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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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Sign up now for CERT training

The North Central CERT consortium will provide three days of disaster response training for local volunteers on April 27-29 at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont. There is no charge for the training. The conference will run on Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday.
This program, titled CERT Training Blitz, is sponsored by the five Emergency Management Agencies from Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties and Terra State Community College. Coordination is provided by Resource Solutions Associates.

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Remember to brush your teeth

Second-graders Colton Yarbrough, Cashes Jackson, Gavin George and Marlena McCree learn about dental health at Bataan Memorial Elementary School.The Smile Express visited Port Clinton City School students teaching about dental health and proper brushing. Most recently, staff of Smile Express visited each classroom in Bataan Elementary to educate children on how to keep their teeth healthy, what food causes cavities and other dental education tips. The lesson concluded with a fun brushing activity and each student received a new toothbrush and toothpaste.

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Locals join the ‘Pink Army’

PC Seniors have joined the “Pink Army” in the fight against breast cancer and have scheduled two events to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen 3-D Walk for the Cure.
“Girls’ Night Out,” hosted by Mary Jane Happel-Meadows, PC Site Manager, and Jennifer Waldron of Gerner-Wolf Walker Funeral Homes, will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the PC Senior Center, 320 E. Third St. Enjoy girl talk, pizza, snacks, games and the movie “The Help” for a $2 donation. Not only are the pizza and snacks courtesy of Gerner-Wolf Walker but G-W-W will match the donations received at Girls’ Night. Call Mary Jane at 419-734-1481 or Juanita at 419-341-1080 to reserve your spot; seating is limited.

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Litter crews hit the road

The OSS Solid Waste District and the county juvenile courts of Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties are working together to improve and expand litter pickup on township and county roadways throughout the three-county area. One of the district’s goals is to make residents more aware that discarded trash along roadways is ugly and unwanted and can be costly in equipment repairs and man-hours for road crews.

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Real estate sales up

2012 is starting to look like it could be a better year for local real estate sales in Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties. According to numbers released last week from the Ohio Association of Realtors, unit sales are up and so are prices.
“The Ohio housing market continues to display signs of recovering from the economic challenges that have confronted the nation since the onset of the economic downturn that began in 2008, with sales activity in February posting gains of more than 19 percent from the mark set during the same moth a year ago,” said Robert Miller, president of the Ohio Association of Realtors.

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