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Medicare enrollees: things to know before 2015 open enrollment

By Steve Gulas, Bolte Insurance

This year’s annual open enrollment will be October 15 through December 7. This is the time of year in which all Medicare enrollees can change prescription drug plans or Medicare Advantage Plans. If you are going to make a change in your coverage this is typically the only time of the year you can change plans unless you qualify for a Special Election Period due to a special circumstance recognized by Medicare. Not reviewing your plan each year can be a costly mistake and may leave you in a plan that may not suit your needs.

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ODOT announces area roadwork

SR 2 Mine Remediation

Effective Monday, Sept. 8, through May 2015, SR 2 between SR 163 and SR 53 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for mine remediation. On Monday, Sept. 8, through May 2015, the ramp from southbound SR 53 to westbound SR 2 is closed. Detour routes are SR 53 and SR 163. The projected date for this project to be complete is May 2016.

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The time was served, now it’s time to honor

In Veteran’s Park in Port Clinton 12,500 bricks make up the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway; nearly 1300 of those bricks are engraved to honor and/or remember those who have served our country. The brick walkway was dedicated on November 11, 2001 in Veteran’s Park, a park that was first built in the 1930s to honor those fighting and who have fought for the freedom of our country.

Walking under the beautifully crafted Veteran’s Park arch facing north towards the lake, the brick walkway lays before you. The bricks in the front of the walkway honor those who were part of the Bataan Death March. The last survivor, Joseph Hrupcho, is honored in the center. Still facing north, to the left of the howitzer are past commanders of The American Legion, to the right are past commanders of the VFW.

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Adult education classes offered in September

ABLE classes are available at the Ottawa County Resource Centre in Oak Harbor for adults interested in improving basic skills, obtaining a GED, or preparing to go to college. The Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program offers free ABLE classes at the OCRC to help adults improve their reading, math, or writing skills, to prepare for the GED test, and to get ready for college or an adult certificate training program.

Students interested in obtaining a GED are now doing so through the new 2014 GED test. We are prepared to help adult learners obtain the GED to earn the satisfaction of receiving a high school credential and to create a pathway to a better future. Students enrolling into the ABLE classes at the Ottawa County Resource Centre and meeting the eligibility requirements will be able to take an Official GED Practice test for FREE to determine their readiness for the Official GED test.

Orientation to the ABLE program is required before enrollment into classes. Attend orientation to set goals, complete placement testing, and develop an individualized learning plan. Call today to register for orientation. To register call 419-898-3688 ext 270. Classes are Tuesday, September 16, at 10 a.m. and Thursday, September 25, at 5 p.m.

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Chapel on the Lake holds Labor Day yard sale

Chapel on the Lake will have a Labor Day weekend yard sale on the back pavilion. The yard sale will be held Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Many items included a claw foot table and chairs, king and double headboards, antiques, housewares, electronics, TVs, dishes, books, movies, shoes, purses, clothes, many brand new items, roller blades, toys and more.

The church is located on SR 269 across from the fire station.

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Oak Harbor Chamber Foundation

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the establishment of The Oak Harbor Chamber Foundation to assist in the betterment of the community through charitable activities. Their mission is to support and advance the economic, cultural and educational interests of the community of Oak Harbor, by serving as a vehicle to fund further related projects and/or initiate projects that:

• Promote a strong local economy
• Promote development of the community
• Provide service to the benefit of area citizens
• Serve as a vehicle for research, planning and community education

The Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, and all donations are tax deductible. The most common way to donate is with a bequest made through one's Will or other estate planning document.  A designated dollar amount, a specific property or account, or a percentage of your estate can be made.

For more information or to donate to the Chamber Foundation, please call 419-898-0479.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Bargain Hut Resale

Pictured L to R: Charlotte Striker-Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Jason Barton-Kashmer-Owner, Brandon Uher-Owner, Kelsey Bodnar-Employee, Jerry Britt-Owner and Valerie Winterfield-Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Bargain Hut Resale would like to announce their official grand opening at 160 W. Water Street in downtown Oak Harbor. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday August 22.

Bargain Hut Resale is owned by Brandon Uher, Jerry Britt and Jason Barton-Kashmer, and they buy, sell, and trade quality used items at affordable prices. They are currently open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sundays and Tuesdays. For more information about Bargain Hut Resale call 419-558-4171.

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Marblehead VFW pork chop dinner

Marblehead VFW Post 7572 is hosting a pork chip dinner on Saturday, August 30, from 5-7 p.m. at their post located at 421 W. Main Street. The dinner will consist of two pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans and a roll with butter.

The cost of the dinner is $9 and the dinner is open to the public. For more information call 419-798-4262.

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