Students at ICS are “Stronger than a bully”

Students at Immaculate Conception School in grades 2 through 5 had a very special lesson in life skills last Thursday.  A Mobile Ed Production Assembly entitled “Stronger than a Bully” made a stop at the school to speak on a problem facing many children and schools today-bullying.  The assembly reinforced the importance of standing up to a bully and not becoming a victim and also not being a bystander, but being an “upstander”.  This fast-paced interactive school assembly program focused on an important lesson, but filled the gymnasium with laughter as it encompassed magic, ventriloquism, role playing, comedy, and loads of fun.  The program presenter, David Mitchel, explained to the kids that the best reaction to bullying is to SMILE.  “S”tay Cool!  “M”ake Eye Contact.  “I”dentify the Attack.  “L”ead positive conversation and “E”rase it!  On the other side of the fence, not letting another friend suffer the attack of a bully can put a student in the position of a hero having the power to change a situation for a friend.  Immaculate Conception School was full of SMILES at the conclusion of the show.


Shrine and icons dedicated at St. Mary’s

Pentecost Sunday, May 19, was cause for much celebration at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church of Marblehead. After the mass celebrating the Feast of Pentecost, the sanctuary’s four new icons were blessed and then the congregation processed to the the consecration of the Shrine of the Dormition of The Theotokos, which is housed in the lakeside gazebo behind the church. St. Mary’s Very Rev. Dr. Bryan Eyman led the blessings and was joined by guest Father Deacon Michael Lee of the Byzantine Catholic Cultural Center in Cleveland.


Ribbon Cutting for JT’s Catawba Cafe

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce announces the grand opening of JT’s Catawba Café located at 1871 NE Catawba Road in the Midway Marina Plaza.  The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be served.

JT’S Catawba Café was the idea of “three sisters sharing childhood memories and grown-up dreams.” Sisters Jacquie (Couture) Below, Tonya Couture-Grubb and Tina (Couture) Schank opened JT’S Catawba Café on April 26.  JT’S Catawba Café has brought back a hometown favorite, the original “Mayhew’s Donut”, in addition to such popular items as JT’S Omelet, the Whopping Walleye Sandwich, and fluffy melt-in-your-mouth pancakes.

JT’S Catawba Café will continue with a Saturday Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Saturday Celebration will include a Donut Eating Contest at noon (register by 11:30 a.m,) a Creamer Stacking Contest, and raffles for gift certificates and t-shirts, in addition to other activities, including entertainment by JT’S “Donut Boy”.

For more information call 419-960-7399.


OH girls win SBC title for 4th consecutive year

For the fourth straight season and fifth time in six years, the Oak Harbor girls track team came away victorious at the Sandusky Bay Conference Meet.

Behind five first-place finishes, the Rockets came away with 139 points, just ahead of Edison (119). Perkins was third (96.5), St. Mary CC fourth (92), followed by Clyde, Port Clinton, Huron and Margaretta.

Individual winners from Oak Harbor included Jordan Giesler (discus) and Athena Eli (400) and Morrisa Mallory was first in the shot put for Port Clinton.


Oak Harbor boys win sectional title

After nearly blowing a four-run lead, the Oak Harbor Rockets held on to defeat Western Reserve, 5-4, in a Division III Sectional Final.

A.J. Cecil reached on a walk and scored in the first and Andy Rathbun had a two-run single to push the lead to 4-0 after three innings.

The Roughriders would respond, scoring one run in the fourth before cutting the deficit to 5-4 before falling short.

Cecil got the win for the Rockets, pitching 5.2 innings and giving up three runs (none earned). He allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two. Brandon Uher came on in relief to get the save.


Memorial Day Services for Veterans in Port Clinton

On Monday, May 27, Port Clinton will honor those who lost their lives and veterans.

At 9 a.m. memorial services will be conducted at Port Clinton Yacht Club for those who lost their lives at sea. Wreaths will be cast from the City Harbor patrol boat into the river.

At 10 a.m. the parade will form in front of the former Port Clinton Junior High School. It will proceed north on Madison to Perry, east on Perry to Jefferson, to west on Second Street and to Monroe Street Veterans’ Park.


Mary’s Blossom Shop helps tornado victims with flowers

Once again Mary Gangway Snyder of Mary’s Blossom Shoppe has stepped up to help raise funds for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Mary’s Blossom Shoppe is offering a wrapped bouquet of three carnations and three roses, cash and carry, for $10.  All proceeds will support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to provide shelter, food and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent Oklahoma tornado.

This special fundraiser starts today and runs through May 28.  The Shoppe will be opened the entire holiday weekend.


Important Danbury School meeting

Danbury Schools will be holding a meeting for parents and concerned community members n Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m., about how Danbury schools will respond to an emergency. The meeting will outline changes in safety procedures at the school. For further information, contact Joe Miller, Danbury Middle School Principal at 419-798-2258.


Harbor Island Homeowners Association becomes a United Way Caring Giving Community

At their annual meeting on Saturday, May 18, Harbor Island Homeowners Association became the first long-time established homeowner’s association in Ottawa County to be a United Way Caring Giving Community (CGC). They will join other associations who became Caring Giving Communities at the time their development was initiated. The first CGC, Catawba Bay Development, was recognized in April by Ohio United Way at their 100th anniversary celebration as one of 100 community heroes for creating this novel approach to allowing residents to make a commitment to change lives in their communities.


CIC Run/Walk for Humanity June 2

The CIC Run/Walk for Humanity will be held Sunday, June 2 at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinotn. Now 19 years old, this event is still a Catawba-Port Clinton community calendar highlight. “We always have close to 300 runners and walkers who participate in the 5-mile run or 3-mile run/walk. And for kids, we do a ¼ mile fun run. So this event is not only a great event for Ottawa County’s Habitat for Humanity, it is truly a family-based event. We welcome strollers, dogs and all ages to enjoy,” says CIC’s Michael Schenk.

Applications are still being accepted for all events and t-shirts will go to the first 250 registered.

Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the CIC Maintenance Building with parking in the lot across from the CIC Pro Shop on Beach Club Road. The 5-mile run starts promptly at 9 a.m. with the 3-mile run/walk starting at 9:15 a.m.

If you are interested in signing up or need more information go to

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