Leadership Ottawa County accepting applicants

The Board of Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) announces that applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 program year. According to Board President Emily Dunfee, “Some applications have already been submitted and LOC is anxious to see another talented and diverse group of people experience all that LOC has to offer. The program has two major areas of concentration. First, we are proud of our community and believe great local leaders must be aware of the many resources available both public and private. Also, the program strives to develop and nurture leadership skills through education and practice.”

The nine month program kicks off in August and graduation is the following May. It is a one day a month commitment for the participant. Businesses are encouraged to sponsor employees and individuals and are also welcome to apply on their own. Scholarships and payment plans are available. 

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Fairway Villas First Tee of Lake Erie Tournament

The winners for Fairway Villas’ The First Tee of Lake Erie Two Person Scramble Tournament were: Player Division:1st Place, Phillip Bolte & Joey Kurtz, 65; 2nd Place, Chuck Benes & Travis Focht, 71: Par Division: 1st Place, Brad Meek & Braxton Berry, 74: 2nd Place, Stan Moyer & Ethan Longoria, 83. Pictured left to right: Travis Focht & Chuck Benes; Stan Moyer & Ethan Longoria; Braxton Berry, Phillip Bolte & Joey Kurtz.


Boy Scouts working to protect water quality

Part of the Outdoor Code for Boy Scouts is “to be clean in my outdoor manner, be considerate in the outdoors, and be conservation minded.”.  Troop 370 brought this code to fruition on June 8th in Oak Harbor. The troop labeled over 80 storm drains in Oak Harbor with a marker that stated “No Dumping, Drains to Lake”. 

Prior to the event, Becky Simpson, a staff member from the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District, provided the educational markers and explained to the Boy Scouts that after a rain event the water has two options: soak into the ground or runoff. As we increase development and impervious surfaces such as roadways and parking lots, we also increase the amount of water running off the land and entering our storm drains. Many storm drains have historically led to the sewer system, however with the increased amount of large rainfall events  this has led to an increase of combined sewer overflow problems.  This has resulted in beaches being closed because of the amount of e-coli found in the water.  Both the Village of Oak Harbor and the City of Port Clinton has been proactive by disconnecting many of their storm drains from the sewer system.


Trinity United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School

Trinity United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School begins this Sunday, July 14th, at 5:30 p.m. at 135 Adams Street in Port Clinton. This year’s theme is “Adventures on Promise Island: Where Kids Discover God’s Life-Saving Love”. All children entering kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome.
Each evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a light supper served in the Coconut Café. Evening activities begin at 6:05 and include Bible lessons, crafts, music and games. There will also be a study group for parents and adults.

Vacation Bible School will meet on Sunday through Wednesday, with the last class meeting on Friday night, July 19th. For more information, contact Melissa McBride at 419-797-4076.


Senior Citizen’s Day at the Ottawa County Fair

The Ottawa County Senior Fair Board, along with Ottawa County Senior Resources, will once again play host to “Senior Citizen’s Day at the Ottawa County Fair” on Wednesday, July 17. Anyone 60 years of age or older will receive free admission to the fair and are welcomed to join the Senior Day activities at Building B-3 Barn on the fairgrounds. This year’s events will include lunchtime entertainment from “Just Us Two’, sponsored by Americare and Dave Ninke.

There will also be a continental breakfast sponsored by Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Homes and Magruder Hospital and an ice cream social sponsored by Riverview Healthcare Campus. Blood Pressure checks will be conducted by the Ottawa County Health Department. Magruder Hospital will also be available for speech therapy screenings. Other activities include Bingo, sponsored by Senior Helpers and ADT, and Wagon Rides around the fairgrounds conducted by the Senior Fair Board. Transportation to and from the parking lots will also be available.


New Direction Health and Wellness

The Massage Therapy Clinic located at the Sutton Center at 1848 E. Perry St., Ste 70, in Port Clinton, is changing its name to New Direction Health and Wellness. Owners Judy Paschen, LMT, APP, and Amanda Conn, LMT, RPP, are changing the name of their business to denote an expansion in their approaches to well care. The new offering of Polarity Therapy allows for bodywork and health building with guidance in food awareness, exercise, etc. Paschen and Conn are offering individualized guidance to help people attain a balance in their health, and a free consultation to those mentioning this notice. 

Contact New Direction at 419-301-0224 or


Fish Ohio program rewards anglers for trophy catches

Fish Ohio pins

Anglers from 36 states and one Canadian province received 2012 Fish Ohio awards for big catches at Lake Erie, the Ohio River, inland waters and private ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The Fish Ohio program recognizes noteworthy catches among 20 individual species based on the size of the fish. Anglers who qualify receive a collectible Fish Ohio lapel pin and a certificate to signify the achievement. Those who reel in a qualifying fish can submit an entry to the Fish Ohio online registration at An individual who catches four different qualifying species in the same year receives a master angler pin. The master angler pin is similar to the Fish Ohio pin, except it is gold in color instead of silver.

Anglers submitted 12,642 Fish Ohio applications and 521 master angler applications in 2012. Lake Erie received the most Fish Ohio entries with 4,090. Private ponds were second (2,800) and the Ohio River was third (886).

Since Lake Erie was coined the “Walleye Capital of the World” by former Ohio Governor James Rhodes, it is worth noting that Lake Erie walleye received the most entries for one species in a single body of water (1,599) in 2012. Lake Erie also had the most entries for yellow perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white bass, rock bass, channel catfish, freshwater drum, carp and brown trout. The Ohio River yielded the most flathead catfish, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish and sauger.

The top inland lakes and rivers in 2012 were Mosquito Creek Lake (232 entries), the Maumee River (203) and Alum Creek Lake (175). Mosquito Creek Lake received the most entries for northern pike and crappie. Indian Lake was the top destination for saugeye, Rocky River produced the most rainbow trout, West Branch Reservoir had the most muskellunge and Portage Lakes had the most sunfish.

Crappie had the most overall entries in 2012, with 1,771, followed by walleye (1,727), sunfish (1,673), channel catfish (1,195) and yellow perch (972). Go to to see more information on the best places to catch big fish.

More than 450,000 anglers have received Fish Ohio recognition since the program began in 1976. The blue catfish was added as a Fish Ohio species in 2010, bringing the number of recognized species to 20. A crappie is featured on the 2012 Fish Ohio pin, and a brown trout is on the 2013 pin.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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