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Niagara on the Lake lesson

Let me tell you about our weekend in Niagara Falls, Canada. We arrived at dusk,in our room overlooking the Falls, waiting for the lights to come on over the Falls. We went to a very nice restaurant to overlook the Falls. No lights! Finally, the second evening, we deduced our United States government had turned off the lights, saving 1 Flip Switcher and annoying a lot of people. Our day included a beautiful short road trip to Niagara On The Lake. Oh, my, why can't Port Clinton take a lesson from this nostalgic, charming town.  Beautiful plantings on the sidewalks, inviting shops, galleries, ice cream, etc. This is a destination town. Why can't Port Clinton do the same! We have all the natural resources, but none of the enthusiasm! 

Wake up, Port Clinton!

Sandy Schaffner

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Mums on display at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens

The Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore planted 600 chrysanthemums along the driveway approaching the manor house recently. The mums are of various colors and were grown by Bench’s Greenhouse in Elmore, according to superintendant Jeff Saffran. The SA&G ceased planting the beautiful fall display a few years ago in an effort to save money. This year, however, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation and a significant gift from the family of Marilyn Bandfield the tradition was restored.

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Magruder Hospital Adult Flu Shot Clinics

Magruder Hospital is announcing its flu shot schedule for this year. No appointment is required and the cost is $25 per person. Magruder can bill standard Medicare and some Medicare Advantage plans. For pediatric flu vaccinations, please check with your physician or the Ottawa County Health Department.

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Bicentennial numbers

By D. R. Zavagno, chairman of the Perry Group's Bicentennial Committee

Some numbers and feedback are coming in from the Bicentennial. Lake Erie Living Magazine announced “It’s with confidence that we declare the commemoration of the War of 1812 the best event ever on Lake Erie.” 

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Adamov book signing at Twisted Sister Saturday

Put-in-Bay novelist Bob Adamov will be signing books at Twisted Sisters Gallery in downtown Marblehead (next to Avery's Cafe) on Saturday, Oct 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bob Adamov is an American mystery adventure writer whose stories are based in the Lake Erie South Bass Island resort town of Put-in-Bay, the “Key West of the Midwest.” His novels follow the adventures of Washington Post investigative reporter, Emerson Moore, and are written in the style of Adamov’s favorite author, Clive Cussler. Adamov was the featured author at the 2006 Ernest Hemingway Days’ Literary Festival in Key West and named 2010′s Writer of the Year by the University of Akron’s Wayne College.  His first novel, Rainbow’s End, was a finalist as the top fiction novel for the 2003 Great Lakes Book Award competition that was won by the Pulitzer Prize-winner, Middlesex.

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Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit: Donna Follman Scholarship Fund

There will be a dinner and silent auction to benefit the Donna Follman Scholarship Fund of the Ottawa County ARC. It will be held Sunday, Oct. 13 at The Elks Lodge, 231 Buckeye Boulevard, Port Clinton. 

The doors will open at 4 p.m.with dinner at 6 p.m. The Naked Bacon Band will be providing entertainment until 8 p.m. The ticket cost is $22.50 per person and includes a buffet dinner and beverages with a cash bar available. The Donna Follman Scholarship Fund assists families in Ottawa County with the cost of the summer enrichment program. This program provides continued summer learning and socialization for children with special needs. Generous donors have provided over 50 baskets of great items to be auctioned.  For tickets or more information, please contact Leslie Follman-Pollard at 419-307-3091.

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Customer Appreciation Day and Ribbon Cutting planned for Common Grounds

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Friday, Oct. 11 is “We Love Our Customers Day!” for Common Grounds located at 1848 E. Perry Street in the Sutton Center.  The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 a.m.  Common Grounds will be offering coffee tastings and free samples of delicious menu items.

Common Grounds is open from 7 a.m.to 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the weekends.

For more information, please visit www.commongroundspc.com or call 419-732-3777.

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Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is October 12

2012 lighthouse festival 

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, a cherished fall tradition, will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Lakeside Chautauqua and throughout the Marblehead Peninsula. This free, peninsula-wide event will include a variety of activities for the entire family. The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Chautauqua and Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

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B-C-S Board Looking Forward

Pictured from left to right are: Mrs. Karen Barney of the Rocket Soccer Improvement Committee, Mr. Roger Fulwiler of Bechtel Corporation, Mr. William Poiry  of the Soccer Improvement Committee, and Mrs. Heather Dewitz, President of the B-C-S Board of Education

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education took up forward looking action and discussion items at its regular meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 24th.  First, Board members highlighted the efforts of the Rocket Soccer Complex Improvement Committee and a recent donation it received from Bechtel Corporation, a lead contractor on work currently being done at Davis-Besse Power Plant. Mr. Roger Fulwiler of Bechtel Corporation addressed the Board members and audience about Bechtel’s willingness to be a part of meaningful and worthy projects that benefit the communities they work in. Board members expressed their thanks to Bechtel Corporation for their continued support of B-C-S School District, which included a past donation of $5,000 to benefit the Music Department.

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