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PCHS grad Blackburn receives Best of Cleveland award

Miniature version of Young Cleveland poster

Port Clinton High School and Kent State graduate artist Farin Blackburn was recently awarded a Best of Cleveland recognition in the October issue of Cleveland Magazine. Blackburn’s Seaworthi posters for college towns such as Kent and Athens are “a collision of funky calligraphy and geography”, said the article. She also has created a poster of “Young Cleveland”, which “includes new businesses and old, places that are creating a city for young artists and young professionals,” Blackburn says.

Blackburn’s art can be viewed at etsy.com/shop/seaworthy.

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Monster Mash downtown Marblehead

The Marblehead Merchants Association is holding their first "Monster Mash" event. Shop owners will be dressed in costume and passing out Halloween treats from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 26, at the participating shops of Marblehead. It is also the first dinner event of the season at Avery’s Café. Many locations will be offering specials and other event surprises. It's just a short walk through downtown for the kids to collect their “booty”.

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Marblehead Zombies

Coast Guard zombies Eric Suder and Kristen Ingram.

Marblehead Zombies, a haunted house style event, will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, from 7 p.m-midnight at US Coast Guard Station Marblehead, 606 Prairie Street. 

The gates for Zombie Station Marblehead will be open to the public just before 7 p.m. The cost of admission is two canned good items that will be donated to local food banks. 

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26 Trees: The Newtown Project

Chris Kelsey of Newtown with Jan Hirt and Danbury Township Trustee Dave Hirt with the sign and one of the trees donated by Danbury Township citizens in memory of the 26 people lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. 

It is a quiet little New England town a mile or so off the interstate and just east of Danbury, CT.  Jan and I came here to see how the 26 trees that our community donated were doing and to bring the sign "We Will Remember With You" to Newtown.  Elizabeth Rallo, the leader of the Newtown Recovery Team, directed us to the Newtown Municipal Center, where we met with Chris Kelsey.  He is the tax assessor for Newtown and also on the recovery team, as well the manager of the Toy Warehouse.  As the donations came in Chris was in charge of managing them, and, yes, they did need a warehouse.  There were 56,784 donations of just Teddy Bears alone.

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Lottery to be held for Special Youth Archery Deer Hunt at East Harbor

An increasing deer population, resulting in extensive damage to plant communities and an increased risk of deer/vehicle accidents has led the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to coordinate a (youth) special archery deer hunt at East Harbor State Park. The random drawing will be held on Nov. 4 by the Lakeshore Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, to select nine hunters.

Interested applicants, 17 years old or younger, should submit a 3" x 5" post card with their printed name, complete address and daytime telephone number with the caption "Jake Hunt" to East Harbor State Park, 1169 North Buck Road, Marblehead, OH, 43440. Submit only one entry; all permits are non-transferable. Applications must be post marked by Nov. 1.

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Humane Society fundraiser

This past year the Humane Society of Ottawa County found safe and forever loving homes for over 200 animals. The organization rescues sick and injured animals throughout the county and investigates complaints of suspected cruelty and neglect. The community’s valuable support helps maintain the only animal organization of this kind in Ottawa County.

For the next three weeks, households within Ottawa County will be receiving a fundraising phone call between 4 and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings asking for help in supporting the Humane Society. 

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Children helping Children annual clothing drive

The twelfth annual C.H.C. (Children Helping Children) clothing sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Shoreline Church (formerly Oak Harbor United Brethren), 769 N. Locust St. (SR#19), Oak Harbor. All clothing will be sold for $1per bag. Coats will be sold for $1each. 

All proceeds from the clothing sale will go towards helping the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau to provide toys for children in Ottawa County at Christmas time.

If you are interested in making a donation of gently used clothing, you can drop it off at Shoreline Church the week of October 28th.

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Bay Township launches Crime Watch program

The first meeting of Bay Township Crime Watch will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Bay Township Hall, 4471 W. Fremont Road, Port Clinton. The meeting will feature guests Sgt. Zach Bowling from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s department and security specialist Roger Kunz from North Coast Security.

“Our purpose is to create an awareness of our presence and observe and report all suspicious activity to the Sheriff's department,” says Mel McCord. “We are not law enforcement. Our tools are our eyes, ears and phones. Communication and observation are proven crime deterrents. We will have door decals for all who wish to participate. It is statistically proven that criminals avoid 'CRIME WATCH' communities.”

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