East Harbor hosts Friday Night Music Fest

East Harbor State Park will be hosting a Friday night Music Fest. The first event will be Friday, May 23, from 6-8:30 p.m., in front of the Camp Store. The band Classic Trendz will play for free, but will accept donations. The event is open to the public. Visitors are asked to park in the grass parking lot near the Camp Store.

Classic Trendz is a two piece vocal duo that sings up-beat hits. They are popular in this area and have a busy schedule.

Pizza, snacks, beverages and Toft’s ice cream will be available for purchase at the Camp Store.

For further information, call 419.734.4424, ext. 2. 


ICS announces Art Show winners

The Art Show at Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton last weekend was a testament to the talent and creativity of the students at ICS. There were realistic pieces, sculptures, pottery pieces, weavings, and much more. Anyone who took the time to browse the art was amazed by the unique projects and the ability of the students. The art was judged last Friday by an outside artist and ribbons were awarded for first, second and third place. Several other pieces received “art achievement” ribbons for outstanding effort. Many pieces from the show will be sent to the Ottawa County Fair to be displayed and judged this summer. The show was organized by art teacher Joni Hoffman. 


Lake Erie Arty Party Memorial Day weekend

This Memorial Day weekend hosts the second year of the Lake Erie Arty Party in downtown Port Clinton. This public art market will be held Saturday, May 24–Sunday, May 25. The Party will take place at the Clinton House, 106 W. Perry Street, and an adjacent lot, near the corner of Perry and Madison Streets, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


Oak Harbor utility survey

During the month of June, Oak Harbor utility provider AMP Incorporated is sponsoring a telephone survey with utility customers. They have contracted with SDS Research, a national research firm, to conduct the survey. Questions will relate to overall satisfaction with utility service, communication with customers, customer service and other topics. 

The Village of Oak Harbor asks residents that if they receive a call from SDS Research they take a few minutes to respond to the survey. The results will assist AMP and the Village of Oak Harbor in determining how to improve the service they provide. Should you have questions regarding this survey, contact Village Administrator Randy Genzman at 419.898.5561.


Michael Mage performing at Walleye Festival

Back by popular demand, Michael Mage, known as a comedian stuck in a magician’s shoes, will be performing two shows at the Walleye Festival on Saturday, May 24.

Michael Mage, a two-time national award winning magician, incorporates comedy and endless audience participation into his hilarious shows that you have to see to believe.  With years of professional experience, Michael is able to develop his show based around the audience at hand.

Since 2004, Michael Mage has been performing his stand up act for major Cedar Fair Amusement Parks and numerous comedy clubs.  His interactive performance allows the audience to not just see the show, but become a part of it. No two shows are ever the same. Michael believes in creating a unique theatrical experience for each audience that is both interactive and magical.


20 years of helping the cause

On Sunday, June 1, a piece of Catawba history is coming to an end. The CIC Run/Walk for Habitat for Humanity will run its last 3 and 5 mile courses. Many of the race directors from prior years will be present to memorialize the day. Always held at Catawba Island Club, the run/walk has raised over $300,000 through the years. It was an idea nurtured by Bud Hagy; Michael Schenk, General Manager of the Catawba Island Club; and Julie Caswell, former CIC Fitness Center Director. 


PCHS Sousa Concert

Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln acknowledge the applause of the packed house at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center at the end of the annual Sousa Concert performed by the PCHS Band under the direction of Rod Miller, dressed up to look like John Phillip Sousa. Photos by John Schaffner


Thank you for the support

It is with sincere appreciation that I would like to thank the community, family, friends, business owners, strangers and everyone who has paid their respects, by either attending my husband, Richie Saponari's funeral, Celebration of Life, or a phone call, text, message on the condolence page, sent flowers, food or money or have seen me and offered kinds words, a hug and smile.  The devastation of losing Richie is so overwhelming that I know, without a doubt, I could not get through without the support I have through all of you.  As you know, Richie was bigger than life, caring, devoted, and had a huge, contagious smile and personality.  All who knew him miss him terribly.

Thank you all for your prayers and support during this extremely difficult time and for the generous donations toward funeral expenses through the benefit at Mon Ami Restaurant given by John and Peggy Kronberg. 

Maureen Saponari


Nicole Smith graduates from the Ohio State University

Nicole Smith a 2010 Graduate of Port Clinton High School made the Ohio State University’s Dean’s List for Autumn Semester in 2013. Nicole graduated from Ohio State University December 2013 and she’s now pursuing her Master’s Degree through a Dual Program through Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo. She is the daughter of Bob & Shelley Smith of Port Clinton.


Editor’s Note

The Ottawa County Republican Party was responsible for putting on the Fashion Show at Catawba Island Club, not the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club. Also, Pat Shookman and Renee Claycomb were co-chairs of the event.

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