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Presbyterian church celebrates 30 years

Past members, pastors and friends will join the congregation at Firelands Presbyterian Church Sunday to celebrate 30 years of history and look to the future.
In 1980, two couples — Pat and Bud True and Betty and Sam Carter — met with officials to start a Presbyterian church in the area. The first service was held that year in the fellowship The first service of Firelands Presbyterian Church was held Sept. 21, 1980, in fellowship hall of Catawba Union Chapel on Porter Roadhall of Catawba Union Chapel on Porter Road. Two years later, on May 30, 1982, the growing congregation was chartered as Firelands Presbyterian Church and a tradition of dedication and community was born.
“I thought there must be something really wonderful happening here because there was no ambiance,” said Connie Brand, of the Union Chapel site. “It was just a room filled with enthusiastic people and this old record player.”
Throughout the years, that enthusiasm has helped the church to grow.

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Sunset cruise planned

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce has planned a celebration on the Lake that we love on Thursday, July 12, on the Jet Express. The sightseeing cruise will depart Port Clinton at 7:30 p.m. and cruise past the Catawba shoreline, Marblehead and the historic lighthouse, then continue on past the islands of Kelleys, Rattlesnake, Sugar, Green and the Bass before enjoying the sunset on the way back into Port Clinton. The Jet will be traveling at high speed to reach the different points of interest and then slow down to enjoy the sights.

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Port Clinton Artists’ Club call for artists

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club’s 55th Arts in the Park will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. Many artists return to this exciting festival year after year due to their success and the serenity the area has to offer. Exceptional, original art is displayed and sold by nearly 120 artists coming from as far away as Florida. The show is free and open to the public. One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park is celebrating 55 years of continuing to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County. 
“This is the best art show in Ottawa County,” said watercolor artist Jim Siemer. “I have been doing shows around Ohio for a long time, and I’m always successful here, while having a great time.” 

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