Perch fishing Lake Erie’s Western Basin

With this season’s perch fishing is firing up into full swing now, and I’d like to share a few tips with those who may be going out to try it for the first time. Hopefully, it will help you put more fish in your cooler.

Minnows: The emerald shiner, which is native to Lake Erie, and can be found in most of the bait shops in the area, is the best minnow for catching perch. While the golden shiner, can work in a pinch, if you present the emerald shiner and a golden shiner at the same time, the emerald shiner will out produce the golden every time.


Magruder Hosts Annual Recognition Event

Gary Ziemke, Magruder Hospital's employee of the year, with Magruder Hospital President and CEO Todd Almendinger.

Magruder Hospital recently held its annual recognition event to honor employees, medical staff and board members for years of dedicated service through the end of 2013. 

Highlighting the evening was the announcing of Magruder’s Employee of the Year nominees for 2013.  Of those nominated, Gary Ziemke, Utility and Facilities Management, was selected as Employee of the Year.


Ribbon Cutting Held for Soleil Ice Cream

The grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for Soleil Ice Cream was held on Thursday, July 3.  Representatives from the City of Port Clinton, Main Street Port Clinton, and the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce congratulated them and welcomed them to downtown Port Clinton.

Pictured left to right: Missy Walker, Main Street PC Board Member; Lori Madison, Main Street PC Board Member; Laura Schlachter, Port Clinton Area Chamber and Main Street PC; Ben Topaz, owner; Ottawa County Commissioner Jim Sass, Port Clinton Area Chamber Board Member; Amir Sraibman, owner; Mayor Vince Leone; and Jerry Tarolli, Port Clinton City Council.


Ribbon Cutting Held for Soleil Clothing and Accessories

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Soleil Clothing and Accessories located at 121 Madison Street on July 3.  Representatives from the City of Port Clinton, Main Street Port Clinton, and the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce congratulated them and wished them many years of success.

Pictured left to right: Laura Schlachter, Port Clinton Area Chamber and Main Street PC; Lori Madison, Main Street PC Board Member; Margaret Phillips, Port Clinton City Council; Ottawa County Commissioner Jim Sass; Amir Sraibman, owner; Ben Topaz, owner; Mayor Vince Leone; and Jerry Tarolli, Port Clinton City Council.


North Coast Concert Band performing at Wolcott Keeper’s House

North Coast Band performance at Wolcott Keeper's House in 2012.

Stirring band music and an ice cream social will bring the best of summer to the Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead this Saturday, July 12.  The 65 member North Coast Concert Band is returning for a 2 p.m. performance in the natural amphitheater behind the 1820's stone home of the first keeper of the Marblehead Lighthouse.  

Ice cream and desserts will be available in the Museum/Gift Shop adjacent to the House.  Bring a folding chair or blanket, and enjoy live music and sweet treats in the peaceful, historic setting.  Docent guided tours of the historic home begin at 11 a.m., and food service starts at noon.  Parking and restroom facilities are on site.  The Keeper's House is located 2 1/2 miles southwest of the Marblehead Lighthouse.


Waterworks Park development

How many of you citizens read the New Herald on June 27, 2014, that Washington Properties proposed a 60 million dollar investment in the citizens Waterworks Park, featuring a lodge and conference, first floor retail shops, and 119 residential units.

Retail shops, how many retail shops, three, four, five, how many.

They had no trouble putting a number on how many residential units they would like to build, 119.


Ohio RCAP conference set for August

On August 13 & 14, the Small Towns, Big Futures Conference will take place at the Hilton at Polaris in Columbus. This is the third such conference, which is a service of the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP). 

 “We are excited about this year’s conference,” said John Rauch, director of The Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (GLRCAP), administered by WSOS. “We believe the conference will provide those who attend with valuable information and resources.” 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Drew Hastings, comedian and mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio, have been invited as guest speakers at Thursday’s lunch.

The conference offers three tracks: Infrastructure, Economic Development, and Local Government/Management. 


Aukerman named Director of Youth Sports

At the Monday, July 7, Port Clinton City Schools Board of Education meeting, Mr. Ron Aukerman was approved for the newly created position of Director of Youth Sports. Mr. Aukerman will be responsible for coordinating athletic activities for grades 3-6.

“I am grateful to Mr. Adkins and the school board for allowing us to create this extra-curricular position. I felt like we needed to introduce our students to the various sports we have available at the high school at a much younger age. Ron will be working closely with all of our head coaches as we implement a more formal athletic program and instruction in grades 3-6. Coach Aukerman has many years of coaching experience in various sports and is the ideal person to get this program off the ground,” said Port Clinton City Schools Athletic Director Rick Dominick.

Ron Aukerman is also the Industrial Technology/STEM teacher at Port Clinton Middle School.


B-C-S Board prepares for coming school year

At the June 23  Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education meeting, Board members approved a number of personnel items including authorizing hours for extended school year tutors, supplemental contracts, and extended service days for staff.  


Ottawa County’s brain gain: The Clinton House


Oak Harbor residents Jon and Carolyn Rodenhauser have reopened 106 West Perry Street, Port Clinton, as the Clinton House once again. The Clinton House, which used to be the old location of The Beacon, had a soft opening this past weekend and is planning to open full time in two weeks with a full kitchen and liquor license.

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