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A day on the wild side

Last years Day on the Wild Side archery station. Photo by Jasmine Cupp.

By Becky Simpson, OSWCD Education Specialist

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD), in cooperation with the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Winous Point Marsh Conservancy, invite high school students to a one day workshop “Field Skills for Future Land Stewards…Wildlife Management”. The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 26, at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located near Oak Harbor, from 8:30-4 p.m. 

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Corps posts summary of report on Asian carp, invasive species controls

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted a summary on May 5 of comments submitted and recorded for administrative record during the public comment period for the Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report. The GLMRIS Report outlines eight potential plans within the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to address the transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), such as Asian carp, between the two basins.

The comment summary includes information on the study, the public comment process, a summary of comments by location and themes, commenter demographic information, Corps clarification on several recurring themes, and the path forward on GLMRIS.  The comment summary can be viewed at glmris.anl.gov. 

“This document is intended to provide a synopsis of the public dialogue following the release of the GLMRIS Report, including opinions regarding possible future prevention actions,” said Dave Wethington, GLMRIS program manager. “The comments submitted reflect passion about preserving valuable natural resources and the vitality of our shared waterways.”

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Magruder Auxiliary volunteers honored

Magruder Hospital Auxiliary conducted their Annual Appreciation Lunch on April 22, at which time volunteers were honored for their hours of service in various areas of the hospital during 2013. This year the volunteers were treated with a historical account of Port Clinton and the area from Connie Cedoz, Librarian at Ida Rupp Library. She was a wealth of information of past eras, since she has researched many interesting inquiries from patrons over the many years at the Library.

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Take advantage of days you can’t fish due to lousy weather

Last season I wrote an article explaining how to tie up your own crawler harnesses. With the weather we’ve had this past week, now is a good time to start building some of your own harnesses to use for this season. There’s nothing more satisfying than catching fish on a lure that you’ve created yourself.

After a great start to the season weather-wise, this past week has confronted us with cold front conditions, rain, and big winds. The walleye bite slowed down in areas that were very productive for the first few weeks after ice out, and the fish are now moving around more, so locating them after we can get back on the water is the first order of business.

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Edgewood Manor celebrates National Nursing Home Week

The residents and staff of Edgewood Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center are pleased to announce a fun-filled schedule of events for National Nursing Home Week, May 11-17..

This year the residents of Edgewood will spend National Nursing Home Week taking the “Journey of a Lifetime”.  They will travel back in time starting with the 1970’s and ending the week in the 1920’s.  Each day of the week will revolve around a different decade.  All of the day’s games, parties, music, costumes, and decorations will revolve around that era’s culture.  Family & Friends are always welcome to join in the fun.

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Otterbein Auxiliary seeking volunteers

On Monday, May 12, at Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Choices, 9400 North Shore Blvd., Lakeside-Marblehead, at 3 p.m., guests will learn about volunteer opportunities at the area’s top continuing care retirement campus. According to “Give to Live” by Douglas M. Lawson, Ph.D., “Giving is not just a minor influence on good health but the key to bodily and mental well-being. Studies show that for all ages, one way to escape premature physical and emotional deterioration is by staying in the service of others.”

Opportunities at Otterbein include transportation needs, crafters in Assisted Living, gardening, gift shop volunteering (all proceeds go back to fund important projects on campus), and the newly developed “Be a Compassionate Friend”initiative, which is spending one-on-one time with a resident in need of a friend. Loneliness is a key to depression in elderly folks, but knowing someone is there to talk to can deplete that loneliness in no time.

For more information, contact Betty Schrock, president of the auxiliary, at 269 358 0111. Otterbein North Shore is a Continuum Care Retirement Community offering independent and assisted living, as well as short-term rehabilitation in the Jane Baker House. For more information call Jo Ann Franks or Kirsten Trammel at 419-798-8250. Additional information regarding Otterbein Retirement Living Communities is available on its web site at www.otterbein.org.

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LEAP thank you

On behalf of United Way and Lake Erie Adventure Play, we would like to thank the graduating class of Leadership Ottawa County for their outstanding support of families and children in Ottawa County. On April 26 the LOC, under the leadership of Marcia Jess, sponsored a Pop Up Talent Show at the Elks Lodge to help raise funds for  a new United Way program, Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP). LEAP's mission is to provide child-directed play opportunities that foster innovative thinking, creative problem solving, and healthy risk taking for local children and families. Heartfelt thanks go out to LOC 2014: Amy Simkus, Andrew Wells, Becky Simpson, Dawn Segaard, Diane Ball, Kathy Berger, Kathy Dale, Kirsten Trammel, Laurie Cleaver, Steve Hall, Steve Lange and Vern Shepherd.

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Summer Lunch and Fun begins June 17

After school is out, year four of the Summer Lunch & Fun Program begins. Lunch is being served for all school-aged children at three locations in Port Clinton at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday until Aug. 21. The locations are Lakeview Estates Community Room, Ida Rupp Public Library and Bay Meadows Community Room.  All children are welcome at any time during the summer. Registration happens on-site.

New this summer, Lake Erie Adventure Play, also known as Pop-Up Play, will be bringing their child directed play to the lunch sites. The play workers and volunteers will join us from noon until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at one of the sites throughout the summer. Kids are encouraged to bring their imagination and sense of adventure with them to the site for safe and enriching play. 

Last year more than one hundred community volunteers made this program a success. Groups of volunteers from clubs and workplaces met at Firelands Presbyterian Church at 9 a.m. on lunch day and put together healthy lunches. Community organizations and area restaurants contributed food and supplies. Other volunteers were on hand to pass out the lunches and participated with the children in enriching activities from clock making to tie dying. This year there is a greater emphasis on the FUN in Lunch and Fun with musical instruments being introduced at the sites by Mary Krejci from Immaculate Conception School. 

This program is a community collaboration of area churches, Port Clinton City Schools, social service agencies, volunteers and donors. 

If you are interested in lending a hand at a lunch site this summer, please call program coordinator Kristen Gerwin at 419-734-6645 to volunteer. Small groups of 4-5 individuals are also needed to pack lunches.

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Ottawa County Veteran of the Year

Standing: Timothy Laderach; Seated, left to right: Paul Laderach and Dale Laderach.

On April 30, Mr. Paul Laderach was honored as Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2013 at a celebration in his honor at the VFW Post 8732, Oak Harbor. Paul is the third veteran in Ottawa County to receive this honor.  

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission selected Paul after reviewing several nominations. Paul’s commitment to the veterans in Ottawa County speaks volumes through his years of selfless service as a veterans’ advocate. “Paul served our country with honor when our country needed him. Upon discharge, he continued to faithfully serve in the civilian sector. He has inspired, mentored and befriended many veterans, and I personally find his kindness and compassion an inspiration.” said Sara Toris, Executive Director, Ottawa County Veterans Service Office.  

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Rep. Redfern recommends state funding for Keeper’s House, East Harbor

State Controlling Board member Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) this week voted to release over $150,000 in state funding for upgrades to the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park Keeper’s House and East Harbor State Park.

“I am pleased that we will help preserve a part of our peninsula’s history at the ‘second’ Keeper’s House for future generations. And with improvements at East Harbor, we will meet the increased demand for services from visitors and vacationers,” said Rep. Redfern. “Investments that promote access to lakeside recreation and preserve historical landmarks are fundamental to our local economy.”

The “second” Keeper’s House, constructed adjacent to the lighthouse in 1880, is in need of external repair and painting of its wooden structure to preserve the integrity of the building. It currently serves as a museum and is staffed by historical society volunteers. The Keeper’s House garage will receive similar renovations.

East Harbor State Park will update electrical systems at the park’s camp store to meet increased demand, while the campground will install a new floating courtesy dock to accommodate greater boater access to Lake Erie.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of seven members on the State Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

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