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Eagle Scout building Harbor View Historical Society library
Construction on a new library for The Harbor View Historical Museum began July 28. The work is being done as part of a Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout Project.

Eric Oatis, 16, the son of Dr. Paul and Beverly Oatis, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 104 from St. Joseph Church in Maumee. In order to receive his Eagle Scout award Eric must complete a community service project.

“Eric has agreed to build a library for the Harbor View Historical Museum as his Eagle Scout Community Service Project,” said Michael Joseph, Harbor View Historical Society spokesperson. “Eric will get help from the Professional Remodelers Organization (PRO), formerly known as the Toledo Home Remodelers Association; U.S. Navy personnel from Navy Operation Support Center in Perrysburg; fellow Boy Scouts and other volunteers. After construction is completed, the library will house some 500 books that Eric has collected for the library project.”

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Boy Scouts work on Harbor View Historical Society
project. Eric Oatis(right), 16, is going for his Eagle
Scout Award by collecting books for the free library.
To help, go to his Facebook page. Helping is Tristan
Hoffman, who also did an Eagle Scout Project in
Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Matt Zaleski/VP Marketing)

David Rumpf, contractor and the 2012 President of the Professional Remodelers Organization Board of Trustees; Dr. Gary L. Cashin and private individuals have made financial contributions for materials needed for the library project.

Joseph said the project will be done in phases and construction of the library project should be completed in about a month.

“The Free Library Project is vital to our continued development of the Harbor View Historical Society and Museum,” Joseph said. “Eric Oatis has our deepest appreciation for undertaking this as his Eagle Scout Community Project. Once completed, it will help serve as a Free Library for several hundred residents in the Harbor View neighborhood of Oregon. His effort will have an impact for years to come.”

The Harbor View Historical Museum is located at 2083 Autokee St., off of Bay Shore Road, in Oregon. It is located in the former Harbor View Missionary Baptist Church. Over the past year, volunteers have started working to convert the former church into the new home of the historical society. The process is ongoing.


LHS names executive director
Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) announces the promotion of Steve Plottner to Executive Director for LHS Family & Youth Services, the organization’s ministry that specializes in the care and treatment of seriously emotionally disturbed, high-risk, multi-need children and youth.

Plottner has served LHS Family & Youth Services since 1991, initially as a Placement Coordinator and then as Assistant Director. He graduated from Malone College in Canton, Ohio, in 1980 and attended Ashland Seminary. Prior to joining LHS, he served as publisher at SMS Publications in Evanston, Ill.

Plottner is the former mayor of Marblehead, and served as president pro tem of council for four years.

Currently, he is president of the Ohio Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals, Inc., a statewide association comprised of those involved in the care and treatment of children, youth and families in foster homes, therapeutic foster homes, group homes, residential centers, detention facilities, and hospitals throughout Ohio. Prior to becoming President, he served on the board of the association for 18 years.  He also chairs the Residential Treatment Advisory Committee of the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies and has done so the past four years. 


Campaign successful
The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit completed its Christmas in July campaign July 27 to 29. The staff and volunteers at the ringing sites at Kroger, Community Market and Jet Express made this campaign a success by helping to raise $2,013.97.

Catawba Moorings (Dockers with Donations), collected three heaping shopping carts full of non-perishable items, along with $1,020 in their kettle.

“The Port Clinton Service Unit is proud to serve our local community and appreciates the wonderful response by our residents and ‘weekend locals’ with going above and beyond to help,” said Maureen Saponari, director of the Port Clinton Service Unit.

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