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.


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.


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, Students will go home with a beautiful, red hibiscus batik. 


Andrea Trick joins Ottawa County Health Department

The Ottawa County Health Department has welcomed Andrea Trick to its nursing staff.Trick
Trick, a Catawba Island resident, began work as a registered nurse part-time on Feb. 19.
Previously, she worked for Stein Hospice, Fremont Memorial Hospital (19 years as a registered nurse case manager) and at Oberlin Hospital in the chemical dependency unit.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Trick is a graduate of North Central Technical College and the Mansfield branch of The Ohio State University.


Edgewood Manor: excellent satisfaction survey results

The Ohio Department of Health released the results of the skilled nursing facility resident satisfaction survey conducted this past winter. Edgewood Manor scored a 91 on the survey, while the State average was only 87.1. The current results demonstrate a continuing upward trend for resident satisfaction both at Edgewood Manor and other facilities in Ohio.
The residents were asked specific questions that rated their satisfaction regarding the facility’s environment, activities, administration, direct care/nursing assistants, laundry, meals, dining, social services and therapy, as well as general satisfaction. The number of residents interviewed and which residents are interviewed are determined by the Ohio Department of Health.
Edgewood Manor Executive Director, Lori Lieb-Opfer is extremely pleased with the results.


Division of Wildlife clarifies fillet guidelines for anglers

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, has issued a statewide directive to its enforcement officers to clarify guidelines for enforcing a new rule that specifies the condition of fish fillets being kept or transported.
“Many Ohio anglers have expressed that they were confused about the fillet rule so I asked our Division of Wildlife to clarify the rule so no innocent angler stands a chance of getting in to trouble when they are trying to follow the law,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer.


Ottawa County's Best Kept Secrets

The Leadership Class of 2012 is looking to shed light on Ottawa County’s best kept secrets — those little-known projects locals quietly undertake to help others. These volunteers donate their time or efforts for nothing more than the satisfaction of knowing they have made someone’s day a little brighter or their life a little easier. If you know of such a project, e-mail details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Local Coast Guard unit jumps into action

A Port Clinton-based Coast Guard port security unit assisted four mariners in distress while conducting training on San Diego Bay, April 6.
“This is an example of the multi-mission capabilities of the Port Security Units,” said Cmdr. Gerald A. Nauert, Port Security Unit 309’s commanding officer. “Our primary mission is to provide security to sensitive ports and vessels, but our training also enables us to provide humanitarian assistance to the public. It’s a perfect example of our members living up to our unit motto, Facta Non Verba — Deeds Not Words.”


Fish for a cure at MS walleye tourney

Get out on Lake Erie for a day of fishing and help people with multiple sclerosis by signing up for the MS Walleye Fishing Tournament on June 6. Get a group of six friends, customers or co-workers to fill a boat. The fully stocked boat will set sail from the Midway Marina in Port Clinton.
Join more than 150 anglers as they participate in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 23nd annual Walleye Fishing Tournament. The anglers are treated to a continental breakfast before heading out to fish aboard a charter boat with a licensed charter boat captain at the helm. Each boat is stocked with food, beverages, bait and ice. 
When the participants return in the afternoon, they take part in a light dinner and win some great prizes while their catch is being cleaned and bagged for them to take home.  Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place for largest fish and stringer.


Jay and Margaret Mann to be recognized

Jay and Margaret Mann will be recognized at their last concert on Saturday, May 19, as they retire after 10 years on the coordinating committee of the Musical Arts Series at Firelands.
The Michael Shirtz Jazz Quartet will perform at the concert, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Road, Port Clinton.

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