Port Clinton News

ICS Fifth Graders explore the history of Johnson’s Island

The fifth graders at Immaculate Conception School are preparing for the opportunity to be archeologists this spring. Mrs. Jane Drusbacky’s class will once again have the experience of participating in the Experiential Learning Program in Historical Archaeology offered by the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology of Heidelberg University. 

As the students prepare to explore and learn about the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison site, Dr. David R. Bush visited their classroom last Wednesday to give the students the insight and background of the field experience scheduled for May 5. Dr. Bush is the site director for the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison and a Professor of Anthropology.

Johnson's Island held more than 10,000 Confederate officers between 1862 and 1865. The students viewed a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Bush, which included historical pictures and facts about life and conditions at the POW camp. Dr. Bush's excavations there are providing unprecedented information about the activities, health, and living conditions of the prisoners. Dr. Bush both informed and excited the fifth graders of the adventure to come later this spring.


Win mom a Mother’s Day to remember

O Isabel’s Organic Boutique & Spa, combined with several downtown Port Clinton businesses, is offering an opportunity to win mom a Mother’s Day to remember. Write to O Isabel’s explaining all the reasons why your mom is so special and why she should win the package. The package has a value of more than $250 and includes an O Isabel’s spa day. There is no entry fee and no cost to enter.

Entries can be submitted to O Isabel’s, 105 Madison Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All entries must be in by Wednesday, April 30. Entries should include the mother’s name and name and contact information of the submitter. The winner will be contacted by phone on Monday, May 5.

Judging committee and gifts are from Jackie Davis and Pam Crawford of O Isabel’s, Michelle Kodak of the Cakery Bakery, Mary Snyder from Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, Toni Garrett of Erie Cottage Trading Company and Danielle Frericks of McCarthy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. For a complete list of prizes visit O Isabel’s website at For more information contact Jackie at 419-734-4799.


Downtown revitalization presented to council

Downtown plan for Madison Street.

On Wednesday, March 26, Poggemeyer Design Group presented their renderings for the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton. Poggemeyer has met with council two times prior and spoke with citizens at those meetings to get their ideas of what they would like to see in the downtown area. With these latest renderings that have been presented, Poggemeyer has taken design, organization, promotion, and economic structuring into consideration. This particular meeting was focused on design.

Even though the meeting focused on design, Lauren Falcone and Greg Telecky, representatives from Poggemeyer, gave a brief finding of the market study of the area done by Boulevard Strategy out of Columbus. The market study found that manufacturing, medical, service, and food were the growing areas of industry in the area; the highest being food service. Poggemeyer also found that the office market is shrinking, but the medical industry of the area is growing.

“People are coming to the community,” said Falcone, “we just need to get them to stay here.”

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