First Magruder Hospital VIP Club Trip of 2014

The deadline to sign up for Magruder Hospital’s first VIP Club Trip of 2014, a two-day trip to Amish country in Sugarcreek, Ohio, is Monday, June 9.  The trip will take place on Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30.  Cost per person will be $294 each for double occupancy. 

The group will depart from the City/County Complex on West Perry Street at 7:30 a.m. on July 29.   The first part of the trip includes a tour of the Behalt Mural and lunch on your own at the Farmstead Restaurant.  Then there will be stops at the Heinis Cheese Chalet and Coblentz Chocolates.  Dinner, which is included, will be at Katie Schrock’s Amish home that evening and the group will stay at the Carlisle Inn.

Day two includes a tour of Rolling Ridge Ranch, Hershberger Bakery and lunch, which is included, at the Dutch Valley Restaurant.  The group will then enjoy live theater in the round at the Carlisle Inn, with The Confession a musical by Beverly Lewis. This musical is based on the Amish novels by award winning Beverly Lewis. The day ends with a trip to the Breitenbach Winery before heading home, arriving back in town around 8:15 p.m. 

Flyers for all the 2014 trips can be found at the Main Lobby and Outpatient desks at the hospital.  These trips are open to the public and being a VIP Club member is not required.  For more information or to sign up for any of these trips, call Marty Willis at 419-265-2479 or Rachel Fall at 419-732-4061.


Otterbein hosts “Know it All” Lunch and Learn

Area retirees are invited attend a complimentary lunch and program called “Know it All!” on Tuesday, May 27, beginning at noon. The lunch will be held at The Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community in Lakeside-Marblehead. A presentation covering household tips, including 2000 uses for WD40, will follow lunch. The presentation will also provide a recap of the Rick Hunsicker senior real estate seminar hosted in April at the Otterbein community. Guests will go home with a can of WD40 and a Hunsicker Senior Planning Guide. Reservations are necessary and space is limited. Call Jo Ann Franks, Independent Lifestyle Counselor, at 419-798-8250 to for more information and to make reservations.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at or by calling 1-888-513-9131.


Ohio ranked 16th most bicycle friendly state

The League of American Bicyclists released its 2014 Bicycle Friendly States ranking today and Ohio placed #16 nationally as being a leader in creating a bicycle friendly culture.

“Bicycling is a growing transportation choice and activity for many Ohioans,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We continue to support investment in programs and infrastructure which improve safety and connectivity.”

To help improve the state’s previous ranking by 50 percent, ODOT partnered with several communities, agencies, businesses, and bike advocacy groups, including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Bicycle Federation, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations around the state, to enhance and encourage bicycle friendly education, investment and policy.


Students receive Merit Scholarships

The University of Findlay announces Merit Scholarship awards, which are based on a student's final, cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) and ACT/SAT scores. Scholarships are awarded beginning with the freshman year and are renewable for up to four years (for a total of five years of scholarship aid). Merit scholarships for transfer students are based on the student's GPA from all previous college-level institutions.

The following local students received awards for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Cobi Brough of Oak Harbor received $10,000.

Melissa Carrick of Sycamore received $14,000.

Emma Partin of Port Clinton received $14,000.

The University of Findlay is a comprehensive university with a hands-on approach to learning located in Findlay, approximately 45 miles south of Toledo. With a total enrollment of approximately 3,600 full-time and part-time students, The University of Findlay is noted for its innovative, career-oriented programs in nearly 60 majors and 12 graduate and professional degrees. For more information, visit or call 1-800-472-9502.


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. 


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 

“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.”


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.


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.


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.


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

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