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2013 City Address

By Mayor Vincent Leone

It is once again time to reflect on the past year and showcase the accomplishments of our great City. 

2013, for the City of Port Clinton, has proven to be exciting and very productive. As in the past, I would like to give a breakdown of just a few of the more prominent topics of each department.

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Port Clinton girls finish season at 18-5

Tiffany Colston, who played her final game during her storied career at Port Clinton High School, drives and scores against Bowling Green.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Port Clinton girls basketball team, it happened a little sooner than expected. The Redskins fell, 68-48, to Bowling Green in a Division II Sectional Final last weekend, a difficult end to another fine season that saw Port Clinton finish with an 18-5 record.

Despite trailing just 30-27 at halftime, the ‘Skins saw the Bobcats pull away by outscoring them 25-16 in the third quarter.  Bowling Green (13-11) had four players finish in double figures, led by Tyanna Smith, who scored 23. Kendal Glandorff finished with 12 points and Livvy Dill and Hanna Williford had 10 points apiece. Tiffany Colston led Port Clinton with 18 points, Hannah Weaver chipped in with 14 and Emily Ashley finished with eight.

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Port Clinton and VFW resolve water billing dispute

The City of Port Clinton and the Homer D. Gardner VFW Post 2480 resolved their differences on Tuesday concerning a water billing dispute. 

Representatives of the City and the VFW met with an Administrative Hearing Officer, and after discussions with the hearing officer, it was agreed that the prior account credit granted to the VFW by the City would continue to be applied against its water account and that the City would issue a refund adjustment to the VFW in the amount of $2,500.00. 

Richard Ellis, Commander of the Homer D. Gardner VFW Post 2480, said, "The VFW appreciates the efforts of the City in resolving the dispute, and the members of the VFW look forward to continuing to work hand-in-hand with the City on community projects and Veteran's celebrations. We believe the resolution of this matter is fair and equitable to both the City and the VFW." 

City Safety Service Director Tracy Colston said, "I appreciate the cooperation of the VFW in resolving this dispute, and the resolution is fair to the VFW and the City."

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Riverview holds Snowflake Ball

Members of the Auxiliary at Riverview Healthcare Campus enjoyed the Snowflake Ball. Front row, left to right: Carolyn Neff and Madonna Beard. Back row: Connie Fabian, Bonnie Schimming, Nancy Bolton-Berry and Joanne Craft

Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus turned its multipurpose room into a cozy winter wonderland on Sunday, Feb. 23, for a Snowflake Ball.  A snowstorm and poor weather conditions caused the event to be rescheduled from its original date of Sunday, Jan. 26.  As Riverview Administrator Kendra German welcomed the 60 community members in attendance, she announced, “This Snowflake Ball is our celebration to bid the snow farewell this season!”

White lights and a winter balloon arch, created by Riverview’s Kim Geldien, welcomed those in attendance. The room was decorated with large snow scenes. One such scene was an original winter mural painted by Adelaide Dunn in 1981. Guests enjoyed lasagna prepared by Riverview’s Food and Nutrition Department. Dinner also included salad, garlic toast and a variety of cheesecakes. Entertainment was provided by Jerry Wittman, who sang a variety of musical selections during the dinner. The most popular selection was his medley of Elvis Presley songs.

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PCMS first National Junior Honor Society induction

Port Clinton Middle School students are all smiles after the National Junior Honor Society Induction. Pictured, left to right: Max Brenner, Kamlin Nisch Quan, Caitlyn Pipoly, Conner Cadigan and Courtney Sayre.

Port Clinton Middle School inducted a new group of students in the National Junior Honor Society on Feb. 12. Mrs. Carrie Sanchez, PCMS Principal, addressed the entire middle school student body and parents, grandparents and special guests that were in attendance.

According to their website, “The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS).”

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PCMS students perform in District Honors Orchestra

Front row, left to right: Kaleb Wadsworth, Hannah Mallory, Deanna Elliott, Claudia Rosiar, Brianna Stout, Kyle Fitzpatrick. Back row: Jaden Aragon, Cailee James, Spencer Sullivan, Samantha Slauterbeck, Kayce Deal, Tyler Williams  

Twelve Port Clinton Middle School students participated in the Ohio Music Educators Association District II Middle School Honors Festival Orchestra. Students performed well and proudly represented the Port Clinton community. Port Clinton is the only school district in Ottawa County to offer Orchestra as part of the Fine Arts program. 

The event also premiered three new musical works commissioned for the festival. Fleet 8 students from PCMS included Kaleb Wadsworth, Hannah Mallory, Deanna Elliott, Claudia Rosiar, Brianna Stout, Kyle Fitzpatrick, Jaden Aragon, Cailee James, Spencer Sullivan, Samantha Slauterbeck, Kayce Deal, and Tyler Williams. Mr. Brian Stitak is the Port Clinton City Schools Orchestra Director.

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Oak Harbor girls win first sectional title in 11 years

The fact that it was expected doesn’t make winning a sectional title any less enjoyable. Behind Andrea Cecil’s 28 points, Oak Harbor defeated Margaretta, 59-31, in the Division III Sectional Final last weekend at Port Clinton High School.

For the Rockets (19-4), it was their first sectional title in 11 years, a sign of how far they’ve come in the last few years. Last year, the team improved from 7-14 to 16-8 and won a game in the tournament before falling to Port Clinton, 52-45, in the sectional final. This season, Oak Harbor established itself with the area’s elite teams by going 18-4 and 11-3 in the Sandusky Bay Conference, good for a second-place tie with Port Clinton.

The Rockets, who defeated the Polar Bears, an SBC foe, both times in the regular season, controlled this one throughout as they slowly built a lead. Oak Harbor led, 16-9, after one quarter and 34-18 at halftime before outscoring Margaretta, 25-13, in the second half.

“I think our pressure defense was the difference,” said Oak Harbor head coach Tom Kontak. “We were in man-to-man and then went to our 1-3-1 trapping defense. We played a little bit of our 2-3 zone defense, too. What we tried to do (on offense) was give Andrea some space. And we wanted to give Maddy some a chance. We thought Maddy would have a quickness advantage. I think you have to give credit to Allie Kuhn, too. She hit a couple of big shots in the second quarter when Emma Barney was in foul trouble. I just wanted the kids to play in the moment and not worry (about anything else). The girls didn’t even know we were cutting down the nets. And I just want to say that I have the greatest group of coaches with me, Art Eli, Chris Rawski, Ralph Mills and Mark Boukissen. We’ve won five sectional titles in our eight years as a coaching staff together.”

On Thursday, the Rockets travel to Seneca East High School in Attica to face Bucyrus at 6:15 p.m. in the district semifinal. The winner will play either Bucyrus Wynford or Genoa in the district final on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Seneca East High School. 

“We have incredible respect for this opporunity,” Kontak said.

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Danbury girls edge Stritch to win sectional title

After losing to Oak Harbor on Feb. 3, the Danbury Lakers were in a bit of a funk. Sitting at 8-10 with injuries to three of their top players, Danbury could’ve easily folded and limped into the postseason. But instead, the Lakers rose to the occasion, winning six straight games, culminating with their 40-37 victory over Cardinal Stritch in the Division IV Sectional Final last weekend at Genoa High School.

Behind 21 points from Erin Lavelle, 16 of which came in the second half, Danbury, which split with the Cardinals during the regular season, raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and led 8-2 heading into the second quarter.

The Lakers pushed the lead to 18-9 at halftime, but held just a slim 26-24 advantage after three quarters. In the final period, Stritch rallied to take the lead, holding a three-point advantage with3:30 to play before Lavelle took over and led her team to victory. Lavelle, who scored 12 of her team’s 14 points in the fourth quarter, scored a basket to cut the deficit to one and then converted on two free throws to give Danbury the lead for good and help them win their first sectional crown since 2008.

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Bataan celebrates school day 100

Bataan Memorial Primary Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing like they were 100 years old. Pictured here grade one students Ryan Madison, Olivia Spencer, Emily Boykin, and Steele Joseph with teacher Mrs. Nicole Heilmann.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, was day 100 of school at Port Clinton City Schools so grade one classrooms at Bataan Memorial Primary planned day 100 lessons. In addition to counting to 100 by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, students and staff dressed like they were 100 years old. Throughout the day there were themed lessons and activities such as 100 phonic words using word families “hunks & chunks”, 100 Bear Olympic exercises, and reading “100 Days of School” by Mindy Pierce. Students enjoyed a special 100 day snack, spelling out the number 100 with oreos and crackers.

See the complete photo album at www.pccsd.net under the News or visit the Port Clinton City School District Facebook page.

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Presale basketball tournament tickets available at Danbury

Presale tickets are available this week in the Danbury high school office for both boys and girls tournament games this week. The girls take on Carey at Gibsonburg Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets are $6 at the gate and will be sold in the high school office until noon on Thursday.  

The boys take on the winner of Seneca East/St. Mary's game on Friday, Feb. 28, at Norwalk High school at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets are $6 at the gate and will be sold until noon on Friday.

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