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Redfern to hold town hall meetings in Genoa and Oak Harbor

On Friday, June 6, State Representative Chris Redfern will host two town hall discussions in Ottawa County. From 10-11:30 a.m. Redfern will be at the Village of Genoa Council Chambers located at 102 E. Sixth Street, Genoa. Then starting at 12 p.m. he will be at the Oak Harbor Public Library located at 147 W. Main Street, Oak Harbor.

Redfern holds town hall meetings throughout Erie and Ottawa Counties to listen to constituents’ ideas, concerns and feedback. Rep. Redfern will also provide a brief overview of actions in the legislature for area residents to learn about and discuss state legislative issues. The event is free and open to the public.

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Sheriff’s Office warns of scam

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has reports that a male subject is calling people in the City of Port Clinton saying that he is the Sheriff of Ottawa County. The subject tells victims that they didn’t show up for jury duty and that they have an active warrant for their arrest. The subject posing as the Sheriff then says the warrant would be taken care of if they sent him money over a Pay Pal account.

The Sheriff’s Office is warning the public that at no point would any police agency handle a warrant in this manner. If anyone receives a phone call of this nature, they are advised to contact their local police department immediately and file a report about the incident.

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Hogs and dogs June 6 and 7

Hogs and Dogs will be held in the parking lot Of Kym Botson’s Allstate Agencies’ Port Clinton/Catawba office on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, in celebration of Ohio Bike Week.

Bring your hog or bring your dog. Hot dogs will be on the grill and free to all 12-6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to hot dogs and cold beverages, information on motorcycle safety and insurance discounts will be available.

The Botson Allstate Agencies' Port Clinton/Catawba office is located at 3979 Knoll Crest Drive in the Knoll Crest Plaza at SR 53 and SR 163.

Later this month The Botson Agencies will be celebrating their fifth anniversary in Port Clinton/Catawba, along with their fourth year as an Allstate Premier Service Agency. 

For more information on Hogs and Dogs and on motorcycle safety and insurance discounts, contact The Botson Agencies at 419.301.9193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Community calendar June 5-11

June 5-Sept 30

The Splendor of Lake Erie Exhibit
What: Local artists Rosemary Schramm, Barbara Radenbaugh, Jim Siemer and Celeste Mycoskie
When: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center, 770 SE Catawba Rd.
Info: shoresandislands.com

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Port Clinton High School Government Day

PCHS Government student, Ashlynn Slauterbeck, works with City Treasurer Edna Hansen as part of Student Government Day.  High School students shadowed government officials for the day. 

Some students in Mr. Greg Scalf’s Government Classes had the opportunity to learn, first hand, what life is really like as a public official.  On May 13, students spent a portion of the day with City Officials and learned about the requirements and responsibilities of their positions.  

Mayor Vince Leone had assistance from PCHS students Allesandria Dracka and Jack Warner.  Sabrina Webster and Jesse Escobedo spent the morning with Fire Chief Kent Johnson learning about all the responsibilities of the local Fire Department.  With the help of Judge Hany, Rich Gillum and George Wilbur, along with other officials, students had a mock trial during the day.  Police Chief for the day, Keegan Lowe, even arrested defendants Eryn Binder and Kassidy Mahler during their lunch at Port Clinton High School!  

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Oak Harbor High School graduation held June 1

On Sunday, June 1, the Benton-Carroll-Salem School System graduated 116 students in the Class of 2014. The Commencement Student Address was given by Nicole Weis, a top ten percent student, a National Honor Society member and Honors Diploma recipient.

The Oak Harbor High School class motto is: If you can imagine it, you can achieve it, if you can dream it, you can become it.

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Danbury graduates 34 in Class of 2014

Danbury High School Class President Lindsay Mark addressing her class at graduation.

In the Danbury High School gymnasium on Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m. a commencement ceremony was held for the Class of 2014. At the beginning of the ceremony, Lindsay Mark, class president, presented the school with the gift from their class which was a motorized flag. The flag drops from the middle of the gymnasium and then recedes when no longer needed. 

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Rockets finish 3rd at regionals, send 6 to Columbus

The Oak Harbor 4x400 relay team celebrates its victory at the Division II Regional Track Meet in Lexington. From left, Karis DeWalt, Cydney St. Clair, Athena Eli & Allie Jett. Photo by Rebecca Eli.

A tremendously successful season for the Oak Harbor Rockets only got better when the team finished third at the Division II Regional Track & Field Meet at Lexington High School on Saturday.

In a testament to their immense depth, the girls track team saw six athletes qualify for the state meet in Columbus this week. The 4x400 relay team of Karis DeWalt, Cydney St. Clair, Athena Eli and Allie Jett finished first in 4 minutes, 0.91 seconds, setting a school record. Jett, DeWalt, Eli and Rebekah Rayburn finished second as part of the 4x200 squad in 1:44.28, also a school record, and the 4x100 team of Jett, Rayburn, St. Clair and Eli were fourth (50.22), coming in just ahead of Heath (50.29) for the final qualifying spot as Eli outlasted Claudia Allen.

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Friendship Park to showcase local artists

The new art display in Friendship Park in downtown Port Clinton showcasing Kelly Rigoni's Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment photos and Andy Sacksteder's "Captain and the Kid" statue.

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) has launched a project entitled Perspective, murals by working, local artists. The showcase area for this project will be in Friendship Park on the wall where the old mural once was. Keith Fleming and Carol Morgan, co-chairs of the project, said that estimations they received to just fix the wall, not even counting the mural, ranged from $30k-$115k. 

“Mineral pigment paint was supposed to be used on outside murals and the mural was painted with latex paint,” said Fleming. 

The wall that the mural was painted on also wasn’t built to hold a mural even if it was applied correctly.

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