Governor John Kasich signs Boater Freedom Act

Governor Kasich in Port Clinton at the signing of the Boater Freedom Act. Photo by John Schaffner

Wednesday afternoon at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center in Port Clinton Governor John R. Kasich signed into law House Bill 29, known as the “Boater Freedom Act,” which establishes criteria for watercraft safety inspections on Ohio’s waters. This legislation should decrease the number of safety inspections that recreational boaters experience on Lake Erie and all of Ohio’s waterways.


Warrior Fest at Harbor Lights Landing July 13

For the last 5 years Bodi N Balance of Port Clinton has hosted Warrior Fest, a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). This year, on July 13, Bodi N Balance has teamed up with Ciao Bella to host the event at the Harbor Lights Landing plaza and have added the Bay Bridge 5K Run/Walk. 

Warrior Fest is a benefit rock concert sponsored by local businesses Crosswinds Restaurant and Bar, Lafarge, First National Bank, Jolly Roger, Randy Smith Construction & Roofing, Civilian Marksmanship Program and Wendy’s. Many individuals and members of Bodi N Balance also have donated to the cause of helping our wounded soldiers.


Therapy riding opens doors for local fair participant

Chad Karnes began his journey of riding horses when he was seven years old. Carolyn Karnes, Chad’s mother, shared that he began riding at Vail Meadows Equestrian Center in Oregon, OH, as therapy for Asperger’s Syndrome and was a natural from the start. Chad has no tension when he rides and describes it like sitting in a rocking chair. Since then, the family has moved to Ottawa County and Chad now works with Suzanne Miller, trainer at Lemon Tree Stables in Oak Harbor.


Sydney Mahaney to compete at National American Miss Pageant

Miss Sydney Mahaney, age 7, recently competed at the state level of the National American Miss Pageant Princess Division. During the 3 day competition held in Columbus, Sydney competed in formal wear, personal introduction, interviews, community involvement and casual wear. She won Overall in the casual wear competition and placed as fourth Runner-Up (out of 146), making the Queen’s Court and receiving an invitation to the National Competition for both events. The National Pageant will be held Thanksgiving week at the Anaheim Marriott in California and includes age categories up to 18 years old.


Rain Barrels: Conserving water and saving money

Save money and water by purchasing your own 55 gallon rain barrel for a special price of $50 from the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District. This cost-effective alternative for watering your garden and lawn conserves tap water and takes advantage of an already existing source of fresh rainwater. Rain barrels provide numerous benefits to homeowners as well as the environment. They reduce runoff into waterways, help keep yards and basements from flooding and provide a naturally soft source of water devoid of chlorine and chemicals that are found in city water. 

Call the Ottawa SWCD at 419-898-1595 or visit their office to buy a fully assembled rain barrel.



Nancy Leiter receives TOPS award

TOPS Leader Sue Mooney (standing) congratulates Nancy Leiter on her accomplishment as Mary Triska looks on. 

On July 2, at the weekly meeting of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) OH 1487, the chapter honored one of their own, Nancy Leiter, for maintaining her weight loss of 23 pounds for five consecutive years. When a TOPS member reaches the goal set by the member and his/her doctor, they become a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) and are allowed a 10-pound leeway. A KOPS may weigh up to 3 pounds over his/her goal and 7 pounds under goal. Nancy rarely, if ever, exceeds her goal weight. She was awarded a pendant containing a ruby, a certificate, a dozen roses and a charm for her accomplishments. 

When asked by leader Sue Mooney to what she attributes her success, Nancy responded that it is very important to attend chapter meetings and to always be vigilant about what she is eating. She explained that getting to goal is not the end of the story, but the beginning, as it is harder to keep the weight off than it was to lose it. She reports that she feels much healthier and is more energetic and is able to do more since she lost her weight.


Edgewood Manor Director of Nursing named Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a local Director of Nursing as its July 2013 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Kaye Lipstraw, R.N., Director of Nursing at Edgewood Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Port Clinton, was selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for the month of July, 2013.  The organization chooses one long-term care employee each month to honor for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.


Community Calendar July 11-17

Thursday July 11

Sunset Cruise
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Jet Express Dock, downtown Port Clinton
COST: Tickets $40 or two for $70
INFO: 419-734-5503

Summer lunch and fun
WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays June 11-August 22
WHERE: 3 sites; Lakeview Estates, Ida Rupp Library, and Bay Meadows
INFO: United Way at 419-734-6645

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