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Parade of Homes party

In preparation for the fifth annual Catawba-Marblehead Parade of Homes, the annual Kickoff Party will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Crow’s Nest on Ohio 269 north of Ohio 163 in Danbury Township. The event will be a wine tasting featuring many local and international wines as well as heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at The Beacon, Minuteman Press, Crow’s Nest, Mon Ami, Crabby Joes and Salvation Army, the beneficiary of the fundraiser. Pictured here are the principal organizers: John Schaffner (left), publisher of The Beacon; Jennifer Bailey, manager at Crow's Nest; and Maureen Saponari, director of the Salvation Army in Ottawa County.

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Club Red holds annual ‘Sherry & Chocolates’ membership drive

Club Red’s sixth annual “Sherry & Chocolates” event was hosted recently by the club’s founder, Cindy Amerine, at “Love on the Rocks,” the lovely home of Kim and Liz Skrinak of Catawba Island. The annual membership drive featured not only a home tour, but also speakers who shared information about Club Red and its mission to educate the public of the many Red Cross programs and services offered locally and across the country.  
Special guest, vocalist Carmen Miller, entertained the 75 women present with her fabulous rendition of “I Have Nothing.” Miller will be joined by local piano man Greg Fox during the cocktail hour of this year’s Club Red gala, “Black & White with a Splash of Red” to be held on Friday, July 20, in the Catawba Island Club Pavilion.  Tickets are on sale now for what is sure to be another sold-out Club Red affair. Ticket requests may be made by contacting this year’s ticket chairwoman, Marian Tavtigian, at 419-797-4151or the American Red Cross, 419-734-1100.

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Healthy Lake Erie Fund signed into law

Rep. Randy Gardner’s efforts to fight Lake Erie algae problems received a major boost Monday when Gov. John Kasich signed legislation that includes Gardner’s $3 million Healthy Lake Erie Fund.
“I’m pleased to have Governor Kasich’s support for the Healthy Lake Erie Fund, and to have bipartisan backing to begin to attack this environmental and economic challenge facing our region,” Gardner said. 
There has been growing concern by travel and tourism-related businesses that the worsening algae problem in Lake Erie is impacting the region’s economy and forcing higher unemployment.   

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