Project Lifesaver talk planned

Horst Herzog from the Port Clinton Lion's Club will discuss Project Lifesaver at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at The Vineyard Community Center. Project Lifesaver aids families and friends who may have a loved one who is liable to wander away. All residents, friends, families and the general public are invited to find out more about this unique service.
The project is a partnership of the Lions Club, Magruder Hospital, Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, UTMC and St. Rita's Life Flight/Mobile Life, Ottawa County Senior Resources, Ottawa County Board of DD and Ottawa County Veterans Service Office.


Ice cream social set for local candidates

There will be an ice cream social campaign fundraiser for Ottawa County Candidates Dr. Dan Cadigan, coroner, and John Huffman and Jodi Regal, commissioner, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the home of Dan and Amy Laity, 18190 W. Portage River South, Elmore.
Toft’s ice cream will be served along with a variety of tasty toppings. Sugar free selections will also be available.
All interested voters are invited to attend and learn more about these candidates. Any donations toward the campaigns will be accepted.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the Laitys at 419-862-3053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Picnic, fundraiser coming up for Angela Zimmann

There will be a picnic and campaign fundraiser for 5th District Congressional Candidate Angela Zimmann at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the home of Dan and Amy Laity, 18190 W. Portage River South, Elmore.
Come out and meet Zimmerman and hear why she wants to represent the recently redrawn 5th district (and western Ottawa County). Any donations towards the campaign will be accepted.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Laitys at 419-862-3053 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


K. of C. installs new officers

Port Clinton Knights of Columbus Council 1750 recently installed new officers for 2012-2013. The installation ceremonies were conducted at the Council Hall by District Deputy John Madison, assisted by Chaplin Rev. Ray Ensman. A reception was held in conjunction with the ceremonies attended by relatives and friends. The officers for 2012-2013 are: John Madison (front left), District Deputy; Cat Alvarez, Financial Secretary; Andy Migas, Grand Knight; Dave Ashton, Deputy Grand Knight; Edward Maher, Chancellor; Ed Verkin (back left), Two Year Trustee; Octavio Alvarado, Advocate; Paul Anderson, Outside Guard; Don Gresbach, Three Year Trustee; Dale Bird, Treasurer; Mike Mathews, Inside Guard; Jerry Arnold, One Year Trustee;  Mike Hayes, Warden; and the Rev. Ray Ensman, Chaplain. Not pictured: Ed Schafer, Recorder.


New home shop in downtown PC

The Port Clinton Chamber recently held a ribbon cutting at Keith Fleming Home Furnishings and Accessories at 132 E. Second St., Port Clinton. Fleming, a Port Clinton native who has been living in Texas, moved home to open the shop that specializes in a fun, energetic mix of antiques and new items. The new addition to downtown is quirky and fun showcasing folk art and more.


Bingo coming up at Vineyard

Everyone is invited to join residents and friends for Bingo at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at The Vineyard on Catawba's Community Center, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Dr., Port Clinton. Great prizes are awarded to the winners. Refreshments are served and everyone has a great time. Reservations are not required. A donation of $1.00 per card is accepted.


Lunch & learn

University of Toledo engineering student Robert Garber took time out of his summer co-op at First Energy last week to help with Port Clinton’s summer lunch program. Garber, 21, helped kids plant zucchini seeds during a presentation by “Recycle Dude” Brad Schwann. The twice weekly lunch is a total enrichment program which includes the meal and a craft or lesson.

According to United Way employee and site coordinator Kristen Gerwin, no kid is turned away from the lunch program. The meal and activities are offered at 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at three locations: Jefferson Elementary, Lakeview Estates and Bay Meadows. The lunches are packed and served by local volunteers and all the food and supplies are donated. To volunteer, donate or for information, call the United Way office at 419-734-6645.


Project could be a lifesaver

Last Friday, there was a national news story about a 20 year old autistic man who wandered off and survived three weeks in the in the Utah desert. Local officials and the Port Clinton Lions Club have begun a new program in Ottawa County to make certain that doesn’t happen here.
It’s called Project Lifesaver. In involves wearing a bracelet that contains a transmitter. The transmitter emits a signal that can be traced by local law enforcement agencies. It is targeted at people who may not be able to find their way home if they leave home. The average rescue time is 30 minutes instead of three weeks. However, with out it, almost 50% of the missing and wandering will perish if they are not located within 24 hours.


Kelleys Island celebrates 38th homecoming

The Kelleys Island Landowners Association is hosting the 38th Homecoming festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, on Kelleys Island.
The theme this year is Celebrate Kelleys Island. How do you celebrate the island? It may be swimming or fishing, relaxing in the sun, maybe sampling the fine tastes of the pubs and restaurants or bird watching or hiking.
Festivities start at 11 a.m. with a parade along the south shore that ends at the picnic pavilion on Addison Street. Last year’s parade featured a collection of classic cars, hand-made floats and lots of unusual costumes and decorated golf carts and cars. The parade marshals this year are Vi Feyedelem and Tony Vacca (Vi’s Gift Shop and Papa T’s ice cream) for coming back after the fire of 2010 destroyed their businesses.


Local elected to sorority’s international council

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority has elected Sandra Biegelman Burba, of Marblehead, to the position of Panhellenic Affairs Vice President.
With a broad resume of volunteerism and commitment to community, Burba has given more than 28 years to a variety of volunteer leadership positions for Gamma Phi Beta. Initiated at Beta Epsilon Chapter at Miami University (Ohio), Burba will serve on a board of seven, overseeing an international volunteer base of more than 120 and a membership exceeding 180,000.
“I am excited to once again serve on Gamma Phi Beta’s International Council and look forward to representing Gamma Phi Beta in the interfraternal community as the National Panhellenic Delegate,” said Burba.
Prior to moving into the role of Panhellenic Affairs Vice President, Burba served Gamma Phi Beta as sorority director-Panhellenic affairs. Burba served on International Council from 2002-06 in the role of Alumnae Vice President.

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