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Holiday causes change in waste collection services

Republic Services would like to remind customers that waste collection will be delayed one day during both the week of Christmas and the week of New Years.

On Jan. 1, Republic Services will begin a new automated trash and recycling collection in Port Clinton. This might cause a change in residents’ collection days and brings new bi-weekly recycling collection. 

Following the New Year’s holiday, Republic Services will provide free tree pickup services.

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Second Graders at ICS prepare, wait and give

The second grade class at Immaculate Conception School has been on a journey for the past month.  With their teacher, Mrs. Penny Boyd, the class has been using the season of Advent to be still and to prepare.  Each day the class has filled in their very own advent calendar with the random acts of kindness and good deeds that will help them to open their hearts and to prepare for Jesus.    They have been asked to give of themselves both at home and at school.  

At the end of their month of reflection, the class also took on a service project.  The second graders each brought in baby items to be donated to Heartbeat of Ottawa County to be given to those in need.

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Probate Court launches Volunteer Guardianship Program

Judge Kathleen Giesler with Program Coordinator Jennifer Simpson

Due to an increasing number of Ottawa County residents in need of a guardian without a suitable person to act in this capacity, Ottawa County Probate Court Judge Kathleen L. Giesler sought to develop a Volunteer Guardianship program to serve incompetent adults in need.  In 2013, the Court reached out to Ottawa County organizations as well as other probate courts and agencies throughout the state to help develop its own court-based volunteer guardianship program. This initiative is slated to begin in February of 2014.

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Wind Turbines

Dear Editor,

Wind Turbines are known to kill birds, some claim by the thousands. Europe has a thousand wind turbines, are appreciated for their clean energy, and they still have tons of birds. I don't think German and Spanish birds are smarter than ours. Same goes for Canada's turbine farms just across Lake Erie from Port Clinton. 

It may come as a surprise that autos and trucks here kill well over 80,000 birds a year; yes eagles and song birds included. It also may come as a real surprise to some that outdoor cats kill an estimated 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds annually here in the USA. Should we ban autos, trucks, airplanes, high tension & radio towers, wires, turbines and all the rest of tall man-made structures?

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Cell Phones for Survivors program

Vice President of the Danbury Key Club and founder Erin Lavelle.

Danbury senior Erin Lavelle, Vice President of the Danbury Key Club, has created a community service project to help victims of spousal abuse. The Cell Phones for Survivors program collects old, used cell phones and recycles them for good use.

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The Immaculate Conception Preschool Makes a Joyous Sound

The ICS Preschool Annual Christmas Program filled the Immaculate Conception Gymnasium Wednesday evening with the glorious sound of little voices anxiously awaiting the birthday of Jesus.   Forty-one 3 and 4 year olds performed beautifully to a full house with standing room only.  The preschool classes had spent weeks practicing and rehearsing for their big show.  Under the direction of Miss Mary Heschel, Mrs. Michelle Wojciechowski and Miss Emily Tichy, the sounds of the season couldn’t have been sweeter and the spirit of Christmas couldn’t have been more present.

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Port Clinton High School DECA Attends Central Region Conference in Milwaukee

On Friday Dec. 6, 15 DECA members traveled to Milwaukee, WI to attend the DECA Central Region Conference. They participated in workshops, listened to keynote speakers and networked with over 1500 other DECA members from 13 states located in the Midwest. Workshops were segregated by tracks which included; Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Retail, Travel & Tourism, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Advertising, Social Media, Industry and Design. Students were able to select up to six workshops many of which were sponsored by corporations like Kohl’s, Men’s Warehouse and the Milwaukee Bucks. Keynote speaker, Chris Bashinelli, provided a unique message to all in attendance. 

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Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce photo contest winner

The winning photo Sunrise on Erie by Kathy Jo Schweitzer

The Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce recently held a photo contest to find local photos for their new website. Winner of the home page background photo was Kathy Jo Schweitzer with her beautiful photo Sunrise on Erie.

The revamped website can be viewed at www.portclintonchamber.com.

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Santa flies into Erie-Ottawa International Airport

Santa as he stepped out of his plane at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport on Saturday.

It was around 11 a.m. on Saturday when the pilot radioed into the Erie-Ottawa International Airport that Santa was 10 miles out. The radio rang loud and clear to the families and children waiting inside of the airport anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival. Bryden Allen and his classmate Gavin Dowling were the first outside in the rain to see Santa’s plane land and approach. As Santa came down the runway, everyone filed outside to see the jolly old elf exit the plane.

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VFW Post 2480 feeds the hungry

The VFW Post 2480 in Port Clinton couldn’t have wished for a better giving season from the community. Post 2480 held a food scavenger hunt in Port Clinton in November with a great response. After the food scavenger hunt, Bataan School, Port Clinton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 79, the Ohio National Guard Red Horse Squadron, and VFW members ran food drives to gather items for the needy.

“We had 12 tables full of food,” said Teresia of the VFW Post 2480. “Originally we had 13 families to deliver to, but we had so much food we added 7 more families. We even had more food after adding families so we are donating the left over donations to the local food pantries.”

The food was donated to the families on Fri. Dec. 20 starting at 6 p.m. To contact VFW Post 2480 please call 419-734-9981.

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