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Community calendar July 10-16

July 10-16

The Splendor of Lake Erie Exhibit by Local Artists
What: Local artist’s exhibit works
Where: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center-West, 770 S.E. Catawba Rd
Info: shoresandislands.com

The Amazing Grape Race
What: Visit wineries along the Lake Erie Shores and Islands trail in Northwest Ohio
Where: Wineries along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail
Info: ohiowines.org

Summer Ghost Walks with Victoria
What: Walk with Victoria through old Port Clinton as she recounts tales of romance, history, mystery, and spirits
Where: Marshall Inn Bed & Breakfast, 204 Monroe St., Port Clinton
When: 7 & 8 p.m.
Cost: $8.50
Info: marshallinn.com

Katherine C. Crampton Memorial Art Show
Where: Hoover Auditorium Lobby, Lakeside
Cost: Gate fees apply
Info: lakesideohio.com

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On the Record with Mayor Vince Leone

Editor’s Note: Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone will be doing an interview once a month addressing talked about topics in town on the record. Mayor Leone will also start coming to one Coffee with the Editor a month, dates to be announced. Coffee with the Editor is held at Common Grounds on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and anyone is welcome to attend.

The first topic on the table for discussion is Waterworks Park development, downtown revitalization and CORD’s presence in the community.

“This administration has accomplished a lot, things people told me could not be done; revitalizing the downtown, fixing the shoreline. Elected city officials are given the responsibility to do what’s best to move the city forward and we take that very seriously. The general public elects us and they have elected officials that they feel will move the city forward.”

 “We need to get people in here (the city) to create revenue to get more money for our city. The public has spoken repeatedly about this issue and we are trying to move forward. CORD says that we are not listening to them, but we have heard them, loud and clear, they are, by far, not the majority.”

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Ribbon Cutting Held for PJ’s Grille and Bar

Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton held a ribbon cutting for PJ’s Grille & Bar to celebrate their grand opening on July 1.  Representatives from the City of Port Clinton, Main Street Port Clinton, and the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce congratulated them and thanked them for their commitment to Port Clinton.

Pictured left to right: Port Clinton City Councilman Jerry Tarolli; Port Clinton City Councilman Margaret Phillips; Port Clinton City Councilman Lisa Sarty; Don Clemons, Main Street Port Clinton Board Member; Ashley Wuersig; Donald Kleinhans, General Manager; Latoya Kleinhans, owner; Paula Cromley; Jamie Kleinhans, owner; Laura Schlachter, Port Clinton Chamber and Main Street; Missy Walker, Main Street Port Clinton Board Member; and Tracey Elson, Port Clinton Chamber Ambassador.

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Lakeside Chautauqua Fourth of July parade

Photos by Mark Schaffner

The Lakeside Chautauqua Fourth of July parade started at 10 a.m. with the Children's Bike Parade in Perry Park. The Fourth of July Float Parade followed the bike parade traveling east to west on Second Street.

The Grand Marshall for both parades was Les Cunningham, a familiar face around the Lakeside community. He leads the Children's Bike Parade every year. He also ushers at Hoover Community Worship Services, assists Chip Richter with God Squad, volunteers at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival and helps at Lakeside's annual spring clean up day.

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Community Markets wins Oak Harbor Chamber Independence Day fundraiser

Lester Weatherwax, Manager at Community Markets, and Cathe Riffle, cashier at Community Markets.

In late May, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off a fundraising campaign for their annual Independence Day Celebration. Patriotic stars were sold at several businesses throughout town, and the response was wonderful. 

“We would like to thank all of the businesses that sold the stars and all of the people who purchased them,” says Valerie Winterfield, Executive Director. “It is a great feeling to see the town rally together and support this wonderful event, and we are grateful for all of the contributions.”

Community Markets in Oak Harbor raised the most money, bringing in over $1,200 in donations with cashier Cathe Riffle selling the most stars. There have also been several donations by businesses in town and private citizens.

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Paege Murphy to Teach Art Class

Paege Murphy of Sandusky will, once again, after an enjoyable class last year, teach a colored pencil drawing class on Thursday, July 17.  Murphy specializes in pencil and colored pencil drawings, and shows and sells her work throughout the area.  Students will learn to draw water in a colored pencil drawing of a Lake Erie landscape.  Murphy walks her students through the class, so all levels of artists are encouraged to attend.  Everyone will go home with a frame-able piece of art.

The class is sponsored by the Port Clinton Artists’ Club and will be held at the Sutton Center, 1875 E. Harbor Rd/Perry St. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Open to the public, the classes are $45.  Seating is limited. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Kathie Widing at 419-341-0817.

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It’s Time to Defend Our Veterans

Submission by Congressman Bob Latta (OH-5)

In a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams wrote, "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not." 

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Two caught stealing gas at Oak Harbor Golf Course

A joint investigation between the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and the Ottawa County Drug Task Force resulted in Robert McClanahan and Cody Brengartner being arrested for stealing gasoline at the Oak Harbor Golf Course. Both subjects were charged with criminal trespass, theft and possession of criminal tools.

Information was received from a source that the individuals were going to steal the gasoline so officers maintained surveillance on the golf course area and caught the individuals stealing gasoline from a large gas tank located at the golf course. Both subjects were incarcerated in the Ottawa County Jail. A male juvenile was also arrested. He was released to his parents, pending charges in the Ottawa County Juvenile Court.

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Anderson highlights friendship and community at First Shot Ceremony

Gary Anderson taking the first shot at the 2014 National Matches.

The 107th annual National Rifle Matches started Monday, July 7, with the First Shot Ceremony honoring Gary Anderson. Anderson, a Nebraska native, taught himself how to shoot by dry firing. In his shooting career, he has won 2 Olympic gold medals, 7 world championships, set 6 world records and holds 16 national records. He also became the Director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) in 1999. Since then membership has skyrocketed from 2250 to nearly 5000.

“There is a big difference between shooting and marksmanship,” noted Anderson during his speech at the ceremony. “Marksmanship makes soldiers more efficient and able to better defend themselves and our country.”

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