Devin Kohlman wins Chamber’s Outstanding Citizen Featured

There was a record number turnout of 180 people at the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. The event, which was held Thursday night, April 10, at the Catawba Island Club honored outstanding businesses, volunteers and citizens.

“Our record turnout is a testament to the great things happening in our community,” said Port Clinton Area Chamber and Main Street Port Clinton President Laura Schlachter.

One of the most moving and tear-jerking moments of the evening was Devin Kohlman winning the Chamber’s Outstanding Citizen Award. The award was accepted by Devin’s mother, Alexis Kohlman, and Devin’s grandfather, Bill Van Der Giessen.

“Devin is looking down and smiling. He helped prove the value of community; how great a community Port Clinton is to live with your family and friends,” said Bill Van Der Giessen.

Also nominated for Outstanding Citizen were Diane Belden and Reggie Langford who brought Wreaths Across America to our community and Paul Shaw who is a very active member and a great contribution to our community.

The Business of the Year went to Erie-Ottawa International Airport. Not only has the airport become an international airport, constructed 9 new hangars, and share the field with a prominent museum in the Liberty Aviation Museum, but the addition to Griffing flight service adds island flights, flight instruction and maintenance. Also nominated were Baumann Auto Center and Magruder Hospital.

The Lighthouse Award goes to a business that had an outstanding contribution to the community. That award this year went to Common Grounds. The coffee shop is operated by RVI, which provides employment opportunities to adults who have developmental disabilities. Also nominated for the Lighthouse Award were The Liberty Aviation Museum and the P.O.R.T.S. Committee.

Businesses and organizations nominated for the Beautification Award were The Bay’s Edge, Friends of the Ida Rupp Public Library and Portage Resale Center. Portage Resale Center was voted the best aesthetic contribution to the community. Bob and Linda Snyder were gifted the old Heineman Distributing Company property and its 15,000 square foot building. A grand transformation took place and now the building is a great, usable space that houses the Portage Resale Center.

Ciao Bella Restorante Italliano came away with the Outstanding New Business Award. Ciao Bella is owned and operated by Mel and Barb Ayers. Just as they did with Nagoya, Mel and Barb wanted to bring a dining option to the area that offered something unique. Also in the running for Outstanding New Business was The Cakery’s Bakery and JT’s Catawba Café.

Also presented were the Main Street Port Clinton’s awards: Volunteer of the Year John Madison and Business of the Year Slater’s Madison Street Pub.

The Executive Board and the Board of Directors for both Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton held their elections to fill vacant seats in their Board of Directors. For the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Todd Almendinger of Magruder Hospital and Lance Woodworth of Jet Express were elected and started their first term. For Main Street Port Clinton Lori Madison of Frederick Agency and Jasmine Cupp of The Beacon were elected and started their first term.

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton work hand in hand to make Port Clinton a thriving, functioning place to live. For more information on the PCACC visit and for Main Street Port Clinton visit

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