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Bingo coming up at Vineyard

Everyone is invited to join residents and friends for Bingo at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at The Vineyard on Catawba's Community Center, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Dr., Port Clinton. Great prizes are awarded to the winners. Refreshments are served and everyone has a great time. Reservations are not required. A donation of $1.00 per card is accepted.

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Lunch & learn

University of Toledo engineering student Robert Garber took time out of his summer co-op at First Energy last week to help with Port Clinton’s summer lunch program. Garber, 21, helped kids plant zucchini seeds during a presentation by “Recycle Dude” Brad Schwann. The twice weekly lunch is a total enrichment program which includes the meal and a craft or lesson.

According to United Way employee and site coordinator Kristen Gerwin, no kid is turned away from the lunch program. The meal and activities are offered at 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at three locations: Jefferson Elementary, Lakeview Estates and Bay Meadows. The lunches are packed and served by local volunteers and all the food and supplies are donated. To volunteer, donate or for information, call the United Way office at 419-734-6645.

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Project could be a lifesaver

Last Friday, there was a national news story about a 20 year old autistic man who wandered off and survived three weeks in the in the Utah desert. Local officials and the Port Clinton Lions Club have begun a new program in Ottawa County to make certain that doesn’t happen here.
It’s called Project Lifesaver. In involves wearing a bracelet that contains a transmitter. The transmitter emits a signal that can be traced by local law enforcement agencies. It is targeted at people who may not be able to find their way home if they leave home. The average rescue time is 30 minutes instead of three weeks. However, with out it, almost 50% of the missing and wandering will perish if they are not located within 24 hours.

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Kelleys Island celebrates 38th homecoming

The Kelleys Island Landowners Association is hosting the 38th Homecoming festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, on Kelleys Island.
The theme this year is Celebrate Kelleys Island. How do you celebrate the island? It may be swimming or fishing, relaxing in the sun, maybe sampling the fine tastes of the pubs and restaurants or bird watching or hiking.
Festivities start at 11 a.m. with a parade along the south shore that ends at the picnic pavilion on Addison Street. Last year’s parade featured a collection of classic cars, hand-made floats and lots of unusual costumes and decorated golf carts and cars. The parade marshals this year are Vi Feyedelem and Tony Vacca (Vi’s Gift Shop and Papa T’s ice cream) for coming back after the fire of 2010 destroyed their businesses.

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Local elected to sorority’s international council

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority has elected Sandra Biegelman Burba, of Marblehead, to the position of Panhellenic Affairs Vice President.
With a broad resume of volunteerism and commitment to community, Burba has given more than 28 years to a variety of volunteer leadership positions for Gamma Phi Beta. Initiated at Beta Epsilon Chapter at Miami University (Ohio), Burba will serve on a board of seven, overseeing an international volunteer base of more than 120 and a membership exceeding 180,000.
“I am excited to once again serve on Gamma Phi Beta’s International Council and look forward to representing Gamma Phi Beta in the interfraternal community as the National Panhellenic Delegate,” said Burba.
Prior to moving into the role of Panhellenic Affairs Vice President, Burba served Gamma Phi Beta as sorority director-Panhellenic affairs. Burba served on International Council from 2002-06 in the role of Alumnae Vice President.

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Memory is focus of community education program

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, is hosting Memory and Aging: What’s Normal, What’s Not? from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Danbury Senior Center, 8470 E. Harbor Road, Marblehead.
This family and community education program is for those who would like to learn more about memory changes or are concerned about someone else’s memory. The program includes discussions of factors that can affect memory, treatable causes of memory loss and techniques to maintain and improve memory.
For information and to register for the free program, call 1-800-272-3900.

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Business planning workshop coming up

Main Street Port Clinton’s Economic Restructuring Committee invites you to attend a free workshop focusing on creating a business plan and the resources available for information and assistance along the way. This workshop is scheduled for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, at the Ida Rupp Public Library located at 310 Madison St. Registration begins at 4 p.m.

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OAK HARBOR COUNCIL — June 18

Mayor Conley called the regular meeting of Council to order at 7:00 P.M. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was requested with the following members present: Don Douglas, Bill Eberle, Jon Fickert, Angela Petersen, Jim Seaman and Donna Wendt-Elliott.

Minutes of the June 4, 2012 meeting stand approved as written.

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Trains theme for VBS

Grace Baptist Church is taking to the rails during the week of Vacation Bible School July 23-27. The church will host a train-themed week of games, songs, Bible lessons, crafts, contests and more each evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The theme is “Sunlight Express: Jesus & Me.” Each day will represent a stop on a journey to discover what Jesus has done and continues to do for us.
This VBS is for any child between 3-14 years old. Children will be divided by age for various activities. There is no cost to attend, and transportation is available by calling 419-898-4002.
Grace Baptist Church is a local, independent and fundamental Baptist church located between Ohio 105 and 163 just past the Oak Harbor High School at 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Road.

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Local business owners support Red Cross

Ottawa County Club Red's 2012 gala “Black and White with a Splash of Red” will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 20, in the Catawba Island Club Pavilion.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served while partygoers bid on this year’s expanded silent auction and purchase tickets for a chance to win prizes on themed sideboards. Guests will be entertained by vocal sensation, Carmen Miller, and our local piano man, Greg Fox, before being served a seated gourmet dinner followed by a limited live auction.
This year’s Grand Raffle Prize is $1,500 in gas cards generously provided by Friendship Food Stores.
Local businesses and generous private citizens have responded to the call to support the American Red Cross and the valuable programs and services it provides to the residents and visitors of Ottawa County.

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