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Miller earns All-American status at Nationals

Photo by David Dermer courtesy of Kent State University

Just two weeks after winning a league title, Kent State sophomore Ian Miller accomplished another impressive feat by finishing fourth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships last weekend in Oklahoma City.

Competing at 157 pounds, Miller, an Oak Harbor native, won his first three matches before falling to Minnesota’s Dylan Ness, the eventual second-place finisher, in the semifinals. After moving to the consolation bracket, Miller defeated Iowa’s Derek St. John in convincing fashion, 14-9, before falling to the top seed, James Green of Nebraska.

The highlight came when Miller defeated St. John, who was a national champion last year. The victory made Miller only the second Golden Flashes’ wrestler to finish in the top-four at NCAAs since 1985.

As a team, Kent State finished tied for 29th with 13.5 points. Penn State, where east side Toledo native Shawn Contos works as the team’s strength and conditioning Coach, won its fourth consecutive title under Cael Sanderson. The Nittany Lions finished just ahead of Minnesota (104), followed by Oklahoma State (96.5), Iowa (78.5), Edinboro (62) and Ohio State (57). 

While in high school, Miller won a state championship at Oak Harbor at 145 pounds four years ago and finished second (2011) and third (2009), leaving his mark as one of the school’s best wrestlers. Just two weeks ago, Miller won the Mid-American Conference title in rather swift fashion. He defeated Central Michigan’s Luke Smith in the finals, 9-4; Old Dominion’s Tristan Warner, 8-2, in the semifinals; and pinned Buffalo’s Wally Maziarz in 2:09 in the quarterfinals.

For the year, Miller holds an impressive 31-6 record, with four major decisions and 10 pins, the most on the club.

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Emergency Services Olympics completes two more events

Collin Salyers representing PCFD and Mayor Vince Leone representing PCPD shake hands before their Emergency Services Olympics event.

On Thursday, March 20 representatives from the Port Clinton Police Department and the Port Clinton Fire Department and EMS completed two more events in their Emergency Services Olympics. Nate Edmonds of PCPD went up against Karl Kopchak of PCFD in a basketball tournament and Kopchak of the fire department came out on top. After the basketball tournament, Collin Salyers, representing the PCFD, went up against Mayor Vince Leone, representing PCPD, in a taco eating contest at Lock, Dock and Barrel. It was a close race, but Mayor Leone had 16 tacos to Salyers’ 12.

After a total of three events so far in 2014, the Port Clinton Fire Department and EMS lead the Olympics 2 to 1. The Emergency Services Olympics takes place throughout the year. Service members sign up for events and once an event is full the contest is held.

“It’s a good way to have the departments put their money where their mouth is since they are so competitive,” said organizer Mike Snider. “The only time some of these guys see each other is at an emergency scene. It’s good to build relationships between the departments outside of that atmosphere.”

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Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education classes begin in April at Terra State

Registration for the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education Program is underway. Classes will begin at Terra State Community College on Friday, April 11. Those wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle or refresh their motorcycle safety skills may register at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov for one of the $50 courses.

Classes available through Terra State, 2820 Napoleon Road, Fremont, include:

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed to teach new riders how to safely ride. The class is only three days long, totaling 16 hours. After a successful completion of the skills test, you will leave this class with your motorcycle endorsement. All classes are held over one weekend. 

The Returning Riders Course (BRC-RR) is for those that have had more than one motorcycle permit, but have never obtained a license. This class is a one day course and will be held on Sept. 28, 12–8 p.m. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for both the Basic Riders and Returning Riders Courses.  All you need is a valid motorcycle permit and the excitement to ride. 

The Experienced Riders Course (BRC-ERC2) is for those who already have a motorcycle endorsement and need a MSF card for military purposes or to lower the cost of motorcycle insurance.

Motorcycle Ohio is run by ODPS’ Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). OCJS serves as the lead justice planning and assistance agency for the state. Through research, technology and grants, OCJS serves a wide variety of agencies committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio.

For more information or assistance with registering for one of the classes, call Edie Dirnberg at 419-559-2110 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Lighthouse Afternoon wins travel guide cover

The promotion of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands destination will begin with a resized 2014 travel guide which will be released by the end of March. Featured on the cover is local photographer Kathy Jo Schweitzer’s “Lighthouse Afternoon” which supports the new Lake Erie Love campaign. The campaign was designed to showcase all there is to love about our area.

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Free real estate license career workshop at Terra State

On Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m., Terra State Community College will offer a workshop on real estate careers, presented by Joyce Willson, Director of the Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies. This workshop will provide individuals interested in possible careers in real estate with comprehensive information on licensing, earning potential and financing information. The event is free and open to the public.

Those interested must register for the workshop by calling 800-870-0344. The workshop will be held at the Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

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Public discussion in Perrysburg on Pros and Cons of Common Core

The Maumee Valley Defenders of  Liberty and the NW Ohio Conservative Coalition are sponsoring a public discussion on the pros and cons of Common Core on Thursday March 27, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Way Library, 101 E. Indiana, Perrysburg.  Discussion leaders are Sue Larimer and Tina Henold, who are both active in educational reform in NW Ohio. This discussion follows the recent presentation of Hillsdale College professor, Dr. Terrence Moore, author of the book "The Story Killers" (about the damaging effects of Common Core for the instruction of literature).  Common Core is an initiative to establish consistent educational standards across the states.

This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Take a survey about the development and revitalization of Port Clinton

I have created this survey on what the our community and our surrounding communities think about the development of Waterworks Park and the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton. We will also have a team going downtown tomorrow morning until after lunch giving the survey to people as well. Take it online here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V38BYQP

Final data from the survey will be collected Tuesday, March 25 at 8 a.m.

Thank you!

 

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Ottawa County Senior Resources to host March for Meals

Ottawa County Senior Resources announced that it will be holding Community Champions Week as a part of its March for Meals campaign. Local community mayors, elected officials and local celebrities will be participating in the event to show their support for our community’s homebound and hungry seniors.

“We are excited about having prominent members of our local communities participate in our March for Meals Community Champions week,” said Dianne Martin Mortensen, Executive Coordinator.  ”Our local mayors have been involved with our program in the past and the national Community Champions Week is an excellent way to continue our positive relationship with local officials.“ 

March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated by the Meals On Wheels Association of America, which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. 

Ottawa County’s March for Meals Community Champions Week, celebrated during the third week of March, will include not only an opportunity for local dignitaries to be a part of the packing and delivery program, but all citizens of Ottawa County can help by participating in the “March for Meals Campaign Challenge”. 

Ottawa County is home to six senior centers. Senior Center members of the Danbury Senior Center, wanting to help their fellow homebound seniors, are challenging the other senior centers and all citizens of Ottawa County to help in providing each homebound senior with a bag of non-perishable food items. The food bags would be delivered to seniors receiving home delivered meals as well as any senior needing additional food items. Danbury Senior Center Site Manager Paula Shenkel is asking for both food and monetary donations. All money collected will be used to purchase the food items. For more information about the items needed, contact the Danbury Senior Center at 419-798-4101 or Senior Resources main office at 419-898-6459

Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like Ottawa County Senior Resources, promote March for Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives. Community Champions Week is a component of March for Meals that utilizes the involvement of local Mayors and other local elected officials.  

About Meals On Wheels Association of America

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories.  More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to keep America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information on the Meals On Wheels program, visit mowaa.org.

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Erie-Ottawa International offers Junior Pilot Camps

Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton is offering week-long Junior Pilot Camps three times this summer: June 16-20, July 14-18 and Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m-2 p.m. each day.

The “Soar with the Eagles” camp will teach students the basics of flying and will include hands-on experience in the physics of flight and exposure to airport maintenance and management. The class includes an introductory flight in an airplane and in a rotorcraft, a tour of the airport and an opportunity to meet and talk with pilots. 

Students will also take a tour of the Liberty Aviation Museum, where they will see World War II vintage aircraft and learn about the history of flight from other vintage items and exhibits. 

The $150 fee for the class includes a box lunch each day. A limited number of scholarships are available.

To register or for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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BPW adult scholarship grants available

Ottawa County women in need of funds to attend college or technical school for the summer 2014 semester are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Business and Professional Women. Applicants must be attending an Ohio College and have not received a grant from BPW in the past five years. 

Women interested in applying may pick up applications at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Oak Harbor Library, or the The Jobstore in Oak Harbor.

For additional information or to receive the application by e-mail, contact BPW Scholarship Chair, Leslie Benton, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline for application submission is April 7.

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