Ottawa County Sheriff’s K9 Nero receives ballistic vest

Deputy Marc Nye and K9 Nero

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office K9 Nero will be receiving a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide Groupon event that has risen over $250,000 in just over a week.

The “Occasions” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9s with bullet and stab protective vets runs February 15 through March 5 ending 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Groupons may be purchased at during that time. Vested interest in K9s, the 501c(3), is also accepting donations through their website and via mail at P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA, 02718.


Port Clinton lady bowlers finish tenth

Port Clinton's Lady Redskin Bowlers finished tenth at the OHSAA State Finals in Columbus Saturday. They missed the cut to the top 8 by only 43 pins. Alysia Zoeller earned Second Team All Ohio for bowling a 584 series on games of 186-197-201. 

"Our girls earned valuable experience by competing at State", said Coach Bob Black. "We had the cut in our reach, but too many errant first ball shots and too many missed single pin spares cost us advancing to the Baker Matches. Alysia bowled great all day, with only four open frames, and that's what they all have to do to compete at a higher level next year. Freshman Jozlynn Seamon came in and struck or spared ten straight frames. She will compete for a starting position next season. Reilly Wittman rolled a strong second game, and Sam Stroupe was solid all day." 


PC Youth Baseball and Softball Assoc. holding meeting March 3

The Port Clinton Youth Baseball and Softball Association is holding an organizational meeting on Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m.. The meeting will be held in room 115 at Port Clinton high School. Volunteers are needed to help with the coaching of youth teams as well as helping the association function.


Information regarding summer sign ups and the summer season will be discussed.


Terra State to host Adult and Veteran Visit Days

Getting up the courage to step foot on a college campus is often difficult enough for adults, but sitting next to a high school student at a recruitment function can be even more intimidating, that’s why Terra State Community College is offering special Adult and Veteran Visit Days on March 3 at 5 p.m. and April 24 at 4 p.m., with additional dates later this spring and summer.

“We wanted to reach out to our adult and veteran population to offer them a special event aimed at their individual needs,” said Kathy Berger, Admissions Recruiter at Terra State. “They will learn about college resources and the admissions process, and how to pay for college.”

Veterans will receive information about the GI Bill as well and everyone will hear details about campus resources, including tutoring and career services.

“We will have some of our adult students available to talk about their experiences and there will also be campus tours,” Berger said. “And we welcome friends and family to join in.”

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to reserve a spot, visit or call 419-559-2349.


Riverview hosts Community Preparedness Day

Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus will open its doors to the public on Saturday, March 1, for Community Preparedness Day. The morning will begin with a free pancake and sausage breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. and includes the following: Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick (Home Safety and Security), Kenan Mylander of the Mercy St. Vincent’s Burn Unit (Home Fire Prevention), Mike Drusbacky of the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency (Davis Besse Nuclear Emergencies, Chemical Spills and Train Derailments), Beth Leggett of the Ottawa County Red Cross (Emergency Kits) and Meteorologist Kimberly Newman of Toledo News Now (Severe Weather).

“Our staff has listened to most of these presentations as in-services to use in our facility. The amount of information given has also been helpful in applying to our homes.  We felt it was important to give the community the opportunity to hear this information,” said Kendra German, Administrator of Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus.

For further information, contact Riverview’s Information Desk 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily at 419-898-2851 ext. 6075.


Port Clinton City School District announces Flagship Award winners

Pictured, left to right: Port Clinton Board of Education President David Belden; Vice President Beth Benkowith; Flagship Award Recipients Lisa and Tom Geisheimer, First Mate Parent Award; Heidi Steyer, Captain Staff Award; Christa Bronner from Stein Hospice, Crew Community Award; and Superintendent of Schools Patrick D. Adkins.

The Flagship Awards are part of Port Clinton City School District’s recognition program to honor parents, community members, staff and students that help the district fulfill its motto of “Proudly Charting a Course for Success.” At the Feb. 24 meeting, the Port Clinton Board of Education recognized the following individuals with Flagship Awards.


PCHS presents “The Wedding Singer”

The Port Clinton High School Drama Club will present its student production of “The Wedding Singer” on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the PCHS Performing Arts Center.

Robbie Hart, a wedding singer, played by Seth Bickel, lives with his Grandma Rosie, played by Haley Klima, in Ridgefield, New Jersey. He and his band members play a great wedding gig. During his usual “warm-up-the-crowd-routine,” Robbie proudly announces that he will be married to his beloved fiancée Linda, played by Kiya Brown, the next day. After the wedding gig that night, Robbie tries to write a sweet (eventually corny) love song to Linda, with help from his waitress friend, Julia Sullivan, played by Alyson Shaler, whom he had just met during the previous wedding. The following day, however, Linda dumps Robbie at the altar, with only a note claiming that she wants to be the wife of a rock star and not just a wedding singer. Meanwhile, an anxious Julia goes out to dinner with her Wall Street boyfriend, Glen Guglia, played by Ian Kyle, hoping he will pop the question, which he does.

Robbie falls into a deep depression but is urged by his bandmates Sammy, played by Keegan Lowe, and George, played by Jack Warner, and even his grandmother, to use that intense emotion to get back on his feet. However, the angry Robbie does nothing but enrage the guests at the next wedding gig, and he is soon thrown into the dumpster, literally, by the bridal wedding party. With some convincing from his friend Julia, Robbie does “Come Out of the Dumpster” but changes his singing gigs strictly to bar mitzvahs. After the Shapiro bar mitzvah, Julia convinces Robbie to help her register for her wedding, as her fiancé Glen is, as usual, busy with business-related affairs.

While at the mall, Robbie and Julia meet up with Julia’s cousin and best friend, Holly, played by Cheyenne Meek, who convinces the faux duo that Julia needs to practice her wedding kiss. Robbie and Julia awkwardly, and lovingly, kiss, only to be interrupted by the reality that Julia is marrying Glen. After seeing the kiss, Holly decides that she should go out with Robbie. Julia, still shocked by the kiss, hastily agrees with Holly. Much later that night, Robbie, Holly, Julia, Glen, Sammy, and George go to a club in New York City. Here Robbie finally realizes that Glen is a cheater and that he, Robbie, loves Julia. Holly realizes this, too, and tells Robbie that Julia is marrying Glen because of his money and security. Upon hearing this, Robbie exclaims, “Maybe I could change!” Will Robbie change? Come see this hilarious musical to find out!

Other cast members include Laura Helmer, who plays Angie, Julia’s mother; and Kayla Armendariz, Gina Buono, Ericka Castillo, Shelby Crowl, Michael Davis, Jon Emmons, Samantha Emmons, Kate Fontana, Allison Gilleland, Halee Jones, Lily Madison, Morrisa Mallory, Salvatore Martell, Arreselia Rangel, Miranda Rawlins, Natalie Stitak, Alex Suter, Courtney Trent, and Leah Warner, who comprise the Ensemble.

“The Wedding Singer” is directed by Paul Anderson, who is assisted by Eric Watts, vocals and pit director and technical consultant; Hilary Watts, choreographer; Bobby Good, set construction; and Beth Jadwisiak, costumes. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 14, for $8 in the high school office, or they may be purchased at the PAC box office the nights of the show.


Emergency sirens to be tested

Governor John Kasich has designated the week of March 2-8 as Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week. Many Ottawa County schools, health care facilities and other public and private organizations will be conducting training and drills in conjunction with this program.

A key activity during the week will be a statewide test of weather warning dissemination and preparedness procedures. This test will be conducted at 9:50 a.m., Wednesday, March 5. The Ottawa County siren system will be activated for three minutes, and the Sheriff’s Dispatch will broadcast a test message to police, fire and EMS departments. The county will also test the Wireless Emergency Notification System which activates cell phones, mobile devices and email in the event of an emergency. To sign up for this service, visit In addition, the National Weather Service will activate weather alert radios. Actual weather warnings are disseminated in the same manner.

Severe weather can threaten Ottawa County in many forms. Timely notification and warning play a key role in the effort to save lives and protect property.

The Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency urges residents to review their Tornado Warning Procedures and discuss them with their families and/or business personnel. If there are any questions please call the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency at 419-734-6900.

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