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Lakeside Chautauqua closes 2014 summer entertainment series

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Hoover Auditorium, one of the cultural hot spots on Lake Erie, hosts a variety of musicians, comedians, illusionists, dancers and bands nightly. Daily fun and family entertainment await guests of all ages. Visit lakesideohio.com for a complete list of the 2014 entertainers.

Purchasing a Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass grants access to all evening shows in Hoover Auditorium at no extra charge. Guests must present Chautauqua Passes upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass is $19.75 for adults and $13.75 for youth (ages 12-18) per day until Saturday, Aug. 23.

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A feast for the eyes at Appetite for the Arts

Appetite for the Arts organizers L to R: Keith Flemming, Jeff Morgan, Carol Morgan and Jeff Sondles, Operations Director at Liberty Aviation Museum.

Friday night, August 15, through Sunday, August 17, the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council held its seventh annual Appetite for the Arts festival at the Liberty Aviation Museum hangar at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport.

On Friday night The Main Course gala took place. There was a sit down buffet catered by 1812 Food & Spirits and Cielo Grande complete with a cash bar, dessert and dancing. The music of the night was provided by The Naked Bacon Band and The Junk. There was a silent action and raffles along with the artists’ booths on display for gala goers to get a sneak peak at the show.

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Cut-a-thon raises over $9000 for Miracles 4 Melissa

The girls of Salon 53 taking the ALS ice bucket challenge after meeting their donation goal

Brenda Belcher, sister-in-law to Melissa Belcher who has been stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), decided to hold a benefit at her business, Salon 53, to raise money to go towards Melissa’s ever growing medical bills. Miracles 4 Melissa took place on Sunday, August 17, and featured $15 haircuts and $10 ten minutes massages from 9 stylists and 1 masseuse. The fundraiser also had a 50/50 drawing, t-shirt sales, and a silent auction with 40 items. All proceeds from the event went to Melissa, her husband and her two young children.

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Entries for the Best of the Best boat name

Since the start of our Best of the Best competition (August 1), readers were asked to submit their boat names to win the coveted title the Best of the Best boat name! Below are the submissions from our readers. 

To vote, you can either visit surveymonkey.com/s/bestofthebestboatname, visit our website for the link to the survey, or physically submit a paper ballot with your vote.

Thank you for your submissions!

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Ida Rupp Library hosts Prevent Blindness Ohio

Senator Randy Gardner reads a book to children at the Ida Rupp Public Library.

On Monday, August 18, Prevent Blindness Ohio and the Ida Rupp Public Library presented a special reading hour with Senator Randy Gardner and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. At the reading hour Senator Gardner read “Arthur’s Eyes” by Marc Brown and “The Eye Book” by Dr. Seuss.

Senator Gardner was part of passing a bill that has children’s sight tested before they are go for special needs testing.

“A mom came to me and said that she had a concern with special needs testing,” said Senator Gardner. “Her child went to special needs testing, but it was just their sight that was a problem. She thought that if there was a mandate of having vision tested first, that would alleviate the need for some special needs testing because sometimes sight is the problem.”

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ODOT announces new and continuing road projects for area

The mine remediation project for State Route 2 will resume Sept. 8. The project, which is projected to go through May 2015, is taking place between SR 163 and SR 53 on SR 2. This area will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Through May 2015, the ramp from southbound SR 53 to westbound SR 2 will be closed. The project is to be complete by May 2016.

A new resurfacing and bridge repair project is starting Sept. 3 on SR 2. The project will last through November and effects SR 2 between West Camp Perry Western Road and North Camp Perry Eastern Road. This area will be reduced to one lane and lane widths will be reduced to 10’ within the work zone.

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Kelleys Island Benefit Swim

The 20th annual Kelleys Island Benefit Swim was another fantastic Swim and Golf Cart Poker Run. Jeni Hammond and Cindra Mielke swam from North Point (Long Point for you Islanders) around the north, west and south side arriving at Portside Marina in about 8 miles in 4 1/2 hours. Right after we started on the north side, an eagle flew down close to us and dipped its wing at us. A sign of good luck as far as we were concerned.

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Lettuce decide: art or vandalism

Recently the statue at North Madison Street of the boy with the fish was changed forever when someone cut off the fish from the end of the boy’s line. Since then, a local business owners Mike and Lisa Davis of Custom Gates and Coating have decided to create and donate a new fish for the statue.

Wednesday morning, August 20, the boy was holding something other than a fish. What appears to be a clump of algae is now at the end of the boy’s line. Is it a statement about the recent algae crisis? One can only assume.

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Gem Beach Rocks

United Way in Ottawa County would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for once again making Gem Beach Rocks a huge success! 

Sponsors for this year’s event: 

FriendShip Food Stores, Gem Beach Marina, Janotta and Herner, Inc., Lake Erie Shores and Islands, USG, Mix 102.7 WCPZ-92.1 The Wolf, The Beacon, John Schaffner Publications, WPCR PortClintonRadio.com, WPIB PutinBayRadio.com, HartBillboards.com, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union, Croghan Colonial Bank, Bassett’s Market, Ottawa County Auditor Larry Hartlaub, Dave the Handy Man, Lockwood Honey, Orchard Restaurant & Bar, Bernarding Graphics Inc., Luc Ice, Cyclone Services, First Federal Savings of Lorain, and Yoga on the Beach with Donna Lueke.

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Ferguson Gallery holds open house to celebrate new Ferguson-Fenton Artistic Bead

One year ago in Marblehead, marked a historic event as Ferguson Gallery and the Fenton Glass Company collaborated on a hand-crafted, artistic glass bead.  The significance of the creative collaboration is rooted in a century-old tale of American craftsmanship. Fenton Glass Company, established in 1905, created a glass product that would compete with Tiffany and Steuben all while making products unique to the company and to Ohio as well.  Ferguson Gallery, having its own rich history, is another Ohio glass producer known for creating world class originals which have been enjoyed in many countries across the globe.

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