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Cut-a-thon to benefit local woman with ALS

The owner of a local salon has decided to donate some of her time for her sister-in-law in need. Salon 53 is holding a Cut-a-Thon to benefit Melissa Belcher, a Fremont woman diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2010. “One of the joys of being a business owner is being able to help out a worthy cause such as this,” said Brenda Belcher, owner of Salon 53. "We just celebrated our one year anniversary, and we were very successful, so we decided to give back."

Melissa is a 1990 graduate of Fremont Ross High School, and has been a teacher at Whitmer High School and Sylvania Northview High School. She and her husband Kelly have two sons, Grant, 10, and Aden, 4. In addition to her teaching duties, she enjoyed coaching volleyball at both of these schools. Her symptoms began while she was five months pregnant with her son, and since then, the disease has forced her to give up her teaching and coaching careers. The Cut-a-Thon will help offset the family’s high medical bills, which include in-home health care and frequent trips to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for specialized treatment.

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Youth fishing opportunity at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Anglers 15 and under can fish on Saturdays in August at the designated Youth Fishing Pond at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Loaner equipment and bait will be provided, and a Division of Wildlife staff member will be available to assist, all free of charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

Only youth age 15 and under are allowed to fish in the pond located around the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Young anglers may catch as many fish as they want, but they may keep only 6 channel catfish per day.

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Farm tire recycling collection

The agricultural community will once again have an opportunity to recycle their unwanted farm tires through a collection sponsored by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District.  The event will be held at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds in Fremont in the north parking lot.  This collection is open to farm owners, operators and residents in the three county area (including Bellevue and Fostoria residents).  ABSOLUTELY NO DEALERS or AGRI-BUSINESSES WILL BE PERMITTED.

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August events at Otterbein

Ron Howard August 15

The final Music in the Air concert will be held at Otterbein on Friday, August 15, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Ron Howard of the band Cruisin’ will sing the smooth sounds of Motown and classic rock n roll. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, cold beverages and complimentary appetizers will be served at the free concert.

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Redskin sport passes available Aug 11

Port Clinton High School has sports passes on sale beginning August 11 in the PCHS Main Office from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday.  All-Sport passes admit the pass-holder to all home athletic events.  Adult passes will now be $50 and student All Sport Passes will be $25.  Senior Citizen Passport, for residents of the district age 60 and older, are free.  Residents can apply for a Senior Skins Passport at the high school office or Board of Education Office at 811 S. Jefferson Street, entrance at east end of the middle school or submit electronic application at pccsd.net under the “Community” link. 

SBC ticket policy:  tickets are $5 pre-sale for adults and students; all tickets are $6 at the gate for both students and adults.  Pre-sale tickets or sport passes can be purchased at the high school main office from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. each school day. 

For ticket information please contact the PCHS Athletic Office at 419-734-2147.

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ICS kicks off 90th birthday celebration

As kids check off their school supply list and ready their backpacks, Immaculate Conception School prepares for a year of celebrating 90th years of providing children in Port Clinton with a faith based education.  Immaculate Conception School opened its doors in 1924 and continues to provide excellence in Catholic education each and every day.  ICS offers small class sizes, a staff that is unmatched in its dedication to each and every child, an education enhanced with technology, and a value and faith centered foundation.  Before and after school care is offered daily.   

Immaculate Conception School is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year for preschool and grades K-5.  ICS is open to children of all faiths and tuition assistance is readily available.  Anyone wishing to get more information on Immaculate Conception School should call the school office at 419-734-3315, or visit us on August 17 during our Family Fun Day from 11:45 a.m. through 1 p.m.  Fun day will be complete with face painting, bounce house, hot dog lunch and much more 90th birthday fun.  Immaculate Conception School welcomes all to come and see the good things that are happening at ICS.

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Terra State offers Instant Enrollment Days, weekend hours

Fall semester at Terra State Community College begins August 20, and there is still time and opportunities to enroll.

There is still an all-in-one-day event scheduled for Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These days are designed to make the enrollment process more convenient. Students will be able to complete COMPASS placement, CORE Orientation, meet with an academic advisor, and register, all in one day.

“Of course, you can stop in any weekday and we can help you get registered and enrolled,” said Cory Stine, Dean of Enrollment Services. “But on these Thursdays, the process is even easier.” To ensure your seat, RSVP at 419-559-2349.

Also, to assist those who work during the week, the College will be open on two consecutive Saturdays, Aug. 9 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The following areas will be ready to assist: Admissions/Advising, Records/Registration, Financial Aid, Cashier, Testing Center and HelpDesk/Library.

Again, for more information, call the Admissions Office at 419-559-2349.

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‘Brewing Up’ surreal paintings for Appetite for the Arts

“Matt the Weird.” Matt Ritter is ready for that nickname after people take a gander at his latest paintings and illustrations at Appetite for the Arts at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Aug. 15-17.

Here’s a sampling: A gaggle of 1930s-style cartoon characters fronting a band. A melting Mickey Mouse, his shoes dripping away into nothingness like runny eggs. And a painting of Jesus, conventionally posed but wearing a mask resembling hot-rod character Rat Fink.

“I’m going back to my roots as an illustrator, but with the technical skills I developed doing portraits and landscapes and experimenting with color for so many years,” said Ritter of Castalia, also a brewer at the Catawba Island Brewery. (The chalk drawings behind the bar are his.) “I get inspiration mainly from my childhood, when I was slinging pizza with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and being obsessed with Mickey Mouse and the world Walt Disney created. It’s fun to take those experiences and reimagine them as an adult.”

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Chevys take first, second and third at Chamber car show

First place winner Jean Kehrwecker of Port Clinton, 1966 Chevy Chevelle.

On Saturday, August 2, the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce put on the 21st annual Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show in downtown Port Clinton. Cars, trucks and bikes lined Madison Street starting at 8 a.m., but unfortunately the rain kept some people away from staying until 3 p.m. when the car show was supposed to end.

There was a DJ, 50/50 raffles and door prizes. 72 cars attended the show.

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Chemo Crawl Aug 9

The sixth annual Port Clinton Chemo Crawl is being held on Saturday, August 9, from 3-8 p.m. The Chemo Crawl is a bar crawl that benefits The American Cancer Society. The event has raised over $10,000 each year. Participants should meet at The Our Guest Inn and Suites at 220 East Perry Street at or before 3 p.m.

The crawl is $10 and t-shirts can be purchased for $15. These can be purchased at The Our Guest Inn and Suites. Reverse raffle tickets will be sold for $25, but there are only 200 tickets sold so buyers are encouraged to buy early. First prize for the reverse raffle is $1500, second is $750 and third is $250.

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