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Practice your Amazing Race Skills at the Amazing Island Raise

The Amazing Race has announced an open casting call for the award winning show to take place at Put-in-Bay on June 19. Come practice those skills on June 14 with The Amazing Raise, Put-in-Bay Style! Teams are filling up fast for The Amazing Island Raise put on by Ottawa County CASA and Joyful Connections Saturday, June 14, on South Bass Island. Teams will solve clues, complete challenges and win great prizes all while enjoying the fun and sun of Put-in-Bay.  Teams of 4-6 adults will race against one another to see who has what it takes to be an Amazing Island Raise Champion.  

Teams will ride the Miller Ferry to the island where the clues and challenges will take place.  Once the winner has been declared, the teams can remain on the island to enjoy the rest of the day and return on the ferry when they are finished.  The entry fee of $40 per person will cover the cost of transportation to the island as well as a team t-shirt.  The fun will begin at 11 a.m. and the group will depart for Put-in-Bay at noon.  There’s still time to register!  For more information, please contact Sheila Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.joyfulconnections.com to print a registration form and view a slideshow of last year’s event.

Joyful Connections is a supervised visitation and exchange center in Oak Harbor that provides a healthy, safe and homelike environment where children can interact with family members.  Ottawa County CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for abused and neglected children.

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Benton-Carroll-Salem Class of 2014 scholarship winners

The Benton Carroll Salem School District would like to congratulate the following Oak Harbor High School Seniors for earning over $42,200 in scholarship money at an awards ceremony held on May 15.  We would like to thank the sponsors of these scholarships for their generosity and continued support of our students. 

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Walleye fishing conditions are improving day by day

Tim and Nick Becker

Walleye fishing is about the same as it has been for the past few weeks, with scattered pods of fish moving from area to area as the water warms, but there is good news. The weather is improving and it’s making the time on the water fishing for the elusive beasts much more enjoyable. You can keep the long underwear in the dresser, and heavy layers of clothing at home. It’s time to start thinking shorts and flip flops. Finally!

It’s been an up and down spring with the warm temperatures taking their sweet time getting here, but they just might be here to stay now. Water temperatures are reaching the high 50’s to the low 60’s now, so it doesn’t feel like a refrigerator out there when the wind blows. 

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iPod winners announced from advance ride tickets

Main Street Port Clinton is pleased to announce that Ryan Medina and Stacy Nesbitt are the winners of the iPods at the 34th annual Walleye Festival.  Each advance ride ticket purchased for the Walleye Festival was entered in the drawing.  For more information, please contact Main Street PC at 419-734-5503.

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Honoring those lost at sea

Behind John Fritz were (l-r): Municipal Court Judge Fritz Hany, along with former mayors Tom Brown, Debbie Hymore-Tester, Jeannie Huskey and Lockwood Zeis. On the far right was current mayor, Vince Leone. Behind them were Veterans of the armed forces. Photos by Mary Alice Schaffner

Former Port Clinton Mayor (and former Marine) John Fritz served as master of ceremonies for the moving Memorial Day service at Port Clinton Yacht Club. This service honored those who lost their lives at sea. Wreaths were cast into the river from the City Harbor Patrol boat to honor them.

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Rockets fall in district semifinal in heartbreaking fashion, 2-1

In a classic pitchers' duel, it was a home run that proved to be the difference in Bucyrus' 2-1 victory over Oak Harbor in the softball Division III District Semifinal at Clyde High School last week.

Lady Red pitcher Taylor Rossman almost single-handedly won the game for her team, hitting the game-winning home run in the bottom of the seventh while allowing one unearned run on three hits in seven innings of work. Her blast to left field to lead off the bottom half of the inning sailed just a few feet over the fence, putting Bucyrus into the district final and sending the Rockets home after a hard-fought game that saw both teams struggle at the plate.

The Lady Red got on the board in the bottom of the first when Nikki Tuttle doubled to left with one out and Laney Mollenkopf drove her in with a single to right with two outs to make it 1-0.

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New video highlights lighthouse restoration

A new film by local videographer Nick James is about the restoration of the historic Port Clinton lighthouse. The video, which run just over five minutes in length, features interviews with Conservancy board members and volunteers, accompanied by footage of the restoration work and historical still photos. The film, which James produced in only three days, was conceived as a trailer for a larger documentary about the history, restoration, and return of the Port Clinton lighthouse to the Lake Erie waterfront.

Members of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy, aided by a team of dedicated volunteers, meticulously restored the lighthouse after it sat alongside the Portage River for over 60 years. James was editor for the Peter Huston film, “The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Documentary”, which has been nominated for a 45th Annual Lower Great Lakes Emmy Award. 

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Walleye Festival parade: Rain free for 34 years

The Walleye Festival parade made its way around town from the Port Clinton High School Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. Residents and visitors lined the streets to watch the show. Judy Halsted, Christie Shull and Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone were judges for the parade. Randy Hugg of the Mix 102.7 morning show was the announcer.

“This is the most beautiful Memorial Day weekend yet,” said Hugg, “which is great coming after the worst winter ever.”

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