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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge offering Auto Tour

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is inviting people to drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. The auto tour starts at 8 a.m. and entrance gate closes at 4 p.m. The auto tour will be open Sunday, September 28 and Sunday, October 19.

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Port Clinton Friends of the Cemeteries holding upcoming fundraisers

The Port Clinton Friends of the Cemeteries is a non-profit group that formed almost seven years ago. The group works with the City of Port Clinton for the betterment and beautification of the cemeteries. The mission statement of the Friends of the Cemeteries is to ensure that all properties around and within the perimeter of all the cemeteries are always worthy of those who lie within them.

Since their formation, the friends have completed many projects: the mausoleum in Lakeview Cemetery has had new window and ceiling work, recycled trash receptacles from the City were given to the friends and they laid the cement foundation for the receptacles, landscaping at the entrances and curbs of Lakeview Cemetery have been done, signs for locating loved ones have been color coded and updated at both cemeteries and there has been painting done at Riverview Cemetery. 

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Magruder Hospital adult flu shot clinics

Magruder Hospital is announcing its flu shot schedule for this year. No appointment is required and the cost is $30 per person. Magruder can bill standard Medicare and some Medicare managed care plans. For pediatric flu vaccinations, please check with your physician or the Ottawa County Health Department.

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Absentee ballots available

Pending litigation, absentee ballots will be available for the upcoming November 4 general election beginning Tuesday, September 30, at the Board of Elections office at 8444 West SR 163, Oak Harbor. In office voting will be as follows:

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B.I.G. Believe In Girls event September 27

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio invites local girls to participate in their B.I.G. (Believe In Girls) event celebration promoting activities and programs for girls. The B.I.G. event will take place Saturday, September 27, at the Lucas County Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The vast 30,000 square foot space will be filled with dozens of activity booths for girls of all ages.

More than 45 organizations will be in attendance, providing hands on opportunities for girls including:

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Friends for Port Clinton fundraiser tonight

Those interested learning more about the implications of Issue 6 on the November general election ballot are invited to attend a fundraiser at the Bait House tonight, September 25, from 6-8 p.m. The money raised at the fundraiser will go towards the voting no campaign being run by Friends for Port Clinton.

There will be a cash bar with free appetizers and Northcoast Cigars will be providing a selection of cigars for the event. Tickets at the event are available for donations of $20, $50 or $100.

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PC seniors host 11th annual big band dance

Early reservations are recommended for PC Seniors' 11th annual Big Band Dance to be held on Sunday, November 2, from 2-5 p.m., at the Moose Lodge Hall, 1105 W. Lakeshore Drive, and Port Clinton. This year's theme is Under the Sea. Admission is $10 advance reservation or $12 at the door and includes a hors d’oeuvres buffet, door prizes, and 50/50 raffles. 

The event is sponsored by Moose Lodge 1610 and Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices North Shore and features a 17 piece big band called Night Session. The event is open to the public, but attendees must be 21 or older. The dress code is nice casual or dress up.

Tickets can be purchased at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third Street or by calling Juanita Mills-Persely at 419-341-1080. The hours of the Senior Center are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Magee Marsh Wildlife Area temporary road closure

Access beyond the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center located at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area to the beach area, including the boardwalk and beach trails, will be closed according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

This portion of Magee Marsh Wildlife Area will be closed in order to provide a quality hunting experience for Ohio’s sportsmen and women.

This road closure is in effect starting Sept. 29 through Oct.6, from Oct. 14 through Nov.1, 2014 and Nov. 10 through Dec. 7. Additionally, the road and beach area will be closed during the controlled youth waterfowl and deer hunts scheduled Oct. 4 and 5, and Nov. 22 and 23.

The remaining Saturdays and Sundays during this time period hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers will be permitted access to the beach area and wildlife trails starting Saturday afternoons after the conclusion of the hunts until sunset, and sunrise to sunset on Sundays.

The Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center and bird center walking trail will remain open for wildlife viewing during the fall hunting season.

For more information about Magee Marsh Wildlife Area or Division of Wildlife programs, visit wildohio.gov.

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