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Latta co-sponsors Great Lakes System Sustainability legislation

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has cosponsored H.R. 2273, the Great Lakes System Sustainability Act. This bipartisan legislation would streamline the current Great Lakes Navigation System by creating a single, cohesive system for budgetary purposes, which would allow the system to compete for Army Corps of Engineers maintenance funding as one unit against other areas, rather than against each other.  

 “A unified system has proven to be successful for port systems in other regions; by organizing the Great Lakes Navigation System as one cohesive system it will allow for our Great Lakes harbors and ports to be more competitive,” Latta said. “The Great Lakes play an important role in our local and national economy, and the operation and maintenance of these ports and harbors is critical for the creation of jobs and commerce.”

In addition to modernizing the current system, this bill obtains $200 million in existing funding just for the use in the Great Lakes.  Finally, this bill directs the Corps to create a cost-share program to help reduce the backlog for recreational harbors.

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Lakeside Garden Tour is July 10

Locals are invited to the Lakeside Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. This self-guided tour showcases properties in Lakeside Chautauqua that participated in the Beautification Awards Program promoting the overall aesthetic appearance of the grounds.  

A special Daily Gate Pass to enter the grounds for the Garden Tour is available for $9.50, which includes Daily Auto Pass, but does not include admission to the Hoover Auditorium performance that evening. For those who obtain a Season Gate Pass or who have already purchased a Daily Gate Pass for July 10, there is no additional fee.

Tour attendees may pick up a map of the winning gardens in Lakeside Chautauqua to explore on their own. Maps are available at all gate entrances, Fountain Inn front desk, Hotel Lakeside front desk and the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office located at 236 Walnut Ave.

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PC Kiwanis donates over $10,000 to Food Pantry

Kathy Jo Schweitzer (front right), Port Clinton Kiwanis-Food Pantry Project organizer, presents Ann Heckerd (front left), St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry director, with a check, representing the club’s monthly Hunger Bucks’ donations since 2005, now totaling over $10,100. The club also supports the Pantry by supplying weekly food items and service during the monthly food distributions. Also shown are President-Elect, Pastor Bruce Bachelor-Gladder (far left), and those assisting with the program, Anita Gribble, Treasurer, Julie Rosiar, and Past-Treasurer, Bob Scarpino.

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Bluegrass Jam at Erie Ottawa Regional Airport

On Saturday evening the main hangar at Erie Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton was transformed to an entertainment venue. The Ottawa County Bluegrass filled the newly-refurbished hangar with music that was appreciated by a full house of listeners of all ages.

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Amazing Kite Flight on July 7

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) is hosting their 5th Annual Amazing Kite Flight at Waterworks Park/Derby Pond from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. The Windjammers, an international stunt kite flying team from Detroit will be featured. All are invited to bring their favorite kite or to join members of the Art Council in making their own kite that is guaranteed to fly.  The PC Rotary Perch Wagon will be on hand offering their famous “Hook, Line ‘n Sinker” sandwich as well other items.

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A reunion 100 years in the making

Bellevue quarterback Josh McNeely, Michael Rockne, Charles Dorais, Perkins quarterback David Doster.

History was made Friday at Cedar Point as relatives of college football legends Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais joined park officials to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the perfection of the forward pass on the Cedar Point Beach. In 1913, both Rockne and Dorais worked at Cedar Point and during their free time they practiced the forward pass, an innovation in college football that would help propel Notre Dame over the heavily-favored Army team that fall and into national prominence.  Michael Rockne, great grandson of Knute Rockne and Charles Dorais, great grandson of Gus Dorais, reenacted the event at the historic park.  

 

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Huron Boat Basin events

Huron Boat Basin offers transient and resident dockage plus a variety of events throughout the summer and fall. 

Movies by the River on Wednesday evenings begin at dusk. On July 17 the movie is Madagascar 3; July 24, How the Grinch Stole Christmas; July 31, The Pirates: Band of Misfits; Aug. 7, The Smurfs; Aug. 14, The Goonies. 

Every Thursday from July 18-Oct. 24, there is a Farmer’s Market from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

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Dancing with Mayflies

The Dancing with Mayflies Art Walk that took place downtown Port Clinton on Thursday, June 27, featured art, music and dancing. Vendors offered art from prints to jewelry. Music from two live bands filled the air with music downtown as people walked about looking at the art. A severe thunderstorm ended the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council sponsored Art Walk a little early, but the gray skies didn’t keep people from coming out to dance with the mayflies.

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National Match Spectator Events

The National Matches at Camp Perry are open to the public from July 8-Aug. 14. While shooting sports are not always easy to follow due to their individual nature, there are still plenty of opportunities for shooting fans and the general public to see and experience the color and fanfare of contemporary marksmanship. Below is a list of events that you may wish to attend. 

Camp Perry, home of the National Matches, is six miles west of Port Clinton on the shore of Lake Erie. It’s an Ohio National Guard training site that is open, with the exception of the actual firing areas, for you to explore and learn about its history and purpose. During the National Matches, spectators are welcome to bring their spotting scopes or binoculars to the ready line behind the competitors to get a bird’s eye view of the matches. If you know what match you’d like to watch, simply review the match program and schedule that is posted on the CMP website.

Safety is the highest priority of all shooting events and clear and understandable announcements are made near the firing line throughout the matches. If ever in question, feel free to ask one of the many soldiers or range personnel for assistance and they will be glad to help.

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