Ottawa County teachers endure boot camp

Ottawa County teachers graduate from boot camp

OAK HARBOR — Eighteen teachers from the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District, Danbury Local Schools, Genoa Local Schools, Port Clinton City School District and Woodmore Local Schools have completed the second camp County Teacher Training Program during the week of June 13-16.

The goal of the boot camp was to introduce local teachers to the variety of career paths available at area businesses and the career opportunities that exist for local students.

Participating companies included Davis-Besse, Northern Manufacturing, Materion, Catawba Island Club, Magruder Hospital and Logistiq (a division of LEWCO). Teachers were challenged to participate in employer activities, learn about the diversity of products and services, professional and soft skills needed by local employers, and current and future employment opportunities within each company.

Teachers attending boot camp will receive graduate credit hours from Ashland University. A final element of the boot camp consisted of teacher presentations to a panel of local business leaders, colleagues and business advisory board members.

Participants talked about their experience during boot camp, what they learned about each company, and how they will implement the information they learned into their curriculum.

The Ottawa County Teacher Boot Camp was organized by the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council and the North Point Educational Services Center. For more information on the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council, visit For more information about the North Point Educational Services Center, visit

Auto show planned at First United Methodist

CLYDE — The First United Methodist Church, 510 W. Maple St., will host a car show and town hall meeting from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Participants must enter via Race Street and exit via Maple Street.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon near the back of the parking lot. Registration is $10 and dinner will be from noon to 2 p.m.

Music will be provided by DJ Gary Ashton. Attendance prizes will be awarded.

Dash plates will be given to the first 50 exhibitors. The trophies and door prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. and the owners must be present. Trophies will be presented in five categories: Classic-Muscle, Truck, Rat Rod, Hot-Street Rod and Corvette-Sports Car.

John Haven

Havens appointed to building Hayes, superintendent of grounds

FREMONT—A longtime tree volunteer is the new superintendent of buildings and grounds at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

John Havens, who has served as a volunteer in Hayes’ presidency and as a board member, began the full-time role in June.

He replaces John Bell, who served as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for more than four decades. Bell retired at the end of May.

“It’s my dream job,” Havens said. “I really like the people I work with. I love history, and I really love the historic trees we have here and the stories behind them.

Havens holds a degree in nursery management from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute. He has work experience in a production nursery.

In recent years, he has volunteered to identify and catalog over 1,700 trees in Spiegel Grove. The site is an Arbnet accredited arboretum. He also organized Hayes Presidential tree tours and trained staff and volunteers to organize those tours.

Some of Havens’ goals for Spiegel Grove are to achieve Tier 2 Arboretum status and get the greenhouse next to the shed operational again. The site is currently a Level 1 arboretum, which means it has less than 100 species of trees and plants. Tier 2 status is for 100 or more species, and Spiegel Grove is close to reaching it.

Havens is from Jackson Township and is a township administrator. Prior to this position, he owned and operated Color Haven Paint & Supply in Fremont.

The Figure Drawing Club meets at the Arts Garage

PORT CLINTON — The popular Figure Drawing Club will now be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at the Arts Garage (TAG).

Now run by TAG artist Hannah Schelb, the Figure Drawing Club costs $5 per person, which will be donated to the model.

Bring your own supplies and drinks or snacks. Schelb holds multiple art and fine arts degrees from Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is TAG’s resident ceramic artist and takes commissions. She wants the club to continue to be an accessible program for art lovers of all levels.

Schelb also offers drawing lessons, before the figure drawing club, from 9am on Thursdays, also at TAG. This more formal class will cost $20 per class.

The Arts Garage is located in the Old Town Street Department Building at 317 W. Perry St.

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