Alexa Haskin receives state award

Port Clinton High School senior Alexa Haskin was awarded the Robert F. Lucas Lt. Governor Award for her leadership in the Kiwanis Club sponsored Key Club. As a Key Club member, this distinct honor is for those that go above and beyond as a leader in Key Club. Alexa created a newsletter, held monthly meetings, organized a beach cleanup, and worked with fellow Key Club members to help the Humane Society make Christmas ornaments for those less fortunate. She also helped to charter a new Key Club at Tiffin Calvert.


Arbor day thank you

The City of Port Clinton Tree Commission held their Annual Arbor Day Celebration, Friday, April 26th.  With the help of the following community members and local children, we were able to plant two beautiful Green Mountain Sugar Maple trees at the northwest corner of Jefferson and Second Streets. Cub Scout Troop 361, under the direction of leader Kim Auxter, provided the Color Guard and Flag Bearer. Singer Jaclyn Favro performed the National Anthem beautifully, accompanied by her ukulele. Girl Scout Daisy Troops #10204 and #10215, under the direction of leaders Dina Rodgers and Amber Twarek, lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Bruce Batchelor-Glader of Trinity United Methodist Church provided both the opening and closing prayers.  Readings were provided by Roseann Hickman who shared the poem “The Heart of the Tree” and Pam Schraidt who recited her own work “The Beauty of a Tree.” The children of Mrs. Moon’s Preschool Classes jumped right in to lead the planting ceremony by placing the first shovels of soil over the trees. Ed Urban of Otto and Urban prepared the site and set the trees for planting. Thanks to the generosity of the following local businesses, we were even able to provide refreshments to all in attendance. Coffee Express donated refreshing lemonade while Andy’s Party Mart, Chefsbest Catering and Community Market all donated delicious cookies for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who participated - it was truly a fantastic day as community members of all ages came together to beautify one corner of our fine City! 

Thank you to all!
Port Clinton Tree Commission
Chairman Jerry Jonke, Mayor Leone, Randy Lipstraw, Rachel Klimentov, Larry Holman, Jerry Tarolli


Art Walk premieres in Historic Downtown Port Clinton

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPAAC) and Historic Downtown Port Clinton art galleries and venues have united to form Art Walk, a free downtown art celebration, on the fourth Thursday of each month beginning on May 23 from 5 until 8 pm.

Along with the GPCAAC, art galleries, restaurants and other businesses will support the monthly trek. Opening receptions will be held at many of the galleries, along with refreshments and music. Various restaurants and businesses will provide a musical interlude as well as hosting an Artist between 5 pm and 8 pm as art patrons wander from one art stop to the next.


Stein Hospice named as 2013 Hospice Honors recipient

Stein Hospice has been named a 2013 Hospice Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing hospice agencies providing the best patient care as rated by the patient’s caregiver.

Established by Deyta, this annual honor recognizes the top 100 agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Deyta used the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) survey results from over 1,200 partnering hospice agencies contained in its national, FEHC database with an evaluation period of January through December 2012. Deyta used the five key drivers of caregiver satisfaction as the basis of the Hospice Honors calculations.


PCHS Band presents annual Stars, Stripes, and SOUSA

The Port Clinton High School Concert Band will pay tribute to “The March King”, John Philip Sousa, at their Saturday, May 18, concert. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the PCHS Performing Arts Center. Admission is free; however, a free will donation will be taken at the end of the concert.

Music includes something for everyone of all ages and will conclude in traditional Sousa style with the playing of “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Felita LaRock of the U.S. Air Force Band will be the guest vocal soloist for the concert. Mr. Rod Miller, PCHS Band Director, will portray John Phillip Sousa.


PCHS jobs seminar

Port Clinton School Superintendent Pat Adkins spoke with a group of local business leaders Wednesday morning searching out the answer as to how Port Clinton High School students and graduates are filling the job and skills needs in Ottawa County. Listening in the background is Jamie Beier Grant, Director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. Photo by John Schaffner.


Executive Director Louk Marched for the Fallen

De Ann Louk, Executive Director of the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office, has been deployed since November 2012. 

This past weekend the base in which she is stationed shadowed the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania National Guard March for the Fallen. De Ann marched the 28 miles in full gear to honor our local hero, Army SGT Keith A. Kline. Army SGT Kline gave his life 5 Jul 2007 in Iraq.

For more information on the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania National Guard March for the Fallen visit their website at


Golfers Support Local American Red Cross

The 27th Annual American Red Cross – Materion Golf Scramble was recently enjoyed by 144 golfers at the Oak Harbor Golf Club.  Funds raised help support Ottawa County disaster relief and recovery.

The team of Mike Riddle, Drew Reynolds, Randy Ruggles and Randy Eberle were the winners of the event with a score of 57.  A close second was the Genoa Bank team of Rich Hillman, Luke Sutter, Ben Sutter and Kevin Gladden with a score of 60.  Port Clinton Ford underwrote the Super Ticket portion of the day including two 3-day 2-night vacations awarded to Mike Riddle and John Deneau. A favorite component of the course this year included a special opportunity for male golfers to shoot from the women’s tee while donning a skirt and bonnet.


OCHS spring meeting at the 1812 Food and Spirits

1812 was both the topic and the venue as Ottawa County Historical Society members and guests gathered at the Island House’s 1812 Food and Spirits Dining Room for their annual spring meeting. 

War of 1812 scholar Louis Schultz of Sandusky and The Columbus Academy in Gahanna gave an informative presentation about the ‘Forgotten War,’ and displayed some of his extensive collection of related artifacts.  Schultz is the author of the current War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier exhibit at The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.

Schultz related many examples of how misdirection and missed communications, coupled with treachery both foreign and domestic, added to the difficulty of fighting the War. The necessity of traversing the Great Black Swamp made it difficult to get troops where they needed to be and to find food for both animals and men.  When the battle of Lake Erie started,  Commodore Perry overcame his own strategic blunders to win the day, though Schultz said the Battle had no real impact on the war.  Although the British and Americans’ result was essentially a draw, it was the Native Americans who really suffered the greatest defeat, losing territory and influence. 

The Ottawa County Historical Society welcomes new members interested in their mission of discovering and preserving local history.  For information, visit

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