Security guard honored for quick response

PHOTO BY JAKE DUNFEEThanks to the fast action of a security staffer and the quick response of fire crews, the pavilion is still standing in Lakeside after a Valentine’s Day blaze.
Security guard Andy Larson said he was doing his final rounds Tuesday night when he saw flames coming out the door of the pavilion. He immediately jumped in his truck and called for help. The Lakeside Fire Department — later joined by crews from Marblehead and Catawba — was on scene in minutes.


Wildlife volunteers needed

Do you enjoy wildlife and helping people? Then you might consider volunteering at the Bird Center at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area near Oak Harbor. From March through November, volunteers help staff the Bird Center, work in the bookstore, help with programs, assist at special events and perform other tasks where needed or that highlights their own skills and interests.
Magee Marsh receives more than 150,000 visitors a year and our volunteers get to interact with folks from all over the world.
No need to worry if you know little about wildlife. You will learn as you go and a training session is provided. The main qualification to become a volunteer is a willingness to help people and a positive attitude. As long-time volunteer Marcia puts it, “I see volunteering as an opportunity to learn, observe and serve and it gives me satisfaction in participating in the preservation and protection of the marsh.”
If this sounds like something you might like to do, call Mary at 419-898-0960, No. 31, to find out more and to schedule a time to come in and go over the Volunteer Manual.
A training session for all volunteers, both new and returning volunteers, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10. This will include a pizza lunch and a walk through the day-to-day operations at the Bird Center and updates for the new year.


Tickets on sale for 17th BPW scholarship auction

The Port Clinton Area Business and Professional Women’s 17th annual scholarship auction will be held Friday, March 9, at the Catawba Island Club. Tickets for the event are now being sold and can be purchased from any BPW member or at Perfect Color Hair and Tan for $30.
Ticket price includes dinner at CIC dinner, entry into the door prize drawing and a paddle for the always lively live auction.


Care packages headed to Afghanistan

A Port Clinton area soldier stationed in Afghanistan recently reached out for support and VFW Post 2480 is answering the call. Sgt. Kenneth Bacon’s unit is collecting school supplies to hand out to the local children. In addition, Bacon pointed out that some men in his unit don’t receive care packages from friends and family in the states. The soldiers could use bathing supplies and snacks.


Oak Harbor DECA announces entrepreneurship award recipients

Oak Harbor DECA members presented awards to three local entrepreneurs on Feb. 14, at the eighth annual Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet. The banquet was held to honor local business owners for their contributions to the Oak Harbor Community. The Oak Harbor Rotary Club hosted the event and provided dinner.
The criteria used to select award winners included creativity, innovation, outstanding customer service and commitment to the local community. The Outstanding Entrepreneur Awards were given to the following: Jeff Chio of Edward Jones, Anna Lou Spino of Batdorff, and Dave Heintz of DCh Holmes Limited.


Port Clinton Smiles!

Dental care remains the largest unmet health care need for Ohio’s children, regardless of race or ethnicity according to the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey. The downturn of the economy, with lost jobs and lost benefits, has hit Ottawa County especially hard for several years.  Dental care is often the first area of need that is forfeited when financial resources are scarce.


Magruder Hospital renovating emergency room

Magruder Hospital has started making improvements to its emergency room that will improve the hospital's service to patients and accommodations for emergency personnel. The Board of Trustees recently approved this project and it is estimated to cost the hospital $950,000.
The renovation will feature an additional entrance for ambulances, allowing for more private transportation of patients into the hospital. All of the treatment rooms will now be private, another enclosed registration area will be added and a new report room for emergency personnel is all part of the plan.


Cottage Creations holding Spring Open House

Cottage Creations in downtown Oak Harbor will be hosting a Spring Open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Spring and Easter items will be unveiled and Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day items will be discounted.
Stop by the Spring Open House or call 419-898-0608 for information.


Village Watch program?

Village Watch is a team effort by community members to look out for each other’s safety and to help law enforcement officials protect people and their property against criminal activity.
The Marblehead Police Department has learned that community participation in the fight against crime is essential. One of the most effective ways is to promote information sharing through established neighborhood groups to determine specific problems or needs. The police can then act on this information and report back to the neighborhood group on their progress.


BCS seeking renewal levy

In 1991, Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools passed a 4.33 mill operating levy.  The community has been steadfast in that commitment and has continued to  renew that levy four times since then. BCS is looking for the continued financial support of the community on March 6 this year. The Board and Administration are committed to producing a balanced budget while maintaining excellence for the students and district.

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