Port Clinton’s brain gain: Keith A. Fleming


Keith A. Fleming in his gallery with his mom, Charline Kerul.

Keith A. Fleming graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1976. He then went on to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated in 1979. After graduating college, he found his way to Dallas, TX, where he lived and worked for 33 years. In Dallas, Keith did interior design and was an antique dealer.

Keith’s mother, Charline, told the story of how their family ended up in Port Clinton. Keith’s father was transferred to work at Camp Perry. The family decided to stay in the area and Keith’s father worked for U.S. Gypsum and Celotex.


Port Clinton High School Chorale rated Superior at State Competition

Port Clinton High School Chorale earned a Superior rating at the State Music contest. 

On Saturday, May 3, the Port Clinton High School Chorale traveled to the Ohio Music Education Association State Contest in Van Buren. For the first time in school history, the choir qualified for this event and the Chorale represented themselves and PCHS extremely well. 

PCHS Chorale Director Eric Watts stated, “The Chorale received straight 1's from all of the judges and were given an overall rating of Superior. Receiving straight 1's is the highest rating any group can receive and the Chorale received this rating at both the District and State level, which is a tremendous accomplishment. The students in the ensemble worked hard all year long towards this goal and they were able to flourish in performance at the highest level.” 

Want to hear for yourself? The Chorale, along with the PCHS Chorus and Touch of Class, will host their concert on Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school Performing Arts Center.


Terra State’s Life Scholars hosting its first senior expo

Terra State Community College is hosting its first “Life Scholars Expo–Pathways to a Better Life” on June 3 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This free event will feature speakers and displays from area vendors. It will be held in the Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center on Terra State’s campus, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

The keynote speaker is Diana Waugh, Certified Dementia Consultant with Waugh Consulting. Her presentation is titled, “I’m Still in Here. Come Find Me. My Todays are a Blur, but My Yesterdays are My Strength.”

Other speakers and topics include: Darren Horrigan, RN and Nurse Administrator for Nursing Resources, on “Home Health Care”; Vicki Meade, RN and Director of Hospice of Memorial Hospital, on “Hospice: Care Beyond Cure”; and Phillip T. Wylkan, Certified Elder Law Attorney, on “Planning your Pathway and Preserving your Assets”

There is no cost for the event; however, for planning purposes, organizers are requesting that those interested in attending call 419-559-2255 to make a reservation.

Co-sponsors include Hall and Wylkan, Certified Elder Law Attorneys; Promedica Memorial Hospital; and Nursing Resources by Black Stone.


Terra State nursing graduates receive pins during ceremony

The 10th graduating class of Terra State Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program received their nursing pins during a ceremony May 10 at the college.

Lori Keegan, MSN, RN, was the keynote speaker. She is an adjunct clinical instructor at Terra State and is currently the Clinical Manager of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon.

“You are entering the profession of nursing at a time of great transition,” she told the graduates, siting the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on healthcare. “There will be a focus on prevention, and it will require a different skill set and knowledge.”


Kindergarteners and first graders at ICS map it out

ICS kindergarteners and first graders study maps as a part of an extended study pilot program. 

Members of the Immaculate Conception kindergarten and first grade took a little closer look at maps this week. ICS in Port Clinton is testing a pilot program that will eventually be school-wide as they move toward a Continuous Progress educational system. The program is being taught by Mrs. Susie Adams and Miss Karly Cross. A teacher-selected group of students are being challenged with topics that give them the opportunity to explore and learn in a hands-on setting. This week the eight students took an up close and in depth look at maps. 

Each student was asked to bring in a map from home. The selection produced maps of Ohio, groups of American states, Lake Erie, a Hawaiian Island and even Walt Disney World. The children looked at the differences and similarities in these maps and concluded that more detail can be placed on maps that are zoomed in and the larger the scope of the map the less detailed the map can be. The children also noted differences in maps such as symbols, color, keys, drawings vs. aerial photographs and inserts. The group will explore other fun and challenging topics in both science and social studies through the end of the school year.


AAA offers Tipsy Tow for Memorial Day weekend

AAA works year-round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result. To help members and non-members celebrate safely the weekend of Memorial Day, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering a Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 27. While AAA encourages party goers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol during Memorial Day weekend, the Tipsy Tow service is available to assist those who find themselves in an impaired situation and need to get them and their vehicles home safely.

To take advantage of Tipsy Tow, drivers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. May 24, through 6 a.m. May 27 and state that they need a “Tipsy Tow,” providing their name, home address, phone number and vehicle location.

 “Tipsy Tow is available to help northwest Ohioans celebrate Memorial Day safely while helping fulfill AAA’s mission of making roads safer for everyone,” said April Cochran, Vice President, Membership, Marketing and Public Affairs for AAA Northwest Ohio.

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorist is, or plans to become, a guest.

Other services that will not be provided as part of the Tipsy Tow program include requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service. For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate. If members are requiring these services separate from the Tipsy Tow program, AAA will provide the service as usual.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths. 

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at


PC boys defeat Oak Harbor

Port Clinton Boys tennis team played Oak Harbor this week in an SBC match at home.  The Redskins won 4-1. This moved PC to 5-11 (4-7).

Noah Cross and Jeff Griffin followed up their district qualifying weekend with easy wins at one and two singles.  Simon Shultz debuted at three singles and won handily.  Ellis Adolph and Cameron King could not keep their early momentum going, losing in a tough three set match.  Tristan Auxter and Dean Colston powered through a comeback from Ben David and Ryan Johnson in the middle of the first set to take the win at second doubles.


Lake Erie Love campaign marks summer kick off

Lake Erie Shores & Islands is kicking off the summer season with a series of events featuring Nashville singer-songwriter Walker Hayes.

The new Lake Erie Love campaign has already begun to roll out. The advertising campaign features the song “Lake Erie Love,” performed by Hayes. In addition to the full-length video, viewable at, the song is featured in television, radio, and online promotions and is available for purchase on iTunes. The Lake Erie Love theme is also reflected in print ads promoting travel and tourism to the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region.

Area hospitality industry employees invite everyone to share their Lake Erie Love as they launch the summer season with a free performance by Walker Hayes. The kick-off begins Wednesday, May 21, at Dock’s Beach House in Port Clinton and Thursday, May 22, at Dockside Café in Sandusky. Both events are from 5-7 p.m. Go to for details.

Two additional Walker Hayes performances will take place at Hooligan’s Irish Tavern at Put-in-Bay on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. Both Put-in-Bay shows begin at 9 p.m.

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