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Phi Theta Kappa induction at Terra State

The Phi Theta Kappa inductees face the audience to thank loved ones for their support.

Sixty-six Terra State Community College students were inducted into membership by the Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national two-year college honor society, during a ceremony on April 3 at the Fremont campus.

Cindy Carbone, Regional Coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa Ohio Region and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Central Ohio Technical College, was the keynote speaker.  She focused on two aspects of the organization’s mission statement, leadership and service. “You have come to discover and refine your academic and leadership potential,” Carbone said. “Leadership is an art in perpetual motion.”

She told the new inductees that service comes in many forms, and, as Phi Theta Kappans, they must be ready whenever and wherever to serve. “You have to have that sense of optimism of what can be done,” she said. “When you serve, you lead.”

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among associate degree students who are invited to membership on the basis of scholarly achievement, leadership, citizenship, character and faculty recommendation. To be eligible for membership, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 and must have completed at least 12 hours of course work. 

Nina Schyllander, Associate Professor in Mathematics at Terra, serves as the chapter’s advisor and Michelle White, Assistant Professor in Mathematics, serves as a co-advisor.

Area students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa on Sunday are:

Graytown-Qiaoping Rohloff and Michelle Ulrich
Gypsum-Britney Lindemann
Lindsey–Jessica Foos and Abbi Hasselbach
Oak Harbor–Annmarie Detray, Cindy Dunfee and Elizabeth Zelms
Port Clinton–Andrea Dlugoleski, Ariel Gresh, Jamie Kennedy, Stacy Nesbitt, Gabriel Reyna, Heather Dilly and John Jadwisiak

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Port Clinton boys tennis team falls to Wauseon and Ross

Port Clinton boys tennis team played Wauseon in a non-conference match at home on Thursday.  The Redskins fell 3-2.  This moved Wauseon to 2-1  on the season and Port Clinton to 0-3.

Noah Cross played an excellent opponent and struggled to get things going. Jeff Griffin rallied from an early deficit and used his big forehand to rip off 10 straight games in his win.  Tristan Auxter made his 3rd singles debut and played very well while defeating Levi Rees.  Steven Kast and Joe Miller had to step up to 1st doubles due to some absences and did a commendable job at 1st doubles.  Dean Colston made his varsity debut and Cameron King joined him at 2nd doubles;, they put up a hard fought match, especially considering their lack of playing time together.

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:  Tyler Shipley (W) def. Noah Cross (PC) 6-1, 6-1
2nd Singles:   Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Alex Wegner (W) 6-3, 6-0
3rd Singles:  Tristan Auxter (PC) def. Levi Rees (W) 6-3, 6-3
1st Doubles:  Zach Spadafore/Fernando Canales (W) def. Steven Kast/Joe Miller (PC) 6-1, 6-1
2nd Doubles:  Coling Tedrow/Derek Zimmerman (W) def. Cameron King/Dean Colston (PC) 6-4, 6-4

PC JV Winners:

Will Mercurio/Simon Shultz

The Port Clinton boys tennis team played Fremont Ross on April 9 in a non-conference match at home.  The Redskins fell 5-0.  This moved Fremont to 4-2  on the season and Port Clinton to 0-2. 

Noah Cross played an exciting match before falling in a third set tiebreaker.  Jeff Griffin battled long and hard but was outlasted in the end by Nate Rellinger.  Cameron King continued improving at 3rd singles.  The 1st doubles team played an excellent match after being down big to start.  The 2nd doubles team is still trying to navigate their way during a varsity match.

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:  Robert Joerg (F) def. Noah Cross (PC) 6-1, 6-7, 7-6
2nd Singles:  Nate Rellinger (F) def. Jeff Griffin (PC) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
3rd Singles:  Jonathon Alexander (F) def. Cameron King (PC) 6-4, 6-0
1st Doubles:  Conner Martin/Dylan WIlley def. Tristan Auxter/Ellis Adolph (PC)  7-5, 6-4
2nd Doubles:  Marshall Kuieck/Dylan Henry def. Steven Kast/Joe Miller 6-2, 6-0

PC JV Winners:

Dean Colston
Jacob Koch/Thomas Keville
Alex St. Leger/Corban Trick

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Oak Harbor holds annual Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce held its annual Easter Egg Hunt. The children lined up by age group, were given a number and were able to go on the lawn of Adolphus Kraemer Park by the Log Cabin to pick two eggs. After getting their eggs, the children went through downtown Oak Harbor looking for their number in shop windows around town. When they found their number, that business gave the children a bag of candy. Then, at the Portage Fire Department, children were able to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny.

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New volunteer guardians complete training

Back row, left to right: Judge Kathleen Giesler, MaryAnn Dackermann, Sue Tignor, Jill Bothe and Jody Strickling. Front row: Carol Kmetz, Ann Chio and Annette Lucas.

The Ottawa Count Probate Court recently completed its first volunteer guardianship training on March 26 and 27. The Volunteer Guardianship Program now has seven qualified volunteer guardians ready to act as surrogate decision makers for those in need of an advocate. 

Over the course of two days, the volunteers were trained by Judge Kathleen Giesler; Linda Kroeger-Baum, partner in the law firm of Kroeger and Peters; Dianne Mortensen, Executive Coordinator for Ottawa County Senior Resources; James Recker, Funeral Director/Manager of Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home; Kendra German, Administrator for Riverview Healthercare; and Lynn Ritter, Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Each speaker provided valuable information on topics pertaining to the legal aspects of guardianship, resources in our community, end-of-life arrangements, nursing home/rehabilitation care and the care of persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia.  

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Jennifer Simpson at 419-734-6833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information is provided at the court’s website, www.ottawacountyprobatecourt.com. The next training for the Volunteer Guardianship Program is projected for the fall of 2014.

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Magruder Hospital VIP Club 2014 Trips

Magruder Hospital’s VIP Club recently announced their single-day and multi-day trips for 2014.  Flyers for all the trips can be found at the Main Lobby and Outpatient desks at the hospital.  These trips are open to the public and being a VIP Club member is not required.

On Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30, there will be an Amish Overnight trip to Sugarcreek, OH.  Cost per person will be $294 for double occupancy.  Price includes transportation, a night’s stay in the Carlisle Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner, tours, shopping and wine tasting.  It also includes “The Confession” musical by Beverly Lewis, live theater in the round at the Carlisle Inn. This musical is based on the Amish novels by the award-winning author. Deadline to sign up is Monday, June 9. 

On Monday, Aug.18, there will be a trip to Pittsburg, PA.  The cost is $127 per person and includes a day of cruising three rivers on the Gateway Clipper, live entertainment and lunch on-board.  Afterward there will be a guided tour of Pittsburgh and shopping at Station Square.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, July 14.

The second multi-day trip will be to Nashville, TN, Monday, Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 12.  Cost is $490 per person for double occupancy.  The price includes motor coach transportation, four nights lodging, four breakfasts, four dinners, two shows (Grand Ole Opry and Nashville Nightlife Theater), guided tours of Nashville and Belle Meade Plantation, admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame, admission to the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour and a ride on the Delta Flatboats inside the Opryland Hotel.  Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, July 1.

On Friday, Oct. 24, there will be the International Tour of Cleveland part II trip.  Cost is $82 per person and includes League Park, Coventry-on-the-Heights, Kosher Grocery & Bakery, Tremont, inland lake, lunch and dessert and more.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, Sept. 19. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 19,  there will be an Oglebay Festival of Lights trip to Wheeling, WV.  Cost is $116 per person and includes the light displays, lunch, miniature train, laser light show and shopping. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Oct. 15.

For more information or to sign up for any of these trips, call Marty Willis at 419-265-2479 or Rachel Fall at 419-732-4061.

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County veteran receives recognition

Left to right: Ottawa County Commissioner Steven Arndt, Elizabeth Sutton, Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal and Commissioner James Sass.

On April 3 the Ottawa County Commissioners recognized Ottawa County veteran Elizabeth Sutton of American Legion Post 114 in Oak Harbor.  

Mrs. Sutton served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1987 to 1991. She completed boot camp in Orlando, FL. Once she finished boot camp, Elizabeth went to “A” school for Aviation Electronics in Memphis, TN. There she was schooled in Communication, Navigation, and Weapons Systems, troubleshooting down to the component level. While in “A” school, Elizabeth was a member of the Crackerjack Precision Marching Unit that performed across the Midwest.  

After graduation, she was shipped out to Patuxent River, MD, where she was attached to AIMD in the Avionics Division. “Pax River” was a Testing and Evaluation Center for the Navy, and while there Sutton worked on a wide assortment of aircraft. During her tour at Patuxent River, Elizabeth was selected to participate in the Inaugural festivities of President George Bush Sr. She participated in the Vice Presidential reception at the Smithsonian and the Inaugural Ball at Union Station. Her awards include the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. 

Mrs. Sutton opened the regularly scheduled meeting for the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. She was honored for her dedication and sacrifices through her service to our country with a plaque from President Regal. “It was an honor for me to present the proclamation to Elizabeth and to recognize her bravery, the sacrifices she made, and to thank her for her service to our country,” said President Regal.

The County Commissioners will be recognizing a veteran within the community the first or second Tuesday meeting of every month. In May a veteran from American Legion Post 113 in Port Clinton will be honored.

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CIVFD raises money for Honor Flight

On Saturday, April 5, the Catawba Island Volunteer Firefighters held a pancake breakfast to raise money for the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio program. Firefights, civilians and Boy Scout Troop 360 volunteered their services to make this event happen. 

Not only were there donations of time, but there were donations of product. Catawba Island Club donated eggs, bacon and French toast; Crosswinds Restaurant donated juice; Gerner Wolf Walker Family Funeral Home donated the paper products; Dave and Jodi Regal donated desserts and Amy Drummer donated time to do the advertising for the event. 

“People just came out through the woodwork to help us with this,” said organizer and Catawba Island Volunteer Firefighter Dan Barlow. “In comparison, it’s a small amount of work we can do for those who did so much for us during the war.”

Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that helps transport veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the veterans’ memorials. Top priority is given to senior veterans along with those suffering from terminal illness. Without the program, some of the veterans may not get to visit the memorials that were created for their sacrifice and service.

This year, 240 people attended the breakfast and the CIVFD raised $3620 to donate to Honor Flight.

For more information on the Honor Flight program visit honorflight.org.

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Bird observatory, B-C-S, partner for environment

Schools have released balloons during elementary science classes and many people release them in remembrance of a loved one. But what happens to those balloons once the helium runs out?

Students Against Balloon Releases, a partnership between Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools, is hoping to educate students about the dangers and wastefulness of mass balloon releases and other forms of litter.

Tiffanie Hayes, BSBO Conservation Outreach Specialist, said she too remembers releasing balloons in science class. As she got older, she realized just how dangerous the practice was. “When I was in school, we released balloons as a science project,” Hayes said. “We would write our names and addresses on a postcard and hoped that whoever found our balloons would write back. We would then be able to see how far the balloon went. As I got older, I began to see how dangerous it is to have balloons released into the environment.”

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Port Clinton Easter Egg Hunt April 13

The Port Clinton Recreation Department and Champions for Children are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 13, at 1 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Children ages 12 months to 10 years old are welcome to participate. There will be candy and prizes. No registration is necessary. 

For further information, contact Jenn Porter at 419.734.5522, ext. 8.

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Play, the Important Work of Children

On a Monday evening two professional play-workers intrigued a group of curious community leaders to learn about encouraging free play through adventure playgrounds. Morgan Leichter-Saxby, of Vermont and the UK, and Suzanna Law, of Manchester, England, both professional playworkers, talked and played at Bataan School in Port Clinton as one of 16 stops on tour of the United States. Suzannah is the organizer of the tour and is working on her PhD in play work. Morgan has been in the lead on play work training since Pop-Up Adventure Play’s inception and has spoken at over a dozen international conferences. 

Adventure playgrounds are new to the United States and to Port Clinton. Last fall Tricia O’Connor and Melissa Bayer, who did not know each other at the time, separately called Chris Galvin, Area Director of United Way in Ottawa County, with the idea of using adventure play to engage and involve local children and adults, to help revitalize the community. 

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