Firelands recognized for environmental practices

Firelands Regional Medical Center was recently recognized with the Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award. Awarded by the Ohio Hospital Association. Firelands was one of 10 hospitals in Ohio to be recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow.
“Firelands is excited to be recognized for our efforts in being more environmentally friendly,” said Richard Brown, Director of Environmental Services at Firelands Regional Medical Center. “In 2011 alone, Firelands Regional Medical Center recycled over 74 tons of cardboard/plastic/glass and 81 tons of paper.”


Danbury hires three new head coaches

Joe Fetzer, former athletic director and girls’ basketball coach (1993-2003), will be the next girls basketball coach at Danbury High School. Fetzer takes over for Ron Aukerman after two seasons as coach in the program. Joe has 139 career wins as Danbury girls basketball coach. Contact Fetzer at 419-341-3515 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Bryan Dudash has been hired to be the next head football coach. Dudash is a teacher in the Danbury school district and has been an assistant coach under Tim Heffernan the past two seasons. Contact Dudash at 330-571-3473 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Men’s Chorus making stop in Oak Harbor

The Ohio Northern University Men’s Chorus will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 165 Toussaint St., Oak Harbor. The community is invited to attend the concert as this 40-voice ensemble from Ada, makes a stop in Oak Harbor during their Spring Tour of the Midwest. A freewill offering will be received.
Under the direction of Dr. Ben Ayling, Director of Choral Activities, and Anthony Taylor, Student Assistant Director, the ONU Men’s Chorus has been pleasing audiences since 2002 with its varied repertoire, contagious enthusiasm and rich male harmonies. It is comprised of students from many majors as well as faculty, staff, alumni and community members, and is one of the University’s prime touring ensembles, having toured to seven states since its inception.
Dr. Ben Ayling conducts and administers the ONU choirs as well as teaching Choral Conducting and Choral Methods. He comes to Ohio Northern from Kent State, where he was founder and conductor of the KSU Men’s Chorus. He is sought after as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and speaker; served as guest conductor of state and regional honors choirs in Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee; taught choral music in public schools, including Sylvania, for 20 years; and sang bass in The Ritz, the 1991 International Champion Quartet of the Barbershop Harmony Society.


Locals among FRMC nursing grads

Sts. Peter and Paul Church served as the setting for the 95th commencement exercise of Firelands Regional Medical Center’s School of Nursing, in which 43 students graduated. Locals were: SauerClaire Damschen, Amanda Koester, Rebecca Petersen and Stephanie Sauer, all of Port Clinton.
Locals were also honored during the awards presentation:


Planting Peace at Perry’s monument next weekend

In collaboration with the island tradition of celebrating the Canadian holiday of Queen Victoria Day, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will hold its “Planting the Seeds of Peace,” event on Saturday, May 19. This is an annual event held at Perry’s Victory that marks the opening of the summer season as we join the island community in the long held tradition of observing Queen Victoria Day through planting, beautifying and preparing for the upcoming tourist season and events. This special day is reserved for planting the Peace Garden which welcomes visitors and stands as a commemoration of the long-lasting peace between Canada, Great Britain and the United States.


Main Street Port Clinton gives back

Local non-profit organizations will be helping to make the 32nd anniversary of the Walleye Festival the biggest and best event ever. Local groups will be volunteering in the Entertainment Tent all weekend long. Main Street Port Clinton encourages you to come to the Walleye Festival and support the following: Compassionate Friends, Goodwill, Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council, Leadership Ottawa County, the Oak House, Port Clinton Business and Professional Women and Port Clinton Rotary.
For an up-to-date schedule of events, visit


Military News — Jackson Earl

Air Force Airman Jackson Earl graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Earl will continue his training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO technical school. Jackson is the son of Jim and Cathi Muncy, of Port Clinton, and Scott and Jennifer Earl. He is a 2011 graduate of Bedford High School, Temperance, Mich.


Put-in-Bay’s Wyland Gallery to open May 19

Wyland Gallery at Put-in-Bay is scheduled to open for the season Saturday, May 19, at 495 Catawba Ave. The gallery will be open seven days a week.
Wyland Gallery at Put-in-Bay showcases Wyland’s own paintings and sculptures of whales, dolphins, reef fish, manatees and endangered species. In addition, the gallery features the work of other leading artists. 
During the season, several artists will appear at Wyland’s Put-in-Bay gallery, each presenting a showcase of his newest works. The featured artist will be available daily and by appointment to meet visitors and discuss his inspirations and aspirations.


PC Seniors plan Victorian Tea

Port Clinton Seniors will host the annual “Open House and Victorian Tea” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third St., Port Clinton. Guests will be able to sample Victorian-style teas, dainty sandwiches and pastries during their visit, as well as learn more about the Senior Center's offerings and activities. The event is open to all seniors, their families and friends.
For information on senior activities call Mary Jane Happel-Meadows, site manager, at 419-734-1481.


Hotel Lakeside Café opening soon

Lakeside Chautauqua will once again partner with Black Tie Catering to offer a unique waterfront dining experience at the Hotel Lakeside Café, 150 Maple Ave.
The official opening of the café is Tuesday, May 22. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A special dinner menu will be featured on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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