B-C-S Board highlights DECA program

Pictured above (left to right) are Oak Harbor High School students Brenna Franck and Jordyn Dunn presenting to the B-C-S Board of Education on the highlights of the DECA program on August 26, 2014.

By Guy Parmigian, Superintendent, Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District

On Tuesday, August 26, DECA members were the district highlight at the B-C-S Board of Education meeting. An overview of the program was presented to the board members. The program allows students to learn about business and marketing by experiencing business in action through participating in a variety of “real world” activities, classroom instruction, co-op experience, and the student organization, DECA.  Students in the program earn credits from Owens Community College in addition to Oak Harbor High School through dual-enrollment. 


Open letter from State Representative Chris Redfern

It has been a month since half a-million Ohioans were forced to go without water, and 300 times as long since the state got serious about looking at and researching the cause—harmful algal blooms; 25 years, at least.

And now, our state and the health of its greatest natural resource, Lake Erie, are at the crossroads.

We can continue down the path of haphazard, piecemeal policies that brought us to this point, or we can put in place comprehensive, long-term solutions that address more than just the symptoms of harmful algal blooms.


Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District announces annual banquet and meeting

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District invites the public to join them on Wednesday, September 24 at their 63rd annual banquet and meeting. The banquet will be held at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10 and there is a choice of BBQ chicken or two pork chops, baked potato, rolls, green beans and a variety of pies. 

Ballots will be cast for the election of one supervisor between 5:45-6:45 p.m. and the banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Tools for School program serves 567 students

Every year since 2002 The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit has offered a school supply assistance program, Tools for School, in August. This year the program served 567 local students with school supplies and a new backpack. 

Since this program was completely funded by donations, the overwhelming success was due to our local residents, businesses and organizations that donated funds such as: The Ottawa County Community Foundation Grant, Stensen Grant, McDonald’s Port Clinton, Huntington Bank and the community donations.


Sen. Brown announces additional funding to reduce runoff and improve water quality

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced $1 million in new federal emergency funds to reduce runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Today’s announcement is in addition to the $2 million from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help farmers enroll in the  Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides resources for producers to implement conservation practices, including preventive measures to reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent pollution in the Lake Erie Watershed.


Port Clinton City Council looking to fill council seat

Ron Aukerman of Ward 1 has resigned and now there is an empty seat on the council. The seat must be filled by a democrat since that was Aukerman’s registered party.

Those interested must send their resume to Ottawa County Democratic Party, Attn: Adrienne Hines, 4265 E. Laurel Ridge Drive, Port Clinton, OH, 43452. Those interested must reside in Ward 1.

The deadline to receive applications is September 12.


Friendships bloom despite disabilities

L to R: Tom Welco, Dennis Marquardt, Edith Bard, Judy Marquardt

Tom Welco and his sister, Edith Bard, receive services from the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities.   When Tom and Edith moved to Genoa 25 years ago, they became good friends with their neighbor, Dennis Marquardt.  Dennis shared that Tom would stop by his house almost every day and soon the two would begin to take fishing trips and go trapping together.   Eight years after they began their friendship, which consisted of plenty of laughs, changes were on the horizon for Dennis.   Tom would learn that Dennis would be moving to Elmore and marrying his fiancé Judy.   This change meant that he and Tom would no longer be seeing each other daily; however Dennis thought they could at least meet for fun on the weekends.


Thank you to the Tibbel family

A heart-warming thank you is in store for Kaye Tibbel, her family and the many volunteers for putting on a very special day for the veterans in the Catawba area. These folk provided their boats, time and energy to take us fishing and also fed us a wonderful deep fried walleye and perch dinner with beverages included.

Each one of us was greeted at registration with a hand shake and a thank you for your service guesture. A local VFW chapter was on hand to offer a somber ceremony conducted at an empty chair, table with a white cloth, white candle with a black ribbon, picture frame, Bible and other articles to commemorate our MIA-POW veterans; very touching.

Apparently this day came to be when Jack Tibbel, before his passing, asked one of his young grandsons what he could do to honor our veterans. The boy replied “take them fishing”. What a great thing to do!

The only thing that wasn’t great was that the perch didn’t cooperate! Fishin’ is fishin’, but not always catchin’!

Larry DeLaat
Seven Hills, OH


Celebrating 25 years at the Keeper’s House: Ottawa County Historical Society social hour and potluck

The Ottawa County Historical Society (OCHS) celebrates 25 years at the Keeper’s House with a social hour and potluck picnic, Sept 10, 4-7:30 p.m. at the Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead.  

Rachel Wolcott (Karin Messner,) welcomes guests at 4 p.m. with conversation and memories of life on the Ohio Frontier.  Ms. Messner was one of the volunteers who presented a lively depiction of daily life of first Marblehead Lighthouse Keeper Benajah Wolcott and his family in OCHS reenactments in the early days of historical site’s restoration.  Fresh early 19th Century appetizers will be prepared for the gathering on the Keeper's House open hearth by Ray and Georgette Machar starting at 4 p.m.

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