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Art Walk premieres in Historic Downtown Port Clinton

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPAAC) and Historic Downtown Port Clinton art galleries and venues have united to form Art Walk, a free downtown art celebration, on the fourth Thursday of each month beginning on May 23 from 5 until 8 pm.

Along with the GPCAAC, art galleries, restaurants and other businesses will support the monthly trek. Opening receptions will be held at many of the galleries, along with refreshments and music. Various restaurants and businesses will provide a musical interlude as well as hosting an Artist between 5 pm and 8 pm as art patrons wander from one art stop to the next.

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Stein Hospice named as 2013 Hospice Honors recipient

Stein Hospice has been named a 2013 Hospice Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing hospice agencies providing the best patient care as rated by the patient’s caregiver.

Established by Deyta, this annual honor recognizes the top 100 agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Deyta used the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) survey results from over 1,200 partnering hospice agencies contained in its national, FEHC database with an evaluation period of January through December 2012. Deyta used the five key drivers of caregiver satisfaction as the basis of the Hospice Honors calculations.

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PCHS Band presents annual Stars, Stripes, and SOUSA

The Port Clinton High School Concert Band will pay tribute to “The March King”, John Philip Sousa, at their Saturday, May 18, concert. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the PCHS Performing Arts Center. Admission is free; however, a free will donation will be taken at the end of the concert.

Music includes something for everyone of all ages and will conclude in traditional Sousa style with the playing of “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Felita LaRock of the U.S. Air Force Band will be the guest vocal soloist for the concert. Mr. Rod Miller, PCHS Band Director, will portray John Phillip Sousa.

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PCHS jobs seminar

Port Clinton School Superintendent Pat Adkins spoke with a group of local business leaders Wednesday morning searching out the answer as to how Port Clinton High School students and graduates are filling the job and skills needs in Ottawa County. Listening in the background is Jamie Beier Grant, Director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. Photo by John Schaffner.

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Executive Director Louk Marched for the Fallen

De Ann Louk, Executive Director of the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office, has been deployed since November 2012. 

This past weekend the base in which she is stationed shadowed the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania National Guard March for the Fallen. De Ann marched the 28 miles in full gear to honor our local hero, Army SGT Keith A. Kline. Army SGT Kline gave his life 5 Jul 2007 in Iraq.

For more information on the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania National Guard March for the Fallen visit their website at www.pngas.net/event/2013MarchforFallen.

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Golfers Support Local American Red Cross

The 27th Annual American Red Cross – Materion Golf Scramble was recently enjoyed by 144 golfers at the Oak Harbor Golf Club.  Funds raised help support Ottawa County disaster relief and recovery.

The team of Mike Riddle, Drew Reynolds, Randy Ruggles and Randy Eberle were the winners of the event with a score of 57.  A close second was the Genoa Bank team of Rich Hillman, Luke Sutter, Ben Sutter and Kevin Gladden with a score of 60.  Port Clinton Ford underwrote the Super Ticket portion of the day including two 3-day 2-night vacations awarded to Mike Riddle and John Deneau. A favorite component of the course this year included a special opportunity for male golfers to shoot from the women’s tee while donning a skirt and bonnet.

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OCHS spring meeting at the 1812 Food and Spirits

1812 was both the topic and the venue as Ottawa County Historical Society members and guests gathered at the Island House’s 1812 Food and Spirits Dining Room for their annual spring meeting. 

War of 1812 scholar Louis Schultz of Sandusky and The Columbus Academy in Gahanna gave an informative presentation about the ‘Forgotten War,’ and displayed some of his extensive collection of related artifacts.  Schultz is the author of the current War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier exhibit at The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.


Schultz related many examples of how misdirection and missed communications, coupled with treachery both foreign and domestic, added to the difficulty of fighting the War. The necessity of traversing the Great Black Swamp made it difficult to get troops where they needed to be and to find food for both animals and men.  When the battle of Lake Erie started,  Commodore Perry overcame his own strategic blunders to win the day, though Schultz said the Battle had no real impact on the war.  Although the British and Americans’ result was essentially a draw, it was the Native Americans who really suffered the greatest defeat, losing territory and influence. 

The Ottawa County Historical Society welcomes new members interested in their mission of discovering and preserving local history.  For information, visit www.thekeepershouse.org

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Elders of Jazz to play for seniors

The Musical Arts Series at Firelands is bringing two spring concerts to area senior centers with the assistance of a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation. On Saturday May 4, the Elders of Jazz will present concerts at 1:30 p.m. at Edgewood Manor and at 3:15 at the Vineyard on Catawba.

Many of the Elders of Jazz are indeed elders from Presbyterian churches on the west side of Cleveland. This group celebrates the roots of jazz based on the spirituals and gospel songs played by the early New Orleans street bands. While     this group usually plays in the greater Cleveland area, in recent years they have played at Lakeside for programs and worship in Hoover Auditorium. The Elders of Jazz have also played as part of the summer concert series on Put in Bay at the Perry Monument.

The public is welcome to come and enjoy either of these concerts. Contact Carolyn Legg at Edgewood Manor or Paul Shaw at the Vineyard on Catawba for additional information.

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Easter Seals hosting ‘Savor the Flavor of Firelands’ Finest’

“Savor the Flavor of Firelands’Finest”, presented by the Sandusky Register, is an opportunity to sample some of the finest cuisine and wines in the Firelands area. Tuesday, May 14, 6-9 p.m. at the Port Clinton Yacht Club, will feature an evening of delicious food, fine wine and auction items. The event will feature cuisine from 1812 Food and Spirits/Rosie’s Bar and Grill, Bruno’s Pizzeria, Cleats, Crosswinds Restaurant & Bar, EHOVE Career Center, Great Lakes Popcorn Co., Mesenburg Creative Catering, Mon Ami Restaurant & Historic Winery, Papa Jimmie’s BBQ & Pizza, Phil’s Inn Restaurant, Providence Care Centers, Slater’s Madison Street Pub, Thirsty Pirate Taphouse Grille, Timbers Smokehouse & Grill, Toft’s Dairy, Waldo Peppers and Wendy Kromer Confections.

Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets or for more information call 419-332-3016.

Savor the Flavor sponsores include Crown Battery, Lafarge North America, Eagle 99, Mix 102.7, Carbo Forge and the Croghan Colonial Bank.

All money raised will support local programs and services to adults and children with disabilities in our community.

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Ottawa County CASA celebrates CASA Day in Ohio

On Tuesday, April 30,  three volunteers from the Ottawa County CASA program traveled with Connie Cornett, Executive Director, to Columbus to join with other CASA programs in the State of Ohio to celebrate CASA Day in Ohio. A reception was held in the Supreme Court building and the Honorable Justice Judith French was the host for the event. Rosalyn Barnhill, JoAnn Behlke, and Mary Hall, all dedicated volunteers in the Ottawa County program, listened to presentations from the Justice, the Ohio Attorney General’s office and the Office of Families and Children.


CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and these volunteers are trained to advocate for children that are abused or neglected. Volunteers investigate all there is to know about a child and then become the “voice” of that child in the courtroom. John Davis, president of the Youth Advisory Board, a group of young people aged 14-24 that have experienced foster care, expressed his appreciation for the CASA volunteer that has helped guide him to the success he is experiencing today.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has committed $2 million to the statewide Ohio CASA to grow the program throughout the state. During a year-long state wide listening sessions, these volunteers were found to be crucial in helping courts make decisions on the best interest of the children served according to a report released by the Attorney General’s office. Jennifer Justice, Director of the Office on Families and Children, stated that local job and family service offices need to work in conjunction with local CASA programs to serve the needs of the most vulnerable children in the state and that those agencies truly appreciate the commitment of the volunteers to the kids.

Ottawa County CASA is currently recruiting volunteers for a new class of CASAs.  Volunteer training is scheduled to begin soon, so if you have a few hours a month to give to a child in need please contact the CASA office at 419-301-0225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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