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Mayor proclaims EMS Week

On Thursday, May 16, Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone and Councilman Mike Snider went to Port Clinton Fire and Rescue headquarters on State Road to proclaim Emergency Medical Services Week. EMS Week, May 19-25, honors the lifesaving work of the EMS squad.

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May Crowning at ICS

The May Crowning ceremony is a long standing tradition at Immaculate Conception School. It is a time of year to honor mothers and most especially Holy Mary. The ceremony at Immaculate Conception puts the recent first communion class as the hosts and hostesses of the ceremony as they carry flowers to be put at the foot of the Mary statue.

The fifth grade class has the honor of leading the Mass prior to the ceremony and two fifth grader girls are given the honor of crowning Mary. This year’s fifth graders chosen to crown the Mother of Jesus were Hannah Paeth and Lissa Gillman. After Mass, the school children lead a processional that makes its way to the statue of Mary where the crowning takes place.

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Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce holds annual banquet

On Thursday, May 16, the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce held their 76th Annual Banquet in the tent at the Catawba Island Club. The backdrop for the program was a beautiful spring evening sunset over Lake Erie that emphasized the benefits of living and being in business on the Norht Coast.

Larry Fletcher, Executive Director of Ottawa County Visitors Bureau, and Craig Samborski, Tall Ship Festival specialist from Duluth, MN, gave presentations focusing on this summer’s Bicentennial Celebration and Tall Ships Festival.

Bassett’s Markets received the Business of the Year Award and Marilyn Burns of Marilyn’s in Lakeside received the D.S. Kirkpatrick Award that honors dedication and service to the community.

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Leadership Ottawa County class of 2013 graduates

Wednesday evening, May 15, Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) class of 2013 held graduation ceremonies at the Catawba Island Club. The mission of Leadership Ottawa County is “to develop, strengthen and enrich leaders for Ottawa County through an excellent leadership program”.

Each year the LOC class completes a community services project. The 2013 class completed two projects, both of which will benefit Ottawa County well into the future.

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Community calendar May May 23-30, 2013

Community Calendar is a listing of events, classes and support groups for this week. If you have events you would like listed, send an email to our editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Walleye and perch fishing season off to a great start

Everyone that fishes this lake on a regular basis has their fingers crossed in the hope that the 2013 walleye hatch will survive this season.

There really hasn’t been a big blow to speak of since this last spawn, so there is a chance that there will be a plethora of new fish entering the system. And with walleye population numbers down from years past, that would be a good thing.

Fishing this past weekend was productive for some, while others struggled to catch their limits.

Captain Keith Unkefer, owner of “Pooh Bear Charters” is running 40 Tru-Trips back 45-50 feet with Scorpion Spoons off of a mast style set of planer boards at 1.5-1.8 mph and is having excellent success. You can hear “Pooh Bear” on the radio throughout the day letting everyone know what is working. If you don’t understand what is being said in fisherman’s lingo, just get on the radio and ask. There are a lot of anglers out there that will help you understand.

Others, like me, are running crawler harnesses with 1 and 2 ounce inline weights, Tadpoles, or Snap-Weights behind Off Shore Tackle inline planer boards at 1.0-1.2 mph with similar success. Color of blades used on the harnesses has been changing from day to day, or even hour to hour, depending on whether it’s cloudy or sunny out, so it’s good to have a broad selection of color blades to choose from.

Jigging is still fair to good on the reef complex using hair jigs. These jigs can be used plain or with shiners, a hunk of crawler, or a manufactured plastic tail with a stinger hook.

Anglers who like to drift and cast are also doing well in and around the reefs casting Weapons, which is a short version of a crawler harness that is weighted with an egg sinker and tipped with a hunk of crawler and cast out and retrieved.

Captain Juls can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 419-835-7347. Her website address is www.julswalleyefishingadventures.com.

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Father’s Day Fishing Trip

The first annual Father’s Day Fishing Trip will be held on Saturday, June 15th. Jason Pinkston, offensive lineman of the Cleveland Browns, will join fans in this experience. The day will start with a meet and greet with Pinkston that is open to the public at Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille in Port Clinton from noon until 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. ticket holders and Pinkston will then board a charter at Drawbridge Marina for an all-inclusive fishing experience lasting until 9:30 p.m. Food, beverages, snacks and bait will all be provided with the cost of a ticket.

There are a very limited number of tickets available for this event. The cost per ticket is $70 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets go to citygalsports.com. Event organizers also state that there may be additional Cleveland Browns joining Jason Pinkston for this fishing trip.

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MS Walleye Fishing Tournament

The Multiple Sclerosis benefit Walleye Fishing Tournament will be held on June 5. It is an opportunity to help people with multiple sclerosis and enjoy a day of walleye fishing . Sign up by getting a group of six friends, customers or co-workers to fill a boat. The fully-stocked boat will set sail from the Midway Marina in Port Clinton.

More than 150 anglers are expected to participate in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 24th Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament. The anglers are treated to a continental breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. before they head out to fish aboard a charter boat with a licensed charter boat captain at the helm. Each boat is stocked with food, beverages, bait and ice.  

When the participants return in the afternoon they take part in a light dinner and win prizes while their catch is being cleaned and bagged for them to take home.  Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place, for largest fish and stringer.

The cost for a boat with six people is $1,200.  Individual tickets are also available for $250. After May 30, the price for a boat will increase to $1,300 and individual tickets will no longer be sold.

The money raised through the MS Walleye Tournament helps more than 20,000 Ohio residents living with multiple sclerosis. Funds are directed toward services like transportation, durable medical equipment loan, friendly-visitation programs for those who are homebound or hospitalized and self-help groups.  Funds also support research efforts at Ohio institutions like the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University Medical Center where MS researchers are working to find the cause and a cure for the disease.

Join presenting sponsor Shamrock Companies Inc. and other participants as they fish for walleye and for a cure.  Call Tony Bernard at 614-515-4608 for more information or visit  www.MSohiobuckeye.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.  MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.MSohiobuckeye.org.

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Local authors of “From Stressed To Best™” to talk at Ida Rupp Library

On Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, David Prudhomme and Ruth Scheider, local authors of “From Stressed to Best” will be offering a free talk.

From their article on stress:

“Stress is often misunderstood. Some people think of stress as “Good” - spurring them to action or “Bad” - paralyzing them and keeping them from action. Studies are now showing that stress causes or exacerbates 85% of all illness, and that it is the root cause of many problems from relationship issues, to smoking, weight gain, pain, sleeplessness, physical illness, addictions, anxiety and depression.

So, where does stress come from? All stress starts with a thought; it is usually pining about the past or worrying about the future. The truth is you cannot change the past nor can you control the future. You live in the present moment. Every thought you have, every emotion you experience, and every behavior you choose all happen in the present moment. You cannot control the weather, the economy, your friends, your co-workers, your spouse, or any member of your family. What you can control is you.

All stress, regardless of the source, causes an immediate “fight or flight response in the body and the mind. A cascade of physical and mental changes take place. Your adrenaline levels go up, causing your mind to start the gerbil wheel of racing thoughts.

Your cortisol levels go up and cortisol is a stress hormone that causes your body to stop burning fat. Your blood pressure goes up, your blood sugar goes up, and your immune system is negatively affected. Your hormones become unbalanced.  When your body is producing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, it cannot produce adequate amounts of “good” hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin (for the female) and testosterone and dopamine (for the male). Your metabolism is negatively impacted.

Your risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer all go up. You are more likely to experience frequent headaches; or be diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Medical conditions are magnified by stress. Stressed people report having more pain, and those with chronic illnesses report having more flare-ups or symptoms when they are stressed. All of these physical and mental responses are hard-wired into the body and mind; they happen automatically.

In fact, even if you imagine something negative is happening in the future, your mind and body react as if it is really happening. Most of us are taught, at an early age, to worry about the worst possible thing that could happen, so that if it does happen we are ready for it. The fact is that does not work at all. The problem is we are actually causing ourselves stress rather than preparing ourselves to handle the worst case scenario. The fact is that most of the things you worry about never actually happen, but your body and mind already think they did.

Many people have been operating under stress for so long they don’t even realize it.  The human body and mind are not designed to be stressed all day long. Yet with the current fast-paced culture and lifestyles of most people, that is exactly what is happening.

Chronic stress is now being recognized by the scientific and medical communities as one of the main causes of illness. Some medical professionals are now thinking that reducing stress may be even more important than stopping smoking to ensure their clients’ health and well-being.

In the “From Stressed to Best™” perspective, stress is an in-born response to something that is different from one of an individual’s hard-wired preferences. We can easily measure those preferences. Each preference has the potential for causing an automatic stress response. Once you understand what causes the stress, you can easily stop it and choose a different response – one that works for you.”

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Firelands Presbyterian Church and Project Linus

One of the important missions of Firelands Presbyterian Church is Project Linus. Since May of 2004, a group of 12 active sewers have made more than 800 quilts and blankets for ill or traumatized children. On May 24th, a total of 189 quilts will be given to Akron Children’s Hospital, where gravely ill or injured children from 20 northern Ohio counties are served. Christine Fleissner, the volunteer project coordinator for the Akron chapter of Project Linus, has processed more than 40,000 quilts and blankets such as those from the needle women of Firelands Church. In addition to those given to Akron Children’s Hospital, handmade blankets were sent to all the families of Sandy Hook and families displaced by super storm Sandy. 

It is due to the efforts of the current quilters and blanket makers that Project Linus has grown to such a successful mission under the leadership of Maxine Wilson. All sewers donate their fabric, yarn and time, and the batting is donated by the church. Firelands members include Connie Brand, Shirley Carlson, Kaye Elliott, Anita Fisher, Kay McIntosh, Joan Moore, Marilyn Umlauf, Sally Wahlers, Sally Walter, Ginger Brown, Maxine Wilson, and external friends Marie Ripich, Pat Hines, Carolyn Oakley, Karen Hasselbach and Debbie Beaulieu.

In describing the commitment of the participants of Project Linus at Firelands Presbyterian Church, Maxine Wilson simply cites a quote from Mother Teresa. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

Project Linus is a non-profit organization, dedicated to “providing security through blankets”.  Nationally, Project Linus has donated more than 4.4 million handmade blankets to help comfort children in need in hospitals, hospices, and shelters. Project Linus has 386 chapters in the United States. Inspired by a picture of a three-year-old cancer patient holding her security blanket, Project Linus was begun in 1995 by Karen Loucks, who named the project after the adorable security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip.  www.projectlinus.org

Call Maxine Wilson, one of the Firelands sewers, at 419.797.2854 for more information about Project Linus at Firelands Presbyterian Church. If you would like to sponsor a quilt for Project Linus, please make your tax deductible contribution payable to Firelands Presbyterian Church, and indicate “Project Linus” in the memo line. Your financial support for helping to sponsor this project is gratefully accepted. A blanket or quilt is like a big hug when a child needs one.

Firelands Presbyterian Church is located at 2626 East Harbor Road (1/2 mile west of Wal-Mart).  Founded in 1982, Firelands Presbyterian Church continues to grow in mission and in program.  In addition to Project Linus, Firelands Church also operates a food pantry inside the church, offers its kitchen facilities for the summer lunch program, houses a two-star rated preschool and day care, and more. www.firelandschurch.org

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