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Ragbag Report

Our editor, Donna Lueke, asked me who I might know who could write a weekly column on sailing for our new COASTLINES supplement. I said I would, so now you get to read the first installment of the RAGBAG REPORT.

Port Clinton Yacht Club hosted 32 Laser class boats at a Regional Qualifier Regatta on May 18 and 19. They had great wind for Saturday and got six races in, but no wind on Sunday and they had to abandon the remainder of the regatta. Still, the Laser skippers were thrilled with the hospitality of PCYC and the competence of the Race Committee and indicated that they want to come back. Their first session of PCYC’s popular “Learn to Sail” program starts Monday, June 10. For more information, call Fleet Captain of Sail Ramon Eickert at 419-307-2122 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Road closing OH 163



Effective immediately until Friday, May 31, OH 163 between Nissen Rd. & N. Toussaint South Rd. is closed for bridge work. Detour: OH 51; OH 105; OH 590.

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Keeping flexible and fit

Whatever your activity or fitness level or preferences, there are many and varied opportunities for residents and visitors to Ottawa County this spring and summer. Most class offerings are inexpensive and accommodate both regulars and visitors.

Yoga classes, indoors or outdoors, are being offered throughout the summer for beginning and experienced practitioners and for those who want to give yoga a try.

  • From June 1 through Aug. 31, Gentle Gem Yoga is Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. on Gem Beach on Catawba. A portion of the suggested $5 donation benefits United Way in Ottawa County. Call 419-341-4110 for more information.
  • Beginning June 17 through the end of August, Garden Yoga will be held at 4396 East Beach Club Road on Catawba at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays. The cost is $7. For more information, call 419-635-2337.
  • At BodiNBalance at Harbor Light Landing off of OH 53 and OH 2 in Port Clinton, yoga is offered several times a week. Drop-in rate is $5 per class. Check www.bodinbalance.com or their facebook page for the current yoga class schedule plus the listing of other group exercise classes such as Zumba, IndoRow, Pilates and Silver Sneakers.
  • Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton offers yoga on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m throughout the year, plus Strength Training and Zumba. Check the current schedule at www.magruderhospital.com.
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Kaptur meets with area Realtors

U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur recently met with local Realtors. Glenda Ward, Len Partin and Philip Bolte were among the Realtors who participated in the 75 minute meeting. Issues discussed included the retention of the mortgage deduction for primary and secondary housing and the newly placed restrictions on FHA residential loans. Partin reports that Congresswomen Kaptur was very receptive to Realtors’ concerns and the protection of affordable housing ownership.

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Free boat safety inspections offered

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering free boat safety inspections during  May and June at public boat launch ramps and during special events statewide. The agency also released a new promotional video about safety boating.

“Start the boating season safe,” said Rodger Norcross, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “We encourage boaters to take advantage of a free safety inspection to ensure they have all the necessary boating safety equipment on board and it is in working order.”

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Memorial Day at Catawba Island Club

Retired Maj. General Mark Solo, a college roommate of CIC Manager Mike Schenk, gave a stirring address during the Memorial Day ceremony there on Sunday. Gen.Solo spoke about his shortest speeches, given to the mother and the widow of individuals under his command. One was a training instructor in Afghanistan who was murdered by the Afghan pilot he was training to fly.

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Erie Shores Assembly of God invites children to Kingdom Rock

A summer kids’ event called Kingdom Rock will be hosted at Erie Shores Assembly of God from June 24, to June 28. At Kingdom Rock, kids participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, experience epic Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them to stand strong, and test out Science-Like Fun Gizmos they’ll take home. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.

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Magruder Auxiliary hosts jewelry sale & repair

The Magruder Hospital Auxiliary will have a jewelry sale and repair event in the hospital’s main lobby on Thursday, May 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 31, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Corporate Jewelers out of Stow, Ohio, will be doing the sale and repairs, as well as a gold and silver buy-back for those who are interested. They can size rings, repair chains, tip prongs, replace clasps, replace watch batteries and much more. 

For more information on the Magruder Auxiliary, contact Auxiliary & Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Gallogly at 419-734-3131 ext. 3256. For more information about education programs, screenings and events, go to the Magruder website at www.magruderhospital.com and click on the events calendar.

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Frederick Agency’s Shirkey honored as CIC

The designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) has been conferred upon Thomas Shirkey, CIC, Sr. Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative of the Frederick Agency in Port Clinton, following his successful completion of a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

The announcement was made by Dr. William T. Hold, President of the Society of CIC, who conferred the designation on Mr. Shirkey.

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Flying Club is being formed

The Tin Goose Flying Club is forming. Based at the Erie–Ottawa Regional Airport (KPCW) in Port Clinton. the goal of the Tin Goose Flying Club is to promote aviation safety, education and fellowship. It will provide a cost effective way for licensed pilots to continue to fly and will provide student pilots an affordable option to obtain their private pilot license and to log flying experience. The Tin Goose Flying Club will be a non-profit Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). Each shareholder will enjoy full club privileges to use all of the club’s assets. Each share sold will retain proportional interest in the club’s assets throughout their ownership of the share.

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