Terra State prepares for evaluation

Terra State Community College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit April 2-4 by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Terra State has been accredited by the Commission since 1975.

The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College to:

          Public Comment on Terra State Community College

          The Higher Learning Commission

          230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

          Chicago, IL 60604-1411          

Or online at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and be received by March 6.


McCallum and Mersch design book for Ballreich Bros.

Marblehead-based illustrator/artist Jodie McCallum and author Kathy Mersch have teamed up to develop a new 24 page coloring and activity book for Ballreich Bros. Inc. Ballreich contacted the McCallums to secure their talents in developing products and characters that would appeal to their customers. Ballreich is a Tiffin-based company that has been in business since 1920, producing potato chips and various other snack foods. The company is increasing its market share by expanding their product lines, branding them with new characters and expanding into new territories within the Tri–State area. Later this spring the products will be initially distributed through Ballreich’s new retail store and Gallery, Granny B’s, located  on Ohio Avenue in Tiffin. Other outlets for the products will be announced later. 

The McCallums have developed hundreds of products over the past 40 years. These products have been distributed throughout the United States by many major publishers and have been translated into several foreign languages and distributed internationally.

For more information contact Ballreich Bros. at 419-447-1814 or McCallum Design Studios at 419-341-4508.


Dr. Alice Randolph, Geriatric Specialist expands psychology practice

Alice Randolph, Ed.D., MSCP, a nationally acclaimed gero-psychologist announces the February 2014 opening of an office at 205 SE Catawba Rd., Suite A, Port Clinton. Dr. Randolph is available for coaching, consultation, assessment and therapy by appointment on issues facing elders and their families such as coping with loss, difficult health and life style decisions and adjusting to changing health conditions. Along with treatment for depression, anxiety and cognitive loss, she consults on the psychological aspects of psychoactive medications.

She is clinical director and co-owner of Psychological Transitions, Inc. a behavioral health practice serving residents in nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living facilities. She is a member of the Ohio Board of Psychology, is active in many professional associations and has received the Life Time achievement award of the Ohio Psychological Association. Dr. Randolph is a resident of Marblehead, mother of grown sons, and grandmother of four. She is president of West Harbor Group and West Harbor Landing Boataminium on Marblehead.

For more information on Dr. Randolph call 419-734-3333 or visit


Liberty Aviation Museum recruiting volunteers

Liberty Aviation Museum Director Jeff Sondles addressing a tour group from the Catawba Island Club on Saturday. 

The Liberty Aviation Museum, adjacent to the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton, opened in July of 2012. A year and a half later, the museum is already undergoing a major expansion.

The hangar being constructed behind the existing buildings will house the Ford Tri-Motor restoration project and visiting historical aircraft, and will be the winter exhibit area for the Museum’s fully restored PT boat. This will allow more space in the existing part of the Museum for new exhibits and various events. Two historical organizations have recently contacted the Museum about being the permanent home for their collections.  


PCMS Mission to the Moon

Port Clinton Middle School students Mason McDougall and Caden Chapman work to complete their portion of the “Mission to the Moon” during a field trip to Challenger Learning Center in Oregon, Ohio.

On Dec. 20 a group of thirty-two Port Clinton Middle School sixth grade students traveled to the Challenger Learning Center in Oregon, Ohio, to complete a space mission simulation. The trip was sponsored by the North Point ESC as a part of their STEM initiative to increase student enthusiasm about math, science and technology. The Challenger Center specifically designed this simulation program to provide an authentic encounter that increases the principles of teamwork, responsible decision-making, problem-solving and communication. Students were immersed in a realistic Mission Control and Space Station environment with computer consoles, communication headsets, continuous messages on the loud speakers, electronic messages, teammates they could only see on video monitors, emergency sounds and flashing lights and hands-on activities at science stations. 


John Madison recognized for professional leadership

John Madison of the Frederick Agency, Inc. was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), a leading national insurance professional organization.

Mr. Madison was awarded a certificate marking more than fifteen years of participation as a designated CIC, which requires annual completion of advanced education and training.


Oak Harbor girls pulls away from Danbury

Behind a strong third quarter, Oak Harbor pulled away to defeat Danbury, 66-38, in non-conference action on Monday.

Holding a 30-20 lead at halftime, the Rockets (15-3) pulled away by outscoring the Lakers 22-7 in the third quarter.

Oak Harbor forward Andrea Cecil led all scorers with 31 points and scored in a variety of ways, inside and out on the perimeter. Athena Eli and Emma Barney helped to pace the Rocket attack with 10 points apiece.

Megan Stephens led Danbury (8-10) with 10 points and Cassidy Rhodes finished with eight.


OH boys fall to Clyde, 46-37

Holding a two-point lead at halftime, Oak Harbor was outscored by 18 points in the third quarter as Clyde rallied to win, 46-37, in their Sandusky Bay Conference matchup.

The Rockets (5-12, 0-10 SBC), who led 17-15 at halftime, were outscored, 20-2, in the third quarter by the Fliers, who led 35-19 after three quarters. Oak Harbor did win the fourth quarter, 18-11, to make the final score more respectable.

Deshawn Johnson led the Rockets with 11 points and Andre Ramsey, Tyler Sievert and Andy Rathbun finished with six points apiece.

Colin Rieman led all scorers with 14 points and Derek Gray had 13 for Clyde (11-3, 6-2), which has won seven of its last eight games.


PCHS DECA Students head to State Competition

Port Clinton High School DECA students are all smiles at the District 2 competition at BGSU since many will be moving on to the State competition.  

Port Clinton High School DECA competed at the DECA District 2 competition on Jan. 30 at Bowling Green State University.  The following PCHS students qualified for the State Competition to be held in Columbus on March 14–15:

1st place:  Jacob Reed, Marketing Management; Eryn Nason, Retail Merchandising; Madi Baxter & Claire Zielinski, Fashion Merchandising.

2nd Place:  Alexis Cash, Advertising Campaign; Nathan Haghiri, Automotive Services; Ashlynn Slauterbeck, Business Services; John Morton, Sports & Entertainment; Dylan Spears, Principles of Marketing.



The city of Port Clinton has endured a harsh winter so far and we all look forward to spring. It is time for the city to take steps to insure a sound financial year approaching through our efforts to see that the city moves forward with economic steps; jobs and infrastructure improvements.

As you can see by now, the tourists have left and the city begins to sleep until the spring. Many businesses have a rough time making it through these months.

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