Champions for Children offers Waiver Day program

Port Clinton City School District Staff will have two additional training days to provide staff training necessary for implementation of several state and federal educational mandates. The waiver days will be held on Dec. 6, 2013, and Feb. 28, 2014, and school will not be in session for Port Clinton City School District students. Champions for Children, the school district’s before and after school program, will offer special programming for anyone that is in need of child care. The program held on the waiver days is  for children in grades Kindergarten through 5 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Bataan Memorial Primary. Activities will include crafts, special projects, games, contests in a fun, safe educational setting.  

A form to enroll in the waiver day program was sent home with students or is available online at under the News. Registration deadline is Dec.3. Call 419.734.2815 ext. 1112 for more information.


American Red Cross offers Thanksgiving cooking and travel tips

Millions of Americans will be preparing meals and traveling throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The American Red Cross has safety tips for the kitchen and for the highway.

“More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year,” reports Beth Leggett, Director, American Red Cross of Ottawa County. “The week of Thanksgiving is also one of the busiest travel periods. We want people to arrive at their destinations, enjoy time with their loved ones and make it home safely.”


Bodi N Balance celebrates its fifth year with a ribbon cutting

From left to right: Will Moore, Lee Vivod, Trevor Tieche, Kearsten Tieche, Chuck Conboy, Kathy Tish and Nikki Adams.

Trevor and Kearsten Tieche’s commitment to their education, business and well-being of others has made Bodi N Balance blossom. In 2006, Bodi N Balance LLC started with two clients in a living room but now is a booming fitness business with hundreds of clients. Trevor, who is a disabled infantry veteran, has his BS in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University and Kearsten, who formerly worked full time at Nationwide Children’s hospital PICU, has a Masters degree in Anesthesia from Case Western.


Sandusky author makes visit to ICS

The gymnasium at Immaculate Conception Catholic School was full of giggles on Tuesday morning as students thought about the possibility of having a T-Rex as a babysitter. That is precisely the situation in the children’s book “My Sitter is A T-Rex”, by Mr. Paul Orshoski. 


Port Clinton High School Fall Sports Awards Program

Port Clinton High School held their annual Fall Sports Awards Program on Thursday, Nov. 7. Student athletes, parents and coaches gathered in the PCHS Performing Arts Center to recognize to student-athletes that earned All-SBC or All-District Honors and also SBC All-Academic Awards. Afterward, each team had their own breakout sessions or a separate program to present the following special awards.  


Howard Hanna Real Estate welcomes Jaime Swigart

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services welcomes Jaime Swigart to their Catawba office. 

Jaime entered into Real Estate after 13 years in Materials Management where she was responsible for contract negotiation, management of customer service and traffic for large companies such as Ford Motor Co, Select Comfort Corporation and Husqvarna, to name a few. In addition, she was responsible for maintaining $10 Million in inventory. Her skills have lent themselves well to a career in Real Estate, where she focuses on negotiation, communication, and management skills. 


Home sales continue upward trend

The number of homes sold in the area covered by the Firelands Association of Realtors (FAR) showed strong growth across the board in October. The local market posted gains in activity in both total dollar volume and number of units sold according to statistics provided by the Ohio Association of Realtors.

“The Ohio housing market is continuing to maintain a modest, steady pace in terms of its overall level of sales and pricing growth,” said OAR President Thomas Williams. “It appears we are heading into a more traditional housing marketplace…one that stabilizes and experiences ebbs and flows in overall activity.”


Danbury Athletic Boosters alumni basketball game

The Danbury Athletic Boosters are hosting an alumni basketball game on Friday, Dec. 27. Registration is required by December 10th. Call Bill Chapman for more information at 419-734-9649 or 419-573-2214, or contact Drew Davie at the school at 419-798-4037, ext. 3033. You can also find them on Facebook. The evening will include a pork and sauerkraut dinner, raffles, 50/50, etc.


Marblehead Merchants Holiday Open Houses Dec. 7-8

The Marblehead Merchant Group is kicking off the holiday season by sponsoring Holiday Open Houses at businesses and restaurants along Main Street (route 163) in downtown Marblehead on the first weekend in Dec. (Dec 7 and 8), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

In addition to special sales and unique merchandise, participating merchants will be selling plates of homemade cookies and Marblehead foam koozies to benefit children's activities sponsored by the Marblehead Police Association, and to purchase banners for the village.


Ottawa County Improvement Corporation

Director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, Jamie Beier-Grant, speaks to a group of local and area bankers Wednesday night at CIC regarding the Revolving Loan Fund that is available for local business creation and expansion. She explained how the fund could be used to supplement local bank loan packages for such things as purchase of fixed assets, leaseholder improvements, inventory or professional fees. She cited recent loans to Sloopy's Sports Cafe in Lakeside, PC Foods on State Road east of Port Clinton and the creation of Nagoya Japanese Steak House back in 2005. In the nine years since the fund was created, there have been only three applications that have been turned down. 

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