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Black Swamp Conservancy Receives Stranahan Foundation Challenge Grant

The Stranahan Foundation has made a $15,000 grant to Black Swamp Conservancy. A portion of the donation is a one-for-one challenge grant – requiring the Conservancy to raise matching funds from new supporters or increased contributions from current donors. These funds will be used to support the Conservancy’s annual operations. 

Black Swamp Conservancy is a regional land trust whose mission is to permanently protect natural habitats and family farms for the benefit of current and future generations. The Conservancy’s service area includes sixteen counties in northwest Ohio, from the Indiana line to the west and the Lake Erie Islands in Erie County to the northeast. The service area extends as far south as Hardin County. To date, the Conservancy protects more than 13,300 acres of agricultural lands, woods, prairies and wetlands. 

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St. John’s day camp July 7-11

Day camp activities will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams Street, Port Clinton, during the week of July 7-11.  Pre-school aged children will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 noon; intermediate (completed kindergarten through fifth grade) will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and middle school aged children will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The week’s activities will include crafts, games, sports, singing, and Bible study with counselors provided by Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio (LOMO).

For more information and registration, call St. John at 419-734-5548, stop by the church office, or visit the website at stjohnlutheranpc.com.

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Terra State unveils five new fully-online degrees

No longer will distance and time constraints hinder the ability to earn an associate degree at Terra State Community College.

The College has just unveiled five new, fully-online degrees: Associate of Science-General Transfer, Associate of Arts-General Transfer, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration and Technology Management.

“eDegrees are a convenient way for students to complete their degree while balancing their busy lives.  More and more students are requesting this option,” said Dr. Cory Stine, Dean of Enrollment Services. “Too often people think they cannot go back to school because of their jobs or children or community obligations; but completing a degree online allows students to work at a pace that fits into their schedules.”

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Croy Attends Addiction Symposium

Sandusky County Assistant Prosecutor and Democratic Candidate for Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge, Lorrain Croy, attended Ohio’s Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction Monday in Columbus.  Croy participated along with her colleagues from the Sandusky County Courts.

Law enforcement and judicial officials from eighty-three counties participated in the full day training.  The event fostered an exchange of ideas of the most promising judicial practices and options for addicts including medication-assisted treatment.

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Laker Athletic Boosters reverse raffle

The Danbury Laker Athletic Boosters will hold their 21st annual reverse raffle on Saturday, August 2, at St. Mary Social Hall in Marblehead. Grand prize for the night will be $10,000 cash along with other prizes being awarded throughout the night. Tickets are $120 which includes the raffle as well as a delicious prime rib and honey glazed chicken dinner. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $20.

To purchase tickets for the event call Bill Chapman at 419-573-2214 or Drew Davie at 419-798-4037. To reserve a ticket or to ask for more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This event always sells out, so those interested in attending are urged to get their tickets early. This is a major fundraiser for the boosters and supports the athletes of Danbury Schools, the anchor of our community.

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Soul Stretch Mobile Yoga

Rose Sabin, co-founder of Soul Stretch Mobile, has brought her yoga instruction services to Catawba Island.  Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. all are welcome to join for an hour of yoga on a secluded space by the beach.  McKenna’s Inn, a private bed and breakfast located on E. Pittsburgh St., has offered its grounds to host the class.  McKenna’s is the perfect fit for a yoga lifestyle, choosing to raise their own herbs, vegetables, and eggs, promoting a healthy and organic lifestyle.  

“Yoga is all about you.  You surrender everything, and go on a one hour journey of self-discovery,” said Rose Sabin.

Classes are reasonably priced, and bulk sessions are available at a discounted rate.  More information is available at soulstretchmobileyoga.com.

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Ottawa County Safety Council meeting and update

Ottawa County Safety Council Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday, July 16, at Magruder Hospital Conference Center. Lunch and networking are from 11-11:30 a.m. and the meeting and presentation is 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The speaker will be Sgt. Corbin Carpenter of the Port Clinton Police Department. The topic will be school safety and the ALICE program. Please RSVP on or before July 14 to Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242.

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Patrolman Nate Edmonds awarded Myron Dress Award

At the Port Clinton City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 24, Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman announced that Patrolman Nate Edmonds was awarded the Myron “Mike” Dress Award. The award was started by then Port Clinton Police Chief Walt Bahnsen to honor Myron Dress who was a member of the Port Clinton Reserve Police and passed away after a short battle with cancer. 

“Mike Dress was the composite of a police officer as he was caring, professional and always there when called upon,” said Police Chief Hickman.

The award was instituted by the department to recognize individual officers who have had an outstanding year. This award is given based on felony arrests: burglaries in progress, narcotic arrests and recovered stolen vehicles. The Port Clinton Police Department continues to honor Mike Dress’ memory, his service and compassion by recognizing individual officers with this award.

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Gary Anderson attending First Shot and Range Dedication ceremonies

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites men, women and children of all ages to attend a Dedication Ceremony of its newly-expanded Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located in historic Camp Perry in Port Clinton. The Range Dedication Ceremony will take place Monday, July 7, at approximately 11 a.m. (following the First Shot Ceremony). Join us as we tour the modern architecture and flowing walkways, glass cases of authentic Olympic memorabilia and the advanced technology of our indoor air gun range within the multi-million dollar complex. 

Guests of Honor at the event will include the mayor of Port Clinton, Vincent Leone; CMP Board Chairman, Mrs. Judith Legerski; as well as the range’s namesake, Mr. Gary Anderson.

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