Paul Beck Receives North Central EMS Employee of the Year

North Central EMS employee Paul Beck was recently chosen by his co-workers as the 2013 Employee of the Year. Paul has been employed with NCEMS since 2004, and currently works as a wheelchair driver.    

The employee of the year award is presented to the selected candidate at the company Christmas celebration and is always chosen by the employees. Paul’s co-workers recognized his dedication to providing quality service, as well as his willingness to assist with special projects.


Port Clinton Lady Redskin bowlers defeat Woodmore

Port Clinton Lady Redskins won their 7th consecutive match in action at Star Lanes at the Harbor in Port Clinton Friday defeating Woodmore 2207-1984.

Alysia Zoeller led the Lady Redskins with games of 192-153. Reilly Wittman added 141-191 and Sam Stroupe 147-156. Courtney Burner rolled 195-187 for Woodmore and Emily Paul added 172-138.


Local Advocate Eryn Sanders Honored with National Youth Development Award

Eryn Sanders, Rural Outreach Coordinator for The Ability Center of Greater Toledo –Ottawa Office, was awarded the APRIL Linda Gonzalez Award at the National APRIL Conference. 

The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grass roots, consumer controlled, non-profit membership organization consisting of Centers for Independent Living, their satellites and branch offices, state-wide Independent Living Councils, other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America. APRIL hosts an annual conference in rural parts of the country each year. Participants and presenters from all over the United States attend to talk about the impact of rural issues for people with disabilities living in rural America. Each year, at the national APRIL conference, the APRIL Board awards the Linda Gonzales Award to a person who has made a significant impact in rural youth issues. This year Eryn Sanders was honored, receiving the award for her impact on community partnerships in the six rural Counties the Ability Center serves. 


Ottawa County Courts to be closed until noon on Monday, Jan. 6

Administrative Order for Inclement Weather

Due to anticipated inclement weather including temperatures of -12 degrees to 7 degrees and potential for significant snow accumulation on Sunday, Jan. 5 and Monday, Jan. 6, all three Ottawa County Courts (Common Pleas Court, Juvenile and Probate Court, and Municipal Court) will not open for regular business until noon, Jan. 6.

Bruce Winters, Judge
Kathleen Giesler, Judge
Frederick C. Hany, II Judge


Winter pet tips from HSOC

Here comes the frigid weather and our humane officers are busy with calls about animals outside. In many areas, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Extra precautions during winter months will make sure four-footed family members stay safe and warm.

Help pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months by following these simple guidelines:

Keep pets indoors and warm

Don't leave dogs or cats outdoors when the temperature drops. Most dogs, and all cats, are safer indoors. No matter what the temperature, wind chill can threaten a pet's life. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks. The best way to keep pets safe (and happy) is to keep them with you.


Firelands ER QuickCare hours expanded

Firelands Regional Medical Center Emergency QuickCareSM will be expanding their hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Firelands Emergency QuickCareSM provides a special treatment area in the emergency center that's designed for the quick and convenient treatment of minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures, sprains, strains, respiratory infections, minor injuries and lacerations.

For more information about Emergency Services provided by Firelands Regional Medical Center, visit or call 419-557-7706.


Newly elected officials sworn into office

Photo by Rachel Below Klimentov

On Monday, Dec. 30, the newly elected officials of the City of Port Clinton were sworn in. From left to right: Jerry Tarolli, Margaret Phillips, Ron Aukerman, Gabe Below, Edna Hansen, Cole Hatfield.


ICS “Believes”

The 3 year old preschool shows off their jammies on a comfy, cozy, pj day.

The halls were decked and the spirits were bright at Immaculate Conception School the Christmas week.  Both the preschool and the first graders celebrated Thursday with the best kind of day—Pajama Day! The classes watched the movie The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, ate popcorn, cookies, cupcakes, and drank hot chocolate.  The message of believing in the magic of Christmas in the movie is portrayed by hearing the sweet ringing of a Christmas bell. The students definitely heard the bells ringing.

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