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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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Sound Off — March 29

The “Grassholes” are back!
It’s that time of year again in Port Clinton. Trees are budding, grass is growing and the “Grassholes” are dumping grass in the streets again.
Familiar with the term “Grasshole?” This is an inconsiderate or unthinking person who, when cutting their lawns, lets their lawn mower blow grass clippings into the streets.
Where do they think this debris is going to go? Most intelligent folks know that the next rain will rinse the grass toward the nearest storm drain. If the grass doesn’t clog the drain, it will be dumped into our storm sewer system, adding to the already aged and over-stressed system of pipes beneath our streets. And when storm sewers can’t handle the rainwater runoff, remember the last two summers of flooded streets and basements?
Throwing debris of any type in the street is against the law. And it’s just plain inconsiderate too. Don’t be a Grasshole — keep your lawn in your lawn. And please pass this advice along to any neighboring Grasshole you see?
Yours for cleaner (and drier) streets,
Jeff Bryden



Striking Out Cancer
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our “Striking out Cancer” event on March 11 at Harbor Lanes. Our lane sponsors: Rickard’s Bait and Tackle, Captain Hook Charters, cancer survivor Arlene Ish, Catawba Landing, Trish McCartney, Kuras Excavating/Kuras Septic Pumping, John and Linda Hartigan, Kapp Freezer Beef, The Muffler Smiths, cancer survivor Ida Mercurio, Temptation Eyes Charters, Miller Boat Lines, Port Clinton Men’s Bowling Association, Port Clinton Women’s Bowling Association, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union, Kelley Farming/Collins Motor Sales, Jet Express, Mirror Image Detailing, Apex Custom, Our Guest Inn and Suites, The Ish Family, The Good Life Pet Grooming and Pet Sitting, NBOH/Jamie Jennings, Tammy Myers, cancer survivor Pam McKinley, Appleman Family and Friends, Jim Young, Dave and Lindsay Gahler and Oak Harbor Young Farmers.
There are many local businesses that donated prizes for our raffles. There are too many to list. Please check out Pam’s Peeps Facebook page for the list.
A big thank you goes out to John and Sue at Harbor Lanes for hosting our event. Thank you to the community for the awesome turnout. Please support our local businesses and individuals that supported “Striking out Cancer. We will see you next year. Please join us at Relay for Life on June 8-9 in Oak Harbor. Once again thank you all so much!
Pam’s Peeps, Kathy, Tim, and Jason Pratt, Jody Kapp, Lisa Collins, Jamie Jennings, Diana Kelley, Tammy and Matt Myers, and of course Pam McKinle

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All invited to Ecumenical Good Friday Worship

The community is invited to the annual Ecumenical Good Friday Worship sponsored by the Danbury Ministerial Association. This year it will be noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the First United Church of Christ, 802 Prairie St., Lakeside Marblehead.
Participating clergy include Rev. Marvin Rettig, Chaplain for the Lakeside Fire Department; Rev. Dan Ring, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church; Rev. Kurt Burrows, Resurrection Lutheran; Rev. Kay Cox, First United Church of Christ; Rev. Chris Young, St. John and St. Paul Lutheran; Rev. Jerry Phelps, Lakeside United Methodist Church; and Rev. Brad Hall, Chapel on the Lake. The theme is “Water Marks,” a look at how images of water permeate the life of Christ, and our life “in Christ,” as we experience a washing and renewal that carries us through death into new life.
An ecumenical choir will practice at 11 a.m. before worship. There will be a free-will offering and collection of food items, all to benefit the Danbury Food Pantry.

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Special Easter sermon

Duane Wrye, a retired pastor of the Catawba Baptist Church will be delivering the Easter morning sermon at Port Clinton Baptist Church. Duane is now 85 years old and was the pastor for 34 years before retiring.
Services are at 11 a.m. and the church would like to invite any of the former members of Catawba Baptist Church who would be interested to come and hear him preach again.

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