Senator Gardner’s Education Reform Bill signed into law

Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) is joined by Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler, State Superintendent Richard Ross and other education leaders as Governor John Kasich signs House Bill 362 into law

Governor John Kasich signed into law legislation proposed by Senator Randy Gardner to reform Ohio’s educator evaluation policies. Gardner’s legislation was amended into House Bill 362, passing the Ohio Senate by a vote of 30 to 3 and in the House of Representatives by a vote of 94 to 1. 

Originally known as Senate Bill 229, the legislation provides more flexibility for school districts conducting teacher evaluations, saves schools and taxpayers an estimated $60 million per year, and helps school districts focus on teachers in their first four years or teachers who have failed to attain a designation of skilled or accomplished.

Gardner’s legislation generated wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate and was endorsed by the organization representing Ohio’s elected school board members.

“This legislation says to Ohio educators, ‘Columbus is willing to listen to you’,” Gardner said.  “This bill helps make our education system less bureaucratic, saves tax dollars and helps improve results in the classroom.”


Healthcare Provider CPR Courses Offered at Firelands

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering the Healthcare Provider CPR Certification Course on the following dates:

• Tuesday, July 1, 8-11:30 a.m.
• Monday, July 14, 1-4:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 29, 8-11:30 a.m.

The classes will be held at Firelands Regional Medical Center’s South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue.  This Healthcare Provider Course is for medical professionals and students beginning course work in healthcare professions only.  The class fee is $50 per person.

Those attending will learn adult, child, and infant CPR in cases where there are either one or two rescuers and Obstructed Airway Management for adults, children, and infants.  Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training is also included.

The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible. Registration is required and can be made by calling Firelands Regional Medical Center at 419-557-6740.


Two-Day Childbirth Class Offered at Firelands

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering a Childbirth Preparation class on Friday, July 18, from 6-9 p.m. and continuing on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Childbirth Preparation classes are held at Firelands Regional Medical Center, South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky.

Participants will learn breathing patterns and relaxation exercises to be used during labor and delivery.  Induction of labor, medication and anesthesia options, Caesarian birth and recovery will also be discussed.

Childbirth classes are taught by experienced obstetrical nurses from Firelands Regional Medical Center with a clinical background focused on contemporary childbirth methods.  It is recommended that this course be taken during the last trimester of pregnancy and that expectant mothers select a class that ends at least three weeks before their due date.

The cost for the class is $35 per couple.  No one will be refused this course due to inability to pay.  The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible. To register, call Firelands Regional Medical Center at 419-557-7840.


Choo Choo Chow Chow Golf Outing Aug. 11

The Catawba office of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is planning the 6th Annual Choo Choo Chow Chow Golf Outing benefiting the Children’s Hospital Free Care Campaign.  The pictured Howard Hanna Catawba Team is working to make the event another success under the direction of Office Manager Mary Ann Gecsi and event Co-Chairmen Ted and Cathy Greene.  Also pictured is Ken Williams, Director of Golf and Marketing for the Catawba Island Club where the golf outing will be held Monday, August 11.

The event is a four person scramble that includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart (2 person), continental breakfast, lunch after golf and a silent auction.  One of the auction items is an evening cruise around the South Bass Islands on a 73’ Burger Yacht with light hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

Sponsorships are available starting with tournament, corporate and golf holes.  With these sponsorships you receive from one foursome in the outing to two golfer entries to one golf entry.  These sponsorships also receive signage on golf holes and around the pro shop at the CIC.  The number and amount depend on the sponsorship level.  Individual golfers are also available and wanted.  

We welcome any and all donations for door prizes and/or silent auction items.  Several items have been committed but more are needed.  To be a part of this fund raising event for children from our region without healthcare coverage, call Howard Hanna at 419-734-5751 and ask for Stacy, Ted, Cathy or Mary Ann.


Latta to host one on one meetings in Elmore June 30

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Elmore Town Hall Building, located at 344 Rice Street, on Monday, June 30. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss the issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues they may have with the federal government.

“This event provides an excellent opportunity for me to learn what issues are most important to my constituents, so I can best represent them in Washington, D.C.,” said Latta. “I encourage residents to attend and look forward to discussing these issues with them, as well as providing any assistance that may be needed involving the federal government.”

Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions.


Ohio Watercraft Officers increase patrols to stop boating under the influence

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI) of drugs or alcohol.

“Consuming alcohol on a boat can have serious, even deadly, consequences,” said Gary Obermiller, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “It is critical for drivers and passengers to stay sober and stay safe at all times while boating.”

The leading factor in boater deaths nationwide is alcohol use while boating. Operation Dry Water will focus on increased patrols, Breathalyzer tests and checkpoints as well as boater education about the dangers of boating under the influence.

Last year during the three-year Operation Dry Water, ODNR Division of Watercraft officers contacted boaters on 456 vessels and made 10 arrests for boating under the influence.

In Ohio, boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) level exceeds the state limit of .08 can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties, including fines, jail and loss of privileges to register and to operate boats.

Operation Dry Water is a joint program of the ODNR Division of Watercraft, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard and local marine patrol officers. For more information on Operation Dry Water visit

The ODNR Division of Watercraft is responsible for boating safety, education and law enforcement on all waters of the state. This statewide area includes the near shore area along 451 miles of the Ohio River, approximately half the entire surface area of Lake Erie, more than 605 inland lakes and more than 60,000 miles of inland streams, rivers and other waterways.


Alga blooms

We have all read about the alga blooms on Lake Erie. The biggest contributor of phosphates, pesticides and other chemicals is the US Army Corps of Engineering when they dump their dredging’s into the lake. When a private marina dredges they must move the dredge material to an inland site and leave it there for at least five years. So why is the Government allowed to pollute? You can contact our two senators and our house person and you will get no response. 

Stop the dumping and you will see how fast the alga blooms disappear. 


Richard Zoyhofski 

Catawba Island



Senior Citizen’s Day at the Ottawa County Fair

The Ottawa County Senior Fair Board, along with Ottawa County Senior Resources will once again play host to Senior Citizen’s Day at the Ottawa County Fair on Wednesday, July 16.  Anyone 60 years of age or older will receive free admission to the fair and are welcomed to join the Senior Day activities at Building B-3 Barn on the fairgrounds.


Oak Harbor Independence Day celebration July 3

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our community in celebrating our independence on Thursday, July 3, along the Portage River in downtown Oak Harbor. Gates open at 5 p.m. and there will be food, entertainment, giant inflatables, the royal duck race, 50/50 drawings and a beer tent. The night would not be complete without the sky being illuminated with the most spectacular fireworks display around! 

The chamber invites the community to join them for a night of family fun. Admission and parking are free. For any questions, visit or call the chamber office at 419-898-0479.



Marsh Mondays

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be offering a kids program called Marsh Mondays. Children from ages 3-5 and 6-12 will learn about native plants and animals, explore the outdoors, will get creative with crafts and much more. The program will begin June 23 and run until August 11(June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11). 

Children ages 3-5 will meet from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and ages 6-12 will meet from 1-3 p.m. You must make a reservation by calling the Visitor Center at 419-898-0014. Marsh Mondays will meet inside the Visitor Center.

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