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Ribbon cutting ceremony set for Workplace Resources

Workplace Resources has moved to a new location at 142 W. Water St. in downtown Oak Harbor. To celebrate, the company has planned a celebration May 9. The ribbon cutting will be held at 3:30 p.m. with an open house and light refreshments to follow until 4:30 p.m.

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Port Clinton Art Club donates to Ida Rupp Library

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club recently made a donation of $500 to the Ida Rupp Public Library to be used for art education programs. The PCAC has made many donations to the library throughout its history for a variety of items, including art books, and tables and chairs for the large conference room. Port Clinton Artists’ Club officers donate a check for $500 to the Ida Rupp Public Library:  PCAC Treasurer June Douglas (left), Secretary Jenny Knotek, Vice President Helen Arnold, Ida Rupp Board President James Widmer, Director Debbie Loiacono and PCAC President Dee Cochran.
The Port Clinton Artists' Club was founded in 1956 to provide opportunities for its members to advance their artistic skills and knowledge. This fellowship of artists promotes the arts and education through monthly meetings, workshops and day trips. More information about membership is on the Club website www.portclintonartistsclub.com.

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PCHS top seniors attend county banquet

The Ottawa County Top 10 banquet was held at Camp Perry on April 18, recognizing the Top Ten seniors of each Ottawa County high school. Students attend the banquet with their honored PCHS top ten seniors and their honored educators attended the Ottawa County Top Ten Banquet. Students are seated from left to right: Katlyn Ashley, Cassie Trent, Lindsey Keck, Katrina Lindsley, Molly Mooney, Alexander Greene, Brenna Petersen, Chelsea Skinner, Sydney Smith, Clayton White. Back Row: Patrick Adkins, Superintendent of Schools; Honored Educators Lisa Bodi, Jim Lamb, Heidi Steyer, Bobby Good, Jim Mozina, Karen Ferdinandsen, Natalie Twarek, Eileen Meisler, Paco Romero and Mike Spencer; and PCHS Principal Gary Steyer.educator. An honored educator is a person in the educational system who the student has been profoundly influenced by and who they choose to honor at the banquet. The top students that attended from Port Clinton High School and their teachers from Port Clinton City Schools were: Katlyn Ashley with honored educator Lisa Bodi, Cassie Trent with Jim Lamb, Lindsey Keck with Heidi Steyer, Katrina Lindsley with Bobby Good, Molly Mooney with Jim Mozina, Alex Greene with Karen Ferdinandsen, Brenna Petersen with Natalie Twarek, Chelsea Skinner with Eileen Meisler, Sydney Smith with Paco Romero and Clayton White with Mike Spencer.

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Army Corps releases final Aquatic Nuisance Species Control Paper based on public input

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released the final Inventory of Available Controls for Aquatic Nuisance Species of Concern — Chicago Area Waterway System (ANS Control Paper), an Interim Product of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study.
In response to public comment on the available options or technologies that may be effective at preventing the transfer of ANS through aquatic pathways in the Chicago Area Waterway System, new information has been added to the ANS Control Paper. In the category of "Lethal Temperature", three new control methods are outlined, including: 1) freezing, 2) carbon dioxide pellet blasting and 3) desiccation (drying). The team has also expanded the discussion of predatory fish in the "Biological Controls" category to include fish that eat mollusks and added a new sub-section to the "Benthic Barriers" category regarding the use of silt as a type of sediment-surface barrier.

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Family Fun Fair at PCHS

Ottawa County Family and Children First Council presents the Ottawa County Family Fun Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at the Port Clinton High School Cafeteria.BEACON FILE PHOTO
Enjoy a day of fun with your family and get connected to local services. There will be activities for the children, food for the family, door prizes to be won and tons of information for families.
Children can meet Truman the Dragon from Kidsville News, enjoy a wide-variety of activities and even get their face painted. Families can enjoy lunch together while they browse booths from community organizations that offer a variety of services to families.

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Housing sales jump in March

Home sales activity reached its highest level since 2008, according to a release from the Ohio Association of Realtors. All aspects of home sales in the area represented by the Firelands Association of Realtors (Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Huron counties) showed significant gains for the month of March based on OAR statistics.

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Sound Off — April 19

Here’s to All Volunteers
“Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay,” penned speechwriter Robert Orben.
This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, we at the Greater Toledo Area Chapter are celebrating our own dedicated volunteers and partners, the people who make the American Red Cross run.
Our volunteers bring food, shelter, comfort and hope to hundreds of local families faced with rebuilding after fires, tornadoes and flooding each year.
Volunteers provide services to members of the military, veterans and their families, including communications linking military members to their loved ones during an emergency.
Red Cross volunteers teach first aid, CPR, swimming, babysitting and other health and safety courses. They staff community fairs to encourage their neighbors to learn these lifesaving skills and organize celebrations to recognize people who use their Red Cross training to save lives.
If you’re looking to serve your community, become a Red Cross volunteer. Right now the Greater Toledo Area Chapter especially needs people who are interested in providing relief to individuals displaced by local and national disasters. To volunteer, contact us at 419-329-2900 or visit www.redcrosstoledo.org.
Tim Yenrick, Executive Director
American Red Cross — Greater Toledo Area Chapter



Sheriff’s Association
Many residents of Ottawa County have recently received, or will soon receive, a mailing from the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association. Ths mailing has my name attached to it and requests your becoming a member of the BSSA for the 2012 membership year.
I would like to let the citizens of Ottawa County know that the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association is an organization that does a great deal for sheriffs within the state of Ohio, as well as all county sheriff’s offices.
BSSA offers sheriffs, deputies and civilian employees of sheriff’s offices up-to-date training of many key law enforcement components that are crucial in our ability to perform our duties properly. It also offers constant updated information on changes within legislation, legal updates, law enforcement issues within the state of Ohio and upcoming training available in other venues. Another key benefit to sheriffs and sheriff’s office employees is that BSSA provides a lobbyist within the statehouse who fights for law enforcement rights, sheriff’s office authority and laws to protect our citizens that keep our communities safe.
I strongly endorse the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and I am proud to be a member. However, this letter is not asking anyone to join, contribute or endorse BSSA. This letter is just being submitted to let each of you know that the letter from BSSA is not a scam and is a legitimate request.
As with any questionable mailing, I invite all citizens to check with our office regarding the validity of the mailing. You may contact dispatch at 419-74-4404 or call my direct line at 419-734-6877.
Sheriff Stephen Levorchick

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Tri County Safety Day is May 9

The annual Tri County Safety Day will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 at Terra State Community College.
The event, “Safety from Head to Toe,” is sponsored by Ottawa County, Sandusky County and Sandusky Area safety councils.
The day begins at 7:45 a.m. with a presentation for CEOs by Steve Buehrer, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator. A Drug Free Workplace Refresher for Supervisors follows at 9 a.m.
General sessions, which also begin at 9 a.m., include the following topics: forklift safety, OSHA updates, emergency planning, summer help/teen safety, FMLA and Workers’ Comp, eye safety, personal protective equipment, workplace violence, identity theft and much more.
Registration deadline is April 30.
For information, contact Denise Ventrone at 419-898-6244 or Jim Miranda at 419-332-8666.

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Jewelry sale coming up

The annual Jerry Moffo Memorial Jewelry Sale will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The address is 9789 W. Oak Harbor SE Road, Oak Harbor.
All proceeds go to St. Paul Lutheran Church and Immaculate Conception Church. The sale will include closeouts and samples of sterling silver, Marcasite, 10K and 14K gold, pearls and gemstones.

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OCIC director recognized for leadership efforts

OCIC director recognized for leadership effortsThe Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association recently presented OCIC Director Jamie Beier Grant with its Flame Award for Leadership Excellence at the organization’s annual meeting held on March 22. According to NORED’s President, Kay Reiter, the Flame Award was established in 2011 to recognize a business or individual who has distinguished themselves by their ongoing leadership and guidance in forming a stronger economic climate throughout Northwest Ohio.  

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