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Walleye and perch fishing season off to a great start

Everyone that fishes this lake on a regular basis has their fingers crossed in the hope that the 2013 walleye hatch will survive this season.

There really hasn’t been a big blow to speak of since this last spawn, so there is a chance that there will be a plethora of new fish entering the system. And with walleye population numbers down from years past, that would be a good thing.

Fishing this past weekend was productive for some, while others struggled to catch their limits.

Captain Keith Unkefer, owner of “Pooh Bear Charters” is running 40 Tru-Trips back 45-50 feet with Scorpion Spoons off of a mast style set of planer boards at 1.5-1.8 mph and is having excellent success. You can hear “Pooh Bear” on the radio throughout the day letting everyone know what is working. If you don’t understand what is being said in fisherman’s lingo, just get on the radio and ask. There are a lot of anglers out there that will help you understand.

Others, like me, are running crawler harnesses with 1 and 2 ounce inline weights, Tadpoles, or Snap-Weights behind Off Shore Tackle inline planer boards at 1.0-1.2 mph with similar success. Color of blades used on the harnesses has been changing from day to day, or even hour to hour, depending on whether it’s cloudy or sunny out, so it’s good to have a broad selection of color blades to choose from.

Jigging is still fair to good on the reef complex using hair jigs. These jigs can be used plain or with shiners, a hunk of crawler, or a manufactured plastic tail with a stinger hook.

Anglers who like to drift and cast are also doing well in and around the reefs casting Weapons, which is a short version of a crawler harness that is weighted with an egg sinker and tipped with a hunk of crawler and cast out and retrieved.

Captain Juls can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 419-835-7347. Her website address is www.julswalleyefishingadventures.com.

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Father’s Day Fishing Trip

The first annual Father’s Day Fishing Trip will be held on Saturday, June 15th. Jason Pinkston, offensive lineman of the Cleveland Browns, will join fans in this experience. The day will start with a meet and greet with Pinkston that is open to the public at Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille in Port Clinton from noon until 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. ticket holders and Pinkston will then board a charter at Drawbridge Marina for an all-inclusive fishing experience lasting until 9:30 p.m. Food, beverages, snacks and bait will all be provided with the cost of a ticket.

There are a very limited number of tickets available for this event. The cost per ticket is $70 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets go to citygalsports.com. Event organizers also state that there may be additional Cleveland Browns joining Jason Pinkston for this fishing trip.

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MS Walleye Fishing Tournament

The Multiple Sclerosis benefit Walleye Fishing Tournament will be held on June 5. It is an opportunity to help people with multiple sclerosis and enjoy a day of walleye fishing . Sign up by getting a group of six friends, customers or co-workers to fill a boat. The fully-stocked boat will set sail from the Midway Marina in Port Clinton.

More than 150 anglers are expected to participate in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 24th Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament. The anglers are treated to a continental breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. before they head out to fish aboard a charter boat with a licensed charter boat captain at the helm. Each boat is stocked with food, beverages, bait and ice.  

When the participants return in the afternoon they take part in a light dinner and win prizes while their catch is being cleaned and bagged for them to take home.  Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place, for largest fish and stringer.

The cost for a boat with six people is $1,200.  Individual tickets are also available for $250. After May 30, the price for a boat will increase to $1,300 and individual tickets will no longer be sold.

The money raised through the MS Walleye Tournament helps more than 20,000 Ohio residents living with multiple sclerosis. Funds are directed toward services like transportation, durable medical equipment loan, friendly-visitation programs for those who are homebound or hospitalized and self-help groups.  Funds also support research efforts at Ohio institutions like the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University Medical Center where MS researchers are working to find the cause and a cure for the disease.

Join presenting sponsor Shamrock Companies Inc. and other participants as they fish for walleye and for a cure.  Call Tony Bernard at 614-515-4608 for more information or visit  www.MSohiobuckeye.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.  MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.MSohiobuckeye.org.

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Local authors of “From Stressed To Best™” to talk at Ida Rupp Library

On Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, David Prudhomme and Ruth Scheider, local authors of “From Stressed to Best” will be offering a free talk.

From their article on stress:

“Stress is often misunderstood. Some people think of stress as “Good” - spurring them to action or “Bad” - paralyzing them and keeping them from action. Studies are now showing that stress causes or exacerbates 85% of all illness, and that it is the root cause of many problems from relationship issues, to smoking, weight gain, pain, sleeplessness, physical illness, addictions, anxiety and depression.

So, where does stress come from? All stress starts with a thought; it is usually pining about the past or worrying about the future. The truth is you cannot change the past nor can you control the future. You live in the present moment. Every thought you have, every emotion you experience, and every behavior you choose all happen in the present moment. You cannot control the weather, the economy, your friends, your co-workers, your spouse, or any member of your family. What you can control is you.

All stress, regardless of the source, causes an immediate “fight or flight response in the body and the mind. A cascade of physical and mental changes take place. Your adrenaline levels go up, causing your mind to start the gerbil wheel of racing thoughts.

Your cortisol levels go up and cortisol is a stress hormone that causes your body to stop burning fat. Your blood pressure goes up, your blood sugar goes up, and your immune system is negatively affected. Your hormones become unbalanced.  When your body is producing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, it cannot produce adequate amounts of “good” hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin (for the female) and testosterone and dopamine (for the male). Your metabolism is negatively impacted.

Your risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer all go up. You are more likely to experience frequent headaches; or be diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Medical conditions are magnified by stress. Stressed people report having more pain, and those with chronic illnesses report having more flare-ups or symptoms when they are stressed. All of these physical and mental responses are hard-wired into the body and mind; they happen automatically.

In fact, even if you imagine something negative is happening in the future, your mind and body react as if it is really happening. Most of us are taught, at an early age, to worry about the worst possible thing that could happen, so that if it does happen we are ready for it. The fact is that does not work at all. The problem is we are actually causing ourselves stress rather than preparing ourselves to handle the worst case scenario. The fact is that most of the things you worry about never actually happen, but your body and mind already think they did.

Many people have been operating under stress for so long they don’t even realize it.  The human body and mind are not designed to be stressed all day long. Yet with the current fast-paced culture and lifestyles of most people, that is exactly what is happening.

Chronic stress is now being recognized by the scientific and medical communities as one of the main causes of illness. Some medical professionals are now thinking that reducing stress may be even more important than stopping smoking to ensure their clients’ health and well-being.

In the “From Stressed to Best™” perspective, stress is an in-born response to something that is different from one of an individual’s hard-wired preferences. We can easily measure those preferences. Each preference has the potential for causing an automatic stress response. Once you understand what causes the stress, you can easily stop it and choose a different response – one that works for you.”

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Firelands Presbyterian Church and Project Linus

One of the important missions of Firelands Presbyterian Church is Project Linus. Since May of 2004, a group of 12 active sewers have made more than 800 quilts and blankets for ill or traumatized children. On May 24th, a total of 189 quilts will be given to Akron Children’s Hospital, where gravely ill or injured children from 20 northern Ohio counties are served. Christine Fleissner, the volunteer project coordinator for the Akron chapter of Project Linus, has processed more than 40,000 quilts and blankets such as those from the needle women of Firelands Church. In addition to those given to Akron Children’s Hospital, handmade blankets were sent to all the families of Sandy Hook and families displaced by super storm Sandy. 

It is due to the efforts of the current quilters and blanket makers that Project Linus has grown to such a successful mission under the leadership of Maxine Wilson. All sewers donate their fabric, yarn and time, and the batting is donated by the church. Firelands members include Connie Brand, Shirley Carlson, Kaye Elliott, Anita Fisher, Kay McIntosh, Joan Moore, Marilyn Umlauf, Sally Wahlers, Sally Walter, Ginger Brown, Maxine Wilson, and external friends Marie Ripich, Pat Hines, Carolyn Oakley, Karen Hasselbach and Debbie Beaulieu.

In describing the commitment of the participants of Project Linus at Firelands Presbyterian Church, Maxine Wilson simply cites a quote from Mother Teresa. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

Project Linus is a non-profit organization, dedicated to “providing security through blankets”.  Nationally, Project Linus has donated more than 4.4 million handmade blankets to help comfort children in need in hospitals, hospices, and shelters. Project Linus has 386 chapters in the United States. Inspired by a picture of a three-year-old cancer patient holding her security blanket, Project Linus was begun in 1995 by Karen Loucks, who named the project after the adorable security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip.  www.projectlinus.org

Call Maxine Wilson, one of the Firelands sewers, at 419.797.2854 for more information about Project Linus at Firelands Presbyterian Church. If you would like to sponsor a quilt for Project Linus, please make your tax deductible contribution payable to Firelands Presbyterian Church, and indicate “Project Linus” in the memo line. Your financial support for helping to sponsor this project is gratefully accepted. A blanket or quilt is like a big hug when a child needs one.

Firelands Presbyterian Church is located at 2626 East Harbor Road (1/2 mile west of Wal-Mart).  Founded in 1982, Firelands Presbyterian Church continues to grow in mission and in program.  In addition to Project Linus, Firelands Church also operates a food pantry inside the church, offers its kitchen facilities for the summer lunch program, houses a two-star rated preschool and day care, and more. www.firelandschurch.org

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Port Clinton High School announces Student of the Month

Port Clinton High School recently announced the Student of the Month for March is Sam Miller.

Sam Miller has been involved in many activities and organizations at Port Clinton High School. He is the Treasurer of the Senior Class, member of Leadership Council, National Honor Society, Band, Academic Challenge, Freshman Mentor and past treasurer of Drama Club.  In addition, he is one of the top ten students in the Class of 2013. Sam is a member of the Bowling Team and throws shot and discus in track and field.  For the past three year, Sam has traveled with The Chapel Youth Group on various Mission Trips during the summer. Next year, Sam plans to attend Case Western Reserve University and major in Physics. He is the son of Amy Miller Winters and Kevin Winters.

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Otterbein Awards honor those who give back

Otterbein Homes President and CEO Jill Hreben, along with Regional Executive Director Tom Keith, recently bestowed special recognition to individuals and companies who have supported the mission of Otterbein North Shore in an exemplary manner.

Port Clinton resident Rock Sherer was named Employee of the Year for going above and beyond every day. His nominator asked residents what they thought of Sherer and they replied that he’s dependable, can always be counted on to get the job done, and do it with a good attitude and a smile.

Since 1998, not a year has gone by that resident Art Soderberg, Philanthropist of the Year, hasn’t made a charitable contribution to Otterbein North Shore. He is passionate about benevolent care and has supported it through regular giving. He has supported Otterbein partners through appreciation giving, and has made countless memorial gifts for friends and neighbors who have passed away.

Art was a strong advocate for Otterbein’s efforts to raise funds for the nursing beds, which resulted in the No. 1 Ohio ranked Jane Baker House. His personal donation was a lead gift and he assisted in with acquiring other gifts, including from The Gypsum Company where he was employed for many years. The Gypsum Foundation also made a matching gift on Art’s behalf.

Ruth Muntis was honored as Resident Volunteer of the Year for playing the piano at the Wednesday church service and during meals.

Catawba Island resident Bob Martin, was named Community Volunteer of the Year for being available to help with transportation, driving the Otterbein bus to church services and outings.

Provider of the Year was the Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) for their help in assuring Otterbein North Shore elders remain independent. Their nomination by Director of Nursing Jen Lenthe said, “whether traveling to a doctor’s appointment or taking a trip to the local store, OCTA offers ease of scheduling, unlimited availability, affordable fares, quality service, and a driving staff that truly treat the Otterbein family like their own.”

Otterbein North Shore is located at 9400 North Shore Boulevard, in Danbury Township.  For more information contact Robyn Karbler at 419-798-8254.  Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available on its web site at www.otterbein.org.

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Danbury physicals

Danbury Local Schools will be hosting their physical night on Wednesday, June 5th beginning at 5 p.m. at Dr. Jackson's office in Marblehead. You must be a Danbury Student to attend and you must have the physical form filled out prior to the physical. Times are as follows: Middle School Girls at 5 p.m., High School Girls @ 5:15, Middle School Boys @ 5:45, & High School Boys at 6:00.

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CMP to hold BB gun demonstrations at 2013 Walleye Festival

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will once again offer free BB Gun demonstrations at the 33rd Annual Walleye Festival at Port Clinton’s Waterworks Park.

Kids of all ages, including supervised kids under 18, are welcome to visit the CMP’s portable BB Gun range on the festival grounds and try their hand at some old-time marksmanship fun.

Christie Sewell, CMP General Manager, says last year’s appearance of the portable range at the festival was a first-time success.“We were excited to have so many people stop by our inflatable BB Gun range to shoot at a target for the first time or to reminisce about shooting a BB Gun when they were kids,” Sewell said.

“We are also extremely proud to have our name associated with the 2013 Walleye Festival Grand Parade. The CMP staff has always enjoyed being in the parade with our vehicles and this year’s parade will be extra-special.”

The portable range will be open to festival-goers all Memorial Day weekend long, with hours of operation 5-7 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday.

The range is completely enclosed and has two firing positions with target runners. Instructors work with shooters one-on-one to teach them shooting safety rules and marksmanship techniques using Daisy youth BB guns such as the famous Daisy Red Ryder.

The CMP hopes that some of the families who experience the BB Gun range at the festival will be encouraged to visit the organization’s 80-firing-point indoor airgun Marksmanship Center at Camp Perry, site of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Airgun. CMP’s Marksmanship Center is a family-friendly facility and will be open for public shooting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the conclusion of the 2013 National Matches in July and August.  The CMP also holds monthly airgun matches for sporter and precision air rifle shooters.

Thanks to its increased popularity, the CMP Marksmanship Center will be undergoing a major expansion for several months beginning this summer, adding a reception area, changing rooms for competition shooters, common areas, eating areas and larger classrooms.

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Barge parties cancelled

The Sandusky Bay Barge Parties which have been held the last few years off Bay Point on the south shore of Marblehead have been cancelled for 2013, according to an online Facebook posting by the organizers. They have held two per year over the past few years, on the last Saturday in June and July. As you can see from the  photo the events were extremely popular with the boaters of Lake Erie. According to a report in the Sandusky Register, event organizer Shaun Bickley of Sandusky said the primary reason for cancelling is financial. He cited increasing insurance costs as the primary culprit. Bickley and his partners brought a dredging and construction barge from Sandusky to the sand bar south of Marblehead and converted it into a giant stage with local bands entertaining the revelers.

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