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Garden plots available

Fresh veggies and flowers could be yours. This year, the Community Garden at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 541 Church Road, Marblehead, is taking a different direction. Instead of one big garden, the space is being divided into plots (approximately 20 feet x 15 feet) and inviting anyone from the congregation and community who would like to plant and tend their own garden to plant a plot.

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Meeting set for recycling grant program

The Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District will offer grants in the second round of the Competitive Funding Program in 2012. Eligible participants are required to attend a meeting prior to submitting an application. 
The grant program’s main priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, townships, cities and villages in Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties. Once a recycling program has been established, an agency can apply for funds for products made from 25 percent recycled material. The District cannot fund any privately owned businesses.

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PC School board honors retirees

The Port Clinton Board of Education honored retiring staff members at its May meeting. Pictured with Superintendent Pat Adkins (left) and Board of Education President David Belden (right) are the retirees who attended: Dan Timmons, Bob Polachek, Brenda Hetrick, Lupe Wuersig and Karol Smercina. Other retiring staff members include Carol Clemons, Gail Perl, Mary Evans, Brenda Stewart, Beverly Trent and Betty Krizan.

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Sign up now for compost workshop

Learn to compost Thursday, May 31, at Riehm Farm Market in Tiffin. Pre-registration is required for the event, which is sponsored by Riehm Farm, Sandusky County Park District, Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District. There are two available sessions because of limited space: 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Registered participants will be put into a drawing to win composting and gardening door prizes. In addition, participants will be provided with snacks and a tour of Riehm Farm’s compost area and green house. The farm market is located at 7224 N. Ohio 53, Tiffin.
Sign up by calling the Sandusky County Park District office at 419-334-4495 or toll free at 1-888-200-5577. Pre-registration deadline will be Wednesday, May 30, and the cost to participate is $5.
Information regarding the workshop can also be found on the OSS Solid Waste District’s website, www.recycleoss.org, or by searching Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene to view posts from the District’s Facebook page.

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GOP event draws crowd

A large gathering of Republicans with a smattering of disenchanted Democrats attended Thursday night’s reception at Mon Ami on Catawba to welcome a number of candidates for national, state and local office.
“We are in a car going 100 miles per hour headed for a brick wall,” said Ohio Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel when he spoke to the group.“Unless things change dramatically in the way business is done in Washington, D.C., we will no doubt leave every child born in America a bill for thousands of dollars of debt.”

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VIP Club plans day trips

Magruder Hospital’s VIP Club is planning two one-day trips for 2012.
On Wednesday, Aug. 8, there will be a day-trip to a Cleveland Indians baseball game. Cost for the trip is $66 and includes roundtrip deluxe DVD motorcoach transportation and tickets to the game with seats in the lower right field area.  The trip will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the City/County Complex at 1868 E. Perry St. in Port Clinton and will return around 5 p.m.
On Thursday, Sept. 27, there will be a one-day trip to the Hartville Flea Market, a 100,000-square-foot facility which houses 175 indoor shops, up to 800 outdoor seasonal vendors and 200 pavilion vendors. Cost for the trip is $56 and includes roundtrip deluxe DVD motorcoach transportation, lunch at Hartville Kitchen and all applicable taxes and gratuity. The trip will depart at 6:30 a.m. from the City/County Complex at 1868 E. Perry St. in Port Clinton and will return around 7:30 p.m.
For information or to sign up for either trip, call Marty at 419-734-5362.

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Presbyterian church celebrates 30 years

Past members, pastors and friends will join the congregation at Firelands Presbyterian Church Sunday to celebrate 30 years of history and look to the future.
In 1980, two couples — Pat and Bud True and Betty and Sam Carter — met with officials to start a Presbyterian church in the area. The first service was held that year in the fellowship The first service of Firelands Presbyterian Church was held Sept. 21, 1980, in fellowship hall of Catawba Union Chapel on Porter Roadhall of Catawba Union Chapel on Porter Road. Two years later, on May 30, 1982, the growing congregation was chartered as Firelands Presbyterian Church and a tradition of dedication and community was born.
“I thought there must be something really wonderful happening here because there was no ambiance,” said Connie Brand, of the Union Chapel site. “It was just a room filled with enthusiastic people and this old record player.”
Throughout the years, that enthusiasm has helped the church to grow.

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Joyful Connections raising awareness

Karen Demangos, then executive director of Joyful Connections, was recently honored with the Larry L. Noblitt Liberty Bell Award. The accolade was given by the Ottawa County Bar Association for outstanding service to the community for her work at the supervised exchange and visitation site in Oak Harbor.
“It was very exciting,” Demangos said, but not just for personal reasons. “I’m just glad for Joyful Connections to get this recognition.”
Perfect timing.
May is Supervised Visitation Awareness Month and the local organization is using this — and the representative orange ribbon — to get the word out about what they do. There is a coloring contest, the Rally for the Kids event last weekend in Bassett’s Market parking lot and literature being handed out around town.
The board for Joyful Connections was formed in 2007 as a Leadership Ottawa County class project. Next came bylaws, 501(c)(3) status, the hiring of an executive director and securing the site at 8200 W. Ohio 163, Oak Harbor.
“There was nothing here but junk,” Demangos said.

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Sunset cruise planned

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce has planned a celebration on the Lake that we love on Thursday, July 12, on the Jet Express. The sightseeing cruise will depart Port Clinton at 7:30 p.m. and cruise past the Catawba shoreline, Marblehead and the historic lighthouse, then continue on past the islands of Kelleys, Rattlesnake, Sugar, Green and the Bass before enjoying the sunset on the way back into Port Clinton. The Jet will be traveling at high speed to reach the different points of interest and then slow down to enjoy the sights.

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Port Clinton Artists’ Club call for artists

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club’s 55th Arts in the Park will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. Many artists return to this exciting festival year after year due to their success and the serenity the area has to offer. Exceptional, original art is displayed and sold by nearly 120 artists coming from as far away as Florida. The show is free and open to the public. One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park is celebrating 55 years of continuing to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County. 
“This is the best art show in Ottawa County,” said watercolor artist Jim Siemer. “I have been doing shows around Ohio for a long time, and I’m always successful here, while having a great time.” 

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