B-C-S Schools welcome new administrators

Cheryl Schell, Principal at Oak Harbor High School

Students in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will be welcomed by two new dynamic and energetic building administrators on the first day of school, August 26.  Mrs. Cheryl Schell has taken the helm as the Principal of Oak Harbor High School and is proud to be a Rocket.

“Mrs. Schell is very excited about her new leadership role and brings will bring a wealth of student-centered leadership experience to our high school,” said Superintendent Guy Parmigian.   “Cheryl is eager to meet staff, students, and community members, and is currently working and meeting with folks this month to make a smooth transition,” Parmigian added.  


Former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil to speak at Lakeside Chautauqua

Melvyn Levitsky, former U.S. ambassador to Brazil, will speak as part of Lakeside’s Chautauqua Lecture Series’ theme on South America. 

Levitsky will give two lectures on Thursday, July 17. The 10:30 a.m. lecture is titled, “Brazil: Still the Country of the Future? And will it always be so?” and the 1:30 p.m. lecture is titled, “Illegal Drugs in the Western Hemisphere: From Field to Street.” Both lectures will be held in Lakeside Chautauqua’s Orchestra Hall.

A senior diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, Levitsky retired in 1998 after 35 years of service.


Columbus ships Pinta and Nina to land in Lorain

On Friday, August 8, the Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Lorain.  The ships will be docked at the Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane, until their departure early Tuesday morning August 12.

The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels.  She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.  Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.


Arts Council takes to the skies

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council hosted a kite flying event at Waterworks Park on July 13.  The event has been flying since 2009, and shows no sign of coming down soon.  Children were welcomed to design their own free kite and all were welcomed to bring and fly their own.  

The event was highlighted by a kite flying team based out of Detroit, Michigan, Windjammers, showing off their skills, and letting members of the audience try their hand at a professional kite.

For more information on this event or the GPCAAC, visit


Community calendar July 17-23

July 17-23

The Splendor of Lake Erie Exhibit by Local Artists
What: Local artist’s exhibit works
Where: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center-West, 770 S.E. Catawba Rd

Summer Ghost Walks with Victoria
What: Walk with Victoria through old Port Clinton as she recounts tales of romance, history, mystery, and spirits
Where: Marshall Inn Bed & Breakfast, 204 Monroe St., Port Clinton
When: 7 & 8 p.m.
Cost: $8.50

Katherine C. Crampton Memorial Art Show
Where: Hoover Auditorium Lobby, Lakeside
Cost: Gate fees apply


Hessville Road closure July 21-24

Ottawa County will be replacing a crossover on Hessville Road between Weis Road TR #83 and Smith Road TR #151.  In order to complete the work Hessville Road will be closed to all traffic during construction.  Work will begin July 21 and is expected to be complete by July 24.  Emergency vehicles and local traffic will NOT be permitted through the area and must plan an alternate route.

Please keep in mind that schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.  Please view our website at for updated closure information.  Changes to the schedules will be posted as they become available.


If you have any questions, please contact our office at 419-734-6777.


Board of Elections meeting July 17

The Ottawa County Board of Elections will meet Thursday, July 17 at 3 p.m. for the regular meeting and to consider any other business that comes before the board.  The meeting will be held at the Board of Elections office, 8444 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor, in the Veterans Memorial Building.


Portion of SR 101 named Sfc. Charles L. Adkins Memorial Highway

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) and Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) will join friends and family of fallen war hero Sergeant  First Class Charles L. Adkins for Friday’s memorial highway dedication honoring his service and sacrifice to the nation.

Sgt. Adkins, a ’93 graduate of Margaretta High School, served 16 years in the US Army with two deployments to Iraq and a final deployment to Afghanistan where he was killed by a suicide bomber on April 16, 2011 while working to train Afghan forces.

Sgt. Adkins is survived by his wife, Sarah Lane Adkins, and five children.


To CORD from former Mayor Brown

In reading Bob Walls’ letter to the editor recently he stated, “If you love Port Clinton then you will love CORD”. Be informed that I love Port Clinton dearly, but I, Mr. Walls, do not love CORD. This committee does not understand what progress means; jobs, a solid tax base, growth and future dreams. As I stated in a previous Sandusky Register article, “three strikes and you’re out”. You already turned down beautification of the waterfront/waterworks park by the Jet Express and they moved… where were you then? They were trying to do something you are now opposing.

Your facts are not right and there are more people than you know in support of jobs, new businesses, etc. Where is CORD’s plan? If you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem. The last turn away cost the City $7 million dollars in tax revenue every year. Do you know what $7 million could do? Fix alleys, new recreation facilities (city pool) and other great things for the residents. CORD, what do you have to offer besides opposition? Have you mentioned what the City has already done? The answer is no. Phase I and II are completed downtown at the Madison and Jefferson Street piers, new traffic signals, rehabilitation of the sewer plant, new water and sewer lines, street repairs, new water tower at the high school to give the town protection in case of an emergency. You continue to focus on anything that deals with the waterfront.

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