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The Compassionate Friends participating in Worldwide Candle Lighting Dec. 8

The death of a child is devastating and it’s important to the family that the child always be remembered. That’s why members of The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County (TCF) will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died. The chapter is joining Sunday, Dec. 8, with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for The Compassionate Friends 17th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, an event now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world.

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United Way Port Clinton program receives national award

 

In November United Way of Greater Toledo submitted an application to the Duke CASE Change Academy to expand their Cradle to Career work to create a community wide mentorship program here in Ottawa County.  This was a national competition to receive consultative services from Chip and Dan Heath, best-selling authors of Decisive, Switch, and Made to Stick. Tuesday morning the Heaths’ Change Academy announced that the Ottawa County Cradle to Career program was one of their six selections. 

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Birds and wind turbines at a crossroads

Kim Kaufman and Mark Shieldcastle of Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Two environmental issues are at a crossroads here on the shores of Lake Erie. Two of our most prominent natural resources seem to be on a collision course. 

Birds and birders flock to the shores of Lake Erie. There is more of a concentration of bald eagle nests here than anywhere in the United States except Alaska. The Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways converge near here. Each spring this area is the home of the largest birding event in the country, The Biggest Week in American Birding, which last year helped attract more than 70,000 birders from all over the world. Economic impact studies conducted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) and Bowling Green State University show that visiting birders spend more than 30 million dollars in the local area each spring. The internationally renowned Kaufman Birding Guides and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) have made Ottawa County their home.

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TOPS OH 1487, Port Clinton Chapter recognizes new KOPS graduate

Juanita Larson

On Nov. 19, Juanita Larson was honored at TOPS OH1487, with achieving her KOPS, (Keep Off Pounds Sensibility) status. She reached her goal weight on Oct. 1.

Juanita said, “I have struggled with weight for several years and have always enjoyed various activities with my husband, Warren.” Two years ago Juanita was diagnosed with cancer, and her life turned upside down. She no longer had the energy to do the things Warren and she so enjoyed. The additional weight she carried hindered her recovery. After nearly dying from the treatment, Juanita decided to turn to ‘Dr. GOD’. She still has cancer, but with the encouragement of her TOPS friends and husband Warren, she is in remission and has achieved her KOPS goal.    

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PCMS announces Honor Rolls

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

Students on the “Principal’s List, Highest Honors” are:

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PCHS Ice Cream Challenge using cold facts

Port Clinton High School Marketing students Ashlynn Slauterbeck, Cal Laurel & Lisa Niceswanger ready to sell their market-researched ice cream treats at PCHS. (Their teammate John Morton is missing from photo.)

The Introduction to Marketing students at Port Clinton High School just finished a unit on marketing research and put their learning to the test-an Ice Cream Challenge. After gathering secondary information, or cold hard facts, on popular ice cream flavors and toppings, students were given the task to conduct primary research using short surveys to select the top flavor and three mix-ins to offer. Students had to name, price, advertise and sell their creations. Mr. Hollister, PCHS Marketing Teacher, required a shopping list as to what specifically to buy and the quantity. Once they calculated the break-even point and cost per serving, they determined what price they would charge.  

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Larry Fletcher elected as officer of State Tourism Organization

Members of the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (OACVB) elected Ottawa County Visitors Bureau Director Larry Fletcher to serve as Vice President for 2014. OACVB is an organization representing more than 60 CVBs throughout the state with educational, networking, public relations, and legislative efforts. 

At the meeting Mr. Fletcher had the chance to meet newly appointed TourismOhio Director Mary Cusick who was attending her first public event since being hired. Cusick is an Ohio native with extensive experience in marketing and branding. Her work experience includes positions at Bob Evans Farms and the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. 

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Erie Pawn holding Open House Dec. 14

Dean Damman, owner and manager of Erie Pawn, never knows what’s going to come through the door. Located at 1175 W. Fremont Rd., Erie Pawn houses jewelry, coins, electronics, guns, guitars, cameras, tools and vehicles. Licensed to take big items, Damman has lot space in the back to take motorcycles, boats and cars. The shop also buys gold and silver. Erie Pawn is not just a pawn shop.

It took Damman three months to obtain the license to open Erie Pawn. Each pawn shop in Ohio has to be state regulated. An exam is given to get the license and the Ohio Department of Commerce checks in periodically on Ohio pawn shops to make sure rules and regulations are being followed. Continuing education is also needed by Ohio pawn shops to stay open. Continuing education is nothing new to Damman; he also teaches at EHOVE and has done so for three years. Damman teaches drafting, bearing installation, motor alignment and welding.

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Water Quality

There are local groups working hard to improve the quality of our lake and river waters. I am surprised so many people are unaware of the consequences of water degradation. There are three kinds of water. Free water, cheap water, and costly water. When that is gone and municipal plants have to upgrade we will be on costly water. Are you ready for the day when your water bill will equal your car payment?

Phoebe Borman
Port Clinton

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