Bluegrass Jam rocks the hangar

Photo: The Willow Creek Band

The 3rd annual Bluegrass Jam took place in the Liberty Aviation Museum hangar on Saturday, June 28, from 6-11 p.m. It is the third year for the Jam, but it’s the first year it was held in the museum hangar. The Bluegrass Jam bands were the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band and Willow Creek Band.

Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport Authority Director Stan Gebhardt said that last year there were 335 people that attended the event and he expected the number of people there met or exceeded last year’s numbers.

“We have a great group of volunteers that help with this event,” said Gebhardt. “That’s what makes everything run smooth and efficient.”

All of the money raised at the event goes towards aviation: the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation and the Liberty Aviation Museum. For more information about these organizations visit and


Community calendar July 3-9

July 1-6

Ford Tri-Motor Rides
What: Experience travel as it was in the golden age of aviation
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Where: Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport, Port Clinton
Cost: Advanced online admission $70 adult, $50 17 and under, Walk up rate $75
Info: 419-734-6297 or

Thursday July 3

Independence Day Celebration
What: Duck race, kid’s games, beer tent, 50/50, fireworks at dusk
When:5-11:30 p.m.
Where: Riverbank in downtown Oak Harbor
Info: 419-898-0479 or


Walleyes for Wounded Heroes

For the third year, and still growing, the Walleyes for Wounded Heroes came to fish in our Great Lake, Lake Erie. The Walleyes for Wounded Heroes is an extension of the Kentucky Wounded Heroes organization. The program offers Kentucky’s uniform members of the United States Armed Forces, law enforcement officers, fire fighters and emergency medical responders who have been injured in the line of duty, the opportunity to fish, relax and enjoy the natural healing resources that Lake Erie has to offer.


EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor has returned to Port Clinton

EAA Tin Goose Chapter 1247 invites you to step back in time and experience the Golden Age of aviation when they host rides in a beautifully restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor this July 1-6. Rides will depart from the Liberty Aviation Museum complex, 3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton. 

Tri-Motor rides will be available July 1 from 1-5 p.m. and July 2-6 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult ticket prices are $70 in advance ($75 at event) and $50 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased via EAA’s secure web site or by calling 1-877-952-5395. Walk-in tickets will be available at the event.


Port Clinton Area Fourth of July

This year the Port Clinton Area is celebrating baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and classic cars over the Fourth of July holiday. 

Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run

The day starts with the Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run/Walk 5k. Registration for the run starts at 8 a.m. at the Jefferson Street Pavilion. The run/walk starts at 9 a.m. Spectators are encouraged to line the race route with squirt guns to squirt runners. Pre-registration is $20 for the race and $25 the day of. For more information visit


Senator Gardner’s Education Reform Bill signed into law

Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) is joined by Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler, State Superintendent Richard Ross and other education leaders as Governor John Kasich signs House Bill 362 into law

Governor John Kasich signed into law legislation proposed by Senator Randy Gardner to reform Ohio’s educator evaluation policies. Gardner’s legislation was amended into House Bill 362, passing the Ohio Senate by a vote of 30 to 3 and in the House of Representatives by a vote of 94 to 1. 

Originally known as Senate Bill 229, the legislation provides more flexibility for school districts conducting teacher evaluations, saves schools and taxpayers an estimated $60 million per year, and helps school districts focus on teachers in their first four years or teachers who have failed to attain a designation of skilled or accomplished.

Gardner’s legislation generated wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate and was endorsed by the organization representing Ohio’s elected school board members.

“This legislation says to Ohio educators, ‘Columbus is willing to listen to you’,” Gardner said.  “This bill helps make our education system less bureaucratic, saves tax dollars and helps improve results in the classroom.”


Healthcare Provider CPR Courses Offered at Firelands

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering the Healthcare Provider CPR Certification Course on the following dates:

• Tuesday, July 1, 8-11:30 a.m.
• Monday, July 14, 1-4:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 29, 8-11:30 a.m.

The classes will be held at Firelands Regional Medical Center’s South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue.  This Healthcare Provider Course is for medical professionals and students beginning course work in healthcare professions only.  The class fee is $50 per person.

Those attending will learn adult, child, and infant CPR in cases where there are either one or two rescuers and Obstructed Airway Management for adults, children, and infants.  Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training is also included.

The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible. Registration is required and can be made by calling Firelands Regional Medical Center at 419-557-6740.

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