AAA offers Tipsy Tow for Memorial Day weekend

AAA works year-round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result. To help members and non-members celebrate safely the weekend of Memorial Day, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering a Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 27. While AAA encourages party goers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol during Memorial Day weekend, the Tipsy Tow service is available to assist those who find themselves in an impaired situation and need to get them and their vehicles home safely.

To take advantage of Tipsy Tow, drivers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. May 24, through 6 a.m. May 27 and state that they need a “Tipsy Tow,” providing their name, home address, phone number and vehicle location.

 “Tipsy Tow is available to help northwest Ohioans celebrate Memorial Day safely while helping fulfill AAA’s mission of making roads safer for everyone,” said April Cochran, Vice President, Membership, Marketing and Public Affairs for AAA Northwest Ohio.

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorist is, or plans to become, a guest.

Other services that will not be provided as part of the Tipsy Tow program include requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service. For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate. If members are requiring these services separate from the Tipsy Tow program, AAA will provide the service as usual.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths. 

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at


PC boys defeat Oak Harbor

Port Clinton Boys tennis team played Oak Harbor this week in an SBC match at home.  The Redskins won 4-1. This moved PC to 5-11 (4-7).

Noah Cross and Jeff Griffin followed up their district qualifying weekend with easy wins at one and two singles.  Simon Shultz debuted at three singles and won handily.  Ellis Adolph and Cameron King could not keep their early momentum going, losing in a tough three set match.  Tristan Auxter and Dean Colston powered through a comeback from Ben David and Ryan Johnson in the middle of the first set to take the win at second doubles.


Lake Erie Love campaign marks summer kick off

Lake Erie Shores & Islands is kicking off the summer season with a series of events featuring Nashville singer-songwriter Walker Hayes.

The new Lake Erie Love campaign has already begun to roll out. The advertising campaign features the song “Lake Erie Love,” performed by Hayes. In addition to the full-length video, viewable at, the song is featured in television, radio, and online promotions and is available for purchase on iTunes. The Lake Erie Love theme is also reflected in print ads promoting travel and tourism to the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region.

Area hospitality industry employees invite everyone to share their Lake Erie Love as they launch the summer season with a free performance by Walker Hayes. The kick-off begins Wednesday, May 21, at Dock’s Beach House in Port Clinton and Thursday, May 22, at Dockside Café in Sandusky. Both events are from 5-7 p.m. Go to for details.

Two additional Walker Hayes performances will take place at Hooligan’s Irish Tavern at Put-in-Bay on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. Both Put-in-Bay shows begin at 9 p.m.


Fifth graders meet their PCHS NHS pen pals

Christian Owen and Michaella Kohlman with their NHS pen pal Amber Wuersig. 

Members of PCHS National Honor Society corresponded with grade 5 students at Bataan Intermediate Elementary during the school year.  Letter writing is part of the grade 5 Language Arts curriculum and NHS members serve as role models to the younger students. On Monday, May 12, the pen pals finally met face to face for an afternoon of fun at Bataan Memorial Intermediate. After meeting for treats in the cafeteria, all the students had fun on the playground. More pictures are at or


Lakeside Chautauqua’s Spring Cleanup Day a true community effort

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomed springtime’s beautiful weather and returning families on April 26 for the ninth Annual Spring Cleanup Day. More than 65 volunteers of all ages dedicated their time and efforts to help beautify Lakeside.

Volunteers completed a variety of Lakeside improvement projects, including: gardening throughout the campus and Herb Garden; upkeep at Chautauqua Park, miniature golf course, Grindley Playground, lakefront and nature/walking trail; cleaning at Hoover Auditorium and Bradley Temple; preparation of the gates and Welcome Center; and other cleanup projects around the Administration Office.

Lakeside would like to thank the many volunteers who dedicated more than 260 hours to make Spring Cleanup Day a success. View pictures of this annual event on the Lakeside Chautauqua Facebook page at


5K Run/Walk at East Harbor June 7

The tenth annual Friends Run will be held at East Harbor State Park in Marblehead on Saturday, June 7. The run/walk is sponsored by the Friends of East Harbor and is an annual fund raising event for the park. 

The course is fast and flat, excellent for first timers and families, as well as for seasoned runners. 

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the run begins at 9 a.m. Early registration must be postmarked by May 26. Race forms are available at the East Harbor Camp Store, at or at Jody Did It in Marblehead, or by calling Jody at 419.656.7144.


Graduate professional development credit available for Lakeside Chautauqua programming

Lakeside Chautauqua is pleased to announce a pilot program to offer professional development graduate credit based on participation in educational and cultural arts programs at Lakeside each week this summer.

This opportunity is designed for educators needing to renew teaching licenses and/or gain professional development credit, which will be issued through Lake Erie College.

Nine separate courses (one per week) will be offered, each providing one semester of graduate credit (pass/fail). Participants can register for one to nine credits. The cost is $180 per credit.


Marine Mechanics program graduates five

Marine Mechanics, from left, back row: Jeffry Huebner of Sandusky, Larry Musgrove of Sandusky, Trevor Koeberlein of Toledo; kneeling: James Taylor of Port Clinton and Christopher Zibert of Port Clinton.

Two Port Clinton residents, two Sandusky residents and one from Toledo were among the five area residents who received their certification as marine mechanics at the graduation ceremony of the Skills for Life Marine Mechanics training program in Ottawa County recently.  

“This program was a tremendous help to me,” said Trevor Koeberlein, one of the graduates. “Because I am trained as an auto mechanic, I thought I knew it all. I thought that would give me an edge. I got a surprise.”


Oak Harbor DECA places third in the world


Third place winners Jordyn Dunn, Brandon Schimming and Brenna Franck.

On May 1 eighteen Oak Harbor DECA members traveled to Atlanta, GA, to compete at the International Career Development Conference. Over 16,000 students from around the world competed in their respective events. The team of Jordyn Dunn, Brenna Franck, and Brandon Schimming placed third in the Financial Literacy Promotion Event. Each of the team members also won a $2,000 scholarship from H&R Block, who sponsored this event.


Fred Norton’s family attends Ohio Military Hall of Fame ceremony

Family of inductee First Lt. Fred W. Norton are (L to R): Rolland Wahlers, Ed Lynch, Tom Lynch and Jim Lynch.

On Friday, May 2, the fifteenth annual ceremony for the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor was held in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse. Marblehead resident Fred Norton was inducted for his actions during World War I. The legacy of Norton has been kept alive by his family, who love to share his story of sacrifice and achievement. They were proud to attend the ceremony.

Norton’s spectacular record was not limited to his service in the Air Force; it also was apparent at his time at the Ohio State University.

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