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Author sets off on lakeside adventure

Loreen Niewenhuis stopped for a quick photo on the beach at Magee Marsh before setting off on the second day of her 1,000-mile hike. PHOTO BY ANGIE ZAMAuthor Loreen Niewenhuis set off on a 1,000-mile journey around the Great Lakes Sunday in Ottawa County.
Her walk — which will touch each of the five great lakes — isn’t the first time she’s taken to the shore. In 2009, Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan which led to “A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach,” a book chronicling her adventure along with the geology, ecology and other fascinating aspects of this Great Lake.
“During my hike around Lake Michigan, I became captivated with the Great Lakes, our vast Inland Seas. I decided that one adventure wasn’t enough. I wanted to touch all five of these amazing bodies of water and to explore their importance in my next book,” she said.

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Spring Fling

St. Boniface School’s annual Spring Fling Dinner and Dance will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the school gymnasium at 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor. Advance tickets are $20 per person/$30 per couple. Tickets prices at the door are $25 per person, $40 per couple or $15 for the dance only. Tickets will be available for adult beverages and sodas. The evening includes a chicken dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., silent auctions, raffles, a live DJ and a chance to win cash or prizes.
For information, call Molly Judge at 419-340-7546.

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Volunteers needed for FLW walleye tourney

The City of Port Clinton, Lake Erie Shores and Islands and the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting the FLW Outdoors Walleye Tour Fishing Tournament in May. The tournament will feature 300 anglers from 25 states and national television coverage on VERSUS. FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world.

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Regional team launches War of 1812 bicentennial celebration

David Zavagno (center), chairman of the Perry Group’s Bicentennial Committee, and Blanca Stransky, superintendent of the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, present U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus with a commemorative flag emblazed with the immortal words from the Battle of Lake Erie: “Don’t give up the ship”. The Perry Group plans the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 10, 2013, at Put-in-Bay. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam ShaversUnited States Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, recently launched the Navy’s commemoration honoring the bicentennial of the War of 1812 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. A regional team from the volunteer, nonprofit Perry Group presented the Secretary with a “Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration” commemorative flag stitched with five indelible words: “Don’t give up the ship.”
“The flag draped over the shoulder of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry — as pictured in the Halls of Congress, U.S. Naval Academy Museum and Ohio State House — include these instructional yet inspirational words that helped chart the course of victory for America against the British in the War of 1812,” says David Zavagno, chairman of The Perry Group’s Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Committee, which has been planning its tribute for more than three years.   
Zavagno, along with Blanca Stransky, superintendent of the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, which oversees the Perry Memorial and surrounding grounds at Put-in-Bay, presented the navy blue flag to Mabus.

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Anglers reminded of new fish filleting rule

With many Ohio anglers taking advantage of early fishing opportunities, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife would like to remind anglers of a new rule affecting their catch.
Anglers must leave the fish they catch in public waters in the round (whole) or as a complete fillet with skin attached until they reach their home. This regulation is necessary to deter over harvest of certain species of fish. The rule was designed to be a law enforcement tool to protect the fishing resource, and allows wildlife officers to identify fillets in an angler’s possession, so that they can enforce Ohio’s fish bag limits. The new rule was modeled after surrounding Great Lakes province and states' existing regulations. Ontario, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and Minnesota all employ similar regulations.

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Honor roll — Danbury Middle School

GRADE 5:
• High Honor Roll — Julia Clapper*, Gretta Griesbach*, Cassie Klaehn*, Kalee Rakosky*, Charleigh Steinbrick* and Tug Tibbels*
• Honor Roll — Addison Barta, Nathan Borgio, Haley Clemons, Ryan Gwin, Brooke Hoffman, Kyndra Koenig,
Daleigh Lerch, David Mesnard, Ben Strnad and Makenzie Wheeler

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Chamber offers ink cartridge recycling

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce accepts used ink and toner through the office’s ink recycling program. Once a month, the ink cartidges are turned in to be recycled. Businesses or individuals can drop off any size ink or toner at the chamber office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The office is located at 161 W. Water St., Oak Harbor.
For questions, call 419-898-0479.

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Realtors receives Platinum Service Recognition

Local Realtors receive Platinum Service Recognition

Jeff Morgan and Alex Johnson Morgan of Real Living Morgan Realty Group in Port Clinton were awarded the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, Quality Service Certified Platinum.  The award is in recognition of earning 100 percent client service satisfaction in 2011, as measured by Leading Research Corporation.

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BPW planning Winery Bus Tour April 14

Port Clinton Area Business and Professional Women will be sponsoring a Winery Tour Bus on Saturday, April 14. The bus will begin boarding at 11:30 a.m. and depart from City Hall parking lot promptly at noon. The bus will return us to City Hall lot at 6 p.m. The group will be visiting Firelands Winery, Paper Moon Winery, Quarry Hill Winery and Hermes Winery.

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