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For the week of 4/13/09
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:39

Volunteers to be honored
More than 125 volunteers at Bay Park Community Hospital (BPCH) will be honored for the 21,460 hours they provided to thousands of area patients and families throughout 2008.

In celebration of National Volunteer Month, BPCH will honor their volunteers during a gala event April 22 at noon at Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon.

In addition, the top 20 hours awards, and for the eighth consecutive year, the Volunteer Hero Awards will be presented at the event. The Volunteer Hero Awards are presented to those who consistently provided outstanding, courteous and kind service to patients, visitors, physicians and staff.

The volunteer services department at BPCH supports the mission and values of the hospital by maintaining an outstanding volunteer staff whose services augment those of the paid staff. They come from various ages and wide range of careers.

Volunteers can be found within numerous areas of the hospital, such the Beacon Gift Shop, outpatient surgery, information desk, materials management, human resources, emergency center, central sterile services, and various other department-based positions.

Officers accepted
The Elmore Historical Society held its 29th annual Membership Banquet April 4 at the Elmore American Legion. Forty-three members and guests were present.

A distant relative of American author Mark Twain told stories and quips from his observations of our country. A slate of new officers were accepted, including President Lowell Krumnow; Vice President Nancy Pries; Winnie Chasteen, secretary; and Murlyn Schneider, treasurer.

The historical society received a $9,430 grant from Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca County Joint Solid Waste Management District to put a new recycled metal roof on the Heckman Log House.

For more information about the historical society or upcoming events, visit The next meeting will be held May 17 at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Volunteer Appreciation Night
The Volunteer Center Committee will hold its 8th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Night April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sandusky County Job and Family Services Building, 2511 Countryside Dr., in the Sandusky County Office Complex, Fremont.

Various agencies will take the opportunity to thank and recognize volunteers for their community service. Guest speaker will be author and artist Kelly Croy, from Oak Harbor.

For more information, or to respond to the mailed invitation, call Joyce Garvey at First Call for Help at 419-334-2720 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by April 16. Regrets need not call.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office 7th Annual Recognition Night was held March 26 at the Camp Perry Clubhouse.

The keynote speaker was Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. Master of ceremonies was Judge Kathleen Kiesler.

Honorees included:
Deputy Luis Gonzalez, member of the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department, who resides in Ottawa County;
Deputy Jody Royster and Sgt. Rob Hickman;
Lisa Sarty and Ottawa County Auditor Jodi Regal;
Agents Carl Rider, Donnie St. Clair and Det. Doug St. Clair;
Capt. Stephen Levorchick;
Deputy Gary Karr and Det. Kevin Meek.
Deputy Gary Karr.

Funding for the banquet was provided by private donations and corporate sponsors. “It is a time when our personnel are recognized for the outstanding work that is being done by the professional staff of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Robert L. Bratton said.


Mulligan appointed
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 26 March 2009 12:06

Susan Mulligan was appointed as the chairperson of the Ottawa County Democratic Central Committee at the Ottawa Democrats March monthly meeting.

Mulligan replaces outgoing chair Jodi Regal, who also currently serves as Ottawa County Auditor. Regal and Mulligan have served as officers of the Central Committee since 2006. Regal cited a recent increase in family responsibilities as her reason for giving up the post.

The Ottawa County Democratic Central and Executive Committees meet the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the activities room at the Riverview Nursing Home (just east of Oak Harbor on SR 105). Meetings are open to the public. Interested Democrats are encouraged to attend.

For more information on meeting dates, times and locations or other opportunities to work with the Democratic Party of Ottawa County, call Dan Laity at 419-862-3053

Thrivent approves activities
At a recent meeting of the Ottawa County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, five fund-raising activities of local organizations were approved for supplemental funds through Care Abounds in Communities, one of the community service activities of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The Ottawa County Horse Foundation will be hold a Little Caesar’s Pizza Sale March 31 and a Tack Sale/Lunch stand at the Carroll Twp. Complex April 19. Proceeds from both activities will be used to pay off the loan on the Wash Rack at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Elmore will host a pre-Lenten service perch dinner from 6 to7:15 p.m. All donations will be shared equally with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Sandusky County, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, MetroDetroit-Northwest Ohio Chapter.

A chicken Bar-B-Q will be held April 26 at the Community Market VFW Hall in Oak Harbor to benefit the Western Relay for Life teams of the American Cancer Society.

The Rocky Ridge Graytown Baseball Association will hold a Chicken Bar-B-Q May 16 at Graytown School. The funds raised are designated for field maintenance and purchase of shade covers for the dugout.

And on Nov. 7, a Sauerkraut Supper will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Elmore. Funds raised are designated to support The Lutheran Hour radio broadcast.


For the week of 3/16/09
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 12 March 2009 13:33

Membership banquet set
The Elmore Historical Society will hold its 29th annual membership banquet April 4 at 6 p.m. at the Elmore American Legion.

The guest speaker will be “Mark Twain”/Eric Rothsinger, from Van Wert. A dinner of ham and baked chicken will be served. Members are reminded to bring a guest and a door prize. Tickets are available at Rick’s 5 & 10 Antiques through 4:30 p.m. March 27.

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