Member Highlight: Village of Oak Harbor
The occupations of inhabitants of the Village of Oak Harbor have changed with the times. The village began as a lumber exporting community in the nineteenth century, shifted to a mostly agricultural economy in twentieth, and now the village is benefiting from tourism with an increase in birdwatching, fishing, and hunting in the Lake Erie coastal region. Nature facilities close to the village include the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.
The village stretches along the north coast of the Portage River in Ottawa County only a few miles from Lake Erie. Village Administrator Robert Pauley is active on the Portage River Basin Committee and is a member of TMACOG’s Environmental Council.
The summer is the busiest time in the village but the second weekend in October is the village’s Apple Festival, attracting thousands of visitors. Other events include the Easter Egg Roll which has been an annual event for 60 years. The village maintains its own 24-hour police protection and has emergency medical service. Major highways in the area include State Routes 2, 19, 105, and 163. SR 2 which runs parallel to the Ohio Turnpike, has been widened and straightened over the years to improve safety.