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Memorial Day Service

Dear Editor:

This past Port Clinton Memorial Day service 2013 we were moved by featured speaker Jason Thomas’ remarks about his 9/11 experiences and heroics. I wish to thank Former Port Clinton Mayor/County Commissioner John Fritz and VFW Post 2480 Commander Richard Ellis for making Mr. Thomas’ visit possible.

I also wish to thank the following people for their generous contributions of time, donations and resources to Jason and his family:

Ron Miller, Lake Erie Vacation Rentals
Port Clinton Councilman Mike Snider
Attorney Jeff and Joy Roth
Jerry Davenport, Davenport Sign and Art
Jeff “Juice” Griffin, Port Clinton Ford
Doug Franck, Port Clinton Ford
Peiffer, WPCR Radio
Mamie Rallins, Two-time Olympian

But most of all I wish to thank the members of VFW Post 2480, American Legion Post 113, AM VETS Post 10, and all of our county’s veterans for their sacrifice and service to our community and country.

Sincerely,
Judge Frederick C. (Fritz) Hany II
The Ottawa County Municipal Court

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Grand re-opening celebration for Emily’s GSE

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce (PCACC) is pleased to announce the Grand Re-Opening Celebration of Emily’s GSE located at 4062 E. Harbor Road in the Knoll Crest Plaza.  The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, June 5, at 12 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Emily's GSE Jewelers opened on October 1, 2012, after Emily Baumert purchased the store from Roger and Linda Velliquette.

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Duck Drop tickets available

The Ducks are back and ready to race for the American Cancer Society. The 3rd Annual Duck Drop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at Monsoon Lagoon.  A donation of $10 will get you a chance for prizes, including first prize of $700, second of $500 and third of $300 worth of local gift certificates.

With each purchase of Duck ticket, the purchaser will receive either a one day waterpark pass to Monsoon Lagoon or a round trip ferry ticket to Put In Bay on the Miller Boat Line.

Duck tickets are available at OurGuest Inn & Suites, 220 E. Perry Street, Port Clinton, or in Marblehead at Mutach’s Market on Northshore Boulevard. Last year the tickets were sold out, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets early. Checks can be made payable to the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact OurGuest Inn at 419-734-7111.

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Community Chorus recruiting singers to perform for the Fourth of July

The All Star Community Chorus is looking for those who love to sing and love patriotic music, to sing and celebrate the Fourth of July.  Gregory Fox is directing the community chorus and Susan Larcey is accompanist.  There are four rehearsals, June 12, 19 and 26 , and July 3 from 7–9 p.m., in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church on the corner of Second Street and Adams Street, Port Clinton. 

The concert will be at 8 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church on July 4th, followed by the Independence Day fireworks display.  The repertoire will include the National Anthem, the Battle Hymn of the Republic and Oscar Peterson’s Hymn To Freedom.  The choir is open to all singers.  Call 419-734-1239 to register for the chorus, or sign in at the rehearsal on June 12th.

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Hit a Home Run with Jesus Vacation Bible School

Hit a Home Run With Jesus Vacation Bible School is coming to St. Mark s Lutheran Church, 1700 Walker St., Graytown, June 23-27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ages preschool-6th grade are invited to join the team for bible stories, crafts, sing songs, games, snacks and more. Call 419-287-4411 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register.

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Stein Hospice veteran health & information fair

When Frank DeLorenzo returned from Iraq, a physician said a service dog might help him cope with anxiety and other issues related to a brain injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But Frank had a difficult time finding such a dog. 

Now, thanks to Wags 4 Warriors, a non-profit founded by Frank and his wife Jen, Frank and other Veterans throughout Ohio are finding comfort and companionship from specially trained dogs. “It’s just amazing what the dogs can do,” Jen said.

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Road closing OH 163

Effective immediately until Friday, May 31, OH 163 between Nissen Rd. & N. Toussaint South Rd. is closed for bridge work. Detour: OH 51; OH 105; OH 590.

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Marblehead Summerfest

The Marblehead Summerfest will take place in James Park, Marblehead, and will begin Friday, June 28 and end on Sunday, June 30. The fun-filled event will include a full schedule of activities.

D&R Shows will bring in 10-14 amusement rides. There will be rides for everyone including kiddie rides and high thrill rides. They will also bring a midway of games and prizes.

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Red Cross encourages youth to download tornado app

The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people in Oklahoma and throughout the Midwest after devastating tornadoes hit their local communities earlier this week. The Red Cross is here to help families and students prepare for tornado season with the new and free American Red Cross Tornado App.

“Events like these are a reminder that tornadoes can strike anywhere and at any time. It’s best to prepare for them before the weather turns bad,” says regional chief operating officer and emergency services director Kenneth Robinson, “As a father of two boys, I feel it’s important to make sure other youth in our community know how they can prepare and react to severe weather.”

Over the next few weeks, schools will be closing for the summer, and many students will be home alone during the day. In the age of electronic gadgets and indoor playtime, it’s a good time for youth to be reminded about summer weather safety. The Red Cross is encouraging parents and teachers to download the American Red Cross Tornado App to be prepared and have the information they need right at their fingertips in the event a tornado hits.

The Red Cross Tornado App is available for Apple and Android devices. Some features include:

  • Instant access to local and real-time information
  • Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts
  • Interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice to prepare for severe weather
  • A high-pitched tornado warning siren (even if the app is closed)
  • Preloaded content to access critical information even without mobile connectivity
  • One-touch “I’m safe” messaging to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via text, web, or social media
  • Simple steps and checklists to create an emergency plan
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm

People can call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677) from a mobile device to receive a text message with a link to download the app, or they can do so directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

The Red Cross also encourages parents to have a conversation with their children about tornado safety, download this app to their child’s smart phone, and explore it together. Information about tornado preparedness and severe weather safety is available at redcross.org/tornado.

People can help those affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People who wish to make a donation to support the Red Cross response can visit redcross.org, dial 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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Walleye Wishes for the Cure

The flamingos from Firelands Presbyterian Church have flown on sabbatical. This year the Celebration of Life team plans to drop Wild and Wacky Walleye in the yards of unsuspecting friends and family members.  Their mission to support the American Cancer Society is called “Walleye Wishes for the Cure.”

Last year their frisky flamingos raised over $1400 for this worthy organization. This year their hand crafted and hand painted walleye hope to do even better.

To arrange for a Walleye Surprise, call Kay McIntosh (440-725-1546) or the Firelands Presbyterian Church office (419-734-6211). Suggested donations to the American Cancer Society: Initial Walleye drop, $20; Walleye removal, $15; or Walleye removed and sent on to another home,$25. This campaign will run during the months of June and July.

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