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Port Clinton vs. Fremont swimming scores


Fremont 98
Port Clinton 87


Fremont 94
Port Clinton 85

Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay Varsity

1, Fremont Ross High School 'A' (Fisher, Haley A SR, Waggoner, Morgan R JR, Kelly, Kaity SO, Moses, Meghan L JR), 1:58.94. 
2, Port Clinton High School 'A' (Steyer, Taylor JR, Zoeller, Alysia SR, Schroeder, Allie SR, Stine, Mckenzie SR), 2:00.04. 
3, Port Clinton High School 'B' (Diaz, Brittany SO, Shaw, Lauren FR, Sharkey, Gabby FR, Shaw, Emily JR), 2:11.67. 
4, Fremont Ross High School 'B' (Wilson, Kit JR, Hawk, Morgan SO, Miller, Victoria FR, Goodwin, Brianna SO), 2:16.31. 
5, Port Clinton High School 'C' (Edgefield, Tarrynn SR, Franck, Dana JR, Oftedal, Marisa SR, Baugh, Abby SR), x2:21.56. 
6, Fremont Ross High School 'C' (Kelly, Hannah FR, Ward, Parker JR, Schwochow, Alyssa SR, Darr, Dominique JR), x2:22.88. 


Judge Winters informs community on Sober Living Facility

The Ida Rupp Public Library Conference Room was packed Thursday night for a meeting with Judge Bruce Winters and Mayor Vince Leone concerning the placement of a Sober Living Facility in Port Clinton. The facility, which is proposed to be located at 515 Fifth Street in an old church, is in the heart of a residential neighborhood.

“After the town hall that I held last week, I sent an invitation to Judge Winters to come and answer questions that I could not answer,” said Mayor Leone. “No one was against the facility, just the location.”

Judge Winters addressed the crowd, giving citizens information and trying to ease those that are skeptical of the facility.

“I have been talking about this for the last three years,” said Judge Winters. “This is nothing new. This is not a court of a judge project; it’s personal. After seeing the people that come through the court, I saw a need. There is a cycle. They come in and end up coming right back. We need a facility that is 24/7 to help these people get better.”


Erie Ottawa International Airport holds annual banquet

Airport Manager Stan Gebhardt presenting the Employee of the Year Award to Denny Mitchell.

Erie Ottawa International Airport of Port Clinton (PCW) held their fourth annual banquet Wednesday evening at the Catawba Island Club.

Airport Manager Stan Gebhardt honored the employees and volunteers who made valuable contributions to the growing and thriving airport. From January through October, over 6,000 landings took place at PCW. 2014 also saw the completion of 11 new private hangars, as well as the construction and near-completion of a second hangar at Liberty Aviation Museum on the grounds of the airport.

Gebhardt thanked the following volunteers for their exceptional efforts: Hugh Northrup, who volunteers time in the FBO with various duties; Karl Scheutzow, IT consultant; and Tom Kowalczk, computer support. 


Peer Partners at R.C. Waters

Peer Partners at R. C Waters Elementary School: On the right is Chelsea Arden, kindergartener, and at left is Abby Hutton, second grader.  

The kindergarten and second grade classrooms at R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor are peer partners for the school year.  This partnership creates many opportunities throughout the year.  The second graders are able to be leaders and lead by example.  This allows them to gain confidence as they complete tasks together.  The kindergartners are able to use the second graders as examples for good behavior, manners, and what team work looks like. It’s a great opportunity for the students to practice skills together.  

Each kindergarten/second grade pair work with their buddy at various times throughout the school year.  Most recently the second graders worked with their kindergarten buddies to learn letters and do a Thanksgiving craft.  The students enjoy working with others at a different grade level and it’s great to see the waves they give each other as they pass by in the halls.


End of the Year 2014

Another year has passed and we again take a moment to review a few tax numbers for the year. One year has changed the financial status of many individuals. Large nest eggs have been greatly reduced, jobs have been lost and concern over one’s personal economic status has been brought to the forefront. Other clients have had a great financial year and will owe more income tax. 

Annual gifting and tuition expenses

For those of you that are in your “advanced years,” gifting is a great way to lower your overall estate for future estate taxes while helping your children or grandchildren when they need the help. In 2014, a person can give up to $14,000 per person.  If you are married your spouse may join in on the gift and double the amount.  Over time, these annual gifts can greatly reduce an individual’s estate while providing tremendous value for children and grandchildren.  There is no paper work involved and it is not a deduction for you or income to the person receiving the money.  With the filing of a federal gift tax return one can give away $5,340,000. In other words you can give to your family, charity or those in need an amazing amount of money.


Amerine and Coats Red Cross volunteers of the year 

Red Cross volunteer of the year Larry Coats with Major Gifts Officer Beth Leggett.

Local American Red Cross volunteers were recognized recently at a holiday gathering at the home of Deena Camerato of Port Clinton.  Cindy Amerine and Larry Coats were honored as Volunteers of the Year for 2014.

Amerine joined the Red Cross nine years ago, attending Disaster College in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and then deploying to help out in a shelter in Baton Rouge.  Amerine has described her experience as life changing.  The following year Amerine founded the local Club Red group for women wanting to help promote Red Cross programs and services.  The group’s last membership drive, Sherry & Chocolates, was attended by 90 women.  The Club Red group will be hosting their ninth summer gala in July.  Beth Leggett, local Major Gifts Officer for the American Red Cross, describes Club Red as a ‘sisterhood with a cause.’  Prior to retiring as full-time residents to Ottawa County, Amerine also started a Club Red group in Aiken, South Carolina. 


Terra State class designs tools to produce marketing items

From left, students Timothy J. Ollom (Fremont), Ron Brauer (Sandusky), Jared Schlosser (Fostoria) and Bob Sprenger (Oak Harbor) join instructor Rod Karg (Holland Springfield) in posing with their project.

Terra State Community College adjunct faculty member Rod Karg knows that a class project with purpose is a great teaching tool.

So this fall, his tool and die class designed and manufactured nearly all of the equipment used to stamp key fob blanks and guitar picks that will eventually carry the college’s new logo. He plans to make these items available as give-aways.

“This has been a great group of students,” Karg said. “Other than a part or two, they have made everything we needed to create these pieces. It’s been a really good experience, and we hope to continue honing the project next semester.”

The next step would be to either attach stickers to the fobs and picks or to emboss a design.


Legislation passed to keep Asian Carp out of Great Lakes

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) cosponsored legislation to help keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The Guarding Our Great Lakes Act would prescribe collaboration between the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force (IATF) – a collection of 11 U.S. Cabinet and federal agency heads, led by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – and state and local agencies to plan and implement water quality and flood mitigation projects. The bill would also implement federal invasive species control measures at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, IL – which, due to its location south of the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS), serves as the single entryway for any species moving upstream toward the Great Lakes.

“Asian carp are a serious threat to Lake Erie and the Ohio industries that rely on the lake,” Brown said. “That’s why we need to be aggressive in finding solutions that would protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species. This bill would help ensure that Lake Erie’s ecosystems – and our region’s economic development – are not jeopardized by an influx of Asian carp.”

Brown continues to fight for the protection of Lake Erie from invasive species like Asian Carp. In July 2014, Brown and more than a dozen Great Lakes senators sent a letter to John Goss, Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Asian Carp, expressing their continued commitment to practical, immediate solutions to the threat of Asian carp and other invasive species to the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin.


Historical Society releases new oral history book

Just in time for holiday giving, a new volume of oral histories has been released by the On Page and Stage division of the Ottawa County Historical Society.  The sixth in a series, the volume contains interviews of Ottawa County residents, giving an account in their own words of their diverse occupations and pastimes.   The cover features the iconic Ford Tri motor, the ‘Tin Goose,’ a reference to the stories inside about the Island Airlines; and the volume’s storytellers also share tales about ice fishing, peach farming, marinas, Camp Perry, old tractors, and a funeral home. 

This volume, and its predecessors, would make an enjoyable gift to share over the holidays, and could start new family conversations.  Although Volume 1 is sold out, copies remain of the others.   The books are available for purchase for $15 each at Green’s Drug Store in Port Clinton, Ex Libris in Marblehead, Oak Harbor Hardware, Oak Harbor Library and at the Elmore Library.  

The On Page and Stage oral history committee meets the second Tuesday of the month, usually at Ida Rupp Library, to discuss subjects to interview and to read interviews in progress.  Occasionally they do public readings of excerpts. There is no special background needed to join this committee other than an interest about how things have happened in this county and what makes the county what it is today.   In discussing current or future interviews, interest leads on to new interests. 


Tri-State Environmental Quality Incentives Program Signup Period Deadlines

The USDA NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to farmers to implement a wide variety of practices designed to improve resource management. Indiana and Michigan NRCS recently announced December 19 as their signup deadline while Ohio NRCS announced a January 16, 2015 deadline.  Farmers are welcome to submit applications to EQIP on an ongoing basis. 

Among the many EQIP program options are Nutrient Management Conservation Activity Plans (CAP 104), to evaluate current practices and improve nutrient application timing, placement, product selection and application methods. NRCS 590 Nutrient Management is available to implement nutrient management plans, Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans are an option for livestock operations. The Conservation Stewardship Program supports ongoing implementation of resource management practices such as buffer strips, cover crops, grassed waterways, filter strips, drainage water management and windbreaks just to name a few.  All are components for improved water quality.