Business planning workshop coming up

Main Street Port Clinton’s Economic Restructuring Committee invites you to attend a free workshop focusing on creating a business plan and the resources available for information and assistance along the way. This workshop is scheduled for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, at the Ida Rupp Public Library located at 310 Madison St. Registration begins at 4 p.m.



Mayor Conley called the regular meeting of Council to order at 7:00 P.M. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was requested with the following members present: Don Douglas, Bill Eberle, Jon Fickert, Angela Petersen, Jim Seaman and Donna Wendt-Elliott.

Minutes of the June 4, 2012 meeting stand approved as written.


Trains theme for VBS

Grace Baptist Church is taking to the rails during the week of Vacation Bible School July 23-27. The church will host a train-themed week of games, songs, Bible lessons, crafts, contests and more each evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The theme is “Sunlight Express: Jesus & Me.” Each day will represent a stop on a journey to discover what Jesus has done and continues to do for us.
This VBS is for any child between 3-14 years old. Children will be divided by age for various activities. There is no cost to attend, and transportation is available by calling 419-898-4002.
Grace Baptist Church is a local, independent and fundamental Baptist church located between Ohio 105 and 163 just past the Oak Harbor High School at 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Road.


Local business owners support Red Cross

Ottawa County Club Red's 2012 gala “Black and White with a Splash of Red” will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 20, in the Catawba Island Club Pavilion.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served while partygoers bid on this year’s expanded silent auction and purchase tickets for a chance to win prizes on themed sideboards. Guests will be entertained by vocal sensation, Carmen Miller, and our local piano man, Greg Fox, before being served a seated gourmet dinner followed by a limited live auction.
This year’s Grand Raffle Prize is $1,500 in gas cards generously provided by Friendship Food Stores.
Local businesses and generous private citizens have responded to the call to support the American Red Cross and the valuable programs and services it provides to the residents and visitors of Ottawa County.


Six Lake Erie water samples positive for Asian Carp DNA

Federal and state wildlife officials working in conjunction with academic researchers recently announced six water samples taken from Sandusky and north Maumee bays tested positive for the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA in Michigan and Ohio waters.
The positive samples were among 417 taken from Lake Erie in August 2011, and more than 2,000 samples taken from the Great Lakes Basin since 2010. The Lake Erie batch was recently analyzed and test results were confirmed by eDNA researchers last week. The six positive samples represent less than 1.5 percent of the Lake Erie samples.
Four samples from Sandusky Bay, in Ohio waters, tested positive for bighead carp eDNA, while two samples from north Maumee Bay, in Michigan waters, were positive for silver carp eDNA.
In response to these findings, electro-shocking and netting began Friday in Sandusky Bay with no evidence of Asian carp found. However, additional testing and monitoring are planned by the Ohio and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources in conjunction with partner agencies.


Terra’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter to host Ohio Regional Conference

Students from two-year colleges across the state will be gathering at Terra State Community College later this month for a conference with their peers.
The Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Terra is hosting the Leadership in Action Conference, “The Culture of Competition,” on July 27-28.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for students in two-year schools. This is the first time Terra has hosted the annual event.
“For Terra to host the Ohio regional conference here on campus is something I never would have imagined,” said Seth Sholl, a PTK member from Tiffin. “It’s a big event with lots of two-year students. It will be great to talk to them and find out where they are from and where they are going.”
Fellow member Kenneth Gyan of Clyde agrees.


Danbury Township Trustees — July 11 meeting

At the regular meeting of the Danbury Township Trustees held July 11 the following business was conducted:
• Fiscal Officer Shelley Seamon, Zoning Inspector Kathryn Dale and Police Chief Michael Meisler shared their experiences during President Obama’s recent visit to Danbury Township.
• Road Superintendent Brett Waldron reported the department has been busy mowing and trimming the roads and parks, permission was received to install the flashing cross traffic signs on Port Clinton Eastern Road on the existing advance warming stop ahead signs, a crosswalk will be added on Erie Beach Road at the intersection of North Shore Boulevard, clean-up week begins on Monday, brush grinding quotes were received, hydrant markers were discussed, storm cleanup was discussed. Trustees agreed to provide maintenance department assistance, based on manpower, for clearing of all roads in the township during future emergency situations. Trustees agreed to contract with David Price Metal Services for brush grinding services at a cost of $5,995.


Laurie Mann Memorial Golf Scramble in its 15th year

The Laurie Mann Memorial Golf Scramble will be held at the Pipestone Golf Club in Miamisburg, on Saturday, Sept 8. The four-person scramble will cost $400 per team with $20 additional for the skins game. The tournament has a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. It is limited to the first paid 36 teams. Your entry fee will include a gift prior to the tournament, dinner, top team, door and hole prizes, drink tickets and a great time. Raffle items include Bosch tools, Ben Richmond prints and other donated items.


Brian Zins wins 11th NRA National Pistol Championship

Brian “Gunny” Zins of Poland, Ohio, won his 11th National Pistol title this weekend during the NRA’s National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry. Shooting an aggregate score of 2649-142x, Zins finished three points ahead of his nearest competitor.
“Considering that I took 18 months off due to an elbow injury, to win here in Camp Perry, it’s awesome,” said Zins. “I thought I was out after the .45 slow fire match. But I knuckled down and it worked out well.”


Arts in the Park offers something for everyone

Arts in the Park, sponsored by the Port Clinton Artists’ Club, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. 
Nearly 120 artists from Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida will be showing and selling their original creations. The show is open to the public and parking is free. One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park is celebrating 55 years of continuing to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County. 
Artisans will be displaying and selling ceramics, jewelry, glass, paintings, photography, wood, mixed media, textiles and fiber art. Artwork will be judged by the prestigious talents of Irene Finck, retired, Ohio Arts Council; Columbus watercolorist Kevin Buckland; art lovers Pertain Buckland and Connie Pfeiffer; and Dee Cochran, batik artist and president of the Port Clinton Artist’s Club.
For the second year, Pat Catan’s Craft Centers is the sponsor of the Children’s Area, a fun-filled part of the festival.  Watch your child’s face light up as they create functional art. Fun and engaging activities will be going on throughout the two-day art festival.

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