Lighthouse Conservancy thank you

Dear Readers,

We’d like to extend a thank you to everyone who visited our “Bring Back the Light!” booth at the Walleye Festival. So many of you voiced your support for our efforts to restore the old Port Clinton Lighthouse and place this unique structure on the waterfront.

We also wish to publicly thank members of the Port Clinton City Council for voting unanimously to urge the city to work with us to find a home for the lighthouse on the waterfront and to develop on a timeline to get this done.


Beach Clean-up

The City of Port Clinton, the Port Clinton Recreation Department and the OSS Solid Waste District would like to thank all residents who participated in the Port Clinton Beach & Lakeview Park Clean-up on Saturday, April 20.  Thirty-eight volunteers consisting of Ottawa County residents, civic group and youth group members helped pick up 2.86 tons of litter and debris.  Materials picked up from the beach and park areas included items such as trash, drift wood and fallen branches. 

The City of Port Clinton Mayor Vincent P. Leone is grateful to everyone who volunteered for the event.

“It is always great to see citizen involvement in helping to keep our City clean and I would like to thank each and everyone.  I offer a special thanks to Kiwanis for the donation of picnic tables,” said Mayor Leone.

Thank you to all volunteers for their time, services and efforts in helping to keep the Port Clinton City Beach and Lakeview Park clean.  We would also like to thank Republic Services for donating a dumpster and hauling away trash collected during the event.


Quarter Madness raises funds for Relay for Life

Last week Quarter Madness was held at Riverview Healthcare Campus as a fundraiser for Ottawa County Relay for Life. A paddle could be purchased for $5 and any additional paddle for $1. The more paddles a person had, the more chances to win. There were four rounds of bidding. Each round you enter a quarter to bid and your number is added into a drawing for the item. The items were donated or for sale by the vendors.

The event was sponsored by Riverview All Stars relay for life team. At the Quarter Madness there was also a bake sale, food, Relay for Life t-shirts and water bottles for sale. Vendors in attendance included Thirty One, Pure Romance, Paparazzi, Origami Owl, Jerky Direct, Premier Design Jewelry, The Gourmet Cupboard, Miche, J.R. Watkins, Advocare, Avon, Tupperware, Kat's Coffee, and It Works.


Port Clinton Photography Club holds Awards Night

On May 22, Port Clinton Photography Club held their annual Awards Night, election of officers and selection of summer projects. This was the last meeting for the Club until September. From September through May, the Club meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton.

First Place Black and White went to Marilyn Reeder. First Place Color went to Tammy Shanahan. First Place Nature went to Chris Sheldon. Best of Show went to Tom Liskai.

For more information, call 419-707-3189.


Peace Among Nations art exhibition in Columbus

In honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial along with several of its partners will sponsor “Peace Among Nations—The Lasting Legacy of the War of 1812 Art Exhibition” at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus starting June 3, according to Blanca Alvarez Stransky, Superintendent of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.


Ottawa County Relay for Life on Saturday

Oak Harbor High School is hosting this year’s Ottawa County Relay for Life. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and goes until 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. The Relay for Life is more than just doing laps around the track; it’s about remembering those who have lost their battle with cancer, it’s about bringing awareness to the disease, and about empowering those still fighting to survive.


Marblehead Lighthouse tours have begun

Marblehead Lighthouse tours have begun. Tours are offered by the East Harbor Naturalist and volunteers as follows for 2013:

  • Weekdays (Monday-Friday) between now and Friday, Aug. 30 from noon until 3:45 p.m.
  • Sunday evenings until Aug. 25 from 4-5:45 p.m.
  • Second Saturday of the month between June and October from 11 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.

There is a $2 fee for adults and children ages 6 and up • Children under age 6 are free

The museum located in the Keeper's House and operated by the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society, is open whenever the tower is open


Lakeside dedicates Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park

On Sunday, May 26, Lakeside Chautauqua dedicated the Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park. The Garden was inspired by the Bayview, Michigan, Chautauqua’s Memorial Garden and in response to requests from Lakesiders for a memorial garden.

Kevin Sibbring, Lakeside Chautauqua’s President and CEO said, “We want to build one of the greatest gardens in the world and connect people with loved ones past and with God the creator, to demonstrate the circle of life, a place where ashes will become part of the earth and nurture the garden.”


Ottawa County and Ohio farmers are helping to heal Lake Erie

Mike Libben and his father Bob farm 650 acres in Ottawa County. As with many modern farmers, Mike also works at another job, as District Program Administrator of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD). As with most of the county’s farmers, Mike grew up farming. Here, where even the largest farm of 6000 acres is farmed by father and son, most farmers continue to strive to be stewards of the land, passing that land down from generation to generation. Here, where farms are within a few miles of the lake, that legacy includes doing what is right for Lake Erie.


Danbury and Oak Harbor students experience “ Real Money, Real World”

What do you do to motivate students the last month of school, when state testing has been completed and students and teachers have an eye toward summer vacation? One answer is to give them money and let them spend it.

Kathy Booher with the Ottawa County OSU extension, took “Real Money, Real World” to Danbury and Oak Harbor schools. National Bank of Ohio (NBOH) partnered with the program that gives students an opportunity to manage finances in a real world budget. Connie Fabian of NBOH said, “NBOH was looking for an opportunity to educate students and the OSU program was looking for a partner.”

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