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Chamber horse race, auction to benefit charities
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:48

These horses are not exactly Kentucky thoroughbreds. Instead, these “stick” horses “of a different color” are

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Local news broadcaster Jerry
Anderson at last year’s scarecrow
auction. Anderson will make the
call during Wednesday’s charity
derby horse race at Oak Shade
Grove. (Press file photo by J.
Patrick Eaken)

 being auctioned and will race to help local charities.

The Eastern Maumee Chamber of Commerce is holding a charity derby horse race and auction at Oak Shade Grove Wednesday night. The fundraiser accompanies the annual chamber steak roast, which begins at 6 p.m.

The derby works as follows — each local business builds and designs a horse and provides a well-dressed jockey to “race” the horse. Each business chooses a local charity to be the beneficiary of its horse’s winnings.

The horse must be 29 inches tall, and chamber director Sarah Beavers suggests purchasing a horse at a local hobby shop.

“It starts off with a stick horse, and you can build it up to anything you want it to be,” Beavers said. “We suggested a stick horse so there is a base that’s somewhat similar. I found them online at Toys R Us for something like $3 for a little stick and a horse head. Then, you can build it up to whatever.”

Beavers said one designer came up with the idea to put its horse in a wheelchair because it will benefit a nursing home.

 
Library levy committee meeting Thursday
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:31

The Harris-Elmore Public Library levy committee will meet Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 448 E. Rice Street, Elmore.

The group is promoting passage of a 1.1-mill operating levy for the library which will be on the November ballot.

Mary Sue James, Elmore, and Lori Skees, Genoa, are heading the committee.

Information about the ballot issue is available at the library in Elmore and branch library in Genoa.

There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the levy.


Board vacancy
The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking to fill a board vacancy effective Oct. 1.  Interested parties should be willing to serve a minimum two-year term, meet monthly at 5 p.m. for meetings (usually the third Monday of the month), and assume committee assignments as directed by the board president.

Applicants must be a permanent resident of Ottawa County and interested and knowledgeable in the field of developmental disabilities.  Applicants who have professional training and experience in business management, finance, law, health care practice, personnel administration, or government service are preferred. 

Contact Melinda Slusser at 567-262-3104 or 419-898-0400 ext. 3104 for information.  Letters of interest are due back to the Ottawa County Board of DD, 235 N Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor, by Sept. 20.

 

Elections board to meet
The Ottawa County Board of Elections will meet Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m. for its regular business meeting.

The meeting will be held in the board office, 8444 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.

 
Lake students gather for pep rally at new stadium
Written by Scott Grau   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:29

Last Friday afternoon the yellow school buses rolled to a stop in front of the Lake school complex to drop off studentspic-LakePep2 for the pep rally that was held on the school’s new football field.

Normally the students would have just exited from their classrooms and walked to the stadium. The fact that there was a gaping hole in what was once a continuous building that connected the elementary, middle and high schools was a stark reminder of the devastation that the June 5 tornado wreaked on the school and the normal everyday lives of the Lake students.

The pep rally was held to allow the student to be in the stadium for the first time since it was destroyed. In place of the natural grass was a new synthetic turf field sporting the school colors and monogram.

According to Lee Herman, principal of the middle and high schools, the original field was riddled with debris from the destroyed school buildings. Glass and metal shards, nails, screws and all sorts of other scrap materials were embedded so deeply into the soil – up to six inches down -- that it was virtually impossible to remove it all in order to provide a safe playing surface.

 
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