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PCHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductees: Scott Rickel and Class of 1976 football team

The members of the 1976 Port Clinton High School football team that went 9-1 with 7 shutouts and a Great Lakes League Championship were formally inducted into the Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday Night. With Leo Alvarado holding the GLL Championship Trophy, the team surrounds its head coach, Jim Hastings, who made the trip from Tennessee to Ohio this weekend for the special ceremonies. Hastings teams were 16-4 in his two seasons at the helm of the Redskins. Hastings spoke to the gathering on Saturday night and told a few stories about the team. He also admitted he may have made a mistake leaving for a College Coaching job at Morehead State in Kentucky. "No matter where I have gone in my coaching career, my heart is now and will always remain with Port Clinton and these great players." Two of the members of that team have passed on, including the starting center, Mike Ebert, who was represented by his wife Olga (pictured far left).

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Car lovers flock to Cars for Critters

On Sunday, September 28, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge hosted its 7th annual Cars for Critters benefit car show. Over 220 cars were involved in the event. Drivers picked from a variety of critter themed classes to show off their vehicles including: best bird, mammal, fish, insect, reptile, street rod, antique, and fledging classic.

Also at the car show was the rehab team from Back to the Wild located in Castalia. Back to the Wild brought education animals (snakes, owls and other large birds of prey) and had a wide variety of educational displays on how to keep habitats safe for animals.

For more information about Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge visit onwra.com and for more information on Back to the Wild visit backtothewild.com.

Cars for Critters 2014

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Senator Gardner Hosts Oak Harbor’s Micah Mensing at Statehouse

Gardner and Mensing on the Senate floor.

Oak Harbor High School senior Micah Mensing joined hundreds of FFA members throughout Ohio at a special legislative event at the Statehouse Wednesday.   Mensing, District 1 FFA President, was hosted by Ottawa County Senator Randy Gardner on a brief tour of the Statehouse and a visit to the Senate chambers.

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“Fiddler on the Roof” returns to Playmaker Stage after 35 Years

Originally one of Port Clinton Playmakers’ all time record breakers staged in the fall of 1979, “Fiddler on the Roof” is back.  Timeless in its appeal to audiences of all ages, the new generation “Fiddler” brings a cast of fresh faces as well as seasoned Playmaker favorites. Heading off the talented cast is veteran actor Steve Fillmore appearing as Tevye, the headstrong patriarch of a remarkable Jewish family torn by conflict in the year 1905. In keeping with tradition, Fillmore is the nephew of Playmaker favorite, the late Doug Meyer, who created the role in ’79. Rehearsals are well underway under the able direction of Brenda Hensley: Director, Robert Bell: Musical Director, Nadine Jensen: Producer, and Karina Browne: Choreographer. 

Appearing as Tevye’s wife Golde is Ann Marie Muehlhauser. Their tradition challenging daughters are Sarah Leidheiser, Angela Fishburn, and Karina Browne. Playing opposite these talented ladies are suitors Robert Dundin, Will Chase and Riley Polley.  Younger sisters will be played by Kaylee Phillips and Abigail Frattaroli. 

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WWII TMB Avengers take to the skies

Charlie Cartledge of the Lake Erie Warbirds and a major orchestrator of this event waves to the crowd before taking flight Saturday at the reunion.

The Lake Erie Warbirds hosted a WWII TBM Avenger gathering and final reunion at the Liberty Aviation Museum on Saturday, September 27. 

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County Auditor Lawrence Hartlaub is holding series of Town Hall Meetings

Ottawa County Auditor Lawrence Hartlaub is hosting three public Town Hall meetings across the county in October. Hartlaub is providing this opportunity for Ottawa County residents to learn more about their property tax bills, available tax credits and the property valuation process. In addition, he will explain where residents’ tax money goes and different ways Ottawa County communities utilize levies.

Ottawa County residents are welcome at any of the three meetings without prior registration; however, seating is limited. Each Town Hall Meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and likely conclude around 6:30 p.m. with a question and answer period. The schedule is as follows:

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BCS seventh grade Students of the Month 

Sensational September students. Back row: Jordan Millinger, Stephan Reaper, Shelby Adkins, Jac Alexander, Sam Boss. Front row: Doug Johnson and Zack Fisher.

The seventh grade team at Oak Harbor Middle School has nominated several students as Sensational September Students. 

Stephen Reaper was nominated by Mr. McKitrick. “Stephen has started off the school year with the energy and willingness to participate in math class. Stephen’s actions have made a loud announcement of his intentions to succeed this school year. Keep it up,” said Mr. McKitrick.

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Are the Mayor’s statements meant to confuse?

Rick Noderer of Citizens Organized for Responsible Development (CORD), under the Ohio Sunshine Law, did a public record’s request through City Hall requesting copies of leases from the City leasing property. Noderer requested leases from 2009 to 2014 and only received two documents back from the City.

“From my request I received two leases through the City: one was regarding the Senior Center and the other was Sassy Sal Charters,” said Noderer. “This tells me that the City does not consider park reservation contracts or event applications as leases.”

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Great Egret Marsh officially opens

Marianne Gabel, Nancy Reymann, Josh Knights, Executive Director TNC, Congresswoman & State Senator
Photos by Terrence Dziak.

The Nature Conservancy’s Great Egret Marsh celebrated its Grand Opening on a perfect fall day in September.    The event was hosted by TNC staff members.  A crowd of supporters, including birders, canoers and kayakers, hikers, nature lovers, and government dignitaries gathered under a white tent facing a gorgeous vista of open water for a  welcome by Josh Knights, TNC Ohio Executive Director.  Marian Gabel, Chairman of TNC’s Ohio Board of Trustees, described the mission and scope of the Conservancy and where Great Egret Marsh fits into the plan.

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Driftmyer receives Quilt of Valor

Sunday afternoon, the family of Carl Driftmyer, 86, of Portage Township surprised him with a very special honor at the Liberty Air Museum. Army Private Driftmyer, a veteran of the Korean War who served 10 months driving tanks on the front lines, was presented with a Quilt of Valor by Kathy Pettry of North Ridgeville.

He was totally surprised by his special honor, noting that since he returned home in the early 1950s, "I never got thanks for anything!" Driftmyer was wounded in action, receiving the Purple Heart, along with a number of other medals from his time in the military. 

Over 10,000 handmade Quilts of Valor have been presented to worthy veterans over the years. Kathy Pettry and her husband Tim have presented over 30 of them this year alone.

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