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Kontak named District Co-Coach of the Year

After leading the Oak Harbor Rockets to a 20-5 record, a spot in the Division III District Finals and a second-place finish in the Sandusky Bay Conference, Tom Kontak was named the Associated Press District 7 Co-Coach of the Year.

Kontak, who shared the honor with Liberty-Benton’s Nate Irwin, was joined on the All-District Team with his top player, sophomore forward Andrea Cecil. Cecil, who averaged 19.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, helped lead Oak Harbor to the district finals, where they fell in heartbreaking fashion, 40-37, on a buzzer-beater to Bucyrus Wynford. 

Port Clinton forward Tiffany Colston, with a per-game average of 13.5 points and 8 rebounds, also earned first-team honors at the Div. II level. Colston helped lead the Redskins to an 18-5 record and a second-place finish in the SBC. In her final two years, Port Clinton went 39-9, won a sectional title and twice finished second in the league.

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First boat launch of the 2014 season

The first boat launch of the season was made last Friday at the Catawba Moorings on Catawba Island. Marina owner Rockey Piacentino says it's a ritual to put the classic Pacemaker "Emerald" in the water the first week of March. 

Emerald owner Captain Dick Sisson of Sandusky says, "A boat's place is in the water." 

His is no doubt the first one to go in this year. Because the marina is still solid ice, the launch area first had to be cleared of ice. 

When Sisson was asked if seeing his boat in the water made him happy, he replied, "Yes, now I'm happy." 

The 78 year-old Captain predicts the ice will leave sooner than some expect. As soon as it does, he will head his boat to Middle Bass Island Yacht Club to commission the club house and docks for the coming season, another spring ritual.

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Community calendar March 13-19

Thursday March 13

Volleyball Challenge
What: RVI, Ottawa Residential Services, OCBDD and OCTA volleyball game
When: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Port Clinton Middle School
Cost: $5
Info: 419-734-6645 or unitedwaytoledo.org/Ottawa

Public meeting for Oak Harbor residents affect by flooding
What: Reps. From engineering firm Jones & Henry will meet with residents individually
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Eagle’s Nest community hall, 210 Jefferson St., Oak Harbor
Info: 419-898-5561

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Baumann celebrates renovation

Over the past year, extensive improvements have been made at the Baumann General Motors auto dealership on State Route 53. Last Thursday, March 6, Baumann’s celebrated the completion of those improvements by hosting a Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. They then held a special ribbon cutting ceremony, with Chuck Miller, their General Manager, doing the honors.

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Ministers offer memorial service

The Fremont Ministry Association cordially invites the community to join in an ecumenical service memorializing the lives of Jose “Andy” Chavez, Daniel Ramirez, and Ramiro “Ronnie” Sanchez at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. Questions about the service should be directed to FMA president, Reverend Jody Rice at Grace Lutheran Church, 419-332-1558.

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Redskin athletes compete at Power Lifting Meet

Redskin athletes who attended the South Central Power Lifting Meet: Row 1, left to right: Jesse Escobedo, Jake Depner, Cole Araguz, Alec Ochs, Emerson Lowe; Row 2: Keegan Lowe, Collin Salyers, Aiden Rospert, Jack Warner, Trenton Williams

On Saturday, Feb. 22, ten Port Clinton High School student athletes participated in the 12th Annual South Central Power Lifting Meet at South Central High School in Greenwich. Each lifter got three attempts in the Squat, Bench Press and Dead Lift to record a maximum lift. The best lift in each of the three lifts were combined and the athletes were placed based on this total.

Coach Phil Fought stated, “These meets are a chance for our athletes to show their gains made from the winter workouts. It also gives them a chance to compete with other athletes around Ohio in their weight class.”

At the meet Port Clinton had some outstanding performances including: Jake Depner, first in 125 lb. weight class; Cole Araguz, second in 155 lb. weight class; Alec Ochs, first in 155 lb. weight class; Emerson Lowe, first in 175 lb. weight class; Keegan Lowe, first in 210 lb. weight class.  

Keegan Lowe broke the Dead Lift record in the 210 lb. weight class with a pull of 550 lbs. Emerson Lowe broke the Dead Lift record in the 175 lb. weight class with a pull of 505 lbs. Emerson also broke the Squat record in the 175 lb. weight class with a squat of 450 lbs. Emerson Lowe was awarded the Best Lifter in the middle weight four classes with the highest weight total to body weight ratio.

The athletes who attended the meet wereJesse Escobedo, Jake Depner, Cole Araguz, Alec Ochs, Emerson Lowe, Keegan Lowe, Collin Salyers, Aiden Rospert, Jack Warner and Trenton Williams.

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ICS second graders ready to “spring” ahead

It’s been a very long winter and the second graders at Immaculate Conception School were more than ready to “spring” forward last weekend in hopes that the weather changes with the clocks. The students in Mrs. Boyd’s classroom have been perfecting their time telling skills in preparation. They moved individual clocks to depict the times requested by their teacher.

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Over 65,000 more Ohio jobs added than first reported

Ohio added 65,000-plus more jobs to its work force since 2011 than initially reported, according to updated employment statistics released Friday by state and federal officials.

The total includes 51,000 jobs in 2013, 75,800 in 2012 and 81,800 in 2011, up from earlier projections of 25,600 in 2013, 40,300 in 2012 and 77,600 in 2011, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The new numbers are the result of an annual revision that takes place each February, with tax filings and other information taken into account to create a more accurate picture of actual work force trends over the past five years.

Bruce Madson, assistant director for employment services at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, compared the process to pre-election polling and post-election results -- the former generally offers a close estimation, but the latter better reflects reality.

Madson said the updated statistics show Ohio has experienced steady job creation over the past three years than earlier results indicated.

"What we're seeing is a consistent increase in employment that is fairly consistent through 2011, 2012 and 2013," he said. "It's been a steady, slow increase in jobs throughout the entire process without any real variations."

ODJFS Spokesman Ben Johnson added, "We saw the largest job growth in 2011, slightly smaller in 2012 and slightly smaller in 2013."

The updated statistics were released Friday, along with unemployment claims for January. For the month, the state rate was 6.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent in December and 7.3 percent in January 2013.

The national unemployment rate for January was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in December and 7.9 percent a year earlier.

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OhioMeansJobs closed March 11

On Tuesday, March 11, the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services, and OhioMeansJobs Ottawa County (formerly The Job Store), will be closed to the public for staff training.  

Individuals wishing to report child or elder abuse may contact the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office at (419)734-4404.  A drop box by the main entrance of the Job and Family Services building is available for clients who wish to turn in documentation.

The office will reopen to the public on Wednesday, March 12, at 8 a.m.

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