Rossford beats ‘Skins, girls’ streak ends at 15

The Rossford Bulldog Bowlers traveled to Star Lanes at the Harbor Friday and swept the host Redskins, with the Boys winning 2983-2720 and the Girls ending the Lady ‘Skins unbeaten season 2652-2555. 

“Our girls really bowled great, came within 20 pins of the school record” said Coach Bob Black. “Tonight we were outscored by a team that broke their school record by 300 pins. We had 4 scores 340 or better and the girls are getting better all the time and we have no seniors,” said Black. “We are looking forward to the events at the end of the season.” 

Kassidy Mahler led the Lady ‘Skins with games of 211-171. Eryn Binder rolled 187-175, Sam Stroupe 158-189, and Reilly Wittman 162-178. Caleb Conrad led the Redskin Boys with games of 234-198. Darryl Trent added 190-228, and Jacob Reed172-180.

Port Clinton’s Bowlers will join 42 other teams in competing in the Redskin Tournament at Star Lanes at the Harbor beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.


Terra State board elects new officers

Nancy Grandillo accepts the gavel from outgoing chair Carl Koebel

The Terra State Community College Board of Trustees elected a new group of officers for 2014 at its regular meeting on Jan. 23.

Nancy Grandillo, of Tiffin, will serve as the board chair while Sandra Berlekamp will be the vice-chair and Don Nalley will serve as sergeant at arms. Both Berlekamp and Nalley are Fremont residents.

“I see the board continuing with the master plan, with the campus and entrance improvements and reversing the current enrollment challenges,” Grandillo said. “I am pleased to work with a forward-thinking board and an administration that puts students first.”

Grandillo takes over for Carl Koebel, of Port Clinton, who has been the board chair the past two years.


Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission welcomes new commissioners


Thomas L. Cashen III with Judge Winters

On Jan. 9, the Honorable Judge Winters swore in Thomas L. Cashen III, appointing him to represent the American Legion, and Ronald E. Distel, appointing him as a Member-at-Large, on the Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission Board of Commissioners. 

Cashen was appointed to fill a one-year term. He is a Persian Gulf War Veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Navy. 


Judge Hany administers oath

Left to right: Township Trustees Matt Widmer (Clay), Keith Heilman (Portage), Ken Gyde (Carroll), Rodney Biggert (Carroll), Sam Conte (Portage), Dale Collins (Portage), Victor Harder (Salem), Wesley Gahler (Benton), James Buhro (Benton), Mike Milbrodt (Benton), Ron Buehler (Salem), Mitch Hoyle (Clay).


Free income tax preparation assistance available

It is tax season again. Doing taxes can be a frustrating and difficult addition to already busy lives. Following are some resources that you can use for free to reduce the burden of tax season:

1. If your total household income is under $58,000 annually you can file your taxes for free using H&R Block software by going to  

2. If you want to do your own taxes but would like an IRS certified tax preparer to be available in person to assist you ($58,000 annual income limit), you can go to either the University of Toledo or Owens Community College. Times are available for taxpayers from the community to utilize this free service, which will be facilitated by an IRS certified tax preparer. Call 211 for times and locations.

3. If you would like an IRS certified tax preparer to prepare your tax return at one of 11 locations in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa Counties, dial 211 to schedule an appointment. In addition, in Ottawa County you may call Ottawa County Transitional Housing directly to schedule an appointment at 419-734-9494.


Firelands Association of Realtors install new board members and officers

The Firelands Association of Realtors installed new board members and officers at its annual year end board meeting. Board members installed were Frank Corder, Mitch Mesenburg, Tammy Steinle, Alex Morgan Johnson, Scott Myers and Fran Andersons.

Frank Corder is an agent with REMAX Quality Realty in Sandusky and is serving his second term on the Board. Mitch Mesenburg is an agent with Prudential Stadtmiller Realty in Sandusky and is also serving his second term on the Board. Tammy Steinle is a broker/agent with Wendt Key Team Realty of Fremont. Fran Andersons is a manager/ partner of Select Realty in Tiffin. Scott Myers is an agent with Century 21 Mike Myers Real Estate in Norwalk.

Firelands Association of Realtors officers elected for 2014 are: President Phillip Bolte, broker of Bolte Real Estate in Port Clinton; President-Elect for 2015 Frank Corder of REMAX Quality Realty in Sandusky; Secretary/Treasurer Sara Riesen, broker of Select Realty in Tiffin; and Tony Taylor, Past President, of Howard Hanna Real Estate in Fremont.


Couples’ personality seminar offered at St. Joseph, Marblehead

It’s the classic story of the odd couple; she’s the life of the party, while he gives any excuse to leave early. He’s neat and orderly, while she leaves milk on the counter and clothes on the floor. He’s logical, she’s emotional; he’s from Mars, she’s from Venus. Does this sound like your relationship? 

The Marriage Enrichment team at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead would like to invite any married and engaged couples to explore communication and personality styles with an interactive workshop presented by Father Marty Nassr and Father Dan Zak. The first session will be held Feb. 9 following the coffee gathering after the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Parish Hall and consists of taking a survey. The second session will be on March 16 following the 10:30 a.m. Mass and will be the interpretation of the survey. If you are interested, register by Feb. 3 by contacting Carol Arntz at the Parish Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-798-4177 ext. 303.

Attendance at the first session is necessary to attend the second session. St. Joseph is located at 822 Barclay in Marblehead.


Cold weather warning for seniors

With dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast, Home Instead Senior Care says now is the time for seniors and their loved ones to brush up on cold weather safety tips.

“Winter can be a difficult time, as the harsh conditions especially impact seniors,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc. “We want to make sure seniors and their loved ones are aware of simple ways they can stay safe and warm throughout the season.”

Those over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths. As the body ages, the ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature decreases, creating an insensitivity to moderately cold temperatures. Seniors may not realize they are putting themselves at risk until symptoms appear. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. If symptoms are present, immediate medical attention is necessary.


Service men and women pay respects to fallen comrade

Two North Central EMS workers look on from the Fulton Street bridge as the procession to bring Private James A. Dickman to rest passed through Port Clinton. Between Toledo and Sandusky, overpasses were filled with service trucks, police, fire and EMS workers paying respects to a fallen serviceman. The line of serviceman, mourners, family and friends were on their way to the Chapel in Sandusky where Private James A. Dickman’s funeral service will be held. The procession made one detour and that was to pass Dickman’s former fire house at the Perkins Fire Department.


Lakeside Chautauqua hires new Rhein Center Director

MaryAnn Kelmer was recently appointed as Lakeside Chautauqua’s new C. Kirk Rhein Jr. Center for the Living Arts Director. The Rhein Center is an inspiring space for fine arts and crafts classes during Lakeside Chautauqua’s summer season.

Kelmer served as the position’s Administrative Assistant for two years under Richard and Shirley Witteborg. This promotion marks Kelmer’s 21st year visiting the Chautauqua community. Kelmer attended Sinclair Community College in Dayton, where she studied Medical Records Administration. After receiving her degree, she worked at Piqua Memorial Hospital for 15 years.

Before working at Lakeside Chautauqua, Kelmer spent time traveling with her business, Fabric Rescue. She started the organization 20 years ago, teaching people how to up-cycle used fabric for quilt making.

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