PCHS students qualify for Region Orchestra

Left to Right: Port Clinton High School students in OMEA Region Orchestra Gabe DeFreitas and Hannah Kneisley.

Two Port Clinton High School Orchestra students were selected to represent PCHS in the OMEA Northwest Region Orchestra. Hannah Kneisley and Gabe DeFreitas auditioned to be part of the group competing with talented musicians from three other OMEA districts. Perrysburg High School hosted the Region Orchestra performance this past Sunday, Nov. 17. Gabe’s audition also earned him a spot in the 2014 OMEA All State Orchestra which will be in held in Columbus early in 2014. PCHS Orchestra is under the direction of Mr. Brian Stitak. Port Clinton High School is the only school in the county to offer orchestra as part of their fine arts education.


Red Cross assists those affected by Midwest Tornadoes

The American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region is responding to provide assistance to people affected by Sunday night’s Midwest Tornadoes. Red Cross staff and volunteers have responded to calls for help in Lucas, Putnam and Wood Counties, including the hard hit community of Cloverdale. 

Immediate Red Cross assistance is based on an individual’s needs and typically includes food, clothing, comfort kits, medical or prescription assistance, emotional support and temporary shelter. In the next few days, Red Cross volunteers will be available to provide direct assistance0 for items such as bedding and support with security deposit or rent as clients have need. 


PCHS Touch of Class attends A Cappella Festival

Port Clinton High School A Cappella Choir, Touch of Class.

On Nov. 9 members of the Port Clinton High School Touch of Class traveled to Kettering for the Kettering National High School A Cappella Festival. At the festival, they received personal performance clinics from prominent members of the a cappella community, including members of the professional group ARORA. Students were also able to take part in a Q&A session with the talented members of PENTATONIX. Following a day full of workshops and master classes, students experiences a live PENTATONIX concert with front row seats. 


Hall of Fame applications now being accepted

Nomination deadline for the Alumni/Academic Hall of Fame at Port Clinton High School is drawing near.  

Nominations for induction into the Port Clinton High School Academic Hall of Fame must be received by Jan. 31, 2014. Candidates for the Academic Hall of Fame must meet the following criteria:  Must have been a student in the Port Clinton City School System for six years, two of which must have been at the high school level, or have attended Port Clinton High School all four years, unless early graduation occasioned by academic excellence; candidate must be at least (30) years of age; candidate must have achieved local, state or nationally recognition in his/her field of endeavor, made significant contribution to his/her fellow man or performed meritorious service to our country; and candidate must be of excellent character.

Nomination forms are available at the high school office, or  Previous inductees are listed under Port Clinton High School “Academics”.


First day of Salvation Army bell ringing

Ann Colston ringing the bell at the Kroger in Port Clinton

Monday was the first day of bell ringing for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign in Ottawa County. There are still many bell ringing spots open that need to be filled, especially in Oak Harbor at the Community Market, for the Campaign to reach the 2013 goal of $64,000 for Ottawa County. To volunteer, contact Maureen Saponari at 419-732-ARMY (2769) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Bataan Intermediate collects food for veterans

Pictured, left to right, with only a small portion of the items collected, is VFW 2480 Commander Richard Ellis, Lester Short, Don Poppe and Geoff Halsey, Bataan Memorial Intermediate Principal.

Students at Bataan Memorial Intermediate recently held a food drive in conjunction with the local VFW 2480. Mr. Geoff Halsey, Principal, challenged students in grades 3, 4 and 5 to a contest to see who could bring in the most food. The response was overwhelming and students brought in many items that were presented at Bataan Day on Nov. 8. Grade 4 at Bataan Intermediate won the food drive challenge, but the real winners are the veterans. All the food items will go to local veterans in need this holiday season.


The Art Loft springing up above Nooks & Crannies

Hand painted glass ornaments

The Art Loft, an art gallery located above Nooks & Crannies at 417 W. Main Street in Marblehead, features local artists who are all members of the Port Clinton Artists’ Club. Barbra Gaynor, Mary Lou Kransniewski, Dee Cochran, Irene Finck, Kathie Widing, Barbara Radenbaugh and Jenny Knotek have gathered their talents and put them on display at the Art Loft. 


Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary partners with BarkBoxes

Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society’s BarkBox to the Rescue. A BarkBox contains a month’s supply of toys, chews and treats.

Now thru January 15, 2014, for every order made with Island Safe Harbor's unique code, $5 will be donated to the Sanctuary and they are entered for a chance of the $15,000 give-a-way. 

To order a BarkBox, go to and enter the code ISHBBX1.

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