Ida Rupp Library hosts Prevent Blindness Ohio

Senator Randy Gardner reads a book to children at the Ida Rupp Public Library.

On Monday, August 18, Prevent Blindness Ohio and the Ida Rupp Public Library presented a special reading hour with Senator Randy Gardner and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. At the reading hour Senator Gardner read “Arthur’s Eyes” by Marc Brown and “The Eye Book” by Dr. Seuss.

Senator Gardner was part of passing a bill that has children’s sight tested before they are go for special needs testing.

“A mom came to me and said that she had a concern with special needs testing,” said Senator Gardner. “Her child went to special needs testing, but it was just their sight that was a problem. She thought that if there was a mandate of having vision tested first, that would alleviate the need for some special needs testing because sometimes sight is the problem.”


ODOT announces new and continuing road projects for area

The mine remediation project for State Route 2 will resume Sept. 8. The project, which is projected to go through May 2015, is taking place between SR 163 and SR 53 on SR 2. This area will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Through May 2015, the ramp from southbound SR 53 to westbound SR 2 will be closed. The project is to be complete by May 2016.

A new resurfacing and bridge repair project is starting Sept. 3 on SR 2. The project will last through November and effects SR 2 between West Camp Perry Western Road and North Camp Perry Eastern Road. This area will be reduced to one lane and lane widths will be reduced to 10’ within the work zone.


Kelleys Island Benefit Swim

The 20th annual Kelleys Island Benefit Swim was another fantastic Swim and Golf Cart Poker Run. Jeni Hammond and Cindra Mielke swam from North Point (Long Point for you Islanders) around the north, west and south side arriving at Portside Marina in about 8 miles in 4 1/2 hours. Right after we started on the north side, an eagle flew down close to us and dipped its wing at us. A sign of good luck as far as we were concerned.


Lettuce decide: art or vandalism

Recently the statue at North Madison Street of the boy with the fish was changed forever when someone cut off the fish from the end of the boy’s line. Since then, a local business owners Mike and Lisa Davis of Custom Gates and Coating have decided to create and donate a new fish for the statue.

Wednesday morning, August 20, the boy was holding something other than a fish. What appears to be a clump of algae is now at the end of the boy’s line. Is it a statement about the recent algae crisis? One can only assume.


Gem Beach Rocks

United Way in Ottawa County would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for once again making Gem Beach Rocks a huge success! 

Sponsors for this year’s event: 

FriendShip Food Stores, Gem Beach Marina, Janotta and Herner, Inc., Lake Erie Shores and Islands, USG, Mix 102.7 WCPZ-92.1 The Wolf, The Beacon, John Schaffner Publications, WPCR, WPIB,, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union, Croghan Colonial Bank, Bassett’s Market, Ottawa County Auditor Larry Hartlaub, Dave the Handy Man, Lockwood Honey, Orchard Restaurant & Bar, Bernarding Graphics Inc., Luc Ice, Cyclone Services, First Federal Savings of Lorain, and Yoga on the Beach with Donna Lueke.


Ferguson Gallery holds open house to celebrate new Ferguson-Fenton Artistic Bead

One year ago in Marblehead, marked a historic event as Ferguson Gallery and the Fenton Glass Company collaborated on a hand-crafted, artistic glass bead.  The significance of the creative collaboration is rooted in a century-old tale of American craftsmanship. Fenton Glass Company, established in 1905, created a glass product that would compete with Tiffany and Steuben all while making products unique to the company and to Ohio as well.  Ferguson Gallery, having its own rich history, is another Ohio glass producer known for creating world class originals which have been enjoyed in many countries across the globe.


PC Mayor claims park initiative could force City to cancel community events

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone told those attending a meeting of the Friends of Port Clinton last Thursday that, should the ballot initiative pass in November, it would also shut down a number of community events, such as the Walleye Festival and Arts in the Park. 

After its formation last fall, Friends of Port Clinton held its first community action meeting of the year on Thursday, August 14, at the Commodore Perry Inn.


Community calendar Aug 21-27

Aug 21-22

Water aerobics
When: 8-9 a.m. & 10-11 a.m.
Where: Danbury School pool
Info: 419-357-1182

Thursday Aug 21

The Listening Room Local at The Loft
What: Enjoy tapas, drinks and singer-songwriters
When: 7 p.m.
Where: The Loft at Cielo Grande, 117 Madison St., Port Clinton
Cost: Free with two drink or one tapas purchase
Info: 419-967-9084


The Salvation Army distribution dates for Tools for School program

The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit will be distributing book bags and school supplies for the Tools for School program this Wednesday and Thursday, August 20 and 21 between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Applications are still available and can be filled out and returned to the Sutton Center office. The Port Clinton Service Unit’s Tools for School program will assist local families in need of school supplies and book bags.

Applications for this program can be picked up at The Salvation Army Office, The Sutton Center, JFS, Ida Rupp Library, Oak Harbor Library and Genoa Library.  

This program is supported by The Ottawa County Community Foundation, Stensen Foundation and local donations.  If you are interested in making a donation to this program, please send or drop off your donation at The Salvation Army-PCSU, 1854 E. Perry Street, Suite 800,   Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 or speak with Director, Maureen Saponari.


What happened to my swan friends?

I do not want to ruffle anyone’s feathers but I have to say that I miss seeing the swans, particularly the ones that hung out in West Harbor and the hundred or so that enjoyed their lives in the bay behind Nagoya at Rt. 53 going out on Catawba Island.  Every year I look forward to seeing my swan friend “Sammy” and his wife “Samantha” bring their young family to my deck.  I fed them every day, sometimes 5 times a day. Some years they brought 5 to 7 babies and other years less but it always signaled spring was here. This year Sammy came one time in the early spring and then he and the rest of the hundred or so swans disappeared.  I have heard and I know it was true that it was a very hard winter on them and many died.  However, they were here for a short time and then they mysteriously disappeared.  I did see two lone ones this past weekend in East Harbor but something tells me they won’t last long. 

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