The Night before Christmas

This piece is from a Dec. 1944 issue of The Leatherneck which was a Marine magazine that ran from July 1944 to Dec. 1945. Article submitted by resident Wanda Kershner.

Verse by PFC Duane Decker

Art by Corp Fred Lasswell

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through SoPac,
Not a creature was stirring – too damn much ack-ack:
The dungarees hung by the M-1’s with care,
In case that the Shambos quite soon would be there:
Each private was nestled all snug in his sack,
Expecting not Santa but Japs on SoPac
The sergeant in scivvies. Machete in his lap
Had settled himself for a tropical nap.
The rats and the lizards were out on patrol,
For Christmas Eve visits to every foxhole.
No candy canes hung from the waving palm fronds,
Instead were signs saying: “Have you bought war bonds?”


Oak Harbor Pizza Challenge set for Jan. 7

The Rotary Club of Oak Harbor will be hosting a Pizza Challenge at the Oak Harbor High School cafeteria on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 4-7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Advanced tickets will be available from Rotary members. The pizza challenge will allow attendees to have unlimited pizza and pop. After the tasting, participants will be able to vote on who has the best pizza in town.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor which in turn benefits the children and the community.


ODOT flooding road closure update

The Ohio Department of Transportation District Two announces the following update on road conditions due to flooding on state and federal routes in northwest Ohio.

Ottawa County:

• SR 105, just west of SR 590 is closed. Motorists should seek an alternate route.

Sandusky County:

• SR 19 just south of the Sandusky/Ottawa County line is closed. Seek an alternate route.
• SR 105 between US 23 and Woodville is closed. Motorists should seek an alternate route.


The Salvation Army helps with happiness during the holiday

Salvation Army Volunteer, Donna Drusbacky, helps collect toys during the Toy Distribution at Harbor Lights Landing on Friday.

At the end of October, Ralph Ruta, owner of Harbor Light Landing on SR 53, donated space for the Salvation Army to use for their holiday donations and this year it was certainly put to good use. Wednesday, Dec. 18 was the first day of holiday distribution for the Salvation Army. Over 800 families from the area came to the distribution center and received donated items to make their holiday a happy one.


VFW Children’s Christmas Party

Jase Covey sees Santa for the first time with his big brother Gavin Covey.

The Marblehead VFW Post 7572 celebrated the holidays with a children’s Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 8. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the post member veterans enjoyed a magic show by Patrick Przysiecki of Patrick’s Magic Show of Maumee. A very merry special guest Twinkle Toes gave out candy and took photos of all the fun. After the magic show, Santa arrived to give each child a special gift that was just for them.


Holiday causes change in waste collection services

Republic Services would like to remind customers that waste collection will be delayed one day during both the week of Christmas and the week of New Years.

On Jan. 1, Republic Services will begin a new automated trash and recycling collection in Port Clinton. This might cause a change in residents’ collection days and brings new bi-weekly recycling collection. 

Following the New Year’s holiday, Republic Services will provide free tree pickup services.


Second Graders at ICS prepare, wait and give

The second grade class at Immaculate Conception School has been on a journey for the past month.  With their teacher, Mrs. Penny Boyd, the class has been using the season of Advent to be still and to prepare.  Each day the class has filled in their very own advent calendar with the random acts of kindness and good deeds that will help them to open their hearts and to prepare for Jesus.    They have been asked to give of themselves both at home and at school.  

At the end of their month of reflection, the class also took on a service project.  The second graders each brought in baby items to be donated to Heartbeat of Ottawa County to be given to those in need.


Probate Court launches Volunteer Guardianship Program

Judge Kathleen Giesler with Program Coordinator Jennifer Simpson

Due to an increasing number of Ottawa County residents in need of a guardian without a suitable person to act in this capacity, Ottawa County Probate Court Judge Kathleen L. Giesler sought to develop a Volunteer Guardianship program to serve incompetent adults in need.  In 2013, the Court reached out to Ottawa County organizations as well as other probate courts and agencies throughout the state to help develop its own court-based volunteer guardianship program. This initiative is slated to begin in February of 2014.


Wind Turbines

Dear Editor,

Wind Turbines are known to kill birds, some claim by the thousands. Europe has a thousand wind turbines, are appreciated for their clean energy, and they still have tons of birds. I don't think German and Spanish birds are smarter than ours. Same goes for Canada's turbine farms just across Lake Erie from Port Clinton. 

It may come as a surprise that autos and trucks here kill well over 80,000 birds a year; yes eagles and song birds included. It also may come as a real surprise to some that outdoor cats kill an estimated 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds annually here in the USA. Should we ban autos, trucks, airplanes, high tension & radio towers, wires, turbines and all the rest of tall man-made structures?

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