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4-H Endowment Dinner
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Friday, 09 October 2009 12:15

The 16th Annual Ottawa County 4-H Dinner Auction will be held Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Camp Perry Club House.

The buffet meal will feature baked ham and honey roasted chicken plus accompaniments for $15. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a silent auction of items donated by a number of Ottawa County 4-H Clubs and area businesses. Among the grand auction prizes are five nights in a condo in Kissimmee, Fla., a hand-quilted Amish Quilt, 2010 OSU Football tickets, a crafted bench, an Ottawa County cotton throw and more.

The auction is the major 4-H fundraiser, which annually raises more than $10,000 for the Ottawa County 4-H Endowment Fund.

For tickets contact OSU Extension, Ottawa County at 898-3631.

Overmyer named Cooperator
The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District recognized LJ Overmyer, of Harris Township, as the 2009 “Cooperator of the Year.”

The award is presented based on conservation practices and a continuous demonstration of protecting natural resources.

He received the honor at the district’s 58th Annual Meeting and Banquet. In presenting the award, Rich Thorbahn, soil and water conservation district chairman, said, “LJ is one of those farmers who puts conservation on the land with extreme detail and promptness.”

Overmyer first visited the district office in 2006 with an interest in converting his 56 acres from cropland to grass and hay land for his 30 head of “Belted Galloway” beef cattle. Since that time, the district has written a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan; drawn up engineering plans for both a 45 x 80 beef cow manure storage facility for winter months and a 60 x 80 gravel heavy use are for winter confinement feeding. Most recently Overmyer has applied to build a 20 x 24 horse manure storage facility.

Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 13:36

Maurer selected
Steve Maurer was selected to serve as the State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Ohio. Maurer began his official duties Sept. 8.

Before being appointed as the SED, Maurer served as the chief of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). He currently resides in Bexley, with his wife, Amy and their three daughters.

Lucas SWCD meeting & dinner
The Lucas SWCD will hold its annual meeting Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at Olander Park Nederhouser Community Hall, 6930 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.

Guest speaker Steve Pollick, The Blade’s outdoor writer, will discuss “Going Wild - An experience of winter wilderness solitude in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”

One supervisor will be elected as we review the year’s events in pictures and present the 2008 Cooperator of the Year award. Call 419-893-1966 or check out for reservation form and candidate information. Hope to see you there!

Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 24 September 2009 14:42

Deadline nearing
The Oct. 2 deadline is approaching for the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District’s fish sale.

Fish are supplied by Fender’s Fish Hatchery, Baltic, Ohio. Fish available include bluegill, channel catfish, fathead minnows, largemouth bass, redear sunfish and white amur. The tank truck will distribute orders Oct. 8.

All fish must be pre-ordered and pre-paid. To obtain an order form, call 419-898-1595 or visit the office at 240 W. Lake St., Oak Harbor.

Autumn gardening workshop
The 577 Foundation, located at 577 East Front St. in Perrysburg, will be holding an Autumn Gardening Workshop Oct. 4, 2-4 p.m.

Come to class prepared to go outside and take home some bulbs. The workshop, which is open to the public, will be led by 577 Foundation horticulturalist Vicki Gallagher.

The fee is $10 per person. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 419-874-4174 or visit

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