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On Point Wellness celebrates new location

From left to right: Lee Vivod, Lisa Sarty, Chuck Miller, Vince Leone, Jackson Lento, Dee Lento, Mike Lento, Mary Nemecek, Leah Sutherland, Rebecca Cross and Laura Schlachter.

On Tuesday, June 10, On Point Wellness had a ribbon cutting at their new location on 129 Madison Street. 

“We are thankful for the energy that you have brought to the community,” said Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. “With that kind of energy this town can accomplish anything.”

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PCHS Class of 2014 graduates

On Saturday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m. Port Clinton High School held its 130th commencement ceremony. One hundred and thirty four students received their diplomas at True-Lay Stadium. Elise Zeitzheim gave a welcome speech to the graduates and attendees. At the end of the welcome, overcome with emotion, Zeitzheim read a quote from the Broadway musical Wicked, “Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew all of you, I have been changed for good.”

During the Superintendent’s Address, Pat Adkins told the students “getting to know each other can enrich our own lives and the lives of others.” Adkins also told personal stories about a few students that received laughs from the crowd.

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The Marblehead Bank Achieves Highest Rating

In these tough economic times, it is important to know there are financial institutions that are strong, secure, and ready and able to assist their communities. The Marblehead Bank, Marblehead, Ohio is one such institution – dedicated to getting Main Street back on its feet. Since it exhibits overall financial superiority in such areas as: capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability, BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida is proud to bestow its highest 5-Star Superior rating upon The Marblehead Bank. In fact, this marks the 97th consecutive quarter that The Marblehead Bank has earned this distinction. Only 5% of the nation’s banks can claim that.  

“The unstable economic picture, both on Wall Street and on Main Street, makes it all the more important to recognize those financial institutions that are strong and stable,” remarks Karen L. Dorway, president of BAUERFINANCIAL. “The institutions that played by the rules and did not compromise their lending standards are the same institutions that stand ready to help build the economy back up. The Marblehead Bank is an excellent example of this community spirit.”

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Community calendar June 12-18

June 12-30

The Amazing Grape Race
What: Visit wineries along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Trail in Northwest Ohio
When: June 1-June 30
Where: Wineries along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail
Info: ohiowines.org

June 12-14, 16-20

Marblehead Lighthouse Tour
What: Tours every 15 minutes to the top of the Marblehead Lighthouse
When: 12-4 p.m.
Where: Marblehead Lighthouse, 110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead
Cost: $2
Info: dnr.state.oh.us/parks

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Wolcott Keeper’s House opens June 10

The Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 Bayshore Road, Marblehead, will open for the 2014 summer season on Tuesday, June 10 from 1-5 p.m.  Volunteers recently prepared with an informal training session with volunteer coordinators Bill and Sharon Coder refreshing memories on the place of the 1820's stone home in the history of the Firelands, and in the ongoing War of 1812 commemoration. Visitors frequently ask why the house is 2 1/2 miles away and isn't next to the lighthouse. Marblehead's first Lighthouse keeper, Benajah Wolcott, owned a farm on the peninsula, and the new lighthouse was a moderate overland walk from the back of his farm before Bayshore Road existed. 

Docents share other stories from the early history of the peninsula, and Wolcott's service in the Revolutionary War and as a member of the survey team for the Firelands land grant.  The property has a small museum and gift shop, and an assortment of books and DVD's about area history.  The house is a project of the Ottawa County Historical Society, who purchased it in 1989, restored it, and uses it as a venue for sharing the history of the Firelands and early Ottawa County. Music, military reenactments, frontier craft and fireplace cooking also make the Keepers House a popular destination for summer visitors.  

The 2014 schedule is 1-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 10 until August 28. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. from June 14 through October 11. Special events include Music in the Firelands, with frontier music and the North Coast Concert Band on July 12, hearth cooking on the Keeper's House fireplace September 13, and a Civil War encampment October 11 during the Lighthouse Festival.  

Visit our website, www.keepers.house or call 419-798-9339 for more information.  The house is open by appointment for groups. There are restroom facilities and accessible entry.

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Stork Express Offered at Firelands

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be hosting Stork Express on Saturday, June 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Firelands Main Campus, 1111 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky.

Stork Express is a free program designed to give pregnant women the opportunity to start on paperwork that is required during their hospital stay.  During the program, each participant will review and sign the necessary paperwork, watch the required safety video and take a tour of the OB Department. 

Stork Express helps to cut down on the amount of paperwork during admission, allowing the focus to be on the birthing process.  It also provides mom-to-be and her spouse/support person the opportunity to meet a nurse from the OB Department and ask any question that may be lingering as their exciting day approaches.  Any mom-to-be that is at least 34 weeks into her pregnancy is welcome to attend.  A spouse/support person is also welcome and is encouraged to participate.  

Register online by visiting the calendar of events at firelands.com or by calling 419-557-7840. The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible.

About Firelands Regional Medical Center

Firelands Regional Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning care.  As a 400-bed facility, Firelands was ranked #1 in Ohio (top 5% nationally) for Spine Surgery, 2013; #4 in Ohio (top 5% nationally) for Vascular Surgery, 2013; #4 in Ohio (top 10% nationally) for Overall Orthopedic Services, 2013; Top 10% Nationally in Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, ranked in the Top 5% nationally for Patient Safety, 2011, is accredited in heart failure and is an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline heart attack center, as well as a certified chest pain center. Firelands Regional Medical Center is a Verified Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Serving a five-county region, Firelands provides many advanced care services to the region including comprehensive cancer care, full-time interventional cardiac care and open heart surgery, wound care services including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), acute inpatient rehabilitation, as well as many advanced surgical procedures. For more information about Firelands, visit our website at firelands.com.

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Safety Council meeting and National Safety Month

Ottawa County Safety Council monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, June 18, at Magruder Hospital Conference Center. Lunch and networking are from 11-11:30 a.m. and the meeting and presentation is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  The speaker will be Pam Courtney, PHR with the topic being “Holding People Accountable for Safety.” Please RSVP on or before June 16 to Jessica Kowalski at 419.898.6242.

Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. As you plan your 2014 safety calendar, please join the Council and thousands of organizations across the country to reduce risk of the following safety issues: 

Week 1: Prevent prescription drug abuse
Week 2: Stop slips, trips and falls
Week 3: Be aware of your surroundings
Week 4: Put an end to distracted driving

The 2014 National Safety Month theme, "Safety: It takes all of us," was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction.  A successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk and removing or controlling them before harm is done. Use this June to find creative ways to engage everyone in reducing risk in your workplaces. A little effort today has the potential to prevent tragedy tomorrow.

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Promoting art to people with disabilities

Suzy sea turtle by Dee Cochran

In June and July at the Sutton Center in Port Clinton the Accessible Expression Ohio (AEO), in conjunction with VSA Ohio, RVI and the Port Clinton Artists’ Club, is exhibiting its art show. The goals of AEO are to challenge a person’s notion of dis/ability and inspire creativity. AEO is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities. AEO is partnering with VSA Ohio, the State Organization on Arts and Disability, which represents people with all types of disabilities; mental, physical and developmental.

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club is donating half of the space in their Sutton Center gallery to house the exhibit. 

In celebration, local artist and Port Clinton Artists’ Club member, Dee Cochran hosted a VSA Ohio artist workshop on June 3. The class was 20 students, 10 of them who are disabled. The class is a batik class, which only includes four colors and is easy for anyone at any skill level. The batik the class did was Suzy sea turtle, seen above. A batik is a work of art made on rice paper using ink, watercolor and hot canning wax. 

For more information visit vsao.org or portclintonartistsclub.com.

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CMP Offers Pistol Small Arms Firing School and Warm-Up Match at National Matches

Those who have always wanted to try their hands at firing a real M9 Pistol in a safe and relaxed environment are encouraged to attend our Pistol Small Arms Firing School (SAFS), held Monday, July 7, during the Opening Day of the 2014 National Rifle and Pistol Matches at historic Camp Perry. 

Since the school is structured toward teaching new shooters, no past firearm experience is required. Students will learn basic instruction and firing practices, competition skills and live range firing, as well as compete in a real M9 Pistol EIC Match at the conclusion of the clinic. Intermediate shooters are also welcome to participate in this fun and exciting opportunity. The minimum age for Pistol SAFS students is 14 years old.

The SAFS courses have been a staple at the National Matches since 1918, with the involvement of over 1,000 pistol and rifle participants continuing each year. The school is conducted by members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). 

For those already familiar with pistol shooting, an Advanced Pistol Course will also be held the same day to provide additional class instruction, a Q&A session with real Pistol Champions and the chance to fire in the Service Pistol Warm-Up Match.

The Service Pistol Warm-Up Match is meant to be just that – an opportunity to “warm up” before the beginning of the National Pistol Matches. The event follows the President’s Pistol Match (one of the most prestigious pistol matches) Course of Fire and is open to adults and juniors who would like more experience in major competition.

Whether an experience shooter or picking up a firearm for the first time, come enjoy a day of fellowship and fun in one of America’s oldest pastimes with the security and knowledge of some of the best marksmen in the country!

For more details on the Small Arms Firing Schools and Warm-Up Match, visit http://thecmp.org/NM/Pistol.htm. Registration information can be found at http://thecmp.org/NM.htm. 

For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org for more information and program descriptions.

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Port Clinton preschool center gets national accreditation

The WSOS Early Childhood center located at The Sutton Center in Port Clinton was notified Wednesday, May 28, that it has been approved for accreditation by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

This center joins five other WSOS preschool centers, which has also received accreditation by NAEYC.

“We are proud to have received this honor,” said Family Development Director Jacquie Wells. “This accreditation affirms the good work we do and helps guide us as we strive to provide the best services to our communities.” 

To earn accreditation by NAEYC, the centers went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an onsite visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC, approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

The NAEYC accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs.

WSOS operates three other centers in the WSOS service area, which are also working toward accreditation. The other centers are located in Genoa, Pemberville, and Perrysburg/Rossford. 

If you’d like to enroll your child at a center nearest you, call WSOS at 419-334-8911 or toll free at 1-800-775-9767.

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