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FriendShip Poker Run benefits JDRF

Pictured is Aaron Mettis of Miller/Coors Brewery, Mary Brown Grieger JDRF representative, and winner Tom Corrai of Elyria with his Grand Prize check $10,000.

The fifth annual FriendShip poker run was held at Margaritaville August 23, in Sandusky, to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  More than 380 participants visited predetermined FriendShip stores and drew cards to make the best poker hand.  Tom Corrai of Elyria won the Grand Prize of $10,000.  

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Experience Ottawa County 2014

The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) held its annual “Experience Ottawa County” program on August 21 at The Keys on Put-in-Bay, bringing local business leaders, community leaders, elected officials, and prospective clients together to demonstrate that Ottawa County is an advantageous location to expand existing business and relocate new business.   More than 200 people gathered together throughout the day for professional development and business networking.  

The OCIC hosted a luncheon with Ron Foth Advertising, entitled “Shifting Your Company’s Marketing Paradigm to Attract Today’s Consumers.”  OCIC also hosted its second annual “Taste of Ottawa County” with an Island Style twist, featuring island food and beverages from local businesses.  OCIC extends a special thank you to all of our sponsors for helping make this another successful event.

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US Bank Foundation Awards Gift to Main Street

Main Street Port Clinton received a $1,500 gift from the U.S. Bank Foundation for the Walleye Festival. Main Street Port Clinton is a non-profit organization striving to revitalize our downtown historic Port Clinton.

Pictured left to right: Missy Walker, MSPC Past President; Brenda Provenzale, US Bank; Dana Bacak-Lynd, Walleye Festival Chair; Aimee Slater-West, MSPC Vice-President; Don Clemons, MSPC Board Member; Roseann Hickman, MSPC President; Lori Madison, MSPC Board Member; and Laura Schlachter, MSPC Program Manager.

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Port Clinton High School hosts community Spooktacular!

Little goblins and ghosts can once again gather in their Halloween costumes for Port Clinton’s Spooktacular event on Wednesday, October 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Port Clinton High School.  Students and staff at Port Clinton High School host the popular event that transforms the high school into the center of Halloween fun.  PCHS students have planned some fun activities for the evening.  All children, infants to grade 5, must be accompanied by an adult.  Children will trick or treat in the building classrooms then take part in ghoulish games in various classrooms and the cafeteria.   

Donations of candy will be greatly appreciated from any community group or individual that would like to donate.  These items can be brought to Port Clinton High School or call 419.734.2147.

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College Fair October 6 at Terra State

The annual College Fair is slated for October 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Student Activities Center at Terra State Community College.

More than 70 college and university representatives will be on campus to answer questions about majors, athletics, student activities, financial aid, housing, costs, careers and transfer opportunities.

“Terra State is extremely pleased to provide high school students from Sandusky County the opportunity to meet one-on-one with college and university representatives from Ohio and other states,” said Heath Martin, Interim Dean of Enrollment Services. “This is one approach the College takes in hopes of raising the region’s educational attainment rate.”

Staff from the Financial Aid Office at Terra State will offer a financial aid workshop at 6 p.m. in Building B, Room 101. They will provide information and literature, answer questions, and discuss the all-important FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The fair will be in the Student Activities Center, Building C, at Terra State, 2830 Napoleon Road in Fremont. Go to www.terra.edu for campus maps and directions.

For more information, contact Elise Emly at 419-559-2345.

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Free Breast Cancer Screening

A Free Breast Cancer Screening will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Firelands Women’s Health and Wellness Center, 703 Tyler Street, Suite 152, Sandusky.

Targeted for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, screenings will include a clinical breast exam, education on prevention and early detection, including how to perform a breast self-exam correctly, and a screening mammogram if indicated. The clinical breast exam is free.

Screenings will be provided by Fredric Itzkowitz, DO, General Surgeon. Appointments for the screenings can be made by calling 419-557-7840.

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Recruiting volunteers for area preschools

A volunteer reader plays an important role in increasing a child’s academic success and engagement in learning.  That’s why United Way, Ida Rupp Public Library, Ottawa County Family and Children First Council, and Port Clinton News Herald have teamed up to recruit 100 readers for preschool classrooms in Genoa, Oak Harbor, Port Clinton, and Marblehead.

The commitment is one or two hours a month.  Local preschool staff have learned to work around snowbird schedules.

Ida Rupp is offering training for volunteers two times in October:  Monday, October 6 2-4 p.m. and Tuesday, October 7 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Contact United Way at 419.734.6645 or call Terri, 419.732.3212, at the library to register.  Help introduce children to books and to expand their vocabularies. We all benefit when kids succeed in school.

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Liberty Aviation Museum Hosts Final Reunion 

“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer” wrote Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle about the 80 volunteers who accompanied him on his famous raid to Tokyo in April 1942.  The “Doolittle Raid” occurred only 4 months after the United States was propelled into WWII by Japan’s surprise attack of Pearl Harbor, and immortalized in two Hollywood movies –Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and Pearl Harbor. Those men all volunteered for that mission, they did not have to step up, but they did.  General Doolittle would be pleased to know this same spirit is still alive and will be demonstrated at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio on Saturday, September 27.  Family members and friends of the Lake Erie Warbirds and Liberty Aviation Museum have  “volunteered” their own time and cash to throw one last gathering & final reunion of a select group of WWII naval aviators.

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Braves football team open house and bake sale

The Port Clinton Braves football team will be holding an open house/bake sale this Sunday, September 28, at Tru-Lay Stadium during their game. The fourth and fifth grade team plays at 1 p.m. and the sixth grade plays at 3 p.m. They play Fremont YMCA.

All are encouraged to come out and support the future of the Redskins football team. All proceeds will go back to the football program.

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Great fall fishing ahead

The nights are getting cooler, the grass is growing slower, the annual plantings are blooming less, and all are tell tale signs that the summer season is coming to an end. The fall colors are starting to emerge, and that can mean only one thing in regards to fishing on Lake Erie; it’s only going to get better!

As you know, in the spring we have the most enviable fishery in the country on this end of the lake, but towards the end of summer, most of our big walleye are over on the east end in deeper waters, leaving us to struggle to find the smaller pods of walleye that stayed around . Come fall, those big fish will start returning to the Huron and Vermilion areas in large numbers. They haven’t quite started their return yet, but it shouldn’t be long, now that the water temperatures are starting to drop. As of yesterday, the water temps around the island area were still in the 68 degree range, but with our cooler nights and days, it shouldn’t take long for the lake to cool, and get those walleye moving this way again.

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