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An often discussed aspect of criminal cases is the insanity defense and competency to stand trial. We have all watched television shows, read books, or heard a story about a criminal who beat the system, claimed insanity and walked out of the courtroom scot free. In reality, individuals who claim insanity or incompetency, rarely, if ever, walk out of court “scot free.” In the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, as well as most other criminal courts, we are presented with two separate standards and defenses.

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Cruise to be awarded to Ohio Family Caregiver

Ohio residents are invited to nominate deserving family caregivers, including themselves,for the opportunity to win a free, four-night five-day cruise.

Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, is sponsoring the cruise for one caregiving hero and guest. Submit your nomination and vote by Aug. 24, at http://cruise.caregiverstress.com.

The Caregiver Cruise is scheduled for Feb. 3-7, 2014, on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. The cruise will set sail from Cape Canaveral, FL, with stops in CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas. In addition to the cruise, the winning recipient will receive 40 hours of free care from a Home Instead Senior Care professional CAREGiverSM for his/her senior loved one while away.

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Cooking up a career at EHOVE

EHOVE Adult Career Center Culinary program graduate Mary Magyar (Bellevue)

EHOVE Adult Career Center is now accepting applications for their Adult Professional Culinary Program.  

The culinary students learn the basics of professional cooking.  They start with knife skills including how to use different knives and how to cut meats, vegetables, fish, etc.  They also learn basic cooking skills including meat cookery, starches, vegetables, soups, sauces, baked goods, and desserts.  Students work on seasonings and international cooking as well. Students will also learn professionalism and employability skills.

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Club Red fundraiser fills the Liberty Aviation Museum

On Friday evening the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton transported attendees back in time to World War II. Club Red sponsored the fundraiser for the Red Cross in Ottawa County disaster relief efforts. Photos by John Schaffner.

Andrews Sisters Tribute Singers welcomed the attendees to the Club Red  fundraiser Friday night, singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”.

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Ohio Wildlife Council approves early migratory game bird hunting seasons

The Ohio Wildlife Council approved the state's 2013-2014 early migratory game bird hunting seasons at its scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 17, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Sept. 1 kicks off the state’s bird hunting seasons for mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe.

New this year, bag limits for Canada geese and teal have increased, and possession limits after the second day of hunting have increased for all migratory game bird species.

Ohio's dove season is Sept. 1-Oct. 21 and Dec. 15-Jan. 2, 2014, with a daily limit of 15 birds and a possession limit of 45 birds after the second day.

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CIC tailgate for Stein Hospice

Enjoy an entertaining evening Wednesday, August 7, at the Catawba Island Club and support Stein Hospice. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes tailgate food, wines, craft beers, a performance by members of The Ohio State Pep Band and a live auction. Guests are encouraged to wear tailgate attire to support their favorite school.

Cost is $90 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Catawba Island Club, 4235 E. Beachclub Rd., Port Clinton, or by calling 800-625-5269. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

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Christmas in July bell-ringers

Christmas in July is being celebrated this weekend by the Salvation Army bell-ringers. The fund-raiser will continue next weekend at Bassett’s and Community Markets in Port Clinton and at the Jet Express dock.

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Carousel for kids

Take a spin on any of Cedar Point’s three carousels this month, and you’ll help raise money for pediatric research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. During the month of July, Cedar Point will donate 10 cents for every rider on the historic Midway Carousel, the Cedar Downs Racing Derby or the Kiddy Kingdom Carousel.

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Ohio Lake Erie Commission seeking submissions for Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on film, or on memory card in this digital age, can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2013 Life on Lake Erie photo contest.  

The Life on Lake Erie photo contest is an opportunity for amateur photographers, age 18 and older, to reveal their passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie. Photographs taken between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013 in and around the Lake Erie watershed can be submitted to the OLEC through July 31.

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