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Renovation of True Lay Stadium in the works

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On Saturday, March 22, at the Fullbackers’ second annual Wild game Feed, the Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association announced its intension to renovate and revitalize True Lay Stadium from a football/track stadium to an Athletic Complex.  Co-Chair Tim Paradiso explained the project and goals that need to be reached to complete the complex project.  These renovations will benefit students and athletes of all ages in the Port Clinton School system. This will include, but is not limited to, soccer, football, track & field, cross county and expanding to Bataan School, the band and the community.  With the new complex, the school will be able to host more sporting events including several events under the lights.  Co-chairs Joe Brenner and Bill Lowe were also present.  At the front of the room, there was a display of renderings of projected design plan for the complex when completed. 

The new athletic complex will include a new field turf, dimensions and markings for a regulation soccer field, new 8-lane all-weather surface track with new black vinyl chain link fence, home and away bleachers for spectators, a new locker room, an expanded weight room, and new stadium lighting.  There will also be a new entrance and a new state-of-the-art press box.

An area will be designated near the side of the track and field to list the names of the contributors that donated to make this project possible.  There will also be special preserved areas, such as the flag pole at the far end of the stadium, will remain unchanged; as well as the name of the stadium.

Most of the funding for this $3 million project will be exclusively from private donations and sponsorships.  Fred Zink, a representative for the Fullbackers, was present to present a check in the amount of $175,000 to the PC Athletic Complex Association.  Also, the Port Clinton Athletic Booster President Rick Kokinda was present to present a check in the amount of $140,000. There are sponsorship opportunities for donors of all levels to contribute to the complex project.  

The overwhelming support from the Port Clinton City Schools and Administration has played a big part of this renovation.  Although the Port Clinton City Schools will not be funding any of the major renovations, the Board of Education will consider making improvements to the grandstand.

Overseeing the project will be Poggemeyer Design Group out of Bowling Green.  The projected completion of the renovations is the fall of 2015.  The ground breaking date has not been set yet but the project will be done in stages as not to conflict with any sporting events or school functions.

The Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association is a community organization spearheading the renovation of the True Lay Stadium in Port Clinton, to benefit all student athletes and the community.  Port Clinton Athletic Complex has a Facebook page and invites people of the community to like the page to find out updates on the project.  Interested in becoming a contributor or sponsor, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Paige Reinick, ICS Principal for a day

 

Fourth grader Paige Reineck was all smiles in the hallways Thursday morning as she greeted her students and prepared for her new position, Principal of Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton (for a day, that is). Paige took to the PA system late in the day on Wednesday to announce the changes she would put into action for the next day. Her no uniforms policy delighted her classmates. In addition, the entire school was treated to pizza for lunch by Principal Reineck. After lunch, Paige felt it was time to relax. The entire student body was invited to the school gym (in their slippers) to watch the new movie Frozen.

Paige spent much of the day on Thursday helping her mentor, Mrs. Connie Snyder, with office tasks and principal duties. 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 its 90th year of providing a faith filled education in Port Clinton. Immaculate Conception School would be so grateful for any donation from the community for this year’s auction. If you have an item you would like to offer to this year’s school auction or are interested in registering at ICS for the upcoming school year, call the school office at 419.734.3315.

 

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Emergency Services Olympics completes two more events

Collin Salyers representing PCFD and Mayor Vince Leone representing PCPD shake hands before their Emergency Services Olympics event.

On Thursday, March 20 representatives from the Port Clinton Police Department and the Port Clinton Fire Department and EMS completed two more events in their Emergency Services Olympics. Nate Edmonds of PCPD went up against Karl Kopchak of PCFD in a basketball tournament and Kopchak of the fire department came out on top. After the basketball tournament, Collin Salyers, representing the PCFD, went up against Mayor Vince Leone, representing PCPD, in a taco eating contest at Lock, Dock and Barrel. It was a close race, but Mayor Leone had 16 tacos to Salyers’ 12.

After a total of three events so far in 2014, the Port Clinton Fire Department and EMS lead the Olympics 2 to 1. The Emergency Services Olympics takes place throughout the year. Service members sign up for events and once an event is full the contest is held.

“It’s a good way to have the departments put their money where their mouth is since they are so competitive,” said organizer Mike Snider. “The only time some of these guys see each other is at an emergency scene. It’s good to build relationships between the departments outside of that atmosphere.”

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