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RUI says farewell to beloved therapist

This past Sunday volunteers, staff, clients and parents of Riders Unlimited Inc. gathered around the grave of one of their recently deceased therapists for a memorial service while seven of her counterparts grazed serenely on grass in the nearby pasture. For the first time in their 17 year history, RUI had to make the difficult decision to have one of their horses, Sweetie, humanely euthanized on April 18th.  Sweetie was a 30+ year old grulla mare that had been providing equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals with disabilities for the past 3 ½ years.

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CMP Walleye Festival Grande Parade

It was a perfect day for a parade on Saturday in downtown Port Clinton. Veterans, vehicles, bands, dogs, walleye, twirlers, skaters, airplanes bikers, tire-rollers, royalty and public officials paraded and entertained. Candy was thrown and gathered. It was the quintessential northern Ohio Memorial Day celebration.

Prize winners for the Civilian Marksmanship Program Grande Parade were:

Best Theme: Lake Erie Shores & Islands, War of 1812
Port Clinton Pride: PCHS Marching Band
Best of Show: Fraternal Order of the Eagles
Most Spirit: Girls Scouts of Western Ohio
Best Baton Group: Hi Society
Most Entertaining: On Point Wellness
Mayor's Wild Walleye Award: Walleye Drop

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St. Hazard Resort on Middle Bass Island reopened

St. Hazard's Resort on Middle Bass Island will be re-opened under new ownership for the 2013 season. Dave Magden and Patrick Bezuur, friends for over fifteen years, will be operating the resort and taking it in a new direction with a European flair. 

Their unofficial motto is “food, and the stuff it eats.”  “We want to mine the entire food chain for the most delicious ingredients and offer up a varied menu that reflects items available seasonally at the peak of flavor. This includes not only the produce, but meats as well. There will be some evergreen items on the menu but the menu will evolve based on what is available locally at the time, “ says ~ Bezuur.

St. Hazzards is a full service resort on Middle Bass Island, with everything from waterfront condos to cabins and camp/RV sites. It features a tropical setting, with pools and other amenities created as if in the tropics. The Resort is within walking distance from the ferry and State Park Marina and boasts the tranquility of Middle Bass Island and easy access to Put-In-Bay.

All resort amenities, such as the pool, bar, restaurant and golf cart rentals are open to the public. 

St. Hazard’s is open every day of the week, and open to the public until 2 a.m. 

For more information, reservations, pictures and details, go to Facebook or the website at www.sthazards.com,  phone -419-285-6121 , or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The address is 1223 Fox Road,  Middle Bass.

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Skipper Bud’s Fishing Derby

The Walleye Festival fishing derby sponsored by Skipper Bud's Marina took place at Derby Pond in Port Clinton on Saturday. The fishing tournament was open to children up to age 12. Bait and poles were provided but some children brought their own poles. Over 200 children and families participated in the Derby and received goodie bags and ribbons.


Photos by Jasmine Cupp

Prizes went to:

Longest Fish:  Ashton Sanchez, Braden Hymore, Jenna Schank
Most Caught:  Chase Wadsworth, Braden Hymore, Eric Wilson
Shortest Fish: Wyatt Pollock, Steven Holly, Leo Mahoney
Most Unusual Fish: Jack Jadlos, Shelby Baer, Elye Byington

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Ragbag Report

Our editor, Donna Lueke, asked me who I might know who could write a weekly column on sailing for our new COASTLINES supplement. I said I would, so now you get to read the first installment of the RAGBAG REPORT.

Port Clinton Yacht Club hosted 32 Laser class boats at a Regional Qualifier Regatta on May 18 and 19. They had great wind for Saturday and got six races in, but no wind on Sunday and they had to abandon the remainder of the regatta. Still, the Laser skippers were thrilled with the hospitality of PCYC and the competence of the Race Committee and indicated that they want to come back. Their first session of PCYC’s popular “Learn to Sail” program starts Monday, June 10. For more information, call Fleet Captain of Sail Ramon Eickert at 419-307-2122 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Road closing OH 163



Effective immediately until Friday, May 31, OH 163 between Nissen Rd. & N. Toussaint South Rd. is closed for bridge work. Detour: OH 51; OH 105; OH 590.

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Keeping flexible and fit

Whatever your activity or fitness level or preferences, there are many and varied opportunities for residents and visitors to Ottawa County this spring and summer. Most class offerings are inexpensive and accommodate both regulars and visitors.

Yoga classes, indoors or outdoors, are being offered throughout the summer for beginning and experienced practitioners and for those who want to give yoga a try.

  • From June 1 through Aug. 31, Gentle Gem Yoga is Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. on Gem Beach on Catawba. A portion of the suggested $5 donation benefits United Way in Ottawa County. Call 419-341-4110 for more information.
  • Beginning June 17 through the end of August, Garden Yoga will be held at 4396 East Beach Club Road on Catawba at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays. The cost is $7. For more information, call 419-635-2337.
  • At BodiNBalance at Harbor Light Landing off of OH 53 and OH 2 in Port Clinton, yoga is offered several times a week. Drop-in rate is $5 per class. Check www.bodinbalance.com or their facebook page for the current yoga class schedule plus the listing of other group exercise classes such as Zumba, IndoRow, Pilates and Silver Sneakers.
  • Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton offers yoga on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m throughout the year, plus Strength Training and Zumba. Check the current schedule at www.magruderhospital.com.
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Kaptur meets with area Realtors

U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur recently met with local Realtors. Glenda Ward, Len Partin and Philip Bolte were among the Realtors who participated in the 75 minute meeting. Issues discussed included the retention of the mortgage deduction for primary and secondary housing and the newly placed restrictions on FHA residential loans. Partin reports that Congresswomen Kaptur was very receptive to Realtors’ concerns and the protection of affordable housing ownership.

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Free boat safety inspections offered

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering free boat safety inspections during  May and June at public boat launch ramps and during special events statewide. The agency also released a new promotional video about safety boating.

“Start the boating season safe,” said Rodger Norcross, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “We encourage boaters to take advantage of a free safety inspection to ensure they have all the necessary boating safety equipment on board and it is in working order.”

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