Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education classes begin in April at Terra State

Registration for the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education Program is underway. Classes will begin at Terra State Community College on Friday, April 11. Those wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle or refresh their motorcycle safety skills may register at for one of the $50 courses.

Classes available through Terra State, 2820 Napoleon Road, Fremont, include:

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed to teach new riders how to safely ride. The class is only three days long, totaling 16 hours. After a successful completion of the skills test, you will leave this class with your motorcycle endorsement. All classes are held over one weekend. 

The Returning Riders Course (BRC-RR) is for those that have had more than one motorcycle permit, but have never obtained a license. This class is a one day course and will be held on Sept. 28, 12–8 p.m. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for both the Basic Riders and Returning Riders Courses.  All you need is a valid motorcycle permit and the excitement to ride. 

The Experienced Riders Course (BRC-ERC2) is for those who already have a motorcycle endorsement and need a MSF card for military purposes or to lower the cost of motorcycle insurance.

Motorcycle Ohio is run by ODPS’ Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). OCJS serves as the lead justice planning and assistance agency for the state. Through research, technology and grants, OCJS serves a wide variety of agencies committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio.

For more information or assistance with registering for one of the classes, call Edie Dirnberg at 419-559-2110 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Lighthouse Afternoon wins travel guide cover

The promotion of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands destination will begin with a resized 2014 travel guide which will be released by the end of March. Featured on the cover is local photographer Kathy Jo Schweitzer’s “Lighthouse Afternoon” which supports the new Lake Erie Love campaign. The campaign was designed to showcase all there is to love about our area.


Free real estate license career workshop at Terra State

On Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m., Terra State Community College will offer a workshop on real estate careers, presented by Joyce Willson, Director of the Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies. This workshop will provide individuals interested in possible careers in real estate with comprehensive information on licensing, earning potential and financing information. The event is free and open to the public.

Those interested must register for the workshop by calling 800-870-0344. The workshop will be held at the Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.


Public discussion in Perrysburg on Pros and Cons of Common Core

The Maumee Valley Defenders of  Liberty and the NW Ohio Conservative Coalition are sponsoring a public discussion on the pros and cons of Common Core on Thursday March 27, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Way Library, 101 E. Indiana, Perrysburg.  Discussion leaders are Sue Larimer and Tina Henold, who are both active in educational reform in NW Ohio. This discussion follows the recent presentation of Hillsdale College professor, Dr. Terrence Moore, author of the book "The Story Killers" (about the damaging effects of Common Core for the instruction of literature).  Common Core is an initiative to establish consistent educational standards across the states.

This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.

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Take a survey about the development and revitalization of Port Clinton

I have created this survey on what the our community and our surrounding communities think about the development of Waterworks Park and the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton. We will also have a team going downtown tomorrow morning until after lunch giving the survey to people as well. Take it online here:

Final data from the survey will be collected Tuesday, March 25 at 8 a.m.

Thank you!



Ottawa County Senior Resources to host March for Meals

Ottawa County Senior Resources announced that it will be holding Community Champions Week as a part of its March for Meals campaign. Local community mayors, elected officials and local celebrities will be participating in the event to show their support for our community’s homebound and hungry seniors.

“We are excited about having prominent members of our local communities participate in our March for Meals Community Champions week,” said Dianne Martin Mortensen, Executive Coordinator.  ”Our local mayors have been involved with our program in the past and the national Community Champions Week is an excellent way to continue our positive relationship with local officials.“ 

March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated by the Meals On Wheels Association of America, which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. 

Ottawa County’s March for Meals Community Champions Week, celebrated during the third week of March, will include not only an opportunity for local dignitaries to be a part of the packing and delivery program, but all citizens of Ottawa County can help by participating in the “March for Meals Campaign Challenge”. 

Ottawa County is home to six senior centers. Senior Center members of the Danbury Senior Center, wanting to help their fellow homebound seniors, are challenging the other senior centers and all citizens of Ottawa County to help in providing each homebound senior with a bag of non-perishable food items. The food bags would be delivered to seniors receiving home delivered meals as well as any senior needing additional food items. Danbury Senior Center Site Manager Paula Shenkel is asking for both food and monetary donations. All money collected will be used to purchase the food items. For more information about the items needed, contact the Danbury Senior Center at 419-798-4101 or Senior Resources main office at 419-898-6459

Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like Ottawa County Senior Resources, promote March for Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives. Community Champions Week is a component of March for Meals that utilizes the involvement of local Mayors and other local elected officials.  

About Meals On Wheels Association of America

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories.  More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to keep America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information on the Meals On Wheels program, visit


Erie-Ottawa International offers Junior Pilot Camps

Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton is offering week-long Junior Pilot Camps three times this summer: June 16-20, July 14-18 and Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m-2 p.m. each day.

The “Soar with the Eagles” camp will teach students the basics of flying and will include hands-on experience in the physics of flight and exposure to airport maintenance and management. The class includes an introductory flight in an airplane and in a rotorcraft, a tour of the airport and an opportunity to meet and talk with pilots. 

Students will also take a tour of the Liberty Aviation Museum, where they will see World War II vintage aircraft and learn about the history of flight from other vintage items and exhibits. 

The $150 fee for the class includes a box lunch each day. A limited number of scholarships are available.

To register or for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


BPW adult scholarship grants available

Ottawa County women in need of funds to attend college or technical school for the summer 2014 semester are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Business and Professional Women. Applicants must be attending an Ohio College and have not received a grant from BPW in the past five years. 

Women interested in applying may pick up applications at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Oak Harbor Library, or the The Jobstore in Oak Harbor.

For additional information or to receive the application by e-mail, contact BPW Scholarship Chair, Leslie Benton, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline for application submission is April 7.


Sen. Brown and colleagues urge aggressive solution to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 10 of his Senate colleagues this week urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to aggressively work towards implementing short term measures and finding a long term solution that would stop the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The Senators also asked USACE for several updates on its progress implementing proposals from the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee’s feasibility study released earlier this year.

“With thousands of jobs and billions of dollars at stake, we need to do everything we can to protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species,” Brown said. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to be aggressive and make progress towards temporary and permanent solutions that would stop the spread of Asian carp once and for all. The Army Corps can better achieve this by working with Congress and keeping it informed of its progress.”

USACE, as part of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, released a feasibility study in January 2014 that evaluated alternatives and technologies that could be used to combat the spread of Asian carp. Included in the report’s alternative proposals were separating the Mississippi River Basin from the Great Lakes; a new lock system that would pump treated water in and pump untreated water out; and several options to protect Chicago from flooding and allow the shipping industry to coexist with efforts to combat the spread of Asian carp.

This report, however, did not include a formal recommendation as to which alternative would be most effective. Brown and his colleagues therefore urged USACE to work with Congress, local authorities, and other stakeholders in order to determine the best strategy to combat what has already cost Ohio jobs, revenue, and valuable resources. According to the State of Ohio, more than $10 billion of the state’s nearly $40 billion tourism industry is derived from counties along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Brown continues to work towards stopping the spread of Asian carp and protecting the Great Lakes and the jobs that they support. In July 2013, at Edgewater Park along Lake Erie, Brown called for passage of the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2013 (GLEEPA), bipartisan legislation he is co-sponsoring which is intended to protect the Great Lakes and the millions of jobs they support from a variety of ecological threats and invasive species like Asian carp. At the press conference with U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Brown also applauded that week’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it would implement a new, $50 million strategy for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

While more work needs to be done, this decision built on momentum created when, in May 2013, the Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) which included an amendment Brown introduced that would prevent the invasion of Asian carp into the Ohio River. Based on the Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act, and passed unanimously 95-0, the amendment would enable the federal government to have a more effective partnership with state and local entities that are working to slow the spread of Asian carp.

Brown’s letter to USACE can be read in its entirety below:

The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
108 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC  20310-0108

Dear Secretary Darcy:

As Senators from Great Lakes states, we are committed to protecting the lakes from a variety of threats, including from invasive species like the destructive Asian carp.  We want to impress upon you the need to implement short-term measures to stop Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes, and to move aggressively toward a long-term solution.  The January 2014 Great Lakes and Mississippi River Inter-basin Study (GLMRIS) outlined both short- and long-term options for preventing inter-basin transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and we want to ensure that you are advancing the options that look most promising and implementing measures that are already available. 

We also have a number of questions for you concerning the process of moving forward with different options for protecting the Great Lakes from ANS:

• How are you planning to use the $3,000,000 Congress appropriated for GLMRIS in fiscal year 2014 (FY2014)?  The GLMRIS report explains that you will work to “build consensus toward a collaborative path forward for GLMRIS.”  What does that statement mean?  What exactly will you be doing to further define a collaborative path forward?

• The GLMRIS report identifies a number of nonstructural control technologies that could be implemented in the short-term.  You note in the report that these activities are not traditionally performed by the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps).   For that reason, are you finished with the evaluation of this alternative?  Will you be recommending to the Asian Carp Regional Coordination Council (ARCC) that these measures be implemented immediately?

• To move forward with a long-term solution, a phased implementation may be needed.  What interim measures could the Corps move forward with that would allow for the most flexibility with a long term solution? 

• The Brandon Road Lock has been identified as one location at which work could be undertaken as an intermediate solution (e.g., including a GLMRIS lock and an electrical barrier).  Does the Corps need further direction from Congress to study interim ANS control technologies at Brandon Road? 

• Legislation passed in July 2012, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” authorizes the Corps to proceed directly to preconstruction engineering and design if a project is ‘justified.’”  How would the Corps determine if a project is justified?  Is it correct to assume that this process would be less involved than when making a recommendation in a “Chief’s Report”?

• To study and implement an interim demonstration of control technologies at Brandon Road (including a GLMRIS lock, an electrical barrier in the channel, and any additional necessary ANS control technologies), can the Corps provide a cost estimate to perform this work (and a breakdown between direct and mitigation costs)?  Could you provide a rough time estimate for completing the study, design and construction of this project?  Does the Corps have current authority to undertake this effort? What trigger or direction would the Corps require to further study such an interim demonstration project?

• Does the Corps need a non-federal partner if the project is funded at full federal funding?

• Will the Corps undertake an independent peer review of the GLMRIS alternatives?

• What triggers the Corps to further study potential long term control alternatives?

• A typical Corps feasibility study includes a detailed evaluation of alternatives, along with cost and benefit estimates, and a recommended alternative.  We understand that for navigation and flood control projects, benefit-cost ratios for each of the alternatives are calculated.  For environmental projects, we understand the Corps selects the preferred alternative as the most cost-effective means of producing environmental benefits.  If the Corps moves forward with making a recommendation, what metrics would the Corps use to select a preferred alternative?

• The fiscal year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill provided authority to the Corps to implement emergency measures to prevent invasive species from dispersing into the Great Lakes by way of any hydrologic connection to the Mississippi River basin.  What decision criteria will be used by the Corps to determine whether there exists an emergency?  If the Asian carp continue to move toward the Brandon Road lock, would the Corps consider using the emergency authority provided in the omnibus appropriations bill to implement measures at the Brandon Road lock, such as fixing the lock gates and/or constructing an electric barrier at the mouth of the lock? 

We look forward to receiving a prompt reply to our questions.  Thank you.


Ballreich named Snack Manufacturer of the Year

Ballreich Bros Inc. of Tiffin is excited to share news of their latest award, as Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine’s Snack Manufacturer of the Year for 2014. The magazine’s Editor-in-Chief surprised Ballreich with the award during Friday’s photo shoot for the cover story of their April edition. The award considers longevity, giving back to the community, environmental conservation, innovation, expansion, character and other relevant factors. Digital copies of the magazine, once released, and other pertinent information can be found at 

“Ballreich is proud of and thankful for this outstanding recognition. Every day, we strive for continuous improvement in this competitive snack industry while trying to maintain a humble, yet inviting culture. This national award honors our efforts,” said Haley Thomas, Ballreich Director of Sales and Marketing. “We greatly appreciate the support of our customers and the hard work and dedication of our employees. Thank you for everything!” 

Ballreich’s has been a family-owned manufacturer of quality potato chips and other products for over 90 years. They have a strong, branded presence throughout Ohio and have experience in both nationwide and international distribution via branded and private label mediums. 

For more information on Ballreich, visit

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