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Justin Beach of Port Clinton and LSSU presents at international conference

Students and faculty from Lake Superior State University's Lukenda School of Business presented at a recent international conference. They pose here with the International Bridge as a backdrop. The fifth annual Inter-Institutional Teaching and Learning Conference attracted experts from three Sault-area colleges and universities – Sault College, Algoma University, and Lake Superior State University – for presentations on how to learn and teach outside of conventional approaches. They took their shared perspectives in business, dance, ethics, and student retention to the conference. From left are Justin Beach of Port Clinton, Helena Wollan, marketing professor Valerie Philips, international business professor Ralf Wilhelms, Kristin Stempky and Cameron Penny. Photo by LSSU’s John Shibley.

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Janet Reed to be ordained

Janet Reed of Marblehead has been called to the ministry and has completed her studies at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Reed will be ordained on Tuesday, July 16, as an Elder in the church. After her ordination Reed will continue as interim Pastor at the Port Clinton Church of the Nazarene, located at 205 West 4th Street in Port Clinton. Reed will lead services in Port Clinton on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. There will be a reception in the Church Hall in her honor on Sunday, July 21, after services.

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PCAAC Classic Car Show on Aug. 3

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 20th Annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown historic Port Clinton.  The event has been renamed the Jerry Lippus Memorial Car Show in honor of Jerry Lippus (Mr. Downtown), who organized the event in previous years before passing away in November 2007 from cancer.

Cars, trucks and bikes from virtually every era and every make will be on display on Madison Street.  Proud owners will be polishing their vehicles and waxing eloquently about the history and renovations of their unique vehicles. A DJ will be playing tunes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be a  50/50 drawing every hour beginning at 11 a.m. and door prizes will be awarded every hour beginning at 11:30 a.m.

 In recent years, the shows have hosted an average of over 150 cars and trucks.  Vehicle registration is $10 with a portion of the registration fees being donated to the Port Clinton 4th of July Fireworks and Main Street Port Clinton in honor of Jerry Lippus.  Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars at check-in. For those who register and pay before June 30, there will be a free t-shirt.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 419-734-5503 or go to www.portclintonchamber.com to download a vehicle registration form.

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B-C-S Board prepares for coming school year

At their June 25th Regular Meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education took on a number of issues to prepare the district for the coming school year. The meeting opened with Board members providing a number of committee reports. 

Included in this discussion was the renewal of two levies. By a vote of 5-0, Board members approved a “Resolution of Necessity” regarding the renewal of a five-year 1.2 mill permanent improvement levy and the renewal of a five-year 3.9 mill operating levy. This is the first step toward getting these levy renewal issues on the November 5, 2013 ballot. “The renewals of these two levies are critical for the district moving forward. Voters would not see any increase in their taxes if these renewals are approved,” said Superintendent Guy Parmigian.

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Grand Opening celebration held for The Cakery’s Bakery

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton held a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Cakery’s Bakery, located at 109 Madison Street, on Monday, July 1.  Representatives from the City of Port Clinton, Port Clinton Area Chamber and Main Street Port Clinton congratulated Michelle and A.J. Kodak on their grand opening and commitment to downtown historic Port Clinton. A line of friends and well-wishers dodged the rain to take part and partake. 

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Healing Lake Erie with your license plates

Ohio Lake Erie Commission offers new Lake Erie design

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) announced a new Lake Erie license plate design that became available on July 1 from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The new design features a life ring with the words “Lake Erie” on it. Inside the life ring are birds in flight on a backdrop of a sunset and lake waves. The Marblehead Lighthouse plate, by Ohio artist Ben Richmond, will continue to be offered along with the new plate design.

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Latta co-sponsors Great Lakes System Sustainability legislation

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has cosponsored H.R. 2273, the Great Lakes System Sustainability Act. This bipartisan legislation would streamline the current Great Lakes Navigation System by creating a single, cohesive system for budgetary purposes, which would allow the system to compete for Army Corps of Engineers maintenance funding as one unit against other areas, rather than against each other.  

 “A unified system has proven to be successful for port systems in other regions; by organizing the Great Lakes Navigation System as one cohesive system it will allow for our Great Lakes harbors and ports to be more competitive,” Latta said. “The Great Lakes play an important role in our local and national economy, and the operation and maintenance of these ports and harbors is critical for the creation of jobs and commerce.”

In addition to modernizing the current system, this bill obtains $200 million in existing funding just for the use in the Great Lakes.  Finally, this bill directs the Corps to create a cost-share program to help reduce the backlog for recreational harbors.

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Lakeside Garden Tour is July 10

Locals are invited to the Lakeside Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. This self-guided tour showcases properties in Lakeside Chautauqua that participated in the Beautification Awards Program promoting the overall aesthetic appearance of the grounds.  

A special Daily Gate Pass to enter the grounds for the Garden Tour is available for $9.50, which includes Daily Auto Pass, but does not include admission to the Hoover Auditorium performance that evening. For those who obtain a Season Gate Pass or who have already purchased a Daily Gate Pass for July 10, there is no additional fee.

Tour attendees may pick up a map of the winning gardens in Lakeside Chautauqua to explore on their own. Maps are available at all gate entrances, Fountain Inn front desk, Hotel Lakeside front desk and the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office located at 236 Walnut Ave.

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