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Two Terra State students named Academic All-Ohio

Josh Thacker and Shawn Boller

Two Terra State Community College students were honored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges at a luncheon in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus in April.

Shawn Boller, of Mount Gilead, was named to the Academic All-Ohio first team and received a $1,000 scholarship while Josh Thacker, of Tiffin, was tabbed for the third team and received a $250 scholarship.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Boller graduated earlier this month with an Associate of Applied Science in Welding. He searched for colleges in Ohio that offered a degree in welding and, although it meant a daily commute of three hours round trip, he chose Terra State for its outstanding welding degree program. During that time, he also worked the night shift at Marion Correctional Institution.

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Firelands Symphony Orchestra: First-time season ticket buyers save 50%

Join the Firelands Symphony Orchestra for a season of exciting musical variety, including nationally known guest musicians, familiar classics and popular favorites. To introduce new listeners to this local treasure, FSO is offering each first-time season subscriber a 50% discount off regular single ticket prices.

The season kicks off Aug. 24 with a free outdoor pops concert with the FSO and renowned soprano Kishna Davis.  Davis is acclaimed throughout the United States and Europe for her performances in opera, with orchestras and as a solo concert artist. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Oregon, Pacific, Phoenix, and San Francisco symphonies. 

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Joyful Connections celebrates Supervised Visitation Awareness Month

Supporters and Board Members of Joyful Connections. Sitting L to R: Dr. Hablitzel, Ottawa County Community Foundation, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick. Standing L to R: Executive Director Joyful Connections Sheila Powell, Corrine Creeden, Joy Roth, Gary Macko and Wayne Biggert.

There are thousands of children and families that are in need of supervised visitation services. Parents, guardians or family members may have chemical dependency, mental health or domestic issues which can put strain on a child’s home life. Joyful Connections is a safe place where children can visit their parent or family member who may have a problem with any of these issues, but wants to try and work them out for the sake of their family and the sake of their child.

“No matter what has happened to these kids, they’re excited to see their parents,” said Sheila Powell, Executive Director of Joyful Connections. “Seeing their parents and having that connection gives them a taste of normal.”

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C.O.R.D. circulating an initiative petition

Citizens Organized for Responsible Development (C.O.R.D.) are circulating an Initiative Petition to put a new Port Clinton city ordinance on November’s ballot.  Once on the ballot voters can adopt or reject the new ordinance.  If approved in November, the new ordinance would require that any proposed sale or lease of City park land be approved by a citywide vote in a general election.

Petition signatures will be asked for door-to-door over the next several weeks.  Residents can also contact a C.O.R.D. member if they want to sign.

Representative of C.O.R.D. are Don Finke, 419-732-2962, and Rick Noderer, 419-734-4870.

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Lake Erie Island State Parks improvements announced

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer announced Thursday, June 5, that capital improvements will be made on Kelleys Island, North Bass Island, South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island state parks. Catawba Island and East Harbor state parks will also be receiving improvements. The 2015-2016 capital budget also allocated funding for renovating the Lonz Winery property on Middle Bass Island to allow for public-private partnership.

“We always want to provide Ohioans more opportunities to get out and enjoy Lake Erie and our island state parks,” said Zehringer. “These projects will improve the experience of our visitors and help transform the Lonz Winery property into a destination that will benefit the residents and local businesses.”

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Science is fun at PCMS: Can crushing experiment

Port Clinton Middle School Fleet 7 students react to Mr. Jared Rhode’s science experiment: crushing a can with water vapor! Pictured left to right Nik Skoufos, Elizabeth Aukerman, Dylan Johnson, Hailey Ward (seated), Gabie Klein (standing), Alexia Read and teacher Jared Rhode.

 

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Port Clinton Middle School Announces Students of the Month for April 2014

Port Clinton Middle School recently announced the Students of the Month for April 2014 Cooper Stine, Andrew Babcock and Erin Hiller.  

Cooper Stine was the Fleet 6 Student of the Month, and is the son of Renee & Cory Stine. Cooper has been involved in football, basketball, baseball and Newspaper Club. He has been ambassador at Immaculate Conception and will be attending the Ohio State football camp this summer.

His community service includes being an accolade at church and helping to serve to at their banquets. He also helped a friend with his Eagle Scout project which included making the benches and trash cans for the city park. What Cooper enjoys most about school are the new friends he has made. His favorite class is math.  When not in school, Cooper enjoys backyard sports with his friends and riding his bike. 

The Fleet 7 Student of the Month for April 2014 was Andrew Babcock.  Andrew is the son of Sara & Josh Nelson. He has been involved in sports such as football, basketball, track and swimming. His favorite class in school is science because it is fun and learns something new every day. Andrew enjoys playing sports outside and spending time with his friends.  

Erin Hiller was the Fleet 8 Student of the Month for April 2014.   She is the daughter of Cathy & Alex Hiller. Erin has participated in several activities including yearbook, Ohio Association of Student Council, basketball, softball, volleyball and soccer. Her community service included the harvest fest window painting, and she participated in the "Tire Flip" to raise money for the Washington DC trip. When not in school, she likes to spend time with her friends, going to movies, and shopping.  She said her favorite subject is math 

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Immaculate Conception Preschool Graduates 26

Their future IS so bright, they do need to wear shades! That is exactly what a group 4 and 5 year olds did on Wednesday morning as they graduated from ICS Preschool.  Under the direction of Miss Mary Heschel, Miss Michelle Wojciechowski, and Miss Emily Tichy the group of 26 sang their hearts out and entertained a full gym of parents, siblings, grandparents, and school mates.  Tunes like a rap version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” by the 4 and 5 year olds rocked the house.  The children have learned many songs throughout the year in sign language including “I think your Wonderful”.

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Great Egret Marsh Preserve opens near East Harbor

Nancy Beadle of Marblehead at the entrance to the Preserve

 

On May 10, International Migratory Bird Day, another jewel was added to Ottawa County’s necklace of wetland preserves along the Lake Erie shoreline. The Great Egret Marsh Preserve, managed by The Nature Conservancy, consists of more than 150 acres of marsh and surrounding upland across the road from East Harbor State Park.

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Firecracker Cutie Contest Returns to 4th of July Festivities

This year’s contest is open to all boys and girls age 0-10 years old and will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 4. Participants are asked to don their Red, White & Blue for the occasion.

Again this year is an optional “Most Photogenic” contest, which will be judged based on photographs sent in with the applications. These will be judged separately prior to July 4, and awards will be given at the afternoon ceremonies. Registration deadline for the “Most Photogenic” contest is June 30, and Firecracker Cutie contest applications are due the day of the event. Firecracker Cutie Applications will be accepted on the 4 starting at 2:15 p.m.

Awards will be presented at Adams Street Park immediately following the Firecracker Cutie Contest on July 4.

Applications for the Firecracker Cutie Contest & Most Photogenic Contest can be picked up at Perfect Color Hair & Tan on North Madison Street in Port Clinton, Mary’s Blossom Shoppe on Madison Street, Hot Shots Photography on Madison Street or by calling Anita Schultz at 517-740-9934 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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