State of the Village Address, Village of Marblehead, 2014

By Mayor Jacqueline Bird

As it is told, in the early 1800’s the first settlers arrived on the Marblehead Peninsula. The goal was to survey the new territory provided to them after being burned out by the British during the Revolution. Though some took advantage of this new frontier, most soon fled, fearing invasion by the British and their Indians allies.

Shortly after the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, when Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry defeated the British, the settlers finally felt safe to return to the new frontier, their home, the Marblehead Peninsula.

As the years passed and population grew, the residents petitioned Ottawa County on June 2, 1890, to incorporate a municipality. The petition filed with the State of Ohio incorporated our home, The Village of Marblehead, on Jan. 2, 1891.

Proudly, our village sits on the tip of the Marblehead Peninsula, dividing Lake Erie and the Sandusky Bay. It is a total size of 4.31 miles. 3.31 miles is land with 1 square mile water.


State accredits Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OCBDD) has been accredited by the State of Ohio for the quality services and supports it provides to people with disabilities.

An accreditation certificate was been issued to the Board by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities on Jan. 7.

A comprehensive review of the County Board was conducted late last year by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). The accreditation review is a very rigorous and thorough process, spanning approximately six months. A team of surveyors from DODD reviewed all areas of County Board operations including personnel administration, services and support, and other indicators of the general efficiency and effectiveness of the County Board in the community it serves.


Otterbein helps Danbury Food Pantry with urgent need

Otterbein has a big goal – to collect 500 food and staple items before Valentine’s Day, which is Friday, Feb. 14. Earl Mencel, a food bank volunteer, alerted Otterbein that, especially at this time of year, there is an urgent need for donated food for people in Danbury Township.

When Otterbein’s Wellness Director, Martha Meyer, heard about this, she created a community out-reach to collect 500 food items to be delivered to the food bank. “I really hope we’ll go over this amount. It is so important for people in need right now,” said Meyer.


Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce elects four new board members

On Friday, Jan. 24 the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner meeting at the Community Markets VFW Memorial Hall. In addition to the chamber members, Ottawa County Commissioners, Steve Arndt and Jim Sass, Bill Eberle, mayor of Oak Harbor, police chief Steve Weirich and Oak Harbor council members were in attendance. After dinner Chamber President Paulette Weirich held a business meeting and first recognized the board of directors. 

All of the members of the Board of Directors were in attendance and they include:


Bill Sorg honored by Commissioners

From left to right: Ottawa County Commissioner James Sass, William Sorg, Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal, Commissioner Steven Arndt

On Jan. 14, the Ottawa County Commissioners recognized Ottawa County Veteran William “Bill” Sorg of American Legion Post 279, Elmore.  

Sorg was drafted into the United States Army in March 1969. After training, he was deployed to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, with the 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Phan Thiet. On April 8, 1970, during a patrol on Hill #74, his squad was attacked. This attack resulted in 9 soldiers being injured, including Bill.


Rossford beats ‘Skins, girls’ streak ends at 15

The Rossford Bulldog Bowlers traveled to Star Lanes at the Harbor Friday and swept the host Redskins, with the Boys winning 2983-2720 and the Girls ending the Lady ‘Skins unbeaten season 2652-2555. 

“Our girls really bowled great, came within 20 pins of the school record” said Coach Bob Black. “Tonight we were outscored by a team that broke their school record by 300 pins. We had 4 scores 340 or better and the girls are getting better all the time and we have no seniors,” said Black. “We are looking forward to the events at the end of the season.” 

Kassidy Mahler led the Lady ‘Skins with games of 211-171. Eryn Binder rolled 187-175, Sam Stroupe 158-189, and Reilly Wittman 162-178. Caleb Conrad led the Redskin Boys with games of 234-198. Darryl Trent added 190-228, and Jacob Reed172-180.

Port Clinton’s Bowlers will join 42 other teams in competing in the Redskin Tournament at Star Lanes at the Harbor beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.


Terra State board elects new officers

Nancy Grandillo accepts the gavel from outgoing chair Carl Koebel

The Terra State Community College Board of Trustees elected a new group of officers for 2014 at its regular meeting on Jan. 23.

Nancy Grandillo, of Tiffin, will serve as the board chair while Sandra Berlekamp will be the vice-chair and Don Nalley will serve as sergeant at arms. Both Berlekamp and Nalley are Fremont residents.

“I see the board continuing with the master plan, with the campus and entrance improvements and reversing the current enrollment challenges,” Grandillo said. “I am pleased to work with a forward-thinking board and an administration that puts students first.”

Grandillo takes over for Carl Koebel, of Port Clinton, who has been the board chair the past two years.


Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission welcomes new commissioners


Thomas L. Cashen III with Judge Winters

On Jan. 9, the Honorable Judge Winters swore in Thomas L. Cashen III, appointing him to represent the American Legion, and Ronald E. Distel, appointing him as a Member-at-Large, on the Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission Board of Commissioners. 

Cashen was appointed to fill a one-year term. He is a Persian Gulf War Veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Navy. 


Judge Hany administers oath

Left to right: Township Trustees Matt Widmer (Clay), Keith Heilman (Portage), Ken Gyde (Carroll), Rodney Biggert (Carroll), Sam Conte (Portage), Dale Collins (Portage), Victor Harder (Salem), Wesley Gahler (Benton), James Buhro (Benton), Mike Milbrodt (Benton), Ron Buehler (Salem), Mitch Hoyle (Clay).

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