Small Business Basics seminars set for May

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars,“Small Business Basics,” that will answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

This seminars will teach the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

The May schedule is:

•Wednesday, May 7–9:30-11:30 a.m. at Ottawa County Improvement Corporation conference room, 8043 W. S.R. 163, Oak Harbor
•Wednesday, May 14–9:30-11:30 a.m. at Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce conference room, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin
•Wednesday, May 21–9:30-11:30 a.m. at Erie County Chamber of Commerce conference room, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky
•Wednesday, May 28–4:30-6:30 p.m. at Terra State Community College, Building A, Room 314, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont

These events are free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, at 800-826-2431 or 419-559-2210, or contact him by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ICS Journeys with Jesus

Father John Missler helps complete the prayer and sticker book that explains the Stations of the Cross with the kindergarteners in Mrs. Susie Adams’ class.

Students at Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton spent time during this Lenten season reflecting on the pain and suffering of Jesus and the new life and hope that was given to them through his death and resurrection. 

Immaculate Conception School first grade teacher, Miss Karly Cross, and kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Susie Adams, spent time in church last week with their classes. Father John Missler spent the morning with the kindergarten class as they prayed and reflected on the sacrifice of Jesus. The students visited the Stations of the Cross and took a walk in Jesus’ shoes as they walked through the Stations of the Cross. Students thought about the last days of Jesus’ life and how much he loved them. The Stations of the Cross themselves are usually represented in churches by a series of 14 pictures or sculptures covering our Lord's Passion. They are meant to be stopping points along the journey for prayer and meditation. The classes took turns reading prayers at each station and reflecting on how they can live as Jesus did, with love and sacrifice.


B-C-S puts Carroll School in good hands

L to R, B-C-S School Board members Heather Dewitz, Kim Dusseau, and Jamie Tooman along with Carroll Township trustees Kenny Gyde, Rodney Biggert, and Donald St. Clair, met on April 2 to celebrate the sale of the former Carroll School property to the Carroll Township Trustees.

Schools are centerpieces of the communities in which they are located. Schools are not simply bricks and mortar that serve as spaces where young people are educated. Schools also serve as community centers, and help to shape the identity of the area in which they are located. Based on this belief, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education worked to ensure that Carroll School be put into responsible and community-minded hands when it made the decision to sell the building after it was closed at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.  


Avery’s hosts art class

Art students, left to right: Barb Mowery, Heather Frank, Nancy Gurney, Anna Babcock, Quinton Babcock and Kennedy Preston.

The art students of Lori Roberts-Cobbledick recently had a field trip to Avery’s Café in Marblehead. The class learned about artist Edward Hopper and then painted scenes of the café in Hopper’s style. 

The adult class meets every Thursday evening at the Danbury Senior Center, 6-7:30 p.m. For more information call Lori at 419.798.0608.


Author Capt. David Brown at Ida Rupp April 21

Local author Capt. David G. Brown will be speaking at the Ida Rupp Public Library on Monday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Capt. Brown is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Mariner and Great Lakes historian. Capt. Brown will offer a program relating to his most recent book, “Titanic Myths, Titanic Truths: How a Series of Errors Caused History’s Most Famous Maritime Disaster”. 

Capt. Brown is a well-known Titanic author and researcher and has presented programs at the Library in the past. After the presentation there will be time for discussion.


Cielo Grande holds grand opening

Cielo Grande was packed Thursday night, April 17, for their grand opening and ribbon cutting. The business, which held a soft opening Friday, April 11, specializes in tapas (small) plates as well as an impressive wine list and delicious entrees.

“The business was robust Friday and Saturday,” said co-owner Bill Van Der Giessen, who also owns 1812 Food & Spirits and Rosie’s Bar and Grill. “We were closed Sunday and Monday to catch our breath. We opened back up Tuesday and business has been solid. We have had a good response from our customers.”


Redskins win over St. Mary CC

Port Clinton Boys tennis played St. Mary CC in an SBC Match at home.  The Redskins won 3 - 2.  This moved PC to 2 – 3 (1-0), and brought SMCC to 4-3 (0-2)

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:  Noah Cross (PC) def. Taylor Crooks (SM) 6-4, 6-1

2nd Singles:   Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Carlo Mormina (SM) 6-1, 6-1

3rd Singles:  Collin Crooks (SM) def. Steven Kast (PC) 6-0, 6-2

1st Doubles:  Avery Dackermann/Will Mercurio (PC) def. Dario Mormina/Chris Tyler 4 -6, 6-2, 6-3

2nd Doubles:   Clay Parrish/Maxx Weiber (SM) def. Cameron King/Dean Colston (PC) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

Noah Cross played excellent and beat a very tough opponenet in Taylor.  Jeff Griffin also played great, controlling the match from start to finish against Carlo.  Steve Kast had a tough opponent for his varsity singles debut and lost a tough one.  Avery Dackermann and Will Mercurio made their varsity debut and won a very close and well played match against Dario and Chris.  Dean and Cameron lost a close one today against a strong 2nd doubles team in Clay and Maxx.

PC JV Winners:
Jacob Koch/Thomas Keville

Port Clinton next plays at the Fremont Ross Little Giant Invite on Saturday at 9am.


Redfern co-sponsors and votes for SB 150

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) voted in favor of Senate Bill 150 on the House floor. The bill requires the certification of individuals who apply agricultural fertilizer, incentivizes the development of nutrient management plans for residual farm products, including soil sediment, and it directs dollars to the Healthy Lake Erie Fund.

“This bill is a step in the right direction to address the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and its tributaries,” said Rep. Redfern. “This issue cannot be settled through one bill, but it is encouraging to see the agricultural community work with the legislature to make meaningful progress.”

Rep. Redfern is a co-sponsor of the SB 150, which passed the House unanimously with support from environmental groups and farmers.


Osprey returning to northwest Ohio

Osprey working on a nest in 2013 at ONWR. Photo from ONWR.

There are high hopes at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (ONWR) near Oak Harbor. This week a pair of osprey have been working on a nest at a platform in the Blausey Unit of the Refuge. If successful, it would be the first osprey nest in northwest Ohio since 1913. 

Ospreys are bright white underneath, with dark brown patches at the carpal joints and a mottled dark brown necklace. The bottoms of an osprey's feet are specially adapted for gripping and carrying fish, as they are covered with short, sharp spines. Average length of an osprey is 25 inches, with a wingspan of 4-5 feet. 

Like bald eagles, ospreys have faced many of the same crises which decimated their numbers in North America. Though they were quite common at one time, habitat destruction, poor water quality, agricultural chemicals and pesticides such as DDT resulted in no osprey being seen in Ohio from 1913 to 1996. In 1996, Ohio began efforts to reintroduce and restore osprey populations, with the goal of 20 nesting pairs by 2010. This goal was achieved well ahead of schedule in 2003, though no osprey nests are in northwest Ohio. 

Inviting osprey to ONWR

The Refuge was contacted by Dick Tuttle and Dick Philips in 2009. Both men are retired science school teachers who have assisted in constructing several osprey platforms in the Delaware area. 

The ONWR platform was put up in the recently restored wetlands habitat of the Blausey Unit in February, 2013. Ospreys feed almost entirely on fish living in shallow water, making the ONWR wetlands an ideal location for a nest. An osprey pair began constructing a nest in July of 2013, but the nest was unsuccessful. Now there again is a pair building a nest on the platform, although it is unknown if it is the same pair from 2013. 

For more information on ONWR, go to‎

For more information or to volunteer with the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association, go to


Main Street announces new board members and officers

At the Annual Dinner on April 10, four individuals were elected by the membership to serve on the Board of Directors for Main Street Port Clinton through the year 2017.  They are: Don Clemons with America’s Best Value for his second term; Jasmine Cupp with The Beacon for her first term; Lori Madison with the Frederick Agency for her first term; and William Moore with Erie Shoreline Properties who will serve his first term representing the Port Clinton Area Chamber.  The newly elected board members began their terms on April 1.

Jasmine, Lori, William, and Don will join the following individuals on the Board: Dana Bacak Lynd with the Civilian Marksmanship Program; Ottawa County Auditor Larry Hartlaub; Roseann Hickman with Perfect Color Hair and Tan; Resident Amy Northrop; Jim Recker with Gerner Wolf Walker Funeral Home; Aimee Slater-West with Slater’s Madison Street Pub; and Missy Walker with First National Bank.

Ex-Officio Board members include City of Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone, Port Clinton Councilman Linda Hartlaub and Duane Myers with Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

At the Annual Dinner, John Madison with the Frederick Agency was thanked for his commitment to Main Street Port Clinton for the past six years. His dedication and energy on the Board will truly be missed.

At the March Board meeting of Main Street Port Clinton, the following officers were elected with terms beginning on April 1: Roseann Hickman, President; Missy Walke, Past-President; Aimee Slater-West, Vice-President; Larry Hartlaub, Treasurer; and Jim Recker, Secretary.

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