City moves on Waterworks plan

Tuesday night, Port Clinton City Council moved forward with an ordinance that puts the development of Waterworks Park back on the front page. The ordinance authorizes the city to enter into an agreement with the Los Angeles legal firm of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler and Mitchell to assist the city in finding a developer at the site.
The ordinance came out of the Planning and Development Committee chaired by Deb Benko. Following the abrupt withdrawal by the Indiana developer Puller Group in early 2008, many local leaders and Council members started looking for a way to revive the project that had been on ice since the banking crisis of 2008.
Benko said Council first became aware of the LA law firm shortly after Puller Group pullout. The law firm is not a development contractor, but it specializes in putting projects and developers together.


Orientation, open houses announced for PC schools

With the start of the 2012-13 school year just around the corner, the Port Clinton City School District has numerous orientations and open houses scheduled for students and their parents. Prior to school there are also dates for older students to pay school fees and pick up schedules and supply lists. These sessions provide an opportunity for students and their parents to become familiar with their school setting and meet with the faculty and staff of each building.

High School — Port Clinton High School student schedules will be available as follows: Sophomores — 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22; Seniors — 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23; Juniors — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. Parking permits may also be purchased at these specified times. Freshmen Orientation “Frosh Fest” is planned for Friday, Aug. 24, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the PCHS Performing Arts Center Lobby. Students and parents learn important information about high school and students have the opportunity to walk through their schedules. Port Clinton High School Open House will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.


Chicken barbecue benefits OHHS football

Oak Harbor High School will be serving up a barbecue chicken dinner before the first home football game Friday, Aug. 24. The meal will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and catered by Blackberry Corners. Dinner includes a half chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll with butter, drink and dessert for $8.50. Carry-out and dine-in service will be available.
For tickets, call 419-265-4066, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see any Oak Harbor Rocket football player.
All proceeds benefit the OHHS football program.


Local is OAR President’s Sales Club Realtor

Ruthie Caputo, sales associate and Realtor with Jack Bradley Realty Co., Port Clinton, has been awarded the President’s Sales Club Award of Achievement designation from the Ohio Association of Realtors.Caputo
Caputo is a member of the Firelands Association of Realtors, OAR and National Association or Realtors.


Barbershop Quartet playing in Marblehead

Rip Chord, a Barbershop Quartet from Indiana, will be singing in Marblehead at two locations Sunday, Sept. 2. The group will perform at 8:45 a.m. worship at St. John Lutheran Church, 117 Stone St., then at the 10:30 a.m. service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 541 Church Road. They will be singing “Yes, Indeed,” “Gospel Medley” and “Irish Blessing.” Rip Chord will continue their musical variety during a potluck picnic at St. Paul following worship around 11:30 a.m.
Community members and vacationers are welcome to all events. Rip Chord is a former medalist from the Cardinal District.
The quartet includes: Lead — Phil Griggs, Bass — Joe Schmidt, Tenor — Kurt Vogel and Baritone — Bob Kihlken, son of Ginny and Dave Kihlken, Lakeside-Marblehead.


By Laurie celebrates grand re-opening

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the grand re-opening and anniversary celebration of By Laurie, at 120 E. Second St., in downtown Port Clinton. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is at noon Friday, Aug. 24. Light refreshments will be served.
By Laurie has planned a two-day whole house sale on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25.
By Laurie has custom jewelry in gold, silver and other and offers jewelry repair. She has a full designer bead shop and a very nice line of vintage jewelry.
For information, contact 419-203-2849.


Ribbon cutting Thursday at Thirsty Pirate

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Thirsty Pirate Taphouse and Grille at 2940 E. Harbor Road (corner of Ohio 163 and 53). A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at noon Thursday, Aug. 16.  Light refreshments will be served.
“Since our opening on July 23, response from the Port Clinton and surrounding communities has been overwhelming,” said Mike Sjostrom, owner of The Thirsty Pirate Taphouse and Grille. “We are excited to be part of the community and to be able to provide a place people can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a cool, refreshing craft beer. We have been blessed with more and more patrons each day. It’s been fun and challenging at the same time. Every day we learn more about what our guests want and how we can better accommodate them.”
The Thirsty Pirate concept is casual dining in a fun atmosphere. With 32 beers on tap, there is a wide range of variety, from light-bodied lagers to full-bodied porters, any beer lover is sure to find a beer to please their palate.


Grand opening planned for Hand in Hand Nail Design

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the grand opening of Hand in Hand Nail Design located at 1848 E. Perry St. in the Sutton Center.  The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at noon Wednesday, Aug. 22. Light refreshments will be served.
Hand in Hand Nail Design is not your average salon. The concept is totally unique. It is a sanctuary of relaxation, peace and quiet. Hand in Hand offers manicures, pedicures, acrylics and gels. For information, call 419-341-2155 or visit


Soar to Appetite for the Arts

Painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry designers, live demonstrations, antique cars and airplanes will be set up in the newly opened Liberty Aviation Museum for Appetite for the Arts. Witness the true 1930s art deco museum holdings. Believe in the Spirit of Amelia Air Art and the inspiration of her time.
Appetite for the Arts is an entire weekend filled with discovery and adventure with the arts at the Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton. Friday night’s event is sold out but the event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.


A bird walk for non-birders

The Pledge to Fledge project is an effort to mobilize everyday birders across six continents to share their interest in birding with the non-birders in their everyday lives. The Pledge to Fledge website is
Magee Marsh Wildlife area will join other places around the globe during the kickoff weekend by offering a Beginning Birder walk on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Beginning at 10 a.m. (to allow the non-birders to wake up!), it will be an easy walk and binoculars will be provided for those who need them. All birders are encouraged to bring a friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker, young person or any other “non-birding” person with them for this walk. Participants should meet at the Bird Center at Magee Marsh.  
If you need directions or have questions, call Mary at 419-898-0960, ext. 31.

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