Craig Whitmore book signing at Ex Libris

Just in time for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, author Craig S. Whitmore will be signing his first novel, “The Last Roar” at Ex Libris Bookshop, 110 W. Main Street, Marblehead, on Sunday, Aug.18 from 1-3 p.m.

"The Last Roar” is  a work of historical fiction that takes place during the War of 1812. The setting is the north coast of Ohio and Pennsylvania and the southern shores of Canada. The story captures the struggle to build up the American fleet and the main character, George Armstrong, is a carpenter who escapes from the British to sail under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry aboard the USS Lawrence. The great naval battle is imminent when he discovers that his cousin Jessie has been pressed into service aboard the British ship, HMS Queen Charlotte. Reading the book is like taking a trip back in time to when our area, islands and towns were primitive and dangerous places to live. It is a work that all ages would enjoy. 

Whitmore, a retired English, creative writing, and electronic media teacher, gained his knowledge of the Battle of Lake Erie while serving as an interpretive ranger at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island. Whitmore is the past host of The Writing Place Roundtable for WVIZ-TV channel 25 in Cleveland. He has written numerous educational articles, newspaper articles on bicycling Ohio's Rail-Trails and is an accomplished public speaker. He is currently developing his second novel, “A Bit of Colored Ribbon: A Novel of the American Civil War”, which will be released in summer of 2014.


B-C-S students start Tuesday, Aug. 27th

The first day of school for students in Grades 1-12 for the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will be Tuesday, Aug. 27. There will be no school on Monday, Aug. 26, due to the approval of the waiver day application by the Ohio Department of Education.

The school day for each of the three buildings has changed slightly from last school year. R.C. Waters Elementary School’s student day will be from 8:05 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.; Oak Harbor Middle School will be from 8 a.m. until 2:48 p.m. and Oak Harbor High School’s student day will be 8 a.m. until 2:40 p.m.  

Below is a revised B-C-S Schools Calendar that includes waiver days:


Port Clinton City Council meeting turn out

Last night's city council meeting at the Elk's brought a lot of citizens out for some good discussion. Police Chief Hickman said that at 6:05 p.m. they shut the doors because the room's 350 person capacity was reached. Once people started to come and go more people were let inside. All in all around 400 Port Clinton citizens and business owners attended the meeting.


Red Tail visit

Dale Gokel, of Edenton, NC, who summers in the area, meets Tuskegee Airman Harold Brown. Gokel took a ride in the P-51 on Wednesday. Said Gokel, “It was amazing, the thrill of a lifetime.” Gokel’s experience was further enhanced when he met Dr. Brown.


Community Calendar Aug 8-14

Thursday Aug 8

Meeting on Waterworks Park
WHAT: Presentation by Mike Rose from Washington Properties on plan for park
WHEN: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Elks’ Lodge, 231 Buckeye Blvd., PC


Ribbon Cutting for Salon 53 Friday

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the grand opening of Salon 53, located at 3958 Harbor Light Landing.  The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 9, at 2:30 p.m. Grand Opening specials include $5 off pedicures and $5 off haircuts.

Salon 53 is a full service hair and nail salon dedicated to service and value.  Brenda Belcher, owner/stylist, along with her creative team, are experts in all hair types and textures.  Salon 53 offers a full range of services for women, men, and children including cut and style, color, highlights and keratin treatments.  You may also indulge in a spa manicure, pedicure, or full body waxing.

For more information, contact 567-201-8321 or visit


Redskin fans, get your Sport Passes

Port Clinton High School has Sports Passes on sale beginning Aug. 12in the PCHS Main Office from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Rick Dominick, PCHS Athletic Director, has announced a new pricing policy that make passes a great deal for avid Redskin fans. All-Sport Passes admit the pass holder to all home athletic events. Adult passes will now be $50 and student All Sport Passes will be $25. Senior Citizen Passport, for residents of the district age 60 and older, are free. Residents can apply for a Senior Skins Passport at the high school office or Board of Education Office at 811 S. Jefferson Street, entrance at east end of new Middle School, or submit an electronic application at under the Community link.


Mona Rutger special guest at Conservation Day

Red Tailed Hawk from Back to the Wild

The 9th Annual Conservation Day event will be held in front of the Camp Store at East Harbor State Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. The majority of the activities will be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This event is open to the public. Admission is free. Various agencies will be represented with displays and activities for kids and adults. There will also be food available for a donation.

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