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YMCA seeks input
The YMCA of Greater Sandusky County is asking the community to take a short community questionnaire, available at http://tinyurl.com/SanduskyYMCA.
The YMCA will use information learned from the five-minute survey to help strengthen the communities of Sandusky County.
Responses are not individually tracked and are kept confidential.

Public comment sought
The Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is seeking public comment for the Sandusky-Seneca Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
SCEDC will use the input to help shape the economic future of the two-county region for the next five to 10 years. Residents, businesses, and community stakeholders within the Sandusky-Seneca region are encouraged to provide feedback to help create a more comprehensive and effective strategy.
Individuals are encouraged complete the short survey designed to gather feedback on the proposed economic development strategy. The public comment period will remain open until Friday, Feb. 23.
“We understand that the success of our region’s economic development planning depends on the input and involvement of our community members,” said Beth Hannam, executive director of SCEDC. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to have their voices heard and help shape the economic future of the Sandusky-Seneca region.”
To access the survey and provide feedback, please visit https://bit.ly/sscedsfeedback.
What is a CEDS?
A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a collaborative effort to guide the economic growth of a region. It is a strategic planning tool that helps communities assess their economic development needs and opportunities. The CEDS process involves the development of an action plan, which serves as a roadmap for implementing projects and initiatives that contribute to the region’s economic vitality.
SCEDC is a non-profit organization that focuses on workforce development, business retention and expansion, and business recruitment for Sandusky County. Learn more about at sanduskycountyedc.org.

SOUPER Bowl
of Caring event
Elliston Zion United Methodist, host site for the LIGHT Neighborhood Pantry, is hosting its Annual SOUPER Bowl of Caring event on Sunday, Feb. 11 at noon in the church fellowship hall.
The SOUPER Bowl of Caring is a nationwide event, held before the “big game” and is focused on efforts to tackle hunger in local communities. The event at Elliston Zion supports the LIGHT Neighborhood Pantry, a free choice pantry serving residents of Ottawa County.
A lunch of assorted soups and sub sandwiches, prepared by Troop Woodmore, will be served. There is no charge, but donations of non-perishable/non-expired food items and financial donations will be accepted and appreciated.
The Annual SOUPER Bowl Ping Pong Tournament will begin at 1 p.m. The event is open to the community.
Elliston Zion is located at 18045 W. William St,, off Elliston Trowbridge Road. For more information, email lightneighborhoodpantry@gmail.com.

Voter registration
deadline; absentee
voting hours set
The Ottawa County Board of Elections reminds voters that the closing date for new voter registrations, address changes and name changes for the 2024 March Primary Election is Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Regular office hours at the board office are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The board of elections will be open for extended hours until 9 p.m. on Feb. 20. The office is located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
New registrations, address changes, and name changes may be made at any public library, any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, the Ottawa County Health Department and at the Ottawa County Courthouse in the Clerk of Courts Title Department or the treasurer’s office.
Change of address may also be completed online at VoteOhio.gov.
Absentee in-person voting begins Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 8 a.m. and ends Sunday, March 17 at 5 p.m. at the board of elections office.
Absentee voting hours are:
• Weeks one, two and three of voting: (Feb. 21-March 9) – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays (Monday through Friday) and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
• Week four of voting: (March 11-17) – 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday; 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday; 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Call the board of elections office at 419-898-3071 with any questions.

Quilters to meet
The Maumee Bay Country Quilt Guild will meet Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6:45 p.m. at Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd., Northwood. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
The program will explore rulers, including several that can be used to create the same block; a Block Minder that can be used to keep blocks in order and tips and tricks to create beautiful and strong handles for bags/totes.
The visitors’ fee is $10. An annual membership is $35.

Health dept. issues
Norovirus warning

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has issued a reminder that Norovirus sickness is common this time of year.
Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, head and body aches, and sometimes a mild fever.
People typically become ill 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus and symptoms usually last one to two days.
The virus is spread through contact with infected persons, or through contamination of food prepared by someone who is ill or has been ill and didn’t wash their hands appropriately.
There is no vaccine for Norovirus.
People can spread the virus for up to two weeks after their symptoms go away.
To help prevent the spread of the virus:
-Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.
-Wash your hands before handling, food, beverages, and ice.
-Wash your hands before eating.
-Discard foods that were handled or prepared by someone with diarrhea and/or vomiting.

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