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Barge parties cancelled

The Sandusky Bay Barge Parties which have been held the last few years off Bay Point on the south shore of Marblehead have been cancelled for 2013, according to an online Facebook posting by the organizers. They have held two per year over the past few years, on the last Saturday in June and July. As you can see from the  photo the events were extremely popular with the boaters of Lake Erie. According to a report in the Sandusky Register, event organizer Shaun Bickley of Sandusky said the primary reason for cancelling is financial. He cited increasing insurance costs as the primary culprit. Bickley and his partners brought a dredging and construction barge from Sandusky to the sand bar south of Marblehead and converted it into a giant stage with local bands entertaining the revelers.

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Sixth Street Project

The Sixth Street Reconstruction Project has been bid and a contract awarded to Underground Utilities of Monroeville, Ohio. The work is scheduled to start at the end of May and will continue to November, 2013. The project limits, for the work on Sixth Street, are from Fulton Street to Harrison Street.

With the project now scheduled to start, there will be a public meeting for residents, businesses and stakeholders. on May 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Port Clinton City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1868 East Perry Street. At this meeting the contractor and the City’s engineering team involved with this work will be introduced. In addition the following will be discussed:

  1. General overview of the project
  2. Contractor schedule
  3. Maintenance of Traffic / Detour (local access only)
  4. Access to your property
  5. Public and emergency services
  6. Safety
  7. Special needs /Events
  8. Project communication and Notices
  9. Questions
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Baumann Auto Center goes to bat for PC youth baseball

Baumann Auto Center has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution and invitations to free instructional clinics for Port Clinton Youth Baseball, as well as an opportunity for community members to enter the Free Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes.

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Lakevue Marina Kayak Demo Day to benefit the Ottawa County Humane Society

When: Sunday, June 2n d 2013 from 11-?
Cost: $20 per person. All proceeds go to the Ottawa County Humane Society.
Where: Lakevue Marina- 8549 N. Shore Blvd. Lakeside, Ohio 43440
What: A fun day to try every kayak in our fleet. You can peddle, paddle, sail, and fish with these kayaks. Representatives from Hobie Kayak will be on hand to answer questions. Hot dogs and Brats will be served.
For more info contact Jodi at 419-297-6477 or Tony at 419-798-5221

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NBOH promotes food drive

National Bank of Ohio, headquartered in Oak Harbor, has kicked off a “Cans 4 All” food drive campaign. NBOH wants to give back to the community by lending a helping hand to the local food bank. The theme “Feeding The Need In Our Communities; You Can Bank On It!” will be featured on their parade float at festivals in the area. The first parade will be in Oregon May 19h, followed by a parade in Port Clinton on May 25 and in Genoa May 31. They will then finish up the year at the Apple Festival Parade in Oak Harbor on October 12. The theme  is displayed on the float, in their banking offices and in other business locations in the community with large posters and bright yellow collection bags. 

The public is invited to stop by one of the displays, pick up a bag or two, fill it with non-perishable/canned food items and return it to one of the banking locations. Along the parade route bank employees will be passing out bright yellow collection bags for people to use to fill with candy from the parade, then to refill with a donation for the food bank to bring to one of the banking offices.

NBOH has been in business since 1934 and is an independently-owned provider of financial services to businesses and consumers. Currently, NBOH operates four full service offices located in Oak Harbor, Curtice, Port Clinton and Oregon, along with two loan production offices in Perrysburg and Fremont. They invite you to join them and be a part of ‘feeding the need’.

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The Earthquakers will rock the tent at the Walleye Festival

Back by popular demand, the Earthquakers will be performing at the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival on Friday, May 24, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent sponsored by Baumann Auto Group.  Brothers Jacob Byler, Seth Byler and Isaiah Work left all their cares at the door to have the time of their lives.  They brought together the power of rhythm to create this unique band.  Check out their website at www.Earthquakers.com.  For a complete schedule of events at the Walleye Festival, visit www.walleyefestival.com.

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2013 Compost Workshop

Composting is one form of recycling that can happen right in your backyard. Catawba Island Township, Sandusky County Park District, Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District are sponsoring a Compost Workshop on Wednesday, May 22nd. The Compost Workshop will demonstrate how composting yard waste, food scraps, and other organic materials are used to create a nutrient-rich soil conditioner for yard or garden. 

Pre-registration is required to attend one of two available sessions because of limited space. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, May 21. The first session will begin at 10 a.m. and the evening session will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be a charge of $5 to participate.

Each year the workshop is sponsored in one of the District’s three counties. The 2013 workshop will be featured in Ottawa County at the Catawba Island Township building located at 4822 E. Cemetery Road, Port Clinton. The compost workshop is open to all District residents including all residents of Fostoria and Bellevue. 

“It doesn’t make any sense to throw away materials that can be turned into compost in your backyard,” said Tim Wasserman, Director of the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District.  "We want to offer these workshops to educate residents on the proper way to create and maintain a compost pile.”

The workshop will cover basic techniques and essentials of composting.  These aspects include the composting process, materials to place in your pile, common compost problems and other helpful information.

Registered participants will be put into a drawing to win composting and gardening door prizes.  In addition, participants will be provided with snacks and a tour of Catawba Island Township's compost area and Cedar Meadow Nature Preserve.

Residents may pre-register by calling the Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District office at 419-898-1595. Information regarding the workshop can also be found on the OSS Solid Waste District’s website at www.recycleoss.org. or on Facebook at Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene or on Twitter by searching: OSS Solid Waste @Aim2BGreen. For more information call the District's main office at 419-334-7222 or toll-free at 1-888-850-7224.

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Trey Gluth to play baseball at Ohio Wesleyan

On Friday, May 10, Port Clinton Redskin senior Trey Gluth announced he will continue his education and baseball career at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. He will follow in the Ohio Wesleyan footsteps of other notable Redskins such as Jay Wierzba, Eric Heise and Matt Rhode.

At Port Clinton High School Gluth earned three varsity letters in baseball, was on the All Sandusky Bay Conference 1st Team in 2012 and played for Post 83 Sandusky Legion baseball team in 2012. In football, Gluth also earned 3 varsity letters, was honorable mention All-SBC in 2012 and on the SBC All-Academic team in 2012.

Gluth was on the PCHS Leadership Council, 2012 Homecoming Court, assisted with youth baseball clinics and worked as a freshman mentor and a volunteer with United Way’s summer lunch program. He plans to major in history/education at Ohio Wesleyan.

 

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Summer activities at Port Clinton City Schools

The last day of school for Port Clinton City School District students is June 7. Even though students will no longer be in the classroom there are numerous summer activities taking place in the district. All the camp forms can be found on the district website www.pccsd.net under the Bulletin Board.

Champions for Children will once again be offering their Summer Enrichment Camps. There are nine one-week sessions beginning on June 17 and ending on August 16. The summer program offers child care from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. with after-camp care available until 6 p.m. Participants will enjoy a wide range of activities and interesting camp themes, all this at an affordable rate provided by an award-winning program. Call Jackie Warnicke for more information at 419-261-7708 or download the Reservation Form at www.pccsd.net .

Port Clinton High School Coaches also offer a variety of summer camps and clinics: 

Redskin Boys Basketball Camp–June 11-14 in the PCHS Gym, 8:30 a.m.-noon, for boys entering grades 3-8. Registration cost is $40, two or more for $70. The camp is under the direction of Coach Troy Diels, who will be teaching the fundamentals of the game such as dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, defense and teamwork.

Redskin Girls Basketball Camp–June 17-20 in the PCHS Gym, for girls entering grades 4,5 or 6 from 8 until 10 a.m., grades 7-9 from 10 a.m. until noon. Cost is $25 for Grades 4-6; $30 for grades 7-9. The goal is for the girls to have fun while learning the great game of basketball. Under the direction of Coach Toby Bickel.

Soccer Camp-June 17-21. Coach Paco Romero will host special summer clinics for children in grades kindergarten through eight. Cost is $30 per student, $55 for two family members, $80 for three or more family members. Grades K-2 will be held from 3–4 p.m; Grades 3-5 will be from 4–5 p.m. and grades 6-8 from 5– 6:30pm. Contact Coach Romero at 419-734-2147 for more information. Deadline for registration is June 3 in order to guarantee a camp T-shirt.

Piranhas Swim Team, under the supervision of PCHS Swim Coach Danny Diaz. Competitive swimming in the North Coast Summer Swim League with practices begin in June. For more information contact Danny Diaz at 419-734-2147 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Volleyball Camps- June 12-14 in the new Middle School Gym. Instructional setting for girls entering Grades 3-5 from 9-11 a.m. and Grades 6-8 from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The program is run by PC head volleyball coach Stephanie Meyer and staff. Cost is $30 per child (includes a t-shirt if registered by May 27).

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Graduation is the first milestone on KC’s path to success

Kayla Leigh Davis, who prefers to be called KC, has an exciting month ahead of her. She is finishing her senior year at Port Clinton High School and will be graduating with the Class of 2013.

KC lives in Port Clinton with her mom, Cris Magrum, and her dog Lilly. She is active in the county REC program, with her church and is looking forward to the Williams Syndrome Walk in Perrysburg. As a member of the Williams Syndrome community, KC has been active in the Toledo area group activities and camps.

This year has been a successful one for KC as she received Merit Honor Roll status and has enjoyed her final year of school. According to KC the best part of senior year was reading “The Hunger Games” in senior English.

Her future plans include a third summer working with the Bridges to Transition program for teens. For the past two summers she had been placed at Otterbein Living, a senior care facility and retirement community in Lakeside-Marblehead. She would like to have permanent placement there as KC has determined she would like a career in elder-care. KC has also been employed at Erie Islands Resort.

After graduation KC will be enrolling in college, seeking a degree in elder-care. She is still deciding on whether or not she will be on campus or taking courses online. KC is looking at either Firelands BGSU or Terra Community College. KC has a kind heart and loves working with older people and toddlers. Her sunny smile and ability to make people feel valued will ensure her success in the workplace. Best wishes to KC and congratulations on achieving this milestone.

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