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Tools for School program serves 567 students

Every year since 2002 The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit has offered a school supply assistance program, Tools for School, in August. This year the program served 567 local students with school supplies and a new backpack. 

Since this program was completely funded by donations, the overwhelming success was due to our local residents, businesses and organizations that donated funds such as: The Ottawa County Community Foundation Grant, Stensen Grant, McDonald’s Port Clinton, Huntington Bank and the community donations.

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Sen. Brown announces additional funding to reduce runoff and improve water quality

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced $1 million in new federal emergency funds to reduce runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Today’s announcement is in addition to the $2 million from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help farmers enroll in the  Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides resources for producers to implement conservation practices, including preventive measures to reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent pollution in the Lake Erie Watershed.

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Port Clinton City Council looking to fill council seat

Ron Aukerman of Ward 1 has resigned and now there is an empty seat on the council. The seat must be filled by a democrat since that was Aukerman’s registered party.

Those interested must send their resume to Ottawa County Democratic Party, Attn: Adrienne Hines, 4265 E. Laurel Ridge Drive, Port Clinton, OH, 43452. Those interested must reside in Ward 1.

The deadline to receive applications is September 12.

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Friendships bloom despite disabilities

L to R: Tom Welco, Dennis Marquardt, Edith Bard, Judy Marquardt

Tom Welco and his sister, Edith Bard, receive services from the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities.   When Tom and Edith moved to Genoa 25 years ago, they became good friends with their neighbor, Dennis Marquardt.  Dennis shared that Tom would stop by his house almost every day and soon the two would begin to take fishing trips and go trapping together.   Eight years after they began their friendship, which consisted of plenty of laughs, changes were on the horizon for Dennis.   Tom would learn that Dennis would be moving to Elmore and marrying his fiancé Judy.   This change meant that he and Tom would no longer be seeing each other daily; however Dennis thought they could at least meet for fun on the weekends.

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Thank you to the Tibbel family

A heart-warming thank you is in store for Kaye Tibbel, her family and the many volunteers for putting on a very special day for the veterans in the Catawba area. These folk provided their boats, time and energy to take us fishing and also fed us a wonderful deep fried walleye and perch dinner with beverages included.

Each one of us was greeted at registration with a hand shake and a thank you for your service guesture. A local VFW chapter was on hand to offer a somber ceremony conducted at an empty chair, table with a white cloth, white candle with a black ribbon, picture frame, Bible and other articles to commemorate our MIA-POW veterans; very touching.

Apparently this day came to be when Jack Tibbel, before his passing, asked one of his young grandsons what he could do to honor our veterans. The boy replied “take them fishing”. What a great thing to do!

The only thing that wasn’t great was that the perch didn’t cooperate! Fishin’ is fishin’, but not always catchin’!

Larry DeLaat
Seven Hills, OH

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Celebrating 25 years at the Keeper’s House: Ottawa County Historical Society social hour and potluck

The Ottawa County Historical Society (OCHS) celebrates 25 years at the Keeper’s House with a social hour and potluck picnic, Sept 10, 4-7:30 p.m. at the Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead.  

Rachel Wolcott (Karin Messner,) welcomes guests at 4 p.m. with conversation and memories of life on the Ohio Frontier.  Ms. Messner was one of the volunteers who presented a lively depiction of daily life of first Marblehead Lighthouse Keeper Benajah Wolcott and his family in OCHS reenactments in the early days of historical site’s restoration.  Fresh early 19th Century appetizers will be prepared for the gathering on the Keeper's House open hearth by Ray and Georgette Machar starting at 4 p.m.

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Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014

The Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct the Class of 2014 into the hall of fame.  The 1976 Football Team and Scott Rickel will join the high ranks of PCHS Athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, September 27, 5 p.m. at the Historic Mon Ami Winery & Restaurant. Tickets are on sale in the Port Clinton High School Main Office for $25 each.  Tickets for the event need to be purchased prior to September 12.  For more information call 419-734-2147.  Inductees will also be introduced at the Port Clinton Football game on Friday, September 26. 

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Renovation of True-Lay Stadium is long overdue

I write today to highlight the efforts of a group of local volunteers who have been working their tails off on a project that will benefit nearly every Port Clinton HS student AND will be a source of community pride for many, many years. I am talking about the long overdue renovation of True-lay Stadium by the Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association (PCACA), led by Joe Brenner, Tim Paradiso, Bill Lowe, Jan Gluth, Rich Kokinda and others. 

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Ohio Department of Transportation construction and project updates

SR 2 mine remediation

Effective Monday, September 8, through May 2015, SR 2 between SR 163 and SR 53 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for mine remediation. On Monday, September 8, through May 2015, the ramp from southbound SR 53 to westbound SR 2 is closed. Detour routes are SR 53 and SR 163. The project is projected to be complete May 2016.

SR 2 resurfacing and bridge repair

Effective Wednesday, September 3, through November, SR 2 between West Camp Perry Western Road and North Camp Perry Eastern Road will be reduced to one lane for resurfacing and bridge work. Lane widths will be reduced to 10 feet within this work zone. Project is projected to be complete in November.

SR 590 drainage work complete

SR 590 between SR 2 and West Trowbridge Road is now open.

SR 105 resurfacing update

Through September, intermittent lane restrictions are possible for finish work on SR 105 between US 20 and Wood Point Drive, and SR 105 between US 20 and Oak Street. Project projected to be complete in October.

All work is weather permitting.

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