Golfers support local American Red Cross

The 28th Annual American Red Cross–Materion Golf Scramble was recently enjoyed by 144 golfers at the Oak Harbor Golf Club. Funds raised help support disaster preparedness, relief and recovery, and services to military personnel and their families. 

The day’s top team prize went to Larry St. Clair, Doug St. Clair, Bob Paulson and Craig Jess. Port Clinton Ford underwrote the Super Ticket portion of the day including two 3-day 2-night vacations awarded to Rich Hillman and Tony Wilson. Photos captured each participating team at the skirt hole and can be viewed on the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio Facebook page. 

In addition to a variety of raffle and door prizes supplied by local merchants, golfers bid in a live auction for golf and lunch for four at the Catawba Island Club, and golf for four at Plumbrook Country Club. 


Community calendar May 8-14

May 8-14

Biggest Week in American Birding
What: Many events held at the Festival Headquarters
Where: Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, 1750 State Park Rd., Oregon

May 8-10

“A Grand Night for Singing”
What: Romantic journey from young infatuation to the complexities of commitment
When: Thurs-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Where: Playmakers Civic Theatre, 604 W. Sixth St., PC
Cost: $15
Info: 419-734-5044 or


Danbury School Levy

Have you heard much about the new 1.5 mil Danbury School Levy? No? Maybe because they are hoping you don’t notice it’s a permanent tax! Yes, you will be paying for it as long as you own property in Danbury/Marblehead. I was astounded to find the school has about a 10 million dollar a year budget and after calling the Auditor’s Office found 57.8% of our property taxes go to this one school. Somehow they have managed to scrape up enough money to build a new maintenance building, big parking lot, bleachers, state of the art track, refreshment stand, electronic sign, etc. If you haven’t seen the building boom in Danbury, just drive down Bay Shore Rd. and look at the multi-million dollar houses that have gone up and are going up every day in Bay Point as an example. This is not a poor school, in fact, it is a very rich school and it’s getting richer by the day with all the new homes being built in the township, government contributions, etc. 

There is absolutely no excuse for this school to burden our property owners with another tax, let alone a permanent one. If they can’t manage with all the money they have, they need to put someone else in charge. We have a lot of seniors on fixed incomes, who are unemployment, and residents just struggling not to lose their homes in our township. Enough is enough. VOTE NO on the Danbury School Levy.

Elizabeth Cianciola


Walleye Festival commercial

The Walleye Festival will be held this year May 22-26. Here is a commercial funded by Main Street Port Clinton and produced by Nick James Productions. Warm weather is coming!

Scroll down to see commercial.


One unique bird

Female and male Indigo Bunting

It's another milestone for Tom Kashmer, Research Coordinator of Sandusky County Park District. In 2010, Tom banded his 100,000th bird, a feat accomplished by very few individuals around the country.

Tom recently reached a unique place in history when an Indigo Bunting crossed his path on Sept. 28, 2013 at Creek Bend Farm in Lindsey.


Father-daughter Federal Duck Stamp winners to be at Biggest Week

The love of nature and a skill in art run deep in the Grimm family. Elyria native Adam Grimm and his daughter Madison, age 7, each took first place in the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contests for their age categories and have both received the honor of having their paintings appear on this year’s duck stamps. 

The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is nothing new to professional wildlife artist Adam Grimm. His 1999 contest-winning painting for the special 2000 Millennial Federal Duck Stamp kicked off his professional painting career at age 21 and also made him the youngest person to have ever won the federal contest. 

Grimm takes the competition very seriously. Although there is no monetary prize for winning, the prestige and notoriety associated with the contest can provide a plethora of career opportunities for the wildlife artist, enough to justify the months of work that can go into creating a painting worthy of entering. 


Danbury preschool reading volunteers celebrate first year’s success

An event was held at the Victory Café in Marblehead to discuss a successful year of reading to Danbury preschoolers

On April 16 Marblehead’s Victory Café and the Marblehead Peninsula Library Committee (MPLC) hosted an appreciation forum for charter members of the Danbury Preschool “Every Child Ready To Read at your Library” project. Colleen Wright, manager of the coffee shop, and a volunteer reader herself, served a buffet of homemade appetizers, fresh fruit and cookies. MPLC provided beverages and presented the volunteers with thank you mementos and identification badges and lanyards to use inside the school. 


Port Clinton loses 2-3 to Clyde

Port Clinton Boys tennis played Clyde Friday in an SBC match at Clyde.  The Redskins lost 2-3.This moved PC to 3-8 (2-4).

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:  Alex Medley (c) def.  Noah Cross (PC) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
2nd Singles:   Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Jonathon Lewis (c) 6-1 6-1
3rd Singles:  Connor Rotenberg (c) def. Ryan Norgard (PC) 6-2, 7-5
1st Doubles:  David Murphy/Caleb Prunty (c) def. Ellis Adolph/ Cameron King (PC) 6-0, 6-3
2nd Doubles:  Tristan Auxter/Dean Colton (PC) def. Jacob Roach/Thomas Arianns (C) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Noah lost an extremely close match Friday as both players played excellent.  Jeff cruised while being patient.  Ryan gutted out a tough loss.  Ellis and cam played a tough team.  Dean and Tristan let their inner net monsters out to win Friday.

PC JV winners:

Will Mercurio
Avery Dackermann
Simon Shultz/Steven Kast
Joe Miller/Anthony Paradise
Jacob Koch/ Thomas keville

PC’s next match is Tuesday at St. Mary’s at 4 p.m.



Judge Winters leads delegation at Domestic Relations Summit

Pictured from left to right are: Mark Frederick, court mediator; Kelly Lillie, administrative assistant for the Common Pleas Court; Judge Winters; Shelly Kennedy and John Klaehn, domestic relations practitioners.

Judge Winters led a delegation of Ottawa County domestic relations court staff and attorneys at the recent Ohio Supreme Court's Domestic Relations Summit.

New, innovative, and efficient practices utilized in Domestic Relations Courts were presented by experts from the United States and Canada. Seventy-four of Ohio's eighty-eight counties were represented at the summit.

Judge Winters was selected by the Supreme Court to serve on the planning committee for the event.

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