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Christmas comes early for Devin Kohlman and residents of Port Clinton

Adams Street park decorated for Devin

It’s fitting that Christmas lights are being hung around our town. With the warmth and love for Devin Kohlman that everyone is giving, it really does feel like the magic of Christmas in Port Clinton. On Monday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m., dubbed “11 for Devin”, residents, well-wishers, city workers, business owners and others gathered at Adams Street Park to decorate the gazebo with Christmas decorations for Devin. Alejandro “Hondo” Zapata had a big hand in promoting updates on Facebook on Devin’s condition and any events that benefit Devin, his mom Alexis and his family. Zapata, who is a local DJ with many connections to people around Port Clinton and the Port Clinton area and who was also Devin’s baseball coach, was a perfect candidate to broadcast the updates. “I just want to help out anyway possible. I’ve known Alexis since we were little kids. I’ve lost my dad, my mom, and Johnny B; people ask me how I deal with it. I pray. That’s what Devin needs right now is our prayers and support,” said Zapata.

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AARP Driver Safety Program at Magruder

AARP will be offering their Driver Safety program in the Magruder Conference Center on Friday, Nov. 15,  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Checks can be made out to AARP and brought the day of the program. For reservations or more information, call 419-732-4061. 

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The undead were spotted alive in downtown Port Clinton

Main Street Port Clinton invited zombies to take over downtown. Saturday night from 7:30-11:30 p.m. the zombie crawl included eight bars: Mr. Ed’s, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Slater’s Madison Street Pub, McCarthy’s Irish Pub, Bait House River Bar, Kokomo Bay, Mango Mama’s and Papa Jimmy’s. The first 100 zombies that signed up got a t-shirt. As of Saturday night, over 150 tickets were sold with more being sold throughout the evening.

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Otterbein Veterans Day Ceremony

The Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community, 9400 North Shore Blvd., Lakeside-Marblehead, will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the courtyard around the flagpole, weather permitting. The event is open to all Veterans, their family and friends, and the general public. 

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LES&I earns MIDDY award

Amanda Smith Rasnick

Lake Erie Shores & Islands®, the destination marketing organization for travel and tourism in Erie and Ottawa counties, was recently recognized for its group marketing, while its Group Sales Manager was recognized with the distinguished CMP designation.  

The “RETHINK” meetings and convention destination brochure was awarded a MIDDY award. This piece was created to entice corporate, association, and other meeting planners to “Rethink” the destinations typically used to host such events. With metropolitan amenities, and without the hassle of a big city, the goal of the brochure is to show that the Lake Erie Shores & Islands can offer more to meeting planners than just the perfect meeting space, and ask them to “Rethink” what a meeting or convention can be.

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Downtown Port Clinton busy with trick-or-treaters Saturday afternoon

Photos by Jasmine Cupp

Main Street Port Clinton hosted a downtown business Trick-or-Treat Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-3 p.m. Participating businesses downtown had orange pumpkins in their windows inviting ghosts and goblins to come in to get some candy. Main Street Port Clinton would like to thank the businesses that participated in the event and thank the trick-or-treaters that filled the streets.

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Jessica Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase accepting registrations

The "turkey", Patrick Edwards, runs the course with a competitor hot on his tail

Registrations for the Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase 5K are now being accepted online or by mail. 

The fourth annual event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Catawba Island Club. The cost to participate is $20 for preregistered adults or $25 the day of the event. Youth 12 and under are $10 during preregistration and $15 at the event. 100% of the entry fees will benefit the Jessica Schenk Memorial Scholar/Athlete Scholarship fund. This award is given to Port Clinton High School seniors who will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution and who excelled in athletics, scholarship, and community involvement during high school. 

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