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Main Street PC announces Downtown Improvement Grants

Main Street Port Clinton is pleased to announce that Downtown Improvement Grants are available for downtown businesses and building owners. The focus of the Downtown Improvement Grants is to provide financial support to downtown business owners and downtown property owners to improve their property, positively influence economic growth and enhance aesthetic appeal. 

These grants are made possible because of the success of Main Street’s fundraisers, specifically the Walleye Festival. Last year, $15,000 was to four downtown business owners and building owners.

Main Street Port Clinton is striving to promote, preserve, and improve downtown historic Port Clinton as a vibrant center for businesses, entertainment and cultural activities for residents of the community and visitors to our area.  Larry Hartlaub, Chair of the Economic Restructuring Committee and Main Street PC Board Member said, "I am really excited about the Downtown Improvement Grant. It is our organization's opportunity to put dollars into projects that reflect our mission."

Committee Member Lee Vivod said, “I feel the Downtown Improvement Grant program shows Main Street’s commitment to the community and offers us an opportunity to put the money that was earned downtown to work downtown with our business owners.”

For more information about the Downtown Improvement Grants, contact the Main Street Port Clinton office at 419-734-5503 or pick up grant applications at 110 Madison Street.

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Donna Sullivan’s 100 years

This Sunday, April 20, Donna Sullivan will be celebrating her 100th birthday. Donna (Madonna), who was born on April 20, 1914, is the eighth of ten children born to Cornelius and Clara Druyor. She married William Sullivan on Aug. 5, 1933. Donna and Bill, who passed away in 1998, had nine children, 24 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and eight great, great-grandchildren. One of Donna’s most difficult times was the loss of her one daughter, Pamela, in 2011. Pam was the wife of John Carpenter, who passed away in 1999.

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Mon Ami holding benefit for Richie Saponari

We are very sorry to report that Richie Saponari, the husband of Salvation Army Ottawa County Director Maureen Saponari, passed away last Friday. He was one of those “characters” on the local scene that made life more interesting and fun! Mon Ami is planning a special benefit for Richie this coming Tuesday, April 22 from 6-10 p.m. They are asking a minimum $20 donation at the door or you can purchase tickets at the following locations: The Beacon, Minuteman Press, Mon Ami or the Crow’s Nest. All proceeds will go to his medical expenses. Ronnie Howard and his band, Cruisin’, along with the Flashback 3 band from Seniors Gone Wild (which Richie organized and got started) will provide the entertainment. He also started Island Idol, another popular entertainment venue from past years. He knew how to twist my arm to get me to judge many of those Island Idol events. For more information, contact Mon Ami at 419-797-4445.

We want to wish a very happy 50th Birthday to the late Earl Warnke’s favorite daughter (I won’t mention any names). All I can say is that she looks terrific and still knows how to have lots of fun!

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