A memorable Memorial Day at Veterans Park


On Memorial Day in Port Clinton Sgt. Jason Thomas’s memorable telling of his acts and decisions at the World Trade Center tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, elegantly honored the essence of Memorial Day. Those gathered in Monday’s cool mist included those who had served, those who had lost loved ones, Americans and Canadians, young and old, all who heard Thomas’s message, learned from his mother: “You are your brother’s keeper. You should never leave your brother behind.”  Tears mixed with rain drops on many a cheek at Thomas’s poignant narrative. Tears and rain dissipated, but the message left tracks in memories and hearts.

Placing of wreaths at Veterans Park

The prayers, the readings, the laying of the wreaths at Veteran’s Park, the Port Clinton High School band’s military medley, the phalanx of those in uniforms, the firing squad’s salute, Rosemary Schramm’s lyrical rendering of “O Canada’ all further enriched the ceremonies.

Judge Frederick Hany’s opening remarks reminded all that we were gathered to acknowledge “bravery, courage and commitment. It is a day to honor the ideals which are not just catch words to those who serve. For this, we as a community thank them all.”

Hany introduced Thomas as “one of the most gracious and honorable men I ever met, and his family, equally so,” and thanked Thomas for spending his Memorial Day in Port Clinton. Thomas thanked “all those who fell, those who gave lives for this great county,” and again reminding all those gathered, “If you ever see anyone who needs help, I encourage you to help that person.”

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Thomas with Mamie Rallins (center) and quilt

VFW Commander Richard Ellis introduced Mamie Rallins of Port Clinton, who presented a beautiful hand-made quilt to Thomas. Rallins, a two-time Olympian in the high hurdles and a talented seamstress and embroiderer, this week offered Ellis the donation of the quilt for a VFW a fund-raiser. Ellis thought it even better to make the quilt a gift to Thomas, who was touched and honored by the gift.

After the ceremonies, while waiting to meet Thomas, Amber Waite, PCHS senior band member, approached a wheel-chair bound veteran who was sitting alone near where Thomas was surrounded by admirers and greeters. She leaned down, shook the veteran’s hand and said simply, “thank you for your service.” It was a simple act, yet the essence of the day.


United Way investing more than $5.5 million in programs and services benefiting Ottawa County residents

United Way in Ottawa County has announced its 2013-14 investment decisions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, more than $5.5 million will be invested in programs, initiatives, and partnerships advancing the common good in Ottawa County.

“We are working side by side to create fundamental lasting change throughout our community,” said Lori Clune, co-chair of United Way in Ottawa County’s Community Solutions Team that makes funding recommendations. “As an organization, it’s imperative we make sure we have a sustainable funding model to continue to meet community needs now and into the future.”

The United Way Board of Trustees acted on the recommendations of community volunteers, who over a course of several months reviewed program results, completed site visits, and assessed the programs’ ability to achieve the results needed to move the work forward.

“We are so proud of the results we are seeing from our partners,” said Chris Galvin, United Way in Ottawa County director. “And our volunteers continue to successfully make important decisions on how to best invest in programs that increase the stability of our focus areas of education, income, and health.”

As a whole, United Way of Greater Toledo, which incorporates United Way in Ottawa County, will invest $11.8 million in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties this year. Of that amount, $9.3 million was directed toward strategies in education, income, and health, while donors directed more than $2.5 million to specific area nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about or get involved with United Way’s work, visit, or “like” United Way in Ottawa County on Facebook. For a complete list of 2013-14 United Way community investments, visit


Ribbon cutting held for Willow

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Willow, located at 130 E. Second Street in downtown historic Port Clinton, on Friday, May 17.  Representatives from the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton congratulated Willow on their grand opening and for their commitment to the community. 

Pictured left to right: Charlene Kerul; Keith Fleming, Main Street PC Board Member; Dana Bacak-Lynd, Main Street PC Board Member; Roseann Hickman, Main Street Port Clinton President; Amy Ruffing, Owner; Jennifer Shenk, Owner; Lee Vivod, PC Chamber Board Chairman; Laura Schlachter, Chamber and Main Street PC; Missy Walker, Main Street PC Past-President; and John Coppeler, PC Chamber Board Treasure


Walleye 5K a big success

The 2013 Walleye 5K Walk/Run started at 10 a.m. Saturday on Perry Street, went through Port Clinton's residential area and ended at Adams Street Park. The 5K was put on by the Toledo Roadrunners Club with proceeds going to Ruth Ann's house and Port Clinton Parks and Recreation. Last year there were 107 participants and this year there were 158 runners plus, not even even counting the walkers.


Weather tools to help you catch more fish

Marc Miller of Cleveland with a nice "Eye"
The internet has become a place for finding information with the push of a few keystrokes, and when it comes to finding information for my next fishing trip I want that information quickly.

There are several internet sites that will help you determine where to start looking for fish on your next trip out. 

To keep it simple: fish do two things in life--eat and spawn. They spawn once a year, so the rest of the year they are trying to stay alive by finding food and feeding.


Memorial Day weekend events at Lakeside Chautauqua

Lakeside Chautauqua will celebrate Memorial Day weekend by remembering those U.S. military men and women who lost their lives while serving our country, and honoring those retired and in active duty. The weekend will also kick off Lakeside Chautauqua’s 140th summer season and offer guests a glimpse of the Chautauqua experience through the many religious, educational, cultural and recreational programs offered.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass (half-price for Memorial Day weekend) is required to enter the grounds for Memorial Day weekend at $9.50 for adults and $6.75 for youth (ages 12-18) per day. Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are free. A three-hour pass is also available for $6.25. To park on the grounds throughout Memorial Day weekend, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $8 per day. Free parking is available at Danbury High School (no shuttle). Free passes are available at the gate for  Shopping/Dining, movies, church, and the Memorial Day parade.The gates are in operation starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, May 24, until 7 p.m. Monday, May 27.

A schedule of events is listed below. The holiday weekend will also include tennis, miniature golf, shuffleboard and the Lakeside Heritage Society Sale. The Hotel Lakeside Café will be open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-8 p.m.; Friday, May 24; Saturday, May 25; Monday, May 27.

  • Orchestra Hall Family Movie “The Croods” (PG)
    Show Times: 8 p.m. Friday, May 24; 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25; 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Tickets are $6/adult and $3/youth (under 12).
  • Lakeside 1 mile Fund Run/Walk
    9 a.m. Saturday, May 25, beginning at Hoover Auditorium Steps/Third Street (115 Third St.)
    Admission to event included with purchase of Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass. Participants may register individually or as a team. Pre-registration is encouraged; visit for details.
  • Family Discovery Program: Juggling 101
    1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park)
  • Summer Opening Ceremony with Rhythmic Circus
    7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Hoover Auditorium
  • Friends of Hotel Lakeside Pancake Breakfast
    9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Hotel Lakeside Café
    $12/adult, $5/child (ages 6-10), children under age 5 are free.
  • Sunday Hoover Worship Service
    10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 26 at Hoover Auditorium The Rev. Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, will lead the Worship Service
  • Dockside Worship at 8:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion.
    Lakeside United Methodist Church (450 Central Ave.) service will be held at 9 a.m.
  • Dedication of The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park
    4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Chautauqua Park (entrance at South Poplar Ave.)
    The service, which will celebrate the circle of life, will be the first time Lakesiders will gather in the newly developed memorial garden. The memorial garden is included in the first phase of plans to convert a major parcel of wooded land along Harsh Road into Lakeside’s fourth major park, Chautauqua Park. Within the memorial garden, the cremated remains of loved ones will be placed in the ground with a biodegradable container to become part of the soil, giving life to the garden’s many perennial plants and trees.
  • Brass Transit – Chicago Tribute Band
    7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Hoover Auditorium
  • Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
    10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, Second Street & Pavilion Circle (Central Park)

Lakeside Chautauqua is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauqua communities in the United States, Lakeside offers a variety of spiritual, cultural arts, educational and recreational opportunities. For more information, visit or call 419-798-4461.


Students at ICS are “Stronger than a bully”

Students at Immaculate Conception School in grades 2 through 5 had a very special lesson in life skills last Thursday.  A Mobile Ed Production Assembly entitled “Stronger than a Bully” made a stop at the school to speak on a problem facing many children and schools today-bullying.  The assembly reinforced the importance of standing up to a bully and not becoming a victim and also not being a bystander, but being an “upstander”.  This fast-paced interactive school assembly program focused on an important lesson, but filled the gymnasium with laughter as it encompassed magic, ventriloquism, role playing, comedy, and loads of fun.  The program presenter, David Mitchel, explained to the kids that the best reaction to bullying is to SMILE.  “S”tay Cool!  “M”ake Eye Contact.  “I”dentify the Attack.  “L”ead positive conversation and “E”rase it!  On the other side of the fence, not letting another friend suffer the attack of a bully can put a student in the position of a hero having the power to change a situation for a friend.  Immaculate Conception School was full of SMILES at the conclusion of the show.

Subscribe to this RSS feed