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Walleye Festival receives grant

Main Street Port Clinton is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a tourism marketing grant from the Ottawa County Visitor’s Bureau to promote the Walleye Festival. 2014 marks the 34th anniversary of the Walleye Festival, which runs May 22 to May 26 this year. 

All proceeds from the Walleye Festival are used to revitalize downtown historic Port Clinton.  Main Street Port Clinton is a non-profit organization striving to promote, preserve and improve downtown historic Port Clinton.  For more information, contact Main Street Port Clinton at 419.734.5503.

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MS Bike to the Bay celebrates 25th anniversary

More than 1,000 cyclists will challenge themselves during The Reeves Northrup Memorial Bike MS Bike to the Bay cycling event on June 21-22 . The Bike to the Bay ride presented by The Andersons Inc. Charitable Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014. This special two-day ride is devoted to helping people who are living with multiple sclerosis, a chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system.

The Bike to the Bay ride begins at Perrysburg High School on Saturday, June 21.  There are route options of 35, 50, 75, and 100 miles so riders of any age (12 and over), experience and ability level can register to ride. Two-day riders stay overnight in Port Clinton and receive a Jet Express ticket to Put-In-Bay before making the return trip to Perrysburg on Sunday, June 22.

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OHHS FFA help with tree packing

Oak Harbor FFA students and Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD) staff recently packed tree seedlings for the OSWCD at Moore Orchards. The annual tree sale program has been offered to landowners for over 40 years. Offered are several varieties of small seedlings, shrubs, larger hardwoods, and native plant seed packets.

The district thanks the following volunteers for helping make this program a success: Moore Orchards and Oak Harbor FFA students Cliff Biggert, Cobi Brough, Ben Genzmen, Aaron Hopkins, Tyler Mantooth, Curtis Priesman, Tyler Scanes and Adam Swope.

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Ohio Dermatological Association

On behalf of the Ohio Dermatological Association (ODA), I am writing to raise awareness of the month of May designated as Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by the Ohio General Assembly. 

In an effort to curb the skin cancer epidemic in Ohio and the United States, the ODA is educating and advocating for skin cancer detection and prevention. Over one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year and approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. 

Of serious concern is the alarming increased incidence of the potentially deadly malignant melanoma in young people. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-24 years old.

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Deadline is fast approaching for Amazing Island Raise signup

Ottawa County CASA and Joyful Connections report that teams are filling up fast for The Amazing Island Raise, being held on South Bass Island on Saturday, June 14.  

These two non-profit agencies serving local children are teaming up for this fun-filled event to raise funds Put-in-Bay style. Teams will solve clues, complete challenges and win prizes while enjoying the fun and sun of Put-in-Bay. Teams of 4-6 adults will race against one another to see who has what it takes to be an Amazing Island Raise Champion.  

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Athletic yard sale May 17

The Port Clinton High School and Middle School Athletic Departments will be hosting the first ever Athletic Yard Sale on May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at True-Lay Stadium in Port Clinton. The tables will be set up in front of the visitor side stands. In case of rain, the sale will be held in the visitor/middle school lockeroom on the east side of stadium. Various equipment that is no longer utilized, along with old football jerseys and girls basketball jerseys will be sold. All proceeds will benefit the Port Clinton High School and Middle School Athletic Fund.

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Peace Officers Memorial Day

Port Clinton City Council member Jerry Tarolli, Bill Rigoni, son of fallen officer Robert Rigoni, Port Clinton City Council member Lisa Sarty, and Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone posing with the Port Clinton memorial wreaths at the Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony.

“It doesn’t matter the time, the day, or task being preformed, big city or small; they perform these tasks so we can sleep easy at night,” said keynote speaker Magistrate Louis P. Wargo III of the Ottawa County Municipal Court at the Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony Thursday, May 15.

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Little Free Library Comes to Port Clinton

Been wondering what the new little structure on the north side of Lakeview Park is? No, it’s not a birdhouse; it’s a library! A Little Free Library sponsored by the Friends of the Park organization. A Little Free Library is a “Take a Book/Leave a Book gathering place where people can share their favorite literature and stories. Essentially, it is a box full of books that anyone may visit and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

The Little Free Library movement was started in Wisconsin in 2009, and there are now libraries in every state and 10 countries.

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Rockets win third straight game

Behind some clutch hitting and a fine pitching performance by Emma Bergman, Oak Harbor’s softball team defeated St. Mary Central Catholic, 4-2, on Senior Night.

Justine Webb, who was honored along with fellow senior Theresa Stokes, had an RBI double to lead the charge for the Rockets. Chrislyn Stevenson added an RBI triple and Brandy Lochotzki and Olivia Rollins each drove in a run.

Bergman allow two runs (one earned) on four hits in seven innings. She struck out four and did not walk a batter.

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Oak Harbor defeats Scott to advance to sectional final

The Oak Harbor Rockets baseball team defeated Toledo Scott, 19-0, in five innings, in their Division II Sectional Semifinal matchup on Saturday at Oak Harbor High School.

Oak Harbor took control early, scoring nine runs in the first inning to effectively put the game away early on. The Rockets then added three runs in the third and seven in the fourth to account for their 19 runs.

A number of Oak Harbor hitters contributed to help account for the scoring. Caleb Turco had a triple and three RBIs, Garrett Harvey finished with three RBIs, Andy Rathbun finished with one hit, two RBIs and two runs, Ryan Pavlica went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run and David Tooman had a double and an RBI.

Harvey got the win on the mound, allowing no runs to go with seven strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.

Oak Harbor plays Defiance at Thursday at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs won the Division II State Championship last season.

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