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2014 OSS calendar contest

First place in the OSS calendar contest from Port Clinton Middle School Courtney Sayre

Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca County art students in 7th-12th grade had the opportunity to participate in the OSS Solid Waste District’s Calendar Design Contest.  Students were encouraged to create a design with a recycling or litter prevention theme to be included in a 2014 Calendar created by the district.


Fishing poles needed

Main Street Port Clinton is looking for new/used fishing poles for the Kids Fishing Derby that is held every year during the Walleye Festival. Over 200 children participate and many children do not have their own fishing pole. This event is a great way for children to learn about fishing and spend quality time outdoors.  Main Street Port Clinton is a non-profit 501C3 charitable organization.  If you are interested in donating fishing poles, please contact 419-734-5503.


PC lady bowlers go to 12-0 for the season

Port Clinton bowlers played host to Woodmore at Star Lanes at the Harbor Friday, Jan. 17, and emerged victorious in both matches.

The Lady Redskins, led by Alysia Zoeller’s 175-187, improved to 12-0 with a 2442-1996 win over Woodmore. Kassidy Mahler rolled games of 168-161, Reilly Wittman 156-171, Eryn Binder 139-172, and Sam Stroupe 166-145. Courtney Burner rolled 172-163 for the Wildcat Ladies and Emily Paul rolled 169-148.

“Our girls rebounded from a subpar performance yesterday with one of their better efforts today,” said Coach Black. “All the girls were pretty solid hitting the pocket and making spares. They rolled two 800 games and had 802 in Baker. That’s good bowling and after this tough last seven days they can rest.”


Cheers for the Port Clinton Garage

We would like to give a big thank you to the people who work at the Port Clinton Garage. We’ve called about plowing our alley for both ourselves and the special education school bus and they listen and politely respond every time without complaint. Again, thank you to those answering our calls and the crew that responds. They are there immediately.

Mike and Bonnie Elias


Rep. Redfern helps direct resources to protect Lake Erie from algal blooms

State Controlling Board member Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) voted to appropriate $599,967 on Monday to protect Ohio’s greatest natural resource, Lake Erie.

“Lake Erie is our most precious resource, and we must do everything possible to protect it for area residents, visitors and generations to come,” said Rep. Redfern. “Our natural wonder means more than just recreation. It generates some $11.5 billion in economic activity, and it is a source of life for countless wildlife and over 11 million people.”


Practice scenarios help judges prepare for bench

Judges new to the Ohio bench participated in a dry run in December by donning a robe, grabbing a gavel, and conducting mock trials or arraignments during the Ohio Supreme Court’s New Judge Orientation, conducted by the Ohio Judicial College.

Phil Schopick, Judicial College program manager who works on the initial orientation session, said new common pleas judges presided over mock trials, while new municipal court judges conducted mock arraignments. Teams of veteran judges, including Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters, played the roles of litigants and court personnel in the exercises.

The real-life scenarios are intended to teach new judges how to maintain control of the courtroom, among other challenges they will be faced with on the bench, Schopick said. Afterward, the experienced judges gave their feedback on how the new judge handled the proceeding.

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