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Celebrating 75 years
It was 1934 when 27 local women interested in beautifying the community joined together to form the Woodville Garden Club. Seventy-five years later, their mission continues.

Each spring, Garden Club members take on the job of filling the urns at Trail Marker Park with greenery. They also fill the Main Street planter, which they built.

The club will mark the anniversary with a luncheon. 

Celebrating a century
Marie Quirk, a resident at Riverview HealthCare in Oak Harbor, was recently honored for her 100th birthday with a tree-planting ceremony on attended by family, friends and Ottawa County Commissioner Steve Arndt, who read a proclamation declaring May 21 as “Marie Quirk Day” in the county.

Born May 21, 1909 in Coshocton County, Ohio, Marie Amore was the third of seven children born to Lloyd and Ella (House) Amore. After graduating from high school in 1927, she attended the Salvation Army Training College in Bronx, N.Y., graduating in 1929. She had numerous appointments throughout the Northeastern Territory, including in and around Philadelphia, Pa., where she met and married Robert Wirkley, who was also a Salvation Army officer. They settled in Philadelphia and had one child, a daughter, Joan.

Marie eventually left the Salvation Army as a field time officer and had such jobs as executive secretary at the Salvation Army Headquarters in Philadelphia and later worked at a real estate firm. Robert died in 1968 after they were apart for a number of years.

In 1972, she married William Quirk, who had been also been a Salvation Army officer. They enjoyed a 10 years together. Marie moved back to Ohio in 1984 after Bill’s death, starting out in Sandusky and ending up in the Port Clinton area.

She has one daughter, Joan Nelson of Port Clinton; four grandchildren, Wendy Brown of Genoa, Holly Sebring of Toledo, Aaron Nelson of Port Clinton and David Nelson of Columbus. She also has eight great-grandchildren, Alexander, Quentin, Anya and Laini Brown of Genoa; Hannah, Noah and Nolan Nelson of Fremont; and Gracen Sebring of Toledo.

Clay Class of ’49 reunion
The Clay High School class of 1949 will hold a 60-year reunion June 27 from 3 to 9 p.m. at The Clubhouse at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd.

To date, 52 persons, including spouses, have made reservations. Class members living in Florida, Michigan, Montana, Alabama, and Tennessee are planning to attend, organizers said.

For information call George Ackerman at 419-697-1709 or 419-836-7735.

Co-chairs named

Steve and Megan Lovitt, general managers/owners of the Gem Beach Marina, will serve as the co-chairs for United Way in Ottawa County’s 2009 United Way campaign.

The couple were first introduced to United Way last year while planning the Gem Beach Rock ‘n Roll Reunion, and they quickly embraced the mission and work of the organization.

Like last year, the centerpiece of the campaign will be the event at Gem Beach. This year, plans are already under way for the August 15 Gem Beach Rocks… Again.

Also coming up is the Lagoon Saloon Rocks the Dock event June 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. The event will include live music, pizza, and cold brews at Lagoon Saloon, 3131 W. Wayne Rd. in Port Clinton on Nugent’s Canal. All proceeds benefit United Way in Ottawa County.

Learn more about United Way and the campaign at

Log house gets new roof
Early this year, the Elmore Historical Society submitted an application for an 80/20 grant from the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District early this year for funds to replace the roof on the Heckman Log House.

The grant was written by Rick Claar, based on information provided by Bill Floro. The application was approved in April and a grant totaling $9,430 was awarded. Funds were used to replace the 25-year-old wooden roof shingles on the Heckman Log House. The society has adopted a recycled “green” technology to the 1840’s-era log house, opting to use a roofing product made of recycled plastic material made to look like wood shaker shingles.




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