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Ontario ‘punk rock’ birder idolizes Oak Harbor author

Close your eyes, and in your mind’s eye picture what you think a typical bird watcher looks like. Paul Riss used to see the same vision.

“People always think bird watchers are little old ladies,” said Riss, a 42-year-old Canadian. “I thought I would try to change that (stereotype) by making a documentary, called ‘Punk Rock Big Year.’ People say I don’t look like a bird watcher.”

Riss is one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Biggest Week in American Birding, which will be held May 3-12 in various locations around Port Clinton, Marblehead, the Lake Erie Islands, and Northwest Ohio. Riss has been “birding,” he said, since he was 10 or 11 years old.

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Local Cheer Teams win multiple national titles

The Ohio Elite All Stars, a local all star cheerleading organization housed at Kid’s World Gymnastics and Cheerleading in Millbury, have national bragging rights. The Ohio Elite All Star teams have won three national titles over a year’s time. In April 2012, the Senior CoEd Level Three cheer team won their division at the US Finals National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Teams from around the country came to Indianapolis to compete for the national title, and the Ohio Elite Senior CoEd team took the crown.

On March 2, 2013, Ohio Elite traveled to Columbus for the Arnold Sports Festival to compete in US Spirit’s Cheer and Dance National Championships. Ohio Elite’s Junior Level Two team, the Sergeants, placed first, earning the national title and the Senior CoEd Level Three team, the Commanders, also placed first, earning an additional national title. On top of this the Commanders won Grand Champion in their division, meaning that the team had the highest score over all other level three teams at the event. Each team also earned a bid to compete in The One: Cheer and Dance Finals in New Orleans.

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Ohio Chamber Symposium planned for Port Clinton

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Ohio Chamber Symposium Thursday, April 25 at the Civilian Marksmanship Program at Camp Perry Training Site, Building 3.  Registration is at 11:30am, the workshop is from 12-1pm.  Todd Sarver with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Attorneys at Law will be presenting Social Media:  The Brave New Workplace.

The legal impact of social media in the workplace will be reviewed including:

  • hiring process
  • monitoring employees
  • employee (mis)conduct and termination  
  • an interactive discussion about protected employee activities on-line
  • review best practices and policy considerations for employer

To register the workshop, contact the Chamber at 419-734-5503 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Registration deadline is April 19.

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Oak Harbor Conservation Club Donates Fishing Poles

Members of the Oak Harbor Conservation Club presented 25 fishing poles to the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival Committee on March 20.  The fishing poles will be used for the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby held each year during the Walleye Festival.  Over 200 children participate in this popular event.

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New Imaging Director Hired at Magruder Hospital

Monica Mokos has recently been hired as the new Imaging Director at Magruder Hospital.

She comes to Magruder with 20 years of Radiology/Imaging experience.  In her most recent position, she was the Operations Manager/Supervisor of Imaging Services at Kaiser Permanente.  In that role she was responsible for the daily activities of Imaging Services at three facilities.

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New Health Information Management Director hired at Magruder Hospital

Joanne Beasley, MBA, RHIA has recently been hired as the new Health Information Management Director at Magruder Hospital.

She comes to Magruder with over 10 years experience in healthcare.  Most recently she was the Director of Health Information Management at Samaritan Regional Health System in Mansfield, and prior to that she was the Manager of Health Information Services and the Privacy Officer at Wooster Community Hospital.  She has experience with the Cerner digital software that Magruder implemented in 2010.

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Local authors to sign books in Port Clinton

On Saturday, March 30, authors Frank Gluth, John Liske and Richard Martin will be at The Book Exchange. These three worked together to publish the book, “Images of America Oak Harbor”. They will be at The Book Exchange from noon until 3 p.m.

The following Saturday, April 6, four more authors will be visiting Port Clinton to sign and hold discussions on their book. Jenna Rutland, Shay Lacy, Constance Phillips and Ray Wenke will be at The Book Exchange from noon until 4 p.m. The Book Exchange is located at 136 Madison St. in Downtown Port Clinton. 

For more information call Michael Fitzgerald at 419-734-4590 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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LESI talks tourism in Columbus

A team of Lake Erie Shores and Islands area tourism industry representatives joined colleagues from the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, The Ohio Travel Association and the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association on March 20th for Ohio Tourism Legislative Day 2013.  

Participants included Joan Van Offeren, Dawn Weinhardt and Larry Fletcher from Lake Erie Shores & Islands, Mike and Judy Tann from Captain Montague’s B&B, and Maris Brenner from Kalahari. Meetings were held with Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Chris Redfern, both of whom reaffirmed their strong support of Ohio’s tourism industry.

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Leadership Ottawa County class explores business & eonomic development

Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) began their March 13 class at the Davis - Besse Training Facility north of Oak Harbor. This month's topic was business and economic development.  Dan Hartnett provided a behind-the-scenes look at the Nuclear Operations Training at Davis-Besse.  Class members observed operator training in the control room simulator. The training includes how to respond to any unusual event that might trigger a shutdown in an emergency situation. 

The class then traveled to the Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) where director Bill Lowe and Diane Schimming provided  information on day-to-day operations of public transportation in Ottawa County followed by a tour of the new facility. Participants were made aware of the diversity of transportation needs in the county.

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Free Fall Risk Assessment offered at Edgewood

Edgewood Manor is inviting the community to attend a free light lunch and fall risk assessment on Tuesday, April 9th . The assessments will last approximately 15 minutes and they will require a reservation. They will be offered every 15 minutes beginning at 1:30 p.m. 

The therapy team at Edgewood will perform the individual assessments to community members who want to be evaluated for balance, strength, and endurance. When identified early on, small adjustments and strengthening can be done to avoid large problems in the future.

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