Judge Winters to lead county team to combat opiate addiction

The Supreme Court of Ohio and Governor Kasich have requested Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters assemble a team of community leaders to attend the Judicial Symposium on Opiates in Columbus. This Symposium aims to develop new opiate prevention strategies, increase public awareness, develop new addiction prevention approaches, and share insight on available treatment options. Most importantly, the Symposium hopes to create an exchange of ideas on judicial strategies that are making a difference in the midst of the current addiction epidemic.


GPCAAC holds second Art Walk of the season

Photos by Rob Zajac

On Thursday, June 26, the GPCAAC held its second Art Walk of the season. The Art Walk included a LEAP playground and a mini farmer’s market courtesy of Bergman Orchards.

For more information about the GPCAAC or the Art Walk visit


Friday Night Music Fest at East Harbor

East Harbor State Park will be hosting a Friday Night Music Fest Friday, July 4, from 7-9 p.m. in front of the Camp Store.  Prior to enjoying the 4th of July fireworks, come to the park to enjoy the one-man band Alan Siebert “The Music Man” who will be performing free, but will gratefully accept donations. This event is open to the public. Visitors are asked to park in the grass parking lot near the Camp Store. Please bring your own chairs.


Fr. Ring retires from St. Joseph Parish

Don and Pat Wales, long-time parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead, greet retiring pastor Fr. Dan Ring at the reception following his last Mass as pastor Sunday morning. Photo by John Schaffner

Fr. Dan Ring, who has served a total of 46 years with the Diocese of Toledo, is retiring. Fr. Ring has served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Marblehead for 7 years. The following is a statement he gave to his parish on his leaving:


Rumpke Independence Day collection schedule

Rumpke waste removal and recycling collection will not occur on Independence Day, Friday, July 4. 

Customers with collection on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will not be affected by the holiday. 

Friday's collection will move to Saturday. 

Regular collection will resume the week of July 7. 

Please contact Rumpke's customer service with additional questions at toll free 1-800-828-8171 or visit


Extra patrols throughout holiday weekend

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols throughout the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.  Six overtime shifts will be scheduled over the weekend in an attempt to promote safety among drivers, as well as draw awareness to the other traffic on the roadways.

The Deputies assigned to the overtime duties will work varying hours those shifts.  The Deputies will enforce all traffic laws, with emphasis on impaired drivers, speed and seat belt violations.

This overtime is part of a grant received by The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office from the Governor’s Highways Safety Office.



Danbury class of ’74 reunion

Save the date! The Danbury class of ’74 is holding their class reunion on September 13, 2014. Those interested in attending are encouraged to contact Jerri Uhinck-Lucas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or join the Danbury class of ’74 Facebook page.



Fireworks in Ohio

I once again write to suggest that the time has come to consider legislation in Ohio to allow for the sale and use of the full line of consumer fireworks.

Consumer fireworks are safer today than they have ever been in the history of our country.  John Adams, in a prophetic 1776 letter to his wife Abigail, suggested that the Independence Day holiday “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”


Marblehead Summerfest sizzles through its third year

St. Joseph’s Marblehead choir, volunteers from the parish and community, locals and visitors worked together to have another successful year at the Marblehead Summerfest. Friday night was very busy at the festival, but heat played a factor during the day on Saturday.

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