Community Roundup: Salvation Army sends kids to Camp NEOSA

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On June 20 this group was among the 24 children from Ottawa County who loaded on a chartered bus and headed to Camp NEOSA.
On June 20 this group was among the 24 children from Ottawa County who loaded on a chartered bus and headed to Camp NEOSA.

Salvation Army sends 24 local children to NEOSA

PORT CLINTON  — On June 20, 24 children, ages six to 12, from Ottawa County got up early, loaded a chartered bus filled with snacks and fun and headed to Camp NEOSA in Carrollton for five days filled with swimming, canoeing, hiking, outside sport activities, singing, role-playing, arts and crafts and lots of fun.

They returned June 24. The bus trip proves to be the beginning of the whole camp experience.  The children enjoyed breakfast and lunch donated by Bistro 163 along with new pillows, pillowcases, flip flop sandals and new beach towels donated by Peace Lutheran Church.

Camp NEOSA (Northeast Ohio Salvation Army) is one of the many programs offered by The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit.  Camp NEOSA provides an atmosphere where campers learn skills in developing their physical, social and spiritual needs.

To assist in the development skills of each camper, the camp is aimed at helping to learn good health habits, provides an opportunity to contribute to and receive from a group living experience, and participate in activities that stimulate creativity and foster independence.  The Port Clinton Service Unit has provided this opportunity to approximately 35 to 74 campers each year for the past 23 years.

Currently, the Salvation Army Unit is taking applications for our “Tools for School”.

If interested in finding out more information on programs or donations offered by the local office, call Maureen Saponari at 419 732-2769.

Clyde BPA plans downtown markets

CLYDE — Main Street Market and More will be hosted by the Clyde Business and Professional Association in Downtown Clyde along Main Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,. Markets are planned for the second Saturday of each month, May through October.

For more information on the business association visit

ProMedica Memorial Hospital awarded stroke certification

FREMONT — ProMedica Memorial Hospital announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Stroke Certification.

This certification indicates that Memorial Hospital is able to provide expert stroke care to patients by demonstrating that we are using evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from the American Stroke Association. In doing this, we are able to treat patients in their community where they are closer to home and family. The certification lasts two years.

Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous, onsite review in June 2022. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including management, supporting self-management and delivering and facilitating clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

For more information about stroke services at ProMedica, visit

Joyful Connections to offer parent coaching sessions

OAK HARBOR — Joyful Connections opened its doors almost 14 years ago in order to provide supervised exchanges for parents and children in potentially stressful situations. The board and staff quickly realized that there was also a need for supervised visitations where families could come together in a safe, secure, and caring environment.

Throughout the past several years, there has been discussion by the Joyful Connections staff, board, and the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services to provide parent coaching. That time has finally arrived as Joyful Connections begins their first one-on-one Parent Coaching sessions this month.

All but one Joyful Connections staff member has been trained in the nationally recognized Nurturing Parenting program. The remaining staff member will complete training in August for the also nationally recognized 24/7 Dad Program. The program is built on the basis that fathers can be nurturers, and for men, nurturing is a learned skill.

Funding for staff training and participant materials has been provided by a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation along with financial support from the Ohio Department of Youth Services through the Ottawa County Juvenile Court.

For more information about services provided or are interested in making a donation, call 567-262-3181 or email

This article originally appeared on Fremont News-Messenger: Community Roundup: Salvation Army sends kids to Camp NEOSA