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Duck Drop and Chemo Crawl being held Aug. 9

The largest single event to raise money for our local American Cancer of Northwest Ohio is underway.  Save the Date for August 9, to join Ottawa County at the Duck Drop and Chemo Crawl.

The Duck Drop will take place at 11 a.m. at the Monsoon Lagoon.  Each year over 800 ducks race around the lazy river to the finish line.  Every duck ticket purchased allows your duck to compete.  With each $10 purchase, participants can chose either a one day waterpark pass to Monsoon Lagoon or a round trip ferry ticket to Put-in-Bay on the Miller Boat Line.  Monsoon and Miller Boat Line have graciously donated these tickets in an effort to help raise money for cancer.  Check the tickets for exclusions.  These are good for the 2014 season only.  

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Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run a booming success

The second annual Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run 5k took place Friday, July 4. 380 runners and walkers registered for the event. The run started on Perry and Adams and snaked around the City to end in Adams Street Park. Spectators lined the streets with squirt guns, and even sprinklers and hoses, to squirt the runners and walkers as they went by.

Before the run, Gabe DeFreitas, incoming Port Clinton High School senior and organizer of the event, gathered everyone at the flag pole in Erie Dearie Park and together, led by runner Jaclyn Favro, they sang the Star Spangled Banner.

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Port Clinton Middle School Student Travels as Student Ambassador

Port Clinton Middle School student, Kaylee Phillips, has been selected as a Student Ambassador with the People to People program.  She was selected from over 3500 applicants and one of four representing Northwest Ohio in an experience that takes her to France and England this summer from June 20 until July 3. 

According to their website, “People to People Ambassador Programs has a clear mission: to provide students with unparalleled access to people and places beyond compare, preparing them for success in a globalized world by making friends locally and globally. Student Ambassador programs visit schools, experience homestays, absorb world culture through firsthand exploration, meet with government experts, and enjoy unique insider access to significant people and places. Student Ambassadors prepare for this experience well in advance and are asked to keep a daily journal and participate fully in all activities for academic credit. Students build their leadership skills while working as a team with other students and making friends in a well-supervised environment of cultural exploration. Comparing cultures and ways of life helps students gain global awareness—the very mission of People to People Ambassador Programs.”

Kaylee was selected after an interview and orientation process based on many factors including leadership and cultural diversity.  She will stay with a host family and will see many of the famous sites in Europe.  Kaylee is involved in Girl Scouts and PCMS Project Reality.  Next year, she will be in 7th grade at Port Clinton Middle School.

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Black Swamp Conservancy Receives Stranahan Foundation Challenge Grant

The Stranahan Foundation has made a $15,000 grant to Black Swamp Conservancy. A portion of the donation is a one-for-one challenge grant – requiring the Conservancy to raise matching funds from new supporters or increased contributions from current donors. These funds will be used to support the Conservancy’s annual operations. 

Black Swamp Conservancy is a regional land trust whose mission is to permanently protect natural habitats and family farms for the benefit of current and future generations. The Conservancy’s service area includes sixteen counties in northwest Ohio, from the Indiana line to the west and the Lake Erie Islands in Erie County to the northeast. The service area extends as far south as Hardin County. To date, the Conservancy protects more than 13,300 acres of agricultural lands, woods, prairies and wetlands. 

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St. John’s day camp July 7-11

Day camp activities will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams Street, Port Clinton, during the week of July 7-11.  Pre-school aged children will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 noon; intermediate (completed kindergarten through fifth grade) will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and middle school aged children will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The week’s activities will include crafts, games, sports, singing, and Bible study with counselors provided by Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio (LOMO).

For more information and registration, call St. John at 419-734-5548, stop by the church office, or visit the website at stjohnlutheranpc.com.

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Terra State unveils five new fully-online degrees

No longer will distance and time constraints hinder the ability to earn an associate degree at Terra State Community College.

The College has just unveiled five new, fully-online degrees: Associate of Science-General Transfer, Associate of Arts-General Transfer, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration and Technology Management.

“eDegrees are a convenient way for students to complete their degree while balancing their busy lives.  More and more students are requesting this option,” said Dr. Cory Stine, Dean of Enrollment Services. “Too often people think they cannot go back to school because of their jobs or children or community obligations; but completing a degree online allows students to work at a pace that fits into their schedules.”

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Croy Attends Addiction Symposium

Sandusky County Assistant Prosecutor and Democratic Candidate for Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge, Lorrain Croy, attended Ohio’s Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction Monday in Columbus.  Croy participated along with her colleagues from the Sandusky County Courts.

Law enforcement and judicial officials from eighty-three counties participated in the full day training.  The event fostered an exchange of ideas of the most promising judicial practices and options for addicts including medication-assisted treatment.

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Laker Athletic Boosters reverse raffle

The Danbury Laker Athletic Boosters will hold their 21st annual reverse raffle on Saturday, August 2, at St. Mary Social Hall in Marblehead. Grand prize for the night will be $10,000 cash along with other prizes being awarded throughout the night. Tickets are $120 which includes the raffle as well as a delicious prime rib and honey glazed chicken dinner. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $20.

To purchase tickets for the event call Bill Chapman at 419-573-2214 or Drew Davie at 419-798-4037. To reserve a ticket or to ask for more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This event always sells out, so those interested in attending are urged to get their tickets early. This is a major fundraiser for the boosters and supports the athletes of Danbury Schools, the anchor of our community.

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Soul Stretch Mobile Yoga

Rose Sabin, co-founder of Soul Stretch Mobile, has brought her yoga instruction services to Catawba Island.  Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. all are welcome to join for an hour of yoga on a secluded space by the beach.  McKenna’s Inn, a private bed and breakfast located on E. Pittsburgh St., has offered its grounds to host the class.  McKenna’s is the perfect fit for a yoga lifestyle, choosing to raise their own herbs, vegetables, and eggs, promoting a healthy and organic lifestyle.  

“Yoga is all about you.  You surrender everything, and go on a one hour journey of self-discovery,” said Rose Sabin.

Classes are reasonably priced, and bulk sessions are available at a discounted rate.  More information is available at soulstretchmobileyoga.com.

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