Rally for the Kids

The second annual Rally for the Kids event Saturday promises to be fun for everyone. Kids of all ages will have a chance to take an up close look at the Life Flight helicopter as it lands in the parking lot of Knoll Crest Plaza. Fire trucks from the Port Clinton Fire Department will be on hand so kids can get a look inside and the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting fingerprinting for the children. The Humane Society will be bringing animals for the kids to enjoy. Kids will also have an opportunity to participate in a coloring contest and Truman from Kidsville News will be on hand to add to the excitement.


Learn to Fly Day this weekend

The world of flight offers fun, freedom and experiences unlike anything else in the world. And you’re invited to participate as Tin Goose Chapter 1247 of the Experimental Aircraft Association hosts an International Learn to Fly Day event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton.
International Learn to Fly Day was created to invite people interested in the world of flight to discover more by meeting local aviators and discovering the initial steps toward “living the dream” of personal flight. Nearly 600,000 people from all walks of life in the U.S. are licensed pilots, but millions more have dreamed of joining that group.
During EAA Chapter 1247’s Learn to Fly Day event, which is free of charge, guest will discover more about how learning to fly is not as time-consuming or expensive as you might think. Young Eagle flights for youth age 8-17 and Discovery flights for adults will be available. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the local airport staff, talk to flight instructors and EAA members and learn more about other aviation opportunities such as joining a flying club.
“Airplane rides are just part of this event,” said Lisa Benjamin, President of EAA Chapter 1247. “We hope to build one-on-one relationships with visitors to help them learn all that general aviation has to offer.” 
For information, contact Stan Gebhardt at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport at 419-734-6297.


Ballet School putting on Gala 2012

The Ballet School, under the direction of Mary Ann Snider presents the upcoming production of A Gala 2012 at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center.
This year’s production will include a couple of favorite numbers from past productions including Egypte with the music from Cirque du Soleil’s show “Mystere,” 42nd Street Medley and Me, Myself and I. The advanced students will be performing solos to music from Broadway to contemporary, with artists such as LeAnn Rymes, Adele, Florence and the Machine and Michael Buble just to name a few.


McQuoid wins FLW Walleye Tour event

Coming into the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour on Lake Erie presented by Dr. Pepper only two anglers could state that they had won three FLW Walleye Tour events – Walmart pro Dean Arnoldussen and National Guard pro Bill Shimota. On Saturday, pro Kevin McQuoid of Isle, Minn., added his name to that elite list as he claimed the third title of his National Guard FLW Walleye Tour career. After bringing five walleyes weighing 38 pounds, 8 ounces to the scales, McQuoid’s three-day total of 15 walleyes weighing 118 pounds, 4 ounces was enough to claim the victory and the $63,000 paycheck in Port Clinton.


Veterans invited to health, info fair

Veterans of all ages, military family and friends and the general public are invited to a free Veteran Health and Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky.  (Enter from Ohio 250 and follow signs to Veterans Hall).
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives will be on hand to discuss VA Healthcare enrollment and eligibility and other benefits. Information available for all veterans, from Operation New Dawn to World War II.


Library gets Early Literacy Station

Ida Rupp Public Library and Erie Islands Library announce the acquisition of the Early Literacy Station, a complete educational solution loaded with 50 educational software titles for kids ages 2–10 in the English edition and over 50 in the Bilingual Spanish edition. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. The ELS has a colorful keyboard and tiny mouse to promote easy learning and discovery.


Picnic in the Park for Relay For Life

There will be a Picnic in the Park event on May 19 at Veteran's Memorial Park on Washington Street in Genoa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A barbecue chicken dinner — a half chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, roll and brownie — will be available for $8. Advance tickets for the dinner are recommended as very limited tickets will be offered for purchase on Saturday. Contact Kim or Tami at 419-855-4370 for complete information or to purchase dinner tickets.


Luncheon, uniform sale coming up at Magruder

Educational Luncheon
On Monday, May 21st at noon, Magruder Hospital will host an educational luncheon in the Conference Center.  A representative from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will be talking about Scams & Consumer Protection.                     
This luncheon is part of a monthly education series in the hospital’s conference center, which features a different topic and speaker each month. The luncheon series is open to the public and the cost is $6.  The program is free if you do not wish to have lunch.


Plant sale Saturday in Catawba

The annual plant sale sponsored by the Catawba Island Garden Club is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the John Braun Park, Northeast Catawba Road. There will be perennials from members' gardens, annuals, seedlings, tools, accessories — the wonderful things you have not used for a time or your garden has shrunk — a children's corner and a bake sale. All members are contributing to this project, however, Cheryl McLaughlin, Rosemarie Shinde and Sandy Pienta have contributed much in organizing.


Mandel, Wurzelbacher to speak at GOP event

U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel 9th District Congressional hopeful Joe Wurzelbacher — aka Joe the Plumber — will be among the candidate speakers at the Ottawa County Republican Women's Club get together on Thursday, May 24. Women, men and teens are welcome to the loft at Mon Ami Restaurant, 3845 E. Wine Cellar Road, Port Clinton.
There will be hors d' oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction and an opportunity to chat with candidates, elected officials and friends beginning at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Mandel, Wurzelbacher and others will speak. Sandy Bihn, the Great Lakes Water Lady will speak briefly on algae.

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