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Easter Egg Saturday

On Saturday morning thousands of pastel plastic eggs were scattered over the lawns, parks and grounds of Ottawa County. By mid-afternoon, most had been harvested by treasurer-seeking children.

In Port Clinton at 10 a.m. over 250 basket and bucket toting youngsters and their entourages fanned out across the courthouse lawn. In a matter of minutes, the lawn was swept clean, and lines gathered for photos with and additional treats from the Easter Bunny. As a bonus, the fire truck that brought the Bunny was available for climbing on and in. The hunt was sponsored by the Port Clinton Recreation Department.

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Woodson honored as “The Best of the Best”

Sharon D. Woodson, CRS, has recently been congratulated by Chairman and CEO Howard W. Hanna III as “The Best of the Best”, for being #1 in the Catawba Office of Howard Hanna. Woodson also received the Certificate of Excellence as the 2012 West Region Listing Leader and the Certificate of Excellence as the 2012 Mega Million Dollar Producer awards. 

Woodson ranks in the top 1% of America’s 4th largest real estate company out of more than 4,000 colleagues and also has been awarded the prestigious Award of Distinction for 2012.

Sharon Woodson will be honored for her success during the annual Howard Hanna Awards getaway in Montego Bay, Jamaica, this year. 

Woodson ranks in the top 3% of Residential Sales in the U.S. and in the top 1% of Residential Sales in Ohio with over 22 years of consistent success providing value and excellence in service in Vacationland with over $143,000,000 in total sales.

Woodson can be reached directly at 419-732-3020 or at www.sharonwoodson.com.

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Tri-Motor Sales awarded Ford Motor Company President’s Award

Tri-Motor Sales of Oak Harbor is among an elite group of Ford and Lincoln dealerships to be recognized with the 2012 President’s Award by Ford Motor Company. The prestigious award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2012 by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.

“Earning this award is a reflection of our entire staff’s commitment to delivering the best customer experience possible” says Tri-Motors’ owner David Franck. “I couldn’t be more proud to receive this recognition, especially since it comes from the people we value most, our customers. They’re the reason we were able to achieve this award.”

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The Tin Goose flies again

Island Airlines and the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor “Tin Goose” are flying once again out of  Keller Field /Erie Ottawa County Airport to provide air service to Lake Erie’s Western Islands as it did between 1933 and 1985.

Members of the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation recently climbed into the Flight Simulators at the Liberty Aviation Museum and experienced a virtual flight of the famous airlines tradition route to the islands.  Some of the members who actually flew the original planes on a few occasions marveled at the 360 degree high tech simulation.

Between now and April 7th the Flight Simulators will be on hand to allow visitors a chance to fly the Tin Goose, a P-51 Mustang and others as time permits.

For more information contact the museum at (419) 732-0234, or visit www.libertyaviationmuseum.org.

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St. John Lutheran in Rocky Ridge Celebrates 125 Years

Quasquicentennial – it's not a word that rolls easily off anyone's tongue, but it is an appropriate description of the upcoming celebration at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocky Ridge. The church is located about four miles west of Oak Harbor. On Sunday, April 7, the church will celebrate its 125th year, the quasquicentennial of its birth in 1888. On April 8th of that year, the St. John parish first known by the German name “Evangelische – Lutherische St, Johannes Gemeinde” was organized by twenty-four charter members under the leadership of the Reverend Samuel Kusthardt. 

On November 5, 1888, a frame building constructed using material and labor largely donated by its members was dedicated. Just over two months after the dedication, fire completely destroyed the building. However, the members were not discouraged, as even with their humble means they began the construction of a brick building that very spring. In October of that year, less than twelve months after the dedication of the original church, the new brick building was dedicated. This structure served as the church's home until it moved into its present sanctuary less than a mile away in 1967.

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Sixth Street reconstruction in Port Clinton

Bids for the reconstruction of Sixth Street from Harrison Street to Fulton Street in Port Clinton will be opened Thursday, April 4th.  The project includes reconstruction of the road base with the proper under drains provided, some additional catch basins for storm water collection, new pavement at a width of thirty-four feet, new curbs with the replacement of some of the existing sidewalks. All driveway approaches will be reconstructed using concrete. A new waterline is also being installed as part of the project.

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Riverview Healthcare Campus announces 2012 Employee of the Year

On Thursday March 7, the multipurpose room of Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus was filled with staff and their family members for a special night of recognition and celebration. Everyone enjoyed a pig roast with a variety of salads, desserts, and pulled pork.

The evening began with a presentation that featured facility-wide honors Riverview achieved in 2012. These honors included the highest admission rate in six years. A total of 290 residents/patients were admitted in 2012 and 212 of those admissions (72%) returned back to the community. The facility also celebrated its Medicare 5 star rating, which it has maintained since January 2010. The facility has been named on the US News and World Report’s listing of “Best Nursing Homes” for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and also achieved a deficiency free state survey. Riverview was able to keep a close eye on their budget and secured a $17,476 surplus for the year.

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Riverview BBQ chicken dinner

Riverview All Stars is hosting a BBQ chicken dinner on Thursday, April 18, at Riverview Healthcare Campus Multi-purpose room, 4-7 p.m. The dinner, catered by Grandma’s Backyard BBQ, will include ½ chicken, baked potato, corn, roll and cokie. Dine in or take out are available. Cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 419-898-2851.

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Red Cross Babysitter Training offered in April

American Red Cross Babysittter Training will be offered at two different locations in April: 

  • Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Middle School (OHMS), Benton-Carroll-Salem School District students may be registered by calling Mrs. Lenz at OHMS, 419-898-6217
  • Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Bataan School in Port Clinton, Port Clinton City School District students may be registered by calling Mrs. Martinez at Bataan, 419-734-3931

Participants should be 11-13 years old and are asked to pack a sack lunch.

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