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Port Clinton High School Announces Honor Rolls

Port Clinton High School announces the honor rolls for the third grading period for the 2013 -14 school year.

Principals’ List:

Grade 12: Kayla Althaus, Dominique Araguz, Kelsey Flynn, Alayne Herevia, Cheyenne Meek, Ryan Norgard, Tiffany Street, Lance Taylor, Darryl Trent, Dylan Webb.

Grade 11: Alyssa Araguz, Emily Ashley, Gabe DeFreitas, Tarryn Edgefield, Michael Lay, Kassidy Mahler, Shane Meek, Kathryn Mueller, David Saunders, McKenzie Stine, Hannah Weaver.

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Oak Harbor holds annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 12, at 2 p.m.

The event will begin in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin with an Easter Egg Hunt, followed by a candy hunt downtown, and then on to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where the children can visit and have photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, and have a chance to win a special Golden Egg basket. 

The activities are all free and open to children ages 12 and under. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 419-898-0479.

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Danbury High School third quarter honor roll

Grade 9

High honors : Allisa Ritterbach

Honors: Nick Bossetti, Cory Bowser, Sierra Puckett, Nathaniel Ahrens, Jose Castrejon Roman, Mikahla Conrad, Sarah Lange, Seth Vargo, Bailey Kukay, Nicolette Stys, Cassandra Kimm, Breanna Wamsley, Alison Sypherd, Alycia Cain, Kyle Mumford, Sam Tyson, Kain Lucas, Olivia Coale, Emily Henneman

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New public radio system goes live

Communications Sergeant Jim Lucas, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick, Fred Peterson of Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency, Alan Close of Cleveland Communications.

On Tuesday, April 8, Ottawa County announced the replacement of its 25 year old 800 MHZ system with a new P25 800 MHZ radio system. The new radio system has a value of over six million dollars and went live last Thursday, April 3. 

“The new system exceeds our expectations,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

The new system, that was provided by Harris Corporation and was installed by Cleveland Communications Incorporated, was funded by grants, Sprint/Nextel funds and other financial contributions without utilizing any taxpayer dollars. Ottawa County worked with Sprint/Nextel through the federally mandated 800 MHZ rebanding order to obtain the system at no cost to the county.

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Redfern votes to bring new beds to OVH

This week State Controlling Board member Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) voted to appropriate $315,775 to replace 150 electric beds at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

“This is important to the quality of life and comfort of our veterans,” said Rep. Redfern. “They have risked their lives to protect our country. The least we can do is provide a safe and comfortable place for them to rest their heads.”

The Ohio Veterans Home first opened in 1888 to care for Civil War Veterans and has been in operation ever since. The home specializes in caring for individuals in need of an intermediate level of care, as well as veterans with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

There are 427 resident beds in the Ohio Veterans Home, most of which are nearing the end of their 15 year life span. The nursing home plans to replace all 427 beds throughout the course of the next two biennium budgets.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of seven members on the State Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. In October, Rep. Redfern cast the deciding vote in favor of expanding Medicaid for low-income and disabled Ohioans, including some 52,000 veterans.

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Jazz American Music Festival at the Strand

Terra State Community College will be presenting their 2nd Jazz  American Music Festival, JAM Fest 2, at The Strand Concert Theater & Recording Studio on April 12. The concert is organized by the Music Business I class at Terra to give students experience producing a live music event..

This year’s show will be a fundraising event for the Humane Society of Sandusky County. There is no admission charge; however, patrons are encourage to make donations of $5 in cash and/or items for The Humane Society. Items that the Humane Society needs include cat litter, dry and wet cat food, dry dog food, Dawn dish soap, laundry soap, computer paper and paper towels.

Headlining this year will be the Toledo band Nathan Roberts & The New Birds. This American rock band is very active in the Northwest Ohio area. They have been promoting their self titled album, “Nathan Roberts & The New Birds”, released in November, 2013. Other area bands that will be appearing include Clark’s Cape, Nick Davenport, Martin Koop of Freewild, Terra State Community College Fusion Machine and Terra State Community College Contemporary Ensemble.

JAM Fest 2 will begin at 7 p.m. and will run until approximately 12:30 a.m. The event will be B.Y.O.B. Beverages will also be available for purchase. More information can be obtained by calling The Strand at 419-355-8548.

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Community calendar April 10-16

Thursday April 10

Chronic Pain Support Group 
When: 6 p.m. second Thursday of each month
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Info: 419-271-3915 

Diabetic Support Group 
When: 12–1 p.m., second Thursday of each month 
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Info: 419-734-3131 ext. 3544 

Health Screening 
What: Cholesterol (Total/LDL/HDL/Triglycerides), blood pressure and glucose screening.
Where: Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton
When: 1 p.m., second Thursday of each month
Cost: $16
Info: For appointments, call 419-734-3131, ext. 3420. www.magruderhospital.com

TOPS
What: Taking off pounds sensibly
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., weigh in at 6 p.m.
Where: Port Clinton Senior Center
Info: 419-734-4102

Al-Anon/Alateen 
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 8 p.m. every Thursday
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 135 Adams St. Port Clinton

Art Class
When: 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday
Where: Danbury Senior Center, Marblehead
Cost: $10 per class
Info: Call Lori at 419-798-0608.

Open Public Shooting
What: Shooters, including new shooters, are invited to do practice shooting. 
When: 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Where: Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton
Info: Contact 419.635.2141 ext. 1101 or thecmp.org/3p/publicshooting.htm
Cost: $5/adult, $2/junior

Strength Training
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Magruder Conference Center
Cost: $4 per session
Info: 419-732-4061

Friday April 11

Lilly & Gert’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
What: Grand opening at new location
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Lilly & Gert’s, 122 W. Second St., PC

Resounding Brass
What: Terra State Brass Choir w/select high school musicians
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Performing Arts Center, Port Clinton High School
Info: 419-559-2233

Lenten fish fry dinner
What: fish, macaroni and cheese, fries
When: 4-7 p.m.
Where: St. Boniface School, 215 Church St., Oak Harbor
Cost: $9 adults, $6 children 6-12, 5 and under free

Perch and Pierogie Dinner
What: St. Joseph Church and Marblehead Knights of Columbus
When: 5-7 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph Church, 822 Barclay, Marblehead
Cost: $11 dinner, $6 sandwich

Lenten Fish Fry
What: All you can eat menu
When: 5-7:30 p.m.
Where: Knights of Columbus, 109 E. Perry St., PC
Cost: $8 adult, $4 child
Info: 419-734-1858 or kofc1750.com

Al-Anon/Alateen 
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 7 p.m. every Friday
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, 122 Ottawa, Oak Harbor

Saturday April 12

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
What: Easter egg hunt then candy hunt through downtown, children 12 and under
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Adolphus Kraemer Park, downtown Oak Harbor
Info: 419-898-0479 or oakharborohio.net

Easter Egg Hunt
What: Easter Bunny, eggs, prizes, complimentary child buffet w/adult purchase
When: 1-3 p.m., 1 p.m. ages 1-5, 2 p.m. ages 6-12
Where: Mon Ami Historic Winery, 3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., PC
Info: 419-960-4208 or monamiwinery.com

Sunday April 13

Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet
What: Earl E. Warnke Memorial concert
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd., PC
Cost: $15 adult, children and students are free
Info: 419-734-6211

Whiskey Light is ON
What: The turning on of the whiskey light
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Round House Bar, Delaware Ave., Put-In-Bay
Info: 419-285-2832 or visitputinbay.com

Seder Meal
What: All are welcome
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Chapel on the Lake, 145 S. Bridge Rd., Lakeside
Info: Tami 419-341-0089 or Ray 419-341-4182

Art Exploration: Pastel Painting
What: All skill levels, registration required
When: 1-5 p.m.
Where: Island House Hotel, 102 Madison St., PC
Cost: $45 GPCAAC members, $70 non-members
Info: 419-341-0941 or ottawacountyarts.org

Monday April 14

Peace by Piece Quilters Guild
When: 7 p.m.
Where: United Methodist Church, 360 E. Ottawa St. back entrance, Oak Harbor

Alzheimer’s Support Group 
When: 9 a.m., second Monday of each month
Where: Magruder Conference Center, Port Clinton
Info: 419-734-3131 ext. 3363 

Yoga
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday
Where: Danbury Schools library, Marblehead
Cost: $8 per class
Info: 419-798-5195 or www.danbury.k12.oh.us.

Al-Anon/Alateen   
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 7 p.m.
Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 214 E. Second St., Port Clinton

Sisters in Sobriety
What: Sisters in Sobriety, a women’s AA meeting, babysitter provided
When: 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry, Port Clinton

Tuesday April 15

Open Public Shooting
What: Shooters, including aspiring new shooters, are invited to do practice shooting. 
When: 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Where: Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton
Info: Contact 419.635.2141 ext. 1101 or thecmp.org/3p/publicshooting.htm 
Cost: $5/adult, $2/junior

Pilates
What: Pilates with Laura Tyson, instructor
When: 9 a.m.
Where: The Ballet School, Madison St., Port Clinton
Cost: $5  
Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Strength Training  
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday
Where: Magruder Conference Center
Cost: $4 per session
Info: 419-732-4061

TOPS
What: Take Off Pounds Sensibly; all are welcome
When: 6 p.m. every Tuesday
Where: Catawba Community Hall, 3307 NW Catawba Road

Yoga 
When: 6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Cost: $8 per class for the whole month or $10 per class
Info: 419-635-2337

Wednesday April 16

Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society General Meeting
What: All are welcome
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Otterbein North Shore Activity Room, 9400 North Shore Blvd., Lakeside/Marblehead

Mental Illness Anxiety & Depression Peer to Peer Support Group 
When: 6-7:30 p.m., third Wednesday of each month  
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Info: 419-732-6264 

Jazz Night
What: Wine, pasta, and live Jazz with The Bob Szmik Trio and special guests.
When: Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Slater's Madison Street Pub, 111 Madison St., Port Clinton
Info: 419-732-2030

TOPS
What: Take Off Pounds Sensibly. All are Welcome.
When: 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
Where: Danbury Senior Center, Marblehead

TOPS 
What: Take Off Pounds Sensibly; all are welcome
When: 6 p.m. every Wednesday
Where: Oak Harbor Library, 147 W. Main St.
Info: 419-276-0304

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Author to bring plight of passenger pigeon to life

Joel Greenberg has always been interested in animals.

“That has been the dominant theme in my life,” said Greenberg, 59, an environmental consultant. “Everything in my college life as an undergrad was based on where I could see birds. I (also) majored in political science because I was interested in environmental policy.”

An author of five books, Greenberg will be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Biggest Week in American Birding festival. He will give his keynote address and sign copies of his latest book, “A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction,” on Wednesday, May 7, from 4-5 p.m. at the Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center.

Greenberg, who said he normally does about 10 speaking engagements a year, has been on the road a lot in the past several months. He said he has done 63 engagements in 18 states and one in Ontario, Canada.

“Ordinarily I do like to speak publicly, and I do talks at local groups,” he said. “The last couple years I have been focused on both the book and the passenger pigeon.”

Greenburg’s latest project has been with Project Passenger Pigeon, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the bird’s extinction and promote the conservation of species and habitat, strengthen the relationship between people and nature, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources.

“I have been trying to get institutions to participate in this year’s anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction,” Greenberg said. “We have about 160 organizations in the United States and Canada. To me, this is an amazing story and a powerful enough story that if we tell it in as many different ways we can, through music and exhibits, it might be possible that we can attract people who may not otherwise be involved in conservation. We want to tell people about the story and use it to underline the messages in the story that I think are really critically important today.”

Greenberg started working on the book in August 2009. It was released on Jan. 7 and is being made into a documentary that should be completed in May, Greenberg said. There is also an audio version of the book.

“The passenger pigeon was unlike any bird human beings have ever known,” Greenberg said. “It was amazingly abundant, the most abundant bird in North America, as many as three to five billion. They were not evenly distributed across the landscape; they formed unbelievable aggregations.”

Greenberg said that famed French naturalist and painter John Audubon witnessed a massive flight of passenger pigeons on the Ohio River near Henderson, KY, in 1810. Audubon wrote that the sheer number of birds “eclipsed the sun for three days.”

“He said the (bird) droppings fell like snowflakes,” Greenberg said. “In 1860 there was a flight near Toronto that probably exceeded two billion birds. Forty years later the bird was wiped out as a wild bird. The last one died in the Cincinnati Zoo on Sept. 1, 1914.”

Greenberg’s book illustrates that what is significant about the passenger pigeon is the speed at which humans drove the birds to extinction.

“We killed them,” he said. “We drove the birds to extinction in decades. From billions to none. They were shot and netted, mostly. To me, it underlines the fact that just because something is common-water, fuel or something that is alive-we need to take care of it or we could lose it.”

Greenberg asserted that the huge demand for passenger pigeons, which weighed about 10 ounces, came about because they were cheap.

“They would sell for pennies apiece,” Greenberg said. “As many as 40,000 could be shot over the course of a three-day (shooting) tournament. Primarily they were used for food by the wealthy, middle class and the poor. They appeared on menus of Delmonico’s in New York, and they were served at feasts for presidents.”

Greenberg and his wife, Cindy, who was born in Toledo, live in Westmont, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. Cindy is a special education teacher, and her husband travels the country and around the world speaking about wildlife and environmental issues.

“My passion has always been nature,” Greenberg said. “When I was real little, the first job I wanted was to be a farmer. I’ve always been interested in animals. As time has progressed I went into birding and then into a more general interest in nature.

“Nature is beautiful and intellectually challenging, and nature is important. It has caused me to go places most people don’t go to. I’ve been fortunate that I had a period where I did international travel. I saw gorillas in Rwanda. It becomes your world view and allows you to see things that a lot of people wouldn’t see.”

Kim Kaufman, executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, said she is thrilled that Greenberg agreed to be a keynote speaker at the Biggest Week in American Birding.

“We selected Joel as one of our featured speakers for this year’s festival, not only because the subject of his presentation and his wonderful book are so important, but also because Joel is an eloquent and engaging speaker who connects with every person in the audience,” Kaufman said.

Greenberg is an acknowledged authority on the natural history of the Chicago area, having authored three books on the subject: “Of Prairie, Woods, and Waters: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing”; “A Natural History of the Chicago Region”; and “A Birder's Guide to the Chicago Region.”

Greenberg has been a blogger for Birdzilla.com since 2009 and has received several awards, including a 2004 Environmental Leadership Award from the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the 1997 Protector of the Environment Award from the Chicago Audubon Society.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to go birding this year,” Greenberg said. “I’ve done some birding. I went to Indianapolis to be a part of a panel discussion on passenger pigeons and there was a blizzard and I went birding. This period in my life is so busy, I haven’t gotten out as much as I’d like.”

Greenberg said this will be his first visit to the Biggest Week in American Birding.

“I’ve never been to a birding festival at all,” he said. “I’m going to two this year. I consider this a real honor and I’m looking forward to it very much. I’ve been to Magee Marsh and that area, but never during the peak of spring migration.”

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ICS kicks off 90th birthday celebration

Immaculate Conception School posed for an all school picture on Wednesday afternoon as the school prepares for a year of celebrating 90 years of providing children in Port Clinton with a faith based education.

Immaculate Conception School opened its doors in 1924 and continues to strive for excellence in Catholic education each and every day. Many birthday celebration activities are being planned for the upcoming year, but the festivities will be kicked off with the school’s 28th annual FICS Spring Auction which will be held on Saturday, April 26. This year’s auction is a 90th Birthday Party that will feature a birthday dinner; silent, live, and fishbowl auctions; and many other events. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. 

All proceeds from this year’s auction go directly to Immaculate Conception School. ICS wishes to invite anyone who wishes to celebrate the past and future of ICS to make a reservation for this year’s birthday celebration by calling the school office at 419.734.3315. Donations of any kind can be dropped off at the school at 109 W. 4th Street during school hours. Immaculate Conception School is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school years for preschool and grades K-5.

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