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TaiChi offered at Elmore Senior Center

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a group program that is being offered at the Elmore Senior Center starting April 2. It focuses on improving functional ability such as balance and physical function, to reduce fall-related risks and frequency. It has been demonstrated to reduce falls and improves fitness for older adults.

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St.Patrick's Day, north coast style

'Tis St. Patrick's Day this Sunday. Many are those on the north coast with Irish roots or who are Irish for this one day, and many are the ways to celebrate.

There are many who will raise a pint or two of green beer or Guinness or Irish whiskey at their local pub, perhaps with corned beef and cabbage and, of course, potatoes. There may be soda bread. There may be dancing and singing, shared conviviality and perhaps blarney.

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Tip Jars

Tip Jars come out for Summer. It rather amazes me as to the growing Port Clinton/Marblehead area ‘tip jars’ at restuarants, services venues, or a tip jar for buying a ferry ticket? and such. Why a tip jar for carry out? Or further, a jar next to the cash register, as if you didn’t leave enough at the table. I consider it indicative of the community, ‘squeeze the buck while you can!” We, local people, know very well how prices go up in Summer.

Bert R. Tomon

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Rite of passage at EHOVE

EHOVE Adult Career Center School of Practical Nursing students participated in a well-known rite of passage in their training, the capping ceremony.  The ceremony marks the halfway point of nursing school as an acknowledgement of the students’ success in reaching that point, and encouragement in reaching their final goal.

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PCMS 6th grade Orchestra Registration

Port Clinton Middle School grade 8 students recently visited with Bataan Intermediate grade 5 students.  The visit was to promote the PCMS Orchestra program, the only one in the county, which begins in grade 6. There will be a a Parent Open House on Tuesday, March 19, at Port Clinton Middle School from 6:30 – 8 p.m. At the Open House parents of current grade 5 students and potential students can come at their convenience and talk with Mr. Brian Stitak about the string program. Representatives from local music stores will also be in attendance with information about instrument rental. A webcast of the visit can be seen under PCMS videos at www.pccsd.net

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Port Clinton High School to Host Job Fair

On March 19 Port Clinton High School will be hosting a job fair. While the job fair is to help students gain knowledge of career skills, it will also help local businesses fill their summer employment needs. Potential employers from the tri-county area are invited to attend. 

Business owners or operators with summer staffing needs are invited to be part of the job fair.


The Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 19, from 1-3 p.m. for Port Clinton High School students.

Employers that would like to reserve a table at the Job Fair are encouraged to contact Rick Dominick, PCHS Guidance Counselor, at 419.734.2147 option 4, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please make sure to write “Job Fair” in the subject line). There is no cost to participate.

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PC girls reflect on 21-4 season, sectional title

With just two returning letter winners coming into the season, Port Clinton head coach Toby Bickel wasn't quite sure what to expect out of his team.

The Redskins, who had to replace five seniors from a squad that went 13-8 overall and 8-6 in the Sandusky Bay Conference, knew that Tiffany Colston and Hope Thorbahn, their two best players, would be consistent contributors, but had questions about the rest of the squad.


After finishing the year with a 21-4 overall record, a 12-2 mark in the SBC and an appearance in the Division II District Finals, it's safe to say the lesser-known players players did a fine job and made a name for themselves along the way.

This season, it was players like Hannah Weaver, Kennedy Gulas, Emily Ashley and Paige Culver that helped to push Port Clinton over the top as they consistently helped to complement Colston and Thorbahn on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

Head coach Toby Bickel, now in his 10th season with the club, spoke about the team's accomplishments.

“Obviously, it was a wonderful season with a lot of great kids,” he said. “We only had two kids returning with varsity experience, Hope and Tiffany, and they were awesome leaders and the younger kids stepped up. You have great kids all the way up from JV thru varsity, No. 1 thru 20. They worked hard, got along well and got better as the year went on.”

Bickel spoke about the team's high point of the season, a dramatic 52-45 win in the sectional final against rival Oak Harbor. In the game, Port Clinton, behind 20 points from Colston and 11 apiece from Weaver and Ashley, rallied from a seven-point deficit to win their first sectional title since 2006.

“The biggest win was Oak Harbor,” Bickel said. “That was definitely stressful. I knew the kids would step up and win that game. Oak Harbor had a very good year, and anytime you're playing for a sectional title and you're playing rival, it's tough. We hadn't been past that point for a while, so it was tough (mentally for our players).”

“We had a great year, but your year is only as good as your last game. We were 19-3, but if we lose that game, everybody goes home sad.”

After beating the Rockets, Port Clinton defeated Rossford, 45-28, in the district semifinal before falling to Toledo Rogers, the sixth-ranked team in the state, 68-40.

Thorbahn, who averaged 14 points and eight rebounds, second on the team to Colston (15 pts, 8 rebs), spoke about the job the role players did in helping to make the 'Skins such a well-rounded unit.

“Going into this year,” Thorbahn said, “Tiffany and I knew we had to be scoring threats, but Hannah and Emily both made the pressure go away. They came in ready to their job, and that's exactly what they did. They made it so much easier play this season.”

Bickel also spoke about the job Weaver and Ashley did this season.

“Those two sophomores stepped in and filled the roles we needed,” Bickel said. “When Hannah and Emily were scoring some points, that was the difference-maker. The (opponents) had to account for them at some point. It's harder to account for four (players) as opposed to two.”

“Last year was a building year, we lost five seniors, so there were a lot of question marks. A lot of our kids got a lot of positive playing time at JV last season.”

The 'Skins, who will return all of their players for next year's team, will be looking to compete for an SBC crown and improve upon their performance in the tournament.

“We talk all the time – you get better in the offseason, you need to improve in the offseason. Quite a few of the girls are playing AAU this spring and summer. That's big.”

Bickel was also appreciative of the support the team got from the community during their run.

“It was nice to have the support. It got some people up to the games and the girls appreciated it. The student section was awesome. We outnumbered Oak Harbor, Rossford and Rogers by far (in the tournament). It's nice that the girls get some recognition. These are some good players and they're fun to watch.”

What stood out for Thorbahn was camaraderie the team was able to build with one another this year.

“The chemistry we have built throughout the season has been amazing,” she said. “Team bonding, the team breakfast and dinners, the little things that we did, I think that's what made this team not just a team but a family.

“We had a terrific year both on and off the court. It was really nice to see all the girls work hard and want to come out and show people what we could accomplish. I think we made a statement to the community and others around us and it was nice to see the support we had this year from our community and our students.”

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Rocket seniors complete 9-game turnaround

Behind a senior quartet that was intent on turning the basketball program around and leaving behind a legacy, the Oak Harbor Rockets lifted their win total from nine to 16 games this season.

After going 7-14 overall and 3-11 in the Sandusky Bay Conference last season, good for the seventh place, Oak Harbor rebounded to go 16-8 and 8-6 in the league, finishing fourth. On top of that, the Rockets finished the year on a high note, winning six straight games before falling to Port Clinton, 52-45, in a Division II Sectional Final on Feb. 23 at Sandusky High School.

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ICS Spring Auction theme is Kentucky Derby, Run for the Roses

Immaculate Conception Catholic School’s 27th Annual Benefit Auction’s theme is Kentucky Derby, Run for the Roses. The evening will encompass much of the tradition of the Kentucky races. This year’s event is April 20th and is being planned by co-chairs Rachel Fall and Laura Spicer. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The night will include a silent auction, 50/50 drawings, grab bags, fishbowl raffles, a live auction, and much more.  Food for the event will be provided by the Nor Easter Club.

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