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Construction of new docks on Put-In-Bay frozen in its tracks

Aerial view of the docks: Photo by Mark Hablitzel

A 5.6 million dollar project is underway on Put-In-Bay to replace and renovate 905 ft. of existing docks and construct 590 ft. of new floating docks with 2,246,000 dollars worth of grants from the federal government. The renovation and addition to the docks will give a much needed overhaul for transient boaters that come to Put-In-Bay. In compliance with the grant, installation of new lighting connections as well as electrical, water and fire protection improvement must be done on the existing and proposed docks.

“This federal award, especially combined with the state funds, will provide even greater access to the boating community,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at the announcement of the grant last April. “Put-in-Bay is truly one of the crown jewels. Its docks are basically the front door to the community and everything it has to offer.” 

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Port Clinton Schools Terrific Kids for January

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 each month to recognize students for working to the best of their ability to improve academic performance, behavior, relationships with peers, honesty and attendance.

The following have been honored as Terrific Kids for January, 2014:

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“Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice and Survival” screening Feb. 7

A special screening of “Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice and Survival”, the follow up film to the documentary, “Heroes Behind the Badge” will be shown in on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Port Clinton High School.  This film features the stories of the fallen and also focuses on the stories of those who have been critically injured in the line of duty and have survived.  This documentary educates and highlights the unselfish acts of bravery the men and women of law enforcement commit each day on the job.   Thanks to a partnership with the NLEOMF, active duty police officers, retired officers and family members of the fallen, audiences canl experience what it’s really like to walk the thin blue line.

The net proceeds from this special screening will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #79 and Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #34. This screening in Port Clinton is part of the “Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice and Survival” national tour of special screenings.

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Danbury open swim and swim lesson schedule

Danbury Schools, 9451 East Harbor Road, Marblehead, is offering open swim times and swim lessons. The schedule is as follows:

Open Swim, 4-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday
Water Aerobics, 6-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday
Mom & Baby Water Aerobics, 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 
Starting in February, Lifeguard/CPR classes available. Call for times.

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Danbury girls sit at .500 in the league

Danbury's Megan Stephens scores two of her six points on this short jump shot against Kirsten Zalewski and Sydnie Rodriguez Photo by John Kozak

Danbury slowly built their lead over the course of the game before pulling away in the fourth quarter of their 31-23 victory over Maumee Valley Country Day. Holding a 23-19 lead after three quarters, the Lakers outscored the Hawks, 8-4, in the final period to get the win. 

Danbury is now 5-5 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference. Megan Stephens led all scorers with 12 points and Erin Lavelle chipped in with seven.

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Danbury boys fall to Toledo Christian

Toledo Christian took control from the outset, grabbing a 12-point lead after the first quarter before cruising to a 59-41 victory over Danbury in Toledo Area Athletic Conference action.

The Eagles, which improved to 10-6 overall and 7-2 with the win, led 17-5 after one quarter and 40-14 at halftime. 

Connor Lenthe led the Lakers (2-12, 1-6 TAAC) with nine points, Caleb Gerber finished with seven points and Dominic Manuella and Hunter Stinchcomb scored six points apiece.

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Camp Perry wind turbine project halted

One of several wind turbine projects planned for the shores of Lake Erie, in one of the greatest bird migration corridors in the Western Hemisphere, has been halted following submission of a letter of intent to sue from American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). The two groups had vigorously opposed the project due to its exceptionally high risk to federally protected wildlife.

The announcement formalizing the decision to halt the project was made via a letter from Air National Guard Headquarters, the National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense, in Andrews, MD, to the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal (MGC) of Washington, D.C, which represents ABC and BSBO.

The letter of intent to sue the Ohio National Guard (ONG), along with an ongoing petition campaign that has acquired over 5,000 signatures, charged that efforts in connection with the wind project at Camp Perry Air National Guard Station west of Port Clinton violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other federal conservation and environmental laws.

The letter from the National Guard Bureau states: “After carefully considering your objections … I have decided to withdraw the FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) for the project effective immediately. … Since the FONSI has been withdrawn, the project will not go forward at this time.” The letter was dated Jan. 28 and was signed by Colonel Peter A. Sartori, Director, Installations and Mission Support.

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2013 a good year for home sales regionally

The number of homes sold in the area covered by the Firelands Association of Realtors (FAR) showed strong growth across the board in December and all of 2013. The local market posted gains in activity in both total dollar volume and number of units sold, according to statistics provided by the Ohio Association of Realtors.

The Ohio housing market was filled with a number of positives in 2013, as sales activity rose 14.7% over the level of the prior year and the average sales price increased 5.2% state-wide. 

The local area market represented by the Firelands Association of Realtors had an outstanding year in 2013. The region showed a 15.5% increase in the number of units sold, and an increase in dollar volume that was up over 19%. The average sale went from $114,350 to $117,953 for the year.

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