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Tigers hoping to make it to the World Series

For the third year in a row, the Detroit Tigers qualified for the playoffs, only to stub their toe in the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox when they were on the verge of taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Despite winning 93 games last year, Detroit has a roster that includes four new faces on the everyday lineup and a new starting pitcher, but the expectations are the same, to win the World Series.

Gone from last year are 1B Prince Fielder, SS/LF Jhonny Peralta and 2B Omar Infante, plus SS Jose Iglesias could miss the entire season with stress fractures in both legs. The team also traded away SP Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67 ERA), who had pitched quite well during his time with the Tigers.

Some of the new players, 2B Ian Kinsler and LF Rajai Davis, who stole a combined 60 bases last year, bring with them some speed. In fact, as a team, Detroit swiped just 35 bases in 2013, last in the majors. These new-look Tigers have much more speed, but sacrificed power to get here, losing 46 home runs with the departures of Fielder, Peralta and Infante.

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Indians look for a return trip to the playoffs

Cleveland surprised a lot of people last year by finishing the season strong and qualifying for the playoffs before falling to Tampa Bay, 4-0, in their single-game matchup. Now the Indians are looking to harness some of the momentum built up during last season’s run and make it back to the postseason, this despite the fact that the team allowed two of its starting pitchers, Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, and relief pitcher Joe Smith to leave via free agency. 

The Dolans, as they're accustomed to doing, decided not to spend the money necessary to keep the team's top free agents, and time will tell if it comes back to haunt the club. Both Jimenez and Kazmir pitched well in 2013. Jimenez went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA, 194 strikeouts and 80 walks and Kazmir finished 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA, 162 strikeouts and 47 walks. Smith was a valued member of the bullpen for the last five years, and his loss could be felt at critical junctures during games. Replacing their production will be key to the Indians’ success.

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ICS honors National Poetry Month

Gabriel Scott, Paige Reineck, and Marcella Brenner take a quiz on the use of similes as part of a grammar lesson.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April; Schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This month Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton celebrates poetry as well. 

The students in Mrs. Jacki Brown’s fourth grade have been learning about and writing poetry. Understanding figurative language is vital to understanding the meaning behind poetry. On Wednesday, the ICS fourth graders participated in a web lesson on classroom Chrome books that centered on similes as a way of expression in poetry. The class learned what makes up a simile and how it can be used as an expression of comparison between two sometimes very unalike things. They used an on-line learning site that gave the class examples and in the end quizzed them on what they had learned. 

Immaculate Conception School is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Call the school at 419.734.3315 for more information.

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PC boys’ tennis team begins season with loss

Port Clinton High School boys’ tennis team played Norwalk on Thursday in a non-conference match at home.  The Redskins fell 3–2.  This moved Norwalk to 2–0 on the season and PC to 0 -1.

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:  Noah Cross (PC) def. Andrew Herner (N) 6-0, 6-4
2nd Singles:  Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Travis Morgan (N) 6-1, 6-0
3rd Singles:  Joey Thomas (N) def. Cameron King (PC) 6-3, 6-2
1st Doubles:  Grayson Conney/Grant Olsen (N) def. Tristan Auxter/Ellis Adolph (PC) 6-1, 6-2
2nd Doubles:  John Woods/Jacob Dierdreck (N) def. Steven Kast/Joe Miller (PC) 6-1, 6-1

Noah Cross overcame a strong second set push to win comfortably at 1st singles.  Jeff Griffin used his powerful forehand to win easily at 2nd Singles.  Cameron King made his varsity debut and put up a great effort at 3rdsingles.  The 1st and 2nd doubles teams played some very experienced opponents, and the lack of their own varsity experience made all of the difference.

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Thank you from the Hammer family

We wish to thank everyone for their support and donations of the Kyler Hammer Chicken Barbecue Benefit. Especially want to thank Batdorff Real Estate and all associates and spouses for all their help in selling tickets as well as their help in serving and making it a successful day and event. Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Kyler is working very hard with his therapy to make us proud and he is such a blessing. We will need extra prayers for his surgery to be successful and quick recovery in May.  He definitely is a fighter.  God bless everyone.

Nick, Megan, & Kyler Hammer
Dean Hammer
Bernie & Gene Hammer

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PCHS cheerleaders chosen

Congratulations to the following Port Clinton High School Cheerleaders for the 2014 football cheerleading squad:

Varisty

Ashlyn Slauterbeck, Camerin Witte, Lauren Wheeler, Toni Jones, Maranda Santoya, Bethany Urban, Haley Klima, Lydia Bacon and Alex Sutter.

JV

Kylie Hurst, Morgan Domiguez, Katy Wiewandt, Kendall Rusincovitch, Delayna Laurel and Aliyah Hurst. 

Tryouts were held at the high school on Saturday, March 29, with three judges from the University of Toledo Varsity Cheerleading Squad.

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PCHS Academic Challenge Team competes in Championship Round

Port Clinton High School Academic Challenge Team, front row, left to right:  Alana Sutherland, Olivia Heckerd, Maddison Cole; back row: Danielle Stager, Gina Buono, Gabe DeFreitas, Ty Gallogly, Shane Meek

The Port Clinton High School Firelands Academic Challenge team advanced to the playoffs and championship rounds for the 2014 season.   The regular season consists of six rounds of competition in a field of 18 area schools. 

In the playoff round, PCHS beat Huron and Sandusky St. Mary to advance to the three-round championship.  In the end, the team placed third against Edison and Norwalk.  Students won a $500 and a $1000 scholarship for BGSU Firelands for a graduating PCHS senior.  Team members are Alana Sutherland, Olivia Heckerd, Maddison Cole, Danielle Stager, Gina Buono, Gabe DeFreitas, Ty Gallogly and Shane Meek.  The advisor is Mrs. Eileen Meisler.

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Terra State’s Celebration of the Arts Festival begins today

The annual Celebration of the Arts Festival at Terra State Community College begins April 4. This weeklong event celebrates digital, fine and performing arts at Terra State.

The festival includes displays and exhibits of student and faculty work and is located on both the first and second floors of Building D. These exhibits will be open during normal college building hours. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free to all events and events will take place in the Recital Hall in Building D.

The schedule of events is:

•April 4–Artistic Fusion. featuring Fusion band KillBot Zero, Terra Contemporary Ensemble and artistic guests. Admission is $10, free with Terra student ID.

•April 7–Video premier of “Dougumentary,” featuring national recording artist Doug Johns.

•April 10–Festival Evening. Admission is $10, free with Terra student ID.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.–Wine and cheese reception.
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.–Celebrating Our Literary Arts, readings of original short fiction and poetry.
8 to 10 p.m.–Jazz performance, “The Great American Songbook,” featuring Terra State Jazz Ambassadors and a special reading by Lylanne Musselman.

•April 11–two performances
7 p.m.–Student recital, featuring tenor John Jadwisiak.
7:30 p.m.–“Resounding Brass,” featuring the Terra Brass Choir and area high school musicians, at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center.

•April 12–Symposium and Music Fest, sponsored by the Northcoast Arts Alliance
10 a.m.–Art Panel Discussions, presented by festival guest artists Dave Leri, Travis Lewis and Chris Seaman.
11 a.m.–Culinary Arts Demonstration, featuring Chef Ben Staples, Food Service Director of the Cuyahoga Group.
12:30 p.m.–Music Technology in the Arts, presented by Chris Cavera, Music Technology and Recording Arts faculty.
1:15 p.m.–Dedication of the Terra State Veterans Center mural, presented by the Terra State Art Club.
1:30 p.m.–Charting a Course for the Creative Economy, the Northcoast Arts Alliance meeting, open to the public.
7 p.m.–Jazz and American Music Fest, area and regional bands at The Strand Concert Theater, 220 S. Front St., Fremont. Admission is $5.

•April 13–Closing Performance, Spring Chamber Concert, featuring the Terra Chamber String Ensemble and Terra Guitar Ensemble.

For more information on any of these events, call 419-559-2233.

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Tyler lives on: the story of a compassionate friend

Roseann's son, Tyler

The death of a child is something that affects a family deeply. A Port Clinton resident and business owner, Roseann Hickman, has used that pain to try and help others and bring positivity to her life.

On January 26, 1988 Roseann lost her son, Tyler, because of a house fire. Her two other sons, Dustin, who was two, and Dallas, who was three and a half, made it out okay. The fire was caused by a defect in the regulator that allowed propane to come in and out of the house. At the time Roseann and her family lived in Pemberville. They took Tyler back to Port Clinton to be laid to rest .Roseann ended up moving back to Port Clinton in 2003.

To help with the grieving process, Roseann attended meetings of the Compassionate Friends which is a support group for families who have lost a child no matter what the reason. The closest chapter that she found was in Waterville. Seeing a need for it in the Port Clinton community, Roseann started a local chapter of the Compassionate Friends in December of 2010.

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Council, our future depends on you

I take issue with Mr. Noderer’s comment last week on the waterfront development. He says, “Why can’t they get $2,000,000 for the park in years past?” Mr. Noderer, the City had that opportunity for about $3,000,000 to improve the park and the developer, Jet Express, was turned away due to opposition by the naysayers and council members who couldn’t take the pressure of seeing it happen. They were more worried about their re-election.

The Jet Express wanted to lease the waterworks building for ticket offices, storage and a customs office. In turn, they would have revitalized the park with new ball fields, signage, plant new trees, provide new park benches and much more for our public. But no, the opposition turned them away and they moved to the drawbridge and took away over $150,000 in parking revenues and then tore down the $92,000 restrooms where the old Parker Ferry Building once stood. We could have had a beautiful park today if that would have happened; we lost the money and we lost the chance for park beautification.

We have a second chance to do this through waterfront development. No one has seen what they C.O.R.D. group proposes except they are against revitalization of waterfront development. I say: If you are not part of the solution, then you are definitely part of the problem.

City Council: the public has spoken. They want to see something happen with the waterfront. You have the majority of people in this city ready for change. Let the will of the people dictate your decisions. There is much more to come with information and planning, but we must do something or people will stop investing in our city. I commend Linda Hartlaub, President of City Council, in halting the public discussion until all the plans have come forward. Otherwise you have people assuming and running with incorrect information. There are two strikes that have already happened in Port Clinton regarding this program: The Jet Express and the Puller Group from Indiana. Three strikes and you’re out because of people who would be interested in a city who would want to remain in yesteryear and watch our young people leave because there are no jobs. Council, make it happen for all of us. Our future depends on you.

Thank you,

Dr. Thomas M. Brown
Former Mayor, former President of City Council and former councilman

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