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New volunteer guardians complete training

Back row, left to right: Judge Kathleen Giesler, MaryAnn Dackermann, Sue Tignor, Jill Bothe and Jody Strickling. Front row: Carol Kmetz, Ann Chio and Annette Lucas.

The Ottawa Count Probate Court recently completed its first volunteer guardianship training on March 26 and 27. The Volunteer Guardianship Program now has seven qualified volunteer guardians ready to act as surrogate decision makers for those in need of an advocate. 

Over the course of two days, the volunteers were trained by Judge Kathleen Giesler; Linda Kroeger-Baum, partner in the law firm of Kroeger and Peters; Dianne Mortensen, Executive Coordinator for Ottawa County Senior Resources; James Recker, Funeral Director/Manager of Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home; Kendra German, Administrator for Riverview Healthercare; and Lynn Ritter, Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Each speaker provided valuable information on topics pertaining to the legal aspects of guardianship, resources in our community, end-of-life arrangements, nursing home/rehabilitation care and the care of persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia.  

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Jennifer Simpson at 419-734-6833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information is provided at the court’s website, www.ottawacountyprobatecourt.com. The next training for the Volunteer Guardianship Program is projected for the fall of 2014.

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Magruder Hospital VIP Club 2014 Trips

Magruder Hospital’s VIP Club recently announced their single-day and multi-day trips for 2014.  Flyers for all the 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.

On Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30, there will be an Amish Overnight trip to Sugarcreek, OH.  Cost per person will be $294 for double occupancy.  Price includes transportation, a night’s stay in the Carlisle Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner, tours, shopping and wine tasting.  It also includes “The Confession” musical by Beverly Lewis, live theater in the round at the Carlisle Inn. This musical is based on the Amish novels by the award-winning author. Deadline to sign up is Monday, June 9. 

On Monday, Aug.18, there will be a trip to Pittsburg, PA.  The cost is $127 per person and includes a day of cruising three rivers on the Gateway Clipper, live entertainment and lunch on-board.  Afterward there will be a guided tour of Pittsburgh and shopping at Station Square.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, July 14.

The second multi-day trip will be to Nashville, TN, Monday, Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 12.  Cost is $490 per person for double occupancy.  The price includes motor coach transportation, four nights lodging, four breakfasts, four dinners, two shows (Grand Ole Opry and Nashville Nightlife Theater), guided tours of Nashville and Belle Meade Plantation, admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame, admission to the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour and a ride on the Delta Flatboats inside the Opryland Hotel.  Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, July 1.

On Friday, Oct. 24, there will be the International Tour of Cleveland part II trip.  Cost is $82 per person and includes League Park, Coventry-on-the-Heights, Kosher Grocery & Bakery, Tremont, inland lake, lunch and dessert and more.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, Sept. 19. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 19,  there will be an Oglebay Festival of Lights trip to Wheeling, WV.  Cost is $116 per person and includes the light displays, lunch, miniature train, laser light show and shopping. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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.

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County veteran receives recognition

Left to right: Ottawa County Commissioner Steven Arndt, Elizabeth Sutton, Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal and Commissioner James Sass.

On April 3 the Ottawa County Commissioners recognized Ottawa County veteran Elizabeth Sutton of American Legion Post 114 in Oak Harbor.  

Mrs. Sutton served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1987 to 1991. She completed boot camp in Orlando, FL. Once she finished boot camp, Elizabeth went to “A” school for Aviation Electronics in Memphis, TN. There she was schooled in Communication, Navigation, and Weapons Systems, troubleshooting down to the component level. While in “A” school, Elizabeth was a member of the Crackerjack Precision Marching Unit that performed across the Midwest.  

After graduation, she was shipped out to Patuxent River, MD, where she was attached to AIMD in the Avionics Division. “Pax River” was a Testing and Evaluation Center for the Navy, and while there Sutton worked on a wide assortment of aircraft. During her tour at Patuxent River, Elizabeth was selected to participate in the Inaugural festivities of President George Bush Sr. She participated in the Vice Presidential reception at the Smithsonian and the Inaugural Ball at Union Station. Her awards include the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. 

Mrs. Sutton opened the regularly scheduled meeting for the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. She was honored for her dedication and sacrifices through her service to our country with a plaque from President Regal. “It was an honor for me to present the proclamation to Elizabeth and to recognize her bravery, the sacrifices she made, and to thank her for her service to our country,” said President Regal.

The County Commissioners will be recognizing a veteran within the community the first or second Tuesday meeting of every month. In May a veteran from American Legion Post 113 in Port Clinton will be honored.

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CIVFD raises money for Honor Flight

On Saturday, April 5, the Catawba Island Volunteer Firefighters held a pancake breakfast to raise money for the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio program. Firefights, civilians and Boy Scout Troop 360 volunteered their services to make this event happen. 

Not only were there donations of time, but there were donations of product. Catawba Island Club donated eggs, bacon and French toast; Crosswinds Restaurant donated juice; Gerner Wolf Walker Family Funeral Home donated the paper products; Dave and Jodi Regal donated desserts and Amy Drummer donated time to do the advertising for the event. 

“People just came out through the woodwork to help us with this,” said organizer and Catawba Island Volunteer Firefighter Dan Barlow. “In comparison, it’s a small amount of work we can do for those who did so much for us during the war.”

Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that helps transport veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the veterans’ memorials. Top priority is given to senior veterans along with those suffering from terminal illness. Without the program, some of the veterans may not get to visit the memorials that were created for their sacrifice and service.

This year, 240 people attended the breakfast and the CIVFD raised $3620 to donate to Honor Flight.

For more information on the Honor Flight program visit honorflight.org.

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Bird observatory, B-C-S, partner for environment

Schools have released balloons during elementary science classes and many people release them in remembrance of a loved one. But what happens to those balloons once the helium runs out?

Students Against Balloon Releases, a partnership between Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools, is hoping to educate students about the dangers and wastefulness of mass balloon releases and other forms of litter.

Tiffanie Hayes, BSBO Conservation Outreach Specialist, said she too remembers releasing balloons in science class. As she got older, she realized just how dangerous the practice was. “When I was in school, we released balloons as a science project,” Hayes said. “We would write our names and addresses on a postcard and hoped that whoever found our balloons would write back. We would then be able to see how far the balloon went. As I got older, I began to see how dangerous it is to have balloons released into the environment.”

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Port Clinton Easter Egg Hunt April 13

The Port Clinton Recreation Department and Champions for Children are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 13, at 1 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Children ages 12 months to 10 years old are welcome to participate. There will be candy and prizes. No registration is necessary. 

For further information, contact Jenn Porter at 419.734.5522, ext. 8.

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Play, the Important Work of Children

On a Monday evening two professional play-workers intrigued a group of curious community leaders to learn about encouraging free play through adventure playgrounds. Morgan Leichter-Saxby, of Vermont and the UK, and Suzanna Law, of Manchester, England, both professional playworkers, talked and played at Bataan School in Port Clinton as one of 16 stops on tour of the United States. Suzannah is the organizer of the tour and is working on her PhD in play work. Morgan has been in the lead on play work training since Pop-Up Adventure Play’s inception and has spoken at over a dozen international conferences. 

Adventure playgrounds are new to the United States and to Port Clinton. Last fall Tricia O’Connor and Melissa Bayer, who did not know each other at the time, separately called Chris Galvin, Area Director of United Way in Ottawa County, with the idea of using adventure play to engage and involve local children and adults, to help revitalize the community. 

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Legislative Briefing Breakfast

The sixth annual Legislative Briefing Breakfast, sponsored by the Greater Toledo Right to Life Organization, was held on March 28. Pictured left to right: Senator Randy Gardner, candidate for Ottawa County Auditor Roni Reid and Congressman Bob Latta; all are supporters of the Ohio Right to Life Movement. Photo by Cindy Amerine.

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Financial Fitness Fun Fair at Ida Rupp

Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton will be hosting a Financial Fitness Fun Fair on April 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A bagged lunch will be available at noon.

The fair offers participants the opportunity to learn about budgets, saving with coupons and identity protection. It is also a way to find out what other financial resources are available in Ottawa County from United Way of Ottawa County, Joan Washburn, Job and Family Services: Ohio Means Jobs, Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Terra Community College.

An Accushred truck will be available for shredding private documents, to help protect from identity theft. Tables will be set up for children crafts. Children can decorate their own piggy bank to take home and start their own savings.

This event is made possible by the Smart Investing Grant from FINRA and the American Library Association. 

For more information, go to www.idarupp.org or follow Ida Rupp Public Library on Facebook or Twitter.

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Brush pick up starts April 14

City wide brush pick-up will begin the week of April 14. April 21 will start the rotating schedule on the west end, April 28 will be the east end, May 5 west, May 12 east and so on throughout the summer.

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