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Public hearing


        Oregon City Council will conduct a public hearing at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 in council chambers at 5330 Seaman Road for a Special Use Exception.

        Council will review Application SUE-155-18 for a Special Use in an R-1 Low Density Residential Zoning District for the purpose of raising livestock. The applicant/owner is Joseph Hemminger. The property is located at 647 North Stadium Road.

Wreaths Across America

        Wreaths Across America is collecting donations to help place wreaths on the graves of local veterans buried in Union Cemetery in Oak Harbor. Wreaths will be placed at a ceremony Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.

        The cost of a wreath is $15. For every two wreaths purchased, Wreaths Across America will buy a third.

        Checks may be made payable to Wreaths Across America, c/o Sara Toris, 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, OH 43449

        Call 419-898-2089 for more info.

WBGU announces

frequency change

        WBGU-TV is moving its broadcast frequency beginning at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27.

        Viewers who watch using an over-the-air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue accessing the station. Previously, the station had indicated that it would be moving its channel number, however, it still will appear as Channel 27.

        Rescanning is simply using the TV remote to scan/find all the available channels in the area. Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch WBGU-TV via cable or satellite (DISH Network, DIRECTTV, Spectrum, etc.) do not need to rescan, said Anthony Short, WBGU-TV co-general manager.

        The frequency move is a result of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2016 incentive auction. While Bowling Green State University, WBGU-TV’s licensee, voluntarily withdrew from the auction in 2017, the FCC is requiring WBGU-TV and nearly 1,000 others across the country to move as part of a “repacking process.” This process is designed to free up spectrum space to improve wireless broadband connectivity in the United States. The FCC is funding any equipment or technical services needed for stations to move their frequencies.

        “We’ve been a part of the community since 1964, and we know that the viewers in our 19-county area rely on us for the best in local public television and national PBS programming,” said Tina Simon, WBGU-TV co-general manager. “Our goal is to make the transition as easy as possible for viewers so they can continue to watch shows they love like The Journal, BGSU Brain Game, PBS NewsHour or Antiques Roadshow.”

        Short added, another bonus to rescanning is that viewers may discover other channels in their lineup that they didn’t know were missing.

        WBGU-TV also will continue to air its two sub-channels – Encore (27.1) and Create (27.2). Encore offers re-broadcasts of PBS and programming and airs the Ohio Government Channel (OGT). Create features how-to-programs on topics including cooking, woodworking, sewing, crafting and gardening.

        To rescan, viewers should follow these general steps. However, given the variety of television brands and remotes, it may be necessary to consult the owner’s manual for the television or converter box.

        Go to menu or home on the remote.

        Go to channels or settings – channels;

        Select one of the following: Auto scan, auto search, auto program, channel search or discover.

        Scanning should begin and will take several minutes. Once the scan is complete, WBGU-TV should appear in the channel listing.

        WBGU-TV is providing additional information about the rescan process on its website and social media accounts. For more information, visit or the National Association of Broadcasters’ website at

        WBGU-TV 27 is a PBS affiliate and partner of Bowling Green State University serving a 19-county region with award-winning programming and educational resources. For more information, visit

Food bank benefit

        A Holiday Season kick-off to support the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at Cleland’s Outdoor World, 10306 Airport Highway, Swanton.

        Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., those who bring two non-perishable food items for donation to the Food Bank will get a change to go into the pistol range and participate in a Michigan vs. Ohio State shooting contest. The winner will receive a free pistol range membership.


Gardner re-elected

as majority leader

        State Senator Randy Gardner was unanimously re-elected to another two-year term Wednesday as Senate Majority Leader.

     Gardner was elected by the Senate Republican Caucus, which convened Wednesday at the Statehouse to elect its leadership team for the 2019-2020 legislative session.   Others elected to the Senate leadership team include Senator Larry Obhof of Medina as President of the Senate, Bob Peterson of Sabina as President Pro Tem, and Matt Huffman of Lima as the new Majority Whip.

     Gardner has held seven leadership positions in the House and Senate during his service in the General Assembly and has served for 19 years in elected leadership, the most of any Republican member of the legislature in Ohio history.


Budget hearings

        The Ottawa County commissioners will meet Nov. 16 and 19 in special session to discuss department budget requests for 2019.

        The sessions start at 9 a.m.

        A list of the hearing times is available at the commissioners’ web page,

Lost Bay Found

Aimee Arent, Executive Director, 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 is comprised of sixteen acres of predominantly marshland recently purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 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, extension 13.



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