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Oak Harbor heralding in the holiday season Dec. 11

Channel 11 will help Oak Harbor celebrate the season with a live broadcast Dec. 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Special events include:
• Visit Santa at the Log Cabin.
• Get your picture taken on the Royalty Sleigh Float.
• Listen to the sounds of Kersten’s Korner and Oak Harbor Junior High Christmas caroling.
• Visit St. Paul United Church of Christ’s Live Nativity.
• Visit Adolphus Kraemer and other log cabin-era characters.
• Make a donation to Toys for Tots or the local food banks. All donations will stay in the Oak Harbor area to help those in need during the Holiday Season. Please bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, and canned goods, boxed goods, clothing, and blankets for the food drive.

For more information please call the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-898-0479.


Virginia Junke can cite many reasons to be proud of her father.

George Junke, who lost his
hand in a work-related accident
in his 20s, works anywhere from
four to 14 hours a day on his
model ships. (Photo courtesy of
Virginia Junke)


George Edward Junke, Sr. was born on the Fourth of July in 1932. In his early 20s, he lost his right hand working as a punch press operator at Bettcher Manufacturing in Cleveland. He not only continued to work, but also took side jobs remodeling bathrooms and kitchens, using self-taught carpentry and construction skills to support his family.

Eventually, he decided to become self-employed and his remodeling work became his specialty – his “bread and butter.”

“He is a hard worker and has always been an inspiration,” said Junke’s daughter, Virginia, who lives in Woodville.

In her home, Virginia displays two scale model ships – the President and the HMS Bounty, meticulously handcrafted by her father, who currently lives in Avon Lake.


• Sculpture In the Village, Williams Park, SR 300 just north of SR 600, Gibsonburg. Ohio; Open daily. A juried outdoor sculpture exhibit with over 20 of the Midwest's best sculptors displaying sculpture in bronze, stone, steel, marble, aluminum, granite, glass, concrete, etc. in an outdoor setting meandering for 1/3 mile on a paved path around a quarry surrounded with trees, flowers, fountains and waterfalls. For further information, contact: Jim Havens, Curator, at 419-849-3048 or visit:

The Hayes Train Special, which runs
through Dec. 31, includes a 12 x 24 foot, three-tier layout featuring eight G- and O-gauge trains. (Photo courtesy of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center)



Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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