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All Sport FUNdamentals Put-in-Bay VFD & Senior Center Races May 17

All are invited to join All Sport FUNdamentals on Saturday, May 17, in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, for a family FUN charity race event benefiting the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department and Senior Center. The morning will consist of a 5k and 10k Race starting at 9:05 a.m. and a 1 mile Family FUN Run starting at 9:35 a.m. There are no age restrictions so everyone is welcome to participate in any event they desire. Strollers are permitted and any riders are free of charge. 

The events will begin near the PIB Chamber of Commerce and will finish at DeRivera Park in historic downtown Put-in-Bay, near Put-in-Bay harbor and Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. Participants will run the island of South Bass and along shoreline cliffs with views of Rattlesnake, Green, Middle Bass and Gibraltar Island, historic Lonz Winery and Stone Laboratory. 

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Otterbein Breakfast of Champions features Lakeside Summer Arts Program

Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community will present its May Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday, May 14, at 9 a.m. The event will be held at the North Shore campus at 9400 North Shore Blvd., Lakeside-Marblehead. A complimentary hot breakfast buffet prepared by Executive Chef Ron La Pointe will be served. Following the breakfast MaryAnn Kelmer, Lakeside Chautauqua’s new C. Kirk Rhein Jr. Center for the Living Arts Director, will tell about the arts and crafts classes during Lakeside’s summer season. Kelmer has a passion for the arts and for “up-cycle quilting”. Reservations are required.  Call  Kirsten or Jo Ann at 419-798-8950 to make reservations for for more information.  

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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May Is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month

May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio, and the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services is spreading the word that “Fraud Costs All of Us.” 

“The programs and services that we offer provide a safety net to those in need. Cases of fraud jeopardize that safety net and tend to skew the public’s perception of the need that truly exists in every community,” says Stephanie Kowal, Director of the county agency.

In 2013, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services disbursed about $3 billion in SNAP food assistance, $300 million in OhioWorks First cash assistance, $600 million in child care subsidies and $1.8 billion in state and federal unemployment compensation. Individuals who mislead caseworkers or lie on an application for benefits are believed to account for a small percentage of the funding disbursed, but the department takes even small fraud cases very seriously. 

“When the agency suspects an individual has received benefits to which they were not entitled, we turn things over to our internal investigator,” explains Kowal. “We receive fraud reports at the agency, and they can be anonymous. We also cross-check information, and look for irregular patterns in cases. When something is suspicious, an investigation is completed and repayment options are given to individuals. In 2013, Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services recovered $56,057 in benefits from individuals who received them in error.”  

Suspected fraud may involve SNAP Food Assistance retailers or recipients, Medicaid providers or recipients, OWF Cash Assistance recipients, Child Care providers or recipients, or Unemployment Compensation recipients. Individuals found to be committing fraud are removed from the program, must repay any improperly obtained benefits, and may face criminal charges and jail time. Residents of Ottawa County may report suspected public assistance fraud, anonymously, by calling the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services at 1-800-665-1677. Reports may also be submitted online at www.jfs.ohio.gov/fraud.

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Mother's Day luncheon and fashion show

A Mother's Day luncheon, fashion show and fundraiser will be held at Catawba Island Club Saturday, May 10. Shopping and cocktails start at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. The fashion show will follow lunch. Fashions are provided by Marcell of Westlake. Proceeds of the event benefit the Ottawa County Republican Party.

Tickets are $40 and seating is limited. Members and non-members are invited. For more information contact Renee Claycomb at 419-960-7371.

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Reel Bar, Put-in-Bay’s newest old bar, holds grand opening

Put-in-Bay has seen its share of new businesses over the decades. But, ironically, many have been themed after other destinations such as the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, Maine and even Ireland. This weekend, the popular summer resort island will receive its own tribute when Put-in-Bay’s newest old bar opens its doors as Reel Bar. 

Reel Bar will celebrate their Grand Opening party on Saturday, May 10. Christening the Reel Bar stage will be The Womacks, who will perform at 8:30 p.m. The bar and restaurant, which is located in the historic building formerly known as Tony’s, has been completely remodeled to offer a rustic setting honoring its island roots. As the name suggests, Reel Bar will feature décor focused on fishing, boating and Lake Erie island life. 

Over the off-season, the new owners, Andy Christensen, former General Manager of the Boathouse and Ray Fogg, a popular island entertainer, have had time to prepare the bar for an exciting new direction, yet one that is respectful of the island’s old ways. In a tongue-in-cheek play on their new name, they say it will be a “real new bar in a real old place.” 

When you step into Reel Bar, you will notice the place has been remodeled in a manner which celebrates the treasured old building. Great care has been taken to create a comfortable lived-in feel, utilizing natural materials such as reclaimed barn wood, real stone, recycled antique lighting and lots of cool old décor. Tribute will be paid to the building’s past as Tony’s with old signs, photos, as well as the beautiful original back bar, which has remained. 

Reel Bar’s food and drink selections will focus on freshness, with house made sauces and hand cut fries along with fresh fruit juices in drinks. The menu features huge walleye sandwiches, hormone and anti-biotic free beef hamburgers, walleye nachos, black bean burgers, ceviche, fresh salads, caprese sandwiches, flatbreads and much more. Specialty drinks include something they call Reel Squeezed Drinks, which are cocktails prepared with fresh squeezed grapefruit or oranges. In addition, Reel Bar will feature a number of old-style cocktails such as the Moscow Mule, Classic Daiquiri, Tom Collins and Pimms Cup, to name a few. They also have 16 beers on tap. 

Reel Bar is also taking a slightly different path as it relates to live entertainment, striving to offer diverse choices. The Ray Fogg Show, a music/comedy show which has become a mainstay on the island, will appear most weekends at 7 p.m. Appearing before and after Ray will be a variety of music from Americana to Zydeco. Most of the acts performing at Reel Bar dedicate at least a portion of their show to original music. You can expect to hear Bob Gatewood, Shane Piasecki, Hey Monea, Cats on Holiday, The Womacks and others through the season. The intimacy of the Reel Bar stage will make performers accessible to the audience, creating an entertainment experience so folks can have “a reel good time”.

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Port Clinton City Beach and Lakeview Park clean up

Earth Day was first celebrated April 22, 1970.  This day has been set aside each year to recognize our Earth and promote greater environmental awareness through education, action, and celebration.  To commemorate this day the Port Clinton Recreation Department and the OSS Solid Waste District will once again be sponsoring the Port Clinton City Beach and Park Cleanup.  The cleanup will be held on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 9 a.m.  Volunteers are needed and are asked to report to the Lakeview Park Shelter House with gloves, rakes, and lots of energy!  Please dress appropriately for the weather. 

The Cleanup began in the early 1990’s when it was a part of the “Lake Erie Shoreline Sweep”, which was an annual spring effort to clean all of the beaches along the Lake Erie Shoreline.  Those beaches included the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge/Crane Creek Beach, East Harbor State Park Beach, and the Port Clinton City Beach.

On average, close to 100 volunteers have collected approximately 3 tons of debris at the Lake Erie Shoreline Sweep event.  Areas to be cleaned this year include the Port Clinton beach, Lakeview Park and Water Works Park. These areas include a 1 mile strip of our valued shoreline.  Past volunteers have included scout groups, high school science and government classes, service organizations, members of the Friends of Lakeview Park committee and concerned citizens who simply wanted to make a difference.  

A pizza lunch is being planned for volunteers after the event.  Gloves and bags will be provided.  For more information on the event, call Diane Ball at the OSS Solid Waste District 419-734-6783 or Tracy Colston of the PC Recreation Department 419-734-5522, ext. 6.

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Send us your bird photos!

Photo by Ryan Lesniewicz, Cerulean female

The Biggest Week in American Birding is here! We are compiling a photo gallery of reader submitted bird photos from the Biggest Week. Please send your birding photos to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Happy birding!

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ICS says thank you

The students and staff of Immaculate Conception School have a lot to be thankful for and are truly counting their blessings. Because of the generosity of many people in the community, the school’s 28th annual “Happy Birthday” Auction was a huge success. The spirit of the event was full of laughter, good food, friendship, and most of all the love of a school and its children. The school auction truly is a vital lifeline in the providing of necessary funds needed to continue providing a faith filled education in Port Clinton, Ohio. Whether you donated an item or a service, gave a cash donation, bought a raffle ticket, or attended the event itself, we send our heartfelt thank you. 

Without the generosity of our community, our local businesses, our parishioners, and our school families, the success of this event would not have been possible. Immaculate Conception School is proud to be a part of the Port Clinton Community and will continue to serve in any way it can to give back because a “small act really does make a difference”. From Immaculate Conception school, we say thank you and God Bless you!

Friends of Immaculate Conception School

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Otterbein offers Birding Field Trip to Magee Marsh

A bird watching field trip will be hosted by Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community in Lakeside-Marblehead on Monday, May 19. Participants will meet at the  Otterbein community center at 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries. Everyone will board the bus and proceed to Magee Marsh, along the coast of Lake Erie, to view the birds at they proceed north on their summer migratory path. The mid weeks of May are the optimum time to view a large variety of songbirds. Following the walk, guests will be treated to a picnic lunch. There is no charge for this event, but space is limited. For more information and reservations call Jo Ann Franks, Independent Lifestyle Counselor at 419-798-8250.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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