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Bird observatory, B-C-S, partner for environment

Schools have released balloons during elementary science classes and many people release them in remembrance of a loved one. But what happens to those balloons once the helium runs out?

Students Against Balloon Releases, a partnership between Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools, is hoping to educate students about the dangers and wastefulness of mass balloon releases and other forms of litter.

Tiffanie Hayes, BSBO Conservation Outreach Specialist, said she too remembers releasing balloons in science class. As she got older, she realized just how dangerous the practice was. “When I was in school, we released balloons as a science project,” Hayes said. “We would write our names and addresses on a postcard and hoped that whoever found our balloons would write back. We would then be able to see how far the balloon went. As I got older, I began to see how dangerous it is to have balloons released into the environment.”

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Port Clinton Easter Egg Hunt April 13

The Port Clinton Recreation Department and Champions for Children are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 13, at 1 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Children ages 12 months to 10 years old are welcome to participate. There will be candy and prizes. No registration is necessary. 

For further information, contact Jenn Porter at 419.734.5522, ext. 8.

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Play, the Important Work of Children

On a Monday evening two professional play-workers intrigued a group of curious community leaders to learn about encouraging free play through adventure playgrounds. Morgan Leichter-Saxby, of Vermont and the UK, and Suzanna Law, of Manchester, England, both professional playworkers, talked and played at Bataan School in Port Clinton as one of 16 stops on tour of the United States. Suzannah is the organizer of the tour and is working on her PhD in play work. Morgan has been in the lead on play work training since Pop-Up Adventure Play’s inception and has spoken at over a dozen international conferences. 

Adventure playgrounds are new to the United States and to Port Clinton. Last fall Tricia O’Connor and Melissa Bayer, who did not know each other at the time, separately called Chris Galvin, Area Director of United Way in Ottawa County, with the idea of using adventure play to engage and involve local children and adults, to help revitalize the community. 

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Legislative Briefing Breakfast

The sixth annual Legislative Briefing Breakfast, sponsored by the Greater Toledo Right to Life Organization, was held on March 28. Pictured left to right: Senator Randy Gardner, candidate for Ottawa County Auditor Roni Reid and Congressman Bob Latta; all are supporters of the Ohio Right to Life Movement. Photo by Cindy Amerine.

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Financial Fitness Fun Fair at Ida Rupp

Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton will be hosting a Financial Fitness Fun Fair on April 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A bagged lunch will be available at noon.

The fair offers participants the opportunity to learn about budgets, saving with coupons and identity protection. It is also a way to find out what other financial resources are available in Ottawa County from United Way of Ottawa County, Joan Washburn, Job and Family Services: Ohio Means Jobs, Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Terra Community College.

An Accushred truck will be available for shredding private documents, to help protect from identity theft. Tables will be set up for children crafts. Children can decorate their own piggy bank to take home and start their own savings.

This event is made possible by the Smart Investing Grant from FINRA and the American Library Association. 

For more information, go to www.idarupp.org or follow Ida Rupp Public Library on Facebook or Twitter.

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Brush pick up starts April 14

City wide brush pick-up will begin the week of April 14. April 21 will start the rotating schedule on the west end, April 28 will be the east end, May 5 west, May 12 east and so on throughout the summer.

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Parent Project® of Ottawa County celebrates 100 parent participants

Nicole Shukeat and Jean Dupey (facilitator) 

Parent Project® of Ottawa County has educated 100 parents to date and has a 70% successful completion rate. Approximately 87 youth have been served through their parents participating in this program. Eleven sessions have been held to date and eight parents participated in the most recent session. Their graduation was held on March 25, 2014.

Parent Project of Ottawa County began in the fall of 2010 as a joint effort between Ottawa County Juvenile Court and Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services. One of the recent parent participants, Beverly Ruttschaw, had this to say about the program: “As a parent there is always room for growth and learning. I wish I could have taken this class years ago, but I still feel like I got a lot from it.” 

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Danbury sports make-up days

Varsity baseball at Western Reserve originally scheduled April 5 will be held Friday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m.

Vasity baseball verses Emmanuel Christian originally scheduled April 8 will be held Monday, April 28, at 5 p.m.

Varsity softball verses Emmanuel Christian originally scheduled for April 8 will be held Friday, May 16, at 5 p.m.

Middle School Track verses Northwood and Cardinal Stritch originally scheduled for April 7 will be held Monday, May 5.

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Devin Kohlman wins Chamber’s Outstanding Citizen

There was a record number turnout of 180 people at the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. The event, which was held Thursday night, April 10, at the Catawba Island Club honored outstanding businesses, volunteers and citizens.

“Our record turnout is a testament to the great things happening in our community,” said Port Clinton Area Chamber and Main Street Port Clinton President Laura Schlachter.

One of the most moving and tear-jerking moments of the evening was Devin Kohlman winning the Chamber’s Outstanding Citizen Award. The award was accepted by Devin’s mother, Alexis Kohlman, and Devin’s grandfather, Bill Van Der Giessen.

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Terra State presents Resounding Brass tonight

Join Terra State Community College’s Brass Choir and select high school musicians as they perform in concert this Friday, April 11.  

The performance, “Resounding Brass,” will include a wide range of music written for brass and percussion.  Participating students were selected from Fremont Ross, Lakota, Margaretta, Monroeville, Port Clinton and Sandusky high schools to rehearse and perform with community and semi-professional musicians from the Terra State Brass Choir.  

"We are very excited to see these collaborations take place, as providing such musical activities only enhances cultural enrichment for our communities," said Michael Shirtz, Dean of Business, Communications and the Arts at Terra State.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Port Clinton High School and admission is free. 

For more information call the Terra Music Department at 419-559-2233.

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