Gardner sponsors new Healthy Lake Erie Fund

Calling Lake Erie one of Ohio’s “greatest natural assets,” State Rep. Randy Gardner won support Tuesday for a new Healthy Lake Erie Fund to enhance the effort to fight algae problems in the lake.
The Gardner amendment was approved by the House Finance and Appropriations Committee as part of the Mid-Budget Review Bill that is expected to be signed by Gov. John Kasich following passage in the Senate by the end of May.


Tickets on sale for chamber banquet

Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will be having its 75th Annual Banquet on May 17 at The Catawba Island Club.  Guest speaker will be Peter Huston of The Perry Group.
Huston is a writer, producer and director. In 2010, after moving to Ohio, he established FilmAffects to pursue documentary and factual program production. Current projects include Grandma Gatewood, An Appalachian Tale, John Parker “The Conductor” and Scott Matthews “Onward, a voyage of discovery.” As director and senior producer, Huston has continued to produce programming for PBS, Hallmark, Odyssey, Home & Garden and has co-produced a feature film and done scores of corporate and educational projects.
He is on the board of directors at the Lake Erie Island Historical Society and is presently coordinating director of the bicentennial celebration for The Perry Group (Friends of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial). Read Huston’s blog on the War of 1812 bicentennial — “Chasing Perry’s Victory” — at
To purchase a ticket for the annual banquet, call Judy Balsom at 419-734-9777.


Wine and jazz at Mutach’s

Kick-off your summer season with Mutach’s wine-tasting and jazz concert event on Saturday, May 19. Bring lawn chairs, sit back and enjoy the distinctive wines of Debonne Vineyards, in cooperation with Vintage Wine Distributors, while listening to the live jazz music of Nite Beat from 3 to 7 p.m. Wine will be sold by the glass or bottle, and beer and food will also be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the North Coast Greyhound Connection.
Mutach’s, located at 8037 E. Harbor Road, Marblehead, is a full-service market providing groceries, wines and beer, and is also a licensed State Liquor Agency. For information or questions, call 419-798-5203.


Turn in unused, unwanted meds Saturday 

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, along with local fire departments, law enforcement agencies and the OSS Solid Waste District, are collaborating to provide proper medication disposal to the residents of Ottawa County. A one-day collection for unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs will be held at multiple locations on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Ottawa County residents are encouraged to drop off medications at any of the following collection sites:
• Village of Genoa Police Department — 102 E. Sixth St., Genoa


Household hazardous waste collection coming up

The Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collectiosn from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5. In order to bring materials to the collection you must be a resident of Ottawa, Sandusky or Seneca counties.
Collection times are as follows: last name A through M — 9 to 10:30 a.m.; last name N through Z — 10:30 a.m. to noon. In Ottawa County, the collection takes place at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on West Ohio 163, Oak Harbor.  


Main Street PC receives national accreditation

Heritage Ohio is proud to announce the 2011 certification of Main Street Port Clinton as an Ohio Main Street Community. A member of the Main Street program since 2006, Main Street Port Clinton continues to work towards revitalizing its historic downtown district.
“We are very proud to see Main Street Port Clinton receive National Accreditation for 2011,” said Jeff Siegler, Director of Revitalization for Heritage Ohio. “This demonstrates that the organization is meeting all of the necessary criteria to be successful in its effort to revitalize downtown Port Clinton. The importance of the Main Street Port Clinton’s efforts to sustain downtown businesses and protect the historic infrastructure cannot be overstated during this time of economic uncertainty.”
Since 2007, $432,786,500 have been invested across 30 Main Street Districts, of which Main Street Port Clinton was one. For each dollar that went into the local budget, communities saw more than $22 in improvements such as renovations, new construction, and façade improvements in that time.
Heritage Ohio strives to help people: save the places that matter, build community and live better. Heritage Ohio is the leading statewide, non-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect and preserve Ohio’s heritage and cultural resources. Learn more by visiting


Libraries get technology grant

The Ida Rupp Public Library and Erie Islands Library recently received a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the State of Ohio. This money is met by funding from the Friends of the Ida Rupp Public Library and enables the purchase of three AWE’s Early Literacy Stations.


Sold-out audience learns ‘Bridges out of Poverty’

A sold-out crowd packed the Port Clinton Elks Club Friday, April 20, to learn important concepts around the culture of poverty. Jodi Pfarr, international trainer for Aha! Process, enlightened those in the audience with strategies and tools for recognizing the “mental model” of poverty. These “mental models,” an internal awareness of how the world works, exist without our awareness and determine how we act. By recognizing these models, we can start to work toward building a sustainable community.


Apply now for BPW scholarship

The Port Clinton Area Business and Professional Women are now taking applications for the fall scholarship offering.
Applications are available at the Frederick Insurance Agency, 120 W. Second St., Port Clinton, the Port Clinton, Oak Harbor and Marblehead Peninsula Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Oak Harbor and Port Clinton public libraries. If you would like to print your own copy, check out our Facebook page. We will be accepting applications postmarked by May 11. The scholarships will be awarded after May 17, and can be used for the summer or fall classes. All applicants must be adult females, living in Ottawa County and be attending or planning to attend and enrolled in a school in Ohio. Applicants must not have received a BPW scholarship in Ohio in the past five years.
Call Lori Madison at 419-732-3171 for information.

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