Nearly four dozen Ottawa County Historical Society members, friends and guests gathered at the Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 Bayshore Rd. in Marblehead Aug. 25 for their annual potluck picnic.
The occasion marked the debut of a new book written and read for the crowd by member and former elementary school teacher Nel Adcock, from Lakeside.
The event was also the public debut of the refurbished fireplace oven. OCHS President Paul Moon displayed two sets of maple sugar molds and a clay pipe holder that would have been hung on the wall of a tavern. Visitors would sit around the fire and smoke and share the news of the day with other travelers. The pieces were donated by the Rev. Bob and Ann Butcher.
The regular season of open houses ends Sept. 3, but the house will be open Saturday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Oct. 9 for the Lighthouse Festival.
The Keeper’s House is a project of the OCHS, which purchased it in 1989 and has restored and maintained the house and grounds through donations, grants and fundraising. Learn more about the society at www.thekeepershouse.org
25th chicken barbecue held
More than 1,000 people attended Otterbein Portage Valley’s 25th Annual Chicken Barbeque held Aug. 29 in Pemberville.
Those attending enjoyed a barbeque chicken dinner prepared by Luckey American Legion Post #240 and entertainment by Rex Myers and his band, The Ramblin’ Man Band. As an added treat, a local group, The Hot Flashes, entertained with their a capella doo-wop stroll down memory lane. In addition, area craftspeople sold quilts, homemade wooden toys, handmade note cards, paintings and more and the wellness fair offered useful information about health, wellness and personal safety.
The Portage Valley Auxiliary offered a nice selection of pies from blackberry and peach to strawberry-banana-pineapple and apple crumb.
People from as far away as Cincinnati and Michigan toured the new two-bedroom villa models and one-bedroom apartments.
Waite reunion planned
The Waite High School class of 1950 will hold a 60th class reunion Oct. 9. For more information, call Bill at 419-693-6038.
Children’s Home reunion
Alumni of the former Lucas County Children’s Home are seeking former residents and staff members of the orphanage to attend the institution’s third annual reunion Sept. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Wolcott House, 1031 River Rd., Maumee.
The affair will be open to anyone with a connection to the home. Activities will include an opportunity to view a display of photographs and artifacts from the orphanage. Refreshments will be provided by the Maumee Valley Historical Society.
Farewell to Libbey
Alumni of Edward Drummond Libbey High School are planning a “Farewell to Libbey” celebration Sept. 25 from noon to 5 p.m.
The final “Cowboy Roundup” will be held at Libbey, 1250 Western Ave. Festivities will include food, a pick-up Libbey-Scott alumni basketball game in the Field House, a sock hop in the small gym, tours of the building, time to meet and reminisce, and a chance to wander Libbey’s halls one more time.
Tickets are $5 and are available through Sept. 21 by calling William or Trish Ellis at 419-255-0433 or Francine Coogler Boyd at 419-250-0491. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Anyone wishing to work on the event can attend weekly planning meetings Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Mott Branch Library. Call Gayle Schaber at 419-671-8250.
Moldovian leaders visit
Six Moldovian leaders participating in the Open World program will spend Sept. 10-18 in Northwest Ohio examining “Accountable Governance-Local Governments.”
Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center, Open World is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region.
Visiting delegates include Constantin Cojacari, mayor of Edinet; Mihail Alexandru Mirzenco, mayor of Meteeuti; Igor Ion Oboroc, mayor of Grinauti Village; Ion Vasile Leuca, city councilman for the Glondeni District; and Angela Alexandru Rusnac, elected member of Soroca District Council and Chief of Staff for the Soroca District Hospital. Irina Vladimir Apostol, from Chisinau will accompany the group as facilitator.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will welcome the delegation Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Maumee Firehouse, 450 Dussel Dr., Maumee.
Church Women plan trip
Church Women United of Ottawa County will make a trip to Christian Resources International headquarters in Fowlerville, Mich. Sept. 13.
Group members will be delivering books collected through the Keep Your Books Alive (KYBA) program. Books will be directed to missionary areas in foreign countries.
A caravan of cars will leave Elmore at 8 a.m. for the book-delivery trip. Anyone interested is invited to come along and bring any Bibles, religious books, educational material and children’s books for donation. All participants will also receive a tour of the site. Lunch is planned for somewhere along the way.
Call Kathy at 419-607-0161 or Karen at 419-265-4584 for more information.
Aldrich named director
Food For Thought, a local nonprofit provider of food to the area’s impoverished, has appointed Amanda Aldrich as executive director effective Sept. 1. She replaces the current executive director, Tana Schiewer.
Aldrich has volunteered as the organization’s marketing director for the past year. Through this position, she has maintained the nonprofit’s website, written and dispersed press releases, developed social media efforts and networked with local businesses.
As a member of the board of directors, she has played an integral part in directing marketing endeavors and increasing awareness of the organization.
Aldrich graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts Individualized Degree with a focus on Culture and Diversity. Her experience includes employment with the marketing and communications firm, Hart Associates.