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Renovation of True Lay Stadium in the works

On Saturday, March 22, at the Fullbackers’ second annual Wild game Feed, the Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association announced its intension to renovate and revitalize True Lay Stadium from a football/track stadium to an Athletic Complex.  Co-Chair Tim Paradiso explained the project and goals that need to be reached to complete the complex project.  These renovations will benefit students and athletes of all ages in the Port Clinton School system. This will include, but is not limited to, soccer, football, track & field, cross county and expanding to Bataan School, the band and the community.  With the new complex, the school will be able to host more sporting events including several events under the lights.  Co-chairs Joe Brenner and Bill Lowe were also present.  At the front of the room, there was a display of renderings of projected design plan for the complex when completed. 

The new athletic complex will include a new field turf, dimensions and markings for a regulation soccer field, new 8-lane all-weather surface track with new black vinyl chain link fence, home and away bleachers for spectators, a new locker room, an expanded weight room, and new stadium lighting.  There will also be a new entrance and a new state-of-the-art press box.

An area will be designated near the side of the track and field to list the names of the contributors that donated to make this project possible.  There will also be special preserved areas, such as the flag pole at the far end of the stadium, will remain unchanged; as well as the name of the stadium.

Most of the funding for this $3 million project will be exclusively from private donations and sponsorships.  Fred Zink, a representative for the Fullbackers, was present to present a check in the amount of $175,000 to the PC Athletic Complex Association.  Also, the Port Clinton Athletic Booster President Rick Kokinda was present to present a check in the amount of $140,000. There are sponsorship opportunities for donors of all levels to contribute to the complex project.  

The overwhelming support from the Port Clinton City Schools and Administration has played a big part of this renovation.  Although the Port Clinton City Schools will not be funding any of the major renovations, the Board of Education will consider making improvements to the grandstand.

Overseeing the project will be Poggemeyer Design Group out of Bowling Green.  The projected completion of the renovations is the fall of 2015.  The ground breaking date has not been set yet but the project will be done in stages as not to conflict with any sporting events or school functions.

The Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association is a community organization spearheading the renovation of the True Lay Stadium in Port Clinton, to benefit all student athletes and the community.  Port Clinton Athletic Complex has a Facebook page and invites people of the community to like the page to find out updates on the project.  Interested in becoming a contributor or sponsor, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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R.C. Waters students engage with recycling

Third grade students at R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor enjoyed an engaging visit with Diane Ball, who is the educational specialist from the Solid Waste Management District. Her visit was intended to promote awareness of all the items that we buy that are made from recycled materials. 

The students participated in a hands-on learning activity, where students went through recycled shopping bags to see a variety of items that are made from recycled material. The program resembled a trip to the store to shop for green products, and was a great way to show the students how many items that we use every day are available for “green shopping”.

For more information about this program, contact Principal Karen Gruber at 419.898.6219.

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Paige Reinick, ICS Principal for a day

 

Fourth grader Paige Reineck was all smiles in the hallways Thursday morning as she greeted her students and prepared for her new position, Principal of Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton (for a day, that is). Paige took to the PA system late in the day on Wednesday to announce the changes she would put into action for the next day. Her no uniforms policy delighted her classmates. In addition, the entire school was treated to pizza for lunch by Principal Reineck. After lunch, Paige felt it was time to relax. The entire student body was invited to the school gym (in their slippers) to watch the new movie Frozen.

Paige spent much of the day on Thursday helping her mentor, Mrs. Connie Snyder, with office tasks and principal duties. Being Principal for a Day was auctioned off at last year’s Immaculate Conception School auction. This year’s auction is April 26 and the theme is “Happy 90th Birthday ICS”, as the school embarks on celebrating its 90th year of providing a faith filled education in Port Clinton. Immaculate Conception School would be so grateful for any donation from the community for this year’s auction. If you have an item you would like to offer to this year’s school auction or are interested in registering at ICS for the upcoming school year, call the school office at 419.734.3315.

 

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Nationwide announces Ohio State partnership

For more than 30 years, Nationwide and OSU have worked collaboratively on a wide variety of projects that support and benefit Buckeyes everywhere. Taking that to the next level, they have announced a 10 year agreement that establishes Nationwide Insurance as the official insurance sponsor for the university community. The newly expanded partnership will provide exclusive discounts on insurance products for members of the Ohio State community. Alumni, faculty, staff and students within the Ohio State University are included and apply to auto, home and life insurance. The unique partnership formalizes the long standing relationship between the Ohio State University and Nationwide Insurance.

Mike Snider, president of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Ottawa County, said this is a win-win for its members.

“Rick Nemecek, our local Nationwide representative, has been a big supporter of our organization for many years. Now our members have a chance to save money on their insurance and to support Rick’s agency,” said Snider.

Nemecek agreed that the collaboration is a win for both Nationwide and Ohio State.

“Our agency is really excited to start working with the OSU alumni in the area,” said Nemecek.

The agreement includes the following:

  • A commitment by Nationwide to create 40 internships on an annual basis for qualifying Ohio State students in various fields
  • A commitment by Nationwide to underwrite the Risk Institute at Ohio State. Housed in the Fisher College of Business, the Risk Institute combines educational research and academic leadership with practical business application to provide students with the opportunity to make a real impact on the business community
  • A commitment by Nationwide to partner with Ohio State to create a co-investment fund designed to support a variety of programs

For more information, OSU alums can contact the Nemecek Agency at 419-732-3624.

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Miller earns All-American status at Nationals

Photo by David Dermer courtesy of Kent State University

Just two weeks after winning a league title, Kent State sophomore Ian Miller accomplished another impressive feat by finishing fourth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships last weekend in Oklahoma City.

Competing at 157 pounds, Miller, an Oak Harbor native, won his first three matches before falling to Minnesota’s Dylan Ness, the eventual second-place finisher, in the semifinals. After moving to the consolation bracket, Miller defeated Iowa’s Derek St. John in convincing fashion, 14-9, before falling to the top seed, James Green of Nebraska.

The highlight came when Miller defeated St. John, who was a national champion last year. The victory made Miller only the second Golden Flashes’ wrestler to finish in the top-four at NCAAs since 1985.

As a team, Kent State finished tied for 29th with 13.5 points. Penn State, where east side Toledo native Shawn Contos works as the team’s strength and conditioning Coach, won its fourth consecutive title under Cael Sanderson. The Nittany Lions finished just ahead of Minnesota (104), followed by Oklahoma State (96.5), Iowa (78.5), Edinboro (62) and Ohio State (57). 

While in high school, Miller won a state championship at Oak Harbor at 145 pounds four years ago and finished second (2011) and third (2009), leaving his mark as one of the school’s best wrestlers. Just two weeks ago, Miller won the Mid-American Conference title in rather swift fashion. He defeated Central Michigan’s Luke Smith in the finals, 9-4; Old Dominion’s Tristan Warner, 8-2, in the semifinals; and pinned Buffalo’s Wally Maziarz in 2:09 in the quarterfinals.

For the year, Miller holds an impressive 31-6 record, with four major decisions and 10 pins, the most on the club.

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Emergency Services Olympics completes two more events

Collin Salyers representing PCFD and Mayor Vince Leone representing PCPD shake hands before their Emergency Services Olympics event.

On Thursday, March 20 representatives from the Port Clinton Police Department and the Port Clinton Fire Department and EMS completed two more events in their Emergency Services Olympics. Nate Edmonds of PCPD went up against Karl Kopchak of PCFD in a basketball tournament and Kopchak of the fire department came out on top. After the basketball tournament, Collin Salyers, representing the PCFD, went up against Mayor Vince Leone, representing PCPD, in a taco eating contest at Lock, Dock and Barrel. It was a close race, but Mayor Leone had 16 tacos to Salyers’ 12.

After a total of three events so far in 2014, the Port Clinton Fire Department and EMS lead the Olympics 2 to 1. The Emergency Services Olympics takes place throughout the year. Service members sign up for events and once an event is full the contest is held.

“It’s a good way to have the departments put their money where their mouth is since they are so competitive,” said organizer Mike Snider. “The only time some of these guys see each other is at an emergency scene. It’s good to build relationships between the departments outside of that atmosphere.”

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Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education classes begin in April at Terra State

Registration for the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education Program is underway. Classes will begin at Terra State Community College on Friday, April 11. Those wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle or refresh their motorcycle safety skills may register at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov for one of the $50 courses.

Classes available through Terra State, 2820 Napoleon Road, Fremont, include:

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed to teach new riders how to safely ride. The class is only three days long, totaling 16 hours. After a successful completion of the skills test, you will leave this class with your motorcycle endorsement. All classes are held over one weekend. 

The Returning Riders Course (BRC-RR) is for those that have had more than one motorcycle permit, but have never obtained a license. This class is a one day course and will be held on Sept. 28, 12–8 p.m. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for both the Basic Riders and Returning Riders Courses.  All you need is a valid motorcycle permit and the excitement to ride. 

The Experienced Riders Course (BRC-ERC2) is for those who already have a motorcycle endorsement and need a MSF card for military purposes or to lower the cost of motorcycle insurance.

Motorcycle Ohio is run by ODPS’ Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). OCJS serves as the lead justice planning and assistance agency for the state. Through research, technology and grants, OCJS serves a wide variety of agencies committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio.

For more information or assistance with registering for one of the classes, call Edie Dirnberg at 419-559-2110 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Lighthouse Afternoon wins travel guide cover

The promotion of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands destination will begin with a resized 2014 travel guide which will be released by the end of March. Featured on the cover is local photographer Kathy Jo Schweitzer’s “Lighthouse Afternoon” which supports the new Lake Erie Love campaign. The campaign was designed to showcase all there is to love about our area.

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Free real estate license career workshop at Terra State

On Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m., Terra State Community College will offer a workshop on real estate careers, presented by Joyce Willson, Director of the Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies. This workshop will provide individuals interested in possible careers in real estate with comprehensive information on licensing, earning potential and financing information. The event is free and open to the public.

Those interested must register for the workshop by calling 800-870-0344. The workshop will be held at the Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

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Public discussion in Perrysburg on Pros and Cons of Common Core

The Maumee Valley Defenders of  Liberty and the NW Ohio Conservative Coalition are sponsoring a public discussion on the pros and cons of Common Core on Thursday March 27, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Way Library, 101 E. Indiana, Perrysburg.  Discussion leaders are Sue Larimer and Tina Henold, who are both active in educational reform in NW Ohio. This discussion follows the recent presentation of Hillsdale College professor, Dr. Terrence Moore, author of the book "The Story Killers" (about the damaging effects of Common Core for the instruction of literature).  Common Core is an initiative to establish consistent educational standards across the states.

This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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