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Gardner wins amendment to fight open lake dumping

The Ohio Senate Wednesday approved an amendment sponsored by Senator Randy Gardner that strives to end open lake dumping of dredged materials in Lake Erie.

The Gardner amendment reappropriates approximately $1.6 million of existing state funds toward conservation practices in the counties of the Western Lake Erie Basin and specifically provides for transferring money to the Healthy Lake Erie Fund to address open lake dumping.

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Hope Thorbahn to attend Notre Dame College in Euclid

Port Clinton High School Senior Hope Thorbahn signed her letter of intent on Friday to continue her education and basketball career at DII Notre Dame College in Euclid, Ohio. Pictured, left to right: Adam Thorbahn (brother), Hope Thorbahn and Mike Thorbahn (father). Standing, Lady Redskins Basketball Coach Toby Bickel.  

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‘PARADE OF TREES’ in Oak Harbor

A time honored Holiday tradition, Christmas Trees on Parade, will light up Oak Harbor again this year. Friends, family, businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor a tree as a memorial, an honorary gift or a seasonal greeting.

A sign will be placed at each tree displaying the special message and the sponsor.

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Community Christmas celebration in downtown Port Clinton

Main Street Port Clinton’s Downtown Promotion Committee is organizing our annual Community Christmas event for Saturday, Dec. 7.  This year is extra special since the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council has teamed up with Main Street to host a Christkindl Markt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of US Bank located at 142 E. Second Street. Warm beverages, food, holiday music, arts, and holiday gifts will be found in abundance.  

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Cheyenne Meek to swim at OSU

Port Clinton High School senior Cheyenne Meek made it official on Nov. 13.  She will continue her education and swimming career at The Ohio State University. Seated, Brad Meek, Cheyenne Meek and Christine Meek; Standing, brothers Christian Meek and Shane Meek.

Cheyenne Meek Swimming Honors include:

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Beacon for Freedom Foundation event on Monday

On Monday, Nov. 18, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union (CPFCU) in Oak Harbor will be hosting an event to announce a groundbreaking concept called the Beacon For Freedom Foundation. The event will be held at be held at the 1812 Food and Spirits Restaurant, 102 Madison Street, Port Clinton, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Beacon For Freedom Foundation was established to assist communities in meeting unmet needs. Initially the organization will focus on helping individuals suffering from challenges that may hinder their ability to have financial freedom. Those scenarios may include single moms trying to get established; those who may be suffering from bruised credit; as well as those with autism, handicaps or learning disabilities. The Foundation wants to offer financial education and tools so that all people can experience financial freedom. Beyond that B4FF is asking the community what it needs.

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A special boy who has touched a community is laid to rest

Friday morning Devin Kohlman was laid to rest after a beautiful, moving ceremony at Immaculate Conception Church in Port Clinton. Hundreds gathered for the services and by the beginning of the funeral there was standing room only. The ceremony began with Devin’s friends and football teammates filing down the aisle and taking a knee one last time for Devin. 

Scripture was read by family and close friends and then Father John Missler gave the eulogy. The Father spoke comforting words to those in attendance, saying that to grieve so whole-heartedly only means that we are full of love and compassion.

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Nutcracker being performed at Oak Harbor

The Magic of Christmas is in the air and The Nutcracker is a timeless classic and a symbol of the holiday season. A local production will be brought to life on Dec. 15 at the Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center. All seats are reserved and currently available for two show times, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 each and available by calling 419-680-5554. 

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Island Safe Animal Sanctuary rescues NaNa

NaNa with Nancy Benevento-Brown at Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary

Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary at 360 E. State Street in Port Clinton rescued an older stray from the Westlake Police Department on Tuesday. "How can you say no?" said shelter CEO Nancy Benevento-Brown. “We named her NaNa and she is about 10 yrs old; only has 2 teeth. She weighs 8 lbs. and needs some weight. And she is blind and a little deaf. Her ears were filthy, and her nails were curled into the pads of her feet. She must have had a terrible flea infestation and is missing a lot of hair from waist down.”  She was given a medicated bath and ears cleaned and nails trimmed, goes outside to potty and wants to roam the office area. “She does not like to be in her 5 ft X 5 ft kennel at all, which tells me she had a nice home somewhere. But no one was looking for her,” said Benevento-Brown.

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Immaculate Conception Honors Veterans

Ella Roberts reads her Veterans Day essay 

Immaculate Conception School held its annual Veterans Day Celebration last Friday, Nov. 8, in which they both honored and thanked those that have and still work to protect this country. 

The ceremony began with the procession of flags presented by all students that participate in Boy and Girl Scouts and members of the local VFW. Mitchell Coon, a fifth grader at ICS, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Father John Missler began the program with a prayer of thanksgiving for the men and women who have worn the uniforms of our military and the sacrifices they have made. The National Anthem was sung and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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