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Summer Earth Camps a big success

The OSS Joint Solid Waste Management District sponsored the sixth annual “Earth Camp” in Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties during the month of June. More than 180 students entering grades 1-6 in the three-county district attended the one-day camp that offered fun activities on recycling topics and lessons on the importance of our natural resources. Camps were held on different days at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton, Conner Park in Fremont and Meadowbrook Park in Bascom.
Campers were separated into three groups: Planet Protectors, Go Green Gang and Recycling Rock Stars and each group rotated through stations. Team flags were made and carried with pride to each session during the camp.

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Appetite for the Arts to be held in new aviation jewel

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council will celebrate the annual “Appetite for the Arts” Aug. 17-19 at the new Liberty Aviation Museum located at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.
Friday evening will be a ticketed reception that will give art lovers a sneak preview of art, antique cars and aircraft. As guests stroll through the aisles viewing the art and speaking with the artists, they will taste the culinary delights of area vendors.
Saturday and Sunday admission will be free to the public. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Duck Drop, Chemo Crawl coming up

Going to the island or need a day at Monsoon Lagoon to cool off? Then support the American Cancer Society by purchasing a duck for the second annual Duck Drop to be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at Monsoon Lagoon.  Your $10 duck purchase will give you a choice of a one-day Waterpark Pass to Monsoon Lagoon or a Round Trip Ferry Ticket to Put-in-Bay on the Miller Boat Line. All ducks will be dropped into the lazy river at Monsoon Lagoon and the first to finish wins the grand prize of $700. Second is $500 and third will be $300 worth of local gift certificates.  Last year it took 4 minutes for the ducks to race around the lazy river.

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Memory screening July 25

Senior Helpers and Otterbein are co-sponsoring a monthly memory screening day from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Otterbein North Shore, 9400 E. North Shore Blvd., Marblehead.
Screenings are free and confidential; walk-ins are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call Janet at 419-261-1693.

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Local to compete for national crown

Nicole Lyle, Port Clinton’s Ohio Royal American Elegant Miss beauty title-holder, is headed to Mobile, Ala., to compete for the national national title of American Royal Miss. Three local sponsors are helping Lyle make the trip July 19-22, they are: Great Lakes Popcorn, Perfect Color Hair & Tan and the Knights of Columbus.
Lyle is the daughter of the Robin and Chet Wisenbarger of Port Clinton and is active in the Walleye Drop and the Eucharist ministry at Immaculate Conception Church.

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Stonecrushers signup

Sign up for the 2012 Danbury Stonecrusher football season is July 14 in the Danbury High School Gym. Times are:
• 9 to 10 a.m. — Sixth grade
• 10 to 11 a.m. — Fifth grade
• 11 a.m. to noon — Fourth grade
For questions, call Matt Polanco at 419-798-6363 or Heather Vargo at 419-307-2654.

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Safety Council holds summer picnic

The Ottawa County Safety Council will meet Wednesday, July 18, at Crosswinds Restaurant, 280 SE Catawba Road, Port Clinton. The “Summer Picnic” begins at 11 a.m. with lunch and networking with the meeting and presentation set to run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The speaker is Jeff Hutchins, BWC Industrial Hygienist/Technical Advisor. The topic is Heat Stress-Prevention and Procedures.
• Steps toward prevention

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Fishing derby planned during fair

The Oak Harbor FFA Chapter will play host to the annual fishing derby during Sunday, July 22, during the Ottawa County Fair. All kids ages 12 and under are invited. The event will take place at the race track infield pond and will begin promptly at scheduled times: the 0-5 age group will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 6-12 age group starting at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the boys and girls of each class for the most fish caught (ties broken by total weight of the catch), largest fish caught (by weight) or smallest fish caught (by weight). There is also a guaranteed prize for every contestant that registers before July 18.   

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Prof to discuss archeological research on prison site

David R. Bush, PhD., Heidelberg University, Tiffin, will present a program at 7 p.m. July 16 at the Ida Rupp Public Library covering his archeological work at the Johnson’s Island Confederate Prison and Cemetery.
Bush began his archeological study of the Johnson’s Island site in 1989. Professor Bush’s research has yielded many significant finds on the Island, including the location of Fort Hill, Fort Johnson (the prison stockade) and the dock area. Excavations and “digs” have been used to study several of the sinks (latrines), the powder magazine for Fort Hill, a prison well and portions of two prison blocks.

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LESI Group Sales recognized as Supplier of the Year

Each year the Meeting Professionals International Ohio Chapter recognizes chapter members who exemplify the finest in the meetings and hospitality industry. These awards officially recognize planners and suppliers who have made significant contributions to the chapter and the industry. The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Group Sales Team was recently recognized by MPI Ohio as “Supplier of the Year.” Group Sales Manager Amanda Smith Rasnick accepted the award at the organization’s annual banquet. Also nominated for Supplier of the Year were representatives from the Columbus Convention Center, Thirty One Gifts, and the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. This award was made possible by the cooperation of many Lake Erie Shores & Islands industry partners and their willingness to work together for the good of the destination. Smith Rasnick has been selling and promoting Lake Erie Shores & Islands as a meeting destination since 2008.


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