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Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

A collaborative effort, blending the craftsman of the 11th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and the artistic expression of the Lakeside Plein Air Art Festival, will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua summer season from Friday, July 18-Sunday, July 20.

This three-day event begins on Friday, July 18, when participating plein air artists arrive at Lakeside Chautauqua to paint outdoor landscapes until Sunday, July 20.

The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.” This festival will host more than 40 artists from across the Midwest. Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents are invited to watch them paint throughout the weekend.

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Port Clinton Police Department takes on Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department

The Port Clinton Police Department and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department baseball players. All photos by Sara Nelson.

The Port Clinton Police Department (PCPD) played a baseball game against the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) on Saturday, July 12, at Waterworks Park. PCPD beat OCSD 37 to 3 in the game. This is the third game that the PCPD has played this season. The first game, the PCPD took on Ottawa County employees and lost. The second game was against the Port Clinton girls’ varsity softball team and the PCPD lost. The win against the OCSD marks their first win of the season.

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Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department adds new vehicle to fleet

Jay’s Body Shop manager Brian Ralston and SRT Commander Jim Muller stand in front of the newly finished Special Response Team vehicle.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team recently received their newly finished vehicle back from Jay’s Body Shop. The vehicle, which was purchased from the Harris Elmore Fire Department, was sent to Jay’s Body Shop to be sprayed and painted. The body shop did the job free of charge as a donation to the community.

“The vehicle was in good shape,” said Jay’s Body Shop manager Brian Ralston, “it just took some time to get the old lettering off. I have a great group of guys. When I asked my team to help, they were happy and willing to volunteer their time.”

The vehicle will be used to transport people and equipment to and from the locations where needed.

Right now the Erie Ottawa International Airport is housing the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department vehicles. “We consider the airport a crucial partner and home of the Special Response Team. It’s awesome to have that resource to keep vehicles pristine and in good condition,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

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Ottawa County Fair celebrating 50th year

 

Kendyll Hartlaub sits on one of the antique tractors on display at the Ottawa County Fair.

This year the Ottawa County Fair is celebrating its 50th year. To celebrate, the Fair Board has lowered admission to $5. There will also be a 50th anniversary fireworks display Friday night at the Demolition Derby. On Monday night, over 100 past and present county and fair royalty gathered together to celebrate the 50 years over a dinner before the crowning of this year’s fair king and queen.

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Fort Firelands Rockin’ the Fort

Fort Firelands RV Resort’s 2014 Rockin’ the Fort free summer concert series starts July 19. “We are excited about getting the concerts started this year” said Jeff Barton, one of Fort Firelands’ owners. “Last year was the first year for this concert series and we had a great time getting music back on the Fort stage. This year the bands are calling us to see if they can get a chance to play at the Fort and we have four acts booked already for this year.”  

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Waterworks Park development

I have been reading Bob Walls letters and, as many people do, I disagree with his idea of what will happen if we develop Port Clinton. I also have lived here 70+ years.  I have watched factories close and store fronts sit empty. We have had Mayors and Council Members who were afraid to rock the boat so nothing has been done to bring jobs and visitors to this town except the Jet. 

My family members have traveled to many other small towns around the U.S. and this kind of development is what took us there. Take a good look as you drive down Perry Street I see nothing to bring me to that park. And, yes, they won't be $28 an hour jobs, but where did Mr. Wall work that he made that kind of money! WOW! 

Bring us some of those jobs and we will give up the Park development! We the citizens voted so that the Council could proceed with the development.

I love this community. 

Patti Howell
Port Clinton

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B-C-S Schools welcome new administrators

Cheryl Schell, Principal at Oak Harbor High School

Students in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will be welcomed by two new dynamic and energetic building administrators on the first day of school, August 26.  Mrs. Cheryl Schell has taken the helm as the Principal of Oak Harbor High School and is proud to be a Rocket.

“Mrs. Schell is very excited about her new leadership role and brings will bring a wealth of student-centered leadership experience to our high school,” said Superintendent Guy Parmigian.   “Cheryl is eager to meet staff, students, and community members, and is currently working and meeting with folks this month to make a smooth transition,” Parmigian added.  

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil to speak at Lakeside Chautauqua

Melvyn Levitsky, former U.S. ambassador to Brazil, will speak as part of Lakeside’s Chautauqua Lecture Series’ theme on South America. 

Levitsky will give two lectures on Thursday, July 17. The 10:30 a.m. lecture is titled, “Brazil: Still the Country of the Future? And will it always be so?” and the 1:30 p.m. lecture is titled, “Illegal Drugs in the Western Hemisphere: From Field to Street.” Both lectures will be held in Lakeside Chautauqua’s Orchestra Hall.

A senior diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, Levitsky retired in 1998 after 35 years of service.

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Columbus ships Pinta and Nina to land in Lorain

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On Friday, August 8, the Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Lorain.  The ships will be docked at the Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane, until their departure early Tuesday morning August 12.

The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels.  She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.  Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

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Arts Council takes to the skies

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council hosted a kite flying event at Waterworks Park on July 13.  The event has been flying since 2009, and shows no sign of coming down soon.  Children were welcomed to design their own free kite and all were welcomed to bring and fly their own.  

The event was highlighted by a kite flying team based out of Detroit, Michigan, Windjammers, showing off their skills, and letting members of the audience try their hand at a professional kite.

For more information on this event or the GPCAAC, visit ottawacountyarts.org.

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