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The first-ever legal distillery in Oak Harbor will open Saturday, Dec. 6.

The Oak N' Harbor Distillery, located at 136 W. Water St., will be open from noon to 7 p.m., according to owner Joe Helle who has been anticipating his grand opening.

“We are just shy of six months from the time we signed the lease to the first bottle being sold,” he said.

Now that the wait is over, patrons are invited to can come in and enjoy the fruits of Helle’s hard work in the form of vodka, corn whisky or lightly aged malt whiskey – all distilled on site in a 53-gallon Flute Still.

Helle decided to bring the Oak N' Harbor Distillery to the village’s storefront district after leaving his job as a police officer. “I decided to do this because it's not exactly legal to do it any other way and there really is a niche market for these smaller operations,” he said.

Few families are as dedicated to Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School as Christine (Daunhauer) Johnson ’66, her daughter Julie (Christen) Payeff ’87, and grandson Brandon Payeff ’15.

With Brandon’s graduation this spring, they will become one of the few families to have three generations graduate at Stritch. But the amount of time, money and volunteer work the three have put in over the past 45 years is also hard to match.

Currently, all families at St. Kateri Catholic Schools have to complete service hours for the school – known as St. Kateri Hours – as a part of their commitment to Catholic education. Many families go well above the 30 required hours per child. But for this dedicated trio, the volunteer work goes well beyond most others.

During their time at Stritch, all three have a long list of school activities they were a part of, including student council, athletics and academic groups. After graduating from Stritch, the involvement Christine and Julie had at Stritch and in the community has yet to stop.

Injured athletic director’s story leads to federal lawsuit

A front page article about a high school athletic director published in The Press last March 17 is getting plenty of attention.

A feature about the tribulations of Bowsher High School AD and Oregon City Councilman Terry Reeves titled “Councilman breaks up fight: Athletic director’s job description didn’t include this” has led to a federal lawsuit.

The issue — whether Reeve’s First Amendment rights were violated when Toledo Public Schools reprimanded him for not referring his comments to the communications office first.

Reeves, a lifelong Oregon resident who is serving his fourth term on Oregon City Council, is now in his sixth year as the athletic director at Bowsher.

Oregon plans to improve the appearance of Navarre Avenue as part of its safety improvement project.

The city received a $2.4 million safety grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve Navarre Avenue between I-280 and Isaac Streets Drive to reduce the high rate of traffic accidents. The project mostly consists of the construction of a median on Navarre Avenue with seven U-turn or “turnarounds’ located between the project limits.

At a recent Navarre Avenue stakeholders meeting, Public Service Director Paul Roman had asked for input on improving the aesthetics on Navarre Avenue where the medians will be constructed.

Mayor Mike Seferian said his administration will soon be requesting that council approve funds for the enhancements as part of the safety improvement project.

Emma Grosjean has an eye for all that glitters and shines.

It’s kind of hereditary for the daughter of David and Cheryl Grosjean, owners of Genoa Custom Interiors, in the village’s business district.

The Genoa High School graduate traveled home from the University of Akron where she studies anthropology to help her mother and aunt, Susan Gladden, mind the store for the Holiday Open House, the village’s annual pre-winter extravaganza running Nov. 21-23.

She welcomed patrons as a mesmerizing cinnamon scent wafted through the house turned showroom at the corner of Main and Eighth streets. Shortly after noon, more than a dozen ladies and gentlemen strolled room to room checking out the glistening trees, ornaments and yuletide displays placed tastefully throughout the business. Other offerings included everything from high end couches and chairs to reasonably priced scarves and jewelry.

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