Salon 53 ribbon cutting

Pictured left to right: Ottawa County Commissioner Jim Sass; William Moore, PC Chamber Board; Lee Vivod, PC Chamber Board; Brenda Belcher, Owner/Stylist; Jessica Rodwancy, Stylist/Nail Technician; Brooke Shoup, Nail Technician; Chuck Miller, PC Chamber Board; and Laura Schlachter, Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.  Not pictured: Amber Anstead, Stylist; Sandy Costello, Hair/Make-up/Waxing; Rachel Gardner, Cut/Color Specialist; Sherry Garverick, Stylist/Nail Technician; and Kim Mallory, Stylist/ Nail Technician.

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Salon 53 located at 3958 Harbor Light Landing on Aug. 9. Representatives from the Chamber’s Board congratulated Brenda Belcher on grand opening and wished her many years of success.

Salon 53 is a full service hair and nail salon dedicated to service and value.  Brenda Belcher, Owner/Stylist, along with her creative team, are experts in all hair types and textures.  Salon 53 offers a full range of services for women, men, and children including cut and style, color, highlights and keratin treatments.  You may also indulge in a spa manicure, pedicure, or full body waxing.  For more information, please contact 419-734-5353 or visit


PIB Road Races Reunion Aug. 27-29


1959 race, turn 2

The fifth annual Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion (PIBRRR) will be held Aug. 27-29. 

Beginning in 2009, The PIBRRR celebrates sports car races that were held on the streets of Put-in-Bay from 1952-’59 and in 1963. It captures the history of those races and re-creates the atmosphere of sports car racing of that era. Put-in-Bay is one of the few places in North America where post-war sports cares raced through towns and countryside on public roads and where those roads exist today virtually unchanged.


Cupcakes for a Cure-- earnings in action

left to right: Rose Smith; Joe Smith, Senior Center President; Kristen Gerwin of United Way in Ottawa County; Mayor Vincent Leone; and Juanita Mills-Persely, chair-person of Cupcakes for a Cure.

On May 11th the Port Clinton Senior Center held a cupcake competition to raise money for their cause, Cupcakes for a Cure. The event raised $2100 to help cancer patients. On Thursday, Aug. 8,there was a meeting at the Port Clinton Senior Center celebrating how that money will be used to help those in need. 

Juanita Mills-Persely, chair-person of Cupcakes for a Cure, has a nephew, Connor, who is battling leukemia. Connor became close with another 10 year old cancer patient, Hunter. Hunter’s family was unable to visit him during his last round of chemotherapy because of the cost to drive the two hours to the hospital. In early 2012 Hunter was found to be free of cancer, yet the memory of the challenges faced by Hunter’s family remained with Mills-Persely.


PIB Pub Crawl to support Stein Hospice

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon visiting several of the island’s pubs and quenching your thirst with an assortment of flavored Commodore Perry beer, and support Stein Hospice along the way. The Commodore Perry Pub Crawl will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. The crawl includes stops at the Boathouse, Round House, Frosty’s, Mojito Bay and Put-in-Bay Brewing Company.  

Tickets are $60 (or $35 without ferry) and include a round-trip ticket on the Jet Express from Port Clinton, 5 pints of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Commodore Perry brew infused with different flavors, a special edition T-shirt and island fun. Tickets can be purchased online at


Immaculate Conception School announces open registration

Father John Missler, Pastor, and Mrs. Connie Snyder, Principal, await the children by the door on the first day of school for the 2012-2013 school year. 

It’s the final countdown to the first school bell and the staff is not wasting a second in preparing for the school year that lies ahead. Floors are being waxed and new text books are being unboxed, all in preparation for the VIP’s to enter the door on Aug. 26h. These VIP’s are the preschool through grade 5 children that will make Immaculate Conception School full of laughter, faith, and learning for the nine months that follow. 


Farm tire recycling collection

The agricultural community will once again have an opportunity to recycle their unwanted farm tires through a collection sponsored by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District. The event will be held at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds in Fremont in the north parking lot. This collection is open to farm owners, operators and residents in the three county area (including Bellevue and Fostoria residents). No dealers or agri-business will be permitted. 


Oak Harbor women donate to Terra State vets

Joyce Spencer, center, accepts the donations from Jeanne Gloor, left, and Sue Fischbach in the Veterans Center 

The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 114 in Oak Harbor collected school supplies for veterans and recently delivered them to the Veterans Center at Terra State Community College. 

“We want to help our veterans who are trying to make the transition from military life to civilian life by improving their job opportunities and expanding their military training academically,” said Jeanne Gloor, a member of the auxiliary. “That’s what they are doing at Terra State.”

The dependents of those who gave their lives serving our country will also have access to these supplies, Gloor said. 

Members of the auxiliary had placed donation bins at a couple of locations in Oak Harbor. They requested pencils, pens, highlighters, erasers, binders, notebooks, organizers, folders and composition books.

This week Gloor and fellow auxiliary member Sue Fischbach delivered more than 50 spiral notebooks, numerous packages of pens, pencils, and highlighters, some three-ring binders, a few folders and miscellaneous other items. 

“The Veterans Center tries to keep coffee supplies, bottled water, napkins and microwave popcorn on hand for the veterans while they are at school” said Joyce Spencer, Success Mentor for Veterans. “These supplies will be greatly appreciated as well.”

The Terra State Veterans Center opened late last year. It provides a comfortable atmosphere for veterans to connect with other veterans. They can study, socialize or just plain relax, Spencer said. 

“Actually, we have provided educational services to veterans, active duty personnel, military dependents and survivors since our founding in 1968,” Spencer said. “But now, because we have a visible presence on campus, we feel that we can continue to make the public conscious of our veterans. We embrace that role. And we are so pleased with the support from the ladies of Post 114.”  

For more information on the Veterans Center, call Joyce Spencer at 419-559-2348.


Craig Whitmore book signing at Ex Libris

Just in time for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, author Craig S. Whitmore will be signing his first novel, “The Last Roar” at Ex Libris Bookshop, 110 W. Main Street, Marblehead, on Sunday, Aug.18 from 1-3 p.m.

"The Last Roar” is  a work of historical fiction that takes place during the War of 1812. The setting is the north coast of Ohio and Pennsylvania and the southern shores of Canada. The story captures the struggle to build up the American fleet and the main character, George Armstrong, is a carpenter who escapes from the British to sail under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry aboard the USS Lawrence. The great naval battle is imminent when he discovers that his cousin Jessie has been pressed into service aboard the British ship, HMS Queen Charlotte. Reading the book is like taking a trip back in time to when our area, islands and towns were primitive and dangerous places to live. It is a work that all ages would enjoy. 

Whitmore, a retired English, creative writing, and electronic media teacher, gained his knowledge of the Battle of Lake Erie while serving as an interpretive ranger at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island. Whitmore is the past host of The Writing Place Roundtable for WVIZ-TV channel 25 in Cleveland. He has written numerous educational articles, newspaper articles on bicycling Ohio's Rail-Trails and is an accomplished public speaker. He is currently developing his second novel, “A Bit of Colored Ribbon: A Novel of the American Civil War”, which will be released in summer of 2014.


B-C-S students start Tuesday, Aug. 27th

The first day of school for students in Grades 1-12 for the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will be Tuesday, Aug. 27. There will be no school on Monday, Aug. 26, due to the approval of the waiver day application by the Ohio Department of Education.

The school day for each of the three buildings has changed slightly from last school year. R.C. Waters Elementary School’s student day will be from 8:05 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.; Oak Harbor Middle School will be from 8 a.m. until 2:48 p.m. and Oak Harbor High School’s student day will be 8 a.m. until 2:40 p.m.  

Below is a revised B-C-S Schools Calendar that includes waiver days:


Port Clinton City Council meeting turn out

Last night's city council meeting at the Elk's brought a lot of citizens out for some good discussion. Police Chief Hickman said that at 6:05 p.m. they shut the doors because the room's 350 person capacity was reached. Once people started to come and go more people were let inside. All in all around 400 Port Clinton citizens and business owners attended the meeting.

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