Lakeside Marblehead Storage fire

A fire occurred on July 18, in building number 2 (units 22-47 and units 127-144) of the Lakeside Marblehead Storage.  The fire started sometime in the morning of July 18 and area fire fighters were dispatched immediately when smoke was detected.  Despite the hard work of area fire fighters the building was severely damaged.  It is unlikely that much will be recoverable in all but the end units of this row.

Marblehead fire fighters, the Danbury police department, and the many other volunteer firefighters responded from across the county (eleven companies total responded that day).  They fought the fire tirelessly and were able to keep the fire from spreading to any of the other units.  Other area volunteers also helped and quickly responded to donate equipment, water, and food for the fire fighters including: Dave Shrock Excavating, Starcher Enterprises, The Danbury Maintenance Crews, Red Cross, Erie Market, Subway, Bruno’s and many more that helped assist during the day.


Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and Plein Air Art Festival held in Lakeside Chautauqua

Lakeside Chautauqua hosted the eleventh annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and Plein Air Art Festival July 18-20. More than 40 Midwestern artists gathered along with 70 wooden boats to display an incredibly unique craftsmen and art event.

The 70 wooden boats that were on display were divided into different categories: boats produced before 1918 are historic, 1919-1942 are antique, 1943-1975 are classic, 1976-1984 are early contemporary and boats produced in the last 30 years are classified as late contemporary. The boats varied from 9’ to 57’ in length.


Community calendar July 24-30

July 24-30

The Splendor of Lake Erie Exhibit by Local Artists
What: Local artist’s exhibit works
Where: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center-West, 770 S.E. Catawba Rd

Summer Ghost Walks with Victoria
What: Walk with Victoria through old Port Clinton as she recounts tales of romance, history, mystery, and spirits
Where: Marshall Inn Bed & Breakfast, 204 Monroe St., Port Clinton
When: 7 & 8 p.m.
Cost: $8.50


Terra State PTA program earns accreditation

Assistant Professor Bruce Wassung and a PTA student practice a technique in the lab

Terra State Community College recently received official word that its Physical Therapist Assistant program has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

“CAPTE granted a full five-year accreditation to Terra State, the maximum length awarded to any new PTA program,” said Bruce Wassung, PTA, MSPH, Assistant Professor and Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program. “We are excited for our students and the patients and communities they will soon serve.”

Accreditation is important to students considering a career as a PTA, according to Wassung, because it helps assure the quality and consistency of the student’s classroom and clinical educational experiences. It is also very important to consumers of physical therapy services because it helps ensure that our patients are cared for by clinicians with the appropriate knowledge, skill and behaviors to meet the public’s expectations.


Promoting our parks

I agree with CORD’s mission statement and what they are trying to do for the people of our city. Citizens Organized for Responsible Development are an honest group who want the best for the city, her people and the natural life in our parks. I think there are many people who want our waterfront to remain as a park. These same people want our city to prosper. There can be a compromise and just because it hasn’t happened doesn’t mean that it can’t. 


Walk to Remember

On Sunday, July 21, the Ottawa County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends held their annual Walk to Remember at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton on the shore of Lake Erie. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child, at any age, from any cause. Each summer the group holds their annual Walk to Remember to honor the children that have been lost.


B-C-S School District announces open houses

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District looks forward to welcoming students and families for 2014-2015 school year open houses at the following buildings:

For R.C. Waters Elementary School (grades K-3): August 25 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Special Incoming fourth grader open house at Oak Harbor Middle School: August 12 from 6-7:30 p.m.

For all students who will attend Oak Harbor Middle School (grades 4-7): August 21 from 6-7:30 p.m.

For Oak Harbor High School (grades 8-12): August 20 from 6:30-8 p.m.




Art Walk: Ecogreen Sculptures July 24

More than 35 artists, a diverse group of musicians, Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP) and a farmer’s market will be featured at the Art Walk this Thursday, July 24, in downtown Port Clinton. The free family-friendly downtown art celebration features artists, live music and galleries, restaurants and other businesses taking part on the fourth Thursday of each month, from 5-8 p.m.


COSI joins the 2014 Ottawa County Fair

A mobile science spot from COSI Columbus joined the 2014 Ottawa County Fair on Sunday, July 20.  This was the first time COSI was involved with the fair.  The completely mobile operation consisted of self-led kiosks highlighting brain teasers, laws of science, and scientific methods.  COSI staff was also in attendance to assist children with the kiosks and other activities throughout the space.


Antique tractor display and games at the Ottawa County Fair

Chris Brandt with his co-pilot during the box the chain competition

Joe Hartlaub securing Adam Gyde’s blindfold for the obstacle course

Byron Cook and Sheldon Miller ready for the blindfolded obstacle course

On Saturday, July 19, the old tractors in the antique tractor display got a chance to have it out at the tractor games. 

There was a slow race where tractors would see how slow they could go without stalling out. In addition to the slow race, there was a fast race where the driver has to start their tractor, hop on and fly to the finish line. The fast race sounds easy, but not all of the old tractors are easy to start. There was also a barrel push where the tractor and driver roll a barrel from one line to another measured by speed.

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