Leadership Ottawa County class meets.
Agriculture and natural resources were the first topics for the 2013-14 Leadership Ottawa County class – a nine-month leadership development program for young professionals.
On Sept. 11, the group visited the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge where Doug Brewer, refuge manager, talked about the variety of wildlife, wetland conservation and water quality and the impact of bird watching on the local economy.
Jamie Coleman, a community outreach specialist with the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste Management District, discussed the agency’s efforts to reduce solid waste through recycling programs for glass, metals and plastics.
At Moore Orchards, the group heard about the apple business from owner Jim Moore and then enjoyed a hayride along the dikes of Moore Beef and Hay Farm, owned by John and Connie Moore.
At the county’s agricultural complex in Oak Harbor, Sea Grant extension educator Tory Gabriel explained the importance of Lake Erie’s tourism and fishing industries to the local economy.
Members of the group and their sponsors include Diane Ball, OSS Solid Waste District; Kathy Berger, Terra State Community College; Laurie Cleaver, Ottawa County Transportation Agency; Kathy Dale, Danbury Township; Steve Hall, FirstEnergy; Steve Lange, Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer’s Office, Dawn Segaard, Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Vern Shepherd, Lakeside United Methodist Church; Amy Simkus, Stein Hospice; Becky Simpson, Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District; Kristen Trammel, Otterbein North Shore, and Andrew Wells, Kroger.
The group is scheduled to meet Oct. 9 with county officials at the courthouse in Port Clinton.
CASA volunteers honored
The Ottawa County Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA) recently honored its volunteers at a reception at the home of board member Linda O’Brian and her husband, Wade.
CASA volunteers act as advocates for children in the court system due to abuse, neglect and dependency. They are trained as fact finders who provide accurate, unbiased information to the court and advocate on behalf of the children’s best interests.
Special recognition was given to several volunteers for outstanding service and dedication, including JoAnn Behlke, of Marblehead, who received the Esther W. Sutton Volunteer of the Year Award and Kathy Ohlemacher, of Oak Harbor, who received the Rising Star Award.
A new class of volunteers is currently forming. For more information on volunteer opportunities, call 419-301-0225.