ICS kicks off 90th birthday celebration

As kids check off their school supply list and ready their backpacks, Immaculate Conception School prepares for a year of celebrating 90th years of providing children in Port Clinton with a faith based education.  Immaculate Conception School opened its doors in 1924 and continues to provide excellence in Catholic education each and every day.  ICS offers small class sizes, a staff that is unmatched in its dedication to each and every child, an education enhanced with technology, and a value and faith centered foundation.  Before and after school care is offered daily.   

Immaculate Conception School is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year for preschool and grades K-5.  ICS is open to children of all faiths and tuition assistance is readily available.  Anyone wishing to get more information on Immaculate Conception School should call the school office at 419-734-3315, or visit us on August 17 during our Family Fun Day from 11:45 a.m. through 1 p.m.  Fun day will be complete with face painting, bounce house, hot dog lunch and much more 90th birthday fun.  Immaculate Conception School welcomes all to come and see the good things that are happening at ICS.


Terra State offers Instant Enrollment Days, weekend hours

Fall semester at Terra State Community College begins August 20, and there is still time and opportunities to enroll.

There is still an all-in-one-day event scheduled for Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These days are designed to make the enrollment process more convenient. Students will be able to complete COMPASS placement, CORE Orientation, meet with an academic advisor, and register, all in one day.

“Of course, you can stop in any weekday and we can help you get registered and enrolled,” said Cory Stine, Dean of Enrollment Services. “But on these Thursdays, the process is even easier.” To ensure your seat, RSVP at 419-559-2349.

Also, to assist those who work during the week, the College will be open on two consecutive Saturdays, Aug. 9 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The following areas will be ready to assist: Admissions/Advising, Records/Registration, Financial Aid, Cashier, Testing Center and HelpDesk/Library.

Again, for more information, call the Admissions Office at 419-559-2349.


‘Brewing Up’ surreal paintings for Appetite for the Arts

“Matt the Weird.” Matt Ritter is ready for that nickname after people take a gander at his latest paintings and illustrations at Appetite for the Arts at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Aug. 15-17.

Here’s a sampling: A gaggle of 1930s-style cartoon characters fronting a band. A melting Mickey Mouse, his shoes dripping away into nothingness like runny eggs. And a painting of Jesus, conventionally posed but wearing a mask resembling hot-rod character Rat Fink.

“I’m going back to my roots as an illustrator, but with the technical skills I developed doing portraits and landscapes and experimenting with color for so many years,” said Ritter of Castalia, also a brewer at the Catawba Island Brewery. (The chalk drawings behind the bar are his.) “I get inspiration mainly from my childhood, when I was slinging pizza with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and being obsessed with Mickey Mouse and the world Walt Disney created. It’s fun to take those experiences and reimagine them as an adult.”


Chevys take first, second and third at Chamber car show

First place winner Jean Kehrwecker of Port Clinton, 1966 Chevy Chevelle.

On Saturday, August 2, the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce put on the 21st annual Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show in downtown Port Clinton. Cars, trucks and bikes lined Madison Street starting at 8 a.m., but unfortunately the rain kept some people away from staying until 3 p.m. when the car show was supposed to end.

There was a DJ, 50/50 raffles and door prizes. 72 cars attended the show.


Chemo Crawl Aug 9

The sixth annual Port Clinton Chemo Crawl is being held on Saturday, August 9, from 3-8 p.m. The Chemo Crawl is a bar crawl that benefits The American Cancer Society. The event has raised over $10,000 each year. Participants should meet at The Our Guest Inn and Suites at 220 East Perry Street at or before 3 p.m.

The crawl is $10 and t-shirts can be purchased for $15. These can be purchased at The Our Guest Inn and Suites. Reverse raffle tickets will be sold for $25, but there are only 200 tickets sold so buyers are encouraged to buy early. First prize for the reverse raffle is $1500, second is $750 and third is $250.


City of Port Clinton launches water quality information online

On Thursday, August 7, the City of Port Clinton launched a new service on their website,; water quality information. The information includes Microcystin results in the Ottawa County regional water system, a safety threshold chart which informs residents of water and health advisories, and links to information that pertains to algal blooms.

“We want to be proactive in keeping our citizens informed of the quality of water in our community,” said Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. 

The webpage also includes a statement from the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency and the City of Port Clinton on what to do in case of an emergency:


Patience Pays Off!

Patience is a learned practice, and it can pay off big time if you’re willing to wait things out.  This morning I had a perch trip with clients, but I hadn’t been perch fishing in weeks, so I asked a friend who had been out as recently as yesterday where he caught them, and he shared a general location on the NW side of Green Island. 

According to the perch reports on the various fishing websites for this area, the perch fishing has been going strong around Green and Rattlesnake Islands for some time now; about a month to be exact. We headed out early, and were the first boat in the area this morning, so we set “anchor” with the Terrova’s Spot Lock feature as soon as I marked perch-like marks on my electronics.


Gavin George, 11 year old pianist, playing in Lakeside

On Tuesday, August 12, 11 year old pianist Gavin George is playing with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra at Hoover Auditorium from 8:15-10 p.m. Gavin has been studying piano since he was three and a half.

Gavin has an impressive list of accomplishments that he has acquired in his 11 years. To name a few, he has played Concerto in Cleveland’s Severance Hall; played solo recitals in Florida, Sorrento, Italy and in Washington DC at Constitution Hall; he has been on the Queen Latifah Show this year and the CBS Early Show when he was 6; played at music festivals in Vianden, Luxenbourg and Pergia, Italy; won an SAA International Piano Concerto competition and played at Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall; and he has been on From the Top, THNKR’s Prodigy YouTube channel.

In his free time, Gavin enjoys skiing, reading, building Legos and playing with his brother, Max. For additional information and updates about Gavin, subscribe to his YouTube channel at Gavin is the son of Eric and Mary George and the grandson of Harold and Mary George of Catawba.

For more information about Lakeside Chautauqua or other events visit


Rush into Reading

On Monday, August 11, from 4-5 p.m. children in Pre-K through fifth grade and their caregivers are invited to the Ida Rupp Public Library to cheer on Port Clinton High School’s football team. Football players will be reading books, signing autographs, helping with crafts and playing games with their fans.

No registration is required. For more information contact Ida Rupp Library at 419-732-3212.


BGSU Firelands Hosts Quick Enroll Night

Bowling Green State University Firelands College has announced they will offer an opportunity for prospective students to complete the majority of their enrollment needs at a one-stop event on Tuesday, August 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event is designed for students who are transferring from another college, re-enrolling at BGSU Firelands after a lengthy absence, or are enrolling at the Huron-based college for the first time.

Prospective students can be admitted to the college, register for classes, speak with financial aid counselors, and complete assessment testing if needed - all in one night.

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