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GenoaBank says its 20th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing was again a success this year, and not just for golfer Robert Robinson, who used a 3-wood to ace the 231-yard, par four, No. 5 at Oak Harbor Golf Club.

The annual golf scramble provides scholarships to local students planning to major in business at a two or four-year college or university of their choice.
This year the money collected will benefit students from these schools — Cardinal Stritch, Clay, Danbury, Genoa, Lake, Maumee, Northwood, Sylvania Northview, Oak Harbor, Perrysburg, Port Clinton, Put-in-Bay, Rossford, Sylvania Southview, Waite and Woodmore.

Rich Farmer has informed the board of Fremont Motorsports Park LLC that he is ending his tenure as promoter of Fremont Speedway.

Farmer has been the man in charge of Fremont Speedway for years. The track, which Farmer sold to the Sandusky County Fair Agricultural Society last year, plays host to weekly 410 and 305 sprint car racing as well as dirt trucks and late models.

The Ohio History Connection is sponsoring a statewide event called "Ohio Open Doors" where building and landmark operators open their doors to the public for special tours and programs. The purpose is to honor the history, design and stories of the local area helping to promote, educate and inspire pride in Ohio's amazing heritage.

Fourteen organizations and individuals have opened their doors to share the fascinating history of the County. All events are free and open to the public. Come and celebrate Ottawa County's wonderful heritage.


Saturday, September 8

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - OSU Stone Lab Open House: Gibraltar Island. Tour Stone Laboratory, view Cooke Castle, lectures and laboratory sessions and more. Free transportation to Gibraltar from Ohio State University's AVC on South Bass Island (last boat to Gibraltar 3:30 p.m.). See website for full details (

• 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lake Erie Islands Historical Society: Tour recently updated museum. Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, 443 Catawba (next to Town Hall; behind Brewery). Tour the recently updated museum. New exhibits on the history of Put-in-Bay and the Islands.

• 1-4 p.m. Carroll Township Museum: Tour and Early Photo Collection Exhibit, Carroll Township Museum, 1880 West Toussaint East Rd., Oak Harbor. Tour museum and view exhibit of glass plate photo collection of Nina Williams, an early postal clerk in the Township.


Tuesday, Sept. 11

•4-6 p.m.: Oak Harbor Public Library: Oak Harbor Walking Tour, Oak Harbor Public Library, 147 Main Street, Oak Harbor. Local historians Dick Martin and John Liske will guide participants through downtown Oak Harbor. As  guides, they will share the stories of the past and you will be able to visualize what was, while seeing the present buildings. They will have historical pictures of downtown Oak Harbor with them to share. For tour, meet inside the Library at the Reading area. In case of inclement weather, a  presentation will be provided in the Local History Museum & Center, lower level of the Library.


Wednesday, Sept. 12

• 10 a.m.-12 noon: Catawba Island Historical Society: History in Union Chapel, Catawba Island Historical Society Museum/Cultural Center, 5258 E. Porter St, Catawba. Tour the new museum at Union Chapel, a renovated non-denominational church built in 1888. Explore the inaugural exhibit on the history of ice harvesting.

• Noon-4 p.m.:  Ottawa County Museum: Back To School In History, Ottawa County Museum, 126 West 3rd St., Port Clinton. Celebrate the beginning of the school year with an exhibit of school memorabilia, Revistas, school senior portraits from the 1930s and 1940s saved from the old high school, and discussions with curator and volunteers.

• 2-4 p.m.: Ottawa County Historical Society: Union Center School, 1672 Muddy Creek N. Rd., Oak Harbor. Guided tour of a one-room schoolhouse. The school operated from 1899 to 1934. After being closed, the property was purchased by Theodore Witt. Grandson, Norm, restored the building and the interior furnishings will take visitors back to those early rural one-room school days.

• 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Harris-Elmore Public Library: Elmore Manufacturing Company, Harris-Elmore Library, 328 Toledo St., Elmore. Presentation on the history of the Elmore Manufacturing Company including the Elmore Roadster bicycle and the Elmore Car. On display, 1903-04 Elmore Car.


Friday, Sept. 14

• 10 a.m-12 noon: Lakeside Heritage Society: Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua, Third & Walnut, Lakeside - guided tour and open exhibit to celebrate Hoover's 90th year.


• 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Oak Harbor Public Library: Local History & Museum Center Open House, Oak Harbor Public Library-Lower Level, 147 W. Main St, Oak Harbor - tour the Museum and learn what Oak Harbor history materials are on file. Also showing a video produced by Clint Fehlhaber of 1949/50 downtown stores.

• 2-4 p.m.: County Commissioners: Ottawa County Courthouse, 315 Madison St., Port Clinton - guided tours of interior and exterior of courthouse.


Saturday, September 15

• 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Johnson's Island Preservation Society: Confederate Civil War Prison Cemetery, Gaydos Drive, south off Bayshore Road (Route 163), Marblehead - guided tour of cemetery.

• 2:30-3:30 p.m. Ottawa County Historical Society: Skirmish On The Peninsula, Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 Bayshore Road, Marblehead - Presentation on the first fighting in the War of 1812 in Ohio on Danbury's Peninsula on Lake Erie shoreline including video showing of Skirmish On The Peninsula produced in 2012 as part of the Bi-Centennial commemorative celebration.


Sunday, Sept. 16

•12 noon-4 p.m.: Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy: Port Clinton Lighthouse Tour, 205 East Perry St., Port Clinton. Tour the last timber frame pier head lighthouse on Lake Erie.



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