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Danbury Twp Board of Trustees special session

The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will meet in special session on Friday, June 27, at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Road, Marblehead, at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of extending the contract of Interim Fire Chief Doug Waugh.

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Top Junior Marksmen to Compete for the Gold at CMP National 3P Air Rifle Championship

After seven months of hard work and concentration, over 300 sporter and precision air rifle juniors will meet on the firing line for one final test to ultimately determine who are the best marksmen in the country. The 2014 CMP National Three Position Air Rifle Championships will be held June 23-25 and June 26-28 at the new Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Camp Perry.

Junior JROTC, 4-H and club team marksmen involved in the competition began their journey with the CMP Postal Competition in November, where CMP-issued targets were mailed into Headquarters for official scoring. Top shooters in the Postal Competition were invited to compete in the Regional Championships in March and April, with the overall high individuals and teams from that match qualifying for the National Championship.

The event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to visit the world-class Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center to witness extreme skill from tremendously talented juniors, as well as to explore the authentic Olympic memorabilia from two-time gold medalist and range namesake, Gary Anderson.   

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Put-in-Bay Chamber thanks tourism partners

On Saturday, June 21, the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce held a cocktail reception thanking their tourism partners throughout the area. The event was held aboard the U.S. Brig Niagara which was stationed at Fox Dock. Roughly 125 partners from Marblehead, Port Clinton, Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor’s Center were in attendance.

“This is our way of saying thanks,” said Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau member Nicole DeFreitas. “Working together with other communities to promote tourism is very important to us.”

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Register now for Walk to Remember

The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County invites bereaved parents, siblings, relatives and friends to register now for a one-mile “Walk to Remember” Sunday, July 20, at 1 p.m.

As the world’s largest self-help bereavement organization, The Compassionate Friends offers friendship, understanding, and hope to families that have experienced the death of a child.  There are more than 650 chapters in the United States, including all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The local event is patterned after The Compassionate Friends National Walk to Remember® in Chicago, Illinois, where as many as 1,500 are expected to participate. Dozens of chapters across the country are expected to hold a local Walk to Remember during 2014.

The local Walk will start at Lakeview Park Shelter House beginning with registration at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 20.  Following the Walk, there will be a balloon launch and potluck.

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B-C-S Board honors retirees and names new teachers

From left to right: one of the new OHHS band uniforms (hanging on shelf) purchased with private donations from the community (thank you!); persons pictured are Board members Steve Rhodes and Jeff Dornbusch with OHHS student and FFA District 1 President Micah Mensing, B-C-S Board President Jamie Tooman, Board member Heather Dewitz, FFA teacher/advisor Krysteena Brown, and Board member Kim Dusseau.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District Board of Education met on May 27, with a retirement celebration for our retiring certified and classified staff.   The meeting opened with a reception.  Each retiree was honored by being presented with a rose plant from the Board of Education. 

The B-C-S staff who were being honored were:  Mrs. Cindy Bringman, Bus Driver, Mrs. Michele Boussalia, High School French Teacher, Mrs. Lynn Brownell, Reading Teacher, Mrs. Joy Ceraldi, First Grade Teacher, Mrs. Connie Milbrodt, Custodian, Mrs. Annette Nordlund, Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher, Mr. Bill Rauch, Custodian, Mrs. Nancy Siefke, T.E.A.M. Teacher, Mrs. Laura Ulery, Spanish Teacher, and Mr. Bob VanHorn, Art Teacher.  

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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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