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.


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


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.”


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.


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. 


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.


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 or follow Ida Rupp Public Library on Facebook or Twitter.


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.


Parent Project® of Ottawa County celebrates 100 parent participants

Nicole Shukeat and Jean Dupey (facilitator) 

Parent Project® of Ottawa County has educated 100 parents to date and has a 70% successful completion rate. Approximately 87 youth have been served through their parents participating in this program. Eleven sessions have been held to date and eight parents participated in the most recent session. Their graduation was held on March 25, 2014.

Parent Project of Ottawa County began in the fall of 2010 as a joint effort between Ottawa County Juvenile Court and Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services. One of the recent parent participants, Beverly Ruttschaw, had this to say about the program: “As a parent there is always room for growth and learning. I wish I could have taken this class years ago, but I still feel like I got a lot from it.” 


Danbury sports make-up days

Varsity baseball at Western Reserve originally scheduled April 5 will be held Friday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m.

Vasity baseball verses Emmanuel Christian originally scheduled April 8 will be held Monday, April 28, at 5 p.m.

Varsity softball verses Emmanuel Christian originally scheduled for April 8 will be held Friday, May 16, at 5 p.m.

Middle School Track verses Northwood and Cardinal Stritch originally scheduled for April 7 will be held Monday, May 5.

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