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Bird groups raise alarms over six wind turbines in bird migration corridor

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) charge that millions of migrating and federally protected birds, including an active Bald Eagle nest, will be threatened by an Ohio wind development currently under construction. The concern was raised in a letter sent this week to federal officials.

The groups say that a local business park is attempting to install six massive, 300-foot-tall wind turbines in the same area of Ohio that saw a single large Air National Guard-proposed wind turbine project shelved just last month by federal officials because that project did not comply with major wildlife conservation laws. The site for both projects is Port Clinton.

According to the Feb. 26 letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, “this wind energy project is being built by the developer, SUREnergy, with no Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) ever being conducted, and with no consultation whatsoever with any state or federal natural resource agency. ABC and BSBO are concerned that this project represents an even greater threat to our public trust resources than the turbine that was planned for Camp Perry, and encourages the Service to look into this project in more detail, and take decisive action as appropriate.”

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Ottawa County Board of DD sponsors United Way Volleyball Challenge

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities is sponsoring the fourth annual Volleyball Challenge to benefit the United Way of Ottawa County. The event will take place Thursday, March 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Port Clinton Middle School located at 807 Jefferson St., Port Clinton.

Watch the employees and people-served from RVI (Riverview Industries) and Ottawa Residential Services Inc. defend their two time title against employees and people-served from Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities and OCTA. People from the community are also invited to join a team and play. The evening proves to be entertaining and full of fun.

Come play or come cheer on the teams while supporting the United Way of Ottawa County. Masters of Ceremony will include the Honorable Judge Kathleen Geiesler and Ottawa County Commissioner, Jim Sass. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, bake sale and concessions stand. Bring a canned food to help the area food bank. The minimum donation for the event is $5.

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Motion to move forward passes through council

Although the Port Clinton City Council has already motioned once to go forward with negotiations with Washington Properties, the motion was brought to the floor last night once again. 

“Late in the summer last year I motioned to go forward with negotiations with Washington Properties and the motion came to a 3 to 3 tie which was broke by President Linda Hartlaub who voted yes to break the tie. In that time period we have new people at the table and we need an idea of how those people sitting here feel.

 I move that this Council restate to the Administration our strong desire to move Port Clinton forward and ask that Mayor Leone and his negotiating team give the utmost focus and attention to working with Washington Properties, Inc. to discuss, organize and present a plan of implementation for development of the 14 plus or minus acres of commercially zoned land offered by the City of Port Clinton for said purpose.  Additionally, and in accordance with Ohio statute, this plan should be presented to City Council for consideration and further action within the earliest possible timeframe allowed by the parties involved.” Mike Snider

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Bob Hille joins Lorrain Croy’s campaign for Judge

The Lorrain Croy for Judge Campaign Committee is pleased to announce that Ottawa County Treasurer, Bob Hille, is joining the campaign as a deputy treasurer. 

Mr. Hille brings to the campaign a broad range of financial experience from his years of both public and private sector work.

Lorrain Croy is running for Judge in the Ottawa County Pleas Court.

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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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