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Planting Peace at Perry’s monument next weekend

In collaboration with the island tradition of celebrating the Canadian holiday of Queen Victoria Day, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will hold its “Planting the Seeds of Peace,” event on Saturday, May 19. This is an annual event held at Perry’s Victory that marks the opening of the summer season as we join the island community in the long held tradition of observing Queen Victoria Day through planting, beautifying and preparing for the upcoming tourist season and events. This special day is reserved for planting the Peace Garden which welcomes visitors and stands as a commemoration of the long-lasting peace between Canada, Great Britain and the United States.

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Main Street Port Clinton gives back

Local non-profit organizations will be helping to make the 32nd anniversary of the Walleye Festival the biggest and best event ever. Local groups will be volunteering in the Entertainment Tent all weekend long. Main Street Port Clinton encourages you to come to the Walleye Festival and support the following: Compassionate Friends, Goodwill, Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council, Leadership Ottawa County, the Oak House, Port Clinton Business and Professional Women and Port Clinton Rotary.
For an up-to-date schedule of events, visit www.walleyefestival.com.

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Military News — Jackson Earl

Air Force Airman Jackson Earl graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Earl will continue his training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO technical school. Jackson is the son of Jim and Cathi Muncy, of Port Clinton, and Scott and Jennifer Earl. He is a 2011 graduate of Bedford High School, Temperance, Mich.

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Put-in-Bay’s Wyland Gallery to open May 19

Wyland Gallery at Put-in-Bay is scheduled to open for the season Saturday, May 19, at 495 Catawba Ave. The gallery will be open seven days a week.
Wyland Gallery at Put-in-Bay showcases Wyland’s own paintings and sculptures of whales, dolphins, reef fish, manatees and endangered species. In addition, the gallery features the work of other leading artists. 
During the season, several artists will appear at Wyland’s Put-in-Bay gallery, each presenting a showcase of his newest works. The featured artist will be available daily and by appointment to meet visitors and discuss his inspirations and aspirations.

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PC Seniors plan Victorian Tea

Port Clinton Seniors will host the annual “Open House and Victorian Tea” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third St., Port Clinton. Guests will be able to sample Victorian-style teas, dainty sandwiches and pastries during their visit, as well as learn more about the Senior Center's offerings and activities. The event is open to all seniors, their families and friends.
For information on senior activities call Mary Jane Happel-Meadows, site manager, at 419-734-1481.

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Hotel Lakeside Café opening soon

Lakeside Chautauqua will once again partner with Black Tie Catering to offer a unique waterfront dining experience at the Hotel Lakeside Café, 150 Maple Ave.
The official opening of the café is Tuesday, May 22. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A special dinner menu will be featured on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Birding tradition continues

Tom Bartlett’s not waiting for Hollywood to come calling. His Big Sit is not as visually-stunning or as dramatic as the birding quest that led to the movie, “The Big Year,” starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
The film chronicled the competition of three birders attempting to break the record of 721 birds seen in a single year. The movie was based on the adventures of Greg Miller, a computer consultant from Canton, Ohio, who spent an estimated $31,000 chasing the record.

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Anglers take over the lake

The warm winter of 2012 had Lake Erie about a month ahead of where it normally would have been in March for walleye habitat and spawning. So FLW Walleye Tour anglers competing May 10-12 on Lake Erie may not see some of the spectacular weights seen in past years. Jeff Graves of Chagrin Falls, won the 2011 event with more than 117 pounds. It is predicted that the winning weight will be right around the century mark — still nothing to sneeze about and one of the reasons anglers look forward to this stop on the FLW Walleye Tour year after year.
 Hosted by the City of Port Clinton and Lake Erie Shores and Islands, the tournament features as many as 150 of the world’s best walleye anglers in each of the pro and co-angler divisions. They are casting for top awards up to $63,000 in the Pro Division and $10,500 in the Co-angler Division.

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Bassett expands Do-It-Best

Mike Bassett is an incurable entrepreneur who loves new projects! A year or so ago, he was confronted with a bit of a stumper. His neighbor to the east, Newport Dry Goods was looking for more space. At the same time, he had heard from a number of his hardware customers via a customer survey that they would like to see a greater variety of products and services provided. So what is an incurable entrepreneur to do? Take the lemon, squeeze it and make lemonade of course.

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PC Artists Club offers batik class

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club will offer a batik class on Saturday, May 12, at the Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry St. The instructor is accomplished Oak Harbor artist Dee Cochran. Cochran teaches in her home studio and travel teaches throughout the Midwest. She designs her own patterns which can be viewed at her website, www.deecochran.com. Students will go home with a beautiful, red hibiscus batik. 

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