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Coach Diels resigns from Redskin basketball

Coach Troy Diels met with his team following the last boys basketball game to tell them it would be his last as the Redskin’s basketball coach. He has coached basketball at PCHS for the past nine years. Mr. Diels will remain with the Port Clinton City School District as the Assistant Middle School Principal.

Port Clinton High School Principal, Gary Steyer said, “Coach Diels has been a positive influence in the lives of our student-athletes and has made major contributions to our boys’ basketball program. We appreciate what he has meant to our students and how he has supported them throughout their basketball careers as well as in their personal lives.”

Long after his coaching career is over, he will always be remembered as leading the Port Clinton Redskins during their 20-1 season. That journey sparked renewed Redskin Spirit in the Port Clinton community supporting the team would go on to be the 2010 State basketball runners up. In addition, his teams had one SBC championship, three sectional titles, one district and one regional championship. 

"I have decided that it is time to step down as head coach,” said Coach Diels. “There are a lot of little factors as to why, but above all I think the time is right for a change. I want to thank the Board Of Education, Mr. Adkins, and the high school administration for allowing me the opportunity to be the head coach over the last nine years. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been the head coach at Port Clinton and I will forever cherish the bonds that I have with my former players and well as my coaching staff."

Mr. Diels will continue as the Port Clinton Middle School Assistant Principal and will have more time to spend with his wife Marianne and their three children. 

Patrick Adkins, Superintendent of Schools added, "Coach Diels brought more than just basketball knowledge to our program. He has played a vital role in the lives of our student athletes not only while they were in high school but beyond. He has been a positive role model and will be missed considerably."

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St. Boniface Catholic School to host open house

St. Boniface School in Oak Harbor will host an open house for all prospective students and their parents on Friday, March 14, 5-7 p.m. St. Boniface is a fully accredited school offering preschool (ages 3 to 5) through seventh grade. With a low student to teacher ratio and multi-educational classroom learning, St. Boniface welcomes any student to join and discover the fun of learning.  Additionally, St. Boniface uses smart board technology in every classroom as well as laptops and iPads for all students.  Busing is provided by Benton Carroll Salem, Genoa and Woodmore school districts daily. 

St. Boniface School is at 215 W. Oak Street in Oak Harbor. For more information, call 419.898.1340.

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Ottawa County customers see David’s abilities

David Salyers is the Service Clerk from Community Markets that is on posters and billboards throughout Ottawa County with the logo “Ability @ Work”. David, a resident of Ottawa County, has worked for the Oak Harbor Community Markets store for the past 15 years. Recently David and Lester Weatherwax, Supervisor and Store Manager of Community Markets, discussed what is behind that great smile David flashed for the billboards.

David shared that he previously worked in the fast food business for 8-9 years before being hired at the grocery store. He remembers the day he was hired vividly and how his soon to be boss went to Riverview Industries Inc. (now RVI Inc.) to interview another gentleman before his interview. David explains that he went in for his interview and was hired on the spot. He began his job at the grocery store by learning multiple tasks including cleaning, stocking and bagging groceries.

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Lake Erie Farm Forum and Conservation Fair March 25

The Ottawa SWCD (and neighboring SWCDs), local Ag Retailers, Farm Bureau, and OSU Extension would like to invite the public to the first Lake Erie Farm Forum at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on March 25.

This event is being targeted to local farmers to educate them on the algal blooms in Lake Erie and what they can do in their farming operations to help improve water quality, and for those who want to show to the agricultural community and learn more about the issue.

Before the forum part of the evening, Ag retailers and agribusinesses will have a conservation fair to showcase the services and equipment they can provide.  

For further information or for those with a business that would like to participate in the conservation fair, call 419.898.1595.

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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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