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ODOT reminds motorists don't “Crowd the Plow”

With the latest forecasts predicting a wintery mix across much of the state this weekend, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is reminding motorists “Don’t Crowd The Plow.”

So far this winter, there were 13 crashes involving ODOT snow plows including one earlier this week in Washington County. In that crash, a tractor trailer rear-ended an ODOT snow plow on Interstate 77. Neither driver was seriously injured.

Statistics show that most crashes are preventable and are caused by drivers simply going too fast for the conditions or not paying attention.

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Santa Comes Early to Cedar Point

Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5k Returns to Sandusky its second year

Thousands of Santas will be running through the streets of Sandusky for the Second Annual Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5k on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. Runners will be starting and finishing at Castaway Bay Resort and Waterpark.

Upon registration, all participants receive a free Santa hat, beard and t-shirt. The race will also feature outrageous holiday decorations including a 50 foot Santa Claus, Rudolph, snowman, festive music and cookie and candy stations along the course. The Santa Hustle Cedar Point Half Marathon & 5k benefits locally known Teen Leadership Corps and is also partnering with Heartbeat in Sandusky. Teen Leadership Corps strives for every community to receive the benefits from high school community service programs. The Santa Hustle Race Series also benefits nationally known Toys for Tots and encourages runners to bring a new, unwrapped toy that will be distributed to needy children in the local community.

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Project Lifesaver

Amber with Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

Project Lifesaver is an active response to the problem of locating people who may not be able to find their way home before they become victims.  A lost person with dementia or a developmental disability is unaware of his or her situation; they do not call out for help and do not respond to people calling out to them.  Almost 50% of the missing and wandering will perish if they are not located within 24 hours.  

With a Project Lifesaver transmitter, the average rescue time is less than 30 minutes.  The signal can be tracked over several miles on the ground by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office or from the air by Life Flight helicopters.

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Thank you from Arc of Ottawa County

Jasmine Karshuk takes a practice swing at the Oak Harbor Golf Club

The Arc of Ottawa County ran a very successful summer camp again this year thanks to many wonderful people and organizations.  The Arc is a nationally recognized organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  The Arc of Ottawa County operates a summer day camp for youth with disabilities. Twelve area youth participated in a variety of camp experiences this year.  

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Hour of Code

Danbury Middle School participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week. According to the code.org the Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), code.org is making history and recruiting 10 million to join in and do the Hour of Code. People are encouraged, young and old, to try their hand at computer programming at code.org. 

Danbury Middle School has made a commitment to have all of its students be part of the millions around the world learning to write simple computer code. Every middle school student had an opportunity during the week to learn more about coding and write 100+ lines of code to solve a variety of puzzles. For students who are interested in continuing to code, additional opportunities will be available either independently or for some students it will be part of their regular computer classroom curriculum.

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Touch of Class Dinner & Concert Dec. 15

On Sunday, Dec. 15, Port Clinton High School’s Touch of Class, an a cappella vocal group, will be hosting a holiday dinner and concert fundraiser in the PCHS cafeteria. Doors will be open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 5 p.m. followed by the concert. Touch of Class will perform about 30 minutes of holiday music. Students will also provide background music throughout dinner.

Tickets are only $10 and will get attendees a student served spaghetti dinner complete with salad, garlic bread and dessert. To order tickets please contact Eric Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-734-2147 ext. 4017. All funds raised go directly to offset the costs of bringing in professional a cappella group Duwende to Port Clinton for the PCHS Spring Choir Concert.

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Ottawa County Health Department holds Christmas break flu clinic

The Ottawa County Health Department is holding a Christmas break flu clinic by appointment on Monday, Dec. 30 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Flu season is here and it is important to take a proactive approach and get vaccinated before it is too late. Call the health department at 419-734-6800 to make an appointment. The cost is $22 and the health department will bill Medicaid and Medicare for individuals who bring their current card to their appointment.

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Main Street Port Clinton promoting shopping local for Chirstmas

Cathy Allen wrapping gifts for Main Street Port Clinton

Main Street Port Clinton is offering a free gift wrap service for items purchased at any downtown shop. Gifts purchased outside of the downtown area can also be wrapped for a donation to Main Street Port Clinton. Money raised goes back to Main Street for the beautification of the city and redoing store fronts.

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