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Lakeside Chautauqua’s first #Giving Tuesday was a great success

The outpouring of community support was overwhelming for Lakeside Chautauqua’s first #Giving Tuesday event. The event on Dec. 3 raised $105,000. In November, Lakeside Chautauqua introduced stakeholders to #Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving encouraging individuals and families to celebrate generosity in their community and inspiring donors to give back to in unique ways.

Donations were received from Ireland and across 14 states and 60 Ohio cities; a total of 148 gifts were received in support of Lakeside Chautauqua’s mission. Money was raised towards the restoration of Bradley Temple and children’s programming improvements, Lakeside Chautauqua Endowment, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, recreational programming and facilities, religious life programming, youth group housing and Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile beautification project. Gifts were also made in honor and memory of loved ones.

Due to the community’s generosity, Lakeside Chautauqua has raised more than $500,000 to date for the Lakeside Fund. While additional funds still must be raised, Lakeside is well on its way to achieving a record annual fund goal of $700,000 in 2013. The Lakeside Fund annual giving campaign bridges the gap between earned income and the actual cost of producing our signature Chautauqua program, maintaining our beautiful grounds and preserving our historic structures.

To help Lakeside Chautauqua reach their 2013 goal send a check made payable to Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440.

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Mary’s Blossom Shoppe hosting Kids’ Shopping Night Dec. 11

On Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 3-8 p.m. Mary’s Blossom Shoppe is holding a Kids’ Shopping Night. The shop will have a variety of gifts available for under $10 with free gift wrapping offered. Refreshments will also be served at the event.

Kids will also be able to register to win an in store gift certificate. Children 0-6 years can register for a $15 gift certificate, 7-13 years a $20 gift certificate and 14-18 years a $25 gift certificate. For more information contact Mary’s Blossom Shoppe at 419-734-4442.

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Main Street Port Clinton offers holiday gift wrapping

All gifts purchased at a downtown Port Clinton business will be wrapped for free at 110 Madison St. Other gifts not purchased downtown can be wrapped for a dollar donation to Main Street Port Clinton. Donations of ribbon, bows, boxes and tape are also being accepted.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday gift wrapping will be available from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday gift wrapping will be available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This service will be available until Dec. 24.Any big gift wrap orders should call Cathy at 419-260-3949 to make special arrangements.

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Girls win, boys suffer loss in Port Clinton bowling

Port Clinton traveled to Tri County Bowl in Woodville Thursday and split varsity matches with Gibsonburg. The Lady Redskins rolled over the Gibsonburg girls for a 2505-2190 win. They rolled 859-852 the first 2 games and added 794 in Baker.

“The girls bowled very well tonight, but we still need to improve. Again, we had 3 low games in team and sort of lost our focus in Baker. These girls are working hard and I’m sure we will see them get better,” said Coach Bob Black.

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Small Business Basics Seminars coming to Oak Harbor Jan. 2014

Terra State Community College is offering Small Business Basics seminars. These seminars are free workshops that help entrepreneurs and those interested in starting a business with questions on how to get started, but or expand a business. These seminars will provide education to help avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps.

Attendees will learn the basics of: name registration, licensing, taxes, advisors, business ethics, employees, insurance, financing, business planning and more.

This seminar will be offered Jan. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation Conference Room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

For more information call 419-559-2210 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Marine mechanics program enrolling now

A new class in the Marine Mechanics Skills for Life program is enrolling applicants now for a class set to begin January 6, 2014.

The classes will operate each week Monday to Thursday from 5:30-9 p.m. until May 8, 2014.  Classes will be at the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corp.’s (OCIC) offices on SR 163 in Oak Harbor.

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Canoe Club Win Bar two weekend open house

The Canoe Club Wine Bar located at 5831 East Harbor Rd., Marblehead will be holding a two weekend long open house to celebrate the holiday season. The open house will showcase guest artists’ art and jewelry. There will also be Christmas decorations, wine tasting, gift ideas and more.

The event will take place Friday and Saturday Dec. 6 & 7 and Dec. 13 & 14 from 5-9 p.m. Visit www.canoeclubwinebar.com for more information.

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Local Manufacturers Talk Shop with Oak Harbor High School Students

BCS skilled trades day

On November 22, representatives from ARES, Inc. of Port Clinton, Century Tool & Die of Fremont, C Nelson Manufacturing of Oak Harbor, Materion-Brush, Inc. of Elmore, Whirlpool of Clyde and Terra State Community College Skilled Trades Dept. met with more than 100 students at Oak Harbor High School to talk about skilled trades careers in local manufacturing operations, and the ability for high school students to explore and take advantage of apprenticeship programs, co-ops and certificate programs at local technical schools.

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Santa scheduled to arrive at Erie-Ottawa International Airport Dec. 21

The Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton has announced that Santa will arrive for a visit on Dec. 21. Santa will be bringing special sweets and treats for all the children that come to welcome him as he arrives at the airport. 

Santa’s flight plan allows him to stay at the airport from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For any more information call 419-734-6276.

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