Ohio RCAP conference set for August

On August 13 & 14, the Small Towns, Big Futures Conference will take place at the Hilton at Polaris in Columbus. This is the third such conference, which is a service of the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP). 

 “We are excited about this year’s conference,” said John Rauch, director of The Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (GLRCAP), administered by WSOS. “We believe the conference will provide those who attend with valuable information and resources.” 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Drew Hastings, comedian and mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio, have been invited as guest speakers at Thursday’s lunch.

The conference offers three tracks: Infrastructure, Economic Development, and Local Government/Management. 


Aukerman named Director of Youth Sports

At the Monday, July 7, Port Clinton City Schools Board of Education meeting, Mr. Ron Aukerman was approved for the newly created position of Director of Youth Sports. Mr. Aukerman will be responsible for coordinating athletic activities for grades 3-6.

“I am grateful to Mr. Adkins and the school board for allowing us to create this extra-curricular position. I felt like we needed to introduce our students to the various sports we have available at the high school at a much younger age. Ron will be working closely with all of our head coaches as we implement a more formal athletic program and instruction in grades 3-6. Coach Aukerman has many years of coaching experience in various sports and is the ideal person to get this program off the ground,” said Port Clinton City Schools Athletic Director Rick Dominick.

Ron Aukerman is also the Industrial Technology/STEM teacher at Port Clinton Middle School.


B-C-S Board prepares for coming school year

At the June 23  Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education meeting, Board members approved a number of personnel items including authorizing hours for extended school year tutors, supplemental contracts, and extended service days for staff.  


Ottawa County’s brain gain: The Clinton House


Oak Harbor residents Jon and Carolyn Rodenhauser have reopened 106 West Perry Street, Port Clinton, as the Clinton House once again. The Clinton House, which used to be the old location of The Beacon, had a soft opening this past weekend and is planning to open full time in two weeks with a full kitchen and liquor license.


Girls’ softball coach needed

Port Clinton High School is accepting applications for head girls’ softball coach. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and credentials to Rick Dominick, Athletic Director, Port Clinton High School, 821 S. Jefferson Street, Port Clinton, OH, 43452.



Port Clinton Women’s Club arts and crafts show

On Sunday, July 13, the Port Clinton Women’s Club will be holding its annual arts and crafts show at Lakeview Park. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to arts and crafts vendors, there will be food vendors and non-profit organizations present.

For more information, call Candace at 419-607-0221 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Community calendar July 10-16

July 10-16

The Splendor of Lake Erie Exhibit by Local Artists
What: Local artist’s exhibit works
Where: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center-West, 770 S.E. Catawba Rd

The Amazing Grape Race
What: Visit wineries along the Lake Erie Shores and Islands trail in Northwest Ohio
Where: Wineries along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail

Summer Ghost Walks with Victoria
What: Walk with Victoria through old Port Clinton as she recounts tales of romance, history, mystery, and spirits
Where: Marshall Inn Bed & Breakfast, 204 Monroe St., Port Clinton
When: 7 & 8 p.m.
Cost: $8.50

Katherine C. Crampton Memorial Art Show
Where: Hoover Auditorium Lobby, Lakeside
Cost: Gate fees apply


On the Record with Mayor Vince Leone

Editor’s Note: Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone will be doing an interview once a month addressing talked about topics in town on the record. Mayor Leone will also start coming to one Coffee with the Editor a month, dates to be announced. Coffee with the Editor is held at Common Grounds on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and anyone is welcome to attend.

The first topic on the table for discussion is Waterworks Park development, downtown revitalization and CORD’s presence in the community.

“This administration has accomplished a lot, things people told me could not be done; revitalizing the downtown, fixing the shoreline. Elected city officials are given the responsibility to do what’s best to move the city forward and we take that very seriously. The general public elects us and they have elected officials that they feel will move the city forward.”

 “We need to get people in here (the city) to create revenue to get more money for our city. The public has spoken repeatedly about this issue and we are trying to move forward. CORD says that we are not listening to them, but we have heard them, loud and clear, they are, by far, not the majority.”

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