A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court for a former member of the Harris-Elmore Fire Department to enter a plea to a theft charge.
Ryan Watson, who was a chief of the department’s Emergency Medical Service division, is expected to enter a guilty plea of stealing funds from department organizations, said Mark Mulligan, county prosecutor.
Watson has agreed to make restitution of nearly $33,000 - an amount agreed upon by his attorney and fire department heads, according to Mulligan, who said Watson wasn’t actually indicted because of his cooperation with investigators.
Mulligan said he expects Watson to be sentenced within 30-45 days of the plea hearing.
Ottawa County seniors and other residents are invited to the 2nd Annual Senior Resources Open House & Health Fair Dec. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. at Senior Resources offices, located at 8200 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
The event will spotlight 24 senior service providers who are available to offer services to the seniors of Ottawa County. In addition, staff members will be available to explain the services offered by Senior Resources.
The event will also feature a “Chinese Auction,” with proceeds benefiting the Ottawa County Seniors’ Activities Committee.
For more information about the event or about Senior Resources, call 419-898-6459 or 877-898-6459.
After a one-year reprieve, the Elmore Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the 5th Annual “Holiday Express” Dec. 5.
To start things out, there will be a cookie/candy contest at The Gathering Place, located next to the Red White and Brew, 366 Rice St. The contest is open to adults and children ages 5 to 12 years of age. Contestants are asked to bring cookies of their choice (two and a half dozen) and/or candy (30 pieces) in non-returnable container, between 9 and 10:30 a.m. Closed judging will take place between 11 a.m. and approximately 2:45 p.m., at which time the cookies/candy will be taken to the Community Center for everyone to enjoy, along with coffee and hot chocolate.
Those attending will have the opportunity to choose their favorite goodies in a People’s Choice Award contest. Three adult and children’s winners will be chosen in both the cookie and candy contest.
Children must do 80 percent of the work in making their cookies/candy. Also, everyone is asked to bring two index cards (one with name address and phone number and name of cookie/candy. The second card should have cookie/candy name along with ingredients only. Do not put ingredient amounts and do not include your name on this card. Children need to have their age on first card, along with their name and address
The Community Center will open to the public at 3 p.m. with crafts for the children. At 4:15, p.m., there will be a magic show and at 5 p.m., Santa will arrive. He will not only be available to listen to kids’ wish lists, but will also read a story. In addition, Santa’s helpers will be taking photos of children.
Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. Any cookies or candy left at this time can be taken home for a donation of $2.50 per dozen.
For more information about the Holiday Express call Winnie Chasteen at 419-707-7972.
Magee Marsh events
The annual Wooden Feather Day will be held Nov. 29 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh, located at 13229 W. SR 2 near Oak Harbor.
There will be a warm fire, homemade cookies and a marsh walk at 1:30 p.m. Local carvers will also be on hand to answer questions about their craft.
The third annual Holiday Open House will be held at Bird Center Dec. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. During the event, regular merchandise will be 25 percent off at the Friends of Magee Marsh Gift Shop. Free gift-wrapping will also be available. Carvers, artists and other vendors will also be on hand with gift ideas. In addition there will be samples prepared from the Magee Marsh cookbook.
For more information, call 419-898-0960, ext. 31.
All area women are invited to attend the next luncheon sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection (formerly Christian Women’s Club) Dec. 10 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. for the “Peace on Earth” luncheon, which begins at noon.
Bonnie Williams, of the Apple Bottom Florist Shop in Oregon will demonstrate Christmas decorating ideas; holiday music will be provided by Jerry Warren, accompanied by Mary Mortimer on the keyboard. Speaker Terry Sevinsky, of Strongsville, O., will share how she’s “Proof Optimism is Alive and Well.” There will also be a visit from the “Christmas Elf” (Ginny Schlicher).
The price is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Caryl at 419-476-2604
H1N1 clinics set
The Sandusky County Health Department will hold H1N1 vaccination clinics Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Flower Building at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds in Fremont.
Clinic will not open until the scheduled start time. The health department notes that it has sufficient supply of vaccine for the duration of these clinics.
This clinic is only for those who fall into the priority groups set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health. These target groups include pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age; direct healthcare workers and emergency medical services personnel; persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old; and people ages 25 through 64 years of age who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.
Those children age 6 months through age 9 who received their first dose of H1N1 vaccine on or before Nov. 1 can receive their second dose at this clinic.
Individuals attending the clinics should dress in layers, with short sleeves available for ease of vaccination; there will be no privacy. There will be no cost for the vaccine.
For more information regarding the H1N1 influenza vaccination, call the health department at 419-334-6377.
Live in the House
The Sounds of Christmas will ring in the Pemberville Opera House when The Voices of Harmony bring their talents to the stage for the fourth show in the “Live in the House” concert Series Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
The chorus of the Northwest Ohio Chapter promises to entertain with men’s a cappella music, primarily in the barbershop style.
New shelter erected
A new picnic shelter has been erected at the Walter Avenue entrance to the North Coast Inland Trail in Fremont, the Sandusky County Park District has announced.
The Mosser Group, of Fremont, provided materials and labor as a community service project. The area will be known as “Mosser Group Park.”
The Mosser volunteers completed the 24 by 36-foot shelter house to celebrate their Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) heritage during National ESOP month, and as a benefit to the area community. The Mosser Group ESOP Trustees and ESOP Advisory Committee coordinated the efforts of the 35 owner/employees to construct the project.
The North Coast Inland Trail is one of 10 facilities managed by Sandusky County Park District. Access points are located in Clyde, Fremont, Lindsey and Elmore. Mosser Group Park and the bike trail are open daily, year-round. For more information, call 1-888-200-5577 or visit www.sanduskycountyparks.com.
The Sandusky County Park District Board of Commissioners has announced $30,000 in awards in the 2010 Local Park Capital Improvement Grant Program. Recipients include:
Fremont, $3,078 for a swing set; Gibsonburg, $3,930 for surfacing; Helena, $8,000 for playground equipment; Sandusky Township, $2,782 for a swing set; Woodville, $3,575 for surfacing and swing mats.
Requests are submitted annually in October and reviewed by a grant panel, which consists of park and recreation professionals from surrounding counties. Recommendations are then made to the park board based on criteria such as safety, maintenance history, population served, past performance on grant awards and willingness of project sponsor to share in costs. Payments will be made in March.
The program is open to any local political subdivision that provides outdoor recreation facilities. The park district also provides technical assistance to communities in areas of park planning, playground safety and programming. For more information, call 1-888-200-5577.
Dog license news
Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen, has announced that applications for 2010 dog registrations may be filed beginning Dec. 1.
Ohio law required that before Jan. 31 of each year, all owners of dogs 3 months of age or older shall be registered in the county in which the dog is kept. The information necessary for registration is age, sex, color, length of hair, whether spayed or neutered, breed of the dog, rabies information and the name, address and phone number of the owner.
A registration fee of $14 must be paid with the application for each dog registered. As a convenience, the auditor’s office mails renewal registration forms to owners of record. Owners who registered in 2009 through the Internet will receive a reminder e-mail.
Every owner of a kennel of dogs is also required to register annually by Jan. 31 and must pay an application fee of $70.
The penalty after Jan. 31 is the amount equal to the registration fee for each type of license. The auditor’s office will be accepting applications through Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.
Persons acquiring dogs after Jan. 31 have 30 days after the date of acquisition or the date that the dog reaches 3 months of age to register.
The 2010 dog registration may be filed by mail, in person, or on the Internet. When mailing the application, include the license fee, dog information (as stated above) and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the license. Licenses can be purchased in person at the Wood County Auditor’s office, second floor of the courthouse building between 8:30 and 4:30 Monday to Friday or at the Wood County Dog Shelter. Internet applications can be made at www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor and does require an additional $2 convenience fee per license.
For more information, call 419-354-9163.
Christmas in Wonderland
A variety of local artisans and crafters will join together at Mercy St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon for its holiday art and craft show, “Christmas in Wonderland,” Dec. 3 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital’s Oregon room.
The event will feature a wide selection of unique handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind creations, including holiday wreaths and trees, jewelry, floral designs, soaps, chocolates and baked goods, birdhouses, scarves and purses, gourmet dog treats and more.
The event is open to the public. Admission is free. For information, call the Mercy St. Charles Hospital Foundation at 419-696-7245 or visit ww.mercyweb.org/stcharlesfoundation.
Leaf collection schedule
The City of Oregon has announced the final leaf collection schedule.
Leaves must be bagged for garbage pick-up when the schedule ends. Bags should be limited to 40 pounds. The city suggests residents use leaves for compost and bedding for garden areas. No parking is permitted on streets during leaf pick-up in on days scheduled.
Area #2 (from the west side of Wheeling Street to the west city limits and from Navarre Avenue northerly to Seaman Road) –Nov. 30 or Dec.1.
Area #3 (from the east side of Wheeling Street to Coy Road – both sides – and Navarre Avenue northerly to the south side of Starr Avenue) – Dec. 2 or 3.
Area #4 (from the north side of Starr Avenue to Corduroy Road – both sides – and from the east side of Wheeling Street to Coy Road – both sides – Dec. 4 or 7.
Area #5 (Bay Shore Road – both sides – north to Maumee Bay from Alabama Street east, including South Shore Park south of Bay Shore Road) – Dec. 8 or 9.
Area #6 (all main roads and all other areas not included in areas 1 through 5) will be collected on an “as needed” basis through Dec. 11.
Visit www.ci.oregon.oh.us for daily schedule and changes. The leaf schedule is under “Public Service-Streets.” Anyone who would like leaves for mulch may call the Street Department at 419-698-7016.
The public’s access to Ohio’s Lake Erie coast was recently enhanced with the
acquisition of 25 parcels in Port Clinton. Combined, the Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve includes 12.04 acres of coastal wetlands and marsh, and a one-third mile sand beach shore.
The preserve is located north of East Perry Street (SR 163). The road is part of the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail of the National Scenic Byways Program; the land, part of the Atlantic and Mississippi flyways for migratory birds, is an Audubon Ohio Designated Important Bird Area.
“By preserving this waterfowl and bird habitat site, we have the opportunity to increase eco-tourism and create nearly a mile-long continuous stretch of Lake Erie public access by connecting Water Works Park on the west to Lakefront Park City Beach on the east,” said Port Clinton Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester.
Only 16 percent of Ohio’s 312-mile Lake Erie shore is publicly accessible. The acquisition increases Ohio’s publicly accessible coastal miles to 48.9 at 144 sites. Just as the preserve links land, the purchasing process brought together partners at the local, state and national level.
In 2006 the city of Port Clinton approached the Ohio Office of The Trust for Public Land (TPL) seeking assistance in acquiring the preserve properties. The city also applied for a grant from the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Office of Coastal Management. In Federal fiscal year 2007, the preserve’s acquisition was ranked 12 out of 59 projects competing nationally for CELCP funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
After three years of negotiations by the TPL, the Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve properties were purchased for just under $1.4 million. A CELCP grant provided slightly less than 50 percent of the funding and the rest came from the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Fund. The city of Port Clinton owns the property and Black Swamp Conservancy holds a conservation easement over the entire preserve, requiring that the land be maintained as a nature preserve forever.
“Lake Erie is a tremendous natural resource. The lake provides drinking water for millions of Ohioans and habitat for many species of fish, birds, animals and plants. Lake Erie also attracts thousands of visitors each year for boating, fishing, swimming and other recreational opportunities," said Kevin Joyce, executive director of Black Swamp Conservancy. "Our conservancy is extremely pleased to be able to partner with the city of Port Clinton, state of Ohio and The Trust for Public Land to protect the Lakefront Preserve in perpetuity for public use."
TPL would like to use this project’s success as an example to lead additional coastal communities to increase their public access.
“Because of the leadership and vision of community and political leaders, the Port Clinton lakeshore will be protected and enjoyed by the public. We are grateful to the state, the city of Port Clinton, and the Black Swamp Conservancy for working with TPL and the community to create a spectacular Lake Erie preserve,” said TPL Project Manager Neal Hess. “TPL is working with other community leaders to provide park land along Lake Erie, and the Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve is a significant success story representative of our commitment.”
The City of Port Clinton plans to seek additional grant funding for removal of invasive plants and improvements to coastal marsh habitat.
According to the ODNR Office of Coastal Management, the Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve acquisition brings the number of federal CELCP dollars secured by the state of Ohio to more than $16.8 million. The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program helps protect coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic value or that are threatened by conversion from a natural or recreational state to other uses. Learn more at: www.ohiodnr.com/coastal