Elders of Jazz to play for seniors

The Musical Arts Series at Firelands is bringing two spring concerts to area senior centers with the assistance of a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation. On Saturday May 4, the Elders of Jazz will present concerts at 1:30 p.m. at Edgewood Manor and at 3:15 at the Vineyard on Catawba.

Many of the Elders of Jazz are indeed elders from Presbyterian churches on the west side of Cleveland. This group celebrates the roots of jazz based on the spirituals and gospel songs played by the early New Orleans street bands. While     this group usually plays in the greater Cleveland area, in recent years they have played at Lakeside for programs and worship in Hoover Auditorium. The Elders of Jazz have also played as part of the summer concert series on Put in Bay at the Perry Monument.

The public is welcome to come and enjoy either of these concerts. Contact Carolyn Legg at Edgewood Manor or Paul Shaw at the Vineyard on Catawba for additional information.


Easter Seals hosting ‘Savor the Flavor of Firelands’ Finest’

“Savor the Flavor of Firelands’Finest”, presented by the Sandusky Register, is an opportunity to sample some of the finest cuisine and wines in the Firelands area. Tuesday, May 14, 6-9 p.m. at the Port Clinton Yacht Club, will feature an evening of delicious food, fine wine and auction items. The event will feature cuisine from 1812 Food and Spirits/Rosie’s Bar and Grill, Bruno’s Pizzeria, Cleats, Crosswinds Restaurant & Bar, EHOVE Career Center, Great Lakes Popcorn Co., Mesenburg Creative Catering, Mon Ami Restaurant & Historic Winery, Papa Jimmie’s BBQ & Pizza, Phil’s Inn Restaurant, Providence Care Centers, Slater’s Madison Street Pub, Thirsty Pirate Taphouse Grille, Timbers Smokehouse & Grill, Toft’s Dairy, Waldo Peppers and Wendy Kromer Confections.

Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets or for more information call 419-332-3016.

Savor the Flavor sponsores include Crown Battery, Lafarge North America, Eagle 99, Mix 102.7, Carbo Forge and the Croghan Colonial Bank.

All money raised will support local programs and services to adults and children with disabilities in our community.


Ottawa County CASA celebrates CASA Day in Ohio

On Tuesday, April 30,  three volunteers from the Ottawa County CASA program traveled with Connie Cornett, Executive Director, to Columbus to join with other CASA programs in the State of Ohio to celebrate CASA Day in Ohio. A reception was held in the Supreme Court building and the Honorable Justice Judith French was the host for the event. Rosalyn Barnhill, JoAnn Behlke, and Mary Hall, all dedicated volunteers in the Ottawa County program, listened to presentations from the Justice, the Ohio Attorney General’s office and the Office of Families and Children.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and these volunteers are trained to advocate for children that are abused or neglected. Volunteers investigate all there is to know about a child and then become the “voice” of that child in the courtroom. John Davis, president of the Youth Advisory Board, a group of young people aged 14-24 that have experienced foster care, expressed his appreciation for the CASA volunteer that has helped guide him to the success he is experiencing today.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has committed $2 million to the statewide Ohio CASA to grow the program throughout the state. During a year-long state wide listening sessions, these volunteers were found to be crucial in helping courts make decisions on the best interest of the children served according to a report released by the Attorney General’s office. Jennifer Justice, Director of the Office on Families and Children, stated that local job and family service offices need to work in conjunction with local CASA programs to serve the needs of the most vulnerable children in the state and that those agencies truly appreciate the commitment of the volunteers to the kids.

Ottawa County CASA is currently recruiting volunteers for a new class of CASAs.  Volunteer training is scheduled to begin soon, so if you have a few hours a month to give to a child in need please contact the CASA office at 419-301-0225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Ag Credit Stockholders elect Elmore farmer to Board of Directors

Ag Credit, Agricultural Credit Association, (Ag Credit), stockholders elected four farmers to three-year terms on the organization’s board of directors effective May 1, 2013: Charles Bostdorff, Bowling Green; Jerry Layman, Kenton; Deborah Johlin-Bach, Elmore; and Lauren Kamm, New London.  Their terms end April 30, 2016. All four were incumbent members of the board.

Deborah Johlin-Bach and her husband farm 1,200 acres, rotating corn, soybeans, wheat and/or spelt. Additionally, they feed out steers for market. Mrs. Johlin-Bach was elected to the Board in 2007, representing eastern Lucas, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties. 

Ag Credit finances the growth of rural America including the special needs of young, beginning, small and minority producers. With more than 6,300 customers and $1.325 billion of assets, Ag Credit is one of the region’s leading providers of credit and insurance services to farmers, agribusiness and rural residents in northern Ohio. Learn more at


Port Clinton defeats Oak Harbor in tennis

Port Clinton Boys tennis took on Oak Harbor Thursday at Port Clinton High School in an SBC Match.  The Redskins improved to 7 - 4  (4 - 2) on the year winning 4 - 1.  Port Clinton will resume league play home vs. Perkins Monday at 4 p.m.

The scores were as follows:

  • 1st Singles:  Eli Boldt (OH) def. Matheus Rodrigues (PC) 6 - 0, 5 - 7, 6 - 4
  • 2nd Singles:  Noah Cross (PC) def. Ian Rhoads (OH) 6 - 3, 4 - 6, 7 - 6 (3)
  • 3rd Singles:  Leandro Papa (PC) def. Doug Pennington (OH) 6 - 3, 6 - 0
  • 1st Doubles: Matt Fillmore/Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Matt Rayburn/Garett Crum (OH) 6 - 0, 6 - 1
  • 2nd Doubles:  Max Mercurio/Ryan Norgard (PC) def. Bryce Rubie/Dane Puckett (OH) 6 - 3, 4 - 6, 6 - 4

Coach Aaron Taylor: “Matheus returned to action is a tough re-match with Eli, that Eli gritted out in the end today, both players played well and we can look forward to more in the SBC tournament/Sectionals.  Noah and Ian slugged out another 3 setter that was very similar to their previous match, Noah took over in the 3rd set tiebreaker to secure the victory.  Leandro came up with a big win today over Doug, hitting all his shots and playing with great confidence.  Matt and Jeff were able to team back up today and they never missed a beat with a thorough victory.  Max and Ryan played tough and mentally strong, pulling out a very even 3 setter today.  In JV action Ellis Adolph and Tristan Auxter won their match as did Steven Kast and Joseph Miller.  Cameron King and Avery Dackermann took a loss today but played well at 2 JV doubles.”


Ottawa County appliance & scrap metal collection

On Saturday, May 4,  Ottawa County residents may bring their old appliances and scrap metal for the Ottawa County Fairgrounds at Ohio 163, Oak Harbor, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Items accepted include washing machines, dryers, ovens, stoves, hot water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, dehumidifiers, furnaces, air conditioners, water fountains, etc. Items made of steel, such as grills, lawn mowers, and propane tanks will also be accepted. Televisions, computers, computers and electronics will not be accepted at this collection. This collection is free to all Ottawa County residents and appliances with CFC’s (Freon) will be accepted. All of these items will be taken to a scrap metal yard.

For general recycling information, District recycling collections or sponsored events log onto the OSS Solid Waste District’s website at or on Facebook.


Mary Gardner receives Liberty Bell Award

Mary Gardner, longtime Ottawa County Courthouse employee with both the Clerk of Courts and the Auditor's office, was the recipient of the Liberty Bell award given annual by the Bar Association of Ottawa County. It is given to a local resident who is not an attorney who promotes the meaning and the importance of the law in daily life. Photo by John Schaffner


PCMS unveils “Excellent” banner

Mrs. Carrie Sanchez, Port Clinton Middle School Principal, unveiled the new school "Excellent" banner with the help of PCMS students at a school wide rally on Friday, April 19. Another year of Ohio Achievement Assessments took place this past week.


‘Till Next Time’ program at B-C-S

"Till Next Time”, also known as T.N.T., is a mentoring program serving the needs of students in grades 4-12 in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District. The program was featured as the district highlight at the April B-C-S Board of Education meeting. The program is financially supported through the Ottawa County Juvenile Court, and is the vision of The Honorable Kathleen L. Giesler, Juvenile/Probate Court Judge. In featuring the program, Judy Peters explained that the mentoring program T.N.T. strives to empower students to make positive choices and to help them realize their personal potential. Mentors let kids know that there is another person out there who cares, and this leads to positive academic and social outcomes for students. The T.N.T. program is always looking for mentors and looking to grow to serve more students. If you are interested, contact Mrs. Peters at 898-3280.

The Board then commended the efforts of the Oak Harbor High School Cheerleaders who earned a 12th place finish in state completion. Members of the competition team include Taylor Blatt, Kaylie Hallett-Syzmanski, Lindsey Dials, Ashley Roose, Samantha Wilkins, Chelsey Koester, Brenna Franck, Haley Smith, Lauren Dials and Miranda Mays. The Oak Harbor Cheerleaders are under the direction of Coach Trisha Bauer and volunteer Coach Lisa Franck.

In addition, the Board and Transportation Director Ginger Stayancho offered commendations to B-C-S bus drivers who volunteered their time during Kindergarten screening, an event for children who are entering Kindergarten in August. The B-C-S bus drivers showed the soon-to-be Kindergarteners what the bus looks like to lessen their anxiety, and talked to them about how to be safe on the bus. The bus drivers who volunteered their time include: Jeannie Behnken, Lori Kruse, Jackie Horvath, Pat Lemon, Veronica Shanteau, Becky Weidner, Jackie Kohlman, Sharon Krieger, and Michelle Jividen. Furthermore, Mrs. Stayancho recognized B-C-S Transportation Mechanic Paul Greener for earning “Honorable Mention” from a state organization as “Bus Mechanic of the Year.” The Board applauded the efforts of the bus drivers, and thanked Mr. Greener for his commitment to excellence.

Next, the Board received a curriculum update from Mrs. Sherri Parent. Mrs. Parent explained the new local report card accountability system that will be implemented over the next few years. Once the system is implemented, each school district in Ohio will be assigned a letter grade from A through F. There are more details left to be worked out about how exactly the state will determine a final letter grade for school districts.

In Treasurer’s business, the Board accepted the lowest bids for the purchase of two school busses, which are paid for by “Permanent Improvement” (PI) levy dollars. The Board typically purchases two school busses each year, while trading in two, to keep the district’s fleet of busses safe and efficient. The Board also approved a number of personnel contracts and approved resolutions recognizing National Nurses Day, National Teacher Appreciation Week, and National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

In other business, the Board approved the Oak Harbor High School Class of 2013 graduates, pending the completion of all requirements. Also, the Board accepted with gratitude the following donations: $5,000 from the Athletic Boosters toward the purchase of a new stadium scoreboard, $1,000 from the Athletic Boosters to purchase rakes and field equipment, and playground equipment for R.C. Waters Elementary School from Harry Mylander of Unilliance.

The next B-C-S Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 the High School Media Center. A reception to honor retirees will be held at 5:30.


Primary Election in Port Clinton May 7

On Tuesday, May 7, the spring primary election will be held. In the city of Port Clinton there are two contested offices. Democratic candidates for City Council Ward 1 are Ronald D. Aukerman (incumbent) and Karen A. O’Keefe. Democratic candidates for City Council Ward 4 are Gary Philabaum and Gabe Below.

The information sent with the water bills was inaccurate.  The voting locations for the election are:

For wards 1A and 1B, Bataan Memorial Elementary School, 565 W. Sixth Street.

For 4A and 4B, Ottawa County Health Department in the City County Complex, 1856 East Perry.

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