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Firefighter Phil and Officer Phil teach valuable lessons at ICS

The students at Immaculate Conception had the opportunity to participate in two different assembly programs on Wednesday. 

The younger students in grades K, 1, and 2 had the chance to see the Firefighter Phil program which taught them the proper steps to follow in the case of a fire. Lessons like “stop, drop, cover, and roll” and “get out and stay out” were combined with magic, a puppet show and comedy to make the message fun and memorable. Fire Chief Kent Johnson was on hand to help answer questions about fire safety. The children were given the homework assignment of going home and checking with Mom and Dad as to the location of an emergency meeting spot and the changing of smoke detector batteries.

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DeFrank joins Seniors Helping Seniors in Ottawa County

Seniors Helping Seniors® In-Home Services has announced that Leona De Frank has joined their organization as a marketing specialist for Ottawa County. De Frank was formerly employed and retired from Street Realty and managed Big Bear grocery store in Port Clinton for many years.

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Community Calendar from March 21-March 28

 

March 21

ELMS meal
WHAT: Free community meal. Pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable and dessert.
WHEN: 5-6 p.m.
WHERE: St. Thomas Episcopal Guild Hall, Port Clinton

Al-Anon/Alateen  
WHAT: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
WHEN: 8 p.m. every Thursday
WHERE: Trinity United Meth. Church, 135 Adams St. Port Clinton

Strength Training
WHAT: Strength training helps prevent age-related muscle loss, in addition to keeping bones and metabolism strong.
WHEN: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m
WHERE: Magruder Conference Center
COST: $4 per session
INFO: 419-732-4061

Art Class
WHAT: An art class for teens through adults continues this winter at the Danbury Senior Center. Local artist Lori Roberts-Cobbledick is the instructor.
WHEN: Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Danbury Senior Center, Marblehead
COST: $10 per class
INFO: Call Lori at 419-798-0608.

TOPS
WHAT: Take Off Pounds Sensibly; all are welcome
WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; weigh-in at 6 p.m. every Thursday
WHERE: 320 E. Third St., Port Clinton

Open Public Shooting
WHAT: Shooters, including aspiring new shooters, are invited to do practice shooting.
WHEN: 5:30-8 pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings
WHERE: Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton
INFO: Contact 419.635.2141 ext. 1101 or thecmp.org/3p/publicshooting.htm
COST: $5/adult, $2/junior

March 22

Fish Fry
WHAT: St. Boniface Fish dinners. Fried or baked fish and all the fixings. Carryout available.
WHEN: 4-7 p.m., each Friday in Lent
WHERE: St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor
COST: Adults $8, children ages 6-12 are $5, and kids under 5 eat free.

Fish Fry
WHAT: Port Clinton Knights of Columbus fish fry. Lake Erie Perch, shrimp and all you can eat Pollock dinners with all the fixings. Desserts are also available.
WHEN: 5-7:30 p.m., each Friday in Lent
WHERE: Denny Bergeman Hall, 109 E Perry Street, Port Clinton

Al-Anon/Alateen
WHAT: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
WHEN: 7 p.m. every Friday
WHERE: St. John Lutheran Church, 122 Ottawa, Oak Harbor

March 25

Yoga
WHEN: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Danbury Schools, Marblehead
COST: $8 per class
INFO: For additional information contact Mrs. Henninger Monday – Thursday after 3:30 p.m. at 419-798-5195 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Information also available at www.danbury.k12.oh.us.

Tales for Toddlers
WHAT: 30 minutes of stories, songs, and finger plays intended for children ages 2 and 3 with a caregiver. No registration required.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. March and April
WHERE: Ida Rupp Public Library, Port Clinton
INFO: Call Ida Rupp Public Library at 419-732-3212 for more information.

Zumba
WHAT: Zumba classes
WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays
WHERE: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
INFO: call 419-732-4061
COST: $4 per class

Al-Anon/Alateen  
WHAT: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
WHEN: 7 p.m. every Monday
WHERE: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 214 E. Second St., Port Clinton

March 26

Kids & Company
WHAT: Kids can join Toni for a basic movement class emphasizing coordination, balance, flexibility, and posture.  For children ages 3, 4, and 5 without a caregiver. Caregiver must remain in the library during the program. No registration required.
WHEN: 4:30-5 p.m
WHERE: Ida Rupp Public Library, Port Clinton
INFO: Call Ida Rupp Public Library at 419-732-3212 for more information.

Pilates
WHAT: Pilates with Laura Tyson, instructor
WHEN: 9 a.m. Tuesdays
WHERE: The Ballet School, Madison St., Port Clinton
COST: $5  
INFO: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

TOPS
WHAT: Take Off Pounds Sensibly; all are welcome
WHEN: 6 p.m. every Tuesday
WHERE: Catawba Community Hall, 3307 NW Catawba Road

Yoga
WHAT: Bring a mat and wear loose clothing for the class.
WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday
WHERE: Magruder Hospital Conference Center
COST: $8 per class with sign up for the whole month or $10 per class
INFO: 419-635-2337

Strength Training
WHAT: Strength training helps prevent age-related muscle loss, in addition to keeping bones and metabolism strong.
WHEN: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m
WHERE: Magruder Conference Center
COST: $4 per session
INFO: 419-732-4061

Sisters in Sobriety
WHAT: Sisters in Sobriety, a women’s AA meeting
WHEN: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry, Port Clinton

Zumba
WHAT: Zumba
WHEN: Tuesdays 6-7
WHERE: Danbury school, Marblehead
COST: $8 per class
INFO: For additional information contact Mrs. Henninger Monday–Thursday after 3:30 p.m. at 419-798-5195 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Information also available at www.danbury.k12.oh.us.

March 27

Lenten Bible Study, worship and lunch
WHAT: Pastor Kurt Borows will lead a Bible Study. His topic "Easter" will center upon the Easter Sunday, March 31, Bible readings at most area churches. This will be followed by lunch at noon and a 12:30 p.m. worship service led by Pastor Jean Gay, Firelands Presbyterian Church.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:  The Vineyards on Catawba
INFO: Call The Vineyard office for further information at 419-797-3100.
COST: $6 for the lunch.

Babies and Books
WHAT: 20-25 minutes of stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Intended for children ages 6 months to 23 months with caregiver. In the morning only play and social time will follow for those who participate in the program. No registration required.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays in March and April
WHERE: Ida Rupp Public Library, Port Clinton
INFO: Call Ida Rupp Public Library at 419-732-3212 for more information

Cancer Support Group
WHAT: Monthly meeting, including complimentary light lunch, for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.
WHEN: 12:30 the fourth Wednesday of each month
WHERE: Conference Center, Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton
INFO: RSVP to 419-734-3131, 3370

Zumba classes
WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays
WHERE: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
INFO: call 419-732-4061
COST: $4 per class

Jazz Night
WHAT: Wine, pasta, and live Jazz music featuring The Bob Smik Trio and special guests.
WHEN: Winter Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.
WHERE: Slater's Madison Street Pub, 111 Madison St., Port Clinton

ACA  
WHAT: Twelve-step group for adult children of alcoholics
WHEN: 7:15 p.m. every Wednesday
WHERE: Artisans Co-op, 138 E. Market St., Sandusky
INFO: Call Paul at 419-341-6888

TOPS
WHAT: Take Off Pounds Sensibly. All are welcome.
WHEN: 6 p.m. every Wednesday
WHERE: Oak Harbor Library, 147 W. Main St., Oak Harbor
INFO: Call 419-276-0304

March 28

The Gathering
WHAT: Free community meal, open to the public. Handicap access.
WHEN: 4:30 to 6:00 PM
WHERE: St. John Lutheran Church – Parish Hall, corner of Second and Adams Streets, Port Clinton
INFO: Community resource information is available to those interested.

Goodwill donation drive
WHAT: Learn about Goodwill’s purpose and let the staff teach you how to redesign, recycle, and rejoice in new fashions. If you decide to be a model for the next program, the Goodwill Fashion Show, you’ll receive a makeover and an outfit on April 18. Donate your clothing and get a $5 certificate to Goodwill.
WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ida Rupp Library, Port Clinton

 

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Bolte Real Estate welcomes Steve and Chre Pitzer

Bolte Real Estate announces that Steve and Chre Pitzer have joined their family of real estate professionals. The Pitzer name has a long history on the Marblehead Peninsula; from the family creation of the Orange Vanilla twist still used at the Dairy Dock, to the family partnership of the Marblehead Galley, to Steve moving up the ranks to become Chief of Police in Danbury Township.

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A new day dawns for emergency services in Danbury Township

Danbury Township has experienced a strong and continuous record of outstanding property and life-saving service since the organization of the Marblehead Volunteer Fire Department in 1895 and the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Protective Association in 1905. On March 13, a century-plus history of contracting with these two departments came to consolidation with the formation of The Danbury Township Fire Department. 

Trustees Charles Scott, David Hirt and Dianne Rozak unanimously agreed to a resolution to create the merged department with an effective date of July 1for full operational implementation. This positive combination of resources will continue to offer the same dedicated, professional level of service that residents and visitors on the Marblehead Peninsula have come to expect and appreciate. 

The trustees have appointed Marblehead Fire Chief Doug Waugh as Interim Chief to oversee the merger process. Chief Waugh stated, “I am extremely pleased to be a part of this momentous undertaking. I have found that our community has been blessed to have so many dedicated people serving us. Through two years of dedicated work, we have found that we are able to merge our four entities (Lakeside Volunteer Fire Protective Association, Marblehead Volunteer Fire Department, Village of Marblehead Council and Mayor, and Danbury Township) into a unified Fire and EMS department. All of our personnel have put forth an untold effort to streamline and enhance our public service to all of the residents of Danbury Township. We are all very grateful to be a part of this historical undertaking. We look forward to continuing our services to the community in a highly efficient and unified department of which we can all be proud.” 

Ed Cochenour, Chief of the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department and Gary Deerhake, fire fighter and President of the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Protective Association, collectively said, “Thank you to our Township Trustees for the opportunity to operate entirely as one department in Danbury Township. We will now be able to more efficiently administer and manage the equipment, buildings, personal, recruitment, training and the changing to a full-time/part-time EMS. We look forward to volunteering in the new Danbury Township Fire Department.”

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Oak Harbor/Penta FFA Sales Team takes 8th at State

The Oak Harbor/Penta FFA Agriculture Sales Team placed 8th at the State Agricultural Sales Career Development Event on Saturday, March 2, at the Tolles Technical Center in Plain City. The sales team consisted of Brian Wyss, Micah Mensing, Logan Segaard and Austin Schimming. The Career Development Event is composed of an objective test, sales demonstration and Customer Relations practicum. The test is designed to assess the team members’ understanding of the sales process and the role selling plays in marketing agriculture products. The sales demonstration assesses the team member’s ability to properly develop and sell an agricultural product to a customer and properly conclude the sales transaction.

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B-C-S Schools are ‘Excellent with Distinction’

 

It is with great pride that the B-C-S School District Community received official word recently that the district earned the highest possible rating on its local report card for the 2011-2012 school year. The local report card was slated to be released in August, 2012, but was held up due to a statewide audit of student data by the State Auditor. The report card was just released in late February.

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OSWCD Women in Conservation taking registration

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District “Women in Conservation Series” is starting soon. The series will be held in various locations in Ottawa County from 5:30 p.m.– 8 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from April through September. The first workshop will be on April 17th at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most popular spots in America for bird watching. Staff from the refuge will lead the group on a bird tour through different habitats ranging from forest to marsh.

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Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton present annual awards

Thursday evening at the Catawba Island Club the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton held their annual dinner and awards ceremony. In a full evening for Port Clinton business leaders, Linda Aigler, chairwoman of the Chamber Board, Laura Schlachter, president of the Port Clinton Chamber, and Missy Walker, President of Main Street, conducted business meetings and elections and presented awards.


Lori Opfer, Carrie McGlothlin

The Lighthouse Award winner is Edgewood Manor nursing home. Edgewood also this year received the prestigious Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau, has an award-winning team of nurses and has a complete rehabilitation team.


Dave McDougall, Vince Leone, Ernie Hopkins

The Beautification Award winner is Veteran’s Park. In the last two years an Eternal Flame and star were added to the park, along with a brass statue, archway and landscaping, all of which have enhanced the hallowed ground that honors our veterans.


Judi Halstead

The 2012 Chamber Bright Star Award winner is Judi Halstead. Halstead has been a devoted Chamber Member, is an integral part of other community and chamber events and emceed the Walleye Festival Grande Parade.


Kevin Lowe and Bill VanDerGiessen

The Outstanding New Business of the Year Award winner is 1812 Food and Spirits and Rosie’s Bar and Grill. Bill Van DerGiessen and Kevin Lowe have restored the Island House to its former glory, providing a vibrant anchor for downtown. 


Dana Bacak-Lynd, Steve Cooper

The Business of the Year Award winner is the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The CMP offers Open Public Shooting every Tuesday and Thursday evening, operates a store at Camp Perry and partners with the Ohio Army National Guard and NRA to conduct the National Matches. 


Larry Hartlaub

Main Street Volunteer of the Year Award winner is Larry Hartlaub. Hartlaub has been Chair of the Economic Restructuring committee for Main Street Port Clinton since 2010, is a vital part of the Walleye Festival and in December was appointed Ottawa County Auditor.


Becky Clemons

Main Street Business of the Year is Bait House River Bar. A former actual bait house, since its founding in 2011 the river-front bar has become popular for entertainment and as a gathering place for locals and visitors all through the summer months.

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PC lighthouse group outlines plans

Some 50 people showed up Wednesday evening to hear the latest news about the progress being made to update the Port Clinton Lighthouse. The group, formed in 2010, is looking to find a permanent home for the community icon.

“We believe it is a treasure worth preserving,” said spokesman Rich Norgard. “It is representative of the city’s maritime history.” Norgard also noted that there are many groups of people who seek out lighthouses, pointing out the huge crowds that come to view the Marblehead Lighthouse every year. “It is not a panacea for Port Clinton, but it can very well be an important cog in the wheel to assist with the city’s revitalization efforts.”

The key element for the group that has been working to refurbish the old lighthouse is the future location. The current owner of the lighthouse, Darrell Brand of Brand’s Marina, has made it clear that he would like for it to be placed on the waterfront in what is now Waterworks Park. The group has drawn a line creating a corridor along the northeast corner of the property, citing several lakeshore locations that could hold the old lighthouse.

“We will need the passage of two ordinances by City Council,” stated Norgard. “First we will need an agreement between Darrel Brand and the City to transfer ownership of the structure, followed by an ordinance authorizing the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy to renovate and maintain the lighthouse.”

Another committee member, Dr. John Smothers, talked about the work the group has done since its inception three years ago. “The enthusiasm of the committee has been amazing and the Brand family has been very cooperative with our efforts.” He also noted that had the lighthouse not been built originally with a copper roof, it probably would have been destroyed long ago. He estimated the cost of renovation at between $20,000 and $30,000. Much of the materials and labor have been donated to date.

Another legacy individual, Ed Jeremy, grandson of David Jeremy, who owned what is now the east side of Brand’s Marina, talked about when the Lighthouse came down from the end of the pier. “It was in 1950 or 1951,” stated the younger Jeremy, who is now 62 years old. “They were told at that time that the structure could never be used again as a working lighthouse by the Corps of Engineers.”

So work continues on the structure, and discussions also continue between the Conservancy and the City of Port Clinton. Since the proposal from Medina developer Mike Rose is on the table for Waterworks Park, the hope is that the renovated lighthouse might become a part of that development, should it move forward. 

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