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Kerynn Christiansen ICS principal for a day

Miss Kerynn Christiansen reported for duty on Thursday, Feb. 13, for her new position at Immaculate Conception School. Kerynn was “Principal for a Day” at ICS. The first grader took the place of Principal Connie Snyder, for just one day. Kerynn wasted no time at all making a few small changes to the normal school day at ICS. She reported for duty with a list of priorities she would put into effect immediately. 

First and foremost, everyone was permitted to give the school uniform a rest for the day and wear their jeans to school. Secondly, recess was a bit longer on Thursday and an important task was given by Principal Kerynn to the entire school. Each class had to build a snowman, the biggest and best snowman they could as a team create. Kerynn rewarded her hardworking students by delivering pizza to each classroom after recess. 

With Mrs. Snyder’s guidance, Kerynn also helped with many office tasks. She even completed classroom inspections. At the end of the school day, Kerynn took to the PA system to tell the school that she had a great day being in charge and she hoped they all did, too. 

Being Principal for a Day was auctioned off at last year’s Immaculate Conception School auction. This year’s auction is April 26 and the theme is “Happy 90th Birthday ICS”, as the school embarks on celebrating 90 years of providing a faith filled education in Port Clinton. Immaculate Conception School would be so grateful for any monetary gifts or donations of products or services from our community for this year’s auction. If you have an item you would like to offer to this year’s school auction, call the school office at 419.734.3315.

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Community Calendar Feb. 27-Mar. 5

Thursday Feb. 27

The Gathering
What: Free Community Meal open to the public; fully accessible facility
When: 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, Parish Hall, Second & Adams, Port Clinton

Ferrari-Carano Wine Dinner
What: Guest speaker Melissa Rush
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ciao Bella, 3880 Harbor Light Landing Dr., PC
Cost: $65
Info: 419-734-2426 or ciaobellaohio.com

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Binder leads Lady Redskin bowlers to state tournament

Junior Eryn Binder saved her best performance for the District Tournament and led the Port Clinton Redskin Girls to their first OHSAA State Finals visit by rolling games of 178-192-169 for a 539 series, earning her a place on the All Tournament Team. 

Binder received help from juniors Kassidy Mahler (181-143-193 for 517) and Alysia Zoeller (149-165-197= 511), Samantha Stroupe (148-169) and Reilly Wittman (141-158). Other team members are Jozlynn 

Seamon and Katelyn Chapman. The Girls finished fourth at the Lima District Tournament Saturday to advance. Coldwater won the Districts, St. Marys placed second and Napoleon third. 

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Bruce Winters announces his candidacy for re-election as Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge

Citing his desire to continue the many new programs he has instituted while in office, the Honorable Bruce Winters has announced that he is running for re-election for Judge, of the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court as an Independent candidate.  Judge Winters has served the communities of Ottawa County as Common Pleas Judge for the past 5 years.

The very integral programs implemented by Judge Winters include a highly supervised bond release system, intensive probation for high need/risk offenders, drug testing for criminal defendants, drug court, in-house intensive outpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol offenders, and a mediation program for foreclosure cases.  Judge Winters has been able to decrease the Court’s annual budget while securing federal grant monies to process child support cases and state grant monies to assist with probation.

A graduate of the University of Toledo, College of Law, Winters holds a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo.  Winters was a practicing attorney for 21 years.  Prior to becoming Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge, he served Ottawa County communities as a Police Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Magistrate.  Winters currently serves with the National Judicial College and the Ohio Judicial College as an instructor for new magistrates and judges.

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Coast Guard warns of ice-breaking on Tuesday

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The Coast Guard is advising residents of southern Lake Erie islands, including Catawba Island, that the commercial tug Ohio is scheduled to break ice from South Bass Island to Catawba Island on Tuesday morning.

This ice-breaking operation does not involve a Coast Guard ice breaker. Nonetheless, the Coast Guard is advising residents and visitors that any ice in the area may be particularly unstable and dangerous.

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Choir concert and dinner Feb.24

On Monday, Feb. 24, Port Clinton High School’s Touch of Class, an a cappella vocal group, will be hosting a spaghetti dinner in the PCHS Cafeteria. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for dinner until 7:30 p.m. The choir concert, featuring both PCHS and Port Clinton Middle School choirs, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is free. The cost for dinner is $10 at the door and includes a student-served spaghetti dinner complete with salad, garlic bread and dessert. All funds raised will go directly to offset the costs of bringing in professional a cappella group Duwende to Port Clinton for the PCHS Spring Choir Concert.

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Alejandro Zapata: Citizen of the Year 2013

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone presenting Alejandro Zapata with Citizen of the Year 2013

On the night of Saturday, Feb. 22, Mayor Vince Leone presented Alejandro “Hondo” Zapata with a key to the city and the title of Citizen of the Year for 2013 at Slater’s Madison Street Pub in downtown Port Clinton.

“We usually present the award at city hall,” said Mayor Leone, “but for Hondo, I thought this would be a better venue.”

Slater’s was already packed; regular Saturday night patrons and party goers for Stella Lopez’s birthday party which was being held there. Around 10:30 p.m. Mayor Leone, Michelle, Isaiah, Xavier, and Zayden Zapata along with friends and other family parted the sea of patrons to reach Hondo at the front of Slater’s who was DJ-ing.

Mayor Leone read aloud the Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor to Zapata and everyone in Slater’s.

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Terra State nursing students donate to scholarship fund

From left: Meghan Rich, Lisa Williams and Sue Kajfasz with the donation.

Nursing students at Terra State Community College are required to complete community service and fundraising projects as part of their education in serving others.

Their efforts recently surprised one of their professors, Sue Kajfasz. At their pinning ceremony in December, the students took the opportunity to present Kajfasz with a check for $350 to go to the scholarship fund named for her late grandson, Aaron.

“I was so touched and delighted, and for them to take time away from their special moment to present that gift was so moving,” Kajfasz said. “I was totally taken by surprise.”

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Riverview honors the Food and Nutrition Department

Staff Members of Riverview’s Food and Nutrition Department at the 2013 Resident and Family Annual Picnic: Jane Wolf, Christina Conard, Kelsey Kitzler, Shelbi Markin, Lee Earhart, Lisa Woods, Shalynn Hatmaker, Sarah Joseph, Megan Knecht, Connie Webert

Meals help meet many needs for all persons, in and out of nursing homes. In nursing homes, meals and mealtimes are especially important. Many nursing home residents have special nutritional needs. Others may need food specially prepared due to digestive disorders. Mealtimes are one of the most important activities of each day and provide an important opportunity for social gathering and sharing. Due to their social and nutritional significance, meals are a major concern for most nursing home residents. Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus Food and Nutrition Department works hard not only to provide quality food, but also to provide quality food service.

During the week of February 2-8, Riverview recognized the excellent service of the 23 employees who make up the facilities Food and Nutrition Department. The Department is overseen by Director Jane Wolf, RDT (7 years of service) and Manager, Megan Knecht (11 years of service).

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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge requests public comment

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor is having an open house and is encouraging the public to provide input as the staff review the refuge’s hunting and fishing programs.  The open house is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14000 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor.  The public is welcome to attend and discuss ideas with staff on improving hunting and fishing at the Refuge.  Call 419-898-0014 for additional information.

For more information about Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit the refuge's website, www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa or connect on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located 16 miles west of Port Clinton on State Route 2.

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