From Wall Street to Main Street at Ida Rupp

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Ida Rupp Public Library will be hosting a free workshop titled “From Wall Street to Main Street: Myths, Miscues and Investment Fundamentals”, presented by Allison Falls, CFA, scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 at the library.  Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the workshop beginning at 9 a.m.  To register, contact the Chamber at 419-734-5503.


From the Bench

As part of my ongoing efforts to share with you the duties of the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas, today I will explain some of the basic aspects of the Domestic Relations Court.

As I have previously explained, there are four divisions of the Common Pleas Courts in the State of Ohio: the General Division, the, the Domestic Relations Division, the Juvenile Division, and the Probate Division. In larger counties, there are separate judges for each of those divisions and in many instances several judges assigned to each of those Divisions. In Ottawa County, Judge Geisler is in charge of the Juvenile Court and Probate Court, while I am assigned to the General Division and Domestic Relations Division.


FEMA conducting reconnaissance surveys

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is preparing new coastal studies and risk analysis for Erie and Ottawa Counties in Ohio. The engineering firm Risk Assessment Mapping and Planning Partners (RAMPP), a joint venture between Dewberry, URS, and ESP, and its subcontractors are performing land use reconnaissance surveys for these new studies.


Downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Market

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will again be holding Downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Markets on the fourth Saturday of each month June-October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location of the market has been moved this year to the Log Cabin Park on North Church Street. Along with farm fresh produce, farm market vendors can also provide quality poultry products, fresh baked goods, herbs, fresh cut flowers, all types of plants, fruit, cider, handmade crafts, garden décor, antiques, art, music, jewelry and gourmet food items. If you are interested in being a vendor, call the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 419-898-0479 for more information or visit the chamber of commerce website for an application at


Ohio United Way honors four from Ottawa County

Galvin, Snyder, Van Der Giessen and Weimer among Ohio’s 100 Heroes

Ohio United Way will celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary at their Annual Meeting, Wednesday, April 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Capital Club in Columbus. 

Ohio United Way will use the Annual Legislative Luncheon to celebrate 100 Years - 100 Heroes, recognition of the many individuals from across the state who have improved lives in their communities through service to their local United Way and/or the state organization.  Honorees were nominated by local United Ways and Ohio United Way.

Ohio United Way’s Board Chair, Attorney Clair Dickinson, states:  “Ohio United Way is thrilled to be using the occasion of its anniversary to honor people who have made its work possible:  individuals from across Ohio who have given selflessly to make a positive difference in their communities.”

In 2003 three local developers, Bob Snyder, Bill Van Der Giessen and Pete Weimer; conceived the idea of a Caring Giving Community. These three gentlemen thought this was a way for developments to give back to the larger community as part of a commitment made by all of its residents. The program is designed to be a template for developers and homeowner associations in Ottawa County, and could be expanded throughout the state and perhaps throughout the country. In fact the original Caring Giving Community, Catawba Bay Development, has inspired imitators in Ottawa County and there are now three Caring Giving Communities.

“Giving back to our community through an institution like United Way makes us stronger, caring and creates a better place for all of us to live in so many ways, “says Van Der Giessen, Catawba Bay project developer. 

Supporting United Way through a program of total community support is an ideal way to help build strength needed to provide for all elements of our society, and recognize those special groups willing to stand up and do their part for others. A Caring Giving Community is a program that will reward United Way with a contribution supplied by a portion of the profit from the sale of each home. Additionally, as provided in the community by-laws and subsequent association dues, an annual sum from each property owner will go toward the support of United Way. In so doing, the development will continue to be recognized as a United Way Caring Giving Community.

Since 2003 the Caring Giving Communities in Ottawa County have contributed $82,273 to United Way in Ottawa County.

In addition Ohio United Way is recognizing Christine Galvin and the Conestoga Project. Galvin has been the Ottawa County Director for United Way of Greater Toledo for the past 20 years. Through Christine’s leadership 21 community partners began the Conestoga Program in Port Clinton, transforming neighborhoods, addressing issues such as employment and finding a good job, providing a comfortable home, alcohol & drug addiction, mental health and other issues affecting the neighborhoods.  The program and its success have now spread into Sandusky.


Kiwanis One Day

Five Kiwanians and two Port Clinton High School Key Clubbers spread mulch in the Rotary Playground at Lakeview Park as part of Kiwanis One Day, a day set aside in April for all Kiwanis


Make your own rain barrel

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD) and Schedel Arboretum & Gardens are partnering to bring a Rain Barrel workshop on Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Schedel

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