PCMS raises money for ALS

Port Clinton Middle School students in Fleet 7 accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge and rose to the occasion.  They raised over $200 for ALS to be donated to the "Bright Side of the Road" foundation dedicated to ALS prevention, education and cure at the Cleveland Clinic. 

Fleet 7 teacher Ms. Diane Zam (far right) took the first bucket from students Beau Scott and Kyle Coleman as Ms. Carol Nighswander (next left) prepares for her dousing from Alanna Read and Zoe Hines along with the rest of the grade 7 teachers.  Since students raised more than $200, as challenged by their principal Ms. Carrie Sanchez, she also was part of the fun.    

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“Let me tell you a little about Myself” at Immaculate Conception School 

Grace Garber shows her classmates a picture of her girl scout camping trip.

Mrs. Penny Boyd’s ICS second graders were given the opportunity last week to tell their classmates a little more about themselves.  The students filled “ME” bags with special things that they felt told something about themselves.  Among the “ME” bag treasurers were pictures of friends and family, favorite stuffed animals, souvenirs from vacations, favorite toys, and special gifts from special people.  The students loved hearing their classmates stories and seeing their favorite things.  Mrs. Boyd said she loved learning these little details about her new students.


Magruder Hospital safety and diabetic events

Blue Tent Safety Event

On Wednesday, October 15, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Magruder Hospital is hosting a Blue Tent Safety Event, which is open to the community.  This event is part of a partnership between Magruder Hospital, the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and a number of local safety agencies like the EMA, American Red Cross, the Ability Center, United Way, Davis Besse and the Ottawa County Health Department. 

At the Blue Tent Safety Event a Portable Medical Facility will be set up to host community awareness information and health screenings. In one area of the tent there will be flu vaccines and free blood pressure checks.  There will also be an area where the agencies listed above will provide information on emergency preparedness for individuals and families.  Come learn about what kinds of plans and safety measures to take if you have pets; learn about the safety notification apps available through the Red Cross; see how the general public can help in the event of a disaster – and much more.  The last part of the tent will be set up as a portable hospital so community members and healthcare/safety employees can get an idea of how it would look and work in the event of a disaster.


Gardner named outstanding legislator by PCSAO

The state association of county child welfare agencies named Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) one of four 2014 Outstanding Legislators of the Year at a luncheon today in Columbus.

Public Children Services Association of Ohio recognized Gardner for his leadership in securing an additional $20 million for child and adult protective services in the state’s mid-biennium budget for fiscal year 2015. Gardner joined fellow Sen. Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Reps. David Hall (R-Millersburg) and Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) in accepting the awards. “We couldn’t choose just two this year as each one has been phenomenal in addressing needs of the child welfare system,” PCSAO’s Director of Policy and Government Affairs Gayle Channing Tenenbaum said.


Great Egret Marsh grand opening September 27

The Nature Conservancy’s Great Egret Marsh Preserve will officially open on Saturday September 27. The public is invited to stop by between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to enjoy the new facility’s trails or to join the staff for a casual paddle on West Harbor.  Participants wishing to paddle will need to bring a canoe or kayak.  Bird watching and fishing can be enjoyed at the preserve also.

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio’s Executive Director Josh Knights will be present at the opening, along with Elisa Demis, Northern Ohio Community Representative, and Terry Seidel, Director of Land Protection.  Additional TNC staff will also be available to answer questions and lead trail walks.  


Successful State Survey for Jane Baker House

September 2 to September 4, the Ohio Department of Health completed their annual survey of the Jane Baker House at Otterbein North Shore. The thorough multiple day survey was a success for Otterbein as they received positive marks and continue to be a top skilled nursing facility.   

The survey is a CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Quality Indicator Survey and is comprised of an entrance survey, facility tours, resident observation, clinical record review, preliminary investigations and interviews with residents and families. These surveys look at every aspect of the nursing facility and are of critical importance to the facility and CMS. Other items like observation of dining and kitchen areas, infection control practices, medication administration, dressing change observation, the review of the Medicare Demand Billing process, and staffing are all closely inspected.


PC pride clean-up of Historic Downtown Port Clinton

On Sunday, September 21, at 1 p.m. the community is invited to help clean up Downtown Port Clinton. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves, rakes, brooms, shovels or anything that will help with the clean-up. The City is providing garbage bags.

“We will be working together to make the town sparkle for the September GPCAAC fourth Thursday ARTWalk,” said Carol Morgan, organizer of the event. “Instead of talking about what needs to be done, let’s help get things done!”

Those participating are asked to meet at the fountain at Waterworks Park at 1 p.m. Any questions, call Carol Morgan at 419-341-0979.


LEAP hopes to expand opportunities for kids of Ottawa County

Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP) is an event around Ottawa County, where kids play with cardboard boxes, paint, fabric and recycled materials to create kid-oriented play spaces. 

The United Way program provides opportunities for kids and their caregivers to engage in child-directed play, play that evolves when children choose what to play and make up their own rules for how to play. Studies show that this type of play allows children to practice innovative thinking skills, build self-confidence and become independent thinkers and problem-solvers – all skills needed in our global business environment. 


Candidate’s night Thursday, October 2

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce has again teamed up with Port Clinton’s chapter of Business and Professional Women to organize a candidate’s night.  All candidates on November’s ballot were invited to speak briefly at the Elks Lodge on Buckeye Blvd in Port Clinton on Thursday, October 2, beginning at 7 p.m.

This is a free event and is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to come out to meet the candidates, listen to each speak, and learn more about the issues which will be on the ballot. There will be a short question and answer period at the end of the evening.

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