Magruder Hospital Charity Ball

Front Seated: Chairs of the event, Richard & Kathy Durflinger. Standing L-R: Linda Slauterbeck, Kelly Biggert, Greg & Sue Deerhake, Co-Chairs Sandy & Ron Weiner. Not pictured: Jen & Nick Marsico, Keith Slauterbeck and John Biggert.

The Magruder Hospital Foundation's 60th Annual Charity Ball will take patrons back to their high school prom. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the charity ball committee will transform the Catawba Island Club into "Prom Nite, A Night to Remember."  

"People who come to the charity ball this year should expect an evening that will take them back to their high school prom. From the decorations and entertainment to the little surprises, like electing a prom king and queen, it promises to be a fun event," says Kathy Durflinger, Magruder's Vice President of Nursing, who is chairing the event along with her husband, Richard. 


Laker girls stand at 7-6 entering stretch run

Despite taking an early lead, Danbury ultimately sputtered and lost, 46-26, in Toledo Area Athletic Conference action to Ottawa Hills last week.

The Lakers led 11-9 after one quarter and trailed 22-17 at halftime but fell apart in the second half as they were outscored 24-9.

Erin Lavelle led Danbury (7-6, 4-3 TAAC) with eight points and Megan Stephens, Katie Almendinger and Stephanie Kukay finished with four points apiece.

The Green Bears got 14 points from Allie Dewire and 13 from Olivia VanSlooten.

Danbury travels to Old Fort and Maumee Valley CD this week.


Danbury boys fall to Lakota, Gibsonburg

Ultimately, a poor performance in the first quarter did Danbury in as they fell, 57-45, to Lakota in non-conference action last weekend.The Raiders took an 11-0 lead after the first quarter and used that to their advantage to defeat the Lakers. 

James Dorko and Hunter Stinchcomb led Danbury (2-11) with 10 points apiece and Dominic Manuella had nine points while Caleb Gerber chipped in with seven.

Lakota (5-9) got 17 points apiece from Colin Timmons and Josh Kirkpatrick.

Gibsonburg 78, Danbury 34

The Lakers got behind early and fell to Gibsonburg, 78-34, in Toledo Area Athletic Conference action on Friday.The Golden Bears jumped out to a 24-4 lead after one quarter and grabbed a stranglehold in their TAAC contest with the Lakers. 

Dominic Manuella led Danbury with nine points and Caleb Gerber finished with four points and nine rebounds.The Lakers are currently 1-5 in the league.

Gibsonburg, which improved to 9-2 overall and 4-2 in the league with the win, got 12 points from Jordan Kreglow and Andy Burmeister and Adam Copley finished with 10 points apiece.

This Friday, Danbury travels to Toledo to face Emmanuel Christian (3-7, 1-5 TAAC) and on Tuesday hosts Ottawa Hills (9-1, 6-0 TAAC), one of the top teams in the area.


Port Clinton boys edge Oak Harbor, 51-46

PC's Nathan Stubblefield drives the lane against Oak Harbor last Friday

The Redskins jumped out to a 21-10 lead after the first quarter before an injury to Nathan Stubblefield allowed the Rockets to get back into the game. 

Oak Harbor outscored Port Clinton, 12-4, in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 25-22 and kept it close before the ‘Skins (5-8, 2-7 SBC) pulled away.

Stubblefield later returned and played sparingly, but did finish with 21 points to lead all scorers. Drew Fodor helped to pace Port Clinton with 10 points. Deshawn Johnson led the Rockets with 15 points and Andy Rathbun chipped in with nine.


PC girls beat St. Mary CC, 56-31

Emily Ashley leads the pack to score

The ‘Skins controlled this one throughout in their defeat of the winless Panthers. Port Clinton, which is now 11-3 overall and 7-2 in the SBC, got 12 points apiece from Tiffany Colston and Emily Ashley, nine points from Hannah Weaver and seven from Hope Thorbahn.


Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District swears in new officers

Thomas Riedeman and Roland Sandrock were recently re-elected to the Board of Supervisors of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). They were sworn into office by Supervisor Rich Thorbahn at the January board meeting of the SWCD. Reideman holds the position of Fiscal Agent and Sandrock holds the position of Secretary. They join Chairman Mike Harder, Vice Chairman Rich Thorbahn, and member Jerry Whipple on the Board of Supervisors. Together they direct the staff of the district to carry out the conservation of our natural resources through assistant landowners, both urban and rural, throughout Ottawa County.


Community calendar Jan. 23-29

Thursday Jan. 23

Banfi Wine Tasting and Dinner
What: Wine tasting and 6 course dinner speaker Richard Boyd
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ciao Bella, 3880 Harbor Light Landing Dr., PC
Info: 419-734-2426

The Gathering
What: Free community meal, open to the public, fully accessible facility
When: 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, Parish Hall, Second & Adams, PC


B-C-S Board Organizes for 2014

The Honorable Frederick “Fritz” Hany, II administers the oaths of office to re-elected B-C-S Board of Education members (left to right) Kim Dusseau, Jamie Tooman, and Jeff Dornbusch during the organization meeting held on Jan. 13.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education met on Monday, Jan. 13, for an organizational meeting.  The first order of business was the swearing in of re-elected board members Jeff Dornbusch, Kim Dusseau, and Jamie Tooman.  The Honorable Frederick “Fritz” Hany, II of the Ottawa County Municipal Court was present to administer the oaths of office.  Following the oaths, Judge Hany thanked all Board of Education members for their dedicated service to the community and school district, and highlighted the importance of local government entities like Boards of Education.  

The board then nominated officers for 2014.  The Board nominated Mrs. Jamie Tooman for President of the Board and she was elected by a vote of 5-0.  The Board nominated Mr. Jeff Dornbusch for Vice President of the Board and he was elected by a vote of 5-0.   The Board then established the time, date, and location of regular Board meetings for 2014 as follows: 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Office.


Visitors Bureau announces tourism marketing grant program

The Ottawa County Visitors Bureau (Lake Erie Shores & Islands West) is pleased to announce its 2014 Tourism Marketing Grant program.

The program is available for new and existing community friendly events that take place in Ottawa County. It is designed to assist non-profit organizations and small businesses in promoting events that generate overnight stays, create media exposure, increase area economic impact, and generate awareness that Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a year-round destination.

The primary mission of the Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic development in Ottawa County through promotion of tourism for business, pleasure and enrichment. Organizations that hold events that fit within this mission are encouraged to take advantage of the availability of the grant funds.


Thank you from Salvation Army

I would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to the Volunteers, Donors and every one in Ottawa County who has made our 2013 Holiday Season a success.   Although our Red Kettle Goal of $64,000 was not met this year, due to a shortage of bell ringing days, we raised an amazing $60,500.70!  We could not have done this without the 600 plus bell ringers, our 7 Bell ringing sites; Community Market (Oak Harbor and Port Clinton), Bassett’s, Kroger’s, Miller’s Market and WalMart and the generosity of our Community who dropped money in our Red Kettles.

I was extremely pleased, once again, to have many of our Ottawa County High School and Middle School groups and organizations get involved with bell ringing and fundraising efforts this year.  These young adults recognize the importance of giving back to our Community.  We even had bell ringers as young as two years old ringing the bell.

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