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Birds and wind turbines at a crossroads

Kim Kaufman and Mark Shieldcastle of Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Two environmental issues are at a crossroads here on the shores of Lake Erie. Two of our most prominent natural resources seem to be on a collision course. 

Birds and birders flock to the shores of Lake Erie. There is more of a concentration of bald eagle nests here than anywhere in the United States except Alaska. The Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways converge near here. Each spring this area is the home of the largest birding event in the country, The Biggest Week in American Birding, which last year helped attract more than 70,000 birders from all over the world. Economic impact studies conducted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) and Bowling Green State University show that visiting birders spend more than 30 million dollars in the local area each spring. The internationally renowned Kaufman Birding Guides and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) have made Ottawa County their home.

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TOPS OH 1487, Port Clinton Chapter recognizes new KOPS graduate

Juanita Larson

On Nov. 19, Juanita Larson was honored at TOPS OH1487, with achieving her KOPS, (Keep Off Pounds Sensibility) status. She reached her goal weight on Oct. 1.

Juanita said, “I have struggled with weight for several years and have always enjoyed various activities with my husband, Warren.” Two years ago Juanita was diagnosed with cancer, and her life turned upside down. She no longer had the energy to do the things Warren and she so enjoyed. The additional weight she carried hindered her recovery. After nearly dying from the treatment, Juanita decided to turn to ‘Dr. GOD’. She still has cancer, but with the encouragement of her TOPS friends and husband Warren, she is in remission and has achieved her KOPS goal.    

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PCMS announces Honor Rolls

Port Clinton Middle School announces its Honor Students for the first grading period of the 2013-2014 school year:

Students on the “Principal’s List, Highest Honors” are:

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PCHS Ice Cream Challenge using cold facts

Port Clinton High School Marketing students Ashlynn Slauterbeck, Cal Laurel & Lisa Niceswanger ready to sell their market-researched ice cream treats at PCHS. (Their teammate John Morton is missing from photo.)

The Introduction to Marketing students at Port Clinton High School just finished a unit on marketing research and put their learning to the test-an Ice Cream Challenge. After gathering secondary information, or cold hard facts, on popular ice cream flavors and toppings, students were given the task to conduct primary research using short surveys to select the top flavor and three mix-ins to offer. Students had to name, price, advertise and sell their creations. Mr. Hollister, PCHS Marketing Teacher, required a shopping list as to what specifically to buy and the quantity. Once they calculated the break-even point and cost per serving, they determined what price they would charge.  

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Larry Fletcher elected as officer of State Tourism Organization

Members of the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (OACVB) elected Ottawa County Visitors Bureau Director Larry Fletcher to serve as Vice President for 2014. OACVB is an organization representing more than 60 CVBs throughout the state with educational, networking, public relations, and legislative efforts. 

At the meeting Mr. Fletcher had the chance to meet newly appointed TourismOhio Director Mary Cusick who was attending her first public event since being hired. Cusick is an Ohio native with extensive experience in marketing and branding. Her work experience includes positions at Bob Evans Farms and the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. 

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Erie Pawn holding Open House Dec. 14

Dean Damman, owner and manager of Erie Pawn, never knows what’s going to come through the door. Located at 1175 W. Fremont Rd., Erie Pawn houses jewelry, coins, electronics, guns, guitars, cameras, tools and vehicles. Licensed to take big items, Damman has lot space in the back to take motorcycles, boats and cars. The shop also buys gold and silver. Erie Pawn is not just a pawn shop.

It took Damman three months to obtain the license to open Erie Pawn. Each pawn shop in Ohio has to be state regulated. An exam is given to get the license and the Ohio Department of Commerce checks in periodically on Ohio pawn shops to make sure rules and regulations are being followed. Continuing education is also needed by Ohio pawn shops to stay open. Continuing education is nothing new to Damman; he also teaches at EHOVE and has done so for three years. Damman teaches drafting, bearing installation, motor alignment and welding.

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Water Quality

There are local groups working hard to improve the quality of our lake and river waters. I am surprised so many people are unaware of the consequences of water degradation. There are three kinds of water. Free water, cheap water, and costly water. When that is gone and municipal plants have to upgrade we will be on costly water. Are you ready for the day when your water bill will equal your car payment?

Phoebe Borman
Port Clinton

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Marblehead Village Square, December 2013

By Marblehead Village Council Member Angie Kukay and Marblehead Police Chief Greg Fultz

Marblehead Police Department Association and Peninsula Youth Athletic League are jointly announcing their 1st Annual Reverse Raffle to be held in the spring of 2014.  The Marblehead Police Association is a not-for profit association that operates off of funds through donations and fundraisers. Monies received are used to hold events such as the Annual Village Christmas Tree Lighting and the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. At both events, presents and prizes are given out to community children. The association normally budgets approximately $1000 per event.  Additionally, association monies are also used to help off-set the department’s annual village budget. The association can purchase equipment used to help aid in law enforcement. Plans are that the upcoming Reverse Raffle monies will be used to purchase Automated External Defibrillators for each officer. Currently the department only has one unit. Each unit runs anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000. This lifesaving equipment is a must since the police are typically first on scene and have saved lives using this unit in this past. The Police Association has also used funds to purchase uniform clothing, light bars, radars, computers, and drug and alcohol enforcement equipment. 

The Marblehead Police Department consists of three full-time officers and three part-time officers. Our Police Department provides 24/7 coverage all year with this limited manpower. Since half of our force is part-time, our officers donate a lot of personal unpaid time to the department to ensure the safety, health and welfare of the village residence. Additionally, the village prides ourselves on having a very community oriented police department by offering programs such as our Senior Watch where we check our elderly residents every day.  Our residents also depend on our department for a daily house watch for when they are out of town for the season. Proudly, our Police Department participates in various events held in the village annually. Examples of this include the Marblehead Summer Fest, Lakeside Daisy 5k Run, Peninsula Perch Fest, Memorial Day Ceremonies, Halupki Fest, Johnson Island Annual Yard Sale and local Wine Tasting Events. Our officers have also judged the Boy Scout’s Cake Bake and local Chili Cook-offs. On many occasions you will not only see our officers in a police car, but in a snow plow truck helping our street department to keep the village roads clear for our citizens and guest. Our Police Department gives 110% to our community and now it’s our time to support them in this fund raiser effort.

For this event, the police have partnered with the Peninsula Youth Athletic League with the proceeds to be equally divided. The Peninsula Youth Athletic League reports this reverse raffle will help offset their organization’s cost such as league fees, equipment, and insurance for children to play. Both organizations need our local support to make this event a true success. 

When: Saturday, April 26th, 2014 

Location:  St. Mary's Social Hall  

                  506 East Main Street, Marblehead

                  Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.

$100 donation includes prime rib or chicken dinner and entry to the Main Board Raffle

Extra meal tickets are available for a $20 donation.

Also available: Side boards, Silent Auction, 50/50's,  Bingo and Gun Raffles and more

Grand Prize $10,000 Cash. No need to be be present to win.

Please contact our Village Police Department or a member of the Peninsula Youth Athletic League to purchase your ticket now.

Your support for both organizations is sincerely appreciated and will truly benefit our community.

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PCHS grad Beau Green asks your help to Kickstart 'DiveBomb Chomp'

Alexey Pajitnov, creator of Tetris, and Beau Green

Beau Green, son of James and Linda Green of Port Clinton, began drawing from the time that he could hold a pencil or crayon. He took private classes as a young child with Connie Huston and studied Art for four years at Port Clinton High School with Jeanne Radloff. He received a scholarship to Columbus School of Art and Design, after which he moved to California and began his career in graphic arts.

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Jessie Schenk Turkey Chase has record turnout

The fourth annual Jessie Schenk Turkey Chase took place Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Catawba Island Club. Mike Schenk, father of Jessie, said that there were about 250 runners/walkers at the event which makes it the most they’ve ever had. In 2009, the Schenk’s lost their daughter and they set up a scholarship fund to help Port Clinton High School graduates who maintain a 3.2 or higher GPA and are also athletes. Jessie ran track and cross country at PCHS.

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