Take a survey about the development and revitalization of Port Clinton

I have created this survey on what the our community and our surrounding communities think about the development of Waterworks Park and the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton. We will also have a team going downtown tomorrow morning until after lunch giving the survey to people as well. Take it online here:

Final data from the survey will be collected Tuesday, March 25 at 8 a.m.

Thank you!



Ottawa County Senior Resources to host March for Meals

Ottawa County Senior Resources announced that it will be holding Community Champions Week as a part of its March for Meals campaign. Local community mayors, elected officials and local celebrities will be participating in the event to show their support for our community’s homebound and hungry seniors.

“We are excited about having prominent members of our local communities participate in our March for Meals Community Champions week,” said Dianne Martin Mortensen, Executive Coordinator.  ”Our local mayors have been involved with our program in the past and the national Community Champions Week is an excellent way to continue our positive relationship with local officials.“ 

March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated by the Meals On Wheels Association of America, which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. 

Ottawa County’s March for Meals Community Champions Week, celebrated during the third week of March, will include not only an opportunity for local dignitaries to be a part of the packing and delivery program, but all citizens of Ottawa County can help by participating in the “March for Meals Campaign Challenge”. 

Ottawa County is home to six senior centers. Senior Center members of the Danbury Senior Center, wanting to help their fellow homebound seniors, are challenging the other senior centers and all citizens of Ottawa County to help in providing each homebound senior with a bag of non-perishable food items. The food bags would be delivered to seniors receiving home delivered meals as well as any senior needing additional food items. Danbury Senior Center Site Manager Paula Shenkel is asking for both food and monetary donations. All money collected will be used to purchase the food items. For more information about the items needed, contact the Danbury Senior Center at 419-798-4101 or Senior Resources main office at 419-898-6459

Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like Ottawa County Senior Resources, promote March for Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives. Community Champions Week is a component of March for Meals that utilizes the involvement of local Mayors and other local elected officials.  

About Meals On Wheels Association of America

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories.  More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to keep America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information on the Meals On Wheels program, visit


Erie-Ottawa International offers Junior Pilot Camps

Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton is offering week-long Junior Pilot Camps three times this summer: June 16-20, July 14-18 and Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m-2 p.m. each day.

The “Soar with the Eagles” camp will teach students the basics of flying and will include hands-on experience in the physics of flight and exposure to airport maintenance and management. The class includes an introductory flight in an airplane and in a rotorcraft, a tour of the airport and an opportunity to meet and talk with pilots. 

Students will also take a tour of the Liberty Aviation Museum, where they will see World War II vintage aircraft and learn about the history of flight from other vintage items and exhibits. 

The $150 fee for the class includes a box lunch each day. A limited number of scholarships are available.

To register or for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


BPW adult scholarship grants available

Ottawa County women in need of funds to attend college or technical school for the summer 2014 semester are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Business and Professional Women. Applicants must be attending an Ohio College and have not received a grant from BPW in the past five years. 

Women interested in applying may pick up applications at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Oak Harbor Library, or the The Jobstore in Oak Harbor.

For additional information or to receive the application by e-mail, contact BPW Scholarship Chair, Leslie Benton, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline for application submission is April 7.


Sen. Brown and colleagues urge aggressive solution to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 10 of his Senate colleagues this week urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to aggressively work towards implementing short term measures and finding a long term solution that would stop the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The Senators also asked USACE for several updates on its progress implementing proposals from the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee’s feasibility study released earlier this year.

“With thousands of jobs and billions of dollars at stake, we need to do everything we can to protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species,” Brown said. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to be aggressive and make progress towards temporary and permanent solutions that would stop the spread of Asian carp once and for all. The Army Corps can better achieve this by working with Congress and keeping it informed of its progress.”

USACE, as part of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, released a feasibility study in January 2014 that evaluated alternatives and technologies that could be used to combat the spread of Asian carp. Included in the report’s alternative proposals were separating the Mississippi River Basin from the Great Lakes; a new lock system that would pump treated water in and pump untreated water out; and several options to protect Chicago from flooding and allow the shipping industry to coexist with efforts to combat the spread of Asian carp.

This report, however, did not include a formal recommendation as to which alternative would be most effective. Brown and his colleagues therefore urged USACE to work with Congress, local authorities, and other stakeholders in order to determine the best strategy to combat what has already cost Ohio jobs, revenue, and valuable resources. According to the State of Ohio, more than $10 billion of the state’s nearly $40 billion tourism industry is derived from counties along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Brown continues to work towards stopping the spread of Asian carp and protecting the Great Lakes and the jobs that they support. In July 2013, at Edgewater Park along Lake Erie, Brown called for passage of the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2013 (GLEEPA), bipartisan legislation he is co-sponsoring which is intended to protect the Great Lakes and the millions of jobs they support from a variety of ecological threats and invasive species like Asian carp. At the press conference with U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Brown also applauded that week’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it would implement a new, $50 million strategy for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

While more work needs to be done, this decision built on momentum created when, in May 2013, the Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) which included an amendment Brown introduced that would prevent the invasion of Asian carp into the Ohio River. Based on the Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act, and passed unanimously 95-0, the amendment would enable the federal government to have a more effective partnership with state and local entities that are working to slow the spread of Asian carp.

Brown’s letter to USACE can be read in its entirety below:

The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
108 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC  20310-0108

Dear Secretary Darcy:

As Senators from Great Lakes states, we are committed to protecting the lakes from a variety of threats, including from invasive species like the destructive Asian carp.  We want to impress upon you the need to implement short-term measures to stop Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes, and to move aggressively toward a long-term solution.  The January 2014 Great Lakes and Mississippi River Inter-basin Study (GLMRIS) outlined both short- and long-term options for preventing inter-basin transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and we want to ensure that you are advancing the options that look most promising and implementing measures that are already available. 

We also have a number of questions for you concerning the process of moving forward with different options for protecting the Great Lakes from ANS:

• How are you planning to use the $3,000,000 Congress appropriated for GLMRIS in fiscal year 2014 (FY2014)?  The GLMRIS report explains that you will work to “build consensus toward a collaborative path forward for GLMRIS.”  What does that statement mean?  What exactly will you be doing to further define a collaborative path forward?

• The GLMRIS report identifies a number of nonstructural control technologies that could be implemented in the short-term.  You note in the report that these activities are not traditionally performed by the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps).   For that reason, are you finished with the evaluation of this alternative?  Will you be recommending to the Asian Carp Regional Coordination Council (ARCC) that these measures be implemented immediately?

• To move forward with a long-term solution, a phased implementation may be needed.  What interim measures could the Corps move forward with that would allow for the most flexibility with a long term solution? 

• The Brandon Road Lock has been identified as one location at which work could be undertaken as an intermediate solution (e.g., including a GLMRIS lock and an electrical barrier).  Does the Corps need further direction from Congress to study interim ANS control technologies at Brandon Road? 

• Legislation passed in July 2012, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” authorizes the Corps to proceed directly to preconstruction engineering and design if a project is ‘justified.’”  How would the Corps determine if a project is justified?  Is it correct to assume that this process would be less involved than when making a recommendation in a “Chief’s Report”?

• To study and implement an interim demonstration of control technologies at Brandon Road (including a GLMRIS lock, an electrical barrier in the channel, and any additional necessary ANS control technologies), can the Corps provide a cost estimate to perform this work (and a breakdown between direct and mitigation costs)?  Could you provide a rough time estimate for completing the study, design and construction of this project?  Does the Corps have current authority to undertake this effort? What trigger or direction would the Corps require to further study such an interim demonstration project?

• Does the Corps need a non-federal partner if the project is funded at full federal funding?

• Will the Corps undertake an independent peer review of the GLMRIS alternatives?

• What triggers the Corps to further study potential long term control alternatives?

• A typical Corps feasibility study includes a detailed evaluation of alternatives, along with cost and benefit estimates, and a recommended alternative.  We understand that for navigation and flood control projects, benefit-cost ratios for each of the alternatives are calculated.  For environmental projects, we understand the Corps selects the preferred alternative as the most cost-effective means of producing environmental benefits.  If the Corps moves forward with making a recommendation, what metrics would the Corps use to select a preferred alternative?

• The fiscal year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill provided authority to the Corps to implement emergency measures to prevent invasive species from dispersing into the Great Lakes by way of any hydrologic connection to the Mississippi River basin.  What decision criteria will be used by the Corps to determine whether there exists an emergency?  If the Asian carp continue to move toward the Brandon Road lock, would the Corps consider using the emergency authority provided in the omnibus appropriations bill to implement measures at the Brandon Road lock, such as fixing the lock gates and/or constructing an electric barrier at the mouth of the lock? 

We look forward to receiving a prompt reply to our questions.  Thank you.


Ballreich named Snack Manufacturer of the Year

Ballreich Bros Inc. of Tiffin is excited to share news of their latest award, as Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine’s Snack Manufacturer of the Year for 2014. The magazine’s Editor-in-Chief surprised Ballreich with the award during Friday’s photo shoot for the cover story of their April edition. The award considers longevity, giving back to the community, environmental conservation, innovation, expansion, character and other relevant factors. Digital copies of the magazine, once released, and other pertinent information can be found at 

“Ballreich is proud of and thankful for this outstanding recognition. Every day, we strive for continuous improvement in this competitive snack industry while trying to maintain a humble, yet inviting culture. This national award honors our efforts,” said Haley Thomas, Ballreich Director of Sales and Marketing. “We greatly appreciate the support of our customers and the hard work and dedication of our employees. Thank you for everything!” 

Ballreich’s has been a family-owned manufacturer of quality potato chips and other products for over 90 years. They have a strong, branded presence throughout Ohio and have experience in both nationwide and international distribution via branded and private label mediums. 

For more information on Ballreich, visit


Terra State offers Henry Ford Museum trip

Terra State Community College is still accepting reservations for the Life Scholars trip to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, on March 27.

The museum showcases American ideas and innovations, both technological and social, that have changed our lives. Exhibits include an exploration of the first 40 years of flight and an array of artifacts representing powerful change, including the presidential limousine in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the bus on which Rosa Parks took a stand for civil rights.

The group will also visit the Ford Rouge Factory for a self-guided, five-part experience that includes the Legacy Theater, the Art of Manufacturing Theater, the Observation Deck, the Dearborn Truck Plant and the Legacy Gallery.

The cost is $85 for Life Scholars members and $95 for non-members, and includes all tour fees, bus fees and the bus trip. Lunch is on your own at any of three restaurants in the museum. The bus will depart from Terra State at 8:15 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. To register, call 419-559-2255.


Boys basketball head coach needed at PCHS

The Port Clinton City School District is in need of a Head Boys Basketball Coach to replace Coach Troy Diels. Coach Diels is resigning from his coaching position after nine years at the helm but will remain with the district as PCMS Assistant Principal.

Limited teaching positions may also be available.

The Port Clinton City School District is a district of approximately 1800 students located on the shores of Lake Erie.  In 2013, the District completed a construction project to build state-of-the-art schools, funded by the generosity of the community. The new school includes Bataan Memorial Elementary Campus (Primary PK-2 and Intermediate Grades 3-5), a New Middle School (grades 6-8) on the high school campus and one high school (9-12).  More information is available online at

Interested applicants should submit resume, cover letter, and references no later than April 21, 2014, to Port Clinton High School, Attn: Mr. Rick Dominick, Athletic Director, 821 S. Jefferson Street, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452.


Tristan Auxter earns rank of Eagle Scout

Tristan Oliver Auxter has obtained the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of Troop 360 in Port Clinton which is sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church. Tristan joined scouts in first grade as a Tiger Scout with Cub Scout Pack 361 of St. John Lutheran Church. He finished Cub Scouting by earning the Arrow of Light. In becoming an Eagle Scout it has afforded many learning and leadership opportunities for Tristan. He has earned 34 merit badges, served as Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Scribe and Bugler. In completing an Eagle Scout project, Tristan has gained many lifelong skills.

The Eagle Scout project Tristan chose was to add outside features to the community garden located at 323 Beech Street in Port Clinton. Planning and approval for the project started in the fall of 2012. Tristan was responsible for designing, planning, fund raising over $650 in materials and coordinating over 158 hours of labor. He oversaw the construction of two eight foot handicap accessible picnic tables, building of a 16’x16’ patio, two cedar trash cans and holders and a shelf used for storage in the park’s storage shed which was completed in May of 2013.

Tristan then spent the fall writing a required, detailed manuscript of the project to bring before the board for final approval. After local council approval, the manuscript went to the national level for final review. Tristan will be honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Sunday, March 23 at St. John Lutheran Church.

This project couldn’t have been accomplished without the support from friends, family, fellow scouts and leaders, the City of Port Clinton, Mayor Leone, Larry Cline, John Folger, Dave Mehl (with special mention to the Order of Eagles #2295) and Jeanne Auxter.

Tristan is a sophomore at Port Clinton High School. He is a member of the Leadership Council, football, swimming and tennis teams, and band all while maintaining honor roll status. Tristan is the son of Kim and Angela Auxter.

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