Food preservation meeting
Those interested in learning how to preserve fresh foods at home are invited to join the Ohio Farm Bureau for a live online meeting July 16 at 7 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by July 15. To register, visit OurOhio.org and click “Food Preservation Web Meeting.”
“People want to preserve the excess food from their garden to enjoy year-round,” said Janet Cassidy, OFBF senior director of marketing and communications. “Meeting attendees will learn how to use water bath canning and freezing techniques.”
Cassidy will be joined by Linnette Goard, food specialist in food safety, Ohio State University Extension. Participants can submit questions before and during the event.
For more information about the OFBF, or to join, visit GrowWith FB.org.
Jr. Fair Livestock Sale
The 2013 Ottawa County Jr. Fair Livestock Sale will be held Friday, July 19 starting at 9 a.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 SR 163, Oak Harbor.
Among the youths participating in the sale will be 15-year-old Rebecca Giesler, who will be selling her dairy beef feeder. Giesler, a sophomore at Woodmore High School, has been a part of 4-H and a member of the Carroll-n-Company 4-H Club since the third grade.
Those who are not able to make the sale but would like to support the Ottawa County 4-H youth may make a donation to the Buyers Club, which will raise the premium bids for the youths participating.
For more information or to make a donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mike Stone at 419-898-3411.
Rain barrel sale
The Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District is offering 55-gallon rain barrels for sale for a special price of $50.
Rain barrels provide numerous benefits to homeowners as well as the environment. They reduce runoff into waterways, help keep yards and basements from flooding, and provide a naturally soft source of water devoid of chlorine and chemicals that are found in city water.
Call the Ottawa SWCD at 419-898-1595 for more information.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced more than $14.7 million will be awarded to 23 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program in 2013, with more than $900,000 going to the Service’s Midwest Region.
Using a $533,315 grant, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft plans to install one new pumpout facility at the West Harbor Marina in Ottawa County along Lake Erie and a new pumpout and one floating restroom at the Cincinnati Transient Marina in Hamilton County along the Ohio River.