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Community Chorus to perform for the Fourth of July

Those who love to sing and love patriotic music are invited to join the Community Chorus to celebrate the Fourth of July. Mr. Gregory Fox, retired Port Clinton City Schools choir director, is leading the community chorus. Mrs. Susan Larcey and Mr. John Wallrabenstein are accompanists. There are six rehearsals, Wednesdays May 28, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, and July 2, 7-9 p.m. in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church, on the corner of Second Street and Adams Street, Port Clinton. 

The patriotic concert will be at 8 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church on Friday, July 4, followed by the Independence Day fireworks display. The repertoire will include the National Anthem, the Battle Hymn of the Republic and Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom. The choir is open to all singers. Call 419-734-1239 to register for the chorus, sign in at rehearsal.

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ABLE classes accepting new students

ABLE classes are available at the Ottawa County Resource Centre in Oak Harbor for adults interested in improving basic skills, obtaining a GED, or preparing to go to college. The Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program offers free ABLE classes at the OCRC to help adults improve their reading, math, or writing skills, to prepare for the GED test, and to get ready for college or an adult certificate training program. 

Students interested in obtaining a GED are now doing so through the new 2014 GED test. The OCRC is prepared to help adult learners obtain the GED to earn the satisfaction of receiving a high school credential and to create a pathway to a better future. Students enrolling into the ABLE classes at the Ottawa County Resource Center and meeting the eligibility requirements will be able to take an Official GED Practice test for free to determine their readiness for the official GED test. 

Orientation to the ABLE program is required before enrollment into classes. Those who attend the orientation will set goals, complete placement testing, and develop an individualized learning plan. Call to register at 419.898.3688, ext. 270. The orientation times at the Oak Harbor office are June 5 at 5 p.m. and June 19 at 10 a.m.

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Safety Council

Upcoming OSHA 30-Hour Class for General Industry will be held from June 3-6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ottawa County Resource Centre, 8043 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449. Please contact Jessica Kowalski to RSVP and/or questions at 419.898.6242.

May is National Electrical Safety Month and a good time review electrical safety practices. Increasing electrical safety awareness, following electrical safety guidelines, and using tools and technology designed to address electrical hazards are all components of a safety program. Eliminating electrical hazards begins with education and awareness. A focus on electrical safety, both at home and in the workplace, can prevent the hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and billions of dollars in economic losses that occur each year because of electrical hazards. 

For additional electrical safety information, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s website: www.electrical-safety.org.

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Andrew Fillmore's winning veterans essay rings true on Memorial Day

Left to right: Andrew’s grandfather, Robert Bihn, Andrew Fillmore, and his mother Teresa Fillmore.

The Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge recently announced the winners of the Port Clinton and District Essay Contest. Andrew Fillmore, a seventh grade student at PCMS, won the seventh and eighth grade competition. Andrew’s essay, “What does Veterans Day mean to me?”, also received first place in the State of Ohio and will go on to the Elk’s National Essay Competition.

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Danbury Township names top dog

Best trick winner Alexis performing her trick at the Danbury Township Dog Show at the Bark Until Dark dog park.

On May 18 sunshine and blue skies welcomed visitors to the first blue ribbon dog show hosted by the Danbury Township Trustees. 115 people attended and 32 dogs were entered in the show. Police Chief Michael Meisler, Lorrain Croy, who is running for Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, and De Anna Lamb, manager of the Canoe Club, were judges at the event.

Two raffle prizes were donated by Bayside Comfort and lunch was donated by Big Boppers Restaurant. Nine blue ribbons were awarded in the following categories to the following participants:

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Area Memorial Day services

Lost at sea

Memorial Day services for those who lost their lives at sea will be held at Port Clinton Yacht Club at 9 a.m. Wreaths will be cast from the City Harbor Patrol boat into the river. 

Port Clinton

At 10 a.m. a parade will begin in front of the former Port Clinton Junior High School and will go north on Madison Street to Second Street, west on Second Street to Monroe Street Veterans Park. At the Park, services will be conducted by the VFW post #2480, American Legion Post #113, and AM Vets.

Marblehead and Lakeside

Marblehead and Lakeside will be honoring Memorial Day on May 26 with a parade followed by ceremonies at James Park. The Memorial Day Parade will begin at Clemons Cemetery on East Main Street at 10 a.m. and proceed to the War Memorial at James Park for the 10:30 a.m. ceremony. 

Johnson’s Island

Johnson’s Island will be holding a Memorial Service on May 25 at 11 a.m. at the Confederate Cemetery.

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St. Boniface students visit “Rise Above” exhibit

Dr. Harold Brown shows Savannah Hetrick (right) and Meghan Glenn how to make the complex folds of a paper airplane.

St. Boniface of Oak Harbor fifth and sixth graders had the experience of a lifetime when they visited the Rise Above travelling educational exhibit at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. The program began as students had the chance to talk with Tuskegee Airman Dr. Harold Brown. Dr. Brown told of his experiences as a pilot in WWII flying a P-51C Red Tail Mustang and then assisted the students in creating complex paper airplanes for a distance-flying contest. 

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Little Free Library comes to Catawba

Roy and Mary Triska’s grandson, Luke, age 6, grabbing a book from the Catawba Free Little Library.

Everyone is welcome to come and browse, take a book, leave a book or even sit and read a book at the Little Free Library in Catawba located at 4721 E. Karlite Drive just off of NW Catawba Road. The library was a Christmas gift from Roy Triska to his wife, Mary, this past winter. All types of books can be found at the library.

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