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Kentucky Wounded Heroes coming to shores of Lake Erie

Kentucky Wounded Heroes is holding a three-day walleye fishing experience June 26-28 on the shores of Lake Erie. The event offers Kentucky's uniformed members of the United States Armed Forces, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical responders who have been injured in the line of duty the opportunity to fish, relax, and enjoy the natural healing resources that the lake has to offer. About 65 heroes are expected to participate this year, along with a number of volunteers. In addition to fishing the Great Lake, the group will tour Put-in-Bay and hold a wrap-up party at Tall Timbers Campground.

Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help with the event.  Anyone interested in making a donation, volunteering, or wanting additional information about the event or the Kentucky Wounded Heroes can contact Joe Hein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joe Stelzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.kentuckywoundedheroproject.org.

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Terra State’s Office Administration program information sessions

Taffy McKnight of Fremont gets instruction from Jolene Meyers during a recent Office Procedures class.

To educate prospective students about the challenging but rewarding and ever-changing administrative assistant profession, Terra State Community College is offering four informational sessions in March.

“The term secretary has become outdated because the role of those who provide support in business and medical offices has expanded greatly in the past decade or so,” said Jolene Meyers, Associate Professor in the Office Administration Program. “Today’s administrative assistants are responsible for a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently.”

Besides serving as information and communication managers for an office, they also plan events, schedule meetings and appointments, organize and maintain paper and electronic files, manage projects, conduct research, disseminate information using the telephone, mail services, websites and email, and handle travel and guest arrangements.

Terra State’s program prepares students for gainful employment as administrative assistants by earning an Associate of Applied Business with majors in executive and/or medical office administration. The curriculum is designed to offer courses that enhance students’ technical skills, communication skills, and leadership/management skills with an emphasis on professional work ethic.

The job outlook for professionally-trained administrative assistants is encouraging, according to Meyers. “While developments in office technology are certain to continue, there will be an increased demand for administrative assistants who are adaptable and versatile,” she said. “Furthermore, many administrative duties are of a personal, interactive nature and are not easily automated. Because technology cannot substitute for these personal skills, well-trained administrative assistants will continue to play a key role in organizations.”

The information sessions , March 18 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and March 19 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., will provide an overview of the program and answer questions of prospective students.  No registration is required.  All sessions will be in Building A, Room 204 (see maps at www.terra.edu). For more details, contact Jolene Meyers at 419-559-2356 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Spring Training Day for PC youth baseball & softball

The Spring Training Camps are scheduled for all registrants in the Port Clinton Youth Baseball and Softball Association Program. Girls Softball Spring Training Day Camp is Sunday, March 9, in the Port Clinton High School Main Gym. North Coast Travel League is noon–1:30pm; 11 and Under House League is 1:30–3 p.m.

Boys Baseball Spring Training Day Camp is on Sunday, March 16, at the PCHS Main Gym. Separate sessions by age groups are as follows: ages 7-8, noon–1 p.m.; ages 9-10, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; ages 11–12, 1:30–2:30 p.m.; ages 13–14, 2:30–3:30 p.m.  

Volunteers are still needed to help with registration, organize equipment, coordinate umpires, help with concessions, coach and sponsor. For further information contact Carolynn Snyder at 419.357.2678.

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Redfern helps free up $1.4M for Middle Bass Island State Park

State Representative Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) voted this week to appropriate over $1.4 million in state funds for the continued development of Middle Bass Island State Park. Speer Brothers of Sandusky have been selected to complete the improvements, which include the partial rehabilitation of the Lonz press house, a new 5,400 square foot park shelter with a fireplace and new public restroom facilities.

“This is an important investment in our community that will drive economic activity through increased tourism while creating a more enjoyable public space for area residents,” said Rep. Redfern.

The additional park upgrades will join a host of previously completed improvements, including a 190 slip public marina, public restrooms, park offices, maintenance buildings and new utility services.

New improvements could pave the way for a total redevelopment of the press house and reuse of the Lonz residence and main winery. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources acquired the Lonz buildings in 2000 with local support from the travel, tourism and wine industry to advance revitalization plans. The Lonz Winery is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of two Democratic members on the State Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. In October, Rep. Redfern cast the deciding vote in favor of expanding Medicaid healthcare coverage to impoverished, physically and developmentally disabled Ohioans.

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PC Seniors Chicken Dinner March 30

Port Clinton Seniors will host their Annual Chicken Dinner on Sunday, March 30, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or sell-out, whichever comes first. The dinner will be held at the Port Clinton Moose Lodge 1610, 1105 W. Lakeshore Drive, Port Clinton. Tickets are $8 advance sale or $9 at the door. Only a limited number of walk-in tickets will be available. Dinners include 1/2 chicken, two sides, and dessert and are available for dine in or carry out. The chicken will be prepared by the Bar-b-Que Traveler. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third St. (Tues., Thurs, or Fri. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) or at Mary's Blossom Shoppe, 125 Madison St., Port Clinton. For further information call Juanita at 419-341-1080. Proceeds will benefit the PC Seniors' special projects fund.

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Magruder Hospital VIP Club announces 2014 trips

Magruder Hospital’s VIP Club recently announced their single-day and multi-day trips for 2014.  Flyers for all the trips can be found at the Main Lobby and Outpatient desks at the hospital.  These trips are open to the public and being a VIP Club member is not required.

On Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30, there will be an Amish Overnight trip to Sugarcreek, Ohio.  Cost per person will be $294 for double occupancy.  Price includes transportation, a night’s stay in the Carlisle Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner and a host of tours, shopping and wine tasting.  It also includes “The Confession” musical, live theater in the round at the Carlisle Inn. This musical is based on the Amish novels by award winning Beverly Lewis. Deadline to sign up is Monday, June 9. 

On Monday, Aug. 18, there will be a trip to Pittsburg, PA.  Cost is $127 per person and includes a relaxing day of cruising three rivers on the Gateway Clipper, live entertainment and lunch on-board.  Afterward there will be a guided tour of Pittsburgh and shopping at Station Square.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, July 14.

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Danbury Township Board of Trustees meeting

The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will meet in executive session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10 at the Danbury Township Police Station located at 419 S. Bridge Road, Marblehead to discuss wage compensation of public employees.

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Catawba Island VFD breakfast benefit for Honor Flight

Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a benefit breakfast on Saturday, April 5, with all proceeds going to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, fruit, orange juice and coffee will be served 8-11 a.m. at the CIVFD located on Cemetery Road, Port Clinton. A $10 donation for Honor Flight will be accepted at the door. Additional donations will be warmly accepted as well.

Honor Flight Northwest Ohio is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization formed in 2007 to send the veterans of Northwest Ohio to Washington to see the memorials built to honor their service. To date in Northwest Ohio 1666 veterans have safely flown on 32 flights. The Honor Flight Network was founded by Earl Morse in 2005 and is comprised of 101 regional hubs in 39 states. Overall, approximately 81,000 veterans have been flown to the memorials in Washington.

Dan Barlow, member of the CIVFD, feels the idea of the fundraising breakfast is a way to contribute dollars for the local chapter. “We do this for our veterans, who have given us everything we have today,” said Barlow. 

John Gangway, Chief of the CIVFD agreed, “It’s the right thing to do, to give them a chance to see the memorial built in their honor.”   

It takes $400 to sponsor a veteran for this one-day trip. The all-inclusive trip provides transportation to and from Washington, bus service to the memorials and all meals and beverages throughout the day. In addition, wheelchairs are available for each veteran making the trip. A trained medical team accompanies each flight to assist with medical needs such as oxygen and diabetes management.

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates that approximately 1,000 WWII veterans are passing away each day. Due to their deteriorating health, and their financial limitations, most veterans would not be able to see their memorial on their own. The members of the CIVFD want to help in the effort to send as many veterans as possible on this trip and invite the public to join them for breakfast and to contribute to the cause.

It is important to note that 98% of all donations to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio are used to get the veterans to their memorials. Guardians who accompany the veterans each pay for the privilege of escorting the veterans on this trip. Local medical providers have generously donated the equipment needed for each flight. The Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio Executive Committee is also unpaid; they too volunteer their time for this once in a lifetime opportunity for our veterans.

How to donate:

Donations to Honor Flight Northwest Ohio can be made in many ways:

1. CIVFD Breakfast, Saturday, April 5, 8-11 a.m. at the CIVFD station on Cemetery Road, Port Clinton
2. In person at any Key Bank
3. Online at the Honor Flight Northwest Ohio website, www.honorflightnwo.org/donate.asp
4. To mail in a donation, send it to Honor Flight Northwest Ohio, P.O. Box 23018, Toledo, OH, 43623

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Special meeting of council held for presentation by Washington Properties

On March 6 at 6 p.m. a special meeting of council was held in the city council chambers for a presentation by Mike Rose of Washington Properties. All members of council were present (Ron Aukerman of Ward 1, Jerry Tarolli of Ward 2, Margaret Phillips of Ward 3, Gabe Below of Ward 4, Nicole DeFreitas council at large, Lisa Sarty council at large, and Mike Snider council at large) except President of Council Linda Hartlaub and Clerk of Council Leigh Sprenger who were out because of illness. City Auditor Cole Hatfield acted as clerk and Mike Snider acted as president. Mayor Vince Leone was also present at the table for the meeting.

“This is a hot topic for the city of Port Clinton,” said Mayor Leone as the meeting was starting. “Due to input from the community the rendering (of the plan) has changed.”

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