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Rockets fall in district semifinal in heartbreaking fashion, 2-1

In a classic pitchers' duel, it was a home run that proved to be the difference in Bucyrus' 2-1 victory over Oak Harbor in the softball Division III District Semifinal at Clyde High School last week.

Lady Red pitcher Taylor Rossman almost single-handedly won the game for her team, hitting the game-winning home run in the bottom of the seventh while allowing one unearned run on three hits in seven innings of work. Her blast to left field to lead off the bottom half of the inning sailed just a few feet over the fence, putting Bucyrus into the district final and sending the Rockets home after a hard-fought game that saw both teams struggle at the plate.

The Lady Red got on the board in the bottom of the first when Nikki Tuttle doubled to left with one out and Laney Mollenkopf drove her in with a single to right with two outs to make it 1-0.

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New video highlights lighthouse restoration

A new film by local videographer Nick James is about the restoration of the historic Port Clinton lighthouse. The video, which run just over five minutes in length, features interviews with Conservancy board members and volunteers, accompanied by footage of the restoration work and historical still photos. The film, which James produced in only three days, was conceived as a trailer for a larger documentary about the history, restoration, and return of the Port Clinton lighthouse to the Lake Erie waterfront.

Members of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy, aided by a team of dedicated volunteers, meticulously restored the lighthouse after it sat alongside the Portage River for over 60 years. James was editor for the Peter Huston film, “The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Documentary”, which has been nominated for a 45th Annual Lower Great Lakes Emmy Award. 

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Walleye Festival parade: Rain free for 34 years

The Walleye Festival parade made its way around town from the Port Clinton High School Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. Residents and visitors lined the streets to watch the show. Judy Halsted, Christie Shull and Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone were judges for the parade. Randy Hugg of the Mix 102.7 morning show was the announcer.

“This is the most beautiful Memorial Day weekend yet,” said Hugg, “which is great coming after the worst winter ever.”

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Rockets win first district track title in 29 years

Just when you thought things couldn't get any better for the Oak Harbor Rockets, they did themselves one better by winning a district championship in track and field. 

One week after winning their fifth consecutive Sandusky Bay Conference title, the Oak Harbor girls track team won the Division II District Title with 109 points, just ahead of perennial power Eastwood, which came in second at 108. It is the first district title in head coach John McKitrick's 16 years at the helm, and the first since 1985. 

Freshman Alexa Weis was the lone Rocket to win an individual event, finishing first in the 300 meter hurdles in 47.56 seconds. The 4x100 relay team of Allie Jett, Rebekah Rayburn, Cydney St. Clair and Karis DeWalt was also first, finishing in 51.02. Trinity Gephart finished second in the 3200 (11:57.62), racing in from third place just before the finish line to break the 12-minute line and finish with a personal record. Rayburn was second in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 2 inches. The 4x200 relay team of Jett, DeWalt, Rayburn and Athena Eli was second in 1:46.50.

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Assisted Living Deductibility

Can an individual deduct the cost of living in an assisted living facility (ALF)? This is controlled by Section 7702B of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the cost of room and board is deductible under schedule A of your income tax return, if certain conditions are met. The cost is added to other health related expenses and must exceed seven and one half (7.5%) of your adjusted gross income to be deductible.  

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Flagship Awards

Pictured, left to right:  Port Clinton Board of Education Vice President Beth Benko; Flagship Award recipients Jeff Dornbusch, Captain Award; Lori Urban, First Mate Parent Award; Scott Cross and Mike Spencer, Captain Staff Award; Superintendent of Schools Patrick D. Adkins; and David Belden, Board of Education President.

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Port Clinton’s brain gain: Toni and Doug Garrett

Toni, a 1965 Port Clinton High School graduate, and Doug Garrett, a former Port Clinton High School art teacher, have started Erie Cottage Trading Company and 2nd Street Gallery and Shoppes, both upscale consignment galleries and resale shops. This month Erie Cottage Trading Company is celebrating its fourth year in business.

The Garretts moved to Perrysburg after college to raise their children. After Perrysburg, the Garretts moved to Florida.

“It’s nice to be back in the Midwest,” said Toni. “When working retail in Florida there were people from all over the world, but here it’s comfortable. I missed the Great Lakes. Even with seeing the ocean, I missed the Great Lakes.”

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Timmons Top Cop, Cochran Top Deputy

Left to right: Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman, PCPD officer Ron Timmons, Deputy Sheriff Curt Cochran, and Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

Port Clinton Police Officer Ron Timmons and Deputy Sheriff Curt Cochran received their departments’ highest honors Wednesday at the Port Clinton Kiwanis’ annual Law Enforcement Day. Timmons was named Officer of the Year, while Cochran was named 2014’s top Deputy. 

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Port Clinton Safety Town

Children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2014 are invited to attend the Port Clinton Safety Town. The program will be held June 24-27 at the Port Clinton Fire Department/North Central EMS station, 1755 E. State Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Registration deadline is June 10.

On Tuesday, June 24, the Port Clinton Police Department and Canine Unit, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will teach the children about Buckling Up for Safety, Walking Safety, and Stranger Danger. The officers will also provide safety instructions in the Safety Town Village. Wednesday, June 25, the Port Clinton Fire Department will talk about fire safety while the children visit the Smoke House, a simulator of an actual house fire. Thursday, June 26, North Central EMS crew members will teach the children about home and playground safety, and what to do when an emergency occurs. That day the ODNR Division of Watercraft will also present their Kids and Floats program and discuss water safety. The last day of Safety Town, Friday, June 27, will include a school bus ride that will teach the children proper entering and exiting rules for riding a school bus. This is also graduation day, and family members are invited to attend the graduation ceremony.

For more information or to enroll your child in the Port Clinton Safety Town, contact Cynthia Geiger at 419-663-1367.

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