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American Red Cross thanks Gala attendees and supporters

The American Red Cross of Ottawa County hosted the Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls of Company Red Friday, July 19, at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. The 6th annual Club Red fundraising gala was a benefit for local Red Cross disaster relief and recovery. 

This year’s theme encouraged guests to wear World War II or USO apparel as they were transported to the 40’s for the evening. Guests to the sold-out affair enjoyed hors d’oeuvres with dinner provided by Zinc Brasserie. Honored guests were Dr. Harold Brown and his wife, Dr. Marsha Bordner, as well as Dorothy “Dottie” Patrick. Retired Lt. Col. Brown served as a Tuskegee Airman and flew a Red Tail P-51 Mustang during World War II. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in March 2007 for his brave service and dedication to our country. Dottie, an accomplished pilot, is a past member of the women aviators group, ‘Ninety-Nines, Inc.’, and an active member of the Erie-Ottawa County Airport Authority. Gala chair Danis Putzbach shared her personal memory of Patrick building a plane in the Patrick family room and then flying it.

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Mary’s Blossom Shoppe raises funds for American Red Cross Disaster Relief

Mary Gangway Snyder

Local business woman, Mary Gangway Snyder, owner of Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton, has been recognized by the American Red Cross of Ottawa County for her dedication to help raise funds for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Most recently Snyder raised $580 through a cash and carry floral special with all proceeds benefitting those affected by the spring storms across the nation.

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Port Clinton Middle School cross country practice begins Aug. 5

Practice for the Port Clinton Middle school cross country team begins on Monday, August 5. Students in grades 7 and 8 that want to participate should meet at the Port Clinton Middle School from 8-9:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 5-7. On Thursday, Aug.  8, practices will be held at East Harbor State Park. Students should meet at the Lockwood Shelter house from 8-9:30 a.m, Monday through Friday. Students must have a recent physical to participate. There is a link to the OHSAA physical form on the school website. Contact Coach Nichole Wiechman with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-332-3236.

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Kingdom Rock at Oak Harbor UMC

A summer kids’ event called Kingdom Rock will be hosted at Oak Harbor United Methodist Church from August 5th to August 9th. At Kingdom Rock, kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience epic Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them to stand strong, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. 

Kids at Kingdom Rock will join an international missions effort to share God’s love with children in India. Kingdom Rock is for kids from 3-12 and will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day. For more information, call 419-898-8481.

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Friends of Ida Rupp memberships available

Memberships to the Friends of Ida Rupp Public Library group are still available before the annual book sale begins.

The book sale runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3, in the community room of the library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton.

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Croghan Colonial Bank celebrates 125 years by giving away $5,000

To help celebrate their 125th Anniversary, Croghan Colonial Bank is invite the public to partake in their week long celebration that began July 22. At each of their 14 locations there will be treats, socializing and drawings for the opportunity to win $125. On Friday, July 26, there will be a drawing for 40 winners of $125, for a total giveaway of $5,000.

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Community calendar July 25-31

Thursday July 25

Port Clinton Art Walk “Eco-Green Sculptures”
WHAT: Theme encourages artists to create with recycled materials
WHEN: 5-8 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Port Clinton
INFO: 419-341-0804 or portclintonarts.org

Lakeside Women’s Club 58th Annual Tour of Homes
WHAT: Map of homes provided, free shuttle for those who have difficulty walking
WHEN: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Chautauqua, 161 Walnut Ave., Lakeside
INFO: 419-798-4461 or lakesideohio.com

The Comedy & Chaos of Marty Putz
WHEN: 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: Hoover Auditorium, 115 W Third St., Lakeside
INFO: 866-952-5374 or lakesideohio.com

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Terra State hosts Plus 50 Encore Career information event

Many people in the U.S. who are at least 50 years old are facing a new reality, that they will be in the workforce well beyond the traditional age of retirement. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the percentage of adults older than 55 in the workforce will grow from 13 percent in 2000 to 25 percent by 2020. 

Terra State Community College is rolling out a program that will help baby boomers get the training and knowledge they need to succeed. The Plus 50 Encore Career Event at Terra State is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, in Building B, Room 101. 

“Many plus-50 individuals aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to going back to school,” said Kathy Berger, coordinator of the program.

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Re-shopping your health insurance

If you are in good health, re-shop your health insurance now to lock in a low rate before Obama Care begins in January 2014. Starting then, individual health insurance will become guaranteed issue, all plans will cover maternity, many preventative benefits will be mandatory and health insurers will no longer be able to charge more based upon medical conditions. Although all of these features sound attractive, they will come with a hefty price tag.

The low health insurance pricing people in good health can obtain today is going to be gone for good starting in January. You should most likely be able to delay the costly price increases of Obama Care until your plan’s renewal date in 2014 if you qualify for a new health insurance plan today with a favorable health rating.

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Danbury’s Gretta Griesbach stars in Sandusky State Theater’s “Grease”

Gretta Griesbach, 12, Danbury 7th grader, is one of a cast of 11-20 year olds in The Sandusky State Theatre’s production of the musical “Grease”. Gretta is the daughter of Richard and Barbara Griesbach. 

Show times are Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, $12 for students and $15 for adults in advance, $15 for students and $18 for adults at the door, contact www.sanduskystate.com or 419.626.1950. The theater is at 107 Columbus Ave. in Sandusky.

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