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Who’s the Top Dog?

The first annual “Who’s the Top Dog?” dog show will be held at the Bark Until Dark off-leash dog park on 310 S. Bridge Rd. in Danbury Township on May 18. Proceeds from the dog show and entry fees will be donated to the Humane Society of Ottawa County. Registration and lunch are being held from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Judging starts promptly at 1 p.m. The entry fee for the show is $10 per dog.

Blue ribbons will be awarded in the following categories: Best of Show, Cutest Dog, Ugliest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Dog Name, Prettiest Color, Best Trick, Largest Dog and Most Awesome Tail.

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Orchestra Hall Movie Theater opens with ‘Preview Weekend’

Ottawa County’s only movie theater, located in Lakeside Chautauqua’s historic downtown business district, recently received a new digital projector to enhance the movie experience.

Guests and residents of the peninsula are invited to attend an Orchestra Hall ‘preview weekend’ screening of “The Monuments Men” (PG-13), starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman. (118 mins). The movie will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17. Movie tickets are free for this weekend only.

Orchestra Hall will officially open for the summer season over Memorial Day weekend with “The Lego Movie” (PG) (100 mins). This animated children’s movie, with an all-star cast, will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, and 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. Movie tickets are $7 per adult and $3 for youth (under age 12). Please note that Orchestra Hall does not support 3D film.

For a schedule of upcoming movies at Orchestra Hall, visit lakesideohio.com/arts.

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Walleye Festival receives grant

Main Street Port Clinton is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a tourism marketing grant from the Ottawa County Visitor’s Bureau to promote the Walleye Festival. 2014 marks the 34th anniversary of the Walleye Festival, which runs May 22 to May 26 this year. 

All proceeds from the Walleye Festival are used to revitalize downtown historic Port Clinton.  Main Street Port Clinton is a non-profit organization striving to promote, preserve and improve downtown historic Port Clinton.  For more information, contact Main Street Port Clinton at 419.734.5503.

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MS Bike to the Bay celebrates 25th anniversary

More than 1,000 cyclists will challenge themselves during The Reeves Northrup Memorial Bike MS Bike to the Bay cycling event on June 21-22 . The Bike to the Bay ride presented by The Andersons Inc. Charitable Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014. This special two-day ride is devoted to helping people who are living with multiple sclerosis, a chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system.

The Bike to the Bay ride begins at Perrysburg High School on Saturday, June 21.  There are route options of 35, 50, 75, and 100 miles so riders of any age (12 and over), experience and ability level can register to ride. Two-day riders stay overnight in Port Clinton and receive a Jet Express ticket to Put-In-Bay before making the return trip to Perrysburg on Sunday, June 22.

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OHHS FFA help with tree packing

Oak Harbor FFA students and Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD) staff recently packed tree seedlings for the OSWCD at Moore Orchards. The annual tree sale program has been offered to landowners for over 40 years. Offered are several varieties of small seedlings, shrubs, larger hardwoods, and native plant seed packets.

The district thanks the following volunteers for helping make this program a success: Moore Orchards and Oak Harbor FFA students Cliff Biggert, Cobi Brough, Ben Genzmen, Aaron Hopkins, Tyler Mantooth, Curtis Priesman, Tyler Scanes and Adam Swope.

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Ohio Dermatological Association

On behalf of the Ohio Dermatological Association (ODA), I am writing to raise awareness of the month of May designated as Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by the Ohio General Assembly. 

In an effort to curb the skin cancer epidemic in Ohio and the United States, the ODA is educating and advocating for skin cancer detection and prevention. Over one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year and approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. 

Of serious concern is the alarming increased incidence of the potentially deadly malignant melanoma in young people. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-24 years old.

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Deadline is fast approaching for Amazing Island Raise signup

Ottawa County CASA and Joyful Connections report that teams are filling up fast for The Amazing Island Raise, being held on South Bass Island on Saturday, June 14.  

These two non-profit agencies serving local children are teaming up for this fun-filled event to raise funds Put-in-Bay style. Teams will solve clues, complete challenges and win prizes while enjoying the fun and sun of Put-in-Bay. Teams of 4-6 adults will race against one another to see who has what it takes to be an Amazing Island Raise Champion.  

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Athletic yard sale May 17

The Port Clinton High School and Middle School Athletic Departments will be hosting the first ever Athletic Yard Sale on May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at True-Lay Stadium in Port Clinton. The tables will be set up in front of the visitor side stands. In case of rain, the sale will be held in the visitor/middle school lockeroom on the east side of stadium. Various equipment that is no longer utilized, along with old football jerseys and girls basketball jerseys will be sold. All proceeds will benefit the Port Clinton High School and Middle School Athletic Fund.

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Peace Officers Memorial Day

Port Clinton City Council member Jerry Tarolli, Bill Rigoni, son of fallen officer Robert Rigoni, Port Clinton City Council member Lisa Sarty, and Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone posing with the Port Clinton memorial wreaths at the Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony.

“It doesn’t matter the time, the day, or task being preformed, big city or small; they perform these tasks so we can sleep easy at night,” said keynote speaker Magistrate Louis P. Wargo III of the Ottawa County Municipal Court at the Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony Thursday, May 15.

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