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Free boat safety inspections offered

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering free boat safety inspections during  May and June at public boat launch ramps and during special events statewide. The agency also released a new promotional video about safety boating.

“Start the boating season safe,” said Rodger Norcross, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “We encourage boaters to take advantage of a free safety inspection to ensure they have all the necessary boating safety equipment on board and it is in working order.”

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Memorial Day at Catawba Island Club

Retired Maj. General Mark Solo, a college roommate of CIC Manager Mike Schenk, gave a stirring address during the Memorial Day ceremony there on Sunday. Gen.Solo spoke about his shortest speeches, given to the mother and the widow of individuals under his command. One was a training instructor in Afghanistan who was murdered by the Afghan pilot he was training to fly.

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Erie Shores Assembly of God invites children to Kingdom Rock

A summer kids’ event called Kingdom Rock will be hosted at Erie Shores Assembly of God from June 24, to June 28. At Kingdom Rock, kids participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, experience epic Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them to stand strong, and test out Science-Like Fun Gizmos they’ll take home. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.

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Magruder Auxiliary hosts jewelry sale & repair

The Magruder Hospital Auxiliary will have a jewelry sale and repair event in the hospital’s main lobby on Thursday, May 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 31, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Corporate Jewelers out of Stow, Ohio, will be doing the sale and repairs, as well as a gold and silver buy-back for those who are interested. They can size rings, repair chains, tip prongs, replace clasps, replace watch batteries and much more. 

For more information on the Magruder Auxiliary, contact Auxiliary & Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Gallogly at 419-734-3131 ext. 3256. For more information about education programs, screenings and events, go to the Magruder website at www.magruderhospital.com and click on the events calendar.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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