Host families sought for exchange students

International Fellowship Inc., one of the oldest student exchange programs in the nation, is seeking families to host foreign exchange students. These high school age students are planning to arrive in August for the academic school year or semester. Families are invited to share their lives, homes and communities with a student. Single families and retired couples as well as two parent families are welcome to host.

International Fellowship, founded in 1952 and headquartered in Western New York State, has linked more than 25,000 exchange students with host families. A host family is asked to provide room and board and a supportive environment while the student attends the local high school The host family plays an active role in presenting American culture and making lasting memories that the student will take back to their family, community and country.

All students have their own spending money, transportation and health insurance and an eagerness to explore this new adventure. The student is monitored throughout their stay in the United States by International Fellowship local representatives. The representative also keeps close contact with the host family and local high school. The representative is the liaison with the schools, students, host families and IF staff. Someone from the IF office is available to host families and students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through an 800 number.

“Through knowledge and friendship come understanding and goodwill” is the philosophy of International Fellowship. Exchange students add an international dimension to host families, schools and communities. All grow in knowledge, understanding and acceptance of cultures very different from their own. Lifelong international friendships often result from being a part of the exchange student experience. These students help to support local economies and, in a most hopeful way, help to encourage world peace and understanding.

For more information, contact the website at, or at 800.647.8839 or 716.326.7277 or fax at 716.326.7179 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Edgewood Manor celebrates Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was a special day for the residents of Edgewood Manor Nursing and Rehab of Port Clinton.  Due to the generosity of Kroger and their many loyal customers, each resident was given a special Valentine mylar balloon for their wheelchair as the Valentine party began.  “The balloons made us feel so special,” said resident Agnus Mack with a grin.  

Red lights, balloons, bright red hearts and cupids decorated the facility.  The living room was overflowing with residents and family as the Swingsters, a 20-piece big band, had the place hoppin’ for two straight hours.  Such old favorites as “Boogie Woogie Buggle Boy”, “Kansas City”, “Pennsylvania Polka” and “Sentimental Journey” were just a few of the songs that had the audience clapping and singing along.  Residents danced with staff and band members as the music brought back memories of days gone by, putting smiles on the faces of all in attendance.


Danbury Township VFD presentation

Left to right: DTVFD Association members Tim Almendinger, Matt Hill, Trevor Ross, Judy Meyer and Interim Fire Chief Doug Waugh; Danbury Trustees Dave Hirt, Dianne Rozak, Fiscal Officer Shelley Seamon and Trustee Charles Scott. Mayor Jacqueline Bird was unable to attend due to a commitment at another event.

On Saturday, March 1, members of the Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department were honored at a banquet hosted by the Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department Association. The event commemorated the historic July 1, 2013, merger of the Lakeside and Marblehead Volunteer Fire Departments under the umbrella of Danbury Township. In November of 2013 voters successfully passed a levy to provide additional funding for the services provided by this consolidation. Both the Association and the Township Trustees were presented with a plaque honoring the merger. The plaque contains the names of elected officials and department members in service on July 1.


Adult Ed - Office Administration Program

Registration is currently underway for the Fall Office Administration Program at Vanguard-Sentinel’s Adult Career Center. This is a full-time, 32-week program held at the Tech Center in Fremont, beginning August 25, from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with online coursework on Fridays. Students will graduate earning college credit for completing. 

The program includes training in an office setting with group and individual instruction. Along with learning Microsoft Office 2013, students can choose a Legal Administrative Office, Medical Administrative Office, or General Office/Bookkeeping pathway. 

The course content is integrated with computer applications and office procedures preparing participants to perform in a wide variety of office environments. The course also includes an extensive office externship where individuals gain valuable hands-on experience in a professional office setting. 

This full-time program has PELL funding for qualifying individuals. Workforce Development funding may also be available. No pre-entrance testing is required. All applicants will be considered. Seating is limited. For information, or to register, contact Becky at 567-201-2872.


Kentucky Wounded Heroes coming to shores of Lake Erie

Kentucky Wounded Heroes is holding a three-day walleye fishing experience June 26-28 on the shores of Lake Erie. The event offers Kentucky's uniformed members of the United States Armed Forces, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical responders who have been injured in the line of duty the opportunity to fish, relax, and enjoy the natural healing resources that the lake has to offer. About 65 heroes are expected to participate this year, along with a number of volunteers. In addition to fishing the Great Lake, the group will tour Put-in-Bay and hold a wrap-up party at Tall Timbers Campground.

Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help with the event.  Anyone interested in making a donation, volunteering, or wanting additional information about the event or the Kentucky Wounded Heroes can contact Joe Hein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joe Stelzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit


Terra State’s Office Administration program information sessions

Taffy McKnight of Fremont gets instruction from Jolene Meyers during a recent Office Procedures class.

To educate prospective students about the challenging but rewarding and ever-changing administrative assistant profession, Terra State Community College is offering four informational sessions in March.

“The term secretary has become outdated because the role of those who provide support in business and medical offices has expanded greatly in the past decade or so,” said Jolene Meyers, Associate Professor in the Office Administration Program. “Today’s administrative assistants are responsible for a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently.”

Besides serving as information and communication managers for an office, they also plan events, schedule meetings and appointments, organize and maintain paper and electronic files, manage projects, conduct research, disseminate information using the telephone, mail services, websites and email, and handle travel and guest arrangements.

Terra State’s program prepares students for gainful employment as administrative assistants by earning an Associate of Applied Business with majors in executive and/or medical office administration. The curriculum is designed to offer courses that enhance students’ technical skills, communication skills, and leadership/management skills with an emphasis on professional work ethic.

The job outlook for professionally-trained administrative assistants is encouraging, according to Meyers. “While developments in office technology are certain to continue, there will be an increased demand for administrative assistants who are adaptable and versatile,” she said. “Furthermore, many administrative duties are of a personal, interactive nature and are not easily automated. Because technology cannot substitute for these personal skills, well-trained administrative assistants will continue to play a key role in organizations.”

The information sessions , March 18 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and March 19 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., will provide an overview of the program and answer questions of prospective students.  No registration is required.  All sessions will be in Building A, Room 204 (see maps at For more details, contact Jolene Meyers at 419-559-2356 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Spring Training Day for PC youth baseball & softball

The Spring Training Camps are scheduled for all registrants in the Port Clinton Youth Baseball and Softball Association Program. Girls Softball Spring Training Day Camp is Sunday, March 9, in the Port Clinton High School Main Gym. North Coast Travel League is noon–1:30pm; 11 and Under House League is 1:30–3 p.m.

Boys Baseball Spring Training Day Camp is on Sunday, March 16, at the PCHS Main Gym. Separate sessions by age groups are as follows: ages 7-8, noon–1 p.m.; ages 9-10, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; ages 11–12, 1:30–2:30 p.m.; ages 13–14, 2:30–3:30 p.m.  

Volunteers are still needed to help with registration, organize equipment, coordinate umpires, help with concessions, coach and sponsor. For further information contact Carolynn Snyder at 419.357.2678.


Redfern helps free up $1.4M for Middle Bass Island State Park

State Representative Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) voted this week to appropriate over $1.4 million in state funds for the continued development of Middle Bass Island State Park. Speer Brothers of Sandusky have been selected to complete the improvements, which include the partial rehabilitation of the Lonz press house, a new 5,400 square foot park shelter with a fireplace and new public restroom facilities.

“This is an important investment in our community that will drive economic activity through increased tourism while creating a more enjoyable public space for area residents,” said Rep. Redfern.

The additional park upgrades will join a host of previously completed improvements, including a 190 slip public marina, public restrooms, park offices, maintenance buildings and new utility services.

New improvements could pave the way for a total redevelopment of the press house and reuse of the Lonz residence and main winery. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources acquired the Lonz buildings in 2000 with local support from the travel, tourism and wine industry to advance revitalization plans. The Lonz Winery is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of two Democratic members on the State Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. In October, Rep. Redfern cast the deciding vote in favor of expanding Medicaid healthcare coverage to impoverished, physically and developmentally disabled Ohioans.


PC Seniors Chicken Dinner March 30

Port Clinton Seniors will host their Annual Chicken Dinner on Sunday, March 30, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or sell-out, whichever comes first. The dinner will be held at the Port Clinton Moose Lodge 1610, 1105 W. Lakeshore Drive, Port Clinton. Tickets are $8 advance sale or $9 at the door. Only a limited number of walk-in tickets will be available. Dinners include 1/2 chicken, two sides, and dessert and are available for dine in or carry out. The chicken will be prepared by the Bar-b-Que Traveler. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third St. (Tues., Thurs, or Fri. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) or at Mary's Blossom Shoppe, 125 Madison St., Port Clinton. For further information call Juanita at 419-341-1080. Proceeds will benefit the PC Seniors' special projects fund.


Magruder Hospital VIP Club announces 2014 trips

Magruder Hospital’s VIP Club recently announced their single-day and multi-day trips for 2014.  Flyers for all the trips can be found at the Main Lobby and Outpatient desks at the hospital.  These trips are open to the public and being a VIP Club member is not required.

On Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30, there will be an Amish Overnight trip to Sugarcreek, Ohio.  Cost per person will be $294 for double occupancy.  Price includes transportation, a night’s stay in the Carlisle Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner and a host of tours, shopping and wine tasting.  It also includes “The Confession” musical, live theater in the round at the Carlisle Inn. This musical is based on the Amish novels by award winning Beverly Lewis. Deadline to sign up is Monday, June 9. 

On Monday, Aug. 18, there will be a trip to Pittsburg, PA.  Cost is $127 per person and includes a relaxing day of cruising three rivers on the Gateway Clipper, live entertainment and lunch on-board.  Afterward there will be a guided tour of Pittsburgh and shopping at Station Square.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, July 14.

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