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Rockets win first district track title in 29 years

Just when you thought things couldn't get any better for the Oak Harbor Rockets, they did themselves one better by winning a district championship in track and field. 

One week after winning their fifth consecutive Sandusky Bay Conference title, the Oak Harbor girls track team won the Division II District Title with 109 points, just ahead of perennial power Eastwood, which came in second at 108. It is the first district title in head coach John McKitrick's 16 years at the helm, and the first since 1985. 

Freshman Alexa Weis was the lone Rocket to win an individual event, finishing first in the 300 meter hurdles in 47.56 seconds. The 4x100 relay team of Allie Jett, Rebekah Rayburn, Cydney St. Clair and Karis DeWalt was also first, finishing in 51.02. Trinity Gephart finished second in the 3200 (11:57.62), racing in from third place just before the finish line to break the 12-minute line and finish with a personal record. Rayburn was second in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 2 inches. The 4x200 relay team of Jett, DeWalt, Rayburn and Athena Eli was second in 1:46.50.

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Assisted Living Deductibility

Can an individual deduct the cost of living in an assisted living facility (ALF)? This is controlled by Section 7702B of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the cost of room and board is deductible under schedule A of your income tax return, if certain conditions are met. The cost is added to other health related expenses and must exceed seven and one half (7.5%) of your adjusted gross income to be deductible.  

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Flagship Awards

Pictured, left to right:  Port Clinton Board of Education Vice President Beth Benko; Flagship Award recipients Jeff Dornbusch, Captain Award; Lori Urban, First Mate Parent Award; Scott Cross and Mike Spencer, Captain Staff Award; Superintendent of Schools Patrick D. Adkins; and David Belden, Board of Education President.

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Port Clinton’s brain gain: Toni and Doug Garrett

Toni, a 1965 Port Clinton High School graduate, and Doug Garrett, a former Port Clinton High School art teacher, have started Erie Cottage Trading Company and 2nd Street Gallery and Shoppes, both upscale consignment galleries and resale shops. This month Erie Cottage Trading Company is celebrating its fourth year in business.

The Garretts moved to Perrysburg after college to raise their children. After Perrysburg, the Garretts moved to Florida.

“It’s nice to be back in the Midwest,” said Toni. “When working retail in Florida there were people from all over the world, but here it’s comfortable. I missed the Great Lakes. Even with seeing the ocean, I missed the Great Lakes.”

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Timmons Top Cop, Cochran Top Deputy

Left to right: Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman, PCPD officer Ron Timmons, Deputy Sheriff Curt Cochran, and Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

Port Clinton Police Officer Ron Timmons and Deputy Sheriff Curt Cochran received their departments’ highest honors Wednesday at the Port Clinton Kiwanis’ annual Law Enforcement Day. Timmons was named Officer of the Year, while Cochran was named 2014’s top Deputy. 

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Port Clinton Safety Town

Children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2014 are invited to attend the Port Clinton Safety Town. The program will be held June 24-27 at the Port Clinton Fire Department/North Central EMS station, 1755 E. State Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Registration deadline is June 10.

On Tuesday, June 24, the Port Clinton Police Department and Canine Unit, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will teach the children about Buckling Up for Safety, Walking Safety, and Stranger Danger. The officers will also provide safety instructions in the Safety Town Village. Wednesday, June 25, the Port Clinton Fire Department will talk about fire safety while the children visit the Smoke House, a simulator of an actual house fire. Thursday, June 26, North Central EMS crew members will teach the children about home and playground safety, and what to do when an emergency occurs. That day the ODNR Division of Watercraft will also present their Kids and Floats program and discuss water safety. The last day of Safety Town, Friday, June 27, will include a school bus ride that will teach the children proper entering and exiting rules for riding a school bus. This is also graduation day, and family members are invited to attend the graduation ceremony.

For more information or to enroll your child in the Port Clinton Safety Town, contact Cynthia Geiger at 419-663-1367.

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Library to continue Photoshop classes

The Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton will be continuing to offer its classes on Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 this summer. “Photoshop Elements is the most popular of all the photo editing software programs available to the photographic enthusiast today,” says Bill Gordon, the instructor for the new classes. “This program is the best way to elevate your photography to the next level,” he adds.

Mr. Gordon received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, and has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He has taken many classes and attended numerous seminars on Photoshop in addition to working with the program on a daily basis for 15 years. He and his wife Mary own Photomaker Studios in Port Clinton.

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Honoring those who gave all for their country

On Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, Veterans Park on North Monroe Street in Port Clinton was filled with people paying their respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Guest speaker Ottawa County Municipal Court Judge Frederick “Fritz” Hany gave a compelling speech to all those in attendance.

“Nothing is wrong with America that cannot be cured by America,” was first said by President Bill Clinton, but reiterated by Judge Hany in his presentation. Judge Hany spoke of the heartbreak in our country, for all reasons, or what is wrong with America, but then said that Memorial Day is what is right with America because we are honoring those that sacrificed for us and for other countries. 

“Today we gather together on Memorial Day to say thank you,” said Judge Hany.

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Community calendar May 29-June 4

Thursday May 29

Yoga on the Beach
What: All levels yoga. Bring towel or blanket.
When: 8-8:45 a.m., Tues, Thurs, Sat, May 24-Aug. 30
Where: East Harbor State Park Beach, Marblehead
Cost: $5 contribution suggested. A portion goes to United Way in Ottawa County.
Info: 419.341.4110

Board of Elections monthly meeting
Where: Conference room, Board of Elections, 8444 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
When: 1:30 p.m. 4th Thursdays 

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Public apology from Mayor Vincent P. Leone

This apology comes with great humility. It has come to my attention that the condition of the City cemeteries is less than acceptable. It would be easy to point at many contributing factors and make excuses as to why the cemeteries are in the condition that they were in this past Memorial weekend, or any other time for that matter.

Excuses are unacceptable and unwarranted. The condition of the City cemeteries are the fault of my lack of attention and nothing less. For this reason, I find myself writing this letting asking for the people of Port Clinton for forgiveness in my lack of attention to the cemeteries where your loved ones rest.

In moving forward to remedy the obvious needs and attention to our cemeteries, I will work with the workers to present a better environment to show the proper respect to your loved ones. I will make sure that all the rules and regulations of the cemeteries are enforced at all times. Additionally, I will work with Council in hopes to direct funding for the betterment of our City cemeteries.

Any future concerns with the operations of the cemetery can be directed to the City Hall at 419-734-5522 ext 8 which will be forwarded to me by my administrative assistant. I once again offer my sincere apologies.

Mayor Vincent P. Leone

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