Miller Boat Line wins business of the year

Back row (L-R): Lee Janik III (Clutch Tactical Fly Rods), Joe Rudolph (Clutch Tactical Fly Rods), Greg Peiffer (WPCR), Bob Babjack (Chipmatic), Chuck Miller (Baumann’s), Jeff Sondles (Lib. Aviation Museum), Brad Corbin (Sloopy’s). Front row (L-R): Cheryll Rose (Miller Boat Line), Marie Babjack (Chipmatic), Loretta Paul (accepting on behalf of Ray St. Marie w/ Rayz Café), Jan Pugh (Packer Creek Pottery)

On Thursday, April 3, the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation held their 2014 Business & Industry Awards. Overall, the Business of the Year award was presented to Miller Boat Line. Other categories of awards included Small, Medium and Large Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Economic Development Partner of the Year, the Bill Mack Award, Personal Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year. The awards were made by Ferguson Gallery in Marblehead and Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton provided the center piece flower arrangements for the awards.

Nominated for Small Business of the Year were WPCR-Port Clinton Radio and Sloopy’s Sports Café. To qualify for a small business there must be 1-25 employees. WPCR is the North Coast’s only radio station heard on the internet. After their first year on the web, WPCR had over 203,000 visitors with regular visitors from 36 states. WPCR also did live stream television coverage of the Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment. Sloopy’s Sports Café is a locally owned business in Lakeside. Sloopy’s competes in pizza competitions throughout the United States. They are part of the U.S. Pizza Team and have recently won Best Pepperoni Pizza at the fourth annual Rotary Pizza Challenge.


Riverview hosting Spring Craft Show

Ottawa County Riverview HealthCare Campus, on State Route 163 near Oak Harbor, will be hosting its 7th Annual “Swing into Spring” Craft Show on Saturday, April 5, 9-3 p.m.

Nearly 40 Vendors from four counties will have items for sale including wooden doll furniture; crocheted item; nautical quilted bags, aprons and purses; Mary Kay items; beach glass jewelry; Bright and Bouncy hairbows and tutu outfits; customized baby onesies; Scentsy candles, warmers and lotions; Vault designer jeans; hand woven rugs; handmade greeting cards; quilt racks; outdoor decorations; beaded jewelry; quilts and table runners; customized clothing; polar fleece items; swags; florals; computer services; Easter candies, jams and jellies; custom made pillows; Tupperware; spring ruffled scarves; infant layette sets and Faberge-style egg art.


Miller Ferry to run April 7

Weather permitting; the Miller Ferry will begin trips to Put-In-Bay on Monday, April 7. On Thursday, April 10, Miller Ferry will begin trips to Middle Bass Island, also weather permitting.

To view schedules or to view trip updates and changes visit or call the Miller Boat Line office at 1-800-500-2421 or 419-285-2421.


Terra State hosts professional development event

Dr. Paul Cesarini, standing, leads a discussion about Active Learning Classrooms

Thanks to an Ohio Association of Community Colleges grant, Terra State Community College held a professional development event for its faculty and invited interested parties from other area colleges and universities as well.

The session was March 21 and featured Dr. Paul Cesarini from Bowling Green State University. The topic was Active Learning Classrooms, and the group met in Terra State’s own Hybrid Course Instruction Active Learning Classroom. Unlike the traditional college or high school classroom, this room features seven independent workstations for group activities and a computer-displayed presentation station. It includes audio and video playback equipment, OSX and Windows environments and lounge areas for comfortable student interaction.

Cesarini was instrumental in setting up four such classrooms at BGSU and he shared those experiences with the group. The session was aimed at generating interest in this type of instruction and providing insights into best practices for these spaces.

The OACC Student Success Center grants are meant to encourage statewide student success through professional development.


Learn how to go “From Stressed to Best”

David S Prudhomme, founder of Mederi Wellness LLC, Port Clinton, and co-author of the “From Stressed To Best™” system and series of books, will be speaking on the secrets of reducing stress in yourself, your relationships and your life, April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Conference Room at Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton. At this free talk, Prudhomme will be talking about ways to learn to quickly control and reverse the patterns of stress in your life. 

Almost everyone says they are more stressed today than ever before. Studies are now showing that stress causes or exacerbates 85% of all illness, and that it is the root cause of many problems from relationship issues, to smoking, weight gain, pain, sleeplessness, physical illness, addictions, anxiety and depression. Some medical professionals now believe that reducing stress may be even more important than stopping smoking to ensure their clients’ health and well-being. 

Drawing on the latest science of the mind, Prudhomme will explain how one can immediately reduce stress by understanding their personality type, how the brain is hard-wired from birth, the strengths and stressors of each personality type, and how to use that knowledge to learn how to better communicate with co-workers, friends and family.

On Monday, April 14, at 6:30 the Conference Room at Magruder, Prudhomme will be giving another free presentation, on becoming “The Best Me Now”. The program will explore how the mind and body work together and how one can use the power of the subconscious mind to change habits, behaviors, or emotions and create your best life.

Prudhomme has studied the mind and the body with experts all over the world. He is a Stress Reduction Specialist, Mind/Body Coach and Consulting Hypnotist. He is also a Master Practitioner of NLP, a certified MBTI® Practitioner, a motivational speaker and life-coach. He has a BS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MA in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. He is the founder and Director of Mederi Wellness, where every day he works with clients to help them shift from where they are to where they want to be. 

David S Prudhomme and Ruth E Schneider, co-authors of the “From Stressed to Best™” program and books for individuals and businesses, are available for newspaper, television, and radio interviews and speaking engagements on stress reduction, wellness and related subjects. For more information, go to or  or contact David at 419.341.1858 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Tigers hoping to make it to the World Series

For the third year in a row, the Detroit Tigers qualified for the playoffs, only to stub their toe in the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox when they were on the verge of taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Despite winning 93 games last year, Detroit has a roster that includes four new faces on the everyday lineup and a new starting pitcher, but the expectations are the same, to win the World Series.

Gone from last year are 1B Prince Fielder, SS/LF Jhonny Peralta and 2B Omar Infante, plus SS Jose Iglesias could miss the entire season with stress fractures in both legs. The team also traded away SP Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67 ERA), who had pitched quite well during his time with the Tigers.

Some of the new players, 2B Ian Kinsler and LF Rajai Davis, who stole a combined 60 bases last year, bring with them some speed. In fact, as a team, Detroit swiped just 35 bases in 2013, last in the majors. These new-look Tigers have much more speed, but sacrificed power to get here, losing 46 home runs with the departures of Fielder, Peralta and Infante.


Indians look for a return trip to the playoffs

Cleveland surprised a lot of people last year by finishing the season strong and qualifying for the playoffs before falling to Tampa Bay, 4-0, in their single-game matchup. Now the Indians are looking to harness some of the momentum built up during last season’s run and make it back to the postseason, this despite the fact that the team allowed two of its starting pitchers, Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, and relief pitcher Joe Smith to leave via free agency. 

The Dolans, as they're accustomed to doing, decided not to spend the money necessary to keep the team's top free agents, and time will tell if it comes back to haunt the club. Both Jimenez and Kazmir pitched well in 2013. Jimenez went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA, 194 strikeouts and 80 walks and Kazmir finished 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA, 162 strikeouts and 47 walks. Smith was a valued member of the bullpen for the last five years, and his loss could be felt at critical junctures during games. Replacing their production will be key to the Indians’ success.


ICS honors National Poetry Month

Gabriel Scott, Paige Reineck, and Marcella Brenner take a quiz on the use of similes as part of a grammar lesson.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April; Schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This month Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton celebrates poetry as well. 

The students in Mrs. Jacki Brown’s fourth grade have been learning about and writing poetry. Understanding figurative language is vital to understanding the meaning behind poetry. On Wednesday, the ICS fourth graders participated in a web lesson on classroom Chrome books that centered on similes as a way of expression in poetry. The class learned what makes up a simile and how it can be used as an expression of comparison between two sometimes very unalike things. They used an on-line learning site that gave the class examples and in the end quizzed them on what they had learned. 

Immaculate Conception School is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Call the school at 419.734.3315 for more information.


PC boys’ tennis team begins season with loss

Port Clinton High School boys’ tennis team played Norwalk on Thursday in a non-conference match at home.  The Redskins fell 3–2.  This moved Norwalk to 2–0 on the season and PC to 0 -1.

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:  Noah Cross (PC) def. Andrew Herner (N) 6-0, 6-4
2nd Singles:  Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Travis Morgan (N) 6-1, 6-0
3rd Singles:  Joey Thomas (N) def. Cameron King (PC) 6-3, 6-2
1st Doubles:  Grayson Conney/Grant Olsen (N) def. Tristan Auxter/Ellis Adolph (PC) 6-1, 6-2
2nd Doubles:  John Woods/Jacob Dierdreck (N) def. Steven Kast/Joe Miller (PC) 6-1, 6-1

Noah Cross overcame a strong second set push to win comfortably at 1st singles.  Jeff Griffin used his powerful forehand to win easily at 2nd Singles.  Cameron King made his varsity debut and put up a great effort at 3rdsingles.  The 1st and 2nd doubles teams played some very experienced opponents, and the lack of their own varsity experience made all of the difference.


Thank you from the Hammer family

We wish to thank everyone for their support and donations of the Kyler Hammer Chicken Barbecue Benefit. Especially want to thank Batdorff Real Estate and all associates and spouses for all their help in selling tickets as well as their help in serving and making it a successful day and event. Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Kyler is working very hard with his therapy to make us proud and he is such a blessing. We will need extra prayers for his surgery to be successful and quick recovery in May.  He definitely is a fighter.  God bless everyone.

Nick, Megan, & Kyler Hammer
Dean Hammer
Bernie & Gene Hammer

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