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Ribbon-cutting planned for Ciao Bella

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce announces the Grand Opening of Ciao Bella located at 3880 Harbor Light Landing Drive, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.  Light refreshments will be served. Community members are encouraged to attend to show support for this new business.

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Sousa Tribute Concert at EHOVE

EHOVE Career Center presents a concert tribute to John Philip Sousa on Sunday, April 14.  Sousa was a Marine Corps veteran, musical composer and band conductor in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The tribute concert features Conductor Marcus Neiman and the Medina Community Band.  Guest Conductor Denise Reilly and some members of the Edison High School Band will also make an appearance.

Admission is free, with the concert starting at 2 p.m. in F Building at EHOVE Career Center located at 316 W. Mason Road in Milan Township.  Free lemonade and cookies will also be served.  More information is available at www.EHOVE.net or by calling 419-499-4663 x346.

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'Skins looking to remain competitive in the SBC

Manager: Del Culver, 2nd season

Last Season: 8-18 (4-8 SBC)

Batting Order: C Hope Thorbahn; 2B Kate Mueller; CF Molly Haberman; RF Emily Ashley; DP Shelby Radloff; SS Sydney Atkins; P Paige Culver; 3B Allie Schroeder; LF Marissa Day

Outlook: In Del Culver's first season as the Port Clinton head softball coach, he worked to change the culture within the program, one that has struggled for a number of years.

Last season the Redskins went 8-18 overall and 4-8 in the Sandusky Bay Conference, and this year Culver is hoping for his club to make continued improvement.

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Port Clinton City Beach and Lakeview Park cleanup April 22

Earth Day was first celebrated April 22, 1970.  This day has been set aside each year to recognize our Earth and promote greater environmental awareness through education, action, and celebration.  To commemorate this day the Port Clinton Recreation Department and the OSS Solid Waste District will once again be sponsoring the Port Clinton City Beach and Park Cleanup. The cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 20,  beginning at 9a.m. Volunteers are needed and are asked to report to the Lakeview Park Shelter House with gloves, rakes, and lots of energy.

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Redskins hoping for big things this season

Manager: Traci Bodi, 10th season

Last Season: 12-11 (7-7 SBC)

Batting Order: CF Kalib Shiets; C Blake Calvert; SS Addison Rospert; RF Trey Gluth; 2B Chris Stokes; 1B Cory Colston; 3B Sean Black; LF Kyle Radloff; P Zak Floro

Outlook: Thus far, the Port Clinton baseball team has struggled.

After coming into the season with high expectations, the Redskins have struggled to a 1-6 start, something they hope is more an aberration than anything else.

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Rockets look to continue upward mobility

Manager: Chris Rawski, 2nd season

Last Season: 8-18 (6-8 SBC)

Batting Order: RF Allison Wolf; P Sam Durivage; 3B Justin Webb; 1B Theresa Stokes; SS Rebecca Florio; DH Kim Wahlers; C Maggie Tyburski; CF Sydney Street; LF Brandi Lochotzki

Outlook: After going 8-18 last season, a year that saw them start 1-10, the Oak Harbor softball team has started off the 2013 campaign with a 7-0 record.

The combination of good pitching from Sam Durivage, timely hitting and good defense has helped propel the Rockets to their great start, one that has come exclusively against non-conference opponents.

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Oak Harbor looks to defense SBC crown

Head Coach: Rob Schimmoeller, ninth year

Last Year: 18-8 (12-2 SBC)

Batting Order: SS Mark Konieczy; 2B Andy Rathbun; P A.J. Cecil; LF Logan Winke; 1B Nate Segaard; CF Justin Warnke; 3B Ben Genzman; RF Jourdan Maguire; C Mike Osbourne

Outlook: The last two years have been pretty special for Oak Harbor.

Last season, the Rockets won their first Sandusky Bay Conference title in 20 years and the year before that they went on an incredible run that saw win five tournament games to advance to the Division II Regional Final.

Unfortunately, most of the key players from last year's squad are gone, meaning Oak Harbor has lost the vast majority of its production. Having to replace the likes of Brian and Joey Mallernee, Phil Bryant, Cory Grotz and Payson Galway will be no easy task, but the Rockets don't have a choice. It should be noted that senior Kaleb Maguire, who would've played a key role on this year's team, will miss the season because of a torn Achilles' tendon injury he suffered during football season.

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Nature and nautical items and volunteers needed for MLHS

The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society members are planning their annual Nature and Nautical sale for July 13. The sale has always been very popular and a good source of income for the MLHS. 

The MLHS is asking for help this year in collecting nature and/or nautical items for the sale. Any handcrafted items would be greatly appreciated, as are any items of a nature or nautical theme that are nearly new. Call Mary at 419-798-4877 to arrange pick-up of items.

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Main Street Port Clinton announces Scavenger Hunt winners


Second Place team The Roadrunners


Third Place team the Sedlak-Murray Team

The first annual Main Street Port Clinton Scavenger Hunt was held on April 6.  Families and friends created teams to participate in this family-friendly event.  The teams had to visit 32 downtown businesses and correctly photograph the item based upon the clues.  Prizes donated from downtown businesses were awarded for first, second and third place. All competing teams were also entered to win Chamber gift certificates.

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Kelsey K. concert headlines Ottawa County Fairgrounds Arena Fundraiser

On May 3-5 country music's Kelsey K. and the Buffalo Ridge Band will be at the Ottawa County fairgrounds in Oak Harbor to headline the Arena Fundraiser. 

The arena at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds has a heavy clay mixture. The footing for horses and riders has been dependent on the weather conditions. On a hot day, the footing becomes loose and the dust kicked up causes decreased visibility and the horses, riders and spectators inhale the dust. When the arena is watered, the relief is temporary because the bottom layers of the arena are not properly irrigated. When it rains, which seems to often happen during Fair Week, the water pools and the footing becomes slick and dangerous. A properly irrigated and prepared arena can help solve all these problems.

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