Catawba Island will be included in the adventure tour


Catawba Island will be included in the adventure tour

PORT CLINTON – Sandusky’s Firelands Adventure Tours plans to launch a tour of historic sites on Catawba Island.

According to company owners Dick Ries and Jim Ervin, a two-hour tour to highlight landmarks and heritage sites along Ohio 53 and West Catawba Road will be offered twice a month. Guests will be transported in an air-conditioned, wheelchair-accessible van with an amplified sound system and TV screen.

The tour content was created by the Catawba Island Historical Society, takes its Union Chapel Museum volunteers on a similar trip to the island to acquaint them with local facts, legends and lore. A portion of the fees charged by Firelands Adventure Tours will be used to support museum activities.

Pickup and drop off for the tour will be at Catawba Island State Park on East Moores Dock Road. Although the exact itinerary has yet to be finalized, it is likely that tour explanations will begin at the northern end of the island, near what could have become a thriving community called Ottawa City if a nearby cement production operation had been successful in the 1850s.

Examples of tour highlights include stories about early Victorian-style hotels and guesthouses, schools, stores and postal facilities, Native American activity, pioneers and entrepreneurs, and the role of grapes and fisheries in strengthening Catawba’s economy.

The van tour will be free for children 6 years old or younger. Youth ages 7 to 12 will receive $10. Adults 13-61 will pay $65. People aged 62 and over will receive $60. Admission to the Catawba Museum at Union Chapel is free.

For more tour information and to book, visit

ProMedica earns Stroke Association Gold Seal

FREMONT — ProMedica Memorial Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check Mark for primary stroke certification.

The certification indicates that Memorial Hospital is able to provide expert stroke care to patients by demonstrating that the facility uses the American Stroke Association’s evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. The certification lasts two years.

Memorial Hospital underwent an on-site review in June. A team of Joint Commission examiners assessed compliance with related certification standards, including management, self-management support, and clinical care delivery and facilitation. The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

For more information about stroke services at ProMedica, visit

Security Council returns to in-person sessions

OAK HARBOR — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has reinstated its safety counseling program after a hiatus of more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the pandemic, all safety councils in Ohio have held virtual monthly meetings. The Security Council operates on an annual basis and the new program year began on July 1 and ends on June 30. Meanwhile, BWC restructured the Security Council program.

On May 2, a virtual Security Council Leaders Conference was held to review the fiscal year 2023 program and handover requirements. New marketing tools for member retention and recruitment were introduced, along with a new online portal to track employer attendance and rebate potential.

“There have been a number of changes,” commented Jessica Grzechowiak, manager of the Ottawa County Safety Council. “We’ve all been through a lot over the past few years and we’re thrilled to welcome our members back, in person.”

One thing that hasn’t changed is the 2% safety board rebate that employers can earn on their workers’ compensation premium. To qualify for the 2% discount, employers must:

  • Join or confirm existing and active membership by July 31;
  • Attend 10 in-person Security Council meetings between July 1, 2022 and June 30.

Anyone interested in joining the Ottawa County Safety Council or attending the July 20 lunch meeting, contact Jessica Grzechowiak at [email protected]


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