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Firelands offering childbirth class

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering a four-week Childbirth Preparation class on the following Wednesdays: May 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Childbirth Preparation classes are held at Firelands Regional Medical Center, South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky.

Participants will learn breathing patterns and relaxation exercises to be used during labor and delivery.  Induction of labor, medication and anesthesia options, Caesarian birth and recovery will also be discussed.

Childbirth classes are taught by experienced obstetrical nurses from Firelands Regional Medical Center with a clinical background and is focused on contemporary childbirth methods. It is recommended that this course be taken during the last trimester of pregnancy and that expectant mothers select a class that ends at least three weeks before their due date.

The cost for the class is $35 per couple.  No one will be refused this course due to inability to pay. The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible. To register, call Firelands Regional Medical Center at 419-557-7840.

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A Cappella in the Park features Duwende

Port Clinton High School Choir Director Eric Watts has a concert planned for Sunday, May 18, 4:30 p.m., at Lakeview Park on Perry Street in Port Clinton. The event is a Contemporary A Cappella concert featuring North Olmsted High School’s Special Edition and Port Clinton High School’s own Touch of Class. 

A special addition to this year’s concert is the award-winning a cappella group from New York City, Duwende. They are best know for their fiercely orginal, bass and beatbox-driving funk/pop style of music and have headlined major a cappella festivals across the country. Two of Duwende’s most recent albums, “Radio Screaming” and “Collective”, won the 2005 and 2008 Contemporary A cappella recording awards for Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop/Rock Original Song.

In 2011, Duwende released “Remember: the Music of Michael Jackson”, gaining them widespread acclaim and leading them to performances for the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, Bill Clinton Global Initiative and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Most recently, Duwende was featured as an international artist for the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, sharing the bill with artists Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock and Erykah Badu.

The concert will offer everyone an opportunity to enjoy the sound of these talented high school students in the comfort of your own lawn chair or favorite picnic blanket. Port Clinton Music Boosters will provide picnic style concessions during the concert. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the PCHS cafeteria.

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“Discover Ohio To Go" promotion returns, bigger and better

TourismOhio and McDonald's® restaurants of Ohio are launching a second year of “Discover Ohio To Go”, a distinctive promotion designed to provide travelers with exclusive discounts at some of Ohio's most popular tourism attractions. For the first time, the promotion will include McDonald's restaurants in Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown. McDonald's restaurants in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lima and Toledo will also offer the promotion.

Customers who purchase a large beverage at the 632 participating Ohio McDonald's locations between April 28 and June 9 can redeem the cup at participating tourism attractions statewide. Discounts are available throughout the spring and summer on admission, lodging and more.

"At TourismOhio, we're always looking for ways to make a visit to, or through, Ohio even better for our travelers, and leveraging partnerships with businesses is just one way we help build value for visitors," said Mary Cusick, Director of TourismOhio. "Since McDonald's restaurants are a stop for many of our guests throughout the state, it's an obvious opportunity for partnership. We're looking forward to building on the program's successful inaugural year in 2013 to help travelers stretch their budgets and explore a variety of new travel opportunities."

Travelers can visit www.DiscoverOhioToGo.com to find a full list of discounts and deals, as well as a list of participating restaurants throughout the state. To receive the discount, travelers follow directions on the website for each offer and present the clean, empty cup upon arrival at these participating attractions: Cedar Point, Cedar Point Resorts, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, Imagination Station, Ohio State Parks, Wild Zipline Safari, Wildwater Kingdom and ZipZone Canopy Tours.

"In addition to serving quality, great-tasting food at a great value, our top priority is to provide an exceptional experience for customers in every community we serve," said Shirley Rogers-Reece, vice president and general manager, McDonald's Ohio Region. "The evolution of this promotion and our partnership with TourismOhio is an extension of that commitment, and we're proud to offer Discover Ohio To Go for our customers again this year."

McDonald's will offer the Discover Ohio To Go promotion on specially marked large soft drink or iced tea beverages.

For more ideas on Ohio vacations and to begin building a trip itinerary, check out www.discoverohio.com, follow TourismOhio on Twitter @DiscoverOhio using #OH2GO, like Discover Ohio on Facebook, follow the Ohio Travel News Board on Pinterest or join the conversation on the blog at DiscoveringOhio.com.

TourismOhio is the premier source of information for travelers and media about Ohio's vibrant tourism experiences, attractions and economy. Tourism marketing programs helped generate more than 188 million visits to Ohio in 2012. A part of the Ohio Development Services Agency, TourismOhio markets Ohio's distinctive travel opportunities and promotes the state's outstanding quality of life.  

McDonald's USA LLC serves a variety of menu options  to more than 26 million customers every day. Approximately 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are owned and operated by independent businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow them on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds).

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Marblehead Village Square

By Councilman Duane Meyers

It’s the time of year to clean out the gutters, start mowing the lawn and look forward to warm weather. Spring is the start of many activities in the Village of Marblehead and around the region. 

May begins the true kickoff to events and activities for residents and tourist alike. On Saturday, May 10, will be the opening of the Lakeside Daisy (Colleen "Casey" Taylor & Ruth E. Fiscus) State Nature Preserve and the Marblehead Bank 5K run/walk. 

On Monday, May 26, the Village of Marblehead will once again participate with Lakeside Chautauqua in observance of Memorial Day, a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War is upon us. The Civil War sesquicentennial (2011-2015) provides a fresh opportunity for a new generation to rediscover the many ways in which Ohioans played a key role in the war and in which the war, “this mighty scourge”, as Lincoln described it, changed life in Ohio. On April 5, at the group’s annual work day, The Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee awarded The Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison the 2014 Civil War 150 Heritage Award.

As always, if you have questions about what is happening in the village, contact anyone from council and get involved. We wish you a safe and prosperous season.

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Relay for Life chicken dinner

On May 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Community Market VFW Hall in Oak Harbor there will be a chicken dinner fundraiser with all the proceeds benefiting the Ottawa County Relay for Life. Tickets may be reserved or bought at the door. 

The cost for a dinner is $8.50 and it includes a half chicken, baked potato, green beans, roll, butter and a cookie. Dinners are available for dine in or carry out.

To reserve a ticket or for any other information contact Lisa at 419-898-2544 or Grandma’s Backyard BBQ at 419-734-7471.

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Mother-to-Mother Sale moved to June 14

The Port Clinton Women’s Club spring mother-to-mother sale has been moved from May 3 to June 14.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon at St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams Street. Booths are available for anyone interested in selling gently used children’s clothing, gear and accessories. Cost to rent a table is $15. Checks should be made payable to Port Clinton Women’s Club and can be mailed to Mother-to-Mother Sale, c/o Kristina Aukerman, P.O. Box 141, Port Clinton, OH 43452. Include with your check your name, address, phone number and email. Or, email that information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put “Mom-to-Mom Sale” in the subject line.

Admission to the sale for those who aren’t renting a table is 50 cents or a canned good to be donated to a local food pantry. For more information, call 419-960-9156.

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Hamann receives award at BGSU Firelands ceremony

Several awards were recently presented at the 45th annual Bowling Green State University Firelands College Recognition Program held Friday, April 25, in the Cedar Point Center. 

Julie Hamann, Port Clinton, received the Dean’s Special Recognition Award. 

Dean’s Special Recognition Award

The Dean’s Special Recognition Award may be given annually to individual faculty members, administrators, classified staff, or members of collaborative teams who have made exceptionally meritorious contributions in support of the mission of BGSU Firelands.  Awards may be used to recognize career achievements as well as recent accomplishments.

Hamann has worked at BGSU Firelands since 1989 when she started as a student worker in the computer lab.  As she gained education and experience, she was promoted through the system and has been the director of Technology Support Services since 2000.

Hamann is being recognized for her commitment to the College and her constant willingness to assume additional responsibilities.  Most recently, Hamann has accepted the added responsibilities of the Student Activities Coordinator while the position remained vacant for nearly one year.

“While maintaining a high level of effectiveness in Technology Support Services, Julie has organized many student fundraiser, events, and activities,” said BGSU Firelands Dean William Balzer.  “She is a cornerstone of this institution and her value to BGSU Firelands and our students can never be understated.”

Hamann has also taught several courses and workshops at the College in a variety of areas including computer systems and software, digital photography, social media, telecommunication equipment applications and computer programming.

Active in the College community and governance, Hamann has held positions as Student Government Advisor, secretary to the Budget Committee and the Capital Improvements Committee, and she is a member of the Info Tech Committee at BGSU Firelands and BGSU main campus.

Hamann received the BGSU Firelands Dean’s Special Recognition award in 2004 and the BGSU Firelands Windows to the Future award in 1993.

She earned an associate of arts in 1992 and a bachelor’s of liberal studies in 1993, both from BGSU.

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Catawba Island man named TOPS Ohio State King

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) held the Ohio State Recognition Days on April 11 and 12 in Cincinnati. This annual event honors TOPS members for outstanding weight loss and/or maintaining weight goals during the previous year.

Philip Carstensen, a member of TOPS chapter OH 1487, Port Clinton, joined the chapter in January, 2013, and reached his ideal goal weight in November, 2013, without registering a single weight gain. Phil lost 58.5 pounds to goal. By reaching the goal weight set for him by his doctor he became a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). He also won First Place in male weight Division 3 (250-200 lbs.) Divisions for male and female are based on starting weight of the year and there is a 50 pound difference between each Division. Philip lost the most weight to goal than any other male member in Ohio reaching KOPS status. This earned him the honor of Ohio State King for 2013. The Ohio State Queen is Myra Mayle of TOPS OH 1405, McConnelsville. Myra lost 108.5 pounds to goal. 

Other members of TOPS OH 1487, Port Clinton, who attended the SRD are Janine Dress, Cindy Fedor, Karen Hull and Sue Mooney. Phil’s wife, Jody Carstensen, also attended the event. Karen Hull, a TOPS Area Captain and a 31 year KOPS, was honored as the Top Area Captain in Ohio for 2013.  

OH 1487, Port Clinton, meets every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Catawba Community Hall, 3307 NW Catawba Road, on Catawba Island. TOPS is a powerful, nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss support organization with about 10,000 associate chapters throughout the United States and Canada. TOPS provides long-term weight loss support for its members with weekly weigh-ins for accountability, nutrition education and motivation.

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