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The seasonal blessing of emergency vehicles and boats

Photos by Donna Lueke. 

On Tuesday, April 22, Father John Missler of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Port Clinton blessed the vehicles and boats of the Port Clinton Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Port Clinton Fire Department and the Marblehead U.S. Coast Guard Station. Ellif Fuiava, Port Clinton Marine Coordinator, organized the event, and Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone expressed gratitude to those law enforcement and rescue personnel gathered for their important service.

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Marine Patrol unveils renovated boats

Front: Jeck Frazer and Chris Klingler. Back L to R: Dean Hammer, deputy in charge or work program, Kevin Bowes, Brad Weinheimer, Mike Winke, David Nunn.

On Friday, March 28 the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office unveiled two newly renovated marine patrol boats. The Bruce E. Mettler is a 27’ Boston Whaler Vigilant center cabin patrol vessel and is primarily used for marine patrol duties. The other boat is a 32’ Boston Whaler Justice center-helm patrol vessel and is primarily used for the Northern Border Initiative Project. Both of these vessels are run on grant money and were renovated at no cost to the tax payer because they were renovated by inmates in the work program.

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