Community Calendar — April 5 and beyond


  • WHAT: Prizes will be awarded to all winners, refreshments are served, open to the public
  • WHEN: 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Vineyard on Catawba's Community Center, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Dr., Port Clinton
  • COST: $1 donation per card
  • INFO: 419-797-3100

Sound Off — April 5

Castle or bunker?
It’s been said that a man’s home is his castle. I’m wondering about that … especially if you live in the east end of Port Clinton. It may be that a sound-proof bunker would be more appropriate.


Ottawa County's Best Kept Secrets

The Leadership Class of 2012 is looking to shed light on Ottawa County’s best kept secrets — those little-known projects locals quietly undertake to help others. These volunteers donate their time or efforts for nothing more than the satisfaction of knowing they have made someone’s day a little brighter or their life a little easier. If you know of such a project, e-mail details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Bombers drop in on PC

Two World War II planes along with their crews landed at Carl Keller Field Monday as part of annual training exercises. The group — from the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Mich., — brought B-17 and B-25 bombers out for check rides for the first time after maintenance.
“Once a year we have to have the check rides for all of our pilots who fly this aircraft,” said Gene Wedekemper, volunteer with the Yankee Museum and 747 pilot for Delta Airlines.
The check rides are thorough and demanding, according to Wedekemper. They include simulated engine failure, various emergency situations and multiple approaches, similar to the check rides used by the professional airlines.


Author sets off on lakeside adventure

Loreen Niewenhuis stopped for a quick photo on the beach at Magee Marsh before setting off on the second day of her 1,000-mile hike. PHOTO BY ANGIE ZAMAuthor Loreen Niewenhuis set off on a 1,000-mile journey around the Great Lakes Sunday in Ottawa County.
Her walk — which will touch each of the five great lakes — isn’t the first time she’s taken to the shore. In 2009, Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan which led to “A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach,” a book chronicling her adventure along with the geology, ecology and other fascinating aspects of this Great Lake.
“During my hike around Lake Michigan, I became captivated with the Great Lakes, our vast Inland Seas. I decided that one adventure wasn’t enough. I wanted to touch all five of these amazing bodies of water and to explore their importance in my next book,” she said.


Spring Fling

St. Boniface School’s annual Spring Fling Dinner and Dance will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the school gymnasium at 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor. Advance tickets are $20 per person/$30 per couple. Tickets prices at the door are $25 per person, $40 per couple or $15 for the dance only. Tickets will be available for adult beverages and sodas. The evening includes a chicken dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., silent auctions, raffles, a live DJ and a chance to win cash or prizes.
For information, call Molly Judge at 419-340-7546.


Volunteers needed for FLW walleye tourney

The City of Port Clinton, Lake Erie Shores and Islands and the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting the FLW Outdoors Walleye Tour Fishing Tournament in May. The tournament will feature 300 anglers from 25 states and national television coverage on VERSUS. FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world.


Regional team launches War of 1812 bicentennial celebration

David Zavagno (center), chairman of the Perry Group’s Bicentennial Committee, and Blanca Stransky, superintendent of the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, present U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus with a commemorative flag emblazed with the immortal words from the Battle of Lake Erie: “Don’t give up the ship”. The Perry Group plans the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 10, 2013, at Put-in-Bay. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam ShaversUnited States Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, recently launched the Navy’s commemoration honoring the bicentennial of the War of 1812 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. A regional team from the volunteer, nonprofit Perry Group presented the Secretary with a “Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration” commemorative flag stitched with five indelible words: “Don’t give up the ship.”
“The flag draped over the shoulder of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry — as pictured in the Halls of Congress, U.S. Naval Academy Museum and Ohio State House — include these instructional yet inspirational words that helped chart the course of victory for America against the British in the War of 1812,” says David Zavagno, chairman of The Perry Group’s Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Committee, which has been planning its tribute for more than three years.   
Zavagno, along with Blanca Stransky, superintendent of the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, which oversees the Perry Memorial and surrounding grounds at Put-in-Bay, presented the navy blue flag to Mabus.


Anglers reminded of new fish filleting rule

With many Ohio anglers taking advantage of early fishing opportunities, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife would like to remind anglers of a new rule affecting their catch.
Anglers must leave the fish they catch in public waters in the round (whole) or as a complete fillet with skin attached until they reach their home. This regulation is necessary to deter over harvest of certain species of fish. The rule was designed to be a law enforcement tool to protect the fishing resource, and allows wildlife officers to identify fillets in an angler’s possession, so that they can enforce Ohio’s fish bag limits. The new rule was modeled after surrounding Great Lakes province and states' existing regulations. Ontario, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and Minnesota all employ similar regulations.

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