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Updated information on the Coastal Wetland Restoration Project for the City of Port Clinton

Map of the projected project as of June 2014 by the Army Corp of Engineers.

The Army Corp of Engineers has released an update to their Coastal Wetland Restoration Project for the City of Port Clinton. The affected area of the project is west of the City Beach on Perry Street, east of Derby Pond at Waterworks Park, north of Perry Street. Originally the project was listed as a $2.5 million dollar project, but after some reconsideration, the bill for the project, as proposed now, has dropped to $1,257,500.

“To save cash and to be equally affective, the ponds will be deeper so there will still be water exchange,” said Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. “Originally there was a pipe system that was going to go in, but it was too costly.”

Right now the coastal wetland in the projected area currently provides little quality habitat for coastal species, including migratory birds. The area now is characterized by an abundance of non-native, invasive plant species, including phragmite. The existing wetland is also cut off from external water sources of surface water, such as upland lake connections, that would provide adequate water input and exchange.

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TNT-till next time mentoring program

60 mentors are needed for BCS and Port Clinton City Schools by August 1.  The program helps keep students in school, improves grades and self-esteem, and teaches how to relate to all kinds of people.  Mentors can expect a fulfilling experience by supporting other students while giving back to the community.  The mentors can expect to spend 45 to 60 minutes each week with the mentee in their school setting, either during their school day or after school, and must be dependable and consistent.  Interested mentors should contact Shanna Strouse, BCS coordinator, at 419-704-6366 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Terra State to host third annual Heroes Run

Terra State Community College in partnership with SCHRMA will host the Third Annual Heroes Run Aug. 16 on the campus. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk will go to the Haldon Dodway Veterans Scholarship Fund to assist veterans at Terra State.

Pre-registration fee is $10 for ages 10 and up and $5 for those under 10. Deadline to pre-register is July 28. Cash or make checks payable to the Terra College Foundation. Run day registration begins at 8 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

There will be overall male and female winners as well as top three male and female finishers in each age category. Age categories range from 9 and under to 70 and over.Vendors will be on campus selling shirts, beverages and food. Goodie bags will be given to the first 200 registrants.

For more information, contact Joyce Spencer at 419-559-2348, Jacque Dodway Foos at 419-559-2370, or John Tooson at 419-349-2664.

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Adult GED and college prep courses available

ABLE classes are available at the Ottawa County Resource Center in Oak Harbor for adults interested in improving basic skills, obtaining a GED, or preparing to go to college. The Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program offers free ABLE classes at the OCRC to help adults improve their reading, math, or writing skills, to prepare for the GED test, and to get ready for college or an adult certificate training program. 

Students interested in obtaining a GED are now doing so through the new 2014 GED test. We are prepared to help adult learners obtain the GED to earn the satisfaction of receiving a high school credential and to create a pathway to a better future. Students enrolling into the ABLE classes at the Ottawa County Resource Center and meeting the eligibility requirements will be able to take an Official GED Practice test for FREE to determine their readiness for the Official GED test. 

Orientation to the ABLE program is required before enrollment into classes. Attend orientation to set goals, complete placement testing, and develop an individualized learning plan. Call today to register for orientation: Oak Harbor (419.898.3688 ext. 270)

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Firelands Offering Free Parenting Class

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering the next Happiest Baby on the Block parenting class on Tuesday, July 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Firelands Regional Medical Center’s South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky.

The Happiest Baby on the Block is based on the techniques of world-renowned pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp.  Dr. Karp has been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Phil Show, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and numerous national radio programs.

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Riders Unlimited, Inc. looks to the community for support in the face of closure

On a peaceful farm just north of Oak Harbor, Riders Unlimited, Inc. made its home in 2011. The facility was just what the therapeutic equestrian program needed to thrive: it housed the Riders Unlimited herd in easy-access stalls, provided an indoor arena for safe and comfortable Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy, featured an attached home that could be converted to house the Board room and business office, had wide aisle ways that could provide plenty of room for horses, wheelchairs, and observers, and it had the room to grow and develop with the program for years to come. Over three years of being owned by the non-profit organization, the facility has underwent many improvements to increase accessibility, safety, and comfort for all riders, horses, and volunteers. During a hard winter, volunteers banded together and gave up more of their time to ensure that everything remained safe for the herd so that the horses would be healthy and happy for when their riders returned in the spring. The time and effort has, however, taken its toll.

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Arts in the Park Aug 2-3

Gail Young Wonnell from Sylvania

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club is happy to announce Arts in the Park will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton.  Exceptional, original art is displayed and sold by nearly 120 artists coming from as far away as Florida.  The show is free and open to the public.  One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park continues to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County.  

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Friends of the Library book sale

The Friends of Ida Rupp Public Library will hold their annual used book sale from July 31 through August 2 at the library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton.  The pre-sale for Friends only members will take place from 5-7 p.m. on July 31.  Memberships will be available at the door or in advance at the library circulation desk.  The general public sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 1 and from 9:30 a.m. to noon on August 2.

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Quilt Regatta Quilt Show

Show chairman, Kim Hirt, teaching at the Quilt Regatta Quilt Show

The Ohio Star Quilters Guild held its biennial Quilt Regatta Quilt Show.  The non-profit organization, consisting of quilters from all over north-central Ohio, held the show at Peace Lutheran Church July 18 and 19.  In addition to having roughly 170 pieces of home décor, quilts, and various apparel on display, the show featured demonstration lessons on twining, rug making, English paper piecing, embroidering, locker hooking, and various other techniques.  There was also a quilt appraiser on hand to access the monetary value of the quilts.

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