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Zombies are invading Port Clinton!

Last year's zombie pub crawl participants

Downtown historic Port Clinton will welcome zombies from all shuffles of undead on Saturday, October 25, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the third annual Zombie Pub Crawl and Ball presented by Heidelberg Distributing.   Zombies will crawl to eight participating pubs: Bait House, Cielo Grande, Clinton House, McCarthy’s, Mr. Ed’s, PJ’s Grille & Bar, Rosie’s, and Slater’s Madison Street Pub.

Cash prizes will be given to the top three costumes.  New this year, cash prizes will be awarded for Best Group, Best Couple, and Most Creative.  Costume judging will take place at the upstairs of Slater’s from 7:30-10 p.m.  Tickets must be punched at each bar and must be complete to be entered to win prizes at the Ball. At 12 a.m., head to Cielo Grande for the Zombie Ball where costume contest winners will be announced.

The first 100 tickets sold will receive a free Zombie t-shirt.  Tickets can be purchased for $10 at Main Street’s office or any of the participating pubs. For more information, please contact 419-734-5503.

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Port Clinton City School District Announces Flagship Award Winners

Photo Attached:  Pictured left to right:  Board of Education President David Belden with Flagship Award Winners Jeff Sondles, The Liberty Aviation Museum, Crew Community Award; Abby Lukac, First Mate Parent Award; Phil Fought, Captain Staff Award; and Superintendent of Schools Patrick D. Adkins.  

The Flagship Awards are part of Port Clinton City School District’s recognition program to honor parents, community members, staff and students that help the district fulfill its motto of “Proudly Charting a Course for Success.”  At the October 20 meeting, the Port Clinton Board of Education recognized the following individuals with Flagship Awards.

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Joyful Connections hosting Lake Erie Adventure Play

From 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, Joyful Connections will host a pop-up playground presented by Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP). The event will be held in the fenced in area behind their building at 8200 W. SR 163 in Oak Harbor.

LEAP is a pilot program of United Way in Ottawa County that provides opportunities for kids (and adults) to play in their own chosen ways in and around Ottawa County. Using recyclable materials such as cardboard boxes, plastic containers, fabric, glue and string, children are given the time and space to create and play as they desire.

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Area fire departments educate youth during Fire Prevention Month

ICS students with Port Clinton Fire Chief Johnson.

October is Fire Prevention Month and area fire departments used this as an opportunity to educate local elementary schools about fire prevention and fire safety.

At RC Waters Elementary in Oak Harbor, Carroll Township Fire Department put together a day of learning for the third graders that consisted of hands-on stations. One of the stations gave the students an opportunity to talk with the State Highway Patrol and another station was manned by Materion and Ottawa County EMA where students learned about assisting in disaster. The Lucas County Mobile firehouse gave students the experience of getting out of a building using the “stay low and go” technique. Students also used and tried on fire safety equipment.

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Veterans Park and Issue 6

I would like to say to Roger Smith, your letter in the Sandusky Register (10-6-14) was the best ever, you told it like it was, and I remember the day very well.

It was early one morning in 1998 when our administration had heavy equipment moved in on the north end of the Veterans Park and with only a few knowing about it began removing the top soil as the first step into making a parking lot for our business people.

Someone at the American Legion called the VFW and after a long hard fight they saved the Veterans Park from being a parking lot.

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Putnam speaking at Summit on Aging

Dr. Robert Putnam, author of the New York Times article entitled Crumbling American Dreams, about his hometown of Port Clinton, will be speaking at the Ottawa County Summit on Aging on October 31 from 10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Magruder Hospital Conference Center.

“The theme of the summit is the changing face of aging,” said United Way director Chris Galvin. “Putnam’s research is about the transfer of knowledge from the older generation to the younger. He paints a picture of how the United States has changed and how we need to transfer knowledge and skills across from our generation to the next.”

Putnam’s New York Times article sparked a huge reaction in our community. What Galvin points out, though, is that it is typical of what is happening in many communities in the United States.

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Open letter to citizens from Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone

As the Mayor of this City I feel excited that we have made great strides to move the City in a forward direction. This would not be possible without the direction of our City Council; yes the Administration plays a very important role in that movement. But ultimately without the approval of Council, the administration cannot accomplish the things that move our City in a forward direction.

In the last 3 years working together with Council we have secured over 4.6 million dollars in grant funding for our City. This equals more than 6 million dollars in progress of our City. These grants are extremely competitive, more so than past years, as more communities, like our own, are applying for these monies to help with similar projects. Gaining the successful edge in such a competitive arena is through planning.

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BPW Celebrity Server Night

The ninth annual Business and Professional Women Celebrity Server Night will take place on Wednesday, October 29, from 5-8 p.m. at the Clinton House. Not only will there be celebrity servers, but there will be a raffle and 50/50 drawings.

Local celebrities will include: Ottawa County Auditor Larry Hartlaub, WPCR’s Greg Peiffer, Ottawa County Commone Pleas Judge candidate Lorrain Croy, Port Clinton High School football coach Beau Carmon, Ottawa County Auditor candidate Roni Reid, Port Clinton Middle School principal Carrie Sanchez, Ottawa County Commissioner Jim Sass and City of Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone.

Locally, BPW has given away $7000 annually to women in Ottawa County attending college. For more information about this event or about BPW contact Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690.

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Sheriff Sound Off

October brings cooler weather, falling leaves, football, and ghosts and goblins walking throughout our communities. 

With Halloween just around the corner, please pay extra attention to the dates that trick or treat will be held in your community and those that you may be traveling through. During those trick or treat times, and the times adjacent to those, please use extra caution while driving. Remember, some of those kids will be dressed in clothing that is not reflective and some in dark colored clothing. Also, please pay extra attention and watch for kids crossing the street.

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Last Art Walk of the season offers music, art and costume making

A “Goblin’s Ball” will invade downtown Port Clinton Thursday, Oct. 23, with 35 artists, special costume-making activities for families, and musicians “haunting” the streets, businesses and nightspots during the final Art Walk of 2014. The free family-friendly downtown art celebration features artists, live music and galleries, restaurants and other businesses taking part on the fourth Thursday of each month, from 5-8 p.m.

Families who visit the complimentary Costume Tent on Madison Street will have an opportunity to fashion a mask and patch together a costume out of recycled materials and art supplies. The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) will have a limited supply of masks and materials for kids to customize their own mask, and Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP) will have recycled cardboard, containers and donated fabric to unleash some creative costumes for Halloween. “My fondest memories of Halloween were coming up with fun ideas for costumes and then figuring out how to make it,” said GPCAAC President Carol Morgan.

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