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Apply now for summer class aboard the tall ship Niagara

Students interested in environmental science and policy have a unique opportunity for a summer class: a three-week trip across the Great Lakes on the tall ship Brig Niagara, a replica of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship from the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The course, which is offered as a partnership between Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, Niagara University and Penn State University, will introduce students to hands-on lake science and Great Lakes policy issues while allowing them to experience life aboard an authentic wooden naval warship.

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Oak Harbor DECA hosts teen dating forum

On Feb. 16, Oak Harbor DECA members hosted a forum to discuss teen dating violence. Students were invited during lunch to participate in the event. The purpose of the event was to create awareness about the issue of teen dating violence

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Marine mechanics skills classes starting soon

The Marine Mechanics Skills for Life program is planning two 10-day classes in April and is seeking participants now.
The first class, set to begin March 19, will focus on outboard marine engines. It will operate from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and will be at the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corp.’s offices on Ohio 163 in Oak Harbor.
The second class will address stern-drive motors and will run from April 2-12. This class will also operate at the same times from Monday to Thursday at the OCIC offices in Oak Harbor.
Supported by several local marinas, the classes are made possible by a collaborative effort of the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corp., Penta Career Center and WSOS Community Action Commission.
The class provides students with program instruction and hands-on training in the proper use of all tools used in the marine mechanic industry: diagnosis, repair and replacement of all components of outboard motors, stern drive motors; as well as the maintenance and repair practices of seasonal marine work. Participants also receive a work ethics certification and boating education certification provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division.  
It designed as an open entry and open exit hands-on program that allows participants to master the skills of the marine trade in less than six months. The participant who completes the requirements of this program can work at any marina around the nation.  
For information on how to enroll in this program, call George Dupey at 419-334-3332.

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B-C-S Board approves cuts

When the B-C-S Board of Education met in January, one of the goals set was to balance the budget. With the failure of three levy attempts for new money, the Board contacted the North Point Educational Service Center for assistance with re-formatting the staffing currently in place at B-C-S. North Point provides this service at no cost to the district. NPESC met with the board and the administration, superintendent and treasurer to give their recommendations. A team effort to reduce current staffing with the least amount of disruption to programs was presented to the Board. Every department will experience staff reductions from administrators to teachers, aides,

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Monument means money for local economy

A new National Park Service report shows that approximately 92,000 visitors in 2010 spent approximately $7,150,000 in Perry’s Victory and in communities near the park. That spending supported 145 jobs in the local area.
“The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value,” said park Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky. “Perry’s Victory is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy.”

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Learn about business taxes March 20

Your Business Taxes: Everything you need to know about 
your businesses taxes will be
presented by John Krupp, CPA, at Ida Rupp Public Library.
Information covered includes income, sales and payroll taxes along with tax filings and changes. The workshop, sponsored by the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and the library will run from 9 to 11 a.m. with a question-and-answer session from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 20. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The workshop is free to chamber members. Register by calling the chamber at 419-734-5503.

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Local Republicans hear from Presidential candidates

Locals traveled to Bowling Green to hear from presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. PHOTO BY JOHN SCHAFFNERAbout 20 Ottawa County Republican loyalists were in attendance Saturday night among more than 1,000 who attended the Ohio 5th District Congressional Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner in the Student Union Ballroom at Bowling Green State University.
The drawing card was obvious. With Ohio in the crosshairs with the March 6 primary drawing close, the event drew not one, but two of the major Republican Presidential candidates: Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Both received a warm welcome from the attendees, most from the 5th Congressional District represented by Bob Latta.
Among the attendees from Ottawa County were newly elected Republican Chairwoman Carolyn Adams and her husband Dex, along with former chairman Terry Lowe and his wife Susan. The only elected officials from Ottawa County in attendance were Municipal Court Judge Fritz Hany with his wife Susan as well as Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell, a part-time resident who is running for re-election.

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Honor Roll — Port Clinton Middle School

Port Clinton Middle School announces its Honor Students for the second grading period of the 2011-2012 school year:
   
Students on the Principal’s List, Highest Honors are:
Sixth Grade: Hailey Ball, Ashlyn Borton, Kyle Dietrich, Emma Eickert, Erin Hiller, Blake Kelly, Kirsten Lorge, Nicholas Mainous, Madeline Recker, Jadan Rogers, Claudia Rosiar, Maxwell Rumbarger, Lauren Steyer, Paige Steyer and Megan Ziembowicz.

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Terrific Kids — February

In cooperation with the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, Port Clinton City Schools recognizes outstanding elementary students as “Terrific Kids.” The following have been honored as Terrific Kids in February 2012:

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