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Royce celebrates 80 years

Royce and her grandchildren

On Saturday, July 12, a large family reunion and 80th birthday party was held for Royce Ann Oliver (nee Hardy) at Touch of Italy Bed and Breakfast in Port Clinton. Royce is the mother of Deborah Pufnock, owner of the Bed and Breakfast, and Linda Sleasman, of Amherst. Family members came from Tennessee, Twinsburg, Amherst, and Cleveland. 

Royce suffered a second brain bleed on December 8 of 2013, and is on her way to recovery. She has 13 great grandchildren and all were present with the exception of: her oldest great-grandchild, Jordan, who was in Costa Rica for the second time on a mission trip; Lizzie, 17, who is in Tennessee, and Jakob who is serving in the United States Marine Corps.

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Vacation Bible School, God’s Web of Life

All kids of the area, preschool through sixth grade, are invited to God’s Web of Life Vacation Bible School on July 28 through August 1 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 541 Church Road, Lakeside Marblehead.  

This one-of-a-kind, locally created, curriculum will include games, crafts, stories, service projects, science experiments, camp songs, snacks, and fun. This year will focus on how all of God’s creatures, including us, have an important role to play in God’s Creation. There will be special live animal guests, like Chip the turtle, Albert the mouse, and Arbor the cat. 

If you have questions or would like more information contact Pastor Aaron Baughman at 614-746-5119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  To registration, please call Pastor Aaron or the St. Paul office at 419-734-1662.  This event is sponsored by the side-by-side ministry of St. John and St. Paul.  For more information go to sidebysideministry.com.

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Lakeside United Methodist Vacation Bible School

Lakeside United Methodist Church is offering Vacation Bible School to all children in the area, including those who are visiting for the week in Lakeside, those in the Island View/Marblehead Peninsula/Port Clinton areas, as well as members and friends of Lakeside UMC August 4-8 from 6-8 p.m.

The VBS theme is "Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides." Children age 5 and older are welcome. Registration forms are available at the church office, or contact 419-798 8119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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150th anniversary of serving God in the community

St. Paul Lutheran Church on County Road 17 is celebrating their 150th anniversary.  On March 2, former Pastor Paul Schlief delivered the Sunday message.  On May 11, St. Paul was honored to have Bishop Lohrmann for the morning service.

A special invitation has been sent to former confirmation graduates of St. Paul for the August 3 worship service.  Former Youth Group members and organists have also been invited for the service.  The Youth Group and Sunday school choir will be participating in the service.

St. Paul will have a float in the Apple Festival in Oak Harbor on October 11.  On October 26 a special Homecoming Service will be held at the church.  A son of the church, Pastor Timothy Nahls, will be present at that time.

Everyone is always welcome and especially on these dates.  Morning services on August 3 and October 26 will begin at 10:30 a.m. with lunch following.

St. Paul Church was started in 1864 by Rev. Christopher Raths, who had been born in Germany in 1807.  He became a teacher and then came to America in 1840, studied to be a minister and was ordained in 1858.  Rev. Raths served as pastor of St. Paul for 28 years from 1858 until his death in 1886.  He and his wife and buried in the Roose Cemetery, southeast of Oak Harbor.

 

The current pastor is Cheryl Wessel who has been with St. Paul since 1998.

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Junior Pilot Camp graduates 15

On Friday, July 18, there were 15 graduates in the Erie-Ottawa International Airport’s July Junior Pilot Camp. At the camp the children learned the basics of flying and had hands-on experience in the physics of flight and were exposed to airport maintenance and management. There was also an introductory flight on an airplane and in a rotorcraft, a tour of the airport and gave the children an opportunity to meet and talk with pilots.

At the graduation on Friday, family and friends of the graduates gathered to watch the last act of the pilot camp which was a Jeopardy battle. The pilot Jeopardy gave students a chance to show what they learned during the camp. In first place there was a tie between Max Steinhauser and Jackson Kennedy. They even tied in final Jeopardy. In second place was Jon Brausch.

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Cooking your catch

We’re well into the fishing season, and the fishing report is basically unchanged, so I thought I would take this opportunity to write something completely different. Now that you have walleye and perch in your freezer to share with family and friends, you might want to try something other than the traditional deep fried fish. Here are a couple recipes I made up that I would like to share with you if you want to make it a little healthier or just want to change it up a little to keep your taste buds happy.

Baking fish is, without question, much healthier than deep frying, so for those that have to stay away from deep frying, I have a simple recipe that should please everyone.

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Mandatory Danbury fall sports parent meeting

Danbury will be hosting its mandatory fall sports parent meeting for athletes grades 7-12 on Monday, July 28, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium to pass out forms and go over important information regarding the upcoming fall sports season.  Attendance is required for both the athlete and parents.  

Any questions contact Drew Davie at (419) 798-4037.

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Health Screening in Port Clinton

Area residents are invited to participate in a Complete Metabolic Profile Screening on Saturday, July 26 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Port Clinton Outpatient Lab, 3960 Harbor Light Landing Drive, Port Clinton.

Screenings include:

•         Complete Blood Count with Metabolic & Lipid Panel (No Eating or Drinking for 12 Hours – Water Allowed – includes liver and kidney function studies, fasting blood sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, HDL/LDL and triglyceride levels along with a complete blood count.) - $45;
•         Hemoglobin A1C - $25;
•         PSA - $30;

Cash or check only. Pre-registration is required for the labwork. Screening is limited to the first 75 who pre-register. To register, call 419-557-7840.

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The Listening Room Local at The Loft

The Listening Room and Cielo Grande Tapas Restaurant and Bar are collaborating to present The Listening Room Local at The Loft. Opening night was Thursday, July 17, and will be offered every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the loft of Cielo Grande Tapas Restaurant and Bar.

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Ed FitzGerald visits Ottawa County Fair

Ed FitzGerald with members of the Ottawa County Democratic Party.

On Friday, July 18, Ed FitzGerald, who is running to replace John Kasich for Ohio Governor, visited the Ottawa County Fair. FitzGerald met with Ottawa County Auditor Larry Hartlaub, Ottawa County Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal, Lorrain Croy, who is running for Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge, Robert Fry, who is running for the Ohio District 5 Congress seat and many constituents of Ottawa County.

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