Mary Gardner receives Liberty Bell Award

Mary Gardner, longtime Ottawa County Courthouse employee with both the Clerk of Courts and the Auditor's office, was the recipient of the Liberty Bell award given annual by the Bar Association of Ottawa County. It is given to a local resident who is not an attorney who promotes the meaning and the importance of the law in daily life. Photo by John Schaffner


PCMS unveils “Excellent” banner

Mrs. Carrie Sanchez, Port Clinton Middle School Principal, unveiled the new school "Excellent" banner with the help of PCMS students at a school wide rally on Friday, April 19. Another year of Ohio Achievement Assessments took place this past week.


‘Till Next Time’ program at B-C-S

"Till Next Time”, also known as T.N.T., is a mentoring program serving the needs of students in grades 4-12 in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District. The program was featured as the district highlight at the April B-C-S Board of Education meeting. The program is financially supported through the Ottawa County Juvenile Court, and is the vision of The Honorable Kathleen L. Giesler, Juvenile/Probate Court Judge. In featuring the program, Judy Peters explained that the mentoring program T.N.T. strives to empower students to make positive choices and to help them realize their personal potential. Mentors let kids know that there is another person out there who cares, and this leads to positive academic and social outcomes for students. The T.N.T. program is always looking for mentors and looking to grow to serve more students. If you are interested, contact Mrs. Peters at 898-3280.

The Board then commended the efforts of the Oak Harbor High School Cheerleaders who earned a 12th place finish in state completion. Members of the competition team include Taylor Blatt, Kaylie Hallett-Syzmanski, Lindsey Dials, Ashley Roose, Samantha Wilkins, Chelsey Koester, Brenna Franck, Haley Smith, Lauren Dials and Miranda Mays. The Oak Harbor Cheerleaders are under the direction of Coach Trisha Bauer and volunteer Coach Lisa Franck.

In addition, the Board and Transportation Director Ginger Stayancho offered commendations to B-C-S bus drivers who volunteered their time during Kindergarten screening, an event for children who are entering Kindergarten in August. The B-C-S bus drivers showed the soon-to-be Kindergarteners what the bus looks like to lessen their anxiety, and talked to them about how to be safe on the bus. The bus drivers who volunteered their time include: Jeannie Behnken, Lori Kruse, Jackie Horvath, Pat Lemon, Veronica Shanteau, Becky Weidner, Jackie Kohlman, Sharon Krieger, and Michelle Jividen. Furthermore, Mrs. Stayancho recognized B-C-S Transportation Mechanic Paul Greener for earning “Honorable Mention” from a state organization as “Bus Mechanic of the Year.” The Board applauded the efforts of the bus drivers, and thanked Mr. Greener for his commitment to excellence.

Next, the Board received a curriculum update from Mrs. Sherri Parent. Mrs. Parent explained the new local report card accountability system that will be implemented over the next few years. Once the system is implemented, each school district in Ohio will be assigned a letter grade from A through F. There are more details left to be worked out about how exactly the state will determine a final letter grade for school districts.

In Treasurer’s business, the Board accepted the lowest bids for the purchase of two school busses, which are paid for by “Permanent Improvement” (PI) levy dollars. The Board typically purchases two school busses each year, while trading in two, to keep the district’s fleet of busses safe and efficient. The Board also approved a number of personnel contracts and approved resolutions recognizing National Nurses Day, National Teacher Appreciation Week, and National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

In other business, the Board approved the Oak Harbor High School Class of 2013 graduates, pending the completion of all requirements. Also, the Board accepted with gratitude the following donations: $5,000 from the Athletic Boosters toward the purchase of a new stadium scoreboard, $1,000 from the Athletic Boosters to purchase rakes and field equipment, and playground equipment for R.C. Waters Elementary School from Harry Mylander of Unilliance.

The next B-C-S Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 the High School Media Center. A reception to honor retirees will be held at 5:30.


Primary Election in Port Clinton May 7

On Tuesday, May 7, the spring primary election will be held. In the city of Port Clinton there are two contested offices. Democratic candidates for City Council Ward 1 are Ronald D. Aukerman (incumbent) and Karen A. O’Keefe. Democratic candidates for City Council Ward 4 are Gary Philabaum and Gabe Below.

The information sent with the water bills was inaccurate.  The voting locations for the election are:

For wards 1A and 1B, Bataan Memorial Elementary School, 565 W. Sixth Street.

For 4A and 4B, Ottawa County Health Department in the City County Complex, 1856 East Perry.


Port Clinton boys lose to Lexington

Port Clinton Boys tennis took on Lexington Monday at Port Clinton High School in an Ohio Coaches Tournament Match.  The Redskins fell to 6-2 on the year as Lexington won 5 - 0.

The scores were as follows:

  • 1st Singles:  Mason Dragos (L) def. Matheus Rodrigues (PC)  6-0, 6-0
  • 2nd Singles:  Matt Youse (L) def. Noah Cross (PC) 6-0, 6-0
  • 3rd Singles:  Mark Youse def. Leandro Papa (PC) 6-0, 6-0
  • 1st Doubles:  Matt Barkett/Tommy Barkett def. Matt Fillmore/Jeff Griffin (PC) 6-4, 3-0 (retired)
  • 2nd Doubles:  Jett Acero/Carson def. Max Mercurio/Ryan Norgard (PC) 6-1, 6-1

From Coach Aaron Taylor: “Matheus ran into an excellent player in Mason who was his District's champion last year.  Noah ran into a similar situation as Matt was his District's runner-up to Mason.  Leandro also went up against a former state doubles qualifier in Mark.  At 1st doubles Jeff and Matt were forced to retire due to an injury after playing a very close first set.  Ryan and Max had a tough time against a very cohesive unit from Lexington at 2 doubles."


Local cheer athletes to compete in Orlando Summit

Champion All Stars’ competitive quest has led them to ESPN Zone Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL, May 4th and 5th to compete live via webcast. “The Summit” was created solely for the best cheer teams from across the country. Only 462 teams from 43 divisions will receive bids as they take “The Climb.”

At the Cheer Power competition event in Columbus on March 24th, Champion All Stars Junior 3 team received Grand Champion Title of their division and with this title they received Varsity Jackets, Champion sterling silver rings for all 20 girls and a full paid bid to The Summit with each girl receiving $510 to pay for all competition expenses and boarding.

The Champions All-Stars are from Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, Lorain and Huron counties. The mission of the Castalia-based group is “to stand above and a world apart in developing true professional leaders without sacrificing integrity, character or sportsmanship”.

It takes exceptional skill, stamina and determination for teams to make this climb and only 10% of teams from across the country will make the cuts. Champion Cheer Athletics has been fortunate to have three teams make it.

Follow the team on Facebook or at for updates and results. Team try outs start in a couple of weeks. Call 419 502-0209 for dates and times.


Family Fun Fair at Bataan

On Saturday at Bataan Memorial Elementary School in Port Clinton the Ottawa County Family Fun Fair featured fun and food for all. Agencies from throughout the county had representatives available to provide information and answer questions.


PC girls softball on a hot streak, improve to 5-6

After starting the season 0-4, the Port Clinton Redskins have rebounded to win five of their seven games to improve to 5-6 overall and 4-1 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. 

Most recently, the 'Skins defeated Huron, 6-2, behind a fine pitching performance from Kate Mueller that saw her strike out six and allow just two runs to notch the win. 

She got plenty of help at the plate, especially from Emily Ashley, who had a home run and two RBIs, and Paige Culver and Molly Haberman, both of whom went 2-for-3 and drove in a combined three runs.

Port Clinton 15, St. Mary CC 1

Paige Culver led the way with three hits, including two doubles and two runs scored, to help Port Clinton defeat St. Mary CC, 15-1, in SBC action.

Hope Thorbahn had a home run, Emily Ashley had two hits and drove in two runs and Tiffany Colston and Molly Haberman each had a double.

Port Clinton 2, Margaretta 0

The 'Skins won a pitchers' duel by scoring two runs in the sixth inning to defeat Margaretta, 2-0.

Allie Schroeder had two hits and an RBI and Sydney Adkins had a sacrifice fly to account for the game's two runs. 

Kate Mueller had another fine performance in the circle, allowing no runs on three hits to get the win.

Genoa 12, Port Clinton 11

The 'Skins suffered a tough loss to Genoa in non-conference action, losing, 12-11, to the Comets.

Paige Culver led the way with a home run and four RBIs, Hope Thorbahn finished with a triple and three RBIs and Molly Haberman had two hits.


PC boys baseball defeat Huron

Port Clinton 12, Huron 5

The Port Clinton baseball team got a big win last week, defeating Huron, 12-5, to improve to 6-9 overall and 2-2 in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

In a back-and-forth game that had two ties and two lead changes, Trey Gluth hit a two-run home run to break a 4-4 tie and give the 'Skins the lead for good.

Entering the bottom of the fifth with the scored tied at 4, Port Clinton proceeded to score eight runs in the next two innings to break open the game.

Cory Colston got the win, allowing four runs in five innings and striking out four. He had two hits and two RBIs at the plate, as did Zak Floro. Jason Bailey contributed with a double and two RBIs.


Oak Harbor softball defeats St. Mary’s

Oak Harbor 4, St. Mary CC 1

The Rockets took control of the game in the fourth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie by scoring two runs to take the lead for good.

Sam Durivage (10-3) got the win, allowing one run on two hits. She struck out two and walked a batter.

At the plate, Theresa Stokes led the way with two hits and an RBI and Rebecca Florio had a double and scored a run.

Perkins 10, Oak Harbor 1

Darcy Daniel hit a three-run home run in the first inning to get Perkins off to a fast start in its 10-1 victory over Oak Harbor.

Rebecca Florio had the Rockets' lone RBI, driving in Kimmi Wahlers in the fifth inning.

With the loss, Oak Harbor fell to 14-3 overall and 4-2 in the SBC.

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