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Free developmental screening for preschool children in Port Clinton

A free developmental screening for infants and children in the Port Clinton School District will be held April 28–May 1. These screenings are for any child ages 0 to 5 years old, and is an opportunity to ensure parents that their children are developing age-appropriate skills. Hearing, vision, motor skills, concept development and communication skills will be evaluated. 

To make appointments for children ages 3-5, contact the Port Clinton City Schools Student Services Office at 419-734-2147, Ext 7. The screenings will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 135 Adams Street, Port Clinton, with appointments beginning at 8:30 a.m. on April 28-May 1.

To make appointments for children ages 0-2, contact the Ottawa County Help Me Grow/Early Intervention Program at 567-262-3141. These screenings will take place on May 1 beginning at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Port Clinton City Schools Student Services Office, (located in the High School), 821 S. Jefferson Street, in Port Clinton.

All appointments must be made by April 23. This event is sponsored by Port Clinton City Schools, North Point Educational Service Center and the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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Danbury Biddy Wrestlers going to state

L to R: Coach Ranker, Daniel Webster, Brylen Johnson, Cameron Gillum and Brandon Wander.

All four of the Danbury Biddy Wresters qualified to attend the Oh-Way State Biddy Tournament on March 22 and 23. 

Brylen Johnson qualified for the OAC State Tournament in Youngstown that was held March 15 and 16 where he took fifth place.

The organization would like to thank the sponsors who help build champions: TDH Enterprises, Lafarge, Big Boppers Restaurant, First Shot, Ohio Custom Products, Kocher & Gillum Attorneys at Law, The Marblehead Bank, Gracemyer Bail Bonds, The Grudes, Glen and Judy Minton, The Wunders, The Webster bunch, McDonalds, Scott, Karen, Dakota, Cheyenne, and the Lords.

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Earned Income Tax Credit

As the Area Director of United Way in Ottawa County and as a member of the Board of Trustees of WSOS Community Action, I wanted to share my support for Governor Kasich’s proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program in Ohio. Both organizations work with low and moderate income people in our community to help them achieve financial stability.

Despite having jobs, many low income people struggle to make ends meet. With the costs of housing, transportation, food and medical care continuously rising, people in lower paying jobs need to be able to hold onto the wages they earn. The EITC program does this. Expanding this program will not only help low income citizens to make ends meet, but will also stimulate the economy.

I would like to commend the Governor for proposing to expand this proven-successful program and encourage our legislators to pass this expansion. I hope that your readers agree and will also contact their legislators asking them to support expansion of the EITC program.

Sincerely,

Christine K. Galvin
Area Director

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Restoration project to bring native coastal species to area

Projected area for restoration

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a detailed project report and environmental assessment for the Coastal Wetland Restoration Project for the City of Port Clinton. The project specifically details section 506, which is the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) Project. The restoration would produce wetland and shoreline habitat that would be better suited for native species than what is now in place in the area.

The affected area of the project is west of City Beach on Perry Street and east of Derby Pond at Waterworks Park. The project is also set to restore the shoreline in front of Waterworks Park that reaches to the pier. 

The need to protect and conserve Great Lakes coastal wetlands is an increasing concern. This is especially true in Ohio. Between 1780 and 1980 Ohio lost 90% of its wetlands. Natural and cultural practices have greatly altered the coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes and it is feared by federal agencies, state agencies and environmental groups that past and continued uses of the Great Lakes will lead to continued water quality problems and significant losses of rare habitats and biological diversity.

The coastal wetland in the projected area, which is a preserve, currently provides little quality habitat for coastal species, including migratory birds. The area now is characterized by an abundance of non-native and invasive plant species. The existing wetland is also cut off from external sources of surface water, such as upland lake connections, that would provide adequate water input or exchange. The preserve is bordered on three sides by large areas of maintained lawn that don’t provide suitable habitat. According to the report, the proposed restoration site on Perry Street along the lake provides very few of the required habitat qualities sought by coastal and migratory species.

The restoration and expansion of the coastal wetland will enhance ecological function and provide an additional high quality migratory bird stopover habitat. The projected restoration will result in the expansion of coastal wetland habitat, increased habitat quality and improved water quality.

The report states that the Preferred Action Alternative is Alternative 22, which consists of invasive species removal and revegetation, wetland expansion, creation of microtypography within wetlands and creation of a hydraulic connection between the wetlands. The total first cost for implementing the recommended plan is $2,047,800. The cost will be covered by the Army Corp of Engineers and the federal government. Any other costs will be covered in grants that the City of Port Clinton can earn. 

After the project is completed, the cost for maintenance, repair, replacement and rehabilitation of the area is to be taken care of by the city. The report states the cost of maintaining the project is projected to be $15,300 per year.

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Developing Waterworks Park is like casino gambling

On March 11 Port Clinton City Council was presented with an impossibly optimistic economic impact study for the proposed Waterworks Park development. The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation and FirstEnergy made a presentation based on a computer software program called IMPLAN®, data from the area and the project was fed into a computer and out popped the numbers. 

According to the numbers fed into the IMPLAN® software the city would collect, after time, $7.8 million dollars in property, sales, income and bed taxes per year. The State of Ohio, after time, would collect $4 million dollars in taxes. Now that seems like a lot of taxes, but they surely won’t be coming from the supposed 585 people making an average yearly income of $18,803 because they don’t pay very much in taxes, nor will they have any money to spend the new development. This sounds like the “rich get richer” from our Waterworks Park and to quote former Judge Moon “we are all the poorer for it”.

“You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment,” Alvin Toffler.

Mayor Vince Leone asked if the software was proven in other communities, if there were examples of other projects showing its reliability. Councilman Aukerman identified the “poverty level” incomes of the new jobs created and asked if the study could tell us what additional costs there will be to support our community. Councilman Snider unfortunately said the wrong thing,”earliest possible timeframe” which sounded like a rush to judgment. Our newest at-large councilman, Lisa Sarty, loved the “black and white” information. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy and we may all be seeing red if you make the wrong decision.   

In theory people are rational and they make complete calculations to reach the right and wise decision. In reality people make decisions with personal biases that find a way into the process of decision-making. City Council needs to recognize and avoid these personal biases--the selective search for evidence, the premature termination of search for evidence, source credibility bias, selective perception, prejudice, wishful thinking, optimism, choice-supportive bias, incremental decision making and escalating commitment, underestimating uncertainty, the illusion of control, group think and peer pressure.

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.” Plato

According to the March 7 News-Herald article “Casino Revenues Fall Short”, during  Ohio’s first year with four operating casinos, revenues are $1 billion dollars short of campaign promises, leaving county and school officials with significantly smaller tax payouts. (Hope Port Clinton City Schools was not relying on that money to build a new school). Alan Silver, a gambling industry expert and Ohio University assistant professor, said there was nothing nefarious about casinos’ promises. Predicting revenue for a new industry is simply difficult to do, he said. “Anytime you do studies, you’re shooting in the sky,” Silver said. Rob Walgate, vice president of the anti-gambling American Policy Roundtable thinks what “we’ve seen is a lot of false promises here. They can’t hit the numbers that they promised. They lied.”

The State of Ohio in its desire for a better economy made decisions based on quantitative data to allow gambling in the State. According to the American Gaming Association, the gaming industry relies on the well-known and widely used IMPLAN® Model for economic impact studies.

So developing Waterworks Park is a lot like casino gambling if you’re betting on the numbers. The message to Port Clinton is the numbers don’t lie, they just fall short.  

Victoria Clemons
C.O.R.D. 
Citizens Organized for Responsible Development
www.savewaterworkspark.org

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PCHS Environmental Science Club wants old tennis shoes

The new Environmental Science Club at Port Clinton High School wants your old tennis shoes. The Environmental Science Club started collecting used tennis shoes earlier in March and will continue until the end of the school year. The collection is part of Nike’s “Reuse a Shoe” campaign. The shoes will be recycled to make to make something new, such as Frisbees or running tracks. Drop off areas are Port Clinton High School and Bataan Memorial Elementary.

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New opportunities for youth soccer are coming to Port Clinton

Redskins soccer coach Paco Romero, along with the High School assistant coaches, will be holding a one day soccer clinic for all interested soccer players on Saturday, March 29, at Bataan Elementary School. The cost of the clinic is $10. 

In order to give students the most one-on-one attention, times are divided by grade level.

Kindergarten–Grade 1: 9-10 a.m.
Grades 2 and 3: 10-11 a.m.
Grades 4 and 5:11-12 p.m.
Grades 6-8: 12-1 p.m.

Players can register the day of the clinic or call 419-797-0051 to have a registration form e-mailed.

In conjunction with the clinic, RAYOS Developmental League (RDL) will be having sign-ups for their spring session. The spring session begins April 26 and runs until May 31. The cost for the six week session is $35. This is a new opportunity for the kids in Port Clinton who are interested in learning the sport of soccer while advancing in skills at their own pace. 

Online registration is available at www.RAYOSSocceracademy.com or contact Kristen Gerwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to get a registration form.

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Community calendar March 20-26

March 20-22

JROTC National Championships
Where: CMP Civilian Marksmanship Center, Camp Perry, Port Clinton
Info: 419-635-2141 or thecmp.org/3P/JROTC.hml

Thursday March 20

Grief Support Group 
When: 5:30 p.m., third Thursdays 
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Info: 419-732-3141 

Lighthouse Historical Society 
What: Monthly meeting
When: 7 p.m., third Thursdays
Where: Otterbein North Shore, 9400 North Shore Blvd., Marblehead

TOPS
What: Taking off pounds sensibly
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., weigh in at 6 p.m.
Where: Port Clinton Senior Center
Info: 419-734-4102

Al-Anon/Alateen 
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 8 p.m. every Thursday
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 135 Adams St. Port Clinton

Art Class
When: 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday
Where: Danbury Senior Center, Marblehead
Cost: $10 per class
Info: Call Lori at 419-798-0608.

Open Public Shooting
What: Shooters, including new shooters, are invited to do practice shooting. 
When: 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Where: Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton
Info: Contact 419.635.2141 ext. 1101 or thecmp.org/3p/publicshooting.htm
Cost: $5/adult, $2/junior

Strength Training
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Magruder Conference Center
Cost: $4 per session
Info: 419-732-4061

March 21-22

The Wedding Singer
What: Port Clinton High School drama club presentation
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: PCHS Performing Arts Center, 821 S. Jefferson
Cost: $8
Info: 419-734-2147

Friday March 21

Lenten fish fry
What: All you can eat, hand breaded
When: 5-7:30 p.m.
Where: Knights of Columbus, 109 E. Perry St., PC
Cost: $8 adult, $4 child
Info: 419-734-1858 or kofc1750.com

Lenten fish fry dinner
What: fish, macaroni and cheese, fries
When: 4-7 p.m.
Where: St. Boniface School, 215 Church St., Oak Harbor
Cost: $9 adults, $6 children 6-12, 5 and under free

RVI Spring Fling party
What: Party for employees and people who receive services from RVI
When: Doors at 10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Moose Lodge 1610, 1105 W. Lakeshore Dr., PC

Spring wine dinner
What: Wine from the portfolio of Trinchero Family Estates
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Waldo Pepper’s Bar & Grill, 4046 E. Harbor Rd., PC
Cost: $65
Info: 419-301-3700 or waldo-peppers.com

Al-Anon/Alateen 
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 7 p.m. every Friday
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, 122 Ottawa, Oak Harbor

Saturday March 22

Arianna String Quartet
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Firelands Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd., PC
Cost: $15 adult, children and students free

United Way’s Pop Up Adventure Playground
What: Refreshments and materials provided
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: St. John’s Church, Adams & Second, PC
Info: 419-734-6645

Craft beer tasting
What: Must be 21 or older to attend
When: 7-9 p.m.
Where: Slater’s Madison Street Pub, 111 Madison St., PC
Cost: $25
Info: 419-732-2030 or slatersmadisonstreetpub.com

Sunday March 23

Sunday live music
What: Steve Jad
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Canoe Club, 5831 E. Harbor Rd., Marblehead
Info:  419-960-7030

Monday March 24

Al-Anon/Alateen   
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 7 p.m.
Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 214 E. Second St., Port Clinton

Sisters in Sobriety
What: Sisters in Sobriety, a women’s AA meeting, babysitter provided
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry, Port Clinton

Yoga
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays
Where: Danbury Schools library, Marblehead
Cost: $8 per class
Info: 419-798-5195 or www.danbury.k12.oh.us.

Tuesday March 25

Open Public Shooting
What: Shooters, including aspiring new shooters, are invited to do practice shooting.
When: 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Where: Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton
Info: Contact 419.635.2141 ext. 1101 or thecmp.org/3p/publicshooting.htm
Cost: $5/adult, $2/junior

Pilates
What: Pilates with Laura Tyson, instructor
When: 9 a.m.
Where: The Ballet School, Madison St., Port Clinton
Cost: $5  
Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Strength Training  
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday
Where: Magruder Conference Center
Cost: $4 per session
Info: 419-732-4061

TOPS
What: Take Off Pounds Sensibly; all are welcome
When: 6 p.m. every Tuesday
Where: Catawba Community Hall, 3307 NW Catawba Road

Yoga 
When: 6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Cost: $8 per class for the whole month or $10 per class
Info: 419-635-2337

Wednesday March 26

Cancer Support
What: Monthly meeting, including complimentary light 
When: 12:30 p.m., fourth Wednesday of each month
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Info: 419-734-3131, ext. 3370

Jazz Night
What: Wine, pasta, and live Jazz with The Bob Szmik Trio and special guests.
When: Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Slater's Madison Street Pub, 111 Madison St., Port Clinton
Info: 419-732-2030

TOPS
What: Take Off Pounds Sensibly. All are Welcome.
When: 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
Where: Danbury Senior Center, Marblehead

TOPS 
What: Take Off Pounds Sensibly; all are welcome
When: 6 p.m. every Wednesday
Where: Oak Harbor Library, 147 W. Main St.
Info: 419-276-0304

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Cecil, Kontak earn All-Ohio honors

After being recognized with Division III District Honors two weeks ago, Oak Harbor's Tom Kontak and Andrea Cecil did one better last week, earning All-Ohio honors for girls basketball for their performance during the 2013-14 season.

Kontak, now in his second season with the Rockets, was named the Co-Coach of the Year, along with Andover Pymatuning Valley's Jeff Compan and New Lebanon Dixie's Jared Crowe, after leading Oak Harbor to a 20-5 record, an appearance in the district finals and a second-place finish in the Sandusky Bay Conference. He is 36-13 in two years with the Rockets after going 91-44 in six seasons at Genoa (2004-10).

"What I'd like to think, over time, is we've been doing this long enough for people to recognize (our accomplishments)," Kontak said. "You have to win, that's part of the equation. Hopefully, we've won (and) we've won the right way. We've won with great kids who compete hard and are grateful to compete for the opportunity (to compete) for their school. That's what I like about this group. We'll have to work hard to improve, and that commitment will be the x-factor." 

Alongside Emma Barney, Amanda Hetrick, Athena Eli and Maddy Rathbun, Cecil led Oak Harbor to an 18-4 record in the regular season before the Rockets defeated Margaretta (59-31) for its first sectional title in six years. The Rockets beat Bucyrus (54-48) in the district semifinal before falling, 40-37, to Bucyrus Wynford on a 25-foot shot at the buzzer.

Because Oak Harbor has played so well recently, they're starting to get recognition from other teams around the state. In fact, the Rockets will compete in the McDonald's Holiday Tournament at Lima Bath High School on Dec. 29-30 with some other great teams--Lima Bath, Lima Central Catholic and Minster; and later this summer, Oak Harbor will join some of the state's best teams in The Battle of Fort Stephenson, a tournament that will take place at the Fremont Rec Center on July 27-28. The 16-team tournament, which is being organized by Clyde head coach John Cahill, includes Clyde, Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown, Whitmer and Central Catholic.

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The “Countdown to Kindergarten” begins with Open House at ICS

Immaculate Conception School is pleased to announce that it will hold a “Countdown to Kindergarten” Open House on Sunday, March 30, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. This is an opportunity for children and parents to spend some time and learn about Kindergarten at ICS. Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Susie Adams, looks forward meeting and greeting kindergarten families and answering any questions they many have about the upcoming school year. 

Immaculate Conception School offers full day kindergarten with the option of after school care. Busing is available to ICS from neighboring school districts. ICS is open to children of all faiths and scholarships are available.

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