Touchable Creations and more at this year’s Appetite for the Arts

Jose and Dani Herrara

“Look, don’t touch!” doesn’t apply to the work of Dani Herrera, one of the artists participating in the 2013 Appetite for the Arts, Aug. 16-18 at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.

Herrera creates art from random scraps and other things she finds, such as buttons, zippers, dryer lint, newspaper and recycled materials. “I encourage people to touch it. I want them to feel what it’s made out of,” said the home-grown Toledo artist.


The circus comes to town

In the darkness Sunday evening at the Kelleys Island Ferry dock in Marblehead, the Kelly Martin circus arrived. The animals were out of sight in trucks and trailers, yet the excitement of the circus and the the colorful trailers being loaded for the half-hour trip to Kelleys Island brought out several carloads of onlookers. The circus will have shows on Kelleys Monday and Tuesday afternoons and evenings. This is the 12th year the circus has come to Kelleys Island. 

Photo by Donna Lueke


Ribbon Cutting Held for Executive Cleaners

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Executive Cleaners  on Friday, August 2.  Representatives from the Chamber congratulated Emily and Eck Abazi on their grand re-opening in their new location at 1400 E. Perry Street in Port Clinton.

Executive Cleaners has served the Port Clinton area since 2005.  Family run and operated, they specialize in Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Bulk Laundry and Press Only services.  They provide their customers with conveniences such as a Covered Drive Thru and 24 hour Drop Off access. For more information, please contact 419-734-9080.

Pictured left to right: Laura Schlachter, Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce President; Lee Vivod, Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman; Emily Abazi, owner; Edije Zeigler, Manager; Eck Abazi, owner; Diana Morrison, employee; and Missy Walker, Main Street Port Clinton Past-President.



Arts in the Park

2013 was the 57th year for one of the oldest art shows in our area, Arts in the Park. Held on the first weekend of August each year, Arts in the Park draws in artists from all over Ohio and even artists from states as far away as Florida. This year there were 111 vendors, 10 food vendors and eight to ten thousand people were expected to come visit the park overall. 


BGSU FIreland pinning ceremony

On Aug. 11, twelve Bowling Green State University Firelands College students will participate in a pinning ceremony in conjunction with their attainment of an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology.

“We are proud of our graduates who have completed the program and have chosen to work in an admirable profession for the delivery of healthcare,” said BGSU Firelands Radiography Program Director Sylvia Fedro.


Waterworks Park

Have you notice the Save the Park signs throughout town? Well, it is another attempt to prevent economic growth on the waterfront. Will Port Clinton make the same mistake twice? What was wrong with a 1,000 new jobs at $25 to $40 an hour, a new transient marina and a water park for our young people? We are mowing grass at Waterworks Park at $4000 a square foot. Is this the way we develop the downtown and the waterfront? I think not. No developer is going to come here as long as there are those who work to turn them away.


Village Square

By Marblehead Councilman John McDonald

The Marblehead parks have been busy this summer. The parks host baseball and soccer games. Children play on swings and in the sandbox. Numerous activities occur in our park every summer. We are looking into adding playground equipment to enhance James Park and the possibility of covering over the sandbox area for shade. We have talked with a company that does splash parks and looking into providing additional activities for everyone to enjoy the beautiful parks that we have.


Jerry Lippus Memorial Car Show


Saturday August 3, the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce hosted the 20th annual Jerry Lippus Memorial Car Show. There were 120 classic cars registered for the show. Cars were lined up down Madison between Perry and Third Streets. DJ Ice was there playing music for participants and spectators; there was also a 50/50 raffle.


Island Safe Animal Sanctuary Reunion

Two of the dogs rescued by Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in December

The Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary is holding a Puppy Mill Rescue Dog Reunion. The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, 2-4 p.m. and will be hosted by Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick. The event is being held for all adopters and supporters of the puppy mill rescues the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary has orchestrated. 


PC Kiwanis assists library book sale

On the last day of the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, Kiwanis members and volunteers sorted, boxed, and loaded unsold books into two trucks to be moved to Goodwill. Standing: Dick Patterson, Dick Sneary, George Wilber and Russ Brown. In the truck: Jeff Smith, Bob St.Clair, Kathy Jo Schweitzer and Dick Highfield. This is a community service performed annually by the Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton. 

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