Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary partners with BarkBoxes

Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society’s BarkBox to the Rescue. A BarkBox contains a month’s supply of toys, chews and treats.

Now thru January 15, 2014, for every order made with Island Safe Harbor's unique code, $5 will be donated to the Sanctuary and they are entered for a chance of the $15,000 give-a-way. 

To order a BarkBox, go to and enter the code ISHBBX1.


ICS holds Honors Assembly

Siblings Garret and Maelee Hirt both were honored with the Life Skill Award of "Common Sense" by Principal Mrs. Connie Snyder.  

Last Friday Immaculate Conception School held its quarterly awards assembly,  which recognized the achievements of students in the first 9 weeks of the 2013-2014 school year.  Students were honored for grades, attendance and the life skill attributes they have mastered throughout the first quarter.  Life skills are qualities that make students strong, hardworking and value-centered. ICS students were applauded for the skills of patience, responsibility, effort, trustworthiness, sense of humor and friendship, among other valuable qualities.


Home Instead Senior Care Brightens the Holidays for Seniors in Erie, Ottawa Counties


This season, holiday shoppers in Erie and Ottawa counties can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program. 

The program,run by the Port Clinton franchise of Home Instead Senior Care in partnership with Ottawa County Senior Resources, The Meadows at Osborn Park, Erie County Care Facility, Trinity United Church of Christ, Danbury Senior Center, Lakeview Estates, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community, helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones. 


Olde Fashioned Christmas in Oak Harbor

On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4:15 p.m., Santa’s friends from the Portage District Fire Department will be guiding him through the streets of Oak Harbor as he announces his arrival and opens the 2013 Holiday Season.

At 4:45pm the large Village Christmas tree located at Adolphus Kraemer Park will be magically lit by Santa.


Catawba Island Holiday Bureau taking applications and donations

Catawba residents are reminded that the deadline for applications to the Catawba Island Holiday Bureau for assistance during the holiday season is Dec. 1. Assistance includes food, paper goods, cleaning supplies and personal items. Also included are gifts for children age 18 and under, provided by the Salvation Army. 

Applications are available at The Vineyard of Catawba, Resurrection Lutheran Church on NE Catawba Road and the Catawba Township Administration Building on Cemetery Road. Applications and monetary donations can be sent to PO Box 72, Port Clinton, OH 43452. Monetary donations can be sent to Treasurer, PO Box 72, Port Clinton. In 2012, 26 families with a total of 60 individuals received assistance.


Gardner wins amendment to fight open lake dumping

The Ohio Senate Wednesday approved an amendment sponsored by Senator Randy Gardner that strives to end open lake dumping of dredged materials in Lake Erie.

The Gardner amendment reappropriates approximately $1.6 million of existing state funds toward conservation practices in the counties of the Western Lake Erie Basin and specifically provides for transferring money to the Healthy Lake Erie Fund to address open lake dumping.


Hope Thorbahn to attend Notre Dame College in Euclid

Port Clinton High School Senior Hope Thorbahn signed her letter of intent on Friday to continue her education and basketball career at DII Notre Dame College in Euclid, Ohio. Pictured, left to right: Adam Thorbahn (brother), Hope Thorbahn and Mike Thorbahn (father). Standing, Lady Redskins Basketball Coach Toby Bickel.  

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