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Otterbein hosting fish fry April 4

Otterbein North Shore Senior living community will hold a fish fry on Friday, April 4, 4-6 p.m., at the community located at 9400 North Shore Blvd. The Lake Erie perch dinner will include au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, drink and a dessert for an adult donation of $10.  Children's meals (under 12) are $6. Dine in or carry out are available.  For more information call 419-798-8203.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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Port Clinton City Schools Announces Terrific Kids for March 2014

In cooperation with the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, Port Clinton City Schools recognizes outstanding elementary students as “Terrific Kids”.  Terrific Kids are selected in each class once a month to recognize students for working to the best of their ability to improve academic performance, behavior, relationships with peers, displays honesty or attendance.  The following have been honored as Terrific Kids in March 2014.

Bataan Intermediate

Grade 3 - Kyla Wells, Christian Bryant, Alayis Guerra, Payton Vargas, Mason Limtestahl, Jacob Ryf, Mia Sanchez, Kaitlyn Robinette,  Riley Orechia.

Grade 4 - CJ Chasteen, Christopher Macek, Teagan Kelley, Olivia Eickert, Hannah Robinson, Mia Kuzma.

Grade 5 - Rachael Stinson, Austin Lindemann, Garrett Arnold, Tristan Boling, Arianna Wylie.

Bataan Primary 

Kindergarten - Alivia Adorni, Kooper Nilson, Ayden Ayers, Emma Franklin, Lincoln Beasley, London Garcia, Makayla Swanson, Jaidyn Streng, Gabriella Howard, Logan Schaffer.

Grade 1 - Erieyonna Buckley, Joseph Hilton, Amelia Honeycutt, Alyssa Maloney, Sienna Geretz, Mattie Luebcke, Andrew Patterson.

Grade 2 - Alyssa Auvil, Isabella Terry, Damien Brooks, Arabella Helle, Katelyn Maloy, Nora Bodie, Zaia Bruce, Joseph Zam.

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Farmers hear why and how they can help heal Lake Erie

Jeff Reutter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant, reports on the health of Lake Erie.

On the same day that the Ohio House of Representatives Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee gave unanimous approval to SB150, the Nutrient Management Bill requiring farmers to have state certification to apply synthetic or chemical fertilizers to the land, the Lake Erie Farm Forum and Conservation Fair were held at Ottawa County Fairgrounds near Oak Harbor. 

At the forum, hosted by Mike Libben of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD), speakers addressed the health and importance of Lake Erie and how farmers can voluntarily help to heal the lake and prepare for meeting the standards that will be enforced in 2017.

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Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safe boating classes

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-12 will be conducting “About Boating Safely” classes at US Coast Guard Station Marblehead, 606 Prairie Street, Marblehead, on Saturday, April 19; Sunday May 18; and Saturday, June 14. 

The price of the one-day program is $30 per adult or $35 per couple. It is free for those 18 and under. The class is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

To register or obtain more information, call Chris Nelson at 419.307.5513 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Special hiring event April 9

Cardinal Staffing is hosting a special hiring event on Wednesday, April 9 from 2-6 p.m. Open interviews will be conducted at all Cardinal Staffing offices and are aimed towards the unemployed and the underemployed. Cardinal Staffing currently has 418 job openings available for all levels of work; entry level and up. 95% of the positions offered through Cardinal are full time with benefits.

Interviewees must be able to pass a drug test, must be able to work legally in the United States and have two valid forms of identification, must have reliable transportation, must have six months of solid work history within the last two years, and must have current contact information.

Cardinal Staffing is a full service human resource provider and opened their first office in May 1994 in the Lake Erie Business Park. Since then, they have added 8 additional locations and a corporate office in Maumee. Locally, there are Cardinal Staffing offices on 123 B Maple Street, Port Clinton, and 905 W. State Street, Fremont. For more information on the hiring event or to contact Cardinal Staffing call 419-734-6318 or visit cardinalstaffing.com.

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Innovative Middle School teaching and learning at B-C-S

Pictured above, left to right, are award winning athletes Bryce Buderer, Cooper Hicks, Jeremy Balboa, Ben Petersen and Andrea Cecil, along with Coach Tom Kontak and Director of Athletics Drew Grahl.

At its March 18 meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education heard first hand from students and teachers at Oak Harbor Middle School about innovations that increase student achievement, highlighting how teaching and learning continue to evolve using technology. 

Language arts teacher Mr. Kelly Croy and some of his students discussed how students are able to get peer feedback on their presentations using a secure online platform. Science teacher Mr. Aaron Bomer and his students explained how he is able to provide immediate feedback to his students using online software to ensure that students stay on the right track when doing school work after school and on weekends. OHMS Principal Mrs. Marie Wittman explained how student-led conferences piloted by Mr. Kyle O’Neill this school year have increased and enriched the level of parent involvement in their child’s education.

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Port Clinton Middle School Announces Teacher of the Trimester

Mr. Toby Hammond, (center), Port Clinton Middle School Teacher of the Trimester, surrounded by his students, Mr. Troy Diels, PCMS Assistant Principal and Mr. Patrick Adkins Superintendent of Schools.

The Teacher of the Trimester program was developed at Port Clinton Middle School to allow students the opportunity to offer positive feedback to teachers that have made an impact on their lives.  The second Teacher of the Trimester for the 2013-14 school year is Mr. Toby Hammond.

Comments from students nominating Mr. Hammond included:  He is a great teacher; He has great hair; He is funny; and He teaches us a lot that we need to know. 

Mr. Hammond received a certificate, a trophy (compliments of Student Council) and Gift Certificates to Marco’s Pizza courtesy of the Port Clinton Academic Boosters.  All teachers received copies of their Teacher of the Trimester nomination forms to read the positive feedback from their students.

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Redskin hoopsters lead area AAU team to victory

Ohio Ballistics, left to right: Assistant Coach Tom Michael, Carter Rumball, Grant McConnell, Bryce Ernsthausen, Lucas Michael, Tytan Rumball, Shane Miller, Derek Dryfuse, Jordan Kreglow, Clay Dryfuse, Coach Eric Rumball, and, in front, ball boy Blake Michael.

Brothers Carter and Tytan Rumball helped the Ohio Ballistics AAU basketball team to a 5-0 record and tournament victory at the 21st Annual Cougar Classic in Columbus on March 23. The Ohio Ballistics is composed of players from area high schools including Fremont Ross, Fremont St. Joe, Gibsonburg, Bellevue, Port Clinton, and Tiffin Columbian.

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Correction

My letter to the editor last week incorrectly stated that Council President Linda Hartlaub did not permit residents to ask questions at the March 6 meeting. Ms. Hartlaub did not preside over the meeting, as she was ill. President pro-tem and councilman Mike Snider presided over the meeting and did not allow residents to ask questions.

Rick Noderer

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Otterbein among 2014 “Best Nursing Homes”

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently praised a select group of long-term and post-acute care providers for being among the country’s “Best Nursing Homes”. On the list was the Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community in Lakeside-Marblehead.

The 2014 rankings were published in the U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News determines its annual rankings through data collected from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The federal agency assigns each nursing center certified by the government a rating of one to five stars through its Five-Star Rating System. U.S. News names all those with a five-star rating a “Best Nursing Home.” For more information on how the rankings are determined, visit www.health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

In the evaluation process, CMS creates a separate rating for each of the three major aspects of rigorous health inspections, staffing ratio and number of hours of care for each patient/resident, along with nine unique physical and clinical quality measures. The three ratings are combined and a star rating, from 1 to 5 stars, is assigned to each nursing home. Only those facilities with five overall stars are named the “Best Nursing Homes”.

Tom Keith, the Regional Executive Director of Otterbein’s North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community said, “Otterbein’s mission is to continually seek to enhance the quality of life and holistic growth of older persons. We are thrilled with the results and, more importantly, with the recognition that Otterbein provides an exceptional commitment to the quality care of our residents and patients. Otterbein will continue to strive for improvement as our dedicated staff focuses on person-centered care and quality best practices for quality of care.”

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is a faith-based non-profit health and human services ministry, serving over 3,300 people annually, and related to the East Ohio and West Ohio Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Otterbein has five full-service retirement communities, five skilled nursing and rehabilitation neighborhoods, a home health agency and hospice care.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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