Perry’s Victory to host Masonic Centennial cornerstone laying reenactment, 122nd Army Concert Band performance and more on July 4th

This 4th of July will be full of activity at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial as annual patriotic activities are joined with the Park’s centennial celebration. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the building of the International Peace Memorial, an historic national monument and local treasure. In 1913, 5,000 Masons from nine states and Canada formed a procession and marched to the site of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to witness the laying of the monument’s cornerstone. This procession and laying of the stone will be re-enacted at the monument this 4th of July, in honor of the structure’s centennial anniversary. 

The procession will be preceded by a grand parade beginning at 2 p.m., progressing through downtown Put-in-Bay to the memorial. The parade will include a number of participants from near and far, and will be led by Put-in-Bay’s traditional antique car parade and local American legion chapter representatives. The parade will conclude at the Memorial itself, shortly before the beginning of the 3 p.m. Cornerstone Ceremony. Joining both the parade and ceremony will be the 122nd Army Concert Band, who will also provide a free public concert at the Perry’s Victory Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m. 

On the 4th, Perry’s Victory will also be hosting the biennial naturalization ceremony for 10 area residents who will be taking the oath of new citizenship. The patriotic scope of this year’s ceremony will be even greater than usual, as the naturalization will be accompanied by a Delayed Enlistment Program in which 200 men and woman from three branches of the military will be taking their oath of service. The naturalization ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on the memorial lower plaza and will be followed immediately by the delayed enlistment. The patriotic festivities on the day will conclude with a public fireworks display over the bay at dusk. The fireworks are provided by the Put-in-Bay Business Owners and Friends of the Bay. Please be aware that parking is limited and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on park grounds. For more information on any of these events, call Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at 419-285-2184 or visit


Jodie McCallum’s coloring book and print at Lighthouse Museum Gift Shop

Local artist and illustrator Jodie McCallum’s coloring book and print are now available at the Lighthouse Museum Gift Shop in Marblehead. The coloring book features many of Marblehead\'s family attractions as well as the entire area, known as the Lake Erie Shores & Islands. It is an interactive book as it allows parents to assist the child with the puzzles, dot to dot\'s, hidden pictures and many other activities. The book also includes a map of the various communities that include directions and contact information to each attraction. The books have been signed by the Illustrator for this museum series of books.

The 11\" X 14\" Matted Print celebrates the many weddings that take place annually at the Marblehead Lighthouse, and is a popular gift for the weddings that take place on the grounds. This print is also signed by the artist and it is a stock size that eliminates expensive custom framing.

The Museum Gift Shop is open Monday-Friday, Noon to 4 p.m. For other times, call 419-734-4424 Ext. 2.


PC 4th of July Firecracker Cutie contest applications available

Port Clinton’s Firecracker Cutie contest is open to all boys and girls that are Ottawa County Residents age 0-12 years old and will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2nd & Adams Streets at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th. Participants are asked to don their Red, White & Blue for the occassion.

An optional “Most Photogenic” contest, which will be judged based on photographs sent in with the applications, will also be held. These will be judged separately prior to July 4th, and awards will be given at the evening ceremonies. Registration deadline for the “Most Photogenic” contest is June 30th, and Firecracker Cutie contest applications are due the day of the event.

Awards will be presented prior to the Choir Concert at Trinity Church at 5:30 p.m. on July 4th.

Applications for the Firecracker Cutie Contest can be picked up at Perfect Color Hair & Tan on North Madison Street in Port Clinton, the Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration Facebook Page, or by emailing Mary Ann Snider at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Wyland to debut new art

Wyland wields his paint brush as he creates a new image

Marine life artist and environmentalist Wyland will appear at Put-in-Bay’s Wyland Gallery during the July 4 holiday weekend in an art showcase expected to be the highlight of the gallery’s 2013 summer season.

Wyland will be on hand to debut his latest images and meet art lovers from 2-6 p.m. Friday, July 5, and from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the 495 Catawba Ave. gallery.

During Wyland’s appearance in the “Year of the Original,” as he defines it, the artist plans to introduce a unique series of museum-framed original drawings on acid-free paper, as well as brilliant paintings and sculptures. He will also create new pieces each day as show attendees watch, and offer insights into his ongoing conservation initiatives.

There is a twofold reason for celebration during Wyland’s Put-in-Bay visit. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Wyland Galleries and July 9 is Wyland’s birthday, a birth date he shares with actor Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks probably won’t be around for the weekend’s events, but attendees will find a wide variety of star-quality art. 

The gallery is open throughout the season and features images by Wyland and other leading American artists. 

For more information, call (419) 285-2233 or visit Information can also be found at


Daybreak 2013 mission training event coming to Sandusky

Daybreak 2013, a special mission training event sponsored by Sandusky Area Lutherans in Mission with support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be held Friday through Sunday, July 26, 27, & 28, at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky. This event is for individuals, youth groups and families. 

Daybreak begins on Friday at 8 p.m. with a free concert in the Kalahari Convention Center ballroom with the Christian band “Rew!nd” .

Saturday will open with worship at 8:30 a.m., followed by keynote speaker Pastor Ruben Duran, the director for new congregations and congregational outreach for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His presentation is engaging and uplifting as he encourages his audience to join in God’s mission to all people. Workshops and mission events are planned for the remainder of the day, concluding with closing remarks and a commissioning service before Saturday events end at 4 p.m. There will be activities for individuals, youth groups, and families, and child care for very young children.

The only cost is $35 per person for registration for the Saturday event and includes lunch. Complete information and registration forms are available at our website 

On Sunday morning, July 28, the Sandusky Area Lutherans invite the community to join them at 10:30 a.m. for a special joint worship service in the Kalahari ballroom.

To emphasize the mission theme of Daybreak the Second Harvest food truck will be in the Kalahari parking lot and accepting donations throughout the entire three-day Daybreak event.

Visit for details.


Arts Council plans trip to NYC

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council announces its second annual trip to the Big Apple. Motorcoach transportation will be provided into the city to attend a performance of “Kinky Boots”, winner of Tony Awards for best chorography, best score, best actor and best musical. There will be a trip to the heart of the city, Chinatown, Ground Zero and Little Italy with options to see the Rockettes Holiday Spectacular and dinner at a quaint Italian Restaurant. 

Dates for the trip are Thursday, Nov. 21, through Sunday Nov. 24. For information and reservations, call Marty Willis at 419-734-5362.


St. Boniface School hires preschool teacher

St. Boniface Catholic School is pleased to announce the appointment of Tammy Steindam-Myers as the new preschool teacher for the 2013-2014 school year. Steindam-Myers has 12 years of educational experience, including 5 years for WSOS Community Action Commission as a Head Start Home Based / Classroom teacher. She earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Terra Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Education from Ashland University. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and will be a valuable addition to the staff.

If interested in more information regarding preschool or elementary school please contact the school office at 419 898-1340. While the office is closed for summer phones are checked daily for messages.

St. Boniface Catholic School serves students in grades K-6 of all religions, racial, ethnic and income backgrounds. For information on the curriculum, admissions policies and registration contact the school office at (419) 898-1340 or visit the website at


PCHS announces honor rolls

Port Clinton High School announces the honor rolls for the final grading period of the 2012-13 school year.

Principal’s List:

Grade 12: Perrin Adkins, Sydney Adkins, Lauren Balduf, Sean Black, Christian Cash, Alexis Crowl, Joey Fick, Matthew Fillmore, Lexi Fodor, Marshall Parker, Brandon Rosiar, Kirstin Winke.

Grade 11: Andrew Batterton, Tiffany Colston, Shelby Gerwin, Jeffrey Griffin, Alayne Herevia, Cheyenne Meek, James Olsen, Hannah  Sarty, Christopher Weaver, Amber Wuersig.

Grade 10: Alyssa Araguz, Emily Ashley, Eryn Binder, Gaberiel DeFreitas, Ty Gallogly, Michael Lay, Shane Meek, McKenzie Stine, Chelsea Vollmer, Hannah Weaver.

Grade 09: Ellis Adolph, Sydney Alexander, Joshua Brown, Gina Buono, Katelyn Chapman, Carter Frye, Olivia Heckerd, Logan Hepp, Miranda Herevia, Katelyn Koebel, Seth Monk, Trevor Monk, Colin Rider, Noah Smith, Danielle Stager, Taylor Steyer, Alex Suter, Abigail Waite. 

High Honors:

Grade 12: Isaac Akins, Madison Ambrozy, Karlie Busby, Jacob Carrisales, Ian Chandler, Rachel Chapman, Alexander Doman, Erin Farkas, Donovan Guerra, Alexa Haskin, Lacy Hepp, Kathryn Holloway, Karl Kopchak, Alison Lawson, Laura Masimore, Ross Meek, Samuel Miller, Jason Mueller, Abbigail Pitts, Kevin Rarden, Aaron Smith, Allison Strong, Taylor Teague, Amber Willoughby.

Grade 11: Kelly Althaus, Dominique Araguz, Kayla Armendariz, Alicia Bacak, Noah Cross, Morgan Donahue, Leah Evans, Hunter Frye, Molly Haberman, Nathaniel Haghiri, Halee Jones, Cameron King, Hannah Kneisley, Morgan  McGlothlin, Ryan Norgard, Jennifer Salazar, Maranda Schultz, Lance Taylor, Darryl Trent, Claire Zielinski.

Grade 10: Andrew Cline, Tarryn Edgefield, Payton Evans, Zachary Kokinda, Kathryn Mueller, Nicholas Reineck,  David Saunders, Allison Schroeder, Gracey Stewart.

Grade 09: Lydia Bacon, Ashtyn Baney, Cydney Bass, Allison Cline, Maddison Cole, Cheyenne Eppse, Kassie Finneran, Drew Fodor, Jasmine Garcia, Ashley Householder, Steven Kast, Haley Klima, Michael Leone, Sierra Magi, Joseph Miller, Alyssa Peto, Bradley Rich, Emily Shaw, Natalie Stitak, Alana Sutherland, Courtney Trent, Bethany Urban, Spencer Wadsworth, Adam Wells.

Honor Roll: 

Grade 12: Jesse Banks, Blake Calvert, Morgan Capone, Brittany Carstensen, Courtney Coleman, Trey Gluth, Amanda Hall, Collin Hennig, Breahana Hernandez, Kaitlyn Mahler, Amanda Malave, Mariah McCoy, Mercede Mominee, Rachel Nehls, Christopher Overfield, Robert Peterman,Jr., Landon Porter, Cody Reiman, Adam Robinson, Breanna Robinson, Amber Waite, Hunter Yarbrough, Mary Margaret Young. 

Grade 11:  Abigail Barker, Devin Beaver, Ericka Castillo, Paige Culver, Santana Diliberto, Ian Kyle, Brock Moore, Meghan O’Neal, Tiffany Street, Tayler Wadsworth, Kyle Wagner, David Wilburn, Kristen Wood, Kayla Woods, Emma Young, Elise Zeitzheim.

Grade 10: Cole Araguz, Aileen Blankenship, Jordan Carrisales, Haley Crawford, Dennis Elias, Jesse Escobedo, Ashley Gill, Allison Gilleland, Rose Hayden, Benjamin Heminger, Marcus Hogan, Jordan Kleinhans, Cal Laurel, David Leone, Aaron Lockhart, Keegan Lowe, Summer Magi, Kassidy Mahler, Lisa Niceswanger, Alec Ochs, Shelby Radloff, Victoria Reiman, Carter Rumball, Kelsey Salyer, Alyson Shaler, Ashlynn Slauterbeck, Samantha Stroupe, Katelyn Webb, Alysia Zoeller.

Grade 09: Kori Armendariz, Tristan Auxter, Marissa Carstensen, Kelsey Dietrich, Caitlin Gresh, Christopher Haghiri, Morgan Hazzard, Jessica Hofacker, Baileigh Limestahl, Kayla Matthews, Kelcie McCord, Macey Meacham, Kayli Millhouse, Brandon Moore, Benjamin Mueller, Melanie Payne, Tia Rogers, Maranda Santoya, Aaron Shaler, Nathan Stubblefield, Kasey Swander, Megan Vallance, Kaylee Vollmer, Abby Wilkins.

Merit Roll:

Grade 12: Makayla Anderson, Jason Bailey, Robert Beck, Caitlin Behrens, Stephen Behrens, Drew Blackburn, Caleb Cuevas, Katie Edwards, Jes Gruber, Lana Jeffers, Jessica Johnson, Donald Kessler, Michael Kirkpatrick, Felicia Lammon, Kyle Lucas, Max Mercurio, Hannah Mowel, Nicholas Pope, Kyle Radloff, Daniel Robertson, Shantel Solis, Zachary Wheeler, Scott Wilkins.

Grade 11: Cameron Albright, Alex Bastian, Zach Baugh, Madison Baxter, Chudney  Daniels, Jonathon Emmons, Logan Harnisch, Kayleigh Householder, Chaz James, Jessica Jernigan, Caleb Kirk, Joseph Kurtz, Dakota LaBret, Eryn Nason,  Amanda Pollard, Logan Pratt, Kody Ratliff, Brock Rider, Samantha Schroeder, Jeffrey Sedilko, Bree Slauterbeck, Dylan Webb, Kayla Wheeler, Malcolm Wright, Joseph Zam.

Grade 10: Abigale Baugh, Kiya Brown, Gabrielle Camerato, Cameron Carlson, Allessandria Dracka, Dillon Green, David Kessler, Jaden Kleinhans, Teri Metcalf, Elizabeth Ratliff, Raven Rogers, Collin Salyers, Katlyn Sheppard, Beatrice Stanziano, John Ross Vallance, Sabrina Webster, Lauren Wheeler, Zachary Young, Emily Zibert, Taylor Zink.

Grade 09: Ryan Alexander, Ashton Barton, Ciara Crawford, David Crowl, Avery Dackerman, Marissa Day, Raeshaundra Grant, Scott Grimm, Adrianna Hall,  Ryan Johnson, Alyssa Kessler, Ebony Kleinhans, Kaylee Lemon, Morrisa Mallory, Andrea Mitchell, Heidi Murray, Stone Scott, Aubree Thomas, Eric Wheeler, Trenton Williams, Matthew Winke, Reilly Wittman.


Hayes Presidential Center celebrates with red, white and BOOM!

For a truly bone-rattling celebration of the Fourth of July, the place to be is the Hayes Presidential Center’s Independence Day Concert. Set for 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, on the lawn in front of the home of 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes, the event features a performance by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band. Civil War re-enactors provide unique percussion to the band’s performance of the 1812 Overture by firing a series of cannon. 

Admission to the Independence Day Concert is free thanks to title sponsors Crown Battery/Hal & Diane Hawk. Additional funding is provided by Mosser Construction Inc, Richard Binau Insurance & Financial Services, United Ohio Insurance Co., and numerous individuals and businesses who support this popular event.

Attendees are reminded to bring their own seats and come prepared for the weather (sunscreen and/or bug spray.) Snacks and drinks can be purchased at a refreshment stand. Free parking is available on the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Center and adjoining city streets.

Repertoire for the concert includes show tunes, popular favorites, a selection of flag-waving melodies, and an Armed Forces tribute. Military veterans in the audience are invited to stand when the theme of their branch of the armed services is played. Those attending the Independence Day Concert are encouraged to show their patriotic spirit by wearing red, white, and blue clothing. 

Due to the federal holiday, the Hayes Home and Hayes Museum will observe holiday hours of noon-5 p.m. Concert attendees are encouraged to come early to view the exclusive Hayes Museum exhibit–War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier. The exhibit focuses on the important role Ohio played in the war, with special attention given to the battles at Fort Meigs, Fort Stephenson and on Lake Erie. Admission to the exhibit is included in the Hayes Museum ticket price of $7.50/adults, $6.50/senior citizens and $3/children ages 6-12. Children younger than age 6 are admitted free.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society. Check the Hayes Presidential Center website for a complete list of year-round special events.

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