Terra State Life Scholars program begins fall season with sampler

The Life Scholars program at Terra State Community College is kicking off its fall season with a course sampler on Aug 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center on campus.

Life Scholars is learning for the joy of learning. It is a membership organization for active adults, age 50 and beyond, who share a common desire to learn. The Life Scholars Sampler will include music, friends, a sampling of courses and trips planned for this fall, and a light lunch.

“People do not need to be a Life Scholars member to come to the sampler,” said Amanda Pochatko, Coordinator. “This is open to everyone 50 and over to come and sample the many opportunities being offered this fall.”

The event is free but organizers are asking that RSVPs be made by Monday, Aug 25 so that food and drink can be planned. Call 419-559-2255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

To see the entire fall Life Scholars schedule, go to


Heineman’s Winery: the oldest family owned and operated winery in Ohio

For 126 years, Heineman’s Winery has been owned and operated by the Heineman family on Put-in-Bay. In 1888 when Gustav Heineman founded the winery, there were 17 wineries on Put-in-Bay. Now there remains one functioning winery: Heineman’s. It is the oldest family owned and operated winery in Ohio.

During the time of prohibition, which was 1920-1933, most of the wineries on Put-in-Bay closed. Heineman’s Winery stayed open selling grape juice and offering tours of the many caves on Put-in-Bay with taxi service included. At that time there were three caves that the Heineman family managed: Crystal Cave (which is still functioning today), Mammoth Cave and Paradise Cave.


Toledo Gen and Rockhound Club hold 43rd Annual Jewelry, Gen, and Mineral Show & Sale

The Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club celebrate its 53rd year.  This resident artist club, located at The Toledo Botanical Garden, offers numerous opportunities for adults and students to explore and participate in all aspects of gem, mineral, and fossil collecting; metal crafting; beading; and jewelry making.  If you’ve never seen rocks that glow fluorescent, created a copper bowl, discovered a 350 million year old trilobite, then you’re missing the fun!

The club will host its 43rd annual Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral Show & Sale September 5-7, 2014 at the Stranahan Theater Complex, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Ohio.  Show hours are Friday, 2-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Donation is $4 for adults and $3.50 for students and seniors over 55 with ID.  Admission is free for scouts in uniform, active military with ID, and children under 12.  The site is air conditioned and parking is free.

To learn more about the Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club or this year’s show, please contact the club at 419-531-8124 or through the website at or


Rocket Volleyball Varsity and JV defeat St. Mary’s

The Lady Rocket volleyball team defeated St. Mary’s Thursday, August 21. The JV won in 2 25-25, 25-20. The varsity team won in 5 25-21, 22-25, 26-24, 10-25, 15-13.

Leading the Rockets to victory were Ally Bloomer and Jordyn Thorp with 8 kills apiece and Rebekah Rayburn with 9 kills and only one attack error. Ally Bloomer had three blocks. Annie Quisno contributed 22 assists and Athena Eli had 26 digs. Jordyn Thorp and Rebekah Rayburn each had three service aces.

The Lady Rockets take on Genoa at Genoa on Saturday, August 23.


Lady Redskin tennis defeats Fremont 5-0

The Lady Redskins defeated Fremont Ross, 5-0, on Thursday afternoon to bring their record to 3-1 (1-0 in SBC).

Alyssa Krupp (PC) def. Taylor Paith (FR) 6-1. 6-1
Kelsey Dietrich (PC) def. Gaby Gutierrez (FR) 6-1, 6-0
Eryn Binder (PC) def. Natalie Brown (FR) 6-4, 6-0


Lake Erie Caucus meets to discuss health of the lake

L to R co-chairs for the Lake Erie Caucus: Redfern, Cafaro, Gardner and Dovilla

Members of the Lake Erie Caucus met Friday, August 16, at Maumee Bay State Park to have a public forum about the health of Lake Erie. In attendance were co-chairs of the caucus Mike Dovilla, Capri Cafaro, Randy Gardner and Chris Redfern; other caucus members, representatives from the agricultural and scientific communities, area mayors and city council members and concerned citizens.

“This isn’t government speaking to government,” said Senator Randy Gardner, “its citizens speaking to their elected officials.”

The Lake Erie Caucus is an educational and advocacy caucus, not a legislative being.


Gem Beach Rocks

The United Way fundraiser Gem Beach Rocks celebrated its seventh year of rocking on Saturday, August 16. This year the fundraiser had a 50/50 raffle, t-shirt sales, food vendors, a Lake Erie Adventure Play pop-up playground, four bands and lots of fun. The four bands that performed were the Lounge Lizards, Naked Bacon Band, The Reese Dailey Band (who arrived by boat) and the Homewreckers.

Last year the event raised roughly $25,000 for the United Way of Ottawa County.


Danbury athletic passes now available

Danbury athletic passes are now on sale in the high school office daily from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Passes are $225 for intermediate family, $100 for adults, $35 for student, and $30 for senior citizens.  

Passes will also be available at home sporting events and the Athletic Office.  Contact Drew Davie with question (419) 798-4037.


A little girl’s dream comes true

I realize this is not a Lake Erie fishing report, but I’m hoping you will allow me this one indulgence to share my personal experience with you.  When I was a little girl of 4 years, I caught my first fish, and I was hooked for life. (Yes, pun intended!)

Back in 1967, sport shows were a date set on the calendar that everyone looked forward to. My parents would take my siblings and I to the shows every year, and then we would go to see the “Travel Log” at a near by theater to end the day.  The ‘Travel Log’ was a series of nature films that were offered before they became available on our little black and white TVs that only offered a few channels, and where my love of the outdoors was nurtured.


Thank you from the Humane Society

The animals and the volunteers of the Ottawa County Humane Society truly appreciate the support that the public gave us during our recent yard sale.  Thanks to you, we raised nearly $2,000 which will be used for the operation of the shelter and medical care for the animals.  We are at full capacity of dogs, cats, and rabbits needing homes.  

Thank you again for all your support.
Humane Society of Ottawa County

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