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Re-shopping your health insurance

If you are in good health, re-shop your health insurance now to lock in a low rate before Obama Care begins in January 2014. Starting then, individual health insurance will become guaranteed issue, all plans will cover maternity, many preventative benefits will be mandatory and health insurers will no longer be able to charge more based upon medical conditions. Although all of these features sound attractive, they will come with a hefty price tag.

The low health insurance pricing people in good health can obtain today is going to be gone for good starting in January. You should most likely be able to delay the costly price increases of Obama Care until your plan’s renewal date in 2014 if you qualify for a new health insurance plan today with a favorable health rating.

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Danbury’s Gretta Griesbach stars in Sandusky State Theater’s “Grease”

Gretta Griesbach, 12, Danbury 7th grader, is one of a cast of 11-20 year olds in The Sandusky State Theatre’s production of the musical “Grease”. Gretta is the daughter of Richard and Barbara Griesbach. 

Show times are Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, $12 for students and $15 for adults in advance, $15 for students and $18 for adults at the door, contact www.sanduskystate.com or 419.626.1950. The theater is at 107 Columbus Ave. in Sandusky.

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Thank you, Squirt Gun Run

The Port Clinton High School Class of 2015 held the 1st Annual Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run/Walk 5K this Fourth of July. With over 200 racers participating on a beautiful Independence Day morning, the squirt guns helped us stay cool while we celebrated our nation's birth. The event was a success, raising over $5000 to keep school activities affordable for all students.

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Thank you from the Miller family

Last week, our family suffered a tremendous loss in the death of Tom. Through this tragedy, we observed several acts of heroism by a multitude of people. 

To the Port Clinton firefighters, EMS, police officers and good Samaritans who put aside their own personal safety in an effort to help another, we say thank you. Your actions were remarkably courageous and heroic, and allowed our family an opportunity to make peace and say goodbye to Tom.

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Home sales continue strong growth in June

The number of homes sold in the area covered by the Firelands Association of Realtors (FAR) showed strong growth across the board in June. The local market posted gains in activity in both price per sale and number of units sold according to statistics provided by the Ohio Association of Realtors.

“Over the past two years, the Ohio housing market, month-by-month, has made slow, steady and consistent progress in its effort to recover from the economic challenges wrought by the recession,” said OAR President Thomas J. Williams. “Attaining 24 consecutive months of gains in sales activity – our longest stretch in uninterrupted growth ins 16 years of tracking Ohio home sales – is a clear indicator of growing consumer confidence and a renewed appreciation that housing is a solid, long term investment.”

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Christmas in July bell-ringers

Maureen Saponari, Director of The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit and Beth Wood of Dockers at Catawba Moorings.

Christmas in July is being celebrated this weekend by the Salvation Army bell-ringers. The fund-raiser began last weekend and will continue through Sunday at Bassett’s and Community Markets in Port Clinton and at the Jet Express dock.

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Wooden boats and plein air artists enrich Lakeside

Docked along the Lakeside pier and trailered onto the Hotel Lakeside lawn this weekend were gleaming wooden boats--kayaks, dinghys, runabouts, cruisers, sailboats and yachts. The 10th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat show shared Lakeside’s waterfront with the 47 plein air artists who were painting and exhibiting their canvases. Wally and the Beavs played on the pavilion deck, adding the soundtrack for the festival atmosphere. 

The Lyman, the classic Lake Erie wooden boat, was well represented in its many variations, from a 35’ Lyman Seahawk to a 13’ Lyman sailboat, with nearly half of the boats displayed carrying the Lyman name.

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Rock & Roll returns to Fort Firelands’ stage

Fort Firelands RV Resort located on OH163 at 269 will be hosting “Gathering at the Fort” featuring the Third Degree Band on Saturday, July 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. Third Degree Band is a local band consisting of Rich Wyde on drums, Mike Hauke on bass and Don Lombardy on guitar. The members of the band have been playing together for many years. When asked how long, they say, “We are three old guys that love to play, do it well, and have a good time. We really enjoy entertaining.” They add, ”We may be old but we don’t know it.” Third Degree Band plays the rock classics like ZZTop, Tom Petty, The Beatles and a host of other bands. They may even throw in some Taylor Swift to keep things fresh.

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OSHAA mandatory parent meeting at Danbury

Danbury will be hosting its mandatory parent meeting on Monday, August 5th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. This is a required meeting for all middle school and high school athletes that are participating in a fall sport.

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