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Thank you from the Hammer family

We wish to thank everyone for their support and donations of the Kyler Hammer Chicken Barbecue Benefit. Especially want to thank Batdorff Real Estate and all associates and spouses for all their help in selling tickets as well as their help in serving and making it a successful day and event. Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Kyler is working very hard with his therapy to make us proud and he is such a blessing. We will need extra prayers for his surgery to be successful and quick recovery in May.  He definitely is a fighter.  God bless everyone.

Nick, Megan, & Kyler Hammer
Dean Hammer
Bernie & Gene Hammer

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PCHS cheerleaders chosen

Congratulations to the following Port Clinton High School Cheerleaders for the 2014 football cheerleading squad:

Varisty

Ashlyn Slauterbeck, Camerin Witte, Lauren Wheeler, Toni Jones, Maranda Santoya, Bethany Urban, Haley Klima, Lydia Bacon and Alex Sutter.

JV

Kylie Hurst, Morgan Domiguez, Katy Wiewandt, Kendall Rusincovitch, Delayna Laurel and Aliyah Hurst. 

Tryouts were held at the high school on Saturday, March 29, with three judges from the University of Toledo Varsity Cheerleading Squad.

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PCHS Academic Challenge Team competes in Championship Round

Port Clinton High School Academic Challenge Team, front row, left to right:  Alana Sutherland, Olivia Heckerd, Maddison Cole; back row: Danielle Stager, Gina Buono, Gabe DeFreitas, Ty Gallogly, Shane Meek

The Port Clinton High School Firelands Academic Challenge team advanced to the playoffs and championship rounds for the 2014 season.   The regular season consists of six rounds of competition in a field of 18 area schools. 

In the playoff round, PCHS beat Huron and Sandusky St. Mary to advance to the three-round championship.  In the end, the team placed third against Edison and Norwalk.  Students won a $500 and a $1000 scholarship for BGSU Firelands for a graduating PCHS senior.  Team members are Alana Sutherland, Olivia Heckerd, Maddison Cole, Danielle Stager, Gina Buono, Gabe DeFreitas, Ty Gallogly and Shane Meek.  The advisor is Mrs. Eileen Meisler.

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Terra State’s Celebration of the Arts Festival begins today

The annual Celebration of the Arts Festival at Terra State Community College begins April 4. This weeklong event celebrates digital, fine and performing arts at Terra State.

The festival includes displays and exhibits of student and faculty work and is located on both the first and second floors of Building D. These exhibits will be open during normal college building hours. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free to all events and events will take place in the Recital Hall in Building D.

The schedule of events is:

•April 4–Artistic Fusion. featuring Fusion band KillBot Zero, Terra Contemporary Ensemble and artistic guests. Admission is $10, free with Terra student ID.

•April 7–Video premier of “Dougumentary,” featuring national recording artist Doug Johns.

•April 10–Festival Evening. Admission is $10, free with Terra student ID.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.–Wine and cheese reception.
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.–Celebrating Our Literary Arts, readings of original short fiction and poetry.
8 to 10 p.m.–Jazz performance, “The Great American Songbook,” featuring Terra State Jazz Ambassadors and a special reading by Lylanne Musselman.

•April 11–two performances
7 p.m.–Student recital, featuring tenor John Jadwisiak.
7:30 p.m.–“Resounding Brass,” featuring the Terra Brass Choir and area high school musicians, at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center.

•April 12–Symposium and Music Fest, sponsored by the Northcoast Arts Alliance
10 a.m.–Art Panel Discussions, presented by festival guest artists Dave Leri, Travis Lewis and Chris Seaman.
11 a.m.–Culinary Arts Demonstration, featuring Chef Ben Staples, Food Service Director of the Cuyahoga Group.
12:30 p.m.–Music Technology in the Arts, presented by Chris Cavera, Music Technology and Recording Arts faculty.
1:15 p.m.–Dedication of the Terra State Veterans Center mural, presented by the Terra State Art Club.
1:30 p.m.–Charting a Course for the Creative Economy, the Northcoast Arts Alliance meeting, open to the public.
7 p.m.–Jazz and American Music Fest, area and regional bands at The Strand Concert Theater, 220 S. Front St., Fremont. Admission is $5.

•April 13–Closing Performance, Spring Chamber Concert, featuring the Terra Chamber String Ensemble and Terra Guitar Ensemble.

For more information on any of these events, call 419-559-2233.

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Tyler lives on: the story of a compassionate friend

Roseann's son, Tyler

The death of a child is something that affects a family deeply. A Port Clinton resident and business owner, Roseann Hickman, has used that pain to try and help others and bring positivity to her life.

On January 26, 1988 Roseann lost her son, Tyler, because of a house fire. Her two other sons, Dustin, who was two, and Dallas, who was three and a half, made it out okay. The fire was caused by a defect in the regulator that allowed propane to come in and out of the house. At the time Roseann and her family lived in Pemberville. They took Tyler back to Port Clinton to be laid to rest .Roseann ended up moving back to Port Clinton in 2003.

To help with the grieving process, Roseann attended meetings of the Compassionate Friends which is a support group for families who have lost a child no matter what the reason. The closest chapter that she found was in Waterville. Seeing a need for it in the Port Clinton community, Roseann started a local chapter of the Compassionate Friends in December of 2010.

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Council, our future depends on you

I take issue with Mr. Noderer’s comment last week on the waterfront development. He says, “Why can’t they get $2,000,000 for the park in years past?” Mr. Noderer, the City had that opportunity for about $3,000,000 to improve the park and the developer, Jet Express, was turned away due to opposition by the naysayers and council members who couldn’t take the pressure of seeing it happen. They were more worried about their re-election.

The Jet Express wanted to lease the waterworks building for ticket offices, storage and a customs office. In turn, they would have revitalized the park with new ball fields, signage, plant new trees, provide new park benches and much more for our public. But no, the opposition turned them away and they moved to the drawbridge and took away over $150,000 in parking revenues and then tore down the $92,000 restrooms where the old Parker Ferry Building once stood. We could have had a beautiful park today if that would have happened; we lost the money and we lost the chance for park beautification.

We have a second chance to do this through waterfront development. No one has seen what they C.O.R.D. group proposes except they are against revitalization of waterfront development. I say: If you are not part of the solution, then you are definitely part of the problem.

City Council: the public has spoken. They want to see something happen with the waterfront. You have the majority of people in this city ready for change. Let the will of the people dictate your decisions. There is much more to come with information and planning, but we must do something or people will stop investing in our city. I commend Linda Hartlaub, President of City Council, in halting the public discussion until all the plans have come forward. Otherwise you have people assuming and running with incorrect information. There are two strikes that have already happened in Port Clinton regarding this program: The Jet Express and the Puller Group from Indiana. Three strikes and you’re out because of people who would be interested in a city who would want to remain in yesteryear and watch our young people leave because there are no jobs. Council, make it happen for all of us. Our future depends on you.

Thank you,

Dr. Thomas M. Brown
Former Mayor, former President of City Council and former councilman

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Otterbein hosting fish fry April 4

Otterbein North Shore Senior living community will hold a fish fry on Friday, April 4, 4-6 p.m., at the community located at 9400 North Shore Blvd. The Lake Erie perch dinner will include au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, drink and a dessert for an adult donation of $10.  Children's meals (under 12) are $6. Dine in or carry out are available.  For more information call 419-798-8203.

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

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Port Clinton City Schools Announces Terrific Kids for March 2014

In cooperation with the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, Port Clinton City Schools recognizes outstanding elementary students as “Terrific Kids”.  Terrific Kids are selected in each class once a month to recognize students for working to the best of their ability to improve academic performance, behavior, relationships with peers, displays honesty or attendance.  The following have been honored as Terrific Kids in March 2014.

Bataan Intermediate

Grade 3 - Kyla Wells, Christian Bryant, Alayis Guerra, Payton Vargas, Mason Limtestahl, Jacob Ryf, Mia Sanchez, Kaitlyn Robinette,  Riley Orechia.

Grade 4 - CJ Chasteen, Christopher Macek, Teagan Kelley, Olivia Eickert, Hannah Robinson, Mia Kuzma.

Grade 5 - Rachael Stinson, Austin Lindemann, Garrett Arnold, Tristan Boling, Arianna Wylie.

Bataan Primary 

Kindergarten - Alivia Adorni, Kooper Nilson, Ayden Ayers, Emma Franklin, Lincoln Beasley, London Garcia, Makayla Swanson, Jaidyn Streng, Gabriella Howard, Logan Schaffer.

Grade 1 - Erieyonna Buckley, Joseph Hilton, Amelia Honeycutt, Alyssa Maloney, Sienna Geretz, Mattie Luebcke, Andrew Patterson.

Grade 2 - Alyssa Auvil, Isabella Terry, Damien Brooks, Arabella Helle, Katelyn Maloy, Nora Bodie, Zaia Bruce, Joseph Zam.

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Farmers hear why and how they can help heal Lake Erie

Jeff Reutter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant, reports on the health of Lake Erie.

On the same day that the Ohio House of Representatives Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee gave unanimous approval to SB150, the Nutrient Management Bill requiring farmers to have state certification to apply synthetic or chemical fertilizers to the land, the Lake Erie Farm Forum and Conservation Fair were held at Ottawa County Fairgrounds near Oak Harbor. 

At the forum, hosted by Mike Libben of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD), speakers addressed the health and importance of Lake Erie and how farmers can voluntarily help to heal the lake and prepare for meeting the standards that will be enforced in 2017.

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Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safe boating classes

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-12 will be conducting “About Boating Safely” classes at US Coast Guard Station Marblehead, 606 Prairie Street, Marblehead, on Saturday, April 19; Sunday May 18; and Saturday, June 14. 

The price of the one-day program is $30 per adult or $35 per couple. It is free for those 18 and under. The class is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

To register or obtain more information, call Chris Nelson at 419.307.5513 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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