Port Clinton City School District announces Flagship Award winners

Pictured, left to right: Port Clinton Board of Education President David Belden; Vice President Beth Benkowith; Flagship Award Recipients Lisa and Tom Geisheimer, First Mate Parent Award; Heidi Steyer, Captain Staff Award; Christa Bronner from Stein Hospice, Crew Community Award; and Superintendent of Schools Patrick D. Adkins.

The Flagship Awards are part of Port Clinton City School District’s recognition program to honor parents, community members, staff and students that help the district fulfill its motto of “Proudly Charting a Course for Success.” At the Feb. 24 meeting, the Port Clinton Board of Education recognized the following individuals with Flagship Awards.


PCHS presents “The Wedding Singer”

The Port Clinton High School Drama Club will present its student production of “The Wedding Singer” on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the PCHS Performing Arts Center.

Robbie Hart, a wedding singer, played by Seth Bickel, lives with his Grandma Rosie, played by Haley Klima, in Ridgefield, New Jersey. He and his band members play a great wedding gig. During his usual “warm-up-the-crowd-routine,” Robbie proudly announces that he will be married to his beloved fiancée Linda, played by Kiya Brown, the next day. After the wedding gig that night, Robbie tries to write a sweet (eventually corny) love song to Linda, with help from his waitress friend, Julia Sullivan, played by Alyson Shaler, whom he had just met during the previous wedding. The following day, however, Linda dumps Robbie at the altar, with only a note claiming that she wants to be the wife of a rock star and not just a wedding singer. Meanwhile, an anxious Julia goes out to dinner with her Wall Street boyfriend, Glen Guglia, played by Ian Kyle, hoping he will pop the question, which he does.

Robbie falls into a deep depression but is urged by his bandmates Sammy, played by Keegan Lowe, and George, played by Jack Warner, and even his grandmother, to use that intense emotion to get back on his feet. However, the angry Robbie does nothing but enrage the guests at the next wedding gig, and he is soon thrown into the dumpster, literally, by the bridal wedding party. With some convincing from his friend Julia, Robbie does “Come Out of the Dumpster” but changes his singing gigs strictly to bar mitzvahs. After the Shapiro bar mitzvah, Julia convinces Robbie to help her register for her wedding, as her fiancé Glen is, as usual, busy with business-related affairs.

While at the mall, Robbie and Julia meet up with Julia’s cousin and best friend, Holly, played by Cheyenne Meek, who convinces the faux duo that Julia needs to practice her wedding kiss. Robbie and Julia awkwardly, and lovingly, kiss, only to be interrupted by the reality that Julia is marrying Glen. After seeing the kiss, Holly decides that she should go out with Robbie. Julia, still shocked by the kiss, hastily agrees with Holly. Much later that night, Robbie, Holly, Julia, Glen, Sammy, and George go to a club in New York City. Here Robbie finally realizes that Glen is a cheater and that he, Robbie, loves Julia. Holly realizes this, too, and tells Robbie that Julia is marrying Glen because of his money and security. Upon hearing this, Robbie exclaims, “Maybe I could change!” Will Robbie change? Come see this hilarious musical to find out!

Other cast members include Laura Helmer, who plays Angie, Julia’s mother; and Kayla Armendariz, Gina Buono, Ericka Castillo, Shelby Crowl, Michael Davis, Jon Emmons, Samantha Emmons, Kate Fontana, Allison Gilleland, Halee Jones, Lily Madison, Morrisa Mallory, Salvatore Martell, Arreselia Rangel, Miranda Rawlins, Natalie Stitak, Alex Suter, Courtney Trent, and Leah Warner, who comprise the Ensemble.

“The Wedding Singer” is directed by Paul Anderson, who is assisted by Eric Watts, vocals and pit director and technical consultant; Hilary Watts, choreographer; Bobby Good, set construction; and Beth Jadwisiak, costumes. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 14, for $8 in the high school office, or they may be purchased at the PAC box office the nights of the show.


Emergency sirens to be tested

Governor John Kasich has designated the week of March 2-8 as Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week. Many Ottawa County schools, health care facilities and other public and private organizations will be conducting training and drills in conjunction with this program.

A key activity during the week will be a statewide test of weather warning dissemination and preparedness procedures. This test will be conducted at 9:50 a.m., Wednesday, March 5. The Ottawa County siren system will be activated for three minutes, and the Sheriff’s Dispatch will broadcast a test message to police, fire and EMS departments. The county will also test the Wireless Emergency Notification System which activates cell phones, mobile devices and email in the event of an emergency. To sign up for this service, visit In addition, the National Weather Service will activate weather alert radios. Actual weather warnings are disseminated in the same manner.

Severe weather can threaten Ottawa County in many forms. Timely notification and warning play a key role in the effort to save lives and protect property.

The Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency urges residents to review their Tornado Warning Procedures and discuss them with their families and/or business personnel. If there are any questions please call the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency at 419-734-6900.


Spring Job Fair is March 4 at Terra State

Fall 2013 Job Fair at Terra State

The annual Spring Job Fair at Terra State Community College in Fremont is Tuesday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.

“Our fall and spring job fairs are two of the highlights of our year,” said Joan Gamble, Coordinator of Career Services. “This is where we hope it all comes together for our students.”

The event is free and is also open to the public. Job seekers are asked to dress to impress and bring copies of their resume. 

Here is a list of businesses that are scheduled to attend:               

Advanced Color Technologies, APS Medical Billing, Autogate, Berry Plastics, Callies Performance Products, Cardinal Staffing, Catawba Moorings Inc., Cedar Point, Century Die Company, Cooper Tire, David Price Metal Service, Elmwood Healthcare Center, Evergreen Plastics, Family Video Movie Club, Fastenal, First Choice of Ohio, Flat Rock Homes, G4S Secure Solutions Inc., Global Technical Recruiters, Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties, Green Bay Packaging Inc., Howard Hanna Real Estate, Islander Inn, Kaufman Engineered Systems, Lakeside Association, Lowe’s Companies Inc., Luther Home of Mercy, Materion, MCPc Imaging and Printing, Med1Care, Medcentral Health System, Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers Inc., Mohawk Golf and Country Club, National Machinery, New York Life, Nucor Building Systems, Ohio Means Jobs-Sandusky County, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Oriana House Inc., Peregrine Health Services, Principle Business Enterprises Inc., Rachel Wixey and Associates, REM Ohio, Renhill Group, Riverview Industries, Rowa Inc., Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center, Stanley Electric US Inc., Style Crest, Time Staffing, Trilogy Health Services, U.S. Army, Volunteers of America Care Facilities and Wells Brooke Premium Home Health Care.

For more information call Joan Gamble, Coordinator of Career Services, at 419-559-2252.


NPAA to help with Walleye Festival Kids Fishing Derby

“In 1964, I was four years old, and that’s the year my father taught me how to fish”, said local resident and Beacon fishing columnist Julia Davis. “My first rod was a whittled stick that had a line and hook tied to it. It didn’t even have a reel. I would sit on the dock and try to catch bluegills and crappies all day long with meat that I would find in the clams that washed up on the beach. I grew up fishing. I even became Professional Walleye Tournament Angler and fished on some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers, and against some of the best walleye anglers in the country. Now, I am a Charter Captain here on Lake Erie. And, just like that little girl sitting on the dock all day at four years old, I’m still fishing today at 50 years old. I think I will be fishing until the day I die.  Introducing someone new to the sport, and watching them have fun, is what it’s all about for me. I just couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”

When Captain Juls heard about a request for rod and reel donations to help with the children’s fishing tournament at the annual Walleye Festival this spring, she knew immediately what to do.

Davis reached out to Laura Schlachter from Main Street Port Clinton, and explained how the NPAA could possibly help. “Helping kids get involved in fishing is one of the largest goals of the NPAA, and they are usually pretty excited about events like yours”, Juls said. “I think we can make this happen”.


March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Ottawa County Board of DD (OCBDD) and related organizations are celebrating the meaning of this year’s theme, “Ability at Work!" 

Statewide and across the nation organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Ability at Work” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools everyone wins.

"This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve," said Superintendent Melinda Slusser. “During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about the 340 people in this community who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make this a better place to live.” 


OHHS student balances the role between player and manager

Most days after school you will find freshman Jonas Hetrick preparing the basketball court for the Oak Harbor High School Girls Varsity Basketball team. At a recent practice, Coach Tom Kontak relayed to me that three years ago they asked Jonas if he would like to help out and be the team manager and he responded in the way he normally does, by putting his head down and shaking it “yes”. Jonas takes his job as manager very seriously. “He places the equipment on the court, helps with daily warm-ups and anywhere he is needed,” said Coach Kontak. “He’s a great addition to our team.” 

Jonas has the diagnosis of Asperger’s  syndrome (AS), which is an autism spectrum disorder.  Asperger’s is one of a distinct group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.  His parents, Dave & Denise, convey that Jonas was Failure to Thrive at the age of one month, which meant that his weight or rate of weight gain was significantly lower than that of other children of similar age and gender.   Around 6-12 months of age they noticed Jonas’ development was not progressing as it should, as he did not babble or attempt to form words, was very fussy and never slept.   Jonas would start to catch up on his development to only be behind again.  At that time they turned to the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities Early Intervention program to assist with his development.  


American Red Cross babysitter training at Oak Harbor Middle School

American Red Cross Babysitter Training will be offered to students residing in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District on Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Instructor for the training is Jan Overmyer, R.N. Registration forms are available in the school office, or by calling 419-898-6217. Registration deadline is Thursday, March13. 

This training is offered at no cost to students thanks to a generous grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.  Space is limited to the first 15 registrations. Participants should be 11-13 years old and are asked to pack a sack lunch.  

American Red Cross Babysitter Training helps students prepare for the unexpected and respond to emergencies in a calm and confident manner. This course teaches leadership skills, safe play, basic first aid, rescue breathing, and how to clear an obstructed airway. Safety precautions regarding severe weather events are also a part of the curriculum. 


Magruder Charity Ball: Prom Night, A Night to Remember

Board members: Sandy Weiner, Ron Weiner, Linda Slaughterbeck, Kelly Biggert, John Biggert, Sue Deerhake, Greg Deerhake, Kathy Durflinger and Richard Durflinger.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Magruder Hospital held its annual charity ball at the Catawba Island Club. The theme of the night was Prom Night, A Night to Remember. Catawba Island Club created a drink, the Prom Crush, especially for the event. Rock N Roll Express provided music for the cocktail hour and The Junk performed after dinner.

“This is a transition year,” said Vice President of Nursing Kathy Durflinger, RN. “The money raised tonight will go to the Magruder Hospital Foundation to go towards purchasing a new MRI for the hospital.”


United States Coast Guard tug Ohio at Miller Ferry Dock

Photo by Nancy Oreskovich

The Great Lakes Towing Company tug, Ohio, docked at the Miller Ferry Dock on Feb. 26. The Ohio departed from Cleveland and made its way towards South Bass Island, transitioning between Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. After that the Ohio departed from Put-In-Bay and headed towards Catawba Island, following the Miller Boat Ferry Route.

The Ohio cleared a path to transport the materials for the new docks on Put-In-Bay that have been waiting on the Miller Ferry Dock.

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