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Community garden

When I was talking by the field left after the old middle school was removed, I was struck by how suited it would be for a community garden. Not only to sell produce but to supply fresh food to the food banks. It would need a good organization to organize, but I think there would be plenty of volunteers to work in it. I would give a few hours a week, others would too.

Phoebe Borman
Port Clinton

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Yoga on the Beach at East Harbor

Beginning Saturday, May 24, Yoga on the Beach will be held at East Harbor State Park Beach, Marblehead, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8-8:45 a.m.

The gentle yoga class will accommodate all levels experience, including beginners, and all ages, from youth through seniors. Attendees should bring a beach towel or a blanket, as traditional yoga mats do not work well on the sand. A $5 contribution is suggested, with a portion of all contributions donated to United Way in Ottawa County.

For further information, contact instructor Donna Lueke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419.341.4110.

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First Annual Bird Ohio Day celebrated May 10

On Saturday, May 10, the trail head of the boardwalk at Magee Marsh was even busier than usual for the Biggest Week in American Birding. Senator Randy Gardner, Representative Chris Redfern, and representatives from the offices of Senator Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur made remarks regarding the first annual Bird Ohio Day. The following letter from Governor Kasich was also part of the ceremony:

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Walleye Festival Grande Parade

The Civilian Marksmanship Program Grande Parade will be held Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. Main Street Port Clinton in conjunction with the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce are asking businesses and organizations to be in the parade. All it takes is a banner to carry along the parade route or a well-decorated poster board with your group name mounted on some sort of transportation.

Judging will be held in the following categories:

•Most spirit
•Most entertaining
•Best theme
•Best of show
•Port Clinton pride
•Best baton corp
•Mayor’s Wild Walleye award

Please contact the festival office at 419-734-5503 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Meeting Mr. Rose

Last week a friend of mine, Grant McCallum, a small business owner from Marblehead, and I took the time to travel to Medina to meet personally with Mr. Mike Rose of Washington Properties. It is our opinion that Mr. Rose is one of the most professional and accomplished businessman we’ve ever met. Also, I found him to be one of the most pleasant and fair-minded businessmen that I’ve ever met in my fifty plus years of being in business.

Micropolitan Cities, as Mr. Rose describes them, are cities with less than 50,000 citizens. Medina and Wooster are considered Micropolitan Cities and have experienced significant improvement in their standards of living and also in attracting both small and large new businesses as a result of the vision, commitment and efforts put forth by the Washington Properties team.

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Thanks for the After Prom

Big thanks to those individuals and companies that donated to Port Clinton High School After Prom entertainment: Annette and Dan Stewart, Becky Zoeller, Bill Van Der Giessen, Bolte Insurance (Steve Gulas), Bolte Real Estate Office (Renee Stine), Cheesehaven, Coffee Express (Tina), Crosswinds Restaurant, Diane Kokinda, Eric Rumball, Island Adventures Family Fun Center, Jet Express, Julie Sabastiano, Katy Elias, Kim Trent, Krogers, Logo To a Tee (Brad Meek), Lori Kokinda, Magruder Hospital (Kerryn Lockhart), Marco's Pizza, Mary and Dan Grieger, Mel McCord, Nicole and Gabriel DeFreitas, Papa Jimmies BBQ & Pizza, Perfect Color Hair & Tan, Sandusky Star Lanes, Tally and Kathy Gallogly, Tammy and Jerry Heminger, Wal-Mart and Zink Calls. 

Thanks also to parents who helped on the After Prom Committee and for the night, for your time and donations (some are also listed above): Angie Reineck, Billie Saunder, Bill and Stephanie Lowe, Darla and Lou Clemons, Dawn Havens, Dawn Salyers, Donna and Seth Showalter, Ginger Weaver, Hugh and Heidi Wheeler, Jodie Gulas, Julie and Kevin Wylie, Leigh Cline, Mary Vallance, Michele Mueller; Pam Ashley; Paul and Tina Ochs, Shelly Johnson and Sherry Depner. Thanks also to officers Gabe DeFreitas and Ty Gallogly and advisors Karen Ferdinandsen, Greg and Lori Scalf. 

Sincerely, 

PCHS 2014 After Prom Committee

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Help raise the roof at Nugent’s Canal Yacht Club

Nugent’s Canal Yacht Club, Port Clinton, is holding a "Raise the Roof" fundraiser and membership drive on Saturday, May 17. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a breakfast and a Bloody Mary bar. Throughout the day there will be a bake sale, raffles, kids' games and a silent auction. Chicken dinners will be served from 2 p.m. until sold out and popular local entertainer Steve Brownell starts to perform at 3 p.m. The festivities conclude with the announcement of the silent auction winners and the drawing for the grand prize, a 42" LG TV, at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in joining or just having a good time is invited to help "raise the roof". Cost of the chicken dinners is $8; and admission for everyone 21 and over is $1.

For more information, contact commodore Ted Isaacs at 419.680.6145. Nugent’s is located at 3035 W. Canal Rd, Port Clinton.

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Even Bad Problems can find a Solution

Love conquers all. That is a pretty definitive statement. But for the parent of a son or daughter addicted to opiates, it is an even bigger statement.

Lesha Cuttaia graduated from Port Clinton High School. Her life was going great until 1998. She was working in the automotive world making a great career for herself having moved to Toledo in 1999. Her son, Franklin, called her one day from Athens, Ohio, and said, “Mom, come get me…I need help!” No, he wasn’t in an auto accident; he was using legally prescribed Oxycodone opiate pills. “I never knew anybody on opiates before,” said Lesha. Her son was experiencing one of the bad affects of opiate use…his organs began going dormant. Lesha knew she needed to find help for her son, but where? There was no help available as far as she knew.

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