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Republican luncheon

The Ottawa County Republican Party will host a Mother’s Day Luncheon, Fashion Show and Fundraiser Saturday, May 10 at the Catawba Island Club.

The event will include food, fashions, jewelry, raffles and a silent auction.

Admission is open to the public. Tickets are $40 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations, call Renee Claycomb at 419-960-7371. Visit for more information. Proceeds raised will benefit the Ottawa County Republican Party.

Community cleanup

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Community Cleanup Day May 3 from 9-11 a.m.

Service clubs, youth groups, church groups and individuals are invited to help clean up downtown Oak Harbor. Those interested in helping should meet in back of Community Markets parking lot at 9 a.m.

For more information, call 419-898-0479.

Safety Council meeting

The Ottawa County Safety Council’s monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, April 16 at the Catawba Island Club.

The meeting will also serve as the council’s CEO Event. In addition, Bernadette Delgado, Toledo Service Office Manager, will present the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Safety Council Awards to council members, and speaker Jennifer Oiler, of Comp Management Health Systems, Inc., will discuss “The Aging Workforce.”

Breakfast and networking will be held from 8-8:30 a.m. Awards presentation and guest speaker will begin at 8:30 a.m.

RSVP on or before April 11 to Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242.

Cedar Point jobs

Cedar Point is looking for more than 5,000 fun, enthusiastic people of all ages who want to work at the park this summer.

More than 70 different types of jobs are available, including positions in rides, food services, games, merchandise, accommodations, marketing, maintenance, safety, security and more.

Interviews will be held Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay indoor waterpark/resort, 2001 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky.

Cedar Point employees enjoy a variety of benefits including free admission into Cedar Point and Soak City all summer long; low-cost employee housing (if qualified); employee appreciation events; a rec center and more. Several paid internships are also available for college credit.

Applications are available online at

Easter Egg Hunt

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 12 and younger April 12 at 2 p.m.

Participants will begin downtown and then proceed to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street, where children can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, take photos with the Easter Bunny and have a chance to win one of the chamber’s special Golden Egg baskets.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the chamber at 419-898-0479.

Paint Away Polio

The Oregon-Northwood Rotary Club will present “Paint Away Polio,” a fundraiser to End Polio Now, April 12 from 6-10:30 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman St., Oregon.

Participants are invited to enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while working on their own masterpieces. The cost is $55 per ticket, which includes instructions by Uncork The Artist, art supplies, hors d’oeuvres and wine ticket. No painting talent or experience is necessary; instructors will offer step-by-step guidance.

Admission is open to those 21 and older; outside alcohol is not permitted. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are available by advance purchase only. Spaces are limited. Those who are unable to attend the event may support the fight to help end polio by making a monetary donation or a raffle prize. For tickets or to arrange donation pick-up, contact Melinda Ciesielczyk at 419-720-0085 or; Sarah Beavers at 419-693-5580 or or Danielle Addison at 419-693-9000 or

After nearly 30 years, and after immunizing more than 2 billion children against polio, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of making history. When Rotary began the fight in 1985, polio affected 350,000 people, mostly children, in 125 countries every year. Since then, polio has been reduced by more than 99 percent. Fewer than 700 new cases were reported in 2011, and the wild poliovirus today is confined to isolated pockets in only three countries.

For more information about the “End Polio Now” initiative, visit

Women’s Connection

All area women are invited to attend the “Let’s Get Physical” program and luncheon sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, April 10 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the luncheon and program, which will include demonstrations of yoga and chair movements for all ages by Jen McCullough, of Ottawa Hills. In addition, Donna Miller, of Fremont, will sing and play guitar and speaker Jon Page, from Bargersville, Ind., will present, “A Humanist – So What?”

The price is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.


James M. Walton, 55, of 603 W. Fourth St., Genoa, was indicted by the Ottawa County Grand Jury on one count of Theft, a felony of the fourth degree, after he allegedly received more than $7,500 in unemployment benefits while he was employed in 2012 and 2013.

Joshua J. Jeffers, 31, of 808 Delaware Lane, Port Clinton, was also charged with one felony count of Theft for receiving more than $1,000 in unemployment benefits while working in 2013.

An indictment is a formal charge filed with the Common Pleas Court and is not indicative of a defendant’s guilt or innocence, Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan said.

Health & Safety Fair

A Health and Safety Fair for Seniors and Caregivers will be held Thursday, April 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the St. Rose School gymnasium, 215 E. Front St. (behind St. Rose Parish), Perrysburg.

Speakers will discuss a variety of topics including “Brain Health & Music,” “What is Probate?” and “Chiropractic Care for Seniors,” at seminars set for every half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a number of informational booths available. Light breakfast and lunch options will be provided by event sponsors.

Admission is free. For details, call 419-874-4559 or email

Homelessness declines

A point in time (PIT) count of the number of homeless residents in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca counties conducted Jan. 28 indicated that the number of homeless persons in 2014 declined from the count in 2013.

The survey showed there were 124 individuals who were living in emergency shelters, transitional housing or who were without a home on that day, compared to 150 in 2013.

Of that number, 53 had no shelter, 33 were children, 58 were in transitional housing and 33 were in emergency shelters.

According to WSOS Support Services Coordinator Ragan Claypool, because the count was conducted on what was possibly the coldest day of the year, many of the area’s homeless could have sheltered with friends and family for the night, and may not have been counted.

The count is completed annually by organizations that received funding to serve the homeless. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires regularly occurring counts of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons for communities interested in applying for funding through the Continuum of Care (CoC) application process. WSOS worked with volunteers from the local Homeless Coalitions to conduct the count.

The count for Balance of State (BOS) communities in Ohio is facilitated by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), and it is conducted statewide on the same day for the same time period.

WSOS administers grants that aid individuals and families who find themselves homeless. The number of people who request assistance annually far outweighs the funding WSOS receives.

For information on the homeless programs operated by WSOS, call Claypool at 419-334-8911, visit or e-mail

Charity raffle

The Baumann Auto Group dealerships are conducting the 12th Big Charity Raffle, featuring a grand prize of a new 2014 vehicle donated by the auto group.

The winner will get to choose a new 2014 Chevy Malibu, Buick Verano, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata or Jeep Cherokee.

To date, the annual raffles have raised $679,109 for local charities, which include Liberty Center of Fremont; Hospice of Memorial Hospital; First Step of Seneca Sandusky, Wyandot & Wood Counties; Safe Harbor of Sandusky; NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties; Ruth Ann’s House of Port Clinton; Easter Seals of Sandusky, Seneca & Ottawa Counties; Riders Unlimited; Back to the Wild; Salvation Army of Ottawa County; Sandusky County Cancer Care Fund; F.A.C.T. of Seneca County; Parker’s Purpose; Genoa Area Food Pantry; Arc of Ottawa Co. and Oak House of Port Clinton, among others.

Tickets, which are $5, are available at Baumann dealerships, located in Genoa, Fremont, Port Clinton, Norwalk and Tiffin, and through the benefiting charities. One hundred percent of proceeds raised from the sale of tickets will benefit the charities. The winning ticket will be drawn Oct. 4 at Baumann Chevrolet Buick GMC, 2291 W. SR 18 in Tiffin.

Pop-Up Playground

Tickets are on sale now for “Pop-Up Talent,” a fun-filled night showcasing local celebrity talent to support the United Way’s Pop-Up Adventure Playground Program.

The event featuring local politicos and others showing off their unique talents will take place Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 231 Buckeye Boulevard, in Port Clinton.

“Pop-Up Talent” will include dinner, a silent auction, a cash bar and music by the Naked Bacon Band. The event is sponsored by the 2013-2014 Leadership Ottawa County class. Notable local talent participating includes Ottawa County Commissioner Jim Sass, Victorian Inn owner Ann Duez and Beacon owner John Schaffner.

“Some of the talent may be surprising,” said LOC member Diane Ball. “It’s going to be a fun evening raising money for a great cause.”

Tickets are $40 each and $70 per couple and may be purchased locally at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Crafty Needle in Elmore.

“Pop-Up Talent” will raise funds so the Pop-Up Adventure Playground Program can travel to kids countywide. The program encourages child-directed play to build innovative and creative problem-solving skills in local communities. Kids are inspired to use their imaginations to create projects using fabric, paint, cardboard boxes, chalk, ribbons, feathers and other art supplies.

The local Pop-Up Adventure Playground program was a reaction to a New York Times editorial, “Crumbling American Dreams,” that Port Clinton native Robert Putnam wrote in August. It examines the growing gap between rich and poor children and the shrinking middle class, and used changes in Port Clinton as an example. After the editorial appeared, Galvin wrote an open letter to the community last year asking for suggestions to help enrich local children – and the Pop-Up Adventure Playground program was the result.

Leadership Ottawa County is a nine-month leadership development program that brings young professionals together to learn about and explore the diversity of Ottawa County and increase personal leadership skills through experiential training. For more information on Leadership Ottawa County, visit

Spittin’ Image to perform

Audiences at the Pemberville Opera House will not only think they’re seeing double, they’ll have double the enjoyment when Spittin’ Image – the duo comprised of twins Blain and Brian Swabb take the stage Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Their performance is sponsored as part of the ongoing Live in the House concert series.

The twins were born and raised and still live in Greenville, Ohio, Darke County. They started picking their instruments at a young age, and by the time they turned 13, they had formed their first group. At 14 years old, they were performing most weekends. After graduating from high school, the two traveled the Midwest playing the hotel and resort circuit.

Blain is the oldest twin by 26 minutes. He’s a master at playing his Gibson eight-string mandolin, but is equally at home on his custom made five-string mandolin. When he’s not playing the mandolin he is playing his harmonicas or adding his vocal talents. He also has a love of performing pantomimes.

Brian does most of the lead vocals and also adds the harmony to the sound. He not only plays guitar, sequences all the added background instrumentation ( drums, bass, piano, etc…) and serves as the duo’s emcee as well.

The high-energy show includes an entertaining blend of music, comedy and audience participation. The brothers love to perform Top 40 and classic country, mixed with classic rock and roll, but also enjoy singing gospel and pop standards from the `20s, `30s and `40s.

After eight years on the road, they came back to their hometown to own, operate, and perform in their nightclub, “My Brother’s Place,” which they had for 15 years. In 1998, they went back out on the road, and now average more than 500 shows per year. They cover most of Ohio and surrounding states.

Tickets for the Pemberville show are $10 and are available at the door, or in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848. For more information, visit

Doll & Bear Show set

The Toledo Doll & Bear Show will be held April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Theater Lobby at the Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.

The show will feature more than 270 tables of merchandise, including dolls, bears, antique toys and more, from vendors from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, as well as other states.

Doll appraisals will be available by Floyd Jones, doll appraiser for several recent episodes of PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow.” In addition, Shari McMasters will be on site stringing dolls.

Admission is $5 per person. Children under 12 will be admitted free. For more information, call Sandy Bullock at 734-282-0152 or visit




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