First day of Salvation Army bell ringing

Ann Colston ringing the bell at the Kroger in Port Clinton

Monday was the first day of bell ringing for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign in Ottawa County. There are still many bell ringing spots open that need to be filled, especially in Oak Harbor at the Community Market, for the Campaign to reach the 2013 goal of $64,000 for Ottawa County. To volunteer, contact Maureen Saponari at 419-732-ARMY (2769) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Bataan Intermediate collects food for veterans

Pictured, left to right, with only a small portion of the items collected, is VFW 2480 Commander Richard Ellis, Lester Short, Don Poppe and Geoff Halsey, Bataan Memorial Intermediate Principal.

Students at Bataan Memorial Intermediate recently held a food drive in conjunction with the local VFW 2480. Mr. Geoff Halsey, Principal, challenged students in grades 3, 4 and 5 to a contest to see who could bring in the most food. The response was overwhelming and students brought in many items that were presented at Bataan Day on Nov. 8. Grade 4 at Bataan Intermediate won the food drive challenge, but the real winners are the veterans. All the food items will go to local veterans in need this holiday season.


The Art Loft springing up above Nooks & Crannies

Hand painted glass ornaments

The Art Loft, an art gallery located above Nooks & Crannies at 417 W. Main Street in Marblehead, features local artists who are all members of the Port Clinton Artists’ Club. Barbra Gaynor, Mary Lou Kransniewski, Dee Cochran, Irene Finck, Kathie Widing, Barbara Radenbaugh and Jenny Knotek have gathered their talents and put them on display at the Art Loft. 


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.

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