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Friday night patio parties

The VFW Post 2480 is hosting Friday night patio parties.  All profits from the meals will be donated to Rolling Thunder for their traveling Ohio POW/MIA Memorial or to the Vietnam Era Veterans Commemorations in Ottawa County.  All public are welcome.

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Introducing: Oak House

By Nancy Beadle

Wendy Abrahamson, director, left, and Julia Enderle, activities coordinator, third from right, with members of the Oak House as they are leaving for a Toledo Mud Hens game June 19.

Tucked away on the east end of Port Clinton, Oak House is a little known jewel of a place.  It is a non-judgmental, safe haven for adults recovering from mental illness.  This is a place where all kinds of interesting, challenging and fun things take place.    

In just one month all these might be on the calendar:  celebrating birthdays with cake and karaoke, painting beach scenes, doing exercises, watching a movie complete with popcorn, competing in Wii bowling and taking a trip to a place like the Toledo Botanical Garden.  Each month’s calendar is crammed full of things to do and places to go, all planned by Activities Coordinator Julia Enderle.  She says, “We’ve come to embrace members as one family.  They always feel welcomed and wanted.”

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Bluegrass Jam at Liberty Aviation Museum

The Ottawa County Bluegrass Band performing at the 2013 Bluegrass Jam at the Erie-Ottawa Airport hangar. 

On Saturday evening, June 28, the third annual Bluegrass Jam will be held at Liberty Aviation Museum hangar in Port Clinton. This will be the first year that the Jam will be held at the museum’s hangar. The popular Ottawa County Bluegrass Band and the Willow Creek Band from Lebanon, Ohio, will entertain from 6-11 p.m., rain or shine, with music that can be appreciated by listeners of all ages. 

The $6 admission will include the music and self-guided tours of the museum. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available.

For more information, call 419.734.6297.

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Port Clinton brain gain: the Kleinhans family

Donald, Latoya and Jamie Kleinhans outside of their new business endeavor, PJ’s Grille & Bar.

Jamie Kleinhans, who went through the Port Clinton school system, moved out on his own at the age of 16 and earned his GED in 1996. Now, with the help of his wife, Latoya, a 1995 Port Clinton graduate, and his brother, Donald, who graduated from Oak Harbor in 1998, he is running Papa Jimmie’s and as of May 5, PJ’s Grille and Bar.

Jamie spent some time in the Dayton area after school as head chef of an organization that gave meals to intercity families. There were 23 locations in the operation. Six years ago, Jamie came back to Port Clinton to take care of his grandmother. Soon after, he started the Port Clinton Papa Jimmie’s.

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Lakeside Chautauqua begins week two of summer entertainment

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Hoover Auditorium, one of the cultural hot spots on Lake Erie, hosts a variety of musicians, comedians, illusionists, dancers and bands nightly. Daily fun and family entertainment await guests of all ages. Visit lakesideohio.com for a complete list of the 2014 entertainers.

Purchasing a Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass grants access to all evening shows in Hoover Auditorium at no extra charge. Guests must present Chautauqua Passes upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass is $19.75 for adults and $13.75 for youth (ages 12-18) per day. Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free. Chautauqua Passes may be purchased in advance at lakesideohio.com or upon entering the gates of Lakeside Chautauqua.

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Relay for Life: Stories of Hope

This year, the Ottawa County Relay for Life had a special guest leading the parade at the opening ceremony held Friday, June 20, at 6 p.m. Tess Siefke, a sixth grader at the Oak Harbor Middle School, who was stricken with leukemia, wore her superhero cape around the track. This is just one story of many in a county where everyone understands the ups and downs of cancer.

The Relay for Life is a way for survivors, sufferers, family members and friends to come together and raise money to help ease the battles associated with cancer. As of Friday night, the Ottawa County Relay for Life had raised $48,000. The money raised goes towards local programs, such as Look Better, Feel Better and the Wig Bank, but mostly goes towards cancer research. All of the money raised stays within the general area.

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Community calendar June 26-July 2

June 26-July 2

The Splendor of Lake Erie Exhibit by Local Artists
What: Local artist’s exhibit works
Where: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center-West, 770 S.E. Catawba Rd
Info: shoresandislands.com

The Amazing Grape Race
What: Visit wineries along the Lake Erie Shores and Islands trail in Northwest Ohio
Where: Wineries along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail
Info: ohiowines.org

Lakeside Quilt Show with Lakeside Women’s Club
Where: Hoover Auditorium Lobby, 113 W Third St., Lakeside
Info: lakesideohio.com

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Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes the Rev. Dr. Michael B. Brown

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes the Rev. Dr. Michael B. Brown as Chaplain of the Week from June 29-July 3. This week’s Chaplain of the Week program is supported by Bob and Becky Brymer.

Dr. Brown will lead the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 29 in Hoover Auditorium. His sermon, titled “Choosing to be Christian,” is based on Matthew 25:31-45.

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Free home safety checks available for seniors

In recognition of National Safety Month, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties is offering free home safety checks for area seniors. Conducted by local senior care experts, the safety checks will be offered to the end of June.

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Peregrine falcon chicks banded at the Ottawa County Court House

Pictured: Bob Ford and Jennifer Norris from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with the help of Clare Pollick, a North Carolina resident who was visiting her grandparents.

On Friday, June 20, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources banded four peregrine falcon chicks that are living in the tower of the Ottawa County Court House. The chicks are banded at three weeks old, their current age, because their legs don’t grow any wider.

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