Purple Martin time in Ohio

In the birding world, few species generate more excitement than does the Purple Martin, a swallow that is arriving now in Ohio, with reports of scouts logged almost daily online.

Purple martins, the largest of the swallows in North America, are totally dependent on man-made housing east of the Rockies and faithfully return to the same locations each year, so it’s understandable that human landlords anxiously await the return of their birds from wintering grounds in South America. 

Arrivals are posted on an online database, at, maintained by the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA), a nonprofit conservation organization.


PCHS to offer Chinese as a foreign language

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, Port Clinton High School will add Chinese as a foreign language. A grant has been secured through a unique program that provides cost-savings to provide the Chinese class. The Ohio Board of Regents offers a grant program, in conjunction with the Chinese government, through an organization known as Hanban. The Chinese Guest Teacher Program allows a school district to hire a teacher from China to come to the United States and teach the Chinese language as well as the culture to the students and the community. The Hanban program also subsidizes the teacher’s salary.


Oak Harbor DECA members win big at State

A total of thirty-six Oak Harbor DECA members qualified to compete at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference held on March 15-16 , 2013 at the Columbus Convention Center. Over two-thousand DECA members from 107 schools across the state competed at this event. The Oak Harbor chapter is a satellite program of Penta Career Center.

The majority of the members competed in written projects which included market research business plans and community service projects. In addition to being evaluated on their written documents, the student teams were also graded on oral presentations. All of the written projects teams placed in the top ten in the state. Several students also competed in team decision making and individual events.

 The chapter worked with several business and service organizations to complete their projects. Twenty-four students won awards and the results are as follows:

Entrepreneurship Promotion Project1stMakaylaCarpenter



Financial Literacy Promotion Project2ndSamanthaDurivage



Learn & Earn Project2ndDouglasPennington



Community Service Project3rdAishaHamdallah



Creative Marketing Research Project5thAustinApple


Public Relations Project6thKatelynApple



Buying & Merchandising Reseach Project7thConnorEli



Finance Operations Project8thKalebMaguire



Marketing Management Series8thAnthonyCecil



Students who placed in the top four at the state conference qualify to compete at the International Career Development Conference which will be held in Anaheim, California on April 23-28, 2013. Twelve students will represent Oak Harbor at this conference which is attended by over 15,000 DECA members from around the world. The students are currently working to improve their presentation skills and their written projects to prepare for this event.




Liberty Tax sponsoring food drive

As a community service to help food banks in Ottawa County, Liberty Tax Service in Port Clinton is holding a food drive. Non-perishable food items and cash donations can be dropped at Liberty Tax Service, 313 Harrison Street, Port Clinton, during normal business hours this week or on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.



April is Autism Awareness month

Autism is a disorder that holds much mystery and few definitive answers. It is a spectrum disorder that deeply impacts families and their children on many different levels.

An emotional reunion was held in the home of the Pratt family to talk about what autism means for them. Cheryl and Scott are typical parents of four growing sons, ages 17, 15, 13, and 9. Their second son Lance was given an early diagnosis of autism 13 years ago at the age of 2. Cheryl recalls those early years tenderly, with his Early Intervention Specialist Susie Maloney. Cheryl states" I don't know what I would have done without you!" When asked to recall what the biggest help in those early days of diagnosis and therapies was, Cheryl teared up and said,” I will never forget the day you showed me that Lance was capable of giving me eye contact. You gave me hope! I needed to see that he could be like other children.”

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