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Girls volleyball coach needed

Port Clinton High School is in need of a Head Girls Volleyball Coach. If interested, please send a letter of interest and resume to Athletic Director Rick Dominick at Port Clinton High School, 821 S. Jefferson Street, Port Clinton, OH  43452 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  K-8

Teaching Positions will be available. Deadline is April 11, 2014.

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Arianna String Quartet at Firelands

The Musical Arts Series at Firelands will host the Arianna String Quartet in a performance on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton.  Their chamber music concert will include selections from Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Van Wyck.

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America's finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised for "tonal warmth, fastidious balance...expressive vitality" (Chicago Tribune) and "emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity," (Pretoria News, South Africa). 

Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have collaborated with many of the world's finest musicians, including members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, and their live performances have been heard on National Public Radio.

This concert is sponsored by Arby's and Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser.  Accommodations are provided by Our Guest Inn. Following the performance, the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council will host a reception for the audience to meet the musicians.  Tickets are available at the door for $15. Students are admitted free.

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Change in voting locations for precincts PC 1A and PC 3A

The Ottawa County Board of Elections will soon be mailing out yellow postcards to residents in Port Clinton Precinct 1A (PC 1A) and Port Clinton Precinct 3A (PC 3A) informing voters of new polling locations. Port Clinton 1A will vote at Bay Meadows Community Room at 1195 W. Fremont Road and Port Clinton 3A will vote at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson Street. These changes will take effect immediately and impact not only the upcoming primary election on May 6, but all future elections until further notice.

If residents do not receive their yellow postcard and reside in either of the aforementioned precincts (PC 1A or PC 3A) or if they have any additional questions please call the office at 419-898-3071 or 800-697-9807.

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Bird groups raise alarms over six wind turbines in bird migration corridor

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) charge that millions of migrating and federally protected birds, including an active Bald Eagle nest, will be threatened by an Ohio wind development currently under construction. The concern was raised in a letter sent this week to federal officials.

The groups say that a local business park is attempting to install six massive, 300-foot-tall wind turbines in the same area of Ohio that saw a single large Air National Guard-proposed wind turbine project shelved just last month by federal officials because that project did not comply with major wildlife conservation laws. The site for both projects is Port Clinton.

According to the Feb. 26 letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, “this wind energy project is being built by the developer, SUREnergy, with no Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) ever being conducted, and with no consultation whatsoever with any state or federal natural resource agency. ABC and BSBO are concerned that this project represents an even greater threat to our public trust resources than the turbine that was planned for Camp Perry, and encourages the Service to look into this project in more detail, and take decisive action as appropriate.”

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Ottawa County Board of DD sponsors United Way Volleyball Challenge

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities is sponsoring the fourth annual Volleyball Challenge to benefit the United Way of Ottawa County. The event will take place Thursday, March 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Port Clinton Middle School located at 807 Jefferson St., Port Clinton.

Watch the employees and people-served from RVI (Riverview Industries) and Ottawa Residential Services Inc. defend their two time title against employees and people-served from Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities and OCTA. People from the community are also invited to join a team and play. The evening proves to be entertaining and full of fun.

Come play or come cheer on the teams while supporting the United Way of Ottawa County. Masters of Ceremony will include the Honorable Judge Kathleen Geiesler and Ottawa County Commissioner, Jim Sass. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, bake sale and concessions stand. Bring a canned food to help the area food bank. The minimum donation for the event is $5.

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Motion to move forward passes through council

Although the Port Clinton City Council has already motioned once to go forward with negotiations with Washington Properties, the motion was brought to the floor last night once again. 

“Late in the summer last year I motioned to go forward with negotiations with Washington Properties and the motion came to a 3 to 3 tie which was broke by President Linda Hartlaub who voted yes to break the tie. In that time period we have new people at the table and we need an idea of how those people sitting here feel.

 I move that this Council restate to the Administration our strong desire to move Port Clinton forward and ask that Mayor Leone and his negotiating team give the utmost focus and attention to working with Washington Properties, Inc. to discuss, organize and present a plan of implementation for development of the 14 plus or minus acres of commercially zoned land offered by the City of Port Clinton for said purpose.  Additionally, and in accordance with Ohio statute, this plan should be presented to City Council for consideration and further action within the earliest possible timeframe allowed by the parties involved.” Mike Snider

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