Gratitude at Otterbein

Joe Cowan, residents Gordon Wahlers, Marie Bowman, Don Yaussy, Bea Walker, Joyce Edwards, Tom Walker and Gordon’s son David Wahlers prepare for the first cruise on the new golf cart at Otterbein North Shore.

Otterbein North Shore was the grateful recipient of a donation from resident Gordon Wahlers to purchase a new golf cart to be used exclusively for activities.  The sunset orange Yamaha golf cart arrived in bright fashion as a group of residents and board members awaited to take the first cruise around the Otterbein campus.  Wahlers was pleased with the golf cart and said he was “happy to be able to do it.”  

For many years Wahlers owned and operated Wahlers Fruit Farm producing and selling peaches and apples.  And, at more than 90 years old, he still spends time on the farm working to make sure the property is immaculate.

Otterbein North Shore is a Continuum Care Retirement Community offering independent and assisted living, as well as short-term rehabilitation in the Jane Baker House.  For more information call Jo Ann Franks or Kirsten Trammel at 419-798-8250.  Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available on its web site at


The Salvation Army offers Tools for School program

The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit is now accepting applications for the Tools for School program.  The Port Clinton Service Unit’s Tools for School program will assist local families in need of school supplies and book bags.

Applications for this program can be picked up starting today and are located at The Salvation Army Office, The Sutton Center, JFS, Ida Rupp Library, Oak Harbor Library and Genoa Library.  

Completed applications should be dropped off at The Salvation Army Office located in suite #800 at The Sutton Center.

This program is supported by The Ottawa County Community Foundation, Stensen Foundation and local donations.  If you are interested in making a donation to this program, please send or drop off your donation at The Salvation Army-PCSU, 1854 E. Perry Street, Suite 800,   Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 or speak with Director, Maureen Saponari.


Free pops concert kicks off 2014-15 season for Firelands Symphony Orchestra 

The Firelands Symphony Orchestra will welcome internationally-acclaimed soprano Kishna Davis for its fifth free outdoor pops concert, Aug. 24, on the BGSU Firelands campus in Huron.

Ms. Davis is widely renowned for her performances in opera, with orchestras and as a solo concert artist. She will begin her appearance with the FSO with the evocative Summertime, from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. She has performed excerpts from this iconic American composition with orchestras across the United States, including with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolftrap, as well as in Mexico and with several orchestras in Europe.

The FSO program also includes such tunes as Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man from Showboat, Through the Eyes of Love (theme from the movie Ice Castles), medleys from The Sound of Music, Grease and Victory at Sea, and Ohio’s official rock song, Hang on Sloopy. 


American Red Cross Bavarian Club Red a success


Pictured above are some of the generous donors:  From left to right, Row one:  Michele Graves, Nancy Herl, Connie Peiffer, Kathy Richmond of Skipper Bud's, Latta Stefano of Stefano Dental, John Schaffner of The Beacon, Carol Schemmer, and Mike Schenk representing the Stouffer Family and the Catawba Island Club.  Row two:  Pam Burns, Amanda Staveski of Moxi Salon and Spa, Marsha and Dave Hasselbach of Hasselbach Meats, Mary Jane Gibson, Ed Schrade - General manager of Freedom Boat Club of Lake Erie, and Danis Putzbach - Club Red co-chair. Row three:  Mark Hablitzel, Larry Holland of Meaden and Moore, Dr. Gary Hart of Catawba Dental and Real Living - Morgan Realty Group, Dave Amerine, Dr. Michele Ralofsky of CosMedic Solutions, Mike Callahan of Catawba Landing, and Mary Gangway Snyder of Mary’s Blossom Shoppe. 

The American Red Cross of Ottawa County hosted “A Bavarian Summer Fest – Willkommen!” Friday, July 18 at the Catawba Island Club. The 7th annual Club Red fundraising gala was a benefit for local Red Cross disaster relief and recovery. 

Club Red members created a Bavarian garden that held an expanded silent auction courtesy of generous local businesses and patrons.  The Lake Erie Brewing Company and German vinter, Max Ferd Richer, were popular features in the garden. The evening was filled with the lively music of the Edelweiss Combo of Cleveland.  Guests were seen wearing lederhosen and traditional Bavarian dress. Carol Schemmer served as this year’s event chair with Barbara Gravengaard serving as co-chair.


PC Chamber Car Show Aug 2

Photo from last year's car show.

2014 marks the 21st anniversary of the Chamber’s Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show on Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Port Clinton. Cars, trucks and bikes from virtually every era and every make will be on display on Madison Street. There will be a DJ, a 50/50 drawing every hour beginning at 11 a.m. and door prizes every hour beginning at 11:30 a.m. 

In recent years, the shows have hosted an average of over 150 cars and trucks.  Vehicle registration is $10 with a portion of the registration fees being donated to the Port Clinton 4th of July Fireworks and Main Street Port Clinton in honor of Jerry Lippus.  Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars at check-in.


Christmas in July Red Kettle Campaign

Bell ringers raising money for the Salvation Army during the Christmas in July Red Kettle Campaign

A First Federal Savings of Lorain employee ringing the bell for the Christmas in July Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army’s Port Clinton Service Unit’s Christmas in July Red Kettle Campaign raised $4085.70 between July 25-27. In addition to the bell ringer collections, Catawba Moorings (Dockers with Donations) collected two heaping shopping carts full of non-perishable food items.

“The Port Clinton Service Unit is proud to serve our local community and appreciates the generous response by our residents and weekend locals with providing assistance to the community,” said Port Clinton Salvation Army Director Maureen Saponari. “We would also like to give a big thank you to the Jet Express for donating round trip tickets to our volunteers ringing at Put-in-Bay.”

To make a donation to the Salvation Army or any of the Salvation Army Ottawa County Programs, call 419-732-2769.



Fishing Remains Very Good in the Western Basin

At this time last year, the fishing had slowed down close to shore, and long runs were expected to get to the larger schools of walleye roaming the lake. Trips to Canadian waters, the weather buoy, or the sandbar were expected. That isn’t the case this year, thanks to the cooler water temperatures and diminished amounts of shad in the system. While those areas are still good at this time of year, there’s no need to use up all that gas to get there. It’s been very good walleye fishing between Kelleys Island and Vermilion, and shorter runs of only a few miles out of Cedar Point, Huron, and Vermilion have been producing limits of walleye for many lucky anglers who have been chasing the roaming elusive walleye.


Youth Leadership Group presents check to Humane Society

PHOTO: L to R: Dayna, Jordan, Amber, Lance, Jonah, Ryan, Humane Officer and President of the Ottawa County Humane Society Matt Koser, Joseph, Tory, Taylor, Bailey, Selena and Aidan.

The Ability Center Youth Leadership Group presented Ottawa County Humane Officer and President of the Ottawa County Humane Society Matt Koser with a $300 check on Monday, July 28. The money was raised at a bake sale that the group held in the Sutton Center on June 27. All of the baked goods were homemade by the students in the leadership group.

The Youth Leadership Group teaches the students life and leadership skills. The students are from throughout the county; Genoa to Marblehead.



Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society

A huge thanks to Sue Hartman for revamping our website for the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society  Not only has she included updated information, calendars and photographs, but a PayPal feature has been added to accommodate monetary issues.  Now business, family and individual memberships, renewals, donations, and commemorative brick purchases can now be made via PayPal through the website.  We're so excited!

Karen Salzgeber
MLHS Secretary


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