Happy New Year 2014!

Hundreds gathered on north Madison Street at midnight to watch the Walleye Drop for what might be the last time. Wylie 2 fell for 2014 and Don Clemons, Chairman of the Walleye Drop Committee, says he hopes that Wylie 3 will be able to ring in the New Year for 2015. Right now the committee is looking for an artist who works with metal or fiberglass that might be able to help accomplish this goal.

There was a great turnout for the 2014 Walleye Drop where the crowd frolicked in the snowflakes and rang in the New Year. Wylie the Walleye was there handing out bead necklaces and Mayor Vince Leone was there to rally the crowd.


Celebrate the New Year with 10 Free Flowering Trees from the Arbor Day Foundation

Residents of Ohio can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during Jan. 2014.

By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two Sargent crabapple, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, three white flowering dogwoods.

"These beautiful trees will give your home lovely flowers with pink, yellow and white colors," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds."

The free trees are part of the Foundation's Trees for America campaign.


Lost Dog: Nicky

Last time seen was at residence at 2706 E. Sand Rd.

If seen please contact Steve Meister 419-635-6218.

Reward offered.



Terra State nursing program graduates

Graduates recite the Nightingale Pledge as friends and family watch.

The ninth graduating class of Terra State Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program received their nursing pins during a ceremony Dec. 18 at the college.

Susan Kajfasz, MSN, RN, CNS, NE-BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Terra, was chosen by the graduating class to be the keynote speaker. 


B-C-S School Board Celebrates Progress

Present for the December District Highlight at the B-C-S Board of Education meeting regarding improvements at the OHHS Softball Field include (left to right): Mr. E.J. Croll, Coach Chris Rawski, Superintendent Guy Parmigian, and Director of Athletics Drew Grahl.

There were several issues to celebrate and appreciate at the Dec. 17 meeting of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Board of Education.  First, Superintendent Guy Parmigian extended commendations on behalf of the Board to Mrs. Karen Gruber, Principal at R.C. Waters Elementary School, and the staff at R.C. Waters Elementary School for being named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education.  Principal Gruber pointed to the efforts and teamwork of all staff at R.C. Waters who helped to make this award possible.  R.C. Waters Elementary School was the only school in Ottawa County to earn the High Progress School of Honor recognition.  Next, Athletic Director Drew Grahl awarded commendations to 2013 Cross Country State Qualifier Tyler Sievert.


AAA Northwest Ohio offers Tipsy Tow for New Year’s

AAA works year round to educate motorists about driving practices that will keep them safe and reduce traffic related crashes and injuries. To help members and non-members celebrate safely this New Year’s, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 through 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. While AAA encourages party goers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol this holiday, the Tipsy Tow service is available to assist those who find themselves in an impaired situation and need to get their vehicles home safely.

To take advantage of the Tipsy Tow service:


Browns fire Chudzinski after one season

After another lackluster season, the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski.

The move, which came as a surprise to many, comes after a 4-12 year that saw Cleveland lose seven straight games after entering their bye week with a 4-5 mark on Nov. 3 while holding out hope for a playoff run. 

The Browns had an up-and-down season that, at times, showed signs of promise before the team ended the year on a sour note. After starting the year 0-2 behind some awful quarterback play from Brandon Weeden, Chudzinski replaced him with backup Brian Hoyer, who led the team to three straight wins before injuring his knee in a win over Buffalo in week 5 that cost him the rest of the season. Weeden returned, only to struggle, and Jason Campbell was later named the starter. Ultimately, the team's lack of consistent play at quarterback held them back.


Christmas Tree Recycling

As our holiday season comes to a close and Christmas trees are ready to be taken down the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District has compiled information on how to dispose of your live Christmas tree in your community. Trees must be free of all decorations and tinsel.

In Ottawa County:

City of Port Clinton- 419-734-5522
Trees will be collected at the curb Dec. 26-Jan. 13


Spring real estate classes begin January 7

Terra State Community College and the Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies will be offering pre-licensure real estate courses on Terra's campus spring semester.

These courses are the four required courses to the real estate license exam and include: Principles and Practices of Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Law and Real Estate Appraisal.

The Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies is the oldest real estate pre-licensing school in Ohio. They have helped launch many successful careers as real estate sales agents, brokers, appraisers, trainers, managers and personal assistants.

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