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Donna Schoonmaker receives new Certified Negotiation Expert designation

Donna Schoonmaker has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI). The CNE is earned by real estate professionals after successfully completing formal negotiation training over two days. Agents who receive this certification are among the top agents in the country in negotiation skills.

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B-C-S Board discusses donations and educator contracts

Volunteers from Shoreline Church in Oak Harbor present school supplies at the Board Office for the benefit of B-C-S students.

During its regular meeting held on September 23, B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian reviewed the 2013-14 District Report Card and provided comparisons to the prior year and to like and neighboring districts.  Parmigian expressed his pride with the results and thanked all students, staff, and families for their efforts.  Also, Parmigian discussed plans for improving the performance of gifted students.

Mr. Kelly Croy, teacher at Oak Harbor Middle School presented on his involvement at the Apple Distinguished Educator Conference this summer and ITunes University.  Mr. Croy brought along 7th grade student Jack Alexander to discuss his impressions technology in the classroom.

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R.C. Waters Elementary named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Duncan recognized only 337 schools in the United States for this prestigious honor, with only fifteen of those schools in Ohio.  Secretary Duncan commented, "National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student." 

The U.S. Department of Education invited National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in every state and territory.  A total of 420 schools nationwide were eligible to be nominated.

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Port Clinton High School Hosts Red Cross Blood Mobile

Port Clinton High School student Abby Baugh donates blood as PCHS Future Professional in Medicine member volunteers at the PCHS Red Cross Blood Mobile.

Port Clinton High School was host to the American Red Cross Bloodmobile on Wednesday, October 1.  The Future Professionals in Medicine group at PCHS organized and volunteered at the event.  There was a tremendous response from PCHS staff and students as the goal was 40 units and 48 units were collected, including 5 double units.  

The event was also made possible by the following generous donations:  PCHS Leadership Council provided pizza; Krogers provided fresh vegetables; and Walmart provided cookies.  The next bloodmobile at PCHS will be in March 2015.

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Ottawa County Democrats holding fall banquet October 22

The Ottawa County Democratic Party will be hosting their annual fall banquet on October 22, from 6-8 p.m. at the Community Market VFW Hall located at 251 W. Main St., Oak Harbor.

The honored guest will be Congressman Tim Ryan with a special appearance by Rep. Tom Letson, Candidate for Ohio Supreme Court.

The cost of the dinner is $25 per person and includes roast beef dinner, mashed potatoes, corn, tossed salad, rolls, non-alcoholic beverages, dessert and coffee.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and the ever popular “Goldfish-Bowl Raffle” for prizes.

RSVP to 419-341-7593 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Lottery for special archery only deer hunt for mobility impaired hunters

An increasing deer population, resulting in extensive damage to plant communities and an increased risk of deer/vehicle accidents has led the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Parks and Recreation to coordinate a mobility impaired hunter, archery only deer hunt at East Harbor State Park on Saturday, November 1. A random drawing through the Lakeshore Longbeards Chapter of the NWTF will be held to select 10 hunters with physical disabilities.

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CHANTICLEER docked at PCYC

The 108 ft. Motor Yacht CHANTICLEER spent the last week in front of Port Clinton Yacht Club. The yacht was built in 1973 and was originally owned by George Evinrude of the Evinrude Outboard Motor Company. His wife was the famous Frances Langford, a singer and actress who accompanied Bob Hope on many of his trips overseas to entertain the troops. The song she is most famous for is "I'm in the Mood for Love". 

It is currently owned by Mickey Cole, owner of the Mickey Mart stores. CHANTICLEER was supposed to leave early Friday, but the south and west winds held it to the dock and dropped the water levels to where it was sitting on the bottom. It will be headed to Stuart, Florida for permanent dockage via the Erie Canal. Stuart is the hometown of Frances Langford.

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Vote yes on Issue 6 to protect our parks 

Ohio ranks 47th per capita among the 50 states in the amount of public land available for outdoor recreation. Private land makes up approximately 95% of our state. Decades of unrestricted development have left the Buckeye State little space for woods, open fields, wild streams and open shoreline on the Great Lake Erie. Ohioans have very limited access to the 312 miles of Lake Erie shoreline, making it hard for residents to directly experience Ohio's greatest natural resource. 

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