Donna Lueke

Donna Lueke

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Thinking of giving blood?


“Maximize me” could be a new mantra for people giving the gift of life through the American Red Cross.

“It’s human nature to want to make the most of things,” said Tiffany Hayes, Spokesperson for the Western Lake Erie Blood Service Region of the American Red Cross. “At the American Red Cross, we want to help our blood donors maximize their donation by recommending donation options that best meet hospital and patient needs.”

Fine dining reappears at downtown Port Clinton landmark

Since the mid 1990s, I have personally had meeting after meeting with the operators of the food service venues at The Island House in downtown Port Clinton. I always pointed out that the proper operation of that facility was a “sacred trust” for the community because the Island House was the cornerstone of Port Clinton’s historic downtown.

Extra law enforcement over Labor Day weekend

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend. Overtime shifts will be scheduled in an attempt to promote safety among drivers, as well as to draw awareness to the other traffic on the roadways.
The Deputies will enforce all traffic laws, with emphasis on OVI enforcement.  The overtime is part of the National Alcohol Mobilization grant received by the Sheriff’s Office from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

IJC Mission: Help restore Lake Erie's health

On Monday, Aug. 27, in the Sutton Center, Port Clinton, the International Joint Commission (IJC) hosted a public meeting, providing information about its Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority and hearing from the public about concerns regarding nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms.

The IJC was created in1909 by the Boundary Waters Treaty for the purpose of helping Canada and the U.S. protect their shared waters. It is an independent body of experts working to develop consensus findings and recommendations for their governments. All IJC members are committed to serving without bias. The IJC has direct authority to regulate water flow in the Great Lakes, and serves in an advisory capacity on water quality. Since 2002 it has been a strong advocate for action to prevent Asian carp form entering the Great Lakes.

The meeting was attended by concerned citizens from around Ottawa county and by researchers and environmentalists from across Ohio, Michigan and Ontario. The Port Clinton meeting was one of eight being held across the region. David Dempsey, Policy Advisor to the IJC, gave a brief presentation and led a pro-active discussion about our lake and its watershed and the challenges ahead.

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