Steve Barton debuts Beachfront Visions at Wyland Gallery

Steve Barton will bring his vibrant new water’s-edge images to Put-in-Bay’s Wyland Gallery, 495 Catawba Ave., Thursday through Sunday, June 14-17. Barton will be on hand daily and by appointment to meet gallery visitors and share insights into his art and inspirations.    
Barton is renowned for lighthearted canvases that capture the laid-back lifestyle embraced by islanders. His paintings depict secluded beaches, tiny waterfront cottages and colorful shoreline vistas.
Barton also applies his artistry to surfboards, adorning them with inviting sun-drenched scenes.
For information, call the gallery at 419-285-2233 or visit 


Farmers’ Market seeking entertainment and non-profits

The Oak Harbor Downtown Committee, in conjunction with the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, will be holding Downtown Oak Harbor Farmers Markets again this season at Flat Iron Park. The markets will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month starting in June, and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Organizers are currently looking for entertainment acts and additional events and would like to give the opportunity to non-profit groups to host a fundraiser during the markets. There is currently a 5K/10K run benefitting the Camp Sabroske Youth Fund at the June 23 market and The Humane Society Dog Wash at the July 28 market. If your group would like to do a fundraiser during one of the remaining markets, or you have an entertainment act that you would like to perform, call the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 419-898-0479 for information.


Open house at REM Ohio’s local Opportunities Center

REM Ohio will be hosting a community open house from 2 to 6 p.m. June 14 at its newest Opportunities Center, located at 2026 C East Harbor Road. The 3,000-square-foot center offers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities services in either the vocational or socialization curriculum. REM Ohio operates similar Opportunities Centers in Butler, Fairfield, Hamilton, Lorain, Stark, Summit and Wood counties.
The Opportunities Vocational Center offers a variety of education and work experience in small focus groups. The objective and goals are aligned to assist enrolled participants in acquiring needed vocational skills in the pursuit of community employment. In addition work teams, provide hands on clerical work experience and a paycheck. Small teams of clerical workers complete a number of data entry jobs. Each week, participants invest time and effort to improve work-related skills via classroom instruction, demonstration opportunities, seminar or clinic focused sessions, and other employment preparation focused activities.
The Opportunities Social Center, located at the shared address, offers a customized itinerary of both community and on-site education and recreation events. Each participant’s unique interests, social networking skills, health and wellness objectives; in addition to community involvement interest is collected. From this information, many special interest groups and clubs are formed. Topics often include interests such as: cooking classes, music therapy groups, wellness and health sessions and computer learning clubs.


Port Clinton Middle School announces awards

Port Clinton Middle School held the annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. The following awards were presented for the 2011-12 school year:

Perfect Attendance
• Fleet 6 — Jared Depner, Nicholas Mainous, Anthony Nesbitt
• Fleet 7 — Alexander Camerato
• Fleet 8 — Ellis Adolph, Heaven Bassett, Joseph Miller, Alexis Whitt.

Outstanding Attendance
• Fleet 6 — Mary Bowers, Bailey Cole, Madelyn Gerwin, Leslee Gilleland, Erin Hiller, Blake Kelly, Alex Koskela, Delayna Laurel, Chelsea Lee, Amber Luma, Alexandrea Rose, Jerald Sedilko, Lauren Shaw, Brianna Stout, Joshua Street, Dawson Tommer, Brianna Turner.
• Fleet 7 — Austin Arnold, Kenneth Boyle, Dean Colston, Skyler Cook, Meghan Gallogly, Alyssa Krupp, Angelo Martell, Hannah Roberts, Taylor Rollins, Nathan Stayancho, Austin Vargas.
• Fleet 8 — Abreanna Arnold, Tristan Auxter, Ashtyn Baney, Maddison Cole, James Crowl, Marissa Day, Kelsey Dietrich, Nick Finley, Olivia Heckerd, Jessica Hofacker, Rachelle Hofacker, Salvatore Martell, Tamera Rogers, Maranda Santoya, Emily Shaw, Bethany Urban, Leah Warner.

Principals List All Trimesters
• Fleet 6 — Hailey Ball, Kyle Dietrich, Emma Eickert, Erin Hiller, Kirsten Lorge, Nicholas Mainous, Claudia Rosiar, Max Rumbarger, Lauren Shaw, Paige Steyer, Lauren Steyer, Megan Ziembowicz.
• Fleet 7 — Joseph Brenner, Keegan Chapman, Trevor Frias, Natalie Gottron, Courtney Koebel, Alyssa Krupp, Logan Martinez, Matthew Paeth, Emily Reineck, Rachel Reineck, Hannah Roberts, Stephanie Wheeler.
• Fleet 8 — Ellis Adolph, Carter Frye, Katelyn Koebel, Taylor Steyer.

High Honors all year
• Fleet 6 — Ashlyn Borton, Mary Bowers, Merissa Jagucki, Blake Kelly, Jack Kessler, Drew Kopchak, Alexander Koskela, Delayna Laurel, Amber Luma, Madeline Recker, Jadan Rogers, Isabelle Rospert, Allie Veverka, Morgan Wojciechowski, John Young.
• Fleet 7 — Zachary Barr, Kenneth Boyle, Paul Dress,
Samantha Emmons, Devin Feuhrer, Meghan Gallogly, Victoria Glaze, Asha Guerra, Jacob Koch, Samantha McGlothlin, Morgan McLaughlin, Hailey Marez, Collin Miller, Amelia Morrow, Anthony Paradiso, Andrea Rewoldt, Taylor Rollins, Alex St. Leger, Austin Vargas, Ellen Walters, Katelyn Wammes, Breeyana Wells.
• Fleet 8 — Sydney Alexander, Tristan Auxter, Ashtyn Baney, Cydney Bass, Gina Buono, Katelyn Chapman, Allison Cline, Maddison Cole, Kelsey Dietrich, Kassie Finneran, Jasmine Garcia, Clarissa Gonzalez, Christopher Haghiri, Adrianna Hall, Olivia Heckerd, Logan Hepp, Miranda Herevia, Jessica Hofacker, Ashley Householder, Steven Kast, Ebony Kleinhans, Michael Leone, Baileigh Limestahl, Sierra Magi, Joseph Miller, Brandon Moore, Alyssa Peto, Bradley Rich, Collin Rider,Maranda Santoya, Emily Shaw, Noah Smith, Natalie Stitak, Nathan Stubblefield, Alana Sutherland, Courtney Trent, Bethany Urban, Megan Vallance, Spencer Wadsworth, Abigail Waite, Adam Wells.

Department Awards
• Math — Lauren Shaw, Matthew Paeth, Taylor Steyer.
• Reading — Paige Steyer, Alyssa Krupp, Maddison Cole.
• Writing — Ashlyn Borton, Trevor Frias, Kelsey Dietrich.
• Social Studies — Megan Ziembowicz, Joe Brenner.
• American History — Gina Buono
• Science — Blake Kelley, Rachel Bou-Sliman, Ellis Adolph.
• Art — Kayce Deal, Melvin McCord, Baileigh Limestahl
• Computer — Max Rumbarger, Hannah Roberts, Carter Frye.
• Work & Family — Stone York, Madison White, Leo Alvarado.
• Industrial Tech — Erin Hiller, Emerson Lowe, Lydia Bacon.
• Choral — Ariel Koepplinger, A.J. Carpenter, Nate Stubblefield, Tori Glaze.
• Band — Hailey Ball, Zach Barr,     Adam Wells
• Orchestra — Lauren Steyer, Katie Wiewandt, Miranda Rawlins.
• Physical Education — Tony Nesbitt, Logan Martinez, Drew Fodor
Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Middle School Athletics and Academics were presented to Ashtyn Baney and Nathan Stubblefield. Brandon Moore and Bethany Urban received the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award.
Taylor Steyer was honored with the Principal’s Award of Distinction. The Principal’s Award of Distinction is given annually to an eighth grade student who has shown the following qualities during his or her two years at Port Clinton Middle School: Dependability, Cooperation, Citizenship, and Scholarship. In addition, to be considered for this award, during the two years, the individual must have had excellent attendance and behavior, and contributed to the support and spirit of the student body. A committee of middle school faculty members makes the nominations.
See the photo album from the PCMS Convocation online at


Sound Off — June 7

Make a difference
A big HSOC thanks goes to the employees of Key Bank for stopping by the Humane Society on May 24 and helping out for their “Neighbors Make The Difference” program. In addition to playing with the animals, the employees walked dogs, brushed cats and helped with some of the general cleaning. They paused a minute to pose with one of the shelter members, Wiggins. Pictured from left to right are: Jackie Sabo, Diane Bascone, Amy Wither, Stephani Preston, Barb Hope and Tim Ott. The animals really appreciated your efforts!
Humane Society of Ottawa County


Relay For Life starts Friday

This is the big weekend! The Ottawa County Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. Friday, June 8 , and lasts until noon Saturday, June 9. So much is planned for those 18 exciting hours at the Oak Harbor High School Athletic Field.  
With a Disney-themed — “When You Wish Upon A Cure” — the planning committee created themed laps along with some traditional favorites for the 18 registered teams. All survivors are invited to the Dessert Reception in the Auxiliary gym from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. T-shirts and goodie bags will be available here also.  


Register for Chamber’s Classic Car Show

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 19th annual Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in downtown Port Clinton. The Jerry Lippus Memorial Car Show is named in honor of Jerry Lippus, “Mr. Downtown,” who organized the event before passing away in November 2007 from cancer.
Cars, trucks and bikes from virtually every era and every make will be on display on Madison Street. Proud owners will be polishing their vehicles and waxing eloquently about the history and renovations of their unique vehicles.  A DJ will be playing your favorites from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A 50/50 drawing will be held every hour beginning at 11 a.m. and door prizes every hour beginning at 11:30 a.m.


Big plans in little Marblehead

The historic village of Marblehead is bringing back “Olde Fashioned Days” on Saturday, June 16 — a villagewide celebration of Marblehead’s old world heritage sponsored by local merchants.
Activities starting at 10 a.m. are along Main Street and include a vintage-antique car show and an Olde Fashioned Street Fair hosted by the village's unique shops. Top-notch guest artists and crafters will be demonstrating and selling their creations in front of many of the shops.
The “Recycled” Barbershop Quartet, with more than 50 years of combined experience, will perform from 12:30 to 6 p.m. in various locations along Main Street, starting at the Village Clipper barbershop. Also performing will be an orchestra comprised of faculty and students from the Terra College of Music playing hits of the ’20s through the ’40s.
Local restaurants, ranging from Cuban cooking to down-home meals, will be providing specials and other vendors will offer festival foods along Main Street.


Local to perform at Riverfront Live!

Check out Jerry Davenport live at the season’s first Riverfront Live! under the canopy on North Jefferson Street. The free summer concert series is held on Friday evenings in downtown Port Clinton. The Portage River is the backdrop for some fantastic entertainers.


Spencer joins Ottawa County Health Dept.

The Ottawa County Health Department has welcomed Jessica Spencer, of Port Clinton, to its nursing staff. Spencer began work Feb. 21, concentrating her efforts in the home health care division.
“I love the elderly, geriatric patients,” said Spencer, noting regular visits can often forge special bonds.
Diane Kokinda, Director of Nursing, said Spencer underwent an orientation period in which she was teamed with a fellow registered nurse. She now makes the health care visits on her own.
Spencer’s position with the health department is part-time. She divides her time between the health department and duties in the labor and delivery unit at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. Previously, she also worked at Bellevue Hospital and Bay Park Community Hospital.

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