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C.O.R.D. circulating an initiative petition

Citizens Organized for Responsible Development (C.O.R.D.) are circulating an Initiative Petition to put a new Port Clinton city ordinance on November’s ballot.  Once on the ballot voters can adopt or reject the new ordinance.  If approved in November, the new ordinance would require that any proposed sale or lease of City park land be approved by a citywide vote in a general election.

Petition signatures will be asked for door-to-door over the next several weeks.  Residents can also contact a C.O.R.D. member if they want to sign.

Representative of C.O.R.D. are Don Finke, 419-732-2962, and Rick Noderer, 419-734-4870.

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Lake Erie Island State Parks improvements announced

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer announced Thursday, June 5, that capital improvements will be made on Kelleys Island, North Bass Island, South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island state parks. Catawba Island and East Harbor state parks will also be receiving improvements. The 2015-2016 capital budget also allocated funding for renovating the Lonz Winery property on Middle Bass Island to allow for public-private partnership.

“We always want to provide Ohioans more opportunities to get out and enjoy Lake Erie and our island state parks,” said Zehringer. “These projects will improve the experience of our visitors and help transform the Lonz Winery property into a destination that will benefit the residents and local businesses.”

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Science is fun at PCMS: Can crushing experiment

Port Clinton Middle School Fleet 7 students react to Mr. Jared Rhode’s science experiment: crushing a can with water vapor! Pictured left to right Nik Skoufos, Elizabeth Aukerman, Dylan Johnson, Hailey Ward (seated), Gabie Klein (standing), Alexia Read and teacher Jared Rhode.

 

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Port Clinton Middle School Announces Students of the Month for April 2014

Port Clinton Middle School recently announced the Students of the Month for April 2014 Cooper Stine, Andrew Babcock and Erin Hiller.  

Cooper Stine was the Fleet 6 Student of the Month, and is the son of Renee & Cory Stine. Cooper has been involved in football, basketball, baseball and Newspaper Club. He has been ambassador at Immaculate Conception and will be attending the Ohio State football camp this summer.

His community service includes being an accolade at church and helping to serve to at their banquets. He also helped a friend with his Eagle Scout project which included making the benches and trash cans for the city park. What Cooper enjoys most about school are the new friends he has made. His favorite class is math.  When not in school, Cooper enjoys backyard sports with his friends and riding his bike. 

The Fleet 7 Student of the Month for April 2014 was Andrew Babcock.  Andrew is the son of Sara & Josh Nelson. He has been involved in sports such as football, basketball, track and swimming. His favorite class in school is science because it is fun and learns something new every day. Andrew enjoys playing sports outside and spending time with his friends.  

Erin Hiller was the Fleet 8 Student of the Month for April 2014.   She is the daughter of Cathy & Alex Hiller. Erin has participated in several activities including yearbook, Ohio Association of Student Council, basketball, softball, volleyball and soccer. Her community service included the harvest fest window painting, and she participated in the "Tire Flip" to raise money for the Washington DC trip. When not in school, she likes to spend time with her friends, going to movies, and shopping.  She said her favorite subject is math 

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Immaculate Conception Preschool Graduates 26

Their future IS so bright, they do need to wear shades! That is exactly what a group 4 and 5 year olds did on Wednesday morning as they graduated from ICS Preschool.  Under the direction of Miss Mary Heschel, Miss Michelle Wojciechowski, and Miss Emily Tichy the group of 26 sang their hearts out and entertained a full gym of parents, siblings, grandparents, and school mates.  Tunes like a rap version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” by the 4 and 5 year olds rocked the house.  The children have learned many songs throughout the year in sign language including “I think your Wonderful”.

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Great Egret Marsh Preserve opens near East Harbor

Nancy Beadle of Marblehead at the entrance to the Preserve

 

On May 10, International Migratory Bird Day, another jewel was added to Ottawa County’s necklace of wetland preserves along the Lake Erie shoreline. The Great Egret Marsh Preserve, managed by The Nature Conservancy, consists of more than 150 acres of marsh and surrounding upland across the road from East Harbor State Park.

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Firecracker Cutie Contest Returns to 4th of July Festivities

This year’s contest is open to all boys and girls age 0-10 years old and will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 4. Participants are asked to don their Red, White & Blue for the occasion.

Again this year is an optional “Most Photogenic” contest, which will be judged based on photographs sent in with the applications. These will be judged separately prior to July 4, and awards will be given at the afternoon ceremonies. Registration deadline for the “Most Photogenic” contest is June 30, and Firecracker Cutie contest applications are due the day of the event. Firecracker Cutie Applications will be accepted on the 4 starting at 2:15 p.m.

Awards will be presented at Adams Street Park immediately following the Firecracker Cutie Contest on July 4.

Applications for the Firecracker Cutie Contest & Most Photogenic Contest can be picked up at Perfect Color Hair & Tan on North Madison Street in Port Clinton, Mary’s Blossom Shoppe on Madison Street, Hot Shots Photography on Madison Street or by calling Anita Schultz at 517-740-9934 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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What a Great Holiday Weekend!

Shane Meek

Who could ask for more? The weather was fantastic, and the fish cooperated nicely.  

Light winds made fishing very pleasant and moving around from spot to spot was an easy task.  Fish were everywhere from in close, up to Canada, and to the east of the Western Basin. While some resident big fish can still be caught on the end, the majority have been on the move, due to the water temperatures rising. Temps are now in the high 60s in most places, and the big girls are on the move to cooler/deeper waters to the east.

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Ferguson Gallery to celebrate 35 years in business with open house

In 1979 Cary Ferguson put his dreams into action opening Ferguson Gallery. Ferguson is inviting the public to come and see the landmark achievements of his success. The open house, which will be held June 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is intended to show gratitude to the loyal customers and dear friends that have supported the business over the years. As a thank you from Ferguson, there will be a paperweight glass making extravaganza for only $28 a person (regularly $68) along with free food and drinks for everyone in attendance.

The open house will also feature painting, photography and glass blowing demonstrations by resident artists Rick Dziak (OPA), Dave Kyle (Cleveland Cavaliers photographer), Cary Ferguson and Deborah Prue. Rick Dziak, Ferguson Gallery’s newest feature artist, will be doing oil painting demonstrations in his newly decorated showroom space. For many visitors to the gallery, this will be the first time they see the brand new showroom featuring Dziak’s work. The new showroom is the most recent addition to the floor space at Ferguson Gallery.

The glass blowing workshop is on a first come, first serve basis so Ferguson encourages people to come early to get a spot. For more information about this event or to contact Ferguson Gallery, call 419-734-0600.

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Port Clinton’s brain gain: Kelly and Billy Rigoni

Kelly Rigoni, a 1993 Port Clinton High School graduate, and her husband, Billy, have opened Hot Shots Photography and Northern Exposure Gallery that does custom framing, has jewelry and other gifts and décor. Kelly moved away to go to college and then lived in Fremont and Clyde before heading back to Port Clinton, the place her and Billy call home.

Kelly’s family had a business in downtown Port Clinton for 50 years, Bristley’s Jewelers and Art Department, which was owned by her grandparents and was located at 130 Madison Street. The location of her grandparents shop is just a few doors down where Kelly and Billy opened the doors for their business. Kelly’s parents also owned Barn Rats Bait and Tackle for ten years.

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