St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry relocating

After being located at the Knights of Columbus Hall for the past eight years, the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry will be moving to 301 W. 2nd Street, Port Clinton.  The new location is adjacent to the Portage Resale Center.  Ann Heckerd, St. Vincent DePaul president said that the move would help the organization better serve the needs of its clients and will take effect on June 28.

St. Vincent DePaul has operated a food pantry in Port Clinton since 1984.  It began in a garage located at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and later moved to the basement of the church’s school.   With the need for more space, the organization moved to the Knights of Columbus Hall in 2006.  At the present time, the food pantry provides food for 150 to 175 families and seniors each month at their food pantry.

The food pantry depends on various churches, organizations, individuals and businesses for donations. “The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, the Knights of Columbus, and First Energy have been especially generous.” said Ms. Heckerd.  Food is either purchased from or donated by the Northwest Ohio Food Bank, Seagate, Aldi, and Kroger.



Squirt Gun Run 5k July 4

On Friday, July 4, the second annual Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run will take place starting at the Jefferson Street Pavilion. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The race takes participants through downtown Port Clinton where spectators will be lining the streets with squirt guns to cool the runners (and walkers)! Proceeds from this event will go to support educational opportunities in Port Clinton and throughout Ottawa County through scholarships and other initiatives.

The entry fee is $25 the day of the race and $20 if pre-registered by June 27. Registration forms can be found at

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female runners and walkers. First place awards will be given for each age division. The age divisions are: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and older.



Portage River will be surveyed to find lampreys

The continuing battle against sea lampreys soon will come to locations in the local area.  A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey crew will conduct work on the offshore area near the Portage River in Ottawa and Sandusky Counties during June 18-25 to search for the presence of lampreys near the mouth of the stream. The information gathered will be used to determine if sea lampreys have established themselves in the system.


PCHS Class of ’79 35th reunion

On Saturday, July 12, the Port Clinton High School class of 1979 is having a 35 year reunion at the Port Clinton Yacht Club from 5-11 p.m. The night before the reunion, Friday, July 11, all class members are invited to Dock’s Beach House at 6 p.m. on the beach. For more information contact Lori at 419-635-5782 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



National Trophy Pistol Matches to commence in July at Camp Perry

Spectators and competitors are invited to witness the excitement and fierce competition at the National Trophy Pistol Matches, being fired on July 13 at Camp Perry. A total of 24 National Trophies are earned by talented teams and individuals each year in such highly regarded events as the President’s Pistol Match, National Trophy Individual Match and the National Trophy Team Match.


Legislation will protect Great Lakes from Harmful Algal Blooms, Hypoxia

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of S. 1254, the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act. The legislation reauthorizes a program to monitor and mitigate the harmful impacts of algal blooms on freshwater resources and expands the Task Force within the program to include a representative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Help for Ohio’s Honeybees

Ohio farmers rely on bees to pollinate more than 70 crops, but 50 to 80 percent of the honeybees raised by Ohio’s registered beekeepers died last winter.  Researchers suggest a number of reasons for this phenomenon, including the loss of the flowering habitat bees need to strengthen and grow their colonies.


Umpires needed for Co-Ed Softball Tournament on Middle Bass

All Sport FUNdamentals is putting on a Co-Ed Softball Tournament at Middle Bass Island June 28-29 and is searching for umpires to call the games. Anyone interested should contact All Sport FUNdamentals at 614-6363-FUN (386) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There are also still spots open to be in the tournament as well. More information about the tournament is listed on online at


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