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Rockets finish 3rd at regionals, send 6 to Columbus

The Oak Harbor 4x400 relay team celebrates its victory at the Division II Regional Track Meet in Lexington. From left, Karis DeWalt, Cydney St. Clair, Athena Eli & Allie Jett. Photo by Rebecca Eli.

A tremendously successful season for the Oak Harbor Rockets only got better when the team finished third at the Division II Regional Track & Field Meet at Lexington High School on Saturday.

In a testament to their immense depth, the girls track team saw six athletes qualify for the state meet in Columbus this week. The 4x400 relay team of Karis DeWalt, Cydney St. Clair, Athena Eli and Allie Jett finished first in 4 minutes, 0.91 seconds, setting a school record. Jett, DeWalt, Eli and Rebekah Rayburn finished second as part of the 4x200 squad in 1:44.28, also a school record, and the 4x100 team of Jett, Rayburn, St. Clair and Eli were fourth (50.22), coming in just ahead of Heath (50.29) for the final qualifying spot as Eli outlasted Claudia Allen.

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Friendship Park to showcase local artists

The new art display in Friendship Park in downtown Port Clinton showcasing Kelly Rigoni's Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment photos and Andy Sacksteder's "Captain and the Kid" statue.

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) has launched a project entitled Perspective, murals by working, local artists. The showcase area for this project will be in Friendship Park on the wall where the old mural once was. Keith Fleming and Carol Morgan, co-chairs of the project, said that estimations they received to just fix the wall, not even counting the mural, ranged from $30k-$115k. 

“Mineral pigment paint was supposed to be used on outside murals and the mural was painted with latex paint,” said Fleming. 

The wall that the mural was painted on also wasn’t built to hold a mural even if it was applied correctly.

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Walleye 5k biggest run yet

The Walleye Run 5k, which benefits Ruth Anne’s House and the Port Clinton Parks and Recreation Department, was held Sunday, May 25, at 10 a.m. The race had the largest attendance yet; 222 runners and walkers. The race was organized by the Toledo Roadrunners Club.

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The first ARTWalk of summer

LEAP (Lake Erie Adventure Playground) provided opportunities for budding artists.

On a perfect Thursday evening, the first ARTWalk of 2014 took place in historic downtown Port Clinton. Several of the exhibitors who had also participated in the first 2013 ARTWalk noted the marked contrast to last year’s cold, windy and rainy initial Walk. The increase in the number of shoppers reflected the pleasant weather.

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Scheduled power outage

There will be a scheduled “power outage” in the Fulton Street area around the construction area today between the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We currently have no power to the traffic signal at Fulton and 3rd Streets and portable stop signs will be placed making this a 4-way stop until further notice.

Port Clinton Police Dept.

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Sen. Brown announces new federal resources to help farmers reduce run-off

This week U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced $33 million in new federal resources available to farmers and producers to make necessary conservation improvements in areas with high priority watersheds, including the Great Lakes, Ohio River, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake and Mississippi River. The funding will be made available through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) administered by the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

“Increasing the tools and resources available to farmers to improve conservation methods is important to the overall vibrancy of our watersheds,” Brown said. “As we have seen the past few years around Ohio, if run-off is not properly managed it can dramatically harm water quality. These new federal resources will help expand conservation practices, while bolstering the overall efficiency of our producers.”

NRCS will prioritize funding to 174 watersheds in the United States where investment in conservation will make the largest water quality impact. In Ohio, funding will be available to farmers and producers in areas near the Brandywine Creek-Broken Sword Creek, which feeds into the Western Lake Erie Basin, as well as Five Mile Creek-East Fork Little Miami River and East Branch South Fork Sugar Creek, which feed into the Ohio River. Federal funds will combine with state funding and local partners to help provide additional assistance in watershed planning, conservation, and community outreach.

As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, Brown fought to strengthen the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) as a means to help improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The RCPP would consolidates four key areas into one program focused on improving soil and water quality, as well as wildlife habitat restoration. Brown has long fought to protect Lake Erie and the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Additionally, for the first time since 1996, USDA will link crop insurance premium support to protection of highly erodible land and wetlands. Additionally, 60 percent of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds are set aside for livestock operators to invest in cost-shared conservation projects that improve water and air quality and help producers meet their regulatory responsibilities.

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Oak Harbor Chamber raising funds for July 4 fireworks

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is raising funds for their annual Independence Day Celebration.  The cost of fireworks has been increasing steadily by 5% each year, and because they would like to keep the same quality show that everyone is used to seeing in Oak Harbor, the Chamber needs to raise additional funds.  

To accomplish that, the Chamber will be selling patriotic stars that you can purchase for $1, $5, or $10 at local businesses from now until Independence Day. The stars will be displayed at the business location. Purchasers can write their name on the star to show their support. 

All funds collected will go towards the 2014 fireworks show. Everyone who purchases a $10 star will have their name entered into a drawing for VIP seating during the fireworks. On June 30, five winners will be drawn, who will each receive four VIP seats. 

Direct donations are also accepted at the Chamber office at 161 W. Water Street, Oak Harbor. For further information, call 419-898-0479.

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Urban graduates from BGSU

Abbey Urban, a 2007 graduate of Port Clinton High School, made the Dean's List at Bowling Green State University. She graduated on May 9, 2014 with her Master’s Degree .She is the daughter of Ed and Lori Urban.

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Judge Winters teaches course at National Judicial College

On May 6 Judge Bruce Winters had the opportunity to serve as instructor at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV. Judge Winters, a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College, led a course on control of the courtroom. The Control of the Courtroom is a practical skills course and involves both classroom instruction as well as live courtroom scenarios. During the live courtroom scenarios portion of the course, attorneys, judges and faculty/staff members are utilized to act out potential courtroom scenarios. The student judges then have to preside over the court proceedings and are given reviews of his or her performance. 

This was Judge Winter’s first opportunity to teach the Control of the Courtroom course at the National Judicial College, however, he has instructed similar curriculum for the Ohio Association of Magistrates as well the Ohio Judicial College. The course was highly reviewed by the program participants. In addition to instructing Control of the Courtroom, Judge Winters previously served as group leader at National Judicial College for other various studies. 

For over 50 years, the National Judicial College (NJC) has been a national leader in judicial education. The College serves as one place where judges from across the nation and around the world can meet to improve the delivery of justice and advance the rule of law through a disciplined process of professional study and collegial dialogue. NJC offers an average of 90 courses/programs annually with more than 4,000 judges attending from all 50 states, U.S. territories and more than 150 countries. Each year, more than 250 faculty members offer lectures, workshops, panels and structured discussion groups. Faculty members are chosen for their experience and expertise and consistently receive high marks from participants.

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