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Hamann receives award at BGSU Firelands ceremony

Several awards were recently presented at the 45th annual Bowling Green State University Firelands College Recognition Program held Friday, April 25, in the Cedar Point Center. 

Julie Hamann, Port Clinton, received the Dean’s Special Recognition Award. 

Dean’s Special Recognition Award

The Dean’s Special Recognition Award may be given annually to individual faculty members, administrators, classified staff, or members of collaborative teams who have made exceptionally meritorious contributions in support of the mission of BGSU Firelands.  Awards may be used to recognize career achievements as well as recent accomplishments.

Hamann has worked at BGSU Firelands since 1989 when she started as a student worker in the computer lab.  As she gained education and experience, she was promoted through the system and has been the director of Technology Support Services since 2000.

Hamann is being recognized for her commitment to the College and her constant willingness to assume additional responsibilities.  Most recently, Hamann has accepted the added responsibilities of the Student Activities Coordinator while the position remained vacant for nearly one year.

“While maintaining a high level of effectiveness in Technology Support Services, Julie has organized many student fundraiser, events, and activities,” said BGSU Firelands Dean William Balzer.  “She is a cornerstone of this institution and her value to BGSU Firelands and our students can never be understated.”

Hamann has also taught several courses and workshops at the College in a variety of areas including computer systems and software, digital photography, social media, telecommunication equipment applications and computer programming.

Active in the College community and governance, Hamann has held positions as Student Government Advisor, secretary to the Budget Committee and the Capital Improvements Committee, and she is a member of the Info Tech Committee at BGSU Firelands and BGSU main campus.

Hamann received the BGSU Firelands Dean’s Special Recognition award in 2004 and the BGSU Firelands Windows to the Future award in 1993.

She earned an associate of arts in 1992 and a bachelor’s of liberal studies in 1993, both from BGSU.

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Catawba Island man named TOPS Ohio State King

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) held the Ohio State Recognition Days on April 11 and 12 in Cincinnati. This annual event honors TOPS members for outstanding weight loss and/or maintaining weight goals during the previous year.

Philip Carstensen, a member of TOPS chapter OH 1487, Port Clinton, joined the chapter in January, 2013, and reached his ideal goal weight in November, 2013, without registering a single weight gain. Phil lost 58.5 pounds to goal. By reaching the goal weight set for him by his doctor he became a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). He also won First Place in male weight Division 3 (250-200 lbs.) Divisions for male and female are based on starting weight of the year and there is a 50 pound difference between each Division. Philip lost the most weight to goal than any other male member in Ohio reaching KOPS status. This earned him the honor of Ohio State King for 2013. The Ohio State Queen is Myra Mayle of TOPS OH 1405, McConnelsville. Myra lost 108.5 pounds to goal. 

Other members of TOPS OH 1487, Port Clinton, who attended the SRD are Janine Dress, Cindy Fedor, Karen Hull and Sue Mooney. Phil’s wife, Jody Carstensen, also attended the event. Karen Hull, a TOPS Area Captain and a 31 year KOPS, was honored as the Top Area Captain in Ohio for 2013.  

OH 1487, Port Clinton, meets every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Catawba Community Hall, 3307 NW Catawba Road, on Catawba Island. TOPS is a powerful, nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss support organization with about 10,000 associate chapters throughout the United States and Canada. TOPS provides long-term weight loss support for its members with weekly weigh-ins for accountability, nutrition education and motivation.

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Daughters of the King banquet

The women of Chapel on the Lake, 145 S. Bridge Rd., Lakeside, will be hosting a Daughters of the King banquet Saturday, May 3, at 5 p.m. The dinner will be a buffet style Italian dinner.

Guest speaker for the event will be Debra Lusher of Life Source Ministries in Milan. Her topic will be F.R.O.G.: Fully Rely On God. Please RSVP to the church at 419-732-2028 no later than Monday, April 28. Please note there will be no childcare.

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PCHS hosted 61st Annual Ohio Association of Student Councils Conference

In charge of t-shirt sales at the Conference were (left to right) Rachel Reineck, Joe Brenner, Kathryn Mueller and Brendan Zeitheim.  

It was a busy three days at Port Clinton High School as hundreds of students and student council advisors from across the state came to Port Clinton. Community members opened up their homes to help house and transport students throughout the three day event.

Students attended many small group work sessions, shared ideas, and received recognition during the event. Both middle school and high school level student council representatives attend the conference. On Friday evening, the Port Clinton High School gymnasium was transformed for the dinner banquet. Following dinner, students and chaperones went to Port Clinton Middle School for a dance.

The event was a year in the making. The Port Clinton City School District In-Service day was planned on April 25 around the conference. PCHS Leadership Council members and advisors Scott Cross and Mike Spencer organized the conference down to every detail. The theme, “Come Sail Away” was consistent throughout the event, from the banquet centerpieces by Otto & Urban to the snack cart made to look like a sailboat.

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Danbury's Sierra Puckett in action

Photo by John Kozak

Danbury's Sierra Puckett throws to first baseman, Taylor Zelms, for an east put out against a Fostoria St. Wendelin batter on April 22. The Lake Lakers lost, 25-4, in 5 innings.

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Oak Harbor softball team defeats second-ranked New Riegel

Behind a key two-run single from Olivia Rollins, the Oak Harbor Rockets softball team defeated New Riegel, 4-2, last week.

Rollins drove in two runs with a two-out single in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Justine Webb went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI, Emma Vidal went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and Maddy Rathbun scored a run to lead Oak Harbor.

It was an impressive win for the Rockets, who defeated a Blue Jackets team that came in ranked second in Division IV. The victory puts the Rockets at 11-4 on the season.

Emma Bergman went the distance, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits to go with five strikeouts and no walks.

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Oak Harbor baseball team loses to St. Mary’s

St. Mary CC 11, Oak Harbor 1

St. Mary Central Catholic scored 10 runs in the second inning as they cruised to an 11-1 victory over Oak Harbor in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Brett St. Clair and Caleb Severance had two hits apiece to lead the Panthers and Kyle Feyedelm had a double. Logan Winkie had two doubles to lead the Rockets. 

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Real estate transfers

Bay Township

    4-24-14 Jane H. Morrison to George Lee Pickler, 0 Cleveland Road, $40,000.

Clay Township

    4-24-14 Timothy N. and Jennifer A. Thompson to Jacob W. Hepler, 20051 West Fulkert Road, $99,500.

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