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Facility use fees announced for Wildlife Refuge

Jeannette Gresh
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (overline)


The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will, on a limited basis, allow the general public to use facilities for conservation-based meetings, events and educational activities and programs. Requests to use refuge facilities will be subject to refuge manager’s approval and be governed under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “Appropriate Refuge Use” and “Compatibility” policies. Requests will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and be subject to the facility use fees listed below. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to use of the facility but no more than 365 days prior to the intended use. Applicants must submit a detailed proposal outlining the intended use. Applications should include the following information: name of requester, date and time of proposed use, detailed description of the intended use, and a detailed description of participant fees if the use involves charging fees (i.e., a commercial use). A special use permit will be issued by the refuge outlining all the conditions of the use. An additional special use permit fee will be charged for all commercial use activities as noted in the refuge’s “Commercial Use Compatibility Determination” that was publically reviewed and signed in 2011. Applications will be approved based on availability of public resources including staff and space.

Proposed fees for facility rental are:
• Full-day rental of multi-purpose room — $150
• Half-day rental of multi-purpose room — $75
• Evening (after 4 p.m.) rental of multi-purpose room —$50/hour
• Rental of conference room — $75
• Rental of environmental education building — $75
Fees will be used to administer the program and to offset the additional costs resulting from the increased use of the building.
For information about the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit the refuge's website at www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR.

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Come to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to learn about a fun volunteer opportunity. The Marsh Monitoring Program is a unique and rewarding program for enthusiastic volunteers to survey wetlands for both amphibians and marsh birds. Volunteers involved in the MMP contribute toward the understanding and conservation of wetlands within the Great Lakes Basin. Surveys are exciting and no prior skill or knowledge is necessary. If you are interested in either volunteering or just want to learn more

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Job Fair coming up at Terra

The annual Spring Job Fair at Terra State Community College highlights the North Coast Jobs Connection schedule in March.
More than 50 area employers will participate in the job fair in the Student Activities Center at Terra from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13. Follow the signage once you arrive on campus.

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Magruder Hospital recruits internal medicine physician

PerrymanMagruder Hospital recently recruited Brenda Perryman to join the hospital's medical staff as an internist. She earned her bachelor of arts in natural sciences from Case Western Reserve and her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed both her internship and residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center of Cleveland. She is board certified in internal  medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has more than 25 years of medical experience.

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March events at The Vineyard on Catawba

The Vineyard staff is planning some upcoming activities for residents and friends. These events are at The Vineyard Community Center, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Dr., Port Clinton, and are free and open to the public:
• Popcorn and a Movie takes place at 2 p.m. March 9 with a showing of "Sherlock Holmes."  This action/adventure stars Robert Downey Jr. as Detective Holmes and Jude Law as his sidekick. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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Celebrate a different way of life at Amish Dinner

All are invited to enjoy an authentic Amish-style dinner at the Oak Harbor United Methodist Church at its eighth annual Amish Style Pot Roast Dinner on Thursday, March 22. This year’s dinner will be served buffet style and, as always, it’s all-you-care-to-eat.
Much can be learned from studying the Amish way of life. Their devotion to family and community and their strong work ethic are good examples. The Amish have a strong sense of community spirit, and often come to the aid of those in need.

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American Red Cross Month in Ottawa County

Ottawa County Commissioners have designated March as American Red Cross Month. The proclamation states:
“The American Red Cross has touched many lives in Ottawa County, as well as across the country and around the world.
During American Red Cross Month, we thank those who contribute to the mission of the Red Cross, whether through time, money or blood, and we invite others to support the Red Cross in helping people in need down the street, across the country and around the world.
“The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years. Throughout the past year, the American Red Cross launched hundreds of disaster relief operations in the United States to help people affected by fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. The American Red Cross also supported major international disasters, including the Japan earthquake and tsunami response, while continuing its work on the 2010 Haiti earthquake response and recovery.
“In Ottawa County, the Red Cross works tirelessly through its volunteers to support us when disaster strikes, when someone needs life-saving blood, or the comfort of a helping hand. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families, and provides training in CPR, aquatics safety, and first aid.
“For nearly 100 years, United States presidents have called on the American people to support the Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. Our community depends on the American Red Cross and because it is not a government agency, the Red Cross depends on support from the public to continue its humanitarian work. This is especially important in these challenging economic times – which impact the Red Cross and many people in our community and across the nation.”

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Port Clinton Art Club offers pastel and acrylic classes

Club member and Port Clinton resident Alice Holly shares her 30 minute pastel from a class given by Rosemary Schramm at a recent Port Clinton Artists’ Club meeting.  Members were given 30 minutes to complete a pastel with only three colors.The Port Clinton Artists’ Club is offering two upcoming classes that are open to the public. Both classes will be held at the Sutton Center, 1854 Perry St., which also houses the Club’s Gallery.  Saturday, March 10, local gallery owner and artist Rosemary Schramm will share her talent while teaching a pastel class, and Saturday, April 21, Toledo Artist’s Club member Aaron Blevins will teach an acrylic class.

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Sound Off — March 1

Responsible development
C.O.R.D. is responding to a recent letter in the Beacon, Feb. 2, concerning development in Port Clinton. Yes, Port Clinton needs economic development. Given our county’s present economic situation, what community doesn’t?

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