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.


History comes alive during 2013 National Matches at Camp Perry


For the 106th year, the best shooters in the world have booked their trips to the shores of Northwest Ohio, ready to secure their places in history at the \"World Series of Shooting Sports.\" The 2013 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches will be fired at Camp Perry, six miles west of Port Clinton, July 8-August 14. The events are open to the public and spectators are welcome to observe firing on the Camp Perry ranges. Guests are encouraged to participate in the many exciting activities and visual attractions offered during the Match season.

Sights and sounds of military history will take center stage as they resonate through the start of the Matches at the First Shot Ceremony on Monday, July 8, at 10 a.m. This year\'s First Shot speaker will be LTG John S. Crosby, U.S. Army (ret.), and former member of the CMP Board of Directors, accompanied by this year\'s Master of Ceremonies, CMP Chairman and CEO Judith Legerski. 

Vintage military vehicles from WWII and Vietnam War eras, as well as period-dressed re-enactors, will add to the pomp and circumstance of the opening proceedings, from the nearby Petrarca Range berm in a motorcade towards the crowd. There will be aerial passes from a restored B-25 bomber from Port Clinton\'s Liberty Aviation Museum and the firing of a replica 1812 naval cannon. The cannon will be used to commemorate this year\'s 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, a turning point in the U.S. victory over the British in the War of 1812. 


Following the First Shot, \"Media Day at the Range\" will gather members of the local media for a light lunch and tour of Camp Perry. All guests, media and spectators alike, are also encouraged to visit our 80-point indoor air gun range at the CMP Marksmanship Center to shoot on the same firing points that once housed past Olympic athletes. For more information on Media Day, please visit 

Commercial Row offers a variety of items for both spectators and shooters, with a multitude of manufacturers selling used firearms, ammunition, competition gear, accessories, apparel and much more. The CMP Store allows even more buying opportunities at the Matches with their collection of military surplus rifles. Touch, feel and hand-pick a personal piece of history. 

Whether an experienced shooter or firing a shot for the first time, those wanting to enhance their rifle or pistol abilities can register for a number of clinics conducted during the Matches. A Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) will also be held for rifle and pistol enthusiasts. Here shooters will be instructed by some of the top military shooters in the country on firearm safety and competition technique. The SAFS courses have been a staple in the National Matches at Camp Perry since 1918.


More information on the National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Match registration and a complete list of events can be found by logging on to 

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally-chartered, 501 (c) (3), non-profit corporation dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States.  For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto,  or contact Christine Elder,419- 635-2141, ext. 1111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Contributions requested for Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run/Walk 5K

On July 4th the Port Clinton High School Class of 2015 will hold the first  Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run/Walk 5K on the 4th of July. It is a fundraiser so that all students have equal access to school activities.  

Members of the community or businesses that wish to make contributions of bottled water, fruit, bagels, other snack items, or gift certificates are encouraged to contact Carol Morgan at 419-732-0941 or 419-341-0979.

To register for the run, contact the main office at Port Clinton High School or Gabe DeFrietas at 419-341-6223. The entry fee is $20 per racer for those who pre-register, $25 the day of the race. All those who register by July 1 will receive a t-shirt.


Chicken BBQ at Commodore Perry Credit Union

Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union is having a chicken BBQ on Wednesday, July 3, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to support one of their members whose husband died recently, to cover the funeral expenses. Chicken dinners are $7 and ribs are $10.


Ohio watercraft officers ramping up for Operation Dry Water 2013

Concentrated effort to curb drinking and boating slated for June 28-30

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 28-30, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI). The mission of Operation Dry Water is to bring awareness and educate recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water.

During Operation Dry Water, officers will be out in force looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the state limit of .08 statewide. This weekend will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests and checkpoints as well as boater education. Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face other serious penalties. In Ohio, the consequences for BUI include fines, jail and loss of privileges to register and to operate watercraft.

\"We are dedicated to keeping boaters safe on our waters. Boating is a safe and enjoyable pastime when people stay alert and follow the rules,” says Rodger Norcross, chief for the ODNR Division of Watercraft. \"Our officers will be on the water focusing their efforts on identifying boaters who are operating a vessel under the influence.”

Boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol continues to be a major problem across the nation. U.S. Coast Guard data from Recreational Boating Statistics 2012 reveals that alcohol is the primary contributing factor in recreational boating fatalities. Intoxicated boat operators and passengers run a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident.

Operation Dry Water is a nationwide education and enforcement initiative launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Operation Dry Water 2013 is a joint program of the ODNR Division of Watercraft, NASBLA, the U.S. Coast Guard and local marine patrol officers. For more information, visit

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at


Marblehead Summerfest this weekend

The Marblehead Summerfest will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. June 28; from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 29; and from noon to 8 p.m. June 30 in James Park.

There will be amusement rides, a midway, Bar-B-Que Traveler’s chicken and ribs at the shelter house, vendors, raffles and entertainment at the beer tent overlooking James Park. 

For more information, call Linda 419-734-6131, Judy 419-798-4163 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


“Walk to Remember” children


The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County (TCF) is joining with dozens of chapters and thousands of bereaved across the country this summer in a one-mile “Walk to Remember” their children, brothers and sisters, grandchildren, and other family members who have died. The Ottawa County Walk will be held Sunday, July 7, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton.

As the world’s largest self-help bereavement organization, The Compassionate Friends offers friendship, understanding, and hope to families that have experienced the death of a child at any age from any cause. There are more than 650 chapters in the United States. The local walk is being held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends National Conference Walk to Remember® in Boston, MA, where as many as 1,500 are expected to walk July 7th.

Locally, walk coordinators are expecting more than 150 participants to meet at Lakeview Park. The walk begins promptly at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at noon. Following the walk, participants will join for a potluck and short memorial service.

“Whether someone walks one mile or a couple hundred feet is not important,” says chapter leader Roseann Hickman, “What is important is that we have taken this time to join with family and friends who care that an important person, a child, is missing from our lives. We are joining with bereaved families and friends walking in unity in states across our country to remember all children who died too soon, no matter their age or cause of death.”

Registration is required for the event and a registration form can be received by contacting Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690 or you can pick up the form at Perfect Color, 90 N. Madison Street, Port Clinton. Cost of registration is $10 and walkers will be given a walk bib. Walkers who pre-register will be given a tshirt also.

The chapter is accepting pledges from the community, as well as walkers, to help support outreach and chapter activities. Anyone wishing to make a pledge or who would like additional information about the walk or The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County may call Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690

For more information about the national organization and locations of its chapters nationwide, call 877-969-0010 or visit TCF’s national website at The Compassionate Friends has a presence in at least 30 countries worldwide.


Wounded Warrior Project fishing trip this Saturday

This Saturday local charter Captains are donating boats and time to the Wounded Warriors Project. At 7 a.m. the boats will leave with from Camp Perry for a day of fishing on Lake Erie. Back at Camp Perry there will be a fish fry, DJ, raffles and door prizes. Each Warrior attendee will receive a special gift from each of the Captains as a special reminder of their weekend at the Lake.

Mark Brumbaugh, a Professional Walleye Angler sponsored by Lund Boats and Mercury Marine, will be present and take one group of Warriors on his own fishing boat. The Warriors will have the opportunity to meet Brumbaugh and take photos with him at Camp Perry.

The vision of the Wounded Warrior Project is “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation\\\'s history,” and its goals are:

• To raise awareness and enlist the public\\\'s aid for the needs of injured service members.
• To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
• To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

For more information or to make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, visit


The House of Healing and Bruno’s Pizza

The Marblehead Bank is featuring Bruno’s Pizza and House of Healing with displays in the lobby of their branch located on Bridge Road during regular business hours from June 24th through July 6. The Marblehead Bank has established this marketing program to provide the opportunity for area businesses to positively  promote their business by designing in their branch lobby.

The House of Healing is a wellness facility located at 818 W. Main St. in downtown Marblehead that was established in 2006. Since that time, owner Jennifer Collins has been helping people achieve a balance of mind, body and spirit through massage therapy, Reiki and other healing modalities.

The House of Healing offers a variety of therapies to assist in one’s wellness journey and help reduce or eliminate painful issues. Also offered are couples massage, hot stone therapy and the use of essential oils.

Jennifer is a licensed massage therapist. She received her training at the Northwest Academy of Massotherapy in Maumee. Jennifer has lived in the area for ten years.  

A new addition to the staff at the House of Healing is Julia Smirnov, MBA. Julia specializes in skin care. Visits are by appointment only, Monday through Saturday. Contact Jennifer at 419-798-4103. Small groups are welcomed for special occasions and are a personal favorite of Jennifer’s.

Bruno’s Pizzeria is a full service Italian Restaurant located at 726 W. Main St. in downtown Marblehead. The restaurant was established in 2009 and is owned by Brian Strayer.

Bruno’s offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as a mezzanine level party and conference room, boasting a fun-friendly dining atmosphere where you can test your skills on arcade games while enjoying pizza, subs, salads and pasta.

Wine and beer tastings are popular along with fundraising events, birthday parties and rehearsal dinners. Check out their website: 

Bruno’s is open daily at 11 a.m., closing at 10 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. on the weekends. They offer delivery service to the entire Marblehead peninsula as well as Danbury Township and Catawba Island. You can also call in your order for pick up at 419-798-1000 and online ordering is coming soon.

Bruno’s was voted “Best pepperoni pizza in Ottawa County” in the 2012 Pizza Challenge and received second place honors for the “People’s Choice Award” in the 2010 Pizza Challenge.

Area business owners may contact Marblehead Bank’s Lori Fletcher or Sherila Carr at the Peninsula branch at 419-732-6263 for further details of their business feature program and to reserve a time slot for their display. There is no charge to the business for this marketing opportunity.


Camp NEOSA and other Salvation Army programs

On June 19th, 37 children got up early, loaded onto a chartered bus filled with snacks & movies, and headed to Camp NEOSA in Carrollton, OH, for five days filled with swimming, canoeing, hiking, outside sport activities, singing, role-playing and arts & crafts.

Camp NEOSA (Northeast Ohio Salvation Army) is one of the many programs offered by The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit. Camp NEOSA provides an atmosphere where campers learn skills for developing physically, socially and spiritually. The camp is aimed at helping campers learn good health habits and provides an opportunity for them to contribute to and receive from a group living experience. Campers participate in activities that stimulate creativity and foster independence. The Port Clinton Service Unit has provided this opportunity to approximately 35-40 campers each year for the past sixteen years.

Currently, the Salvation Army is taking applications for the “Tools for School” program and needs bell ringers for their “Christmas in July” campaign, July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Maureen Saponari at 419-732-ARMY (2769) or stop in at 1854 E. Perry Street,Suite # 800, Port Clinton.

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