Michael Mage performing at Walleye Festival

Back by popular demand, Michael Mage, known as a comedian stuck in a magician’s shoes, will be performing two shows at the Walleye Festival on Saturday, May 24.

Michael Mage, a two-time national award winning magician, incorporates comedy and endless audience participation into his hilarious shows that you have to see to believe.  With years of professional experience, Michael is able to develop his show based around the audience at hand.

Since 2004, Michael Mage has been performing his stand up act for major Cedar Fair Amusement Parks and numerous comedy clubs.  His interactive performance allows the audience to not just see the show, but become a part of it. No two shows are ever the same. Michael believes in creating a unique theatrical experience for each audience that is both interactive and magical.


20 years of helping the cause

On Sunday, June 1, a piece of Catawba history is coming to an end. The CIC Run/Walk for Habitat for Humanity will run its last 3 and 5 mile courses. Many of the race directors from prior years will be present to memorialize the day. Always held at Catawba Island Club, the run/walk has raised over $300,000 through the years. It was an idea nurtured by Bud Hagy; Michael Schenk, General Manager of the Catawba Island Club; and Julie Caswell, former CIC Fitness Center Director. 


PCHS Sousa Concert

Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln acknowledge the applause of the packed house at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center at the end of the annual Sousa Concert performed by the PCHS Band under the direction of Rod Miller, dressed up to look like John Phillip Sousa. Photos by John Schaffner


Thank you for the support

It is with sincere appreciation that I would like to thank the community, family, friends, business owners, strangers and everyone who has paid their respects, by either attending my husband, Richie Saponari's funeral, Celebration of Life, or a phone call, text, message on the condolence page, sent flowers, food or money or have seen me and offered kinds words, a hug and smile.  The devastation of losing Richie is so overwhelming that I know, without a doubt, I could not get through without the support I have through all of you.  As you know, Richie was bigger than life, caring, devoted, and had a huge, contagious smile and personality.  All who knew him miss him terribly.

Thank you all for your prayers and support during this extremely difficult time and for the generous donations toward funeral expenses through the benefit at Mon Ami Restaurant given by John and Peggy Kronberg. 

Maureen Saponari


Nicole Smith graduates from the Ohio State University

Nicole Smith a 2010 Graduate of Port Clinton High School made the Ohio State University’s Dean’s List for Autumn Semester in 2013. Nicole graduated from Ohio State University December 2013 and she’s now pursuing her Master’s Degree through a Dual Program through Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo. She is the daughter of Bob & Shelley Smith of Port Clinton.


Editor’s Note

The Ottawa County Republican Party was responsible for putting on the Fashion Show at Catawba Island Club, not the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club. Also, Pat Shookman and Renee Claycomb were co-chairs of the event.


Walleye Festival is here!

The 34th annual Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival takes place from May 22-26 at Waterworks Park. Thursday and Friday the festival will be open from 5-11 p.m, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Monday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The schedule of events is as follows:


Community calendar May 22-28

Thursday May 22

Port Clinton Thursday Art Walk
What: Fourth Thursday through September
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Port Clinton
Info: 419-341-0804 or

Port Clinton Middle School 5k run/walk
What: Walk from PCMS to True-Lay Stadium
When: 10 a.m.
Where: PCMS, 807 S. Jefferson St., PC
Cost: $10 registration
Info: 419-734-3931 or


Outline of Walleye Festival entertainment

Outline of entertainment for this weekend's Walleye Festival.

Modern Bliss Bringing the party to the Walleye Festival Friday evening

Modern Bliss, Philadelphia’s premier party band, will be performing at the Walleye Festival on Friday evening. Modern Bliss is a 6 piece party band that will bring the excitement and fun to any occasion. Based out of Philadelphia, PA, this eclectic band plays all genres of music and literally has something for everyone. Their talented musicians and vocalists bring an enormous amount of energy to the cover band scene with their awesome mash-ups. MB has played all over the eastern seaboard from Vermont to Key West.


Port Clinton’s brain gain: Keith A. Fleming


Keith A. Fleming in his gallery with his mom, Charline Kerul.

Keith A. Fleming graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1976. He then went on to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated in 1979. After graduating college, he found his way to Dallas, TX, where he lived and worked for 33 years. In Dallas, Keith did interior design and was an antique dealer.

Keith’s mother, Charline, told the story of how their family ended up in Port Clinton. Keith’s father was transferred to work at Camp Perry. The family decided to stay in the area and Keith’s father worked for U.S. Gypsum and Celotex.

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