Kids, bring your adults to Adventure Play

Use recyclable materials to build your own adventure environments this Saturday, March 22, at United Way's Pop Up Adventure Playground, being held in the annex of St John's Church at the Corner of Adams and Second Streets. 

Children and adults of all ages are invited to come play, burn some energy and exercise creative muscle as we get messy and build whatever our hearts desire. The event is being held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.


Wrestling Club thank you

The Port Clinton Wrestling Club wishes to thank all the volunteers who helped with the Spring Biddy Wrestling Tournament this past weekend and to all the wrestlers who participated. All net proceeds are used by the Club to enhance the wrestling programs from biddy thru high school in Port Clinton. A special thanks to our sponsors for their donations to help defray the cost so more of the proceeds go back into the programs. They are Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Port Clinton Elks Lodge, Trish McCartney State Farm Insurance Agency and Luc Ice.

Thank you everyone for your support.

Robert L. Scarpino,
The Port Clinton Wrestling Club Inc.


Port Clinton Middle School Announces Honor Rolls

Port Clinton Middle School announces its Honor Students for the second grading period of the 2013-2014 school year:

Principal’s List, Highest Honors

Sixth Grade:  Caitlin Chafee, Grace Heilmann, Elena Kessler, Mattison Koskela, Cara Linn, Hannah Moore, William Segaard, Hunter Webster and Annie White. 

Seventh Grade:  Morgan Bagovich, Bryanna Barr, Allison Batterton, Maxwell Brenner, Conor Cadigan, Jack Carpenter, Alexandra Cline, Marisol Fick, Andrew Fillmore, Gabriel Haghiri, Alexis Helton, Brynn 

Jacoby, Kamlin Nisch Quan, Niki Tipton, Madison Vargas and Emma Zeitzheim.

Eighth Grade:  Hailey Ball, Hannah Castro, Jared Depner, Kyle Dietrich, Emma Eickert, Leslee Gilleland, Erin Hiller, Blake Kelly, Drew Kopchak, Hannah Mallory, Madeline Recker, Jadan Rogers, Claudia Rosiar, Isabelle Rospert, Maxwell Rumbarger, Lauren Shaw, Lauren Steyer and Paige Steyer.

High Honor Roll

Sixth Grade:  Michael Baxter, Lyman Brown, Elijah Burkholder, Caden Chapman, Ileana Garza, Robert Geisheimer, Avery Hines, Zoe Hines, Christopher Knowles, Mandi Koehl, Cooper Kowal, Omar Lucero, Jaxon Martinez, Hannah Paeth, Kaylee Phillips, Hailey Ranzenberger, Sierra Robinette, Dylan Smothers, Samantha Sneider, Cooper Stine and Zachary Weldon.

Seventh Grade:  Andrew Babcock, Chloe Cook, Alia Czerwinski, Briana Giron, Jackson Kennedy, Madison Kodak, Lucas Patrick, Caitlyn Pipoly, Madison Reed, Courtney Sayre, Andrea Stitak, Alexis Trick, Madyson Webb, Ian Willoughby, Alexis Yoh and Zoe Zgodzinski.

Eighth Grade:  Chloe Avis, Mason Bodi, Ashlyn Borton, Kate Bowers, Eian Burkholder, Zachary Colflesh, Alexis Cook, Kayce Deal, Kyle Fitzpatrick, Madelynn Gerwin, Merissa Jagucki, Jack Kessler, Alexander Koskela, Quincy Kowal, Delayna Laurel, Kirsten Lorge, Nicholas Mainous, Kaitlyn Michnay, Zachary Murphy, Gabrielle Sharkey, Parker Sherry, Kayleigh Snyder, Tyler Williams, Morgan Wojciechowski and John Young.

Honor Roll

Sixth Grade:  Lohany Arambula, Valorie Borton, Kyle Coleman, Roy Cooper, Jr., Brianna Curley, Logan Dague, Andrew Ferguson, Michaela Ferrell, Shelby Gilbert, Benjiman Gilleland, Lissa Gillman, Carli Laurel, Madison McGlothlin, Monique Perkins, Gavin Preston, Alanna Read, Alexis Runyon, Beau Scott, Jazmyn Silva, Dylan Simpson, Grace Talbott and Hannah Witte.

Seventh Grade:  Gabriel Armendariz, Elizabeth Aukerman, Alexius Borton, Alexis Bradshaw, Stacey Bragg, Elye Byington, Brenda Crowl, Peyton Culver, Riley Damschen, Samuel Diaz, Austin Emmons, Isabella Fillmore, Jacob Fleck, Seth Gossard, McKenzie Halsey, Mallory Holbrook, Dekota Irick, Dylan Johnson, Josiah Klein, Sierra Mackey, Hunter Mares, Olivia McDougall, Alec Meacham, Caitlyn Prentice, Alexia Read, Lillian Reiman, Dresden Riggs, Ashlyn Rogers, Nikolas Skoufos, Amelia Smith, Analisa Snyder, Olivia Spieldenner, Katherine St. Leger, DeShawn Strickland, Caden Swander, Dailee Terry and Leanna Thomas.

Eighth Grade:  Bailey Cole, Amaya Eppse, Allison Goans, Dymond Heckman, Payton Herevia, Andrea Hutton, Kertis Johnson, Ariel Koepplinger, Amber Luma, Ryan McDougall, Anthony Nesbitt, Christopher Niceswanger, Andrew Rich, Damien Royster, Kendall Rusincovitch, Jerald Sedilko, Rachel Simpson, Blakelee Sneider, Ana Stahl and Kaleb Wadsworth.

Merit Roll 

Sixth Grade:  Logan Appleman, Dale Bagovich, Cayla Bodi, Ethan Cantu, Kristen Carpenter, Selena Carrisales, Madison Clere, Kailey Cornell, Keanoh DeLeon, Allison Dickman, Autumn Eckman, Mason Elson, Brooke Gibbons, Marie Gluth, Tyler Gobmeier, Shyia Havens, Michael Helmer, Chaz Jackson, Griffin Joseph, Kira Kimmet, Charmise Lewis, Star Mackey, Mason McDougall, Christian Meek, Aleena Mitchell, Amanda Mulkey, Brendon Mullins, Jasper Nickel, Elisa Pannell, Aliyah Phillabaum, Marissa Pollard, Rok Scott, Carrie Shupe, Kathleen Smith, Shania Spaulding, Shyanne Taylor, Sierra Thomas, Samuel Walker, Tyler Webb, Avery Wettrich, Bobbijo Whiteside, Madison Wiles and Morgan Zibert.

 Seventh Grade:  Jose Abrego, Isabelle Biers, Corey Bodi, Michelle Brough, Jack Cantu, Autumn Capodice, Robert Chilton, Caitlin Conrad, Caleb Couture, Makaila Daniels, Nichole Davis, Joseph Devins, Briana Dunnuck, Michaela Flynn, Madison Garcia, Everett Gore, Cin’Ara Hicks, Reese Jadwisiak, Felicia Jones, Braedon Kelly, Kyla Kimmet, Hannah Klein, Isaiah Kleinhans, Shelbi Krupp, Ian Kuzma, Tristen Laird, Morgan Mallory, Spencer Mallory, Michael Meacham, Alisandra Mejia Garza, Megan Montgomery, Skylar Norman, Alaina Schultz, Kierstan Seamon, Sierra Seibold, Donte Sidney, Christian Silva, Ivy Soler, Chyeanne Strader, Tyler Tennyson, Hailey Ward, Aubrey Wharton and Tristan Yoh.

 Eighth Grade:  Dylan Albright, Dominic Fulkert, Christian Garcia, Jordan Gresh, Maryssa Grimm, Macie Hunter, Cailee James, Samuel Kuenzer, William Moody, Jeannine Reaper, Alexandrea Rose, Kyle Schultz, Cali Sees, Gaven Sewell, Luis Soler, Christian Sparks, Jenna Sullivan, Dawson Tommer, Breeanna Welch, Bailey Wells and Stone York.


Ohio State earn No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament

Following their 72-69 loss to Michigan on Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, the Ohio State Buckeyes were named the 6 seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State (25-9) will match up with Dayton (23-10), a school located just 75 miles from OSU's campus. Despite their close proximity to one another, it is just the second time the teams have met in the last 26 years, the other coming in 2008 in the National Invitational Tournament. This game is actually the first one of the first round of the tournament, coming at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday on CBS. The game will take place in Buffalo and the winner will face either Syracuse (27-5) or Western Michigan (23-9), the champions of the Mid-American Conference, in the second round. The Broncos defeated Toledo, 98-77, in the MAC Tournament Final last Saturday to earn a spot in the NCAAs.

Dayton's head coach, Archie Miller, and one of his assistants, Kevin Kuwik, previously served as assistants under Thad Matta at Ohio State. The Flyers' leading scorer, Jordan Siebert, was a part of the Buckeye team in '12 that advanced to the Final Four. Dayton, which finished tied for fifth in the Atlantic 10 with a 10-6 mark, has beaten some good teams this year, notably Saint Louis, Gonzaga and California. Most recently, the Flyers lost to St. Joseph's, 70-67, in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament on Friday.

After finishing the regular season with a win over Michigan State, the Buckeyes defeated Purdue (63-61) and Nebraska (71-67) in the conference tournament before falling to Michigan. 

It will be a contrast in styles between the two teams, seeing as Dayton (73.4 ppg) is more known for its offense while Ohio State, which allows just 59.8 points per game, is 12th in the nation in scoring defense.


Local author at St. Boniface Fish Fry

How often can you get a great, all-you-can-eat fish dinner and at the same time the chance to hear first-person stories of driving a tank in WWII?

On April 4 the St. Boniface Fish Fry welcomes Casimir “Ki” Jadwisiak for a book signing of his newly published book, “An Immigrant Family History”.

Ki Jadwisiak, a lifelong area resident, recounts in over 50 emails to his relatives and friends experiences and adventures of his 87 years. 

It all began at the family dinner table, where he told and retold tales of his youth to his children. Following these stories his children would often say, “Gee, Dad, I wish you’d write that down”. Ki started with what he thought would be about half a dozen email letters. He was amazed at how, when writing about a past incident, minute details of his past would come to mind.

The letters began with his parents in Poland. They take the reader through the trials and tribulations of life on a Port Clinton farm during the Great Depression and his experiences as a tank driver with the Marines in North China during WWII. The book recounts conversations with former bootleggers, brushes with big-time gangsters in LA, two personal audiences with Pope John Paul II and many other stories of his travels to 28 countries. The book contains 130 photos that accompany the story.

Ki will be available to talk and sign books from 4 through 7 p.m. at St. Boniface, 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor. A portion of all sales will be donated to St. Boniface Catholic School.


Free developmental screening for preschool children in Port Clinton

A free developmental screening for infants and children in the Port Clinton School District will be held April 28–May 1. These screenings are for any child ages 0 to 5 years old, and is an opportunity to ensure parents that their children are developing age-appropriate skills. Hearing, vision, motor skills, concept development and communication skills will be evaluated. 

To make appointments for children ages 3-5, contact the Port Clinton City Schools Student Services Office at 419-734-2147, Ext 7. The screenings will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 135 Adams Street, Port Clinton, with appointments beginning at 8:30 a.m. on April 28-May 1.

To make appointments for children ages 0-2, contact the Ottawa County Help Me Grow/Early Intervention Program at 567-262-3141. These screenings will take place on May 1 beginning at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Port Clinton City Schools Student Services Office, (located in the High School), 821 S. Jefferson Street, in Port Clinton.

All appointments must be made by April 23. This event is sponsored by Port Clinton City Schools, North Point Educational Service Center and the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities.


Danbury Biddy Wrestlers going to state

L to R: Coach Ranker, Daniel Webster, Brylen Johnson, Cameron Gillum and Brandon Wander.

All four of the Danbury Biddy Wresters qualified to attend the Oh-Way State Biddy Tournament on March 22 and 23. 

Brylen Johnson qualified for the OAC State Tournament in Youngstown that was held March 15 and 16 where he took fifth place.

The organization would like to thank the sponsors who help build champions: TDH Enterprises, Lafarge, Big Boppers Restaurant, First Shot, Ohio Custom Products, Kocher & Gillum Attorneys at Law, The Marblehead Bank, Gracemyer Bail Bonds, The Grudes, Glen and Judy Minton, The Wunders, The Webster bunch, McDonalds, Scott, Karen, Dakota, Cheyenne, and the Lords.


Earned Income Tax Credit

As the Area Director of United Way in Ottawa County and as a member of the Board of Trustees of WSOS Community Action, I wanted to share my support for Governor Kasich’s proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program in Ohio. Both organizations work with low and moderate income people in our community to help them achieve financial stability.

Despite having jobs, many low income people struggle to make ends meet. With the costs of housing, transportation, food and medical care continuously rising, people in lower paying jobs need to be able to hold onto the wages they earn. The EITC program does this. Expanding this program will not only help low income citizens to make ends meet, but will also stimulate the economy.

I would like to commend the Governor for proposing to expand this proven-successful program and encourage our legislators to pass this expansion. I hope that your readers agree and will also contact their legislators asking them to support expansion of the EITC program.


Christine K. Galvin
Area Director


Restoration project to bring native coastal species to area

Projected area for restoration

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a detailed project report and environmental assessment for the Coastal Wetland Restoration Project for the City of Port Clinton. The project specifically details section 506, which is the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) Project. The restoration would produce wetland and shoreline habitat that would be better suited for native species than what is now in place in the area.

The affected area of the project is west of City Beach on Perry Street and east of Derby Pond at Waterworks Park. The project is also set to restore the shoreline in front of Waterworks Park that reaches to the pier. 

The need to protect and conserve Great Lakes coastal wetlands is an increasing concern. This is especially true in Ohio. Between 1780 and 1980 Ohio lost 90% of its wetlands. Natural and cultural practices have greatly altered the coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes and it is feared by federal agencies, state agencies and environmental groups that past and continued uses of the Great Lakes will lead to continued water quality problems and significant losses of rare habitats and biological diversity.

The coastal wetland in the projected area, which is a preserve, currently provides little quality habitat for coastal species, including migratory birds. The area now is characterized by an abundance of non-native and invasive plant species. The existing wetland is also cut off from external sources of surface water, such as upland lake connections, that would provide adequate water input or exchange. The preserve is bordered on three sides by large areas of maintained lawn that don’t provide suitable habitat. According to the report, the proposed restoration site on Perry Street along the lake provides very few of the required habitat qualities sought by coastal and migratory species.

The restoration and expansion of the coastal wetland will enhance ecological function and provide an additional high quality migratory bird stopover habitat. The projected restoration will result in the expansion of coastal wetland habitat, increased habitat quality and improved water quality.

The report states that the Preferred Action Alternative is Alternative 22, which consists of invasive species removal and revegetation, wetland expansion, creation of microtypography within wetlands and creation of a hydraulic connection between the wetlands. The total first cost for implementing the recommended plan is $2,047,800. The cost will be covered by the Army Corp of Engineers and the federal government. Any other costs will be covered in grants that the City of Port Clinton can earn. 

After the project is completed, the cost for maintenance, repair, replacement and rehabilitation of the area is to be taken care of by the city. The report states the cost of maintaining the project is projected to be $15,300 per year.


Developing Waterworks Park is like casino gambling

On March 11 Port Clinton City Council was presented with an impossibly optimistic economic impact study for the proposed Waterworks Park development. The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation and FirstEnergy made a presentation based on a computer software program called IMPLAN®, data from the area and the project was fed into a computer and out popped the numbers. 

According to the numbers fed into the IMPLAN® software the city would collect, after time, $7.8 million dollars in property, sales, income and bed taxes per year. The State of Ohio, after time, would collect $4 million dollars in taxes. Now that seems like a lot of taxes, but they surely won’t be coming from the supposed 585 people making an average yearly income of $18,803 because they don’t pay very much in taxes, nor will they have any money to spend the new development. This sounds like the “rich get richer” from our Waterworks Park and to quote former Judge Moon “we are all the poorer for it”.

“You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment,” Alvin Toffler.

Mayor Vince Leone asked if the software was proven in other communities, if there were examples of other projects showing its reliability. Councilman Aukerman identified the “poverty level” incomes of the new jobs created and asked if the study could tell us what additional costs there will be to support our community. Councilman Snider unfortunately said the wrong thing,”earliest possible timeframe” which sounded like a rush to judgment. Our newest at-large councilman, Lisa Sarty, loved the “black and white” information. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy and we may all be seeing red if you make the wrong decision.   

In theory people are rational and they make complete calculations to reach the right and wise decision. In reality people make decisions with personal biases that find a way into the process of decision-making. City Council needs to recognize and avoid these personal biases--the selective search for evidence, the premature termination of search for evidence, source credibility bias, selective perception, prejudice, wishful thinking, optimism, choice-supportive bias, incremental decision making and escalating commitment, underestimating uncertainty, the illusion of control, group think and peer pressure.

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.” Plato

According to the March 7 News-Herald article “Casino Revenues Fall Short”, during  Ohio’s first year with four operating casinos, revenues are $1 billion dollars short of campaign promises, leaving county and school officials with significantly smaller tax payouts. (Hope Port Clinton City Schools was not relying on that money to build a new school). Alan Silver, a gambling industry expert and Ohio University assistant professor, said there was nothing nefarious about casinos’ promises. Predicting revenue for a new industry is simply difficult to do, he said. “Anytime you do studies, you’re shooting in the sky,” Silver said. Rob Walgate, vice president of the anti-gambling American Policy Roundtable thinks what “we’ve seen is a lot of false promises here. They can’t hit the numbers that they promised. They lied.”

The State of Ohio in its desire for a better economy made decisions based on quantitative data to allow gambling in the State. According to the American Gaming Association, the gaming industry relies on the well-known and widely used IMPLAN® Model for economic impact studies.

So developing Waterworks Park is a lot like casino gambling if you’re betting on the numbers. The message to Port Clinton is the numbers don’t lie, they just fall short.  

Victoria Clemons
Citizens Organized for Responsible Development

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