Frederick Agency’s Shirkey honored as CIC

The designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) has been conferred upon Thomas Shirkey, CIC, Sr. Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative of the Frederick Agency in Port Clinton, following his successful completion of a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

The announcement was made by Dr. William T. Hold, President of the Society of CIC, who conferred the designation on Mr. Shirkey.


Flying Club is being formed

The Tin Goose Flying Club is forming. Based at the Erie–Ottawa Regional Airport (KPCW) in Port Clinton. the goal of the Tin Goose Flying Club is to promote aviation safety, education and fellowship. It will provide a cost effective way for licensed pilots to continue to fly and will provide student pilots an affordable option to obtain their private pilot license and to log flying experience. The Tin Goose Flying Club will be a non-profit Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). Each shareholder will enjoy full club privileges to use all of the club’s assets. Each share sold will retain proportional interest in the club’s assets throughout their ownership of the share.


First ArtWalk damp but enthusiastic

Perhaps it was the good nature and camaraderie of the artists. Perhaps it was the excitement of a “first”. Perhaps it was the richness of the artistic offerings. Perhaps it was the glow from the delicious refreshments. Whatever the reason or reasons, the nasty cold and rain and resulting sparse public attendance Thursday evening did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the artists at downtown Port Clinton’s First Annual ArtWalk.

Marty Willis of Just a Basket Case, who was one of those most impacted by the weather as she was exhibiting her baskets and notecards under the canopy in front of 2nd Street Gallery, was philosophical about the weather and lack of traffic, saying, “I am only giving up time.”


Documentary 'THE LINE' showing at Ida Rupp

The newest film from Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Linda Midgett is coming to Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton on May 30 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. As part of a broader campaign to bring light to the new faces of poverty and the aftermath of the recession, national Christian non-profit Sojourners has produced a documentary film called The Line. The 30-minute film uncovers the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty in our country — such as the suburban former banker, who now relies on a food pantry; to an aging career fisherman, whose shrimping business has been devastated by the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. 

This special event is being shown in the morning and evening. A discussion about how we can help our own community follows the screening.  Refreshments will be served.  Donations to the Food Pantry accepted during the event.


Competitive Funding Grant 2nd funding round

The Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District will offer grants in the second round of the Competitive Funding Grant Program in 2013. The second round grant meeting will be held Thursday, May 30th, at 10 a.m. at the OSS Solid Waste District office at 1875 E. State Street, Fremont. Eligible participants are required to attend a meeting prior to submitting an application.


Home sales show strong growth in April

The number of homes sold in the area covered by the Firelands Association of Realtors (FAR) showed strong growth in all areas in April. 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.

“The Ohio marketplace, with each passing month, continues to make significant progress in building a solid foundation for a sustained, growing housing sector,” said OAR President Thomas J. Williams. “We’ve not only posted several months of sales gains, but we’re also seeing stability and steady gains in pricing which should help boost confidence that housing is a solid, long term investment.”


Airport Open House offered many ways to fly

At the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport (EORA) Open House on May 18 there were free flights for youngsters sponsored by the Young Eagles. Zoey Barr, 8, went on her first airplane ride with pilot George Tyler. “That was good, “ said Zoey. “I saw boats and houses and people. The best part was being up in the air. I want to do that again.”

Steve Overy of Paratus Air was offering helicopter flights for $20. He will be flying out of EORA and Put-in-Bay throughout the summer. Contact Steve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-409-5029.


A memorable Memorial Day at Veterans Park


On Memorial Day in Port Clinton Sgt. Jason Thomas’s memorable telling of his acts and decisions at the World Trade Center tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, elegantly honored the essence of Memorial Day. Those gathered in Monday’s cool mist included those who had served, those who had lost loved ones, Americans and Canadians, young and old, all who heard Thomas’s message, learned from his mother: “You are your brother’s keeper. You should never leave your brother behind.”  Tears mixed with rain drops on many a cheek at Thomas’s poignant narrative. Tears and rain dissipated, but the message left tracks in memories and hearts.

Placing of wreaths at Veterans Park

The prayers, the readings, the laying of the wreaths at Veteran’s Park, the Port Clinton High School band’s military medley, the phalanx of those in uniforms, the firing squad’s salute, Rosemary Schramm’s lyrical rendering of “O Canada’ all further enriched the ceremonies.

Judge Frederick Hany’s opening remarks reminded all that we were gathered to acknowledge “bravery, courage and commitment. It is a day to honor the ideals which are not just catch words to those who serve. For this, we as a community thank them all.”

Hany introduced Thomas as “one of the most gracious and honorable men I ever met, and his family, equally so,” and thanked Thomas for spending his Memorial Day in Port Clinton. Thomas thanked “all those who fell, those who gave lives for this great county,” and again reminding all those gathered, “If you ever see anyone who needs help, I encourage you to help that person.”

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Thomas with Mamie Rallins (center) and quilt

VFW Commander Richard Ellis introduced Mamie Rallins of Port Clinton, who presented a beautiful hand-made quilt to Thomas. Rallins, a two-time Olympian in the high hurdles and a talented seamstress and embroiderer, this week offered Ellis the donation of the quilt for a VFW a fund-raiser. Ellis thought it even better to make the quilt a gift to Thomas, who was touched and honored by the gift.

After the ceremonies, while waiting to meet Thomas, Amber Waite, PCHS senior band member, approached a wheel-chair bound veteran who was sitting alone near where Thomas was surrounded by admirers and greeters. She leaned down, shook the veteran’s hand and said simply, “thank you for your service.” It was a simple act, yet the essence of the day.


United Way investing more than $5.5 million in programs and services benefiting Ottawa County residents

United Way in Ottawa County has announced its 2013-14 investment decisions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, more than $5.5 million will be invested in programs, initiatives, and partnerships advancing the common good in Ottawa County.

“We are working side by side to create fundamental lasting change throughout our community,” said Lori Clune, co-chair of United Way in Ottawa County’s Community Solutions Team that makes funding recommendations. “As an organization, it’s imperative we make sure we have a sustainable funding model to continue to meet community needs now and into the future.”

The United Way Board of Trustees acted on the recommendations of community volunteers, who over a course of several months reviewed program results, completed site visits, and assessed the programs’ ability to achieve the results needed to move the work forward.

“We are so proud of the results we are seeing from our partners,” said Chris Galvin, United Way in Ottawa County director. “And our volunteers continue to successfully make important decisions on how to best invest in programs that increase the stability of our focus areas of education, income, and health.”

As a whole, United Way of Greater Toledo, which incorporates United Way in Ottawa County, will invest $11.8 million in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties this year. Of that amount, $9.3 million was directed toward strategies in education, income, and health, while donors directed more than $2.5 million to specific area nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about or get involved with United Way’s work, visit, or “like” United Way in Ottawa County on Facebook. For a complete list of 2013-14 United Way community investments, visit


Ribbon cutting held for Willow

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Willow, located at 130 E. Second Street in downtown historic Port Clinton, on Friday, May 17.  Representatives from the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton congratulated Willow on their grand opening and for their commitment to the community. 

Pictured left to right: Charlene Kerul; Keith Fleming, Main Street PC Board Member; Dana Bacak-Lynd, Main Street PC Board Member; Roseann Hickman, Main Street Port Clinton President; Amy Ruffing, Owner; Jennifer Shenk, Owner; Lee Vivod, PC Chamber Board Chairman; Laura Schlachter, Chamber and Main Street PC; Missy Walker, Main Street PC Past-President; and John Coppeler, PC Chamber Board Treasure

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