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PCHS announces new volleyball coach

Port Clinton High School has a new Volleyball Coach, Kelly Ward.  Even though she is new to the Redskin Volleyball program, she has a great deal of experience as a volleyball coach and player.  She graduated from Sandusky High School with three varsity letters in volleyball and continued being involved in area programs as a coach.  Ward was a coach with the North Shore Club Volleyball, and has been both a Junior High and Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach at Sandusky Schools for a number of years.  

Rick Dominick, Port Clinton High School Athletic Director stated, “We are very fortunate to find someone of Coach Ward's caliber to lead our Volleyball Program.  She brings to Port Clinton a good deal of experience coaching and Kelly is a very energetic person.  In our conversation her passion for Volleyball became very evident and everyone that knew her from Sandusky spoke very highly of her in regards to her knowledge of the game, work ethic, and ability to relate to her players.” 

Kelly lives in Sandusky with her husband, Andy, the chef at Edgewood Manor in Port Clinton, and their three children.  She and her husband also have a catering business, Ward Catering.  Coach Ward stated, “I am excited to come and coach at Port Clinton.  I love the area and look forward to this new opportunity to build a strong program.”

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PC Tennis Open

The PC Tennis open was held at the Verdi Von Thron courts at Port Clinton High School.  The champions and runners up by bracket are:

Boys 14U Singles:  Andrew Fillmore Champ, Jacob Koch 2nd

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Miller Ferry going green

Over the Fourth of July weekend, most passengers aboard the Miller Ferry showed off the familiar red, white and blue showcasing their patriotism.  The actual ferry boat itself however, will be showing off quite a different color: Green. 

In an effort to make their fleet more energy efficient and lower emissions, Miller Boat Line is proud to announce that they will now be using a 10% biofuel blend in two of their passenger/vehicle ferries hoping to someday increase that ferry number to four. 

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Kelleys Island Triathlon & Family Races

Kelleys Island Triathlon & Family Races will be held this summer on Sunday, July 13, at the Historic Village of Kelleys Island. This family friendly event has something to offer everyone as event day includes a Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, 10k Run, 5k Run, Kids FUN Run, awards ceremony and a shoreline lunch. The courses for each event have been designed with two things in mind: safety and scenery. Regardless of which event participants are competing in they will be amazed by the rich landscape of Kelleys Island as they race through wooded preserves, open fields and breathtaking shorelines. Race Central can be seen from the Kelleys Island Ferry Dock so no taxi needed. 

This event will raise money for the Kelleys Island Emergency Services including the EMS, Police & Volunteer Fire Department. Everyone at All Sport FUNdamentals and the Village of Kelleys Island is looking forward to sharing this memorable day with participants. This event is organized by an All Sport FUNdamentals Certified USA Triathlon Race Director. 

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Vegetation clean up

Any chance the city or county could utilize county jail inmate trustees to clean off the vegetation on the stone walkway to the lake, out the east side of the Portage River? It is an eyesore that gives Port Clinton a black eye to anyone entering from the lake.

Ron Mayle

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St. John Lutheran Fall Festival

The women of St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams St. in Port Clinton are currently planning their annual Fall Festival.  An invitation is extended to artists, crafters and businesses to participate.  The festival will feature the Vendors and the church women’s lunch and bake sale.  The event will be held Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each space includes one table and two chairs and may be rented for $20.  Artists, crafters and businesses are welcome, but no flea market or garage sale type items will be allowed.  All merchandise must be new or crafted.  Spaces will be rented by a first-come first-served process since space is limited.

Interested vendors wanting more information or a renter’s contract should e-mail or call the festival’s Exhibitor-Vendor Chair, Monette Garn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-635-5863.

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Don Epke wins best in show at Riverview Car Show

The Riverview HealthCare Campus hosted a car, truck and bike show on their grounds Sunday, June 29.  The display featured twelve cars of various makes and models, with the best of show trophy going to Riverview resident Donald Epke for his 1927 Ford Model T.  His car has been a project lasting about 20 years. Installed on his ‘made in the USA’ automobile are many additional accessories considered upgrades during that time period, including bumpers, a speedometer, wind wings, wire wheels, and a dashboard light.

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Contestants sparkle at Firecracker Cutie Contest

Firecracker Cutie Queen Kinslee Bowen with her mom.

The Firecracker Cutie contest was held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Friday, July 4, at 3 p.m. There were 38 Firecracker Cutie contestants and 13 entries for the most photogenic category. The judges for the contest were Lindsey Winfield, Vicki Wadsworth and Deanna Sees. The contest was held inside the church and the results were revealed outside on Adams Street at the car show being held next door to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Firecracker Cutie Queen: Kinslee Bowen
Firecracker Cutie King: Briar Mooney

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Fritchie Road to be closed July 7-August 29

Ottawa County has contracted KF Construction to replace a bridge on Fritchie Road at Schultz Ditch.  In order to compete the work Fritchie Road will be closed to all traffic during construction; between Rymers and Carroll-Erie Roads.  Work will begin July 7 and is expected to be complete by August 29.  Emergency vehicles and local traffic will NOT be permitted through the area and must plan an alternate route.

Please keep in mind that schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.  Please view our website at www.co.ottawa.oh.us/countyengineers/roadclosures.htm for updated closure information.  Changes to the schedules will be posted as they become available.

Any questions may be directed to the office at 419-734-6777.

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