Rising tide raises all boats

There seems to be two perspectives regarding the Waterworks Park project: a group that wants to live in the present status quo of what IS and those, who want to preserve that status quo, and embrace the future with a vision of what COULD BE.

The former group, with all good intentions, wants to preserve what their hard work and experiences have brought them. While the latter group wants to build on that heritage and at the same time create a new life of abundant possibilities for themselves and their families.

Tourism and technology are among the largest and fastest growing industries on earth; both offering almost incalculable possibilities and unlimited opportunities. The $60,000,000 vision presented by Mr. Rose and his team and overwhelmingly endorsed by the city council has no doubt caused the citizens of Port Clinton to rethink their priorities.

For those who feel we will be “paving paradise and putting up a parking lot” we say quit “sitting on the dock of the bay wastin’ time.” I’ve heard that the rich get richer while the poor get poorer; while this may be true elsewhere in the world, it certainly isn’t true in America. After all, living at the lake it should be obvious that a rising tide raises all boats.

Lurking in the aforementioned lament that the poor get poorer lays the stuff of fear… and as we all know fear builds walls, not bridges. Let us, in the spirit of Ronald Regan tear down the wall of fear and start building a bridge to the abundant possibilities that await our future and the future of those coming after us.

May all who come behind us find us faithful.

Bill and Claudia O’Donnell
Catawba Island


PCMS Students of the Month for March

Port Clinton Middle School Students of the Month Garret Simon, Lucas Patrick and Chloe Avis.  

Port Clinton Middle School recently announced that the Students of the Month for March, 2014, are Garret Simon, Lucas Patrick and Chloe Avis.  

Student of the Month for Fleet 6 is Garret Simon. He is the son of Angie and Dave Simon. Garret has been involved in Boy Scouts and baseball. He won first place in the derby race in Scouts, and third place in the state. He has been very busy this year shoveling snow for his neighbors and working on cars. What he loves most about school: physical education class and lunch. His favorite subjects are math and science. Garret would like to join the Army and serve his country. 

Lucas Patrick is the Fleet 7 Student of the Month. He is the son of Mary and Noel Patrick. Lucas loves dogs and does pet sitting for his neighbors when needed. His favorite classes are anything involving technology and math. When he is at home, Lucas spends most of his time on the computer. One day he would like to be an engineer. 

Fleet 8 Student of the Month is Chloe Avis. Chloe is the daughter of Jamie and Brandon Avis. Chloe has been involved in volleyball, track and softball. What she enjoys most about Port Clinton Middle School: her friends and mid-ship classes. Her favorite core subject class is math. When not in school, she likes spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys bowling, movies and shopping. When asked what she would like to be someday, Chloe said a doctor or marine biologist.


Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet at Firelands April 13

The Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet will present the Earl E. Warnke Memorial Concert for the Musical Arts at Firelands on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m.  The concert will be held at Firelands Presbyterian Church at 2626 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton, and is sponsored by Crown Battery.

Following the concert, the audience will be invited to meet the artists at a reception hosted by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.  Tickets are $15 and are available at the door; students are admitted for free.


Nicole Lyle wins state title

Nicole Lyle of Port Clinton won the State of Ohio title of the Pure American Pageant in Columbus on March 23. She won first in Photogenic, first in Modeling, and is on her way to Nationals at the Great Wolf Lodge in Cincinnati, July 8-13. She will be competing with girls from all over the U.S. Nicole would like to thank all sponsors who will help make this trip possible. Her parents are Chet and Robin Wisenbarger of Port Clinton.


PCHS holds Winter Sports Awards Program

Port Clinton High School held their annual Winter Sports Awards Program on Thursday, March 13. Student athletes, parents and coaches gathered in the PCHS Performing Arts Center to recognize to student-athletes that earned All-SBC or All-District Honors and also SBC All-Academic Awards. After the program, each team had individual breakout sessions or a separate program to present the following special awards: 


Port Clinton High School Announces Honor Rolls

Port Clinton High School announces the honor rolls for the third grading period for the 2013 -14 school year.

Principals’ List:

Grade 12: Kayla Althaus, Dominique Araguz, Kelsey Flynn, Alayne Herevia, Cheyenne Meek, Ryan Norgard, Tiffany Street, Lance Taylor, Darryl Trent, Dylan Webb.

Grade 11: Alyssa Araguz, Emily Ashley, Gabe DeFreitas, Tarryn Edgefield, Michael Lay, Kassidy Mahler, Shane Meek, Kathryn Mueller, David Saunders, McKenzie Stine, Hannah Weaver.


Oak Harbor holds annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 12, at 2 p.m.

The event will begin in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin with an Easter Egg Hunt, followed by a candy hunt downtown, and then on to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where the children can visit and have photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, and have a chance to win a special Golden Egg basket. 

The activities are all free and open to children ages 12 and under. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 419-898-0479.


Danbury High School third quarter honor roll

Grade 9

High honors : Allisa Ritterbach

Honors: Nick Bossetti, Cory Bowser, Sierra Puckett, Nathaniel Ahrens, Jose Castrejon Roman, Mikahla Conrad, Sarah Lange, Seth Vargo, Bailey Kukay, Nicolette Stys, Cassandra Kimm, Breanna Wamsley, Alison Sypherd, Alycia Cain, Kyle Mumford, Sam Tyson, Kain Lucas, Olivia Coale, Emily Henneman


New public radio system goes live

Communications Sergeant Jim Lucas, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick, Fred Peterson of Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency, Alan Close of Cleveland Communications.

On Tuesday, April 8, Ottawa County announced the replacement of its 25 year old 800 MHZ system with a new P25 800 MHZ radio system. The new radio system has a value of over six million dollars and went live last Thursday, April 3. 

“The new system exceeds our expectations,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

The new system, that was provided by Harris Corporation and was installed by Cleveland Communications Incorporated, was funded by grants, Sprint/Nextel funds and other financial contributions without utilizing any taxpayer dollars. Ottawa County worked with Sprint/Nextel through the federally mandated 800 MHZ rebanding order to obtain the system at no cost to the county.

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