MS Walleye Fishing Tournament June 4

The MS Walleye Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4. All are invited to enlist groups of six friends, customers or co-workers to fill a boat and enjoy a day of fishing to benefit multiple sclerosis services and research. The fully-stocked boats will set sail from Midway Marina in Port Clinton.

More than 150 anglers will participate in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 25th Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament. The anglers are treated to a continental breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. before they head out to fish aboard a charter boat with a licensed charter boat captain at the helm. Each boat is stocked with food, beverages, bait and ice.  

When participants return in the afternoon they will take part in a light dinner and have a chance to win some great prizes while their catch is being cleaned and bagged for them to take home.  Prizes are awarded for largest fish and largest stringer.


Mr. Puppet comes to ICS

The laughter was contagious and straight from the belly during a wonderful program presented by Ida Rupp Public Library at Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton last Friday. Mr. Puppet delighted a gym full of students as he introduced some of his puppet friends and promoted the library’s Summer Reading Program entitled “Fizz, Boom, Read!” that kicks off on June 9. Fourth Grader Ryan Zam was given the title of “Benjamin Franklin Jr.” as he assisted Mr. Puppet is a routine full of science experiments, magic and good reference information about the library.


Magruder Hospital named Healthstrong Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Magruder Hospital was recently named one of the iVantage Healthstrong Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

"Magruder is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Todd Almendinger, Magruder's President and CEO. 

Magruder scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on the iVantage Hospital Strength Index. The Index is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of US acute care hospitals, and the only one to include the country’s 1,332 CAHs. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America-measuring them across 66 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. 

“Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving nearly 80 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay,” said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. 

According to the Index, the top 100 CAH's perform as well as or better than the full population of all U.S. acute care hospitals.


Firelands Offering Childbirth Class

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering a four-week Childbirth Preparation class on the following dates: Wednesday, June 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 6 to 8:30 pm. Childbirth Preparation classes are held at Firelands Regional Medical Center, South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky.

 Participants will learn breathing patterns and relaxation exercises to be used during labor and delivery.  Induction of labor, medication and anesthesia options, Caesarian birth and recovery will also be discussed.

Childbirth classes are taught by experienced obstetrical nurses from Firelands Regional Medical Center with a clinical background focused on contemporary childbirth methods. It is recommended that this course be taken during the last trimester of pregnancy and that expectant mothers select a class that ends at least three weeks before their due date

The cost for the class is $35 per couple.  No one will be refused this course due to inability to pay. The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible. Register online by visiting the calendar of events at or by calling 419-557-7840.

About Firelands Regional Medical Center

Firelands Regional Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning care.  As a 400-bed facility, Firelands was ranked #1 in Ohio (top 5% nationally) for Spine Surgery, 2013; #4 in Ohio (top 5% nationally) for Vascular Surgery, 2013; #4 in Ohio (top 10% nationally) for Overall Orthopedic Services, 2013; Top 10% Nationally in Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, ranked in the Top 5% nationally for Patient Safety, 2011, is accredited in heart failure and is an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline heart attack center, as well as a certified chest pain center. Firelands Regional Medical Center is a Verified Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Serving a five-county region, Firelands provides many advanced care services to the region including comprehensive cancer care, full-time interventional cardiac care and open heart surgery, wound care services including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), acute inpatient rehabilitation, as well as many advanced surgical procedures. For more information about Firelands, visit our website at



Erie Shores Assembly of God invites children to free event

Erie Shores Assembly of God invites children to a free Weird Animals Vacation Bible School, June 23-June 27. Weird Animals VBS is for kid’s preschool through 6th grade and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations. They will participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, eat a lip-smacking lunch (yes, lunch is included), experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Kids will also learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with The Tail End, a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, call 419-734-3322 or visit the website at


Edgewood Manor receives highest rating

Port Clinton’s Edgewood Manor Nursing Center has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes, available exclusively at

The Best Nursing Homes ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News’s goal is to help users find a home with a strong track record of good care. 

Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories-health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care-and gives each an overall rating.

U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars. 

“We are so pleased to be named to this honor. I am so proud of the staff at Edgewood Manor for their dedication to our residents,” stated Denice Day, Edgewood Manor Executive Director. “We are so excited to add this honor to our list of accomplishments-American Health Care Association Silver Award, Medicare and Medicaid 5 Star, Better Business Bureau Torch Award and Covenant Care Clinical Excellence,” added Day

“Fewer than one out of every five nursing homes got an overall rating of five stars,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “All seniors deserve the best nursing care available, and these are homes that merit their consideration by demonstrating such high quality.”


Community Chorus to perform for the Fourth of July

Those who love to sing and love patriotic music are invited to join the Community Chorus to celebrate the Fourth of July. Mr. Gregory Fox, retired Port Clinton City Schools choir director, is leading the community chorus. Mrs. Susan Larcey and Mr. John Wallrabenstein are accompanists. There are six rehearsals, Wednesdays May 28, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, and July 2, 7-9 p.m. in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church, on the corner of Second Street and Adams Street, Port Clinton. 

The patriotic concert will be at 8 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church on Friday, July 4, followed by the Independence Day fireworks display. The repertoire will include the National Anthem, the Battle Hymn of the Republic and Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom. The choir is open to all singers. Call 419-734-1239 to register for the chorus, sign in at rehearsal.


ABLE classes accepting new students

ABLE classes are available at the Ottawa County Resource Centre in Oak Harbor for adults interested in improving basic skills, obtaining a GED, or preparing to go to college. The Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program offers free ABLE classes at the OCRC to help adults improve their reading, math, or writing skills, to prepare for the GED test, and to get ready for college or an adult certificate training program. 

Students interested in obtaining a GED are now doing so through the new 2014 GED test. The OCRC is prepared to help adult learners obtain the GED to earn the satisfaction of receiving a high school credential and to create a pathway to a better future. Students enrolling into the ABLE classes at the Ottawa County Resource Center and meeting the eligibility requirements will be able to take an Official GED Practice test for free to determine their readiness for the official GED test. 

Orientation to the ABLE program is required before enrollment into classes. Those who attend the orientation will set goals, complete placement testing, and develop an individualized learning plan. Call to register at 419.898.3688, ext. 270. The orientation times at the Oak Harbor office are June 5 at 5 p.m. and June 19 at 10 a.m.


Safety Council

Upcoming OSHA 30-Hour Class for General Industry will be held from June 3-6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ottawa County Resource Centre, 8043 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449. Please contact Jessica Kowalski to RSVP and/or questions at 419.898.6242.

May is National Electrical Safety Month and a good time review electrical safety practices. Increasing electrical safety awareness, following electrical safety guidelines, and using tools and technology designed to address electrical hazards are all components of a safety program. Eliminating electrical hazards begins with education and awareness. A focus on electrical safety, both at home and in the workplace, can prevent the hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and billions of dollars in economic losses that occur each year because of electrical hazards. 

For additional electrical safety information, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s website:


Andrew Fillmore's winning veterans essay rings true on Memorial Day

Left to right: Andrew’s grandfather, Robert Bihn, Andrew Fillmore, and his mother Teresa Fillmore.

The Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge recently announced the winners of the Port Clinton and District Essay Contest. Andrew Fillmore, a seventh grade student at PCMS, won the seventh and eighth grade competition. Andrew’s essay, “What does Veterans Day mean to me?”, also received first place in the State of Ohio and will go on to the Elk’s National Essay Competition.

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