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Conservation through Clean Ohio Fund

A new report concludes that every Clean Ohio Fund dollar invested in conservation in the state returns four dollars in natural goods and services. The report also details how the fund supports hundreds of thousands of jobs statewide. 

Created in 2000, The Clean Ohio Fund is the state's primary funding source for open space conservation, farmland preservation, and trail creation. The Trust for Public Land's research summarizes and quantifies the economic benefits to local Ohio communities of Clean Ohio Fund investments in conserving healthy lands and waters, and also in a healthy economy. Projects made possible by the Clean Ohio Fund annually support hundreds of thousands of jobs across Ohio. Additionally, for every $1 invested in the conservation of land, $4 is returned in natural goods and services, such as drinking water protection, flood control, and air pollution removal.

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B-C-S Schools highlight Project Lifesaver

At its March 19th meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education highlighted the efforts of Mrs. Carolyne Gilchrist, Coordinator of Ottawa County Project Lifesaver.  Gilchrist explained that Project Lifesaver is a non-profit enterprise that provides transmitter wristbands for both children and adults who are at risk of becoming missing or wandering due to a disability, or disease like Alzheimer’s. The wristbands emit an automatic radio signal every second, and that signal can be tracked over several miles. Project Lifesaver has been able to help locate missing children and adults in minutes rather than days. Almost 50% of the missing and wandering will perish if they are not located within 24 hours. Ottawa County Project Lifesaver is sponsored by the Port Clinton Lions Club, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, other agencies, and by generous donations. Gilchrist asked those who want more information on this program that can save lives to call 419 898-0400, extension 3133. B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian extended his thanks to Gilchrist for her efforts, and for sharing this critical information that could be of benefit to all ages.

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PC Fireworks

Yes, I will grant you the fact that with the Easter Bunny scouting out places to hide eggs it does seems a bit strange to be reading a letter that is addressing a holiday that occurs in the middle of the summer.  However, planning for the annual Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration is a year-round activity.  Raising the necessary funds to implement the events associated with this annual celebration of our nation’s birth is the primary purpose of those plans and for that matter this letter.

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Easter Candy Hunt

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce held their annual Easter Candy Hunt on March 23. Over 350 children came out to find their candy bags. 

We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their donations and help with our annual Easter Candy Hunt; 2012-2013 Apple Festival Royalty Court & Families, Amy Lutman – Royalty Coordinator, A Cut Apart, Batdorff Real Estate, Boy Scout Troop #316, Carroll Township, Charlotte & Harry Striker, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union, Community Markets, Crosser Funeral Home, Debi Heiks, Dor-Way Antiques, Drown’s Dairy, Dr. Dennis Laub, Druckenmiller Agency, Fine Art Creations-Jackie Bodnar, Kurt’s BP, LDJ Nutrition, Lene’s Webb, Lexi & Emma’s Closet, Magruder Hospital, McDonalds, Medi-quip Repairs, Mill Street Brew, National Bank of Ohio, Oak Harbor Masonic Lodge, Oak Harbor Veterinary Hospital, Oak Harbor Police Dept., Portage Fire District & Firefighters, Radiant Windows and Remodeling, Rick Spangler, RvI, Inc., Spangler Motors, Sprouse Insurance, St. Bonore Financial, Subway, The Cure, The Village of Oak Harbor, Tom Knoop, Tri-Motors Sales & Service & US Bank.

Thank you!
Valerie Winterfield
Executive Director
Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce

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Oak Harbor begins plans for revitalization project

Many small towns in northwest Ohio are nice places to live and raise a family, but most of them do not feature much by way of allure or appeal.

There are some small communities in this region, albeit a few, that are known for their pizzazz and panache. Towns like Elmore, Marblehead and Archbold come to mind.

The residents of Oak Harbor are looking to join that select group by giving the village something of a facelift in order to increase its awareness and appeal to passersby.

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Academic Challenge first place for DMS

On March 19, the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from Danbury Middle School competed in the Ottawa County Academic Challenge at Benton Carroll Salem High School in Oak Harbor. Teams from Port Clinton, Oak Harbor, Put-In-Bay and Danbury competed in four rounds of questioning. The questions were in the areas of Language Arts, Literature, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Fine Arts, and Miscellaneous.

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B-C-S Community Education 2013 Summer Camps

B-C-S Community Education invites families with children in kindergarten through 7th grade to enroll in the 2013 Summer Camps. Pre-registration has begun for the 2013 Summer Camps and must be returned by April 15th. Weekly camps will begin on Monday, June 3rd at R. C. Waters Elementary School. Camp times will be Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m..

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ICS gets new principal for a day

Mr. Benjamin Cadigan reported for duty on Wednesday, March 20, wide-eyed and ready to take charge.  Ben was “Principal for a Day” at Immaculate Conception School.  The third grader took the place of I.C.S. Principal Connie Snyder for just one day. Ben wasted no time at all making a few small changes to the normal school day at I.C.S. First and foremost, everyone was permitted to give the school uniform a rest for the day and wear their jeans to school. Secondly, in the morning all of the classes had time in the gym to do an obstacle course designed by Ben, to play board games and popular playground games. Recess was fifteen minutes longer on Wednesday as well. Ben also helped, with Mrs. Snyder’s guidance, with many office tasks.

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Tyson named Program Administrator

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently selected Jeff Tyson as the Lake Erie fish management program administrator. Tyson has worked in ODNR Division of Wildlife fish management for nearly 20 years. He previously served as the Sandusky Fisheries Research Unit fisheries biology supervisor.

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St. Boniface holds spring fling

St. Boniface Catholic School will host the annual Spring Fling on Saturday, April 27, 3 at 6 p.m. at the school gymnasium at 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor. Advance tickets are $25 per person, or a table for 10 for $200. Adult beverages and sodas will be available. 

The evening includes a dinner of chicken and /or ham, green beans, cheesy potatoes, rolls and butter and our famous St. Boniface apple pie. There will be a live DJ, silent auctions, live auctions of hand made treasures by each class,  raffles, a $500 Gas for Cash Bonanza drawing and a chance to be a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal”. 

To reserve your tickets contact Sandy at 419-732-1728 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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