Award-winning chef returns to library

Chef Vincent Tropepe will be at the Ida Rupp Public Library to talk about his autobiographical cookbook “From Behind the Kitchen Doors” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9.
Tropepe won all three titles in each nominated category designated annually by the United States Culinary Congress, a first in USCC. The categories are Best French Bistro Northeast Territory, Humanitarian of the Year and Chef of the Year 2011 for a second consecutive year, also first in USCC history.


Two Terra students honored at All-Ohio Reception

Two Terra State Community College students were among those recognized at the 2012 All-Ohio Academic Team Luncheon on April 26 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The annual event is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa and the All-Ohio Advisory Council. Sherry Peterson, of Port Clinton, was named to the first team while Michael D. Ontko, of Oak Harbor, was selected to the third team. Both received All-Ohio medallions, certificates and lapel pins. Peterson was awarded $1,000 and Ontko received $250.

“Receiving acknowledgement from the governor of Ohio, the OACC and Phi Theta Kappa at the State Senate epitomizes my value as a student and representative of Terra State and Phi Theta Kappa,” Peterson said.
Ontko agreed.
“It was an amazing day spent with so many good people,” he said. “I was very happy to hear Governor Kasich speak.”
Peterson will graduate May 4 with an Associate of Applied Business in Office Administration/Executive. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in organizational management at Tiffin University beginning this fall. Eventually, she hopes to earn a master’s degree in developmental education, possibly at Bowling Green State University.
Ontko will also graduate Friday with an Associate of Applied Science in Social Work/Social Work Assistant. He plans to attend Spring Arbor University this fall and later work toward a master’s degree in social work at The Ohio State University. The U.S. Army veteran hopes to build a career working closely with armed forces veterans.
Both were honored to be nominated for the All-Ohio distinction.
“Learning that I would be acknowledged on the State Senate floor as one of the top 10 students in the State of Ohio was surreal,” Peterson said. “I never dreamed such an honor would become a part of my story.”
Ontko was humbled.
“I was very excited and overwhelmed to think that of all the students at Terra State, someone felt so highly of me to nominate me,” he said.
Peterson is the mother of Kasey and Jay Peterson.
Ontko and his wife, Traci, are the parents of James, Reid, William, Jessica, Rebecca and Cheyenne.
Honda of America Mfg., Inc. was the event sponsor.


The Book Exchange under new management

The Book Exchange, downtown Port Clinton, is under new management. New owner Michael Fitzgerald — a long-time supporter and employee in the Port Clinton community — said he is excited and anxious for a fresh start for the store. He was previously involved as a partner in the business and has now taken over all responsibility of the store.
Weighing in on all options, Fitzgerald contemplated closing the store, but the outpour of support from the fellow downtown merchants and previous customers spoke volumes that they wanted the store to remain a piece of downtown Port Clinton.


Bolte Real Estate wins PC Chamber’s Business Member of the Year

A business that was started more 75 years ago, a business that has been a staple of downtown Port Clinton for all that time, has been formally recognized. The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce awarded its Business Member of the Year Award to Bolte Real Estate at Thursday night’s annual meeting held at Catawba Island Club.

Bolte won the award in competition with Croghan Colonial Bank. The long history of one of the oldest existing real estate businesses in Ohio has been well documented over the years. Four generations have been through the business’s management team, starting with Ann Bolte in 1936. In those days, few women worked, let alone started companies. Ann was followed by her son, Eugene, who added the insurance side of the business. He was followed by his daughter Cindy, who first joined the firm in 1980. In 2001, Cindy’s son Phillip joined up, and has also started a construction affiliate to the growing business.
The Lighthouse Award went to Ida Rupp Public Library. It was chosen over three other nominees who were judged to be outstanding business in their individual fields. The other nominees included Home Instead Senior Care, Loadmaster Trailer Company and Riverview Healthcare Campus.
There were two nominees for the Beautification award, including Dock’s Beach House and Coffee Express. Ed Fitzgerald won the award for Dock’s Beach House. The Fitzgerald team also owns and operates Mr. Ed’s, Beachfront Hotel and Commodore Perry Inn and Suites in Port Clinton, and Mr. Ed’s and the Commodore Hotel on Put-in-Bay.
Janeane and Tony Cipiti, tireless volunteer workers for the City of Port Clinton, won the Outstanding Citizen Award over two other nominee couples, Maxine and Gil Carnicom and Barb and Max McLaury. Janeane has declined nomination for the award on a number of occasions, but finally relented. Her handiwork can be seen by all in the garden at the corner of Jefferson and Perry Streets, a task she has performed for years. She and Tony have been married for 62 years.
Main Street Port Clinton gave out two awards. The Business of the Year recognition went to Erie Cottage Trading Company, located behind Coffee Express in the old Carriage House building. The business is owned by Doug and Tony Garrett as well as Debbie Coppeler.
Roseann Hickman, owner of Perfect Color Hair and Tan on North Madison Street and wife of Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman, was honored as Volunteer of the Year.
An overflow crowd of 160 attended Thursday’s event.

For photos of the winners, click on the PHOTOS tab at the top of the page.


Bay Point named Ottawa County Business of the Year

A large crowd of business and community leaders gathered at the main banquet hall of the Camp Perry Clubhouse Wednesday evening for the Ottawa County Improvement Corp. Business and Industry Awards. Nine major awards were handed out to businesses and individuals with the top award, Business of the Year, going to Bay Point Marina and Resort.
Jamie Beier Grant, Executive Director of OCIC, read a paragraph on each of the award nominees as the night progressed while Ottawa County Commissioner Mark Stahl presented each winner with their award. Brooke Brown accepted the award on behalf of Bay Point.

Kelley Frey and Geno Monaco from the Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer’s Office shared the Volunteer of the Year award. The daughters of Jack Schiller, Barb Lodermeier and Mary Coffee, as well as grandson John Coffee received the Personal Achievement award given posthumously. The Ottawa County Visitors Bureau was named the Economic Development Partner award, while Don Clemons Sr. received the Bill Mack Award. The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Advance Battery Concepts in Lake Winds Industrial Park.
Three businesses were nominated for the Large Business of the Year, including Bay Point. They were joined by Heinemann Winery and the Put-in-Bay Boat Line. The award went to the folks at the Jet Express.
The outstanding Medium Business of the Year award went to Riverside Machine and Automation in Genoa, as they edged out the Moore Family Businesses (Cameo Pizza, Crosswinds Restaurant, Island Adventures and Cedar Lanes Campgrounds) along with Chipmatic Tool in Elmore.
Zink Calls of Port Clinton, represented by Dawn and Fred Zink, was named the outstanding Small Business of the Year. Also nominated were Oak Harbor Hardware and Advance Product Designs, an auto racing specialty business in Genoa.


Conservation District offers help with wildlife food plots

Do you want to see more wildlife on your property? One effective way to attract and keep wildlife on your land is to plant and maintain wildlife food plots. Food plots are great, because they improve hunting and viewing by helping attract deer, ducks, turkey and pheasants but more importantly, they provide critical habitats for many species of wildlife. Attracting wildlife to your back 40 requires that you think beyond traditional landscaping techniques, which may not meet the needs of wildlife. Wildlife have four basic requirements for survival: food, water, shelter and space. If you can develop a landscape plan that provides these elements, you stand a good chance of successfully seeing more wildlife on your property.

Establishing and maintaining wildlife food plots, however, can be expensive and requires some knowledge of planting and how to properly use farm equipment. The Ottawa County Soil and Water Conservation District realizes this hurdle and is proud to offer wildlife food plot planting for the 2012 season. You can start farming for wildlife for a minimal amount of $60 per acre. The District will plant wildlife food plots consisting of a choice of corn, beans, sorghum, sunflowers, buckwheat and millet.
Interested landowners in Ottawa County can call Joe Uhinck or Mike Libben at the Soil and Water District 419-898-1595 or visit us on line at


PC City Schools announces Flagship winners

The Flagship Awards are part of Port Clinton City School District’s recognition program to honor parents, community members, staff and students that help the district fulfill its motto of “Proudly Charting a Course for Success.”  At the April 23 meeting, the Port Clinton Board of Education recognized the following with Flagship Awards:

• 2011-12 Port Clinton High School Leadership Council, Crew Award (Community)Members of the Port Clinton High School Leadership Council accept their Flagship Crew Award from the Port Clinton Board of Education.
The Port Clinton High School Leadership Council, including advisors Scott Cross and Mike Spencer, have done a phenomenal job this year of promoting positive character traits throughout the high school.  Each year, they are instrumental to the success of so many activities at PCHS including Frosh Fest to welcome incoming students, Homecoming Parade and spirit events, staff recognition in May and much more. This year, after the Rachel’s Challenge assembly, the group was so moved by the assembly, they pledged to do more to promote a positive atmosphere.
Leadership Council members have dedicated countless hours of their own time in a variety of ways including painting positive messages on the pillars and wall in the hallways. They have given students the chance to build lasting connections by placing their hand print under the theme “these hands will touch many lives.” The students also read to Bataan Memorial students a few days each week to help our youngest students develop and grow as well as give them positive role models to emulate.  


Billboard winners

Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca County fifth grade students had the opportunity to participate in the OSS Solid Waste Billboard Contest earlier this spring. The contest is run annually and the Brad Schwan (center), Ottawa Co. Recycling Supervisor, poses for a photo with Danbury’s billboard winners Ben Strnad (left) and Kalee Rakosky.billboards are posted throughout the month of April in Celebration of Earth Day.
Students are encouraged to create a design with a recycling or litter prevention theme. OSS district staff selects three winners from each county displaying artwork on billboards within their respective counties.
Winning designs include the following students and their school:


Sound Off — April 26

Easter thanks
The City of Port Clinton would like to say thank you to the businesses and the individuals who donated for the 2012 Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza. Thank you to Wendy’s, The Elks Lodge, Community Markets, Miller Boat Line, Bennett Enterprises (Big Boy’s), Piccadilly Circus, Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, PC Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 79, PC Deca, Jet Express, Uncle Fatty’s Tattoo Studio, Walmart, Pizza House, Crosswinds, Island Adventures, Rock Ledge Inn, Drawbridge Marina & Shore Nuf, Marco’s, Mike Snider, Kristi Mitchell, Larry Hartlaub, Brittany Lane, Debbie Hymore-Tester, Snip & Sharon Snider, and Arlene Irick for all of you donations. Also thank to Tracy & Terry Colston, Mary Jo Scott, Rachelle Pine, Tara Crump, Stone Scott, Leo Alvarado, Nikki Bogard, Mike Snider, Rachel Klimentov, Danielle Droege, Michael Leone and Suzie Leone for the time that you donated by stuffing eggs or by helping the day of the hunt. The help from these individuals and businesses are what made this year’s Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza a great success so thank you.
City of Port Clinton


Gardner sponsors new Healthy Lake Erie Fund

Calling Lake Erie one of Ohio’s “greatest natural assets,” State Rep. Randy Gardner won support Tuesday for a new Healthy Lake Erie Fund to enhance the effort to fight algae problems in the lake.
The Gardner amendment was approved by the House Finance and Appropriations Committee as part of the Mid-Budget Review Bill that is expected to be signed by Gov. John Kasich following passage in the Senate by the end of May.

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