosity, Lakeside Chautauqua has raised more than $500,000 to date for the Lakeside Fund. While additional funds still must be raised, Lakeside is well on its way to achieving a record annual fund goal of $700,000 in 2013. The Lakeside Fund annual giving campaign bridges the gap between earned income and the actual cost of producing our signature Chautauqua program, maintaining our beautiful grounds and preserving our historic structures.
To help Lakeside Chautauqua reach their 2013 goal send a check made payable to Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440.
On Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 3-8 p.m. Mary’s Blossom Shoppe is holding a Kids’ Shopping Night. The shop will have a variety of gifts available for under $10 with free gift wrapping offered. Refreshments will also be served at the event.
Kids will also be able to register to win an in store gift certificate. Children 0-6 years can register for a $15 gift certificate, 7-13 years a $20 gift certificate and 14-18 years a $25 gift certificate. For more information contact Mary’s Blossom Shoppe at 419-734-4442.
All gifts purchased at a downtown Port Clinton business will be wrapped for free at 110 Madison St. Other gifts not purchased downtown can be wrapped for a dollar donation to Main Street Port Clinton. Donations of ribbon, bows, boxes and tape are also being accepted.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday gift wrapping will be available from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday gift wrapping will be available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This service will be available until Dec. 24.Any big gift wrap orders should call Cathy at 419-260-3949 to make special arrangements.
Port Clinton traveled to Tri County Bowl in Woodville Thursday and split varsity matches with Gibsonburg. The Lady Redskins rolled over the Gibsonburg girls for a 2505-2190 win. They rolled 859-852 the first 2 games and added 794 in Baker.
“The girls bowled very well tonight, but we still need to improve. Again, we had 3 low games in team and sort of lost our focus in Baker. These girls are working hard and I’m sure we will see them get better,” said Coach Bob Black.
Terra State Community College is offering Small Business Basics seminars. These seminars are free workshops that help entrepreneurs and those interested in starting a business with questions on how to get started, but or expand a business. These seminars will provide education to help avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps.
Attendees will learn the basics of: name registration, licensing, taxes, advisors, business ethics, employees, insurance, financing, business planning and more.
This seminar will be offered Jan. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation Conference Room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.