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Carson’s Crew fundraiser
It was just after his birth that doctors diagnosed baby Carson Slates with Cystic Fibrosis (CF).  After an extended stay in the St. Vincent’s NICU, Carson finally was able to join his parents Amy and Kevin at home in Elmore.

Since that time, his parents, family members and friends – known as “Carson’s Crew” – have become committed to helping find a cure for the devastating disease, a genetic disease affecting some 30,000 children and young adults in America.

There are more than 150 families in the Toledo area alone that are affected by the disease. CF causes chronic and life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. Currently there is no cure. The life expectancy for those with CF is 36 years. Some live longer, others less. 

Now almost 2, Carson looks healthy, but he continues to fight the disease daily by taking an arsenal of medications that sustain his life. And just recently, the Slates learned that their newborn Kennedy also has the disease.

On Sept. 12, Carson’s Crew will hold a Reverse Raffle Charity Event to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event, which will be held at St. George Cathedral in Rossford, will include a reverse raffle with a grand prize of $2,500, silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and more. Tickets, which are $50 for two, include dinner. For tickets or more information about the charity event, call Kevin at 419-367-6165.  More information is also available at

Those who cannot attend but would like to help in the fight may send donations to Carson’s Crew, c/o Amy and Kevin Slates, PO BOX 222, Elmore, Ohio 43416. Checks should be made payable to Carson’s Crew.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the CF Foundation. Event organizers note that CFF has received recognition in Smart Money Magazine as the leader among US Health/Research charities for keeping administrative cost to a minimum while maximizing funds for medical programs. More than 90 cents for every dollar raised is available for investment in CF programs.

For more information about CF, visit

Grub & Suds returns
The 13th annual Grub and Suds will return to Elmore Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The festival will include motorcycles, bike games, a poker run, food, music, beer and more.

A.B.A.T.E. of Ohio Region #7 and the Elmore Historical Society are co-sponsoring the event.

Bands scheduled to perform are Tim Erickson 12 to 3 p.m. and the Harley Packer Band 5 to 8 p.m.. Event bands will be $14 for adults and $7 for children under 12.

The next meeting of the Elmore Historical Society will be held Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Barn/Museum. Anyone interested in getting involved is invited to come with ideas and a willingness to help in the area of their expertise.

Oral history workshop
The Ottawa County Historical Society and Ottawa County Historical Museum are offering an oral history workshop series that includes three two-hour afternoon sessions Sept. 15, Oct. 13 and Nov. 17 at the Ida Rupp Library in Port Clinton.

The workshop is designed for individuals with an interest in talking to people about Ottawa County and local history stories. The program will introduce the oral history process from interview techniques through transcription and publication.

The first session, “Getting the Interview,” will be held Sept. 15. Session Two, “Transcribing the Interview,” will be held Oct. 13; Session Three, “Publishing and Sharing Interviews,” will be offered Nov. 17.Workshop coordinators include Peggy Debien, Nancy Dunham, Janet Stephenson and committee members of Ottawa County: On PAGE&STAGE. The workshop is free to OCHS members. For nonmembers, a $5 registration fee per session will be applied toward the cost of OCHS annual membership ($25).

Participation in all three sessions is strongly recommended. Registration limited to 12 participants. Reservations are required by Sept. 8 by calling Nancy Dunham at 419-797-2244.  

Pastor installed
Pastor Shawn O’Brien was installed as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Williston,  Aug. 23.

Presiding over the installation was Rev. Dennis Maurer, assistant to the bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Several area Lutheran pastors also attended the service, including St. John’s interim pastor James VanBrussel, who shepherded the church through two years of searching for a new pastor.

Pastor O’Brien comes to Williston from Miamisburg, Ohio, a small town/suburb south of Dayton where he has served as pastor for eight years. His first call was to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Crestview Hills, Ky., where he served as an assistant pastor and director of youth ministries. He and his wife Megan. a middle school teacher who is currently taking time off to be a stay-at-home mom, will celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary this fall. They have two sons, Aidan who is 4, and Shane who is 2.




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