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Oak Harbor girls defeat Norwalk, 3-0

Behind a shutout from pitcher Sam Durivage, the Oak Harbor Rockets defeated Norwalk, 3-0, in a Division II Sectional Semifinal at Clyde High School last Saturday.

Besides allowing no runs in the circle, Durivage did some damage at the plate, hitting 2-for-4 and scoring a run.

Durivage got out of trouble in the first and second innings, getting help from center fielder Sydney Street, who made a diving catch to save a run in the second. For the game, Durivage (15-6) allowed no runs on eight hits in seven innings. She struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

The Rockets broke a scoreless tie in the fifth when Justine Webb singled with the bases loaded to give Oak Harbor a 1-0 lead. The next batter, Theresa Stokes, drove in two runs with a base hit up the middle to make it 3-0.

Rebecca Florio helped to pace the Rockets with a 2-for-3 performance and a run. With the win, Oak Harbor is now 19-6 on the season.

On Thursday, Oak Harbor faces Clyde at Clyde High School at 5 p.m. for the sectional title. The Fliers defeated Port Clinton, 10-0, on Saturday.

Oak Harbor 4, Gibsonburg 0

The Rockets took control from the start, scoring three runs in the first inning on its way to a 4-0 victory over Gibsonburg.

Sam Durivage, Rebecca Florio, Justine Webb and Theresa Stokes each went 2-for-3 and Webb had three RBIs. Sydney Street had the Rockets' other RBI.

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Tuskegee Airman Dr. Harold Brown announces return of the RISE ABOVE exhibit

68 years ago last month Harold Brown, now a resident of Catawba Island, was 20 years old and in Moosburg P.O.W. camp in Germany. “I recall it very well,” said Brown last week on the anniversary of VE Day, “We had been in Nuremberg P.O.W. camp and were moved as the Allies advanced. 10,000 of us had walked the 12-13 days to Moosburg, where we joined 25,000 other P.O.W.’s.”

At the event last week at Liberty Aviation Museum to announce the return of the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, Brown talked of his plane being shot down on his 12th mission, of the crash of his P-51 after a bombing run on his 30th mission and his subsequent capture by German soldiers, of how grateful he was to the German soldier that protected him from being killed by angry civilians and soldiers, of General Patton’s triumphant and colorful arrival to liberate the camp at Moosburg, of the long journey home (it was another six weeks before he boarded a ship for the U.S.) and of his 23-year career in the Air Force as a pilot and flight instructor.

Brown, 88, is one of only 40 Tuskegee Airmen still living of the 450 who served in combat duty in World War 11. He plays golf several times a week, is fit, charming, engaging and an excellent raconteur.

At the Erie-Ottawa County Regional Airport from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Dr. Brown will be hosting the return of the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit. Brown and Jeff Sondles of the Liberty Aviation Museum are putting out the call for volunteers to enlist as corporate or private sponsors to help underwrite and defer the costs required to bring the exhibit to Port Clinton. “We are reaching out to the community for sponsors so we don’t lose this piece of history,” said Sondles.

For more information or to enlist as a sponsor, contact Liberty Aviation Museum at 419-732-0234 or www.libertyaviationmuseum.org.

About the exhibit:

The goal of the exhibit is to share with everyone the inspiring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their crewmen.  Their courage, determination and ability to triumph over adversity during World War II can serve to inspire others about how to succeed today. The exhibit teaches the six guiding principles of the Tuskegee Airmen.  Every school student who visits the exhibit and watches the RISE ABOVE movie is given a free dog tag with these principles inscribed on it:

AIM HIGH
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
NEVER QUIT
BE READY TO GO
USE YOUR BRAIN
EXPECT TO WIN

“I think it gives our kids a great boost, the sayings on the dog tags,” said Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport’s Stan Gebhardt.

This exhibit will offer the following:

A rare P-51C Mustang, one of only four like it still flying. It has a bright red tail and it is a key part of the mission to help people, particularly young people, understand and appreciate the history and legacy of the special group of black pilots who flew airplanes sporting bright red tails as they fought the Nazis during WWII.

The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is housed in a 53-foot-long semi rig. It contains a 30-seat temperature-controlled movie theater with a 160-degree panoramic screen.  The RISE ABOVE movie highlights who the Tuskegee Airmen are, how they overcame obstacles to be allowed train and fight as U.S. Army Air Corps pilots, how more than 10,000 other black men and women also trained hard to support the pilots, and what the courage and determination they exhibited then still means to all Americans today.  The movie will also give viewers a feel for what it’s like to pilot a Mustang.

This exhibit is free to the public.

Autographed commemorative Tuskegee Airmen merchandise is being sold in the museum’s gift shop with proceeds to support this mission.  Raffle tickets to win a custom and autographed P-51C Mustang will also be sold throughout the summer season.

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Benefit breakfast for Lynne Zibert Domokos

There will be a Pancake Breakfast Benefit for Lynne Zibert Domokos on Sunday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Elks Lodge, 231 Buckeye Blvd., Port Clinton. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 years old and younger. There will also be a reverse raffle during the breakfast and fish bowl items.

Lynne had her second surgery on May 10 at the Cleveland Clinic, after falling ill on Jan. 2 with the rare auto-immune disease relapsing polychondritis. She has been manager of Our Guest Inn & Suites for 15 years and recently also for The Listening Room. Lynne has dedicated countless hours over those years to community service in Port Clinton and to the Walleye Drop.

For more information call the Our Guest Inn & Suites at 419-734-7111.

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All living things are awakening

When John Minier of Catawba was preparing his boat for the season, he found that the boat had an uninvited passenger. Fortunately, having wintered in Arizona, Minier was well-prepared with his handy snake-catching tool and the snake was soon encouraged to take a swim and find other lodging.

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PC boys tennis defeat Huron

Port Clinton Boys tennis took on Huron Monday in an SBC Conference match at Huron.  The Redskins prevailed and improved their record to 9-6 (6-4) with a 4-1 score.  Huron fell to 7-8.

The scores were as follows:

  • 1st Singles:  Matheus Rodrigues  (PC) def. Jake Guerrero (H) 6 - 0, 6 - 1
  • 2nd Singles:  Thomas Schneerdorfer (H) def. Leandro Papa (PC) 6 - 0, 6 - 1
  • 3rd Singles:  Ryan Norgard (PC) def. Patrick Dusza (H) 6 - 3, 7 - 6 (3)
  • 1st Doubles:  Matt Fillmore/Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Dakota Jones/Derrick Wray (H) 6 - 2, 6 - 2
  • 2nd Doubles:  Max Mercurio/Noah Cross (PC) def. Dylan Recard/Benji Battiste (H) 7 - 6 (5), 6 - 3

Coach Aaron Taylor: “Matheus went out and executed his game plan with perfection today, pushing past a very tough player in Jake.  Leandro stepped up to 2nd singles today due to our new doubles lineup and struggled with the hard hitting Thomas.  Ryan made his singles debut for this year and won a very hard fought victory.  Matt and Jeff continued their hot streak by putting away the 2nd Team SBCers Derrick and Dakota.  Max and Noah debuted together at 2nd doubles in preparation for sectionals and won a very close match.”

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Port Clinton Walleye Beer Fest at the Walleye Festival

Main Street Port Clinton announces the first annual Port Clinton Walleye Beer Fest on Thursday, May 23, 7-11p.m, in the Entertainment Tent at the 33rd anniversary of the Walleye Festival.  Over 100+beers from 20 breweries will be available for sampling that evening.  Local restaurant vendors will be pairing food with the beer. There will be live performances by the Last of the Wildmen and the Naked Bacon Band.

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Jodie McCallum at Ida Rupp for “Draw Me In” program

Following the success of the past 5 years, the 2013 "DRAW ME IN" children's book program will be offered again for future authors and illustrators. The young authors and illustrators will be supplied with two blank mock-up books, one for practice and one for finished presentation. Each student will also receive a pack of crayons to complete their book. This program is offered to residents or siblings of residents residing in Ottawa County by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.

The next program will be on Tuesday, June 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison Street, Port Clinton. The classes are available for children in grades 2 – 5. A parent or guardian must be present for this program. Class size is limited to 20.  The finished books are to be delivered to the Real Living Morgan Realty Group, 100 Jefferson Street, Port Clinton, no later than Saturday, July 8.

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Riding the Gatekeeper, Cedar Point's new coaster

At Cedar Point’s Media Day on Thursday, while waiting to take my first ride on The Gatekeeper, Cedar Point’s newest attraction, I felt the anticipation and excitement building. That anticipation was prolonged as we were told a rider needed to get on before us. That rider was Matt Ouimet, President and CEO of Cedar Point. My companion joked to Ouimet that he was prolonging her nervousness. He assured her she would love the ride and that it is one of the smoothest rides he has ever been on.

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Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport announces events for 2013

The Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton has announced their events calendar for spring-fall 2013. The calendar features a wide range of activities for the general public and for the aviation community:

  • May 18: Learn to Fly Day and Airport Open House, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • May 22: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • June 19: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • June 29: Bluegrass Jam, 6-11 p.m.
  • July 4-10: Ford Tri-Motor Rides, EAA
  • July 10: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • July 20: Ice Cream Social Fly-In, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • July 31: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • Aug. 17-18: Port Clinton Area Arts Council “Appetite for the Arts”
  • Aug. 18: EAA Pancake Breakfast & Young Eagle Rally
  • Aug. 21: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • Aug. 24-24: Radio-controlled Warbird Fly-In, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail Event
  • Sept. 28: Chili & Cornbread Fly-in Aviation Swap Meet
  • Oct. 12: Apple Butter Cooking Fly-In

In addition, the Tin Goose Diner is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and the Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 East State Road, Port Clinton, is open Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, 419-732-0234, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information on the airport and events: www.portclintonairport.com, 419-734-6297, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Walleye Festival going green

The 33rd Anniversary of the Walleye Festival is a little greener.  Festival goers and vendors are encouraged to recycle glass, cans, cardboard and plastic at the Walleye Festival. The recycling is coordinated by Main Street Port Clinton in cooperation with Republic Services and the Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca County Joint Solid Waste District.

For more information, please visit www.walleyefestival.com.

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