Nicole Smith graduates from the Ohio State University

Nicole Smith a 2010 Graduate of Port Clinton High School made the Ohio State University’s Dean’s List for Autumn Semester in 2013. Nicole graduated from Ohio State University December 2013 and she’s now pursuing her Master’s Degree through a Dual Program through Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo. She is the daughter of Bob & Shelley Smith of Port Clinton.


Editor’s Note

The Ottawa County Republican Party was responsible for putting on the Fashion Show at Catawba Island Club, not the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club. Also, Pat Shookman and Renee Claycomb were co-chairs of the event.


Walleye Festival is here!

The 34th annual Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival takes place from May 22-26 at Waterworks Park. Thursday and Friday the festival will be open from 5-11 p.m, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Monday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The schedule of events is as follows:


Community calendar May 22-28

Thursday May 22

Port Clinton Thursday Art Walk
What: Fourth Thursday through September
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Port Clinton
Info: 419-341-0804 or

Port Clinton Middle School 5k run/walk
What: Walk from PCMS to True-Lay Stadium
When: 10 a.m.
Where: PCMS, 807 S. Jefferson St., PC
Cost: $10 registration
Info: 419-734-3931 or


Outline of Walleye Festival entertainment

Outline of entertainment for this weekend's Walleye Festival.

Modern Bliss Bringing the party to the Walleye Festival Friday evening

Modern Bliss, Philadelphia’s premier party band, will be performing at the Walleye Festival on Friday evening. Modern Bliss is a 6 piece party band that will bring the excitement and fun to any occasion. Based out of Philadelphia, PA, this eclectic band plays all genres of music and literally has something for everyone. Their talented musicians and vocalists bring an enormous amount of energy to the cover band scene with their awesome mash-ups. MB has played all over the eastern seaboard from Vermont to Key West.


Port Clinton’s brain gain: Keith A. Fleming


Keith A. Fleming in his gallery with his mom, Charline Kerul.

Keith A. Fleming graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1976. He then went on to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated in 1979. After graduating college, he found his way to Dallas, TX, where he lived and worked for 33 years. In Dallas, Keith did interior design and was an antique dealer.

Keith’s mother, Charline, told the story of how their family ended up in Port Clinton. Keith’s father was transferred to work at Camp Perry. The family decided to stay in the area and Keith’s father worked for U.S. Gypsum and Celotex.


Port Clinton High School Chorale rated Superior at State Competition

Port Clinton High School Chorale earned a Superior rating at the State Music contest. 

On Saturday, May 3, the Port Clinton High School Chorale traveled to the Ohio Music Education Association State Contest in Van Buren. For the first time in school history, the choir qualified for this event and the Chorale represented themselves and PCHS extremely well. 

PCHS Chorale Director Eric Watts stated, “The Chorale received straight 1's from all of the judges and were given an overall rating of Superior. Receiving straight 1's is the highest rating any group can receive and the Chorale received this rating at both the District and State level, which is a tremendous accomplishment. The students in the ensemble worked hard all year long towards this goal and they were able to flourish in performance at the highest level.” 

Want to hear for yourself? The Chorale, along with the PCHS Chorus and Touch of Class, will host their concert on Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school Performing Arts Center.


Terra State’s Life Scholars hosting its first senior expo

Terra State Community College is hosting its first “Life Scholars Expo–Pathways to a Better Life” on June 3 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This free event will feature speakers and displays from area vendors. It will be held in the Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center on Terra State’s campus, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

The keynote speaker is Diana Waugh, Certified Dementia Consultant with Waugh Consulting. Her presentation is titled, “I’m Still in Here. Come Find Me. My Todays are a Blur, but My Yesterdays are My Strength.”

Other speakers and topics include: Darren Horrigan, RN and Nurse Administrator for Nursing Resources, on “Home Health Care”; Vicki Meade, RN and Director of Hospice of Memorial Hospital, on “Hospice: Care Beyond Cure”; and Phillip T. Wylkan, Certified Elder Law Attorney, on “Planning your Pathway and Preserving your Assets”

There is no cost for the event; however, for planning purposes, organizers are requesting that those interested in attending call 419-559-2255 to make a reservation.

Co-sponsors include Hall and Wylkan, Certified Elder Law Attorneys; Promedica Memorial Hospital; and Nursing Resources by Black Stone.


Terra State nursing graduates receive pins during ceremony

The 10th graduating class of Terra State Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program received their nursing pins during a ceremony May 10 at the college.

Lori Keegan, MSN, RN, was the keynote speaker. She is an adjunct clinical instructor at Terra State and is currently the Clinical Manager of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon.

“You are entering the profession of nursing at a time of great transition,” she told the graduates, siting the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on healthcare. “There will be a focus on prevention, and it will require a different skill set and knowledge.”

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