Christmas in July bell-ringers

Christmas in July is being celebrated this weekend by the Salvation Army bell-ringers. The fund-raiser will continue next weekend at Bassett’s and Community Markets in Port Clinton and at the Jet Express dock.


Carousel for kids

Take a spin on any of Cedar Point’s three carousels this month, and you’ll help raise money for pediatric research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. During the month of July, Cedar Point will donate 10 cents for every rider on the historic Midway Carousel, the Cedar Downs Racing Derby or the Kiddy Kingdom Carousel.


Ohio Lake Erie Commission seeking submissions for Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on film, or on memory card in this digital age, can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2013 Life on Lake Erie photo contest.  

The Life on Lake Erie photo contest is an opportunity for amateur photographers, age 18 and older, to reveal their passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie. Photographs taken between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013 in and around the Lake Erie watershed can be submitted to the OLEC through July 31.


City of Port Clinton plays host to the 8th Annual Senior Picnic at Lakeview Park

The City of Port Clinton along with Ottawa County Senior Resources, Crosser Funeral Homes, Home Instead Senior Care & Magruder Hospital will once again host the Annual Senior Picnic at Lakeview Park. In its eighth year, this year’s picnic will feature traditional picnic lunch including hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans and various summer salads. Crossers Funeral Homes will top off the food portion of the event with their infamous Senior Ice Cream Social with all the fixings.


Biting Black Flies Can Ruin a Fun Experience

Shawn Kintigh

Have you ever driven to a fishing spot out in the middle of nowhere on Lake Erie only to find that the biting black flies have found you? Its mind boggling to me that they just show up out of nowhere, miles from the nearest shore, with a very big appetite for human flesh. They are so annoying they can actually ruin the fishing experience for many people with their sting-like bite. Some are so nasty that they actually draw blood.


Cutest Baby Contest at the Ottawa County Fair

Cutest Baby contest winners Gabriela Neiderhouse and Wyatt Leady

Yesterday, Friday July 19, the Ottawa County Fair held its Cutest Baby Contest. The contest was open to all babies born in 2011. There was a great turnout, for contestants and spectators, for the event. With so many cute babies, every contestant was a winner.


Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office is excited to announce the annual “Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair” on Saturday, July 20th. Complimentary cookies and coffee will be provided at 9:30 a.m., prior to opening ceremony.

Entrance is free for veterans, with identification. The opening ceremony kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in the Entertainment Tent. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to building B3.  American Legion Post 279 will provide the Color Guard and the National Anthem will be performed by John Boaz. Commander Gerald A. Nauert from United States Coast Guard, Port Security Unit 309, is the guest speaker; and Pastor Chuck Kaylor will be providing the Invocation and Benediction. Ottawa County Veteran of the Year 2012 Mr. Robert Paule is the Guest of Honor.


Public meeting on Waterworks Park

A special public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge located at 231 Buckeye Blvd.  Mike Rose with Washington Properties will be presenting his Master Plan for Waterworks Park.  

If you missed the public presentation by Mike Rose with Washington Properties and David Krebbs with AODK Architects regarding the revitalization of downtown historic Port Clinton and the waterfront that was held in February, it can be viewed by visiting


Red Cross issues tips to stay safe as temperatures rise

Summer is here, bringing with it dangerous excessive heat. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to stay safe as the temperatures soar. 

“Excessive heat can be deadly; it has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather events,” said American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio Disaster Services Manager Gary Loboschefski. “We want everyone to stay safe during the hot weather and have some reminders for them to follow when the weather is hot and humid.” 



Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

A collaborative effort blending the craftsmanship of the 10th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and the artistic expression of the Plein Air Art Festival will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua season from July 19-21.

This three-day event begins on Friday, July 19, when plein air artists arrive at Lakeside Chautauqua to paint outdoor landscapes until Sunday. The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.”

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