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PCHS Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

The Port Clinton Academic Boosters will honor two Port Clinton High School Alumni by inducting them into the Alumni/ Academic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 7.  Brent Ahrens and John Ritter will join an elite group of Port Clinton High School alumni recognized for their outstanding academic achievement.

Brent Ahrens graduated from Port Clinton High School is 1981 and went on to become an accomplished Professional Engineer.    He graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in 1985 and is Masters in 1986.  In 1997 he earned a MBA from Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School of Business and in 2001 completed the Kauffman Fellows Program.  His professional experiences include Senior Research Engineer IAP Research, Senior Product Development Engineer Johnson & Johnson Ethicon, Director of Marketing and Business Development General Surgical Innovations and a General Partner Canaan Partners.  According to his bio, “Since joining Canaan in 1999, he has lead a number of investment companies in developing cutting-edge medical products including treatment for stroke patients, automatic CPR device, novel antibiotics, and products to measure blood glucose in diabetics.”  Brent resides in Lost Altos, California.

John Ritter is a Professor of Geology at Wittenberg University and was named the 2013 Ohio Professor of the Year.  This 1979 graduate of Port Clinton High School began his academic resume at Penn State University with a Bachelors degree in Geosciences, followed by a Masters of Geology from University of New Mexico.  He would return to Penn State in 1990 for a Ph.D. in Geosciences.  At Wittenberg he is the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Chairman of the Department of Geology.  He was a Visiting Scholar with the University of West Indies at St. Augustine.  In addition to receiving numerous awards for education he has shared his expertise by serving on numerous community boards and advisory committees.  A few of these committees include:  Board of Supervisors for the Clark Soil and Water Conservation District; Board of Trustees for Tecumseh Land Trust; Springfield Moving Forward Parks and Open Space Subcommittee; Joint Advisory Board for the Mad River Watershed Protection, Technical Support to Springfield Conservancy District, Friends of Buck Creek, Scenic Mad River Committee.

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Owens to receive state funds for renovation

State Representatives voted to appropriate over $214,000 in state funds for the renovation of Heritage Hall at Owens State Community College.

The money, including $22,000 in local funding, will go to the development of some 32,000 sq. ft. for additional mixed-use classroom space, completing the final phase of the Heritage Hall Renovation project.

“This is a high priority for the college, and I am pleased that they are able to move forward with the completion of needed updates to Heritage Hall,” said Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island). “Owens will be better positioned to meet the needs of faculty and our region’s students.”

The SSOE Group of Toledo will provide engineering services for the renovations and manage construction on the project.

The State Controlling Board also approved the college’s request to transfer approximately $56,000 from the High Bay renovation fund to the Heritage Hall project to ensure its timely completion.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of seven members on the State Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

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Mother’s Day Brunch in Lakeside

Lakeside Chautauqua will be hosting a  Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room at 150 Maple Avenue. 

The cost is $20 per adult, $8 per child (ages 6-12), and children age 5 and under are free. There are no Chautauqua Pass admission fees for this event.

Jason Platfoot of Black Tie Catering will prepare a buffet-style menu that will include a prime rib carving station, pasta primavera, stuffed chicken breast, red skin creamed potatoes, carrots, green beans, salad, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, fruit skewers, Danish pastries, muffins, fruit pies, gourmet cupcakes and more.

Reservations are not required. However, those who wish to make a reservation may do so by calling 937.726.3704.

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Letter carrier food drive May 10

The National Association of Letter Carriers and local post offices are encouraging residents to support a food drive on Saturday, May 10. All the food collected will stay in the community to support the community. With the need being so great and summer fast approaching there will be many children out of school who will not have a good meal without our support.

Please place non-perishable food items in your mailbox or in a bag by your mailbox and your letter carrier or a food drive volunteer will pick them up and take them to the local food bank.

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STEAM at Terra State

Two boys test their skill in the MaKey MaKey-inspired game developed by students in the Computer Information Systems capstone class.

The Student Activities Center at Terra State was filled with interactive displays in what organizers called, “Explore the World of STEAM,” which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The event attracted about 100 children from preschool through middle school. They experienced hands-on activities involving rockets, airplanes, computer technologies, art, math and science.

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Area Safety Councils announce free Safety Day event

Three area Safety Councils, Ottawa County, Sandusky Area and Sandusky County, have teamed up with the Sandusky County Human Resources Management Association to hold a Safety Day event. Safety Day will be held at Terra Community College on May 2, starting with a kick off breakfast at 7:45 a.m. This event features over 30 vendors, 14 various safety seminars, and two special sessions-“Train the Trainer” and “Active Shooter Training”. 

Tom Dixon, Attorney with Eastman & Smith, will discuss Workplace Violence & Bullying at the kick off breakfast. Representatives of area businesses are invited to attend, and lunch and breakfast is provided at no cost to registrants. For information about registration, contact Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The registration flyer is also available on the Ottawa County Safety Council website at www.ocic.biz/ottawa-county-safety-council.

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Spring recital at Firelands Presbyterian Church

Twelve talented piano students presented their spring recital at Firelands Presbyterian Church. They are the students of Susan Larcey in Port Clinton. Students participating included: Front row L-R: Larin Brown, Emma Eickert, Olivia Eickert, Kaitlyn Robinette, Kamlin Nisch Quan, Tristan Yoh, and Carter Brown. Back row: Ally Batterton, Elena Kessler, Logan Martinez, Thomas Keville and Meghan Gallogly.

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Free Skin Cancer Screening

Magruder Hospital will hold a Free Skin Cancer Screening by appointment on Friday, May 9, starting at 9 a.m. Appointments can be made by calling 419-732-4061 and participants should enter through the Outpatient Entrance toward the back of the building.   Michelle Bodie, PA-C, from Dermatology Partners will be providing the screening. 

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. That's more than all other cancers combined. The number of skin cancer cases has been going up over the past few decades. The good news is that you can do a lot to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer, or to catch it early enough so that it can be treated effectively

Spots on the skin that change in size, shape, or color should be seen by a doctor right away. Any unusual sore, lump, blemish, marking, or change in the way an area of the skin looks or feels should also be checked by a doctor.

For more information on other programs, events and screenings, visit Magruder’s website at  www.magruderhospital.com.

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ICS fourth grader donates to Locks of Love

Emily Theibert, a 10 year old ICS fourth grader, recently donated her hair to Locks of Love for Easter. Emily was inspired to do this act because she heard about a 5 year old girl from Sandusky who has brain cancer. Emily loved her long hair, but the need to help others was greater to her. Emily’s grandma, Terrie Theibert, took her to The Moxie Salon on Perkins Ave. to have the owner, Amanda Stavaskie, cut her hair to donate.

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