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Tyler lives on: the story of a compassionate friend

Roseann's son, Tyler

The death of a child is something that affects a family deeply. A Port Clinton resident and business owner, Roseann Hickman, has used that pain to try and help others and bring positivity to her life.

On January 26, 1988 Roseann lost her son, Tyler, because of a house fire. Her two other sons, Dustin, who was two, and Dallas, who was three and a half, made it out okay. The fire was caused by a defect in the regulator that allowed propane to come in and out of the house. At the time Roseann and her family lived in Pemberville. They took Tyler back to Port Clinton to be laid to rest .Roseann ended up moving back to Port Clinton in 2003.

To help with the grieving process, Roseann attended meetings of the Compassionate Friends which is a support group for families who have lost a child no matter what the reason. The closest chapter that she found was in Waterville. Seeing a need for it in the Port Clinton community, Roseann started a local chapter of the Compassionate Friends in December of 2010.

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Council, our future depends on you

I take issue with Mr. Noderer’s comment last week on the waterfront development. He says, “Why can’t they get $2,000,000 for the park in years past?” Mr. Noderer, the City had that opportunity for about $3,000,000 to improve the park and the developer, Jet Express, was turned away due to opposition by the naysayers and council members who couldn’t take the pressure of seeing it happen. They were more worried about their re-election.

The Jet Express wanted to lease the waterworks building for ticket offices, storage and a customs office. In turn, they would have revitalized the park with new ball fields, signage, plant new trees, provide new park benches and much more for our public. But no, the opposition turned them away and they moved to the drawbridge and took away over $150,000 in parking revenues and then tore down the $92,000 restrooms where the old Parker Ferry Building once stood. We could have had a beautiful park today if that would have happened; we lost the money and we lost the chance for park beautification.

We have a second chance to do this through waterfront development. No one has seen what they C.O.R.D. group proposes except they are against revitalization of waterfront development. I say: If you are not part of the solution, then you are definitely part of the problem.

City Council: the public has spoken. They want to see something happen with the waterfront. You have the majority of people in this city ready for change. Let the will of the people dictate your decisions. There is much more to come with information and planning, but we must do something or people will stop investing in our city. I commend Linda Hartlaub, President of City Council, in halting the public discussion until all the plans have come forward. Otherwise you have people assuming and running with incorrect information. There are two strikes that have already happened in Port Clinton regarding this program: The Jet Express and the Puller Group from Indiana. Three strikes and you’re out because of people who would be interested in a city who would want to remain in yesteryear and watch our young people leave because there are no jobs. Council, make it happen for all of us. Our future depends on you.

Thank you,

Dr. Thomas M. Brown
Former Mayor, former President of City Council and former councilman

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Otterbein hosting fish fry April 4

Otterbein North Shore Senior living community will hold a fish fry on Friday, April 4, 4-6 p.m., at the community located at 9400 North Shore Blvd. The Lake Erie perch dinner will include au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, drink and a dessert for an adult donation of $10.  Children's meals (under 12) are $6. Dine in or carry out are available.  For more information call 419-798-8203.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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Port Clinton City Schools Announces Terrific Kids for March 2014

In cooperation with the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, Port Clinton City Schools recognizes outstanding elementary students as “Terrific Kids”.  Terrific Kids are selected in each class once a month to recognize students for working to the best of their ability to improve academic performance, behavior, relationships with peers, displays honesty or attendance.  The following have been honored as Terrific Kids in March 2014.

Bataan Intermediate

Grade 3 - Kyla Wells, Christian Bryant, Alayis Guerra, Payton Vargas, Mason Limtestahl, Jacob Ryf, Mia Sanchez, Kaitlyn Robinette,  Riley Orechia.

Grade 4 - CJ Chasteen, Christopher Macek, Teagan Kelley, Olivia Eickert, Hannah Robinson, Mia Kuzma.

Grade 5 - Rachael Stinson, Austin Lindemann, Garrett Arnold, Tristan Boling, Arianna Wylie.

Bataan Primary 

Kindergarten - Alivia Adorni, Kooper Nilson, Ayden Ayers, Emma Franklin, Lincoln Beasley, London Garcia, Makayla Swanson, Jaidyn Streng, Gabriella Howard, Logan Schaffer.

Grade 1 - Erieyonna Buckley, Joseph Hilton, Amelia Honeycutt, Alyssa Maloney, Sienna Geretz, Mattie Luebcke, Andrew Patterson.

Grade 2 - Alyssa Auvil, Isabella Terry, Damien Brooks, Arabella Helle, Katelyn Maloy, Nora Bodie, Zaia Bruce, Joseph Zam.

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Farmers hear why and how they can help heal Lake Erie

Jeff Reutter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant, reports on the health of Lake Erie.

On the same day that the Ohio House of Representatives Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee gave unanimous approval to SB150, the Nutrient Management Bill requiring farmers to have state certification to apply synthetic or chemical fertilizers to the land, the Lake Erie Farm Forum and Conservation Fair were held at Ottawa County Fairgrounds near Oak Harbor. 

At the forum, hosted by Mike Libben of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD), speakers addressed the health and importance of Lake Erie and how farmers can voluntarily help to heal the lake and prepare for meeting the standards that will be enforced in 2017.

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Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safe boating classes

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-12 will be conducting “About Boating Safely” classes at US Coast Guard Station Marblehead, 606 Prairie Street, Marblehead, on Saturday, April 19; Sunday May 18; and Saturday, June 14. 

The price of the one-day program is $30 per adult or $35 per couple. It is free for those 18 and under. The class is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

To register or obtain more information, call Chris Nelson at 419.307.5513 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Special hiring event April 9

Cardinal Staffing is hosting a special hiring event on Wednesday, April 9 from 2-6 p.m. Open interviews will be conducted at all Cardinal Staffing offices and are aimed towards the unemployed and the underemployed. Cardinal Staffing currently has 418 job openings available for all levels of work; entry level and up. 95% of the positions offered through Cardinal are full time with benefits.

Interviewees must be able to pass a drug test, must be able to work legally in the United States and have two valid forms of identification, must have reliable transportation, must have six months of solid work history within the last two years, and must have current contact information.

Cardinal Staffing is a full service human resource provider and opened their first office in May 1994 in the Lake Erie Business Park. Since then, they have added 8 additional locations and a corporate office in Maumee. Locally, there are Cardinal Staffing offices on 123 B Maple Street, Port Clinton, and 905 W. State Street, Fremont. For more information on the hiring event or to contact Cardinal Staffing call 419-734-6318 or visit cardinalstaffing.com.

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Innovative Middle School teaching and learning at B-C-S

Pictured above, left to right, are award winning athletes Bryce Buderer, Cooper Hicks, Jeremy Balboa, Ben Petersen and Andrea Cecil, along with Coach Tom Kontak and Director of Athletics Drew Grahl.

At its March 18 meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education heard first hand from students and teachers at Oak Harbor Middle School about innovations that increase student achievement, highlighting how teaching and learning continue to evolve using technology. 

Language arts teacher Mr. Kelly Croy and some of his students discussed how students are able to get peer feedback on their presentations using a secure online platform. Science teacher Mr. Aaron Bomer and his students explained how he is able to provide immediate feedback to his students using online software to ensure that students stay on the right track when doing school work after school and on weekends. OHMS Principal Mrs. Marie Wittman explained how student-led conferences piloted by Mr. Kyle O’Neill this school year have increased and enriched the level of parent involvement in their child’s education.

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Port Clinton Middle School Announces Teacher of the Trimester

Mr. Toby Hammond, (center), Port Clinton Middle School Teacher of the Trimester, surrounded by his students, Mr. Troy Diels, PCMS Assistant Principal and Mr. Patrick Adkins Superintendent of Schools.

The Teacher of the Trimester program was developed at Port Clinton Middle School to allow students the opportunity to offer positive feedback to teachers that have made an impact on their lives.  The second Teacher of the Trimester for the 2013-14 school year is Mr. Toby Hammond.

Comments from students nominating Mr. Hammond included:  He is a great teacher; He has great hair; He is funny; and He teaches us a lot that we need to know. 

Mr. Hammond received a certificate, a trophy (compliments of Student Council) and Gift Certificates to Marco’s Pizza courtesy of the Port Clinton Academic Boosters.  All teachers received copies of their Teacher of the Trimester nomination forms to read the positive feedback from their students.

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Redskin hoopsters lead area AAU team to victory

Ohio Ballistics, left to right: Assistant Coach Tom Michael, Carter Rumball, Grant McConnell, Bryce Ernsthausen, Lucas Michael, Tytan Rumball, Shane Miller, Derek Dryfuse, Jordan Kreglow, Clay Dryfuse, Coach Eric Rumball, and, in front, ball boy Blake Michael.

Brothers Carter and Tytan Rumball helped the Ohio Ballistics AAU basketball team to a 5-0 record and tournament victory at the 21st Annual Cougar Classic in Columbus on March 23. The Ohio Ballistics is composed of players from area high schools including Fremont Ross, Fremont St. Joe, Gibsonburg, Bellevue, Port Clinton, and Tiffin Columbian.

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