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Port Clinton resident is a Spark for area families

A native of Oak Harbor, now a Port Clinton resident, Ken Sayre is recipient of a Spark award at WSOS.

Sayre is a family advocate currently working in the Pathways to Fatherhood Program at WSOS Community Action Agency. He was hired two years ago to provide services to veterans in the four-county area of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties in the Ohio VETS program. That program earned a Best Practice award in January from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies.

Sayre was nominated for demonstrating leadership, quality, service, finance and innovation, five of the five pillars of excellence, criteria for the award. He demonstrated leadership by providing outstanding services to participants by helping them to overcome barriers and secure employment. He was innovative in utilizing key resources in the community for veterans and helping them to secure jobs through the On-the-Job Training (OJT) contracts WSOS has with employers. 

Sayres was cited in his nomination as a great steward of the community, a professional resource for others and a team player within the department.

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Vietnam veterans honored March 29

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office announces Vietnam Veteran Era Commemoration Day, to be held on Saturday, March 29, at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, Building B3. This nationally celebrated day is marked to acknowledge the men and women who served in any branch during the Vietnam War Era. The tribute that is planned for our county’s Vietnam Era Veterans is a “Welcome Home” and “Thank You for Your Service”. 

The celebration is expected to attract Vietnam Era Veterans as well as community members within Ottawa County and from several surrounding counties. The day includes an opening ceremony at 10 a.m., followed directly by a pinning ceremony provided by Hospice of Memorial Hospital. At 11 a.m. event speaker David Taylor, author of “Our WAR”, will speak about Vietnam: The War, The Times and The People, A look back at Vietnam War memories. A complimentary lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for all attendees. Ohio’s POW-MIA Memorial Program, sponsored by Rolling Thunder Inc., Chapter 5, will be at 2 p.m. The closing ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m.

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PC Seniors Chicken Dinner March 30

Port Clinton Seniors will host their Annual Chicken Dinner on Sunday, March 30, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or sell-out, whichever comes first. The dinner will be held at the Port Clinton Moose Lodge 1610, 1105 W. Lakeshore Drive, Port Clinton. Tickets are $8 advance sale or $9 at the door. Only a limited number of walk-in tickets will be available. Dinners include 1/2 chicken, two sides, and dessert and are available for dine in or carry out. The chicken will be prepared by the Bar-b-Que Traveler. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third St. (Thurs, or Fri. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) or at Mary's Blossom Shoppe, 125 Madison St., Port Clinton. For further information call Juanita at 419-341-1080. Proceeds will benefit the PC Seniors' special projects fund.

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Johnson and Webster going to national wrestling tournament

Brylen Johnson

On March 22 and 23 Brylen Johnson and Daniel Webster attended the OH-WAY State Biddy Tournament where Johnson took the State Champion title and Webster finished fifth. Both boys have earned a place at the National Championship in Battle Creek, MI which will take place April 12 and 13.

Daniel Webster

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Port Clinton needs $6,000,000

Port Clinton is expected to come up with six million dollars according to Catawba resident Craig Trick who is representing Washington Properties for the proposed development at Waterworks Park. At the March 6 city council meeting council President Linda Hartlaub did not allow the public to ask questions, so I guess citizens are expected to make nice, keep our mouths shut and accept it. The chairman of city council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, Councilman Ron Aukerman, estimated that for $2,000,000 the park could be made into a destination to draw visitors. It appears that the rest of the $6,000,000 is to support the condos, hotel and retail space being proposed at the park. 

If the city can get $6,000,000 to enable a developer’s project, getting $2,000,000 to rehab the park for the residents should be a cakewalk! And, if they can get $6,000,000 for the development why didn’t they get $2,000,000 for the park in years past? What have they been waiting for? The answer may be that there are those in the community who wanted Waterworks Park to deteriorate and look as bad as possible so the citizens would support the condos, hotel and shops. 

We need a beautiful park AND downtown revitalization. Some negative individuals in the community want to give up the park to support the downtown. If you care about what’s happening at Waterworks Park, speak up! Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives and City Council. It’s not the CITY’s park – it’s the CITIZEN’s park. A word of caution - when you ask questions to City Council don’t accept a response of “trust me”. When it comes to Waterworks Park, we’ve heard “trust me” said so many times and in so many ways it boggles the mind.

Rick Noderer

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Renovation of True Lay Stadium in the works

On Saturday, March 22, at the Fullbackers’ second annual Wild game Feed, the Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association announced its intension to renovate and revitalize True Lay Stadium from a football/track stadium to an Athletic Complex.  Co-Chair Tim Paradiso explained the project and goals that need to be reached to complete the complex project.  These renovations will benefit students and athletes of all ages in the Port Clinton School system. This will include, but is not limited to, soccer, football, track & field, cross county and expanding to Bataan School, the band and the community.  With the new complex, the school will be able to host more sporting events including several events under the lights.  Co-chairs Joe Brenner and Bill Lowe were also present.  At the front of the room, there was a display of renderings of projected design plan for the complex when completed. 

The new athletic complex will include a new field turf, dimensions and markings for a regulation soccer field, new 8-lane all-weather surface track with new black vinyl chain link fence, home and away bleachers for spectators, a new locker room, an expanded weight room, and new stadium lighting.  There will also be a new entrance and a new state-of-the-art press box.

An area will be designated near the side of the track and field to list the names of the contributors that donated to make this project possible.  There will also be special preserved areas, such as the flag pole at the far end of the stadium, will remain unchanged; as well as the name of the stadium.

Most of the funding for this $3 million project will be exclusively from private donations and sponsorships.  Fred Zink, a representative for the Fullbackers, was present to present a check in the amount of $175,000 to the PC Athletic Complex Association.  Also, the Port Clinton Athletic Booster President Rick Kokinda was present to present a check in the amount of $140,000. There are sponsorship opportunities for donors of all levels to contribute to the complex project.  

The overwhelming support from the Port Clinton City Schools and Administration has played a big part of this renovation.  Although the Port Clinton City Schools will not be funding any of the major renovations, the Board of Education will consider making improvements to the grandstand.

Overseeing the project will be Poggemeyer Design Group out of Bowling Green.  The projected completion of the renovations is the fall of 2015.  The ground breaking date has not been set yet but the project will be done in stages as not to conflict with any sporting events or school functions.

The Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association is a community organization spearheading the renovation of the True Lay Stadium in Port Clinton, to benefit all student athletes and the community.  Port Clinton Athletic Complex has a Facebook page and invites people of the community to like the page to find out updates on the project.  Interested in becoming a contributor or sponsor, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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R.C. Waters students engage with recycling

Third grade students at R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor enjoyed an engaging visit with Diane Ball, who is the educational specialist from the Solid Waste Management District. Her visit was intended to promote awareness of all the items that we buy that are made from recycled materials. 

The students participated in a hands-on learning activity, where students went through recycled shopping bags to see a variety of items that are made from recycled material. The program resembled a trip to the store to shop for green products, and was a great way to show the students how many items that we use every day are available for “green shopping”.

For more information about this program, contact Principal Karen Gruber at 419.898.6219.

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Paige Reinick, ICS Principal for a day

 

Fourth grader Paige Reineck was all smiles in the hallways Thursday morning as she greeted her students and prepared for her new position, Principal of Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton (for a day, that is). Paige took to the PA system late in the day on Wednesday to announce the changes she would put into action for the next day. Her no uniforms policy delighted her classmates. In addition, the entire school was treated to pizza for lunch by Principal Reineck. After lunch, Paige felt it was time to relax. The entire student body was invited to the school gym (in their slippers) to watch the new movie Frozen.

Paige spent much of the day on Thursday helping her mentor, Mrs. Connie Snyder, with office tasks and principal duties. Being Principal for a Day was auctioned off at last year’s Immaculate Conception School auction. This year’s auction is April 26 and the theme is “Happy 90th Birthday ICS”, as the school embarks on celebrating its 90th year of providing a faith filled education in Port Clinton. Immaculate Conception School would be so grateful for any donation from the community for this year’s auction. If you have an item you would like to offer to this year’s school auction or are interested in registering at ICS for the upcoming school year, call the school office at 419.734.3315.

 

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Nationwide announces Ohio State partnership

For more than 30 years, Nationwide and OSU have worked collaboratively on a wide variety of projects that support and benefit Buckeyes everywhere. Taking that to the next level, they have announced a 10 year agreement that establishes Nationwide Insurance as the official insurance sponsor for the university community. The newly expanded partnership will provide exclusive discounts on insurance products for members of the Ohio State community. Alumni, faculty, staff and students within the Ohio State University are included and apply to auto, home and life insurance. The unique partnership formalizes the long standing relationship between the Ohio State University and Nationwide Insurance.

Mike Snider, president of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Ottawa County, said this is a win-win for its members.

“Rick Nemecek, our local Nationwide representative, has been a big supporter of our organization for many years. Now our members have a chance to save money on their insurance and to support Rick’s agency,” said Snider.

Nemecek agreed that the collaboration is a win for both Nationwide and Ohio State.

“Our agency is really excited to start working with the OSU alumni in the area,” said Nemecek.

The agreement includes the following:

  • A commitment by Nationwide to create 40 internships on an annual basis for qualifying Ohio State students in various fields
  • A commitment by Nationwide to underwrite the Risk Institute at Ohio State. Housed in the Fisher College of Business, the Risk Institute combines educational research and academic leadership with practical business application to provide students with the opportunity to make a real impact on the business community
  • A commitment by Nationwide to partner with Ohio State to create a co-investment fund designed to support a variety of programs

For more information, OSU alums can contact the Nemecek Agency at 419-732-3624.

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Miller earns All-American status at Nationals

Photo by David Dermer courtesy of Kent State University

Just two weeks after winning a league title, Kent State sophomore Ian Miller accomplished another impressive feat by finishing fourth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships last weekend in Oklahoma City.

Competing at 157 pounds, Miller, an Oak Harbor native, won his first three matches before falling to Minnesota’s Dylan Ness, the eventual second-place finisher, in the semifinals. After moving to the consolation bracket, Miller defeated Iowa’s Derek St. John in convincing fashion, 14-9, before falling to the top seed, James Green of Nebraska.

The highlight came when Miller defeated St. John, who was a national champion last year. The victory made Miller only the second Golden Flashes’ wrestler to finish in the top-four at NCAAs since 1985.

As a team, Kent State finished tied for 29th with 13.5 points. Penn State, where east side Toledo native Shawn Contos works as the team’s strength and conditioning Coach, won its fourth consecutive title under Cael Sanderson. The Nittany Lions finished just ahead of Minnesota (104), followed by Oklahoma State (96.5), Iowa (78.5), Edinboro (62) and Ohio State (57). 

While in high school, Miller won a state championship at Oak Harbor at 145 pounds four years ago and finished second (2011) and third (2009), leaving his mark as one of the school’s best wrestlers. Just two weeks ago, Miller won the Mid-American Conference title in rather swift fashion. He defeated Central Michigan’s Luke Smith in the finals, 9-4; Old Dominion’s Tristan Warner, 8-2, in the semifinals; and pinned Buffalo’s Wally Maziarz in 2:09 in the quarterfinals.

For the year, Miller holds an impressive 31-6 record, with four major decisions and 10 pins, the most on the club.

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