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Rockets bounce back with a win over the Tigers

After losing two straight games, Oak Harbor’s softball team rallied to defeat Huron, 8-4, and get back in the win column.

Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Rockets rallied and scored four runs to take the lead for good.

Justine Webb drew a walk and advanced to second on Emma Vidal's single. Both runners moved up on a passed ball and Webb later scored on a passed ball while Vidal advanced to third.

Theresa Stokes drew a walk to put runners on the corners, and Taylor Weborg reached on a wild throw by the shortstop. The throw, which allowed Vidal to score to cut the deficit to 4-3, was later recovered by the first baseman, who threw Stokes out at home.

Weborg stole second, and Brandy Lochotzki walked, putting runners on first and second. After both runners moved up on a passed ball, Olivia Rollins singled to bring home Weborg and tie the score at 4. Maddy Rathbun then grounded out to shortstop, scoring Lochotzki.

Lochotzki came up with a big play in the top of the fifth, helping to preserve Oak Harbor's lead.

With runners on first and second and one out, Huron's Madi Orzech hit a liner to center that Lochotzki ran down for the out, and, after throwing the ball to the infield, the Rockets were able to get the baserunner in a rundown before Stokes tagged her for the final out.

The Rockets (12-6, 2-4 SBC) scored one run in the fifth and two in the sixth to push the lead to four.

Chrislyn Stevenson went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk, Rathbun finished with two RBIs and Webb, Rollins and Emma Bergman each had one RBI. Rollins and Vidal finished with two hits apiece and Stokes drew two walks.

Bergman got the win to improve to 12-6. She allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits to go with a strikeout and no walks.

Madi Orzech hit two home runs and drove in three runs and Bailey Gadd and Emma Elder finished with two hits apiece.

Edison 5, Oak Harbor 0

Edison jumped on top of Oak Harbor with three runs in the bottom of the first before defeating the Rockets, 5-0, in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Kaylee Fox went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and Victoria Grames and Lauran Wolf each finished with an RBI.

Karyn Schmidt didn't allow a run while giving up four hits. She walked two and struck out seven.

Emma Bergman had a hit and drew a walk. She took the loss in the circle, allowing five runs, two earned, on 10 hits to go with two strikeouts and a walk.

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PCHS announces Student of the Month

Port Clinton High School announced that the Student of the Month for March is senior Cameron King.

Cameron King is the son of Thad and Jennifer King. Cameron has been a member of the PCHS tennis team for the past two years. He participated in basketball, baseball and track and is a member of the PCHS National Honor Society. For the last four years he has participated in the PCHS marching band, concert band, and is a senior leader of the trumpet section. Next year Cameron will continue his education and plans to double major in History Education and Political Science.

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Otterbein and Lakeside host senior potluck

Area retirees are invited to attend the final monthly Lakeside potluck of the spring on Thursday, May 15, at Wesley Hall in Lakeside. The potluck begins at noon. The main dish is provided by Otterbein North Shore and everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. Following the meal, Lakeside Chautauqua will provide the program about all of the events and activities that will be happening at Lakeside this summer.  Call Jo Ann Franks, Independent Lifestyle Counselor, at 419-798-8250 for more information.

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ICS grows, with the help of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District

Becky Simpson from the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District visited Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton this week and gave the school a lesson on being good stewards to our earth. 

Ms. Simpson told the students the important role they can play in making our earth a healthy and beautiful place for all, just by conserving, recycling and not polluting. The students now have a better understanding of how Earth Day came to be and the progress we have made by respecting the planet. Each student received a pine tree sapling to plant at home. Ms. Simpson told the children that a single tree can provide enough oxygen for about four people. There are 20,000 species of trees in the world.  

Immaculate Conception School would like to thank the Ottawa SWCD for the beautiful trees and for the life lesson of caring and respecting our Earth.

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Golfers support local American Red Cross

The 28th Annual American Red Cross–Materion Golf Scramble was recently enjoyed by 144 golfers at the Oak Harbor Golf Club. Funds raised help support disaster preparedness, relief and recovery, and services to military personnel and their families. 

The day’s top team prize went to Larry St. Clair, Doug St. Clair, Bob Paulson and Craig Jess. Port Clinton Ford underwrote the Super Ticket portion of the day including two 3-day 2-night vacations awarded to Rich Hillman and Tony Wilson. Photos captured each participating team at the skirt hole and can be viewed on the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio Facebook page. 

In addition to a variety of raffle and door prizes supplied by local merchants, golfers bid in a live auction for golf and lunch for four at the Catawba Island Club, and golf for four at Plumbrook Country Club. 

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Community calendar May 8-14

May 8-14

Biggest Week in American Birding
What: Many events held at the Festival Headquarters
Where: Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, 1750 State Park Rd., Oregon
Info: biggestweekinamericanbirding.com

May 8-10

“A Grand Night for Singing”
What: Romantic journey from young infatuation to the complexities of commitment
When: Thurs-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Where: Playmakers Civic Theatre, 604 W. Sixth St., PC
Cost: $15
Info: 419-734-5044 or pcplaymakers.org

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Danbury School Levy

Have you heard much about the new 1.5 mil Danbury School Levy? No? Maybe because they are hoping you don’t notice it’s a permanent tax! Yes, you will be paying for it as long as you own property in Danbury/Marblehead. I was astounded to find the school has about a 10 million dollar a year budget and after calling the Auditor’s Office found 57.8% of our property taxes go to this one school. Somehow they have managed to scrape up enough money to build a new maintenance building, big parking lot, bleachers, state of the art track, refreshment stand, electronic sign, etc. If you haven’t seen the building boom in Danbury, just drive down Bay Shore Rd. and look at the multi-million dollar houses that have gone up and are going up every day in Bay Point as an example. This is not a poor school, in fact, it is a very rich school and it’s getting richer by the day with all the new homes being built in the township, government contributions, etc. 

There is absolutely no excuse for this school to burden our property owners with another tax, let alone a permanent one. If they can’t manage with all the money they have, they need to put someone else in charge. We have a lot of seniors on fixed incomes, who are unemployment, and residents just struggling not to lose their homes in our township. Enough is enough. VOTE NO on the Danbury School Levy.

Elizabeth Cianciola
Marblehead

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Walleye Festival commercial

The Walleye Festival will be held this year May 22-26. Here is a commercial funded by Main Street Port Clinton and produced by Nick James Productions. Warm weather is coming!

Scroll down to see commercial.

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One unique bird

Female and male Indigo Bunting

It's another milestone for Tom Kashmer, Research Coordinator of Sandusky County Park District. In 2010, Tom banded his 100,000th bird, a feat accomplished by very few individuals around the country.

Tom recently reached a unique place in history when an Indigo Bunting crossed his path on Sept. 28, 2013 at Creek Bend Farm in Lindsey.

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Father-daughter Federal Duck Stamp winners to be at Biggest Week

The love of nature and a skill in art run deep in the Grimm family. Elyria native Adam Grimm and his daughter Madison, age 7, each took first place in the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contests for their age categories and have both received the honor of having their paintings appear on this year’s duck stamps. 

The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is nothing new to professional wildlife artist Adam Grimm. His 1999 contest-winning painting for the special 2000 Millennial Federal Duck Stamp kicked off his professional painting career at age 21 and also made him the youngest person to have ever won the federal contest. 

Grimm takes the competition very seriously. Although there is no monetary prize for winning, the prestige and notoriety associated with the contest can provide a plethora of career opportunities for the wildlife artist, enough to justify the months of work that can go into creating a painting worthy of entering. 

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