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Danbury Trustees plan fundraising dinner for Newtown

The Danbury Township Trustees, with the assistance of Ken Kostal, will hold a fundraising dinner at Big Bopper’s Restaurant, 7581 East Harbor Road, on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 4 until 8 p.m. Kostal offered to host the dinner to raise funds for the purchase of 26 memorial trees to be planted in Newtown, CT.

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Congressman Latta Sworn in to 113th Congress

 

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) was sworn in to the 113th Congress on Thursday, Jan. 3, at noon by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Following the official oath of office, Speaker Boehner conducted a ceremonial swearing-in, where he joined Congressman Latta and his family for a photo opportunity. In the photo: Speaker Boehner and Congressman Bob Latta, along with Latta's wife Marcia and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria.

 

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Gardner sworn in

Senator Randy Gardner was sworn in Monday to begin his new term as state senator for the 2nd Ohio District, which includes Erie, Ottawa, Lucas, Fulton and Wood counties. Gardner was administered the oath of office by Justice Sharon Kennedy of the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Red Cross offers disaster volunteer courses

American Red Cross locations throughout the area are recruiting new volunteers to join the Disaster Action Team (DAT) and assist clients throughout our area. Natural disasters such as winter storms, floods, and home fires increase the organization’s need for trained and prepared volunteers. DAT volunteers are a vital piece of Red Cross response, providing compassion, care, and assistance families need in times of emergency. 

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From the Bench for Jan 24

I promised to tell you more about the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas on a regular basis. Our last article gave an overview of what we do, now perhaps I’ll delve into the specifics of how criminal cases come to us. 

Unlike the Municipal or Juvenile Courts, police officers are not permitted to file their cases directly with this Court. Criminal cases come to this court either having been reviewed by the Municipal Court Judge in a Preliminary Hearing, or by being reviewed by the Grand Jury to determine if there is “probable cause” for someone to face charges. Probable cause means that a crime has probably been committed and the accused probably committed the crime. Only then can charges be filed in the Common Pleas Court. If the Municipal Court Judge finds there is probable cause, he then transfers the case to the Common Pleas Court. If the matter is heard by the Grand Jury and they find probable cause an “indictment” is given. The indictment is the document informing the accused that he or she has been accused of a crime and gives the general nature of the offense with which he or she has been charged.

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Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table

The January meeting of Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table will be held Sunday,Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at T.J. Willie’s Restaurant in Tiffin. The Heritage Minstrels members Howard Schlegel, Barbara Bond, and John Bond will present the program, “Civil War Songs of the South”.  President Lincoln himself felt that “Dixie” was one of the best tunes he had ever heard. The meeting is free and open to all interested in the American Civil War. Members and guests may choose to chat and dine beginning at 5:15 p.m.

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Bataan Memorial Intermediate Ribbon Cutting

Port Clinton City School District celebrated the opening of the renovated Bataan Memorial Intermediate Elementary with the community on Saturday, Jan.12, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House.  Members of the Brownie Troop 10862 helped to open the new building by cutting the ribbon and opening the doors for the community tours.

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Immaculate Conception School spelling bee winners

On Thursday, Jan. 10, Immaculate Conception School held its annual school spelling bee. Nine fifth graders competed with hopes of moving on to the Ottawa County Spelling Bee next month. The class had been studying and preparing for the bee with Language Arts Teacher Jackie Brown. This year’s winners are:  Lissa Gillman, first place; Elena Kessler, second place; and Lohany Arambula, third place.

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Danbury Schools offers Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course

Danbury Local Schools, through its Community Education Program, will be offering the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course in February. Class dates are Sundays, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3, March 10 and March 17. Class will be held from 12–6 p.m. Fee for the course is $165.00. Course manual and personal pocket mask necessary for the class are included in the fee. You must attend all five classes to complete the course. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age and must pass certain swimming requirements.

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