One unique bird

Female and male Indigo Bunting

It's another milestone for Tom Kashmer, Research Coordinator of Sandusky County Park District. In 2010, Tom banded his 100,000th bird, a feat accomplished by very few individuals around the country.

Tom recently reached a unique place in history when an Indigo Bunting crossed his path on Sept. 28, 2013 at Creek Bend Farm in Lindsey.


Father-daughter Federal Duck Stamp winners to be at Biggest Week

The love of nature and a skill in art run deep in the Grimm family. Elyria native Adam Grimm and his daughter Madison, age 7, each took first place in the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contests for their age categories and have both received the honor of having their paintings appear on this year’s duck stamps. 

The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is nothing new to professional wildlife artist Adam Grimm. His 1999 contest-winning painting for the special 2000 Millennial Federal Duck Stamp kicked off his professional painting career at age 21 and also made him the youngest person to have ever won the federal contest. 

Grimm takes the competition very seriously. Although there is no monetary prize for winning, the prestige and notoriety associated with the contest can provide a plethora of career opportunities for the wildlife artist, enough to justify the months of work that can go into creating a painting worthy of entering. 


Danbury preschool reading volunteers celebrate first year’s success

An event was held at the Victory Café in Marblehead to discuss a successful year of reading to Danbury preschoolers

On April 16 Marblehead’s Victory Café and the Marblehead Peninsula Library Committee (MPLC) hosted an appreciation forum for charter members of the Danbury Preschool “Every Child Ready To Read at your Library” project. Colleen Wright, manager of the coffee shop, and a volunteer reader herself, served a buffet of homemade appetizers, fresh fruit and cookies. MPLC provided beverages and presented the volunteers with thank you mementos and identification badges and lanyards to use inside the school. 


Port Clinton loses 2-3 to Clyde

Port Clinton Boys tennis played Clyde Friday in an SBC match at Clyde.  The Redskins lost 2-3.This moved PC to 3-8 (2-4).

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:  Alex Medley (c) def.  Noah Cross (PC) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
2nd Singles:   Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Jonathon Lewis (c) 6-1 6-1
3rd Singles:  Connor Rotenberg (c) def. Ryan Norgard (PC) 6-2, 7-5
1st Doubles:  David Murphy/Caleb Prunty (c) def. Ellis Adolph/ Cameron King (PC) 6-0, 6-3
2nd Doubles:  Tristan Auxter/Dean Colton (PC) def. Jacob Roach/Thomas Arianns (C) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Noah lost an extremely close match Friday as both players played excellent.  Jeff cruised while being patient.  Ryan gutted out a tough loss.  Ellis and cam played a tough team.  Dean and Tristan let their inner net monsters out to win Friday.

PC JV winners:

Will Mercurio
Avery Dackermann
Simon Shultz/Steven Kast
Joe Miller/Anthony Paradise
Jacob Koch/ Thomas keville

PC’s next match is Tuesday at St. Mary’s at 4 p.m.



Judge Winters leads delegation at Domestic Relations Summit

Pictured from left to right are: Mark Frederick, court mediator; Kelly Lillie, administrative assistant for the Common Pleas Court; Judge Winters; Shelly Kennedy and John Klaehn, domestic relations practitioners.

Judge Winters led a delegation of Ottawa County domestic relations court staff and attorneys at the recent Ohio Supreme Court's Domestic Relations Summit.

New, innovative, and efficient practices utilized in Domestic Relations Courts were presented by experts from the United States and Canada. Seventy-four of Ohio's eighty-eight counties were represented at the summit.

Judge Winters was selected by the Supreme Court to serve on the planning committee for the event.


Tickets on sale for Sunset Cruise

Tickets are now on sale for the July 10 Sunset Cruise on the Jet Express.   The sightseeing cruise will depart Port Clinton at 7:30 p.m. and cruise past the Catawba shoreline, Marblehead and the historic lighthouse, then continue on past Kelleys, Rattlesnake, Sugar, Green and the Bass Islands before the sunset on the way back into Port Clinton.  The cruise will be traveling at high speed to reach the different points of interest and then slow down to enjoy the sights.

Signature hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar with top-shelf cocktails and wine will be featured.  The cost is $40 per person or $70 per couple.  This truly unique cruise is sponsored by the Jet Express and benefits the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.  Rain date is scheduled for Thursday, July 17.

Space is limited.  RSVP to the Port Clinton Area Chamber at 419-734-5503 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Recognition dinner honors student standouts at Terra State

Terra State Community College honored its best and brightest students at the third annual Student Recognition Dinner on April 22.

“Next to commencement, this is my favorite event of the year,” said Associate Dean Heath Martin, who oversees the Office of Student Activities. “This year’s group of student nominees was exceptional, which made it difficult for the committee to pick overall winners, but that’s the way we want it.”

The following students took top honors:

•Rotary Student of the Year: Brian Shultz of Pemberville
• Student Employee of the Year: Patricia Lewis-Lee of Fremont
• Student Club or Organization of the Year: Phi Theta Kappa

Commencement Awards:

Perseverance Award: Pam Aldrich of Clyde and Heather Cooper of Fremont
Community Service Award: Michele Upton of Bellevue
Commencement Speaker: Patti Ollom of Fremont
All-Ohio Academic Team:Shawn Boller of Mount Gilead and Josh Thacker of Tiffin

Others nominated for the various awards were:

•Rotary Student of the Year: Brandon Beining of Fostoria, Meghan Rich of Fremont, Patricia Hartman of Fostoria, Michele Upton of Bellevue, Michael Geronimo of Toledo, Morgan Salyer of Bellevue and Leslie Gerwin of Gibsonburg.
• Student Employee of the Year: Kearstin Mathias, Rachel Humberger and Ashleigh Kosanka, all of Fremont
• Student Club or Organization of the Year: Student Nurses Association and Medical Assisting Association
• All-Ohio Academic: Morgan Salyer
• Perseverance Award: Tiffany Kiesel of Tiffin, Robert Pocock of Clyde, Matthew Sallee of Tiffin, Connie Menard of Clyde and Heather Cooper.
• Community Service Award: AnnMarie DeTray of Oak Harbor
• Commencement Speaker: Arica Pfirsch of Sandusky, Shannon Hartzell of Tiffin, Shawn Boller and John Jadwisiak of Port Clinton.


PCHS and Ida Rupp Public Library win teen video challenge

Port Clinton High School creators of the Ida Rupp Public Library Teen Video Challenge receiving top honors are, seated, left to right: Kevin Mabe, Cal Laurel and Josh Vossen; standing: Michael Clabaugh, Ashlynn Slauterbeck, Ebony Kleinhan and Justyn Holmes.  

Congratulations to Ida Rupp Public Library and the Port Clinton High School teen creators of Ohio's 2014 Teen Video Challenge winning video, "Super Readers". 


EHOVE’s Summer Camp

Kids in grades 5-9 are invited to participate in EHOVE’s summer camps.  Programs include LEGO robotics, inventing, engineering, culinary arts, athletic speed and performance, duct tape design, design/fab/build/fly and video gaming. The camp is a week-long with half day session full of hands-on projects.

Camps run 8:30-11:30 a.m. for the morning session and 12:15-3:15 p.m. for the afternoon session, Monday-Friday for the week of June 16-20.  Campers may attend the morning and/or afternoon session.  Cost is $50 per camp session. 

Online registration starts April 30 at  Registrations may also be mailed using the form in the camp brochure that was sent home with area students, but please note that these camps fill quickly and space will immediately be reserved by registering online.


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