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Danbury girls edge Stritch to win sectional title

After losing to Oak Harbor on Feb. 3, the Danbury Lakers were in a bit of a funk. Sitting at 8-10 with injuries to three of their top players, Danbury could’ve easily folded and limped into the postseason. But instead, the Lakers rose to the occasion, winning six straight games, culminating with their 40-37 victory over Cardinal Stritch in the Division IV Sectional Final last weekend at Genoa High School.

Behind 21 points from Erin Lavelle, 16 of which came in the second half, Danbury, which split with the Cardinals during the regular season, raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and led 8-2 heading into the second quarter.

The Lakers pushed the lead to 18-9 at halftime, but held just a slim 26-24 advantage after three quarters. In the final period, Stritch rallied to take the lead, holding a three-point advantage with3:30 to play before Lavelle took over and led her team to victory. Lavelle, who scored 12 of her team’s 14 points in the fourth quarter, scored a basket to cut the deficit to one and then converted on two free throws to give Danbury the lead for good and help them win their first sectional crown since 2008.

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Bataan celebrates school day 100

Bataan Memorial Primary Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing like they were 100 years old. Pictured here grade one students Ryan Madison, Olivia Spencer, Emily Boykin, and Steele Joseph with teacher Mrs. Nicole Heilmann.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, was day 100 of school at Port Clinton City Schools so grade one classrooms at Bataan Memorial Primary planned day 100 lessons. In addition to counting to 100 by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, students and staff dressed like they were 100 years old. Throughout the day there were themed lessons and activities such as 100 phonic words using word families “hunks & chunks”, 100 Bear Olympic exercises, and reading “100 Days of School” by Mindy Pierce. Students enjoyed a special 100 day snack, spelling out the number 100 with oreos and crackers.

See the complete photo album at www.pccsd.net under the News or visit the Port Clinton City School District Facebook page.

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Presale basketball tournament tickets available at Danbury

Presale tickets are available this week in the Danbury high school office for both boys and girls tournament games this week. The girls take on Carey at Gibsonburg Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets are $6 at the gate and will be sold in the high school office until noon on Thursday.  

The boys take on the winner of Seneca East/St. Mary's game on Friday, Feb. 28, at Norwalk High school at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets are $6 at the gate and will be sold until noon on Friday.

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United Way leads discussion on “The Kindness of Strangers”

On March 5 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, United Way in Ottawa County is hosting a book discussion on “The Kindness of Strangers” by Marc Freedman. The library ordered 20 copies of the book especially for the book discussion and they are encouraging the public to read the book and participate in the discussion.

“We want to execute the best practices for mentoring,” said Chris Galvin, Area Director of the United Way in Ottawa County. “We don’t want to just be mentors; we want to be life navigators.”

According to factfinder2.census.gov, in Ottawa County 12.7% of households are single female families. According to countyhealthrankings.org, 28% of the children in Ottawa County live in single parent homes and 17% of all children in the county live in poverty.

“There are children in our community who need the guidance of caring and concerned adults,” said Galvin. “We hope to get discussion going on how to best help prevent and cope with these situations.”

For more information on this event call the Ida Rupp Public Library at 419-732-3212 or the United Way at 419-734-6645.

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Kerynn Christiansen ICS principal for a day

Miss Kerynn Christiansen reported for duty on Thursday, Feb. 13, for her new position at Immaculate Conception School. Kerynn was “Principal for a Day” at ICS. The first grader took the place of Principal Connie Snyder, for just one day. Kerynn wasted no time at all making a few small changes to the normal school day at ICS. She reported for duty with a list of priorities she would put into effect immediately. 

First and foremost, everyone was permitted to give the school uniform a rest for the day and wear their jeans to school. Secondly, recess was a bit longer on Thursday and an important task was given by Principal Kerynn to the entire school. Each class had to build a snowman, the biggest and best snowman they could as a team create. Kerynn rewarded her hardworking students by delivering pizza to each classroom after recess. 

With Mrs. Snyder’s guidance, Kerynn also helped with many office tasks. She even completed classroom inspections. At the end of the school day, Kerynn took to the PA system to tell the school that she had a great day being in charge and she hoped they all did, too. 

Being Principal for a Day was auctioned off at last year’s Immaculate Conception School auction. This year’s auction is April 26 and the theme is “Happy 90th Birthday ICS”, as the school embarks on celebrating 90 years of providing a faith filled education in Port Clinton. Immaculate Conception School would be so grateful for any monetary gifts or donations of products or services from our community for this year’s auction. If you have an item you would like to offer to this year’s school auction, call the school office at 419.734.3315.

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Community Calendar Feb. 27-Mar. 5

Thursday Feb. 27

The Gathering
What: Free Community Meal open to the public; fully accessible facility
When: 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, Parish Hall, Second & Adams, Port Clinton

Ferrari-Carano Wine Dinner
What: Guest speaker Melissa Rush
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ciao Bella, 3880 Harbor Light Landing Dr., PC
Cost: $65
Info: 419-734-2426 or ciaobellaohio.com

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Binder leads Lady Redskin bowlers to state tournament

Junior Eryn Binder saved her best performance for the District Tournament and led the Port Clinton Redskin Girls to their first OHSAA State Finals visit by rolling games of 178-192-169 for a 539 series, earning her a place on the All Tournament Team. 

Binder received help from juniors Kassidy Mahler (181-143-193 for 517) and Alysia Zoeller (149-165-197= 511), Samantha Stroupe (148-169) and Reilly Wittman (141-158). Other team members are Jozlynn 

Seamon and Katelyn Chapman. The Girls finished fourth at the Lima District Tournament Saturday to advance. Coldwater won the Districts, St. Marys placed second and Napoleon third. 

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Bruce Winters announces his candidacy for re-election as Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge

Citing his desire to continue the many new programs he has instituted while in office, the Honorable Bruce Winters has announced that he is running for re-election for Judge, of the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court as an Independent candidate.  Judge Winters has served the communities of Ottawa County as Common Pleas Judge for the past 5 years.

The very integral programs implemented by Judge Winters include a highly supervised bond release system, intensive probation for high need/risk offenders, drug testing for criminal defendants, drug court, in-house intensive outpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol offenders, and a mediation program for foreclosure cases.  Judge Winters has been able to decrease the Court’s annual budget while securing federal grant monies to process child support cases and state grant monies to assist with probation.

A graduate of the University of Toledo, College of Law, Winters holds a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo.  Winters was a practicing attorney for 21 years.  Prior to becoming Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge, he served Ottawa County communities as a Police Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Magistrate.  Winters currently serves with the National Judicial College and the Ohio Judicial College as an instructor for new magistrates and judges.

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Coast Guard warns of ice-breaking on Tuesday

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The Coast Guard is advising residents of southern Lake Erie islands, including Catawba Island, that the commercial tug Ohio is scheduled to break ice from South Bass Island to Catawba Island on Tuesday morning.

This ice-breaking operation does not involve a Coast Guard ice breaker. Nonetheless, the Coast Guard is advising residents and visitors that any ice in the area may be particularly unstable and dangerous.

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Choir concert and dinner Feb.24

On Monday, Feb. 24, Port Clinton High School’s Touch of Class, an a cappella vocal group, will be hosting a spaghetti dinner in the PCHS Cafeteria. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for dinner until 7:30 p.m. The choir concert, featuring both PCHS and Port Clinton Middle School choirs, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is free. The cost for dinner is $10 at the door and includes a student-served spaghetti dinner complete with salad, garlic bread and dessert. All funds raised will go directly to offset the costs of bringing in professional a cappella group Duwende to Port Clinton for the PCHS Spring Choir Concert.

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