Photo by Lori Letterhos
At their June 25th Regular Meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education took on a number of issues to prepare the district for the coming school year. The meeting opened with Board members providing a number of committee reports.
Included in this discussion was the renewal of two levies. By a vote of 5-0, Board members approved a “Resolution of Necessity” regarding the renewal of a five-year 1.2 mill permanent improvement levy and the renewal of a five-year 3.9 mill operating levy. This is the first step toward getting these levy renewal issues on the November 5, 2013 ballot. “The renewals of these two levies are critical for the district moving forward. Voters would not see any increase in their taxes if these renewals are approved,” said Superintendent Guy Parmigian.
The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton held a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Cakery’s Bakery, located at 109 Madison Street, on Monday, July 1. Representatives from the City of Port Clinton, Port Clinton Area Chamber and Main Street Port Clinton congratulated Michelle and A.J. Kodak on their grand opening and commitment to downtown historic Port Clinton. A line of friends and well-wishers dodged the rain to take part and partake.
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) announced a new Lake Erie license plate design that became available on July 1 from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The new design features a life ring with the words “Lake Erie” on it. Inside the life ring are birds in flight on a backdrop of a sunset and lake waves. The Marblehead Lighthouse plate, by Ohio artist Ben Richmond, will continue to be offered along with the new plate design.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has cosponsored H.R. 2273, the Great Lakes System Sustainability Act. This bipartisan legislation would streamline the current Great Lakes Navigation System by creating a single, cohesive system for budgetary purposes, which would allow the system to compete for Army Corps of Engineers maintenance funding as one unit against other areas, rather than against each other.
“A unified system has proven to be successful for port systems in other regions; by organizing the Great Lakes Navigation System as one cohesive system it will allow for our Great Lakes harbors and ports to be more competitive,” Latta said. “The Great Lakes play an important role in our local and national economy, and the operation and maintenance of these ports and harbors is critical for the creation of jobs and commerce.”
In addition to modernizing the current system, this bill obtains $200 million in existing funding just for the use in the Great Lakes. Finally, this bill directs the Corps to create a cost-share program to help reduce the backlog for recreational harbors.
Locals are invited to the Lakeside Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. This self-guided tour showcases properties in Lakeside Chautauqua that participated in the Beautification Awards Program promoting the overall aesthetic appearance of the grounds.
A special Daily Gate Pass to enter the grounds for the Garden Tour is available for $9.50, which includes Daily Auto Pass, but does not include admission to the Hoover Auditorium performance that evening. For those who obtain a Season Gate Pass or who have already purchased a Daily Gate Pass for July 10, there is no additional fee.
Tour attendees may pick up a map of the winning gardens in Lakeside Chautauqua to explore on their own. Maps are available at all gate entrances, Fountain Inn front desk, Hotel Lakeside front desk and the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office located at 236 Walnut Ave.
Kathy Jo Schweitzer (front right), Port Clinton Kiwanis-Food Pantry Project organizer, presents Ann Heckerd (front left), St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry director, with a check, representing the club’s monthly Hunger Bucks’ donations since 2005, now totaling over $10,100. The club also supports the Pantry by supplying weekly food items and service during the monthly food distributions. Also shown are President-Elect, Pastor Bruce Bachelor-Gladder (far left), and those assisting with the program, Anita Gribble, Treasurer, Julie Rosiar, and Past-Treasurer, Bob Scarpino.
On Saturday evening the main hangar at Erie Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton was transformed to an entertainment venue. The Ottawa County Bluegrass filled the newly-refurbished hangar with music that was appreciated by a full house of listeners of all ages.
The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) is hosting their 5th Annual Amazing Kite Flight at Waterworks Park/Derby Pond from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. The Windjammers, an international stunt kite flying team from Detroit will be featured. All are invited to bring their favorite kite or to join members of the Art Council in making their own kite that is guaranteed to fly. The PC Rotary Perch Wagon will be on hand offering their famous “Hook, Line ‘n Sinker” sandwich as well other items.