Gamers Club in Port Clinton reopens

Gamers Club and Mega Nites were the first to open Internet Sweepstakes Cafes in Ohio and rapidly became the industry leader. The Cafes were popular and the owner eventually opened several Cafes across the I-90 corridor. Many competitors followed suit, but they still were voted the “Best of the Best Internet Café” in a poll by the Lorain Journal. 

In October, 2013, the Ohio legislature passed laws that essentially made Sweepstakes games illegal. As a result, approximately 600 Cafes closed. The owner searched for a better solution and found it with a new software provider, offering state-of-the-art games, but most importantly, a business model that is legal and will remain so in Ohio for the duration– Skill Games. Customers have the opportunity to play Skill Computer Games on a high-speed interactive web-based network utilizing true HD graphics with video animations. The games include features such as multi level bonuses, power spins, wild cards and other interesting twists. Prizes are paid in gold and silver bullion which is readily convertible into cash or gas cards. 

Gamers Club reopened in Harbor Light Landing in Port Clinton in December and Mega Nites reopened on SR 60 in Vermilion in January. The Café offers a place to play and win the games and enjoy an adults-only, alcohol-free, smoke-free environment and the camaraderie developed among the customer base. Early reports indicate the Cafes have already nearly reached their prior levels of business.


BGSU Firelands announces fall semester Dean’s List

Bowling Green State University’s Firelands College has announced its Dean’s List for the 2013 fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must have carried 12 or more graded hours during the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above. 

Lakeside Marblehead

Elizabeth Benya

Oak Harbor

Nicole Shaffer

Port Clinton

Lauren Balduf

Michelle Fillmore

Danae Fisk

Laura Puffenberger

Jennifer Purtee

Kami Sayre

Clayton White


Toledo Symphony String Quartet to play at Edgewood Manor and the Vineyard

Thanks to a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation, the Toledo Symphony String Quartet will perform at two Port Clinton retirement communities on Wednesday, Feb. 12. 

Edgewood Manor Nursing Care Center, Fulton St., Port Clinton, will host the group at 1:30 p.m., with refreshments provided by Home Instead.  The Vineyard on Catawba, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Drive, will host the quartet at 3 p.m.  

Admission is free and family, friends and the public are invited to attend both of these concerts.  The concerts have been arranged by the Musical Arts Series at Firelands.


WSOS earns two more Best Practice awards

Juvenile Re-entry Initiative. From left: WSOS Board member Carmen Beltran, Trisha Baker of WSOS, Mae Leake of WSOS, Program Participant Josh Perez, WSOS President/CEO Ruthann House, Parent Renee Becerra, Program Partner Representatives Dallas Leaker and Kay Hofacker and WSOS Board member Jeannie Weber.


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.

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