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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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Library to continue Photoshop classes

The Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton will be continuing to offer its classes on Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 this summer. “Photoshop Elements is the most popular of all the photo editing software programs available to the photographic enthusiast today,” says Bill Gordon, the instructor for the new classes. “This program is the best way to elevate your photography to the next level,” he adds.

Mr. Gordon received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, and has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He has taken many classes and attended numerous seminars on Photoshop in addition to working with the program on a daily basis for 15 years. He and his wife Mary own Photomaker Studios in Port Clinton.

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Honoring those who gave all for their country

On Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, Veterans Park on North Monroe Street in Port Clinton was filled with people paying their respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Guest speaker Ottawa County Municipal Court Judge Frederick “Fritz” Hany gave a compelling speech to all those in attendance.

“Nothing is wrong with America that cannot be cured by America,” was first said by President Bill Clinton, but reiterated by Judge Hany in his presentation. Judge Hany spoke of the heartbreak in our country, for all reasons, or what is wrong with America, but then said that Memorial Day is what is right with America because we are honoring those that sacrificed for us and for other countries. 

“Today we gather together on Memorial Day to say thank you,” said Judge Hany.

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Community calendar May 29-June 4

Thursday May 29

Yoga on the Beach
What: All levels yoga. Bring towel or blanket.
When: 8-8:45 a.m., Tues, Thurs, Sat, May 24-Aug. 30
Where: East Harbor State Park Beach, Marblehead
Cost: $5 contribution suggested. A portion goes to United Way in Ottawa County.
Info: 419.341.4110

Board of Elections monthly meeting
Where: Conference room, Board of Elections, 8444 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
When: 1:30 p.m. 4th Thursdays 

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Public apology from Mayor Vincent P. Leone

This apology comes with great humility. It has come to my attention that the condition of the City cemeteries is less than acceptable. It would be easy to point at many contributing factors and make excuses as to why the cemeteries are in the condition that they were in this past Memorial weekend, or any other time for that matter.

Excuses are unacceptable and unwarranted. The condition of the City cemeteries are the fault of my lack of attention and nothing less. For this reason, I find myself writing this letting asking for the people of Port Clinton for forgiveness in my lack of attention to the cemeteries where your loved ones rest.

In moving forward to remedy the obvious needs and attention to our cemeteries, I will work with the workers to present a better environment to show the proper respect to your loved ones. I will make sure that all the rules and regulations of the cemeteries are enforced at all times. Additionally, I will work with Council in hopes to direct funding for the betterment of our City cemeteries.

Any future concerns with the operations of the cemetery can be directed to the City Hall at 419-734-5522 ext 8 which will be forwarded to me by my administrative assistant. I once again offer my sincere apologies.

Mayor Vincent P. Leone

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PCHS graduation June 7

Port Clinton High School Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. at True Lay Stadium. In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held in the PCHS gym. Information will be posted at pccsd.net, or facebook.com/portclintonschools or Twitter @We_Are_PC.

Student Speakers:  Elise Zeitzheim, Cheyenne Meek, Noah Cross

Valedictorian: Cheyenne Meek

Senior Class Officers (No specific titles all "officers"):  Madi Baxter, Ian Kyle, Brock Moore, Hannah Sarty.

Class Flower:  Red Rose

Class Colors: Red & White

Class Motto: "Learn to enjoy where you are on the way to where you are

going." - Unknown

Class Song:  It's Time - by Imagine Dragons

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Danbury High School Senior Graduation Information 2014

Danbury High School graduation will take place Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. There will be 37 graduates in the class of 2014. A student speaker will be chosen in late May. No tickets are necessary for the event and anyone may attend.

Baccalaureate service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 541 S. Church Road, Marblehead at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 28.

Vocational students (EHOVE) have ceremonies at Sandusky State Theater on Friday, May 23 at 9:00 AM and at 11:30 AM

Danbury does not have a valedictorian/salutatorian.

Top Ten Students are: Lindsay Mark, Erin Lavelle, Cassidy Rhodes, Alyssa Almendinger, Tori Wright, Dominic Manuella, Alyssa Biro, Allison Ahrens, Alexis Williams, Caitlynn Thompson

Class flower—Purple Gerber Daisy

Class colors—Purple and Silver

Class motto—We are like stars, we shall shine even brighter after we are gone.

Class song—Little Wonders by Rob Thomas

Class officers: Lindsay Mark, President; Alyssa Almendinger, Vice President; Alyssa Biro, Secretary; Cassidy Rhodes, Treasurer; Erin Lavelle, Student Council President

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PCMS Academic Challenge Tri County Champions

For the second year in a row the Port Clinton Middle School Academic Challenge Team (Fleet 7) was named the Tri-County Champions. Pictured are: Front row: Zoe Zodginski, Conor Cadigan; Back row: Josiah Klein, Morgan Bagovich, Andrew Fillmore, Madison Vargas, Alex Cline. Mrs. Sara Logsdon is the Academic Challenge Advisor.

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OCIC hires Business and Workforce Development Manager

The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (ocic.biz) is pleased to announce that Gaye L. Winterfield has joined the organization as the Business and Workforce Development Manager. In this position, Ms. Winterfield will focus on supporting the employment and training needs of Ottawa County businesses, along with assisting in identifying strategic business development opportunities in the community.

Ms. Winterfield brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with project management, grant writing, and new program development to the OCIC, having worked previously for Seneca County Regional Planning Commission and North Coast Strategy Group. “The OCIC is excited to officially have Gaye on board. Her passion for the community and its success is evident and she will be a key figure in enhancing and moving our organization forward,” commented Jamie Beier Grant, OCIC Director. Ms. Winterfield has been with the OCIC since April 1, 2014.

The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation serves as the lead economic development agency by advancing, encouraging, and promoting the industrial, economic commercial and civic development of Ottawa County.

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