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Immaculate Conception Preschool Graduates 26

Their future IS so bright, they do need to wear shades! That is exactly what a group 4 and 5 year olds did on Wednesday morning as they graduated from ICS Preschool.  Under the direction of Miss Mary Heschel, Miss Michelle Wojciechowski, and Miss Emily Tichy the group of 26 sang their hearts out and entertained a full gym of parents, siblings, grandparents, and school mates.  Tunes like a rap version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” by the 4 and 5 year olds rocked the house.  The children have learned many songs throughout the year in sign language including “I think your Wonderful”.

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Firecracker Cutie Contest Returns to 4th of July Festivities

This year’s contest is open to all boys and girls age 0-10 years old and will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 4. Participants are asked to don their Red, White & Blue for the occasion.

Again this year is an optional “Most Photogenic” contest, which will be judged based on photographs sent in with the applications. These will be judged separately prior to July 4, and awards will be given at the afternoon ceremonies. Registration deadline for the “Most Photogenic” contest is June 30, and Firecracker Cutie contest applications are due the day of the event. Firecracker Cutie Applications will be accepted on the 4 starting at 2:15 p.m.

Awards will be presented at Adams Street Park immediately following the Firecracker Cutie Contest on July 4.

Applications for the Firecracker Cutie Contest & Most Photogenic Contest can be picked up at Perfect Color Hair & Tan on North Madison Street in Port Clinton, Mary’s Blossom Shoppe on Madison Street, Hot Shots Photography on Madison Street or by calling Anita Schultz at 517-740-9934 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Port Clinton’s brain gain: Kelly and Billy Rigoni

Kelly Rigoni, a 1993 Port Clinton High School graduate, and her husband, Billy, have opened Hot Shots Photography and Northern Exposure Gallery that does custom framing, has jewelry and other gifts and décor. Kelly moved away to go to college and then lived in Fremont and Clyde before heading back to Port Clinton, the place her and Billy call home.

Kelly’s family had a business in downtown Port Clinton for 50 years, Bristley’s Jewelers and Art Department, which was owned by her grandparents and was located at 130 Madison Street. The location of her grandparents shop is just a few doors down where Kelly and Billy opened the doors for their business. Kelly’s parents also owned Barn Rats Bait and Tackle for ten years.

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