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May Crowning at ICS

Pictured are members of the ICS second and fifth grade classes that participated in the May Crowning ceremony, from left:  Evangeline Young, Luke Saffran, Alyssa Diaz, Mitchell Coon, Garrett Hirt, Evelyn Zam, Madison Wiechman, Adrianna Hummel, Martina Cass and Lilian Uhinck

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Thank you, Volleyball Challenge

 The 4th Annual Volleyball Challenge held on April 29th was a huge success! Proceeds from the event benefitted the United Way of Ottawa County. The four main agencies participating in the event were the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OCBDD), OCTA, RVI and Ottawa Residential Services (ORSI). The team of RVI and ORSI won the challenge for the third straight year in a row. The team playing against them was from OCBDD and OCTA. 

Everyone had a roaring good time as the Honorable Judge Kathleen Giesler and Commissioner Jim Sass entertained the crowd as Masters of Ceremony. Mr. Sass even donned a very unique hat complete with horns and fur. Donna Drusbacky put her amazing skills to use as the referee for the evening. Brenda Fastinger operated the scoreboard while Amy Cantu, Bri Combs and Kim Strong-Todd managed the concessions, bake sale, silent auction and 50/50 sales. Sharon Virtue greeted the wonderful patrons as she sold tickets at the door. Diane Shupp shared her photographic talents while capturing special moments from the event. 

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Memorial Day services and parade schedule for Oak Harbor

Memorial Day services for the Oak Harbor area community will begin on Sunday morning, May 25, when members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and their Auxiliaries will attend church services at St. Paul Lutheran Church on CR 17 at the 9 a.m. service.

On Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, a breakfast will be served at the American Legion Post Home on Park Street from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. All Veterans and their families are invited.

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Salute the Troops at Put-in-Bay

Perry’s Victory and Miller Boat Line join forces to honor Gold Star Children, veterans and active duty personnel 

Every Memorial Day weekend the community of Put-in-Bay and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial join forces to honor America’s veterans and active duty military personnel. This year’s “Salute to the Troops” ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at Perry’s Victory Visitor Center and will honor children who have lost a parent to war, according to Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky.

The guest speaker will be Mitty Griffis Mirrer, an independent documentary filmmaker, award winning journalist, and military survivor who has spent the past decade gathering the voices of widows, widowers and children of war from two generations. Mirrer also founded Gold Star Children, a non-profit organization, which uses film and interactive media to raise awareness about children who have lost a parent to war.  

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MarineMax will host Kids Activity Area at Walleye Festival

Children of all ages are invited to attend the MarineMax Kids Activity Area at the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival on Saturday, May 24, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Michael Mage, “a comedian stuck in a Magician’s shoes”, will be performing and entertaining children of all ages.  Free activities include arts and crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and balloon animals.  There will also be a petting zoo and the OSU Buckeye Mobile Tour.

The MarineMax Kids Activity Area is located at the entrance to the carnival.  For an updated schedule of all of the activities at the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival, visit walleyefestival.com.

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K of C holds fish fry and pancake breakfast this weekend

Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will hold a Fish Fry Memorial Day weekend at their hall at 109 E Perry Street, Port Clinton. Friday they will be serving the perch dinners and sandwiches 5-9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

On Sunday, May 25, the Knights will also have a Pancake Breakfast to benefit their annual Measure Up Campaign in support of local citizens with Developmental Disabilities. The breakfast will be at the Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for 12 and under; children under 2 eat free. This is an all you can eat breakfast with pancakes and sausage.

Looking ahead, the Knights will be holding their 10th annual Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival on Labor Day Weekend at the Hall. This year the festival will begin on Friday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. The fun, food and polka music will continue on Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31. The festival will be open 5-9:30 p.m. on Friday and 11a.m.-9:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to kofc1750.org.

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Stein Hospice Announces Workforce Reductions and Cuts

Stein Hospice today informed its employees that it will be reducing its workforce by about 12 percent and reducing some of its non-core services to patients. The organization is projecting significant reductions in revenue due to scheduled Medicare funding cuts that affect the entire industry, as well as shorter lengths of stay for patients at some of its hospice facilities.

“Ninety percent of our funding comes from Medicare,” said Jan Bucholz, chief executive officer of Stein Hospice. “As a result, those reductions have a serious impact on our operating budget. Meanwhile, we currently are serving 17 percent fewer patients than we did last year, and most of that decline has been in the past few months.” She said that personnel costs make up about 60 percent of Stein’s annual budget.

“This was a very difficult decision, especially because of the impact it will have on our dedicated, hard-working employees,” Bucholz said. “We looked exhaustively at all options for reducing costs but, sadly, we had no choice but to reduce staff and adjust some service offerings to balance our budget.” Despite the challenges, she said, Stein Hospice remains committed to providing patients with the highest quality hospice care. The cuts do not impact core hospice services, which will remain at or above industry standards. Non-core service offerings that will be impacted include music, art therapy, massotherapy and personal care. In addition, salaries have been reduced for members of the management team and spending has been reduced for non-patient services.

“We are sorry economic conditions are forcing us to make this decision,” said Bucholz. “We are committed to providing comprehensive comfort, compassion and support for our patients during life’s final journey. That means making sure our services are available for every terminally ill patient who needs our care, not just today but for many years to come. We are taking every precaution to make these reductions in a way that will have minimal impact on our patients and their families.”

About Stein Hospice

Stein Hospice is a not-for-profit agency that has been caring for patients and families in Ohio for more than 30 years. The agency’s service area includes Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Lorain and Brown counties.

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