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PC Mayor claims park initiative could force City to cancel community events

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone told those attending a meeting of the Friends of Port Clinton last Thursday that, should the ballot initiative pass in November, it would also shut down a number of community events, such as the Walleye Festival and Arts in the Park. 

After its formation last fall, Friends of Port Clinton held its first community action meeting of the year on Thursday, August 14, at the Commodore Perry Inn.

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Community calendar Aug 21-27

Aug 21-22

Water aerobics
When: 8-9 a.m. & 10-11 a.m.
Where: Danbury School pool
Info: 419-357-1182

Thursday Aug 21

The Listening Room Local at The Loft
What: Enjoy tapas, drinks and singer-songwriters
When: 7 p.m.
Where: The Loft at Cielo Grande, 117 Madison St., Port Clinton
Cost: Free with two drink or one tapas purchase
Info: 419-967-9084

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The Salvation Army distribution dates for Tools for School program

The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit will be distributing book bags and school supplies for the Tools for School program this Wednesday and Thursday, August 20 and 21 between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Applications are still available and can be filled out and returned to the Sutton Center office. The Port Clinton Service Unit’s Tools for School program will assist local families in need of school supplies and book bags.

Applications for this program can be picked up at The Salvation Army Office, The Sutton Center, JFS, Ida Rupp Library, Oak Harbor Library and Genoa Library.  

This program is supported by The Ottawa County Community Foundation, Stensen Foundation and local donations.  If you are interested in making a donation to this program, please send or drop off your donation at The Salvation Army-PCSU, 1854 E. Perry Street, Suite 800,   Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 or speak with Director, Maureen Saponari.

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What happened to my swan friends?

I do not want to ruffle anyone’s feathers but I have to say that I miss seeing the swans, particularly the ones that hung out in West Harbor and the hundred or so that enjoyed their lives in the bay behind Nagoya at Rt. 53 going out on Catawba Island.  Every year I look forward to seeing my swan friend “Sammy” and his wife “Samantha” bring their young family to my deck.  I fed them every day, sometimes 5 times a day. Some years they brought 5 to 7 babies and other years less but it always signaled spring was here. This year Sammy came one time in the early spring and then he and the rest of the hundred or so swans disappeared.  I have heard and I know it was true that it was a very hard winter on them and many died.  However, they were here for a short time and then they mysteriously disappeared.  I did see two lone ones this past weekend in East Harbor but something tells me they won’t last long. 

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Protect and Promote Lake Erie

Editor’s note: The following is a statement from State Senator Randy Gardner, founder and co-chairman of the Lake Erie Caucus who represents more Lake Erie shoreline than any other member of the Ohio Senate.  He represents the 2nd Senate District, which includes the Lake Erie counties of Lucas, Ottawa and Erie.  He visited the Ottawa County communities of Port Clinton, Catawba Island Township and Marblehead on Monday and visited Erie County on Tuesday to hand-deliver the following message to community leaders:

Over the past three years, I have been especially engaged in efforts to help heal our great natural asset, Lake Erie.   New programs like the Healthy Lake Erie Fund to help with agricultural best practices to reduce nutrient runoff and Ohio’s first-ever fund to begin to reduce open lake dumping of dredge materials is going to make a difference.

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Lady Redskin tennis gets their first win

The Lady Redskins recorded their first win of the season Monday afternoon with a 5-0 win over Fremont St. Joe.

Alyssa Krupp (PC) def. Ashley Burns (SJ) 6-0, 6-2
Kelsey Dietrich (PC) def. Tricia Reinhart (SJ) 6-2, 6-0
Eryn Binder (PC) def. Danielle Baez (SJ) 6-0, 6-1
 
Libby Showalter and Taylor Steyer (PC) def. Olivia Reinhart & Andrea Riehl (SJ) 6-3, 6-2
Candace Smith and Meghan Gallogly (PC) def. Morgan Collins & Sophie Militello (SJ) 6-4, 6-2
 
“Everyone played very well tonight.  Both doubles teams have been working on their chemistry and things seem to be clicking.  The singles players were very solid,” said Coach Smith.
 
Kassidy Mahler and the doubles team of Hannah Roberts and Lauren Steyer won in JV action.
 
PC travels to Oak Harbor on Tuesday and Fremont Ross on Thursday.

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Lady Redskin tennis starts their season

The Lady Redskins opened their season with a 3-2 loss to Norwalk Thursday afternoon.

Alyssa Krupp (PC) def. Lauren Ott (N) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
Kelsey Dietrich (PC) def. Lauren Steffani (N) 6-3, 6-1
Jasmine Ashakih (N) def. Eryn Binder (PC) 6-2, 6-2

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Exotic Birds at Otterbein

Laura Miller of Nature View Exotic Bird Aviaries shares information about the birds to two Otterbein North Shore residents.

People of all ages came to greet the new arrivals at Otterbein North Shore on Tuesday, August 5, when a variety of colorful finches were delivered by Laura Miller of Nature View Exotic Bird Aviaries in Fremont.  Fourteen birds will make the Otterbein aviary their home.  Supported entirely by donations, including from the Marblehead Bank, every day more than 40 -50 people will be able to view, relax and enjoy exotic birds in their own habitat, while delighting in the beauty of baby bird hatchings.

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FriendShip and JDRF poker run August 23

FriendShip Food Stores teams with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for the fifth annual poker run on Saturday, August 23, at Margaritaville in Sandusky. This year automobiles and motorcycles will be participating together.  

The ride will begin with the registration at 11 a.m. Participants must be registered and on the run by 2:30 p.m., as this poker run is more than 2 hours in length.  The run will proceed from Margaritaville to five Friendship Food Store locations which include Norwalk, Wakeman, Vermillion, Amherst, and Sandusky (the ride is subject to change for safety and efficiency). All participants are to return to Margaritaville to turn in their poker hands no later than 4:30 p.m.

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