iPads available at library

Thanks to the Friends of the Ida Rupp Public Library, guests will be able to sign out an iPad for use inside the facility beginning Monday, July 16. Three iPads were purchased for adult use with funding from the Friends and are loaded with apps and ready to be explored.
We are very excited to bring you this new 4G technology and will be offering classes in how to use iPads on July 17 and July 23. Call to register at 419-732-3212.
Look for in-house iPads for children and teens to be available in the next few weeks.


Safety Council enrollment period open

July 31 is The FY13 enrollment period for new and Safety Council members who are interested in qualifying for a rebate of 2 percent or more on their Workers’ Compensation premiums. It is also time for dues renewal and submission of 1st Half 2012 Semi-annual Reports for present members.
In a special incentive program, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is offering Ottawa County area employers a one-time rebate of 2 percent on their Workers’ Compensation premiums for active participation in Safety Council during the next 12 months. The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers or state agencies. New for FY13 is that employers participating in BWC group-retrospective programs are eligible for a 2 percent participation rebate. As in FY12 group-experience-rating members are eligible for a 2 percent performance rebate. For many companies, the 2 percent or 4 percent savings will actually outweigh the cost of membership in Safety Council. 


ICS gets new fourth grade teacher

Jaclyn Turinsky Brown will be the fourth grade teacher at Immaculate Conception Parish School.  Brown has her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo, Elementary Education 1-8 with a mathematics concentration. She received her Master of Education from Bowling Green State University in classroom technology and has 9-plus years teaching experience. Brown
Brown was listed on the Dean’s list all semesters of college studies, was a Golden Key National Honor Society member and an Ohio Council Teacher of Mathematics member. She was also a coach for girl’s varsity basketball, eighth grade girl’s volleyball and basketball coach. She describes herself as a practicing Catholic, enjoys being around children in and out of the classroom and strives to be a positive influence in a child’s life.
Brown lives with her husband, Tyler, and their two children Lia and Maci in Marblehead.


Head to library for zombie games

Zombie and Other Outrageous Teen Games are planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the library.
Zombies and Humans, Zombie Marco Polo, Flee/Hide, Zombie Quiz, Vampire Donut Shooting, Decap Your Opponent, Cheese Curl Head and Elephant Bowling will be played by teens entering sixth through 12th grade.
No registration required. 
For information, call Ida Rupp Public Library
at 419-732-3212


Public forum scheduled on new Healthy Lake Erie Fund

A public forum will be held July 10 for residents interested in learning more about Ohio’s new Healthy Lake Erie Fund with an opportunity to provide input on solutions to resolving the lake’s algae problems.
State Rep. Randy Gardner, sponsor of the Healthy Lake Erie Fund, will host the forum with invited guests Director Jim Zehringer of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Director David Daniels of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally.


Kiwanis International honors PC Kiwanis first woman

Twenty-five years ago, Kathy Jo Schweitzer became a member of the local Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton. As the advisor of Port Clinton High School Key Club, she had no idea that her name would go down in history. But it certainly did, as she was recently honored at the Kiwanis International Convention in New Orleans, with the KI Legion of Honor Award. As a Distinguished Past-President, Schweitzer has become one of the first women (July 7, 1987 to Sept.30, 1988) in the world to join the all-men service organization and to be invited to this celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Women in Kiwanis.
It was a long road before Schweitzer, or any other woman, could become a Kiwanis member. While amendments to allow women as “official” members continued to fail year after year, that didn’t stop women from taking on numerous roles. One woman regularly attended a California Kiwanis club meeting for 58 years, but wasn’t allowed to be a member; she played the piano during the meetings.  Women not only helped as musicians, but also were the center of many Kiwanis social events. Ladies’ nights became popular in the early years, when men could invite their wives/significant others to experience Kiwanis fellowship.


Artists Club names scholarship winners

The Port Clinton Artist’s Club has donated $600 in art scholarships in 2012.
Ilene Hamilton, from Terra State Community College, received $300 and is a second-year student. She won Best of Show in the school’s recent art show.
Port Clinton High School students from art teacher Cheryl Knapp’s classes have also been chosen for scholarships. First place of $100 went to Katrina Lindsley; second place, $75, went to Taylor Gray; third, $50, went to Kayleigh Householder; and three prizes for honorable mention, $25 each, went to Eryn Binder, Teri Metcalf and Cameron Albright.


Joyful Connections seeking teams to play ‘Family Frenzy’

Joyful Connections will be hosting its signature event, Family Frenzy, on Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Banquet Hall at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. Family Frenzy will be played in a similar fashion to the game show “Family Feud.” 
Joyful Connections is seeking six teams of five players to compete in this fun-filled event. The questions are designed to raise a laugh from the audience, so teams must be prepared to have some fun. Answers for the questions are based on what “the survey says.” A prize will be awarded to the winning team along with bragging rights for next year’s event.
The team registration fee is $125 and includes a chicken barbecue and rib dinner and soft drinks for all five team members. A cash bar will be available. 


Summer Earth Camps a big success

The OSS Joint Solid Waste Management District sponsored the sixth annual “Earth Camp” in Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties during the month of June. More than 180 students entering grades 1-6 in the three-county district attended the one-day camp that offered fun activities on recycling topics and lessons on the importance of our natural resources. Camps were held on different days at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton, Conner Park in Fremont and Meadowbrook Park in Bascom.
Campers were separated into three groups: Planet Protectors, Go Green Gang and Recycling Rock Stars and each group rotated through stations. Team flags were made and carried with pride to each session during the camp.


Appetite for the Arts to be held in new aviation jewel

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council will celebrate the annual “Appetite for the Arts” Aug. 17-19 at the new Liberty Aviation Museum located at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.
Friday evening will be a ticketed reception that will give art lovers a sneak preview of art, antique cars and aircraft. As guests stroll through the aisles viewing the art and speaking with the artists, they will taste the culinary delights of area vendors.
Saturday and Sunday admission will be free to the public. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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