Kessler assumes gavel of the Port Clinton Rotary

Photo 8668: New Rotary President Karl Kessler presents plaque of appreciation to Past President Gary Good.

Tuesday evening at 1812 Food and Spirits Karl Kessler was sworn in by District Officer Duane Waite as the 67th president of Port Clinton Rotary. Actually, Kessler is the 66th, as he had served previously as president.


Local business owners support American Red Cross fundraising event

Left to right standing:  Greg Peiffer, WPCR; Mike Bassett, Bassett’s Market; Matt Gottron, Happy Days Boatin; Jim Stouffer, Catawba Island Club; Amanda Staveskie, Moxie Salon & Spa; Joe Perry, Perry Rentals; John Schaffner, The Beacon; Beckett Spreng, Freedom Boat Club; Mike Callahan, Catawba Landing; Pat Reineck, Reineck Dental; Kathy Richmond, Skipper Bud’s, Cindy Amerin and Mary Jane Gibson. Row two: Amy Runge, R. J. Runge Co. Inc; Danis Putzbach and Karen Blizzard. Row one: Eric Paul and Jeff Sondles, Liberty Aviation Museum.  

Local businesses and individuals were recognized recently for their generous major contributions to this year’s American Red Cross of Ottawa County Club Red Gala. Extraordinary prizes and services have been received from community partners. The prizes will be available for auction at the Red Cross Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls of Company Red Gala on July 19.


Riverview Healthcare Campus to host indoor patriotic parade

On Wednesday, July 3rd, at 1 p.m. Riverview HealthCare Campus near Oak Harbor is holding an indoor Patriotic Parade for their residents and the public. All are invited to attend and bring decorated wagons, trikes, strollers, buggies and riding toys.  Adults are encouraged to bring pots, pans and wooden spoons, kazoos or any type of instrument or noisemaker and to dress in any combination of red, white and blue.  Prizes and trophies will be awarded and ice cream will follow for those in the parade.

For further information, call Riverview’s information desk at 419-898-2851 or 419-732-3163 ext. 6075.


Port Clinton Artists’ Club call for artists

Arts in the Park show Directors Barb Gaynor, Rosalie Kastelic, Club President Dee Cochran and Show Director Dave Gaynor.

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club announces Arts in the Park will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, 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.  

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club has a few sites still open for this year’s show. All art must be originally designed and created by the artist. No wholesale or retail items are permitted. In addition to Best in Show and People’s Choice, judging will be in multiple categories including ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, textiles/fiber and wood. An application and map can be downloaded at or interested artists can call 419-967-1484 for more information.




Ottawa County CASA is recruiting volunteers

Ottawa County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting volunteers interested in working with and advocating for children involved in the court system. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to do an independent investigation of the facts and people surrounding a child and be the voice of that child in the courtroom. Volunteers complete an initial 30 hour training on child development, cultural diversity, child welfare laws and requirements as well as court room procedures.

CASA is in need of additional volunteers and will begin a pre-service training in the near future.  For more information, contact Connie Cornett at 419-301-0225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

Law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes and supporters at Lakeview Park last Sunday

Last Sunday law enforcement officers, Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone, and Special Olympics athletes and supporters participated in the Special Olympics Torch run that culminated in last weekend’s Ohio Special Olympics in Columbus. Local Special Olympics athletes that competed are Amanda Blankenbecker, Elizabeth Young and Dan Luscious. In last weekend’s Special Olympics state competition, Amanda Blankenbecker won gold medals in the two kilometer walk and the softball throw. Elizabeth Young won a fourth place ribbon in bowling. Dan Lucius won a gold medal in the softball throw and a bronze medal in the 100 meter dash.

Special Olympics Torch Run

More photos at Photos by Donna Lueke


The Marblehead Bank announces New Board Member

Benevolent Marblehead Citizen Joins the Bank Board of Directors

The Marblehead Bank, the Peninsula’s only community bank with local headquarters, is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to their Board of Directors. Judith L. Just of Marblehead has accepted the role of board member for The Marblehead Bank. “Judy brings a unique connection to the local community through her service as President of The Ottawa County Holiday Bureau, as Secretary to St. Joseph Catholic Church and as a member of many other local benevolent boards,” said William Tuttamore, President of the Marblehead Bank.


Halupki Festival and International Days coming to Marblehead

In Marblehead folks will soon smell the cabbage rolls a-cookin’ and hear the lively sounds of polka music at the 57th Annual Halupki Festival. The Festival, a celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, is presented each year on the third Sunday of August by Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 East Main Street (Route 163), in Marblehead. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, August 18th. 

The day’s activities begin with Divine Liturgy in the beautiful, historic church at 9:30 am. The choir of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lorain will sing at Liturgy. The parish family extends an invitation to one and all to join with them in worship.



From Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, May 19, 2013:

Michael Bloom of Port Clinton, Master of Science in Civil Engineering 

Ottawa County graduates from Terra State Community College, Class of 2013: 

* cum laude, ** magna cum laude, *** summa cum laude, + veteran

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