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Move over Stonehenge. Ohio has some piles of dirt that make that revered circle of massive stones in England look like simple child’s play.

People have been digging holes and piling up dirt in Ohio since, well, at least since the last glacier retreated about 10,000 years ago.
Now you’re invited to follow a trail that connects some of those piles. It’s worth your time.

The Toledo Zoo will present His Little Feet International Children’s Choir in concert Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.

The performance is included with Zoo admission and will take place in Blade Plaza, near the polar bear fountain on the North Side of the Zoo.
His Little Feet was founded by Michael and Christa Hahn in 2009 to give orphaned and rescued children from poverty-stricken or war-torn countries worldwide a better life through the spread of song and spirit. The energetic and culturally unique choir, which currently consists of 21 children ages 7-13 from India, Kenya, Haiti and Rwanda, sings both in English and their native languages.

In addition to touring the United States, the children also attend His Little Feet Life Training Academy, where they learn academics, performing arts, leadership and life skills. More information about the choir and organization can be found at


OSU Band in concert
The Ohio State University Marching Band will be in concert Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Oak Harbor High School gym.

The Oak Harbor Music Boosters and the Ottawa County OSU Alumni Club are hosting the band as they make their way to Michigan State.

Tickets are $10 (age 4 and under free) and are available at Oak Harbor High School (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.) or Oak Harbor Middle School (Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) or by emailing the Oak Harbor Band Department at


“Hacksaw Ridge”
See the story of the World War II Army medic who received the Medal of Honor despite never firing a shot during a viewing of the film “Hacksaw Ridge” on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Birchard Public Library, 423 Croghan St., Fremont. Admission is free.

Kevin Lause, Birchard Public Library assistant, will introduce the film. After the film, Dustin McLochlin, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums curator will lead the discussion.

“Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refused to kill people and became the first man in American History to receive the Medal of Honor without firing his weapon. The event is one of several being offered through the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ “Patriotism & Protest” program. HPLM is partnering with Birchard Public Library and the local VFW to offer some of these events.
Patriotism & Protest examines what it means to be patriotic and how protesting might fit into the ideals of patriotism. The events are meant to engage the public, including veterans, in discussions about historic and current issues related to patriotism.

“In the midst of heated public opinions on NFL protests during the national anthem, we hope to create a dialogue that will help citizens understand the differing views on what it means to be patriotic,” McLochlin said.

For a full schedule of events, visit


Clay Limelighters
benefit concert set
Crazy Dreams, a one-night only benefit concert presented by Elizabeth Gibson and G. Scott Lacy, will be presented Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clay High School auditorium, 5665 Seaman Rd., Oregon.

The two longtime friends will perform a number of songs from the film and stage.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available online at and at the door.

All proceeds benefit the Clay Limelighters theatre program.


“Annie, the Musical”
Start your holiday celebrations with Clay High School Limelighter’s production of the family-friendly musical, “Annie.”

Based on the stories of “Little Orphan Annie,” the musical will be staged Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.

Reserved seating tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 419-693-0665 ext. 2150. Only general admission seating will be available at the auditorium box office prior to each performance. “Annie” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Hensville Lights
Be there when the switch is flipped ushering in the third holiday season of Hensville Lights on Saturday, Nov. 17.

St. Clair Street will transform into a winter wonderland with more than 200,000 lights decorating the buildings between Washington and Monroe streets.
A 45-foot tree decked out in 10,000 lights takes center stage in Hensville Park, creating a festive photo backdrop for holiday cards. Adding to the festivities in the park is the special dancing light show synchronized to music.

The activities start at 4:30 p.m. with Hensville Lights and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The holiday lighting celebration includes a visit from Santa Claus, strolling carolers and a special performance from the Toledo Ballet. The Toledo Walleye hockey game against Fort Wayne follows at 7:15 p.m. at the Huntington Center.

Hensville Lights will shine from Saturday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 6.

Businesses along St. Clair Street participating in Hensville Lights include Maloney, McHugh & Kolodgy Ltd., Holy Toledo! Tavern, Fleetwood's Tap Room, Neighborhood Health Association, Thomas Porter Architects, 20 North Gallery, and Frickers.

Hensville Lights is presented by Toledo Edison and Lexus of Toledo and supported by NSG Group, Tireman and WTOL 11.


Lost Bay Found
Aimee Arent, executive director of Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, announced that the West Harbor Landing Project, a development of a satellite property of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge which will feature improved habitat for wildlife and recreational activities, is officially underway.
The West Harbor Landing, comprised of 16 acres of predominantly marshland recently purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is located on Catawba Island about four miles east of Port Clinton. The location is ideal to connect traveling tourists with the Lake Erie marshes and the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Dubbed “the Lost Bay” by area residents, the site is estimated to have 10,000 daily travelers, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
ONWR plans to improve pollinator habitat and visitor amenities to include a gazebo, fishing platform/ observation deck, improved canoe/kayak launch, benches and signage. The Catawba Island Garden Club is offering community support for the project.

“This project offers the rare trifecta benefiting individuals, the community, and wildlife – including the fragile habitat needed for bees, butterflies and birds,” said Suzanne Richard, President, Catawba Island Garden Club.

The non-profit Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is also supporting the project through funding and volunteers to ensure success.
For more information on the West Harbor Landing Project, visit or call 419-898-0014, ext. 13.

Sandusky Co. 4th in Ohio
in tourism sales growth
The Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau recently received data detailing the economic impact of tourism in Sandusky County for 2017.

According to a recent study conducted by Tourism Economics, a leading economic analysts, visitors to Sandusky County helped generate $167.5 million in tourism sales in 2017, an increase of 15.8 percent from the 2015 study. This makes Sandusky County fourth in the state in tourism sales growth. Both the statewide and Northwest Ohio’s tourism sales growth increased by 3.5 percent.

Tourism sales start with actual spending (direct) but also includes the downstream effects (indirect and induced) that this spending has on the local economy. The main contributing economic activities represented in these numbers include food and beverage, retail, recreation, transportation and lodging.
Wages in Sandusky County attributed to tourism were $42.1 million, up 16.7 percent from the 2015 data. Employment related to tourism is at 2,310 jobs, up 14.4 percent. Tourism supports 1 in every 13 jobs within Sandusky County.

In 2017, tourism within the county also generated $20.8 million in local taxes. Tax dollars generated through tourism help support many of the municipal services that county residents count on. In the absence of state and local taxes generated by tourism, each family in Ohio would have to pay an additional $725 annually in taxes to maintain the current level of government services.

“Visitor spending and employment figures are essential factors to consider when evaluating the importance of travel and tourism to Sandusky County’s economy,” said Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Peggy Courtney. “As you can see by these tourism stats, Sandusky County has experienced significant growth due to the impact of tourism. Tourism has a very real influence on the economy in our county and positively benefits all business segments and residents of our region.”

The data collected in the study was a joint effort between TourismOhio and Tourism Economics, a division of Oxford Economics.

For more info on the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau, visit or visit them on Facebook or Twitter.


Pemberville Library Friends planning Holiday Home Tour

Tickets are on sale now for the Friends of the Pemberville Library’s 25th Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2-7 p.m.



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