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Waterworks Park and agriculture run off big topics at Redfern town hall meeting

Redfern speaking at a previous town hall meeting.

On March 17 at 10 a.m. Ohio State Representative Chris Redfern held a bi-monthly town meeting at the Ida Rupp Public Library. Two Port Clinton city council members, a Portage Township trustee, and a school superintendent and treasurer were just a few people in attendance at the open forum meeting.

The first topic for discussion, a widely known hot topic for Port Clinton residents, was Waterworks Park and the development of that area. Redfern said that he and Senator Randy Gardner have had discussions about the project and they agree that something needs to be done to further the future of Port Clinton just as surrounding places such as Huron and Sandusky have done.

“We are here to help you with what you need,” said Redfern. “There are programs out there to help fund these projects. We are here to back you.”

Redfern did heed a warning about the project, though.

“If we apply, we ought not to walk it back,” said Redfern. “We might not get a third of forth chance at this.” He continued, “Personal feelings aside, you went before and got this money and then didn’t use it. If you go back again, you better have your act together.”

Another hot topic and growing concern was discussed; agricultural runoff. Redfern said that next week the house is voting on legislation that would strengthen the Department of Agriculture and farmers’ relationship towards education. Anyone who purchases fertilizer in bulk will have to go through an education program.

“This will not change overnight,” said Redfern. “The Lake Erie watershed is thousands of square miles, it will take time. There are 300 different types of soil in Ohio. Each ditch, every tributary needs to be treated with the upmost importance. Lake Erie doesn’t just begin down the river in Oak Harbor, it starts at the watershed: Upper Sandusky, Canton, etc. Everything north from the watershed flows into the lake.”

The controversial wind turbines along the lake shore were another topic on the table. A resident brought up that the guidelines for citing of wind turbines are voluntary. She wanted to know what action could be taken to make these guidelines universal across the board so this kind of situation can’t happen. 

“The project has been halted,” said Redfern, “because not only the state government but, more importantly, the federal government spoke up saying that the turbines could hurt protected species.”

There was also discussion about the projected Canadian nuclear waste site along the shores of the Great Lakes. The resident who brought up the topic also pointed out that a crack was found in the concrete of the reactor. She said that the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) was not holding a public meeting about the subject and she just wanted to keep the Great Lakes free of nuclear waste.

“I can see no reason why FirstEnergy or anyone wouldn’t want to have a public meeting on the subject,” said Redfern.

The resident reminded those in attendance that the NRC takes calls from citizens suggesting they have a public meeting.

The last subject discussed at the meeting was Common Core in schools. Common Core is the guidelines every school has to follow to ensure students are all reaching the curriculum suggested for their grade level.

The discussion led to the conclusion that maybe the one test standard isn’t the best way to judge a student or a school’s accomplishments.

“We should be able to question authority,” said Redfern. “I am worried about support for teachers… and not financial support.”

Other topics briefly discussed were state taxes, Ohio’s Sunshine Law, widening State Route 2 between Camp Perry and Toledo and the condition of the viaducts under the railroad tracks in town.

Chris Redfern holds town meetings throughout his districts, Erie and Ottawa Counties, so he can listen to constituents’’ ideas, questions and concerns.

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Port Clinton City School District kindergarten screening

The Port Clinton City School District will hold kindergarten screening for the 2014-15 school year on April 28, 29, 30 and May 1. Any child who will be five years old by Aug. 1 is eligible to attend kindergarten. More information about the process of kindergarten screening is available on the school district website at www.pccsd.net. Open enrollment is available for students residing in neighboring districts to attend Port Clinton City Schools.

To register for kindergarten screening, call the Board of Education Office at 419-732-2102 (or ICS students call 419-734-3315). Appointments are required.

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Cabaret XXXVIII at Danbury

“The Danbury High School Music Department will present Cabaret 38, a musical variety show, on March 20, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Reserved tickets will be sold in the high school office March 17-21, 7 a.m through 2:30 p.m. All tickets are still only $5. Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning one hour prior to each performance.”

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“All Shook Up” at OHHS

Here, some cast members "chill" at Oak Harbor’s own 50's diner, Kozy Corners. 

The show's all new, but the music is all Elvis. On March 21-23, Oak Harbor High School Thespians will present “All Shook Up”, a musical inspired by the hits of the King, Elvis Presley.  The show features such tunes as "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “It's Now or Never” and many more.  Dust off your blue suede shoes and join the fun on Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m.  Tickets, $8for adults and $6 for students/seniors are available at the door, from any cast member, or by calling OHHS at 419-898-6216.

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Kids, bring your adults to Adventure Play

Use recyclable materials to build your own adventure environments this Saturday, March 22, at United Way's Pop Up Adventure Playground, being held in the annex of St John's Church at the Corner of Adams and Second Streets. 

Children and adults of all ages are invited to come play, burn some energy and exercise creative muscle as we get messy and build whatever our hearts desire. The event is being held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

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Wrestling Club thank you

The Port Clinton Wrestling Club wishes to thank all the volunteers who helped with the Spring Biddy Wrestling Tournament this past weekend and to all the wrestlers who participated. All net proceeds are used by the Club to enhance the wrestling programs from biddy thru high school in Port Clinton. A special thanks to our sponsors for their donations to help defray the cost so more of the proceeds go back into the programs. They are Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Port Clinton Elks Lodge, Trish McCartney State Farm Insurance Agency and Luc Ice.

Thank you everyone for your support.

Robert L. Scarpino,
The Port Clinton Wrestling Club Inc.

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Port Clinton Middle School Announces Honor Rolls

Port Clinton Middle School announces its Honor Students for the second grading period of the 2013-2014 school year:

Principal’s List, Highest Honors

Sixth Grade:  Caitlin Chafee, Grace Heilmann, Elena Kessler, Mattison Koskela, Cara Linn, Hannah Moore, William Segaard, Hunter Webster and Annie White. 

Seventh Grade:  Morgan Bagovich, Bryanna Barr, Allison Batterton, Maxwell Brenner, Conor Cadigan, Jack Carpenter, Alexandra Cline, Marisol Fick, Andrew Fillmore, Gabriel Haghiri, Alexis Helton, Brynn 

Jacoby, Kamlin Nisch Quan, Niki Tipton, Madison Vargas and Emma Zeitzheim.

Eighth Grade:  Hailey Ball, Hannah Castro, Jared Depner, Kyle Dietrich, Emma Eickert, Leslee Gilleland, Erin Hiller, Blake Kelly, Drew Kopchak, Hannah Mallory, Madeline Recker, Jadan Rogers, Claudia Rosiar, Isabelle Rospert, Maxwell Rumbarger, Lauren Shaw, Lauren Steyer and Paige Steyer.

High Honor Roll

Sixth Grade:  Michael Baxter, Lyman Brown, Elijah Burkholder, Caden Chapman, Ileana Garza, Robert Geisheimer, Avery Hines, Zoe Hines, Christopher Knowles, Mandi Koehl, Cooper Kowal, Omar Lucero, Jaxon Martinez, Hannah Paeth, Kaylee Phillips, Hailey Ranzenberger, Sierra Robinette, Dylan Smothers, Samantha Sneider, Cooper Stine and Zachary Weldon.

Seventh Grade:  Andrew Babcock, Chloe Cook, Alia Czerwinski, Briana Giron, Jackson Kennedy, Madison Kodak, Lucas Patrick, Caitlyn Pipoly, Madison Reed, Courtney Sayre, Andrea Stitak, Alexis Trick, Madyson Webb, Ian Willoughby, Alexis Yoh and Zoe Zgodzinski.

Eighth Grade:  Chloe Avis, Mason Bodi, Ashlyn Borton, Kate Bowers, Eian Burkholder, Zachary Colflesh, Alexis Cook, Kayce Deal, Kyle Fitzpatrick, Madelynn Gerwin, Merissa Jagucki, Jack Kessler, Alexander Koskela, Quincy Kowal, Delayna Laurel, Kirsten Lorge, Nicholas Mainous, Kaitlyn Michnay, Zachary Murphy, Gabrielle Sharkey, Parker Sherry, Kayleigh Snyder, Tyler Williams, Morgan Wojciechowski and John Young.

Honor Roll

Sixth Grade:  Lohany Arambula, Valorie Borton, Kyle Coleman, Roy Cooper, Jr., Brianna Curley, Logan Dague, Andrew Ferguson, Michaela Ferrell, Shelby Gilbert, Benjiman Gilleland, Lissa Gillman, Carli Laurel, Madison McGlothlin, Monique Perkins, Gavin Preston, Alanna Read, Alexis Runyon, Beau Scott, Jazmyn Silva, Dylan Simpson, Grace Talbott and Hannah Witte.

Seventh Grade:  Gabriel Armendariz, Elizabeth Aukerman, Alexius Borton, Alexis Bradshaw, Stacey Bragg, Elye Byington, Brenda Crowl, Peyton Culver, Riley Damschen, Samuel Diaz, Austin Emmons, Isabella Fillmore, Jacob Fleck, Seth Gossard, McKenzie Halsey, Mallory Holbrook, Dekota Irick, Dylan Johnson, Josiah Klein, Sierra Mackey, Hunter Mares, Olivia McDougall, Alec Meacham, Caitlyn Prentice, Alexia Read, Lillian Reiman, Dresden Riggs, Ashlyn Rogers, Nikolas Skoufos, Amelia Smith, Analisa Snyder, Olivia Spieldenner, Katherine St. Leger, DeShawn Strickland, Caden Swander, Dailee Terry and Leanna Thomas.

Eighth Grade:  Bailey Cole, Amaya Eppse, Allison Goans, Dymond Heckman, Payton Herevia, Andrea Hutton, Kertis Johnson, Ariel Koepplinger, Amber Luma, Ryan McDougall, Anthony Nesbitt, Christopher Niceswanger, Andrew Rich, Damien Royster, Kendall Rusincovitch, Jerald Sedilko, Rachel Simpson, Blakelee Sneider, Ana Stahl and Kaleb Wadsworth.

Merit Roll 

Sixth Grade:  Logan Appleman, Dale Bagovich, Cayla Bodi, Ethan Cantu, Kristen Carpenter, Selena Carrisales, Madison Clere, Kailey Cornell, Keanoh DeLeon, Allison Dickman, Autumn Eckman, Mason Elson, Brooke Gibbons, Marie Gluth, Tyler Gobmeier, Shyia Havens, Michael Helmer, Chaz Jackson, Griffin Joseph, Kira Kimmet, Charmise Lewis, Star Mackey, Mason McDougall, Christian Meek, Aleena Mitchell, Amanda Mulkey, Brendon Mullins, Jasper Nickel, Elisa Pannell, Aliyah Phillabaum, Marissa Pollard, Rok Scott, Carrie Shupe, Kathleen Smith, Shania Spaulding, Shyanne Taylor, Sierra Thomas, Samuel Walker, Tyler Webb, Avery Wettrich, Bobbijo Whiteside, Madison Wiles and Morgan Zibert.

 Seventh Grade:  Jose Abrego, Isabelle Biers, Corey Bodi, Michelle Brough, Jack Cantu, Autumn Capodice, Robert Chilton, Caitlin Conrad, Caleb Couture, Makaila Daniels, Nichole Davis, Joseph Devins, Briana Dunnuck, Michaela Flynn, Madison Garcia, Everett Gore, Cin’Ara Hicks, Reese Jadwisiak, Felicia Jones, Braedon Kelly, Kyla Kimmet, Hannah Klein, Isaiah Kleinhans, Shelbi Krupp, Ian Kuzma, Tristen Laird, Morgan Mallory, Spencer Mallory, Michael Meacham, Alisandra Mejia Garza, Megan Montgomery, Skylar Norman, Alaina Schultz, Kierstan Seamon, Sierra Seibold, Donte Sidney, Christian Silva, Ivy Soler, Chyeanne Strader, Tyler Tennyson, Hailey Ward, Aubrey Wharton and Tristan Yoh.

 Eighth Grade:  Dylan Albright, Dominic Fulkert, Christian Garcia, Jordan Gresh, Maryssa Grimm, Macie Hunter, Cailee James, Samuel Kuenzer, William Moody, Jeannine Reaper, Alexandrea Rose, Kyle Schultz, Cali Sees, Gaven Sewell, Luis Soler, Christian Sparks, Jenna Sullivan, Dawson Tommer, Breeanna Welch, Bailey Wells and Stone York.

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Ohio State earn No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament

Following their 72-69 loss to Michigan on Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, the Ohio State Buckeyes were named the 6 seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State (25-9) will match up with Dayton (23-10), a school located just 75 miles from OSU's campus. Despite their close proximity to one another, it is just the second time the teams have met in the last 26 years, the other coming in 2008 in the National Invitational Tournament. This game is actually the first one of the first round of the tournament, coming at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday on CBS. The game will take place in Buffalo and the winner will face either Syracuse (27-5) or Western Michigan (23-9), the champions of the Mid-American Conference, in the second round. The Broncos defeated Toledo, 98-77, in the MAC Tournament Final last Saturday to earn a spot in the NCAAs.

Dayton's head coach, Archie Miller, and one of his assistants, Kevin Kuwik, previously served as assistants under Thad Matta at Ohio State. The Flyers' leading scorer, Jordan Siebert, was a part of the Buckeye team in '12 that advanced to the Final Four. Dayton, which finished tied for fifth in the Atlantic 10 with a 10-6 mark, has beaten some good teams this year, notably Saint Louis, Gonzaga and California. Most recently, the Flyers lost to St. Joseph's, 70-67, in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament on Friday.

After finishing the regular season with a win over Michigan State, the Buckeyes defeated Purdue (63-61) and Nebraska (71-67) in the conference tournament before falling to Michigan. 

It will be a contrast in styles between the two teams, seeing as Dayton (73.4 ppg) is more known for its offense while Ohio State, which allows just 59.8 points per game, is 12th in the nation in scoring defense.

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Local author at St. Boniface Fish Fry

How often can you get a great, all-you-can-eat fish dinner and at the same time the chance to hear first-person stories of driving a tank in WWII?

On April 4 the St. Boniface Fish Fry welcomes Casimir “Ki” Jadwisiak for a book signing of his newly published book, “An Immigrant Family History”.

Ki Jadwisiak, a lifelong area resident, recounts in over 50 emails to his relatives and friends experiences and adventures of his 87 years. 

It all began at the family dinner table, where he told and retold tales of his youth to his children. Following these stories his children would often say, “Gee, Dad, I wish you’d write that down”. Ki started with what he thought would be about half a dozen email letters. He was amazed at how, when writing about a past incident, minute details of his past would come to mind.

The letters began with his parents in Poland. They take the reader through the trials and tribulations of life on a Port Clinton farm during the Great Depression and his experiences as a tank driver with the Marines in North China during WWII. The book recounts conversations with former bootleggers, brushes with big-time gangsters in LA, two personal audiences with Pope John Paul II and many other stories of his travels to 28 countries. The book contains 130 photos that accompany the story.

Ki will be available to talk and sign books from 4 through 7 p.m. at St. Boniface, 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor. A portion of all sales will be donated to St. Boniface Catholic School.

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Free developmental screening for preschool children in Port Clinton

A free developmental screening for infants and children in the Port Clinton School District will be held April 28–May 1. These screenings are for any child ages 0 to 5 years old, and is an opportunity to ensure parents that their children are developing age-appropriate skills. Hearing, vision, motor skills, concept development and communication skills will be evaluated. 

To make appointments for children ages 3-5, contact the Port Clinton City Schools Student Services Office at 419-734-2147, Ext 7. The screenings will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 135 Adams Street, Port Clinton, with appointments beginning at 8:30 a.m. on April 28-May 1.

To make appointments for children ages 0-2, contact the Ottawa County Help Me Grow/Early Intervention Program at 567-262-3141. These screenings will take place on May 1 beginning at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Port Clinton City Schools Student Services Office, (located in the High School), 821 S. Jefferson Street, in Port Clinton.

All appointments must be made by April 23. This event is sponsored by Port Clinton City Schools, North Point Educational Service Center and the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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