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A Cappella in the Park features Duwende

Port Clinton High School Choir Director Eric Watts has a concert planned for Sunday, May 18, 4:30 p.m., at Lakeview Park on Perry Street in Port Clinton. The event is a Contemporary A Cappella concert featuring North Olmsted High School’s Special Edition and Port Clinton High School’s own Touch of Class. 

A special addition to this year’s concert is the award-winning a cappella group from New York City, Duwende. They are best know for their fiercely orginal, bass and beatbox-driving funk/pop style of music and have headlined major a cappella festivals across the country. Two of Duwende’s most recent albums, “Radio Screaming” and “Collective”, won the 2005 and 2008 Contemporary A cappella recording awards for Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop/Rock Original Song.

In 2011, Duwende released “Remember: the Music of Michael Jackson”, gaining them widespread acclaim and leading them to performances for the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, Bill Clinton Global Initiative and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Most recently, Duwende was featured as an international artist for the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, sharing the bill with artists Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock and Erykah Badu.

The concert will offer everyone an opportunity to enjoy the sound of these talented high school students in the comfort of your own lawn chair or favorite picnic blanket. Port Clinton Music Boosters will provide picnic style concessions during the concert. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the PCHS cafeteria.

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Mother-to-Mother Sale moved to June 14

The Port Clinton Women’s Club spring mother-to-mother sale has been moved from May 3 to June 14.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon at St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams Street. Booths are available for anyone interested in selling gently used children’s clothing, gear and accessories. Cost to rent a table is $15. Checks should be made payable to Port Clinton Women’s Club and can be mailed to Mother-to-Mother Sale, c/o Kristina Aukerman, P.O. Box 141, Port Clinton, OH 43452. Include with your check your name, address, phone number and email. Or, email that information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put “Mom-to-Mom Sale” in the subject line.

Admission to the sale for those who aren’t renting a table is 50 cents or a canned good to be donated to a local food pantry. For more information, call 419-960-9156.

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Hamann receives award at BGSU Firelands ceremony

Several awards were recently presented at the 45th annual Bowling Green State University Firelands College Recognition Program held Friday, April 25, in the Cedar Point Center. 

Julie Hamann, Port Clinton, received the Dean’s Special Recognition Award. 

Dean’s Special Recognition Award

The Dean’s Special Recognition Award may be given annually to individual faculty members, administrators, classified staff, or members of collaborative teams who have made exceptionally meritorious contributions in support of the mission of BGSU Firelands.  Awards may be used to recognize career achievements as well as recent accomplishments.

Hamann has worked at BGSU Firelands since 1989 when she started as a student worker in the computer lab.  As she gained education and experience, she was promoted through the system and has been the director of Technology Support Services since 2000.

Hamann is being recognized for her commitment to the College and her constant willingness to assume additional responsibilities.  Most recently, Hamann has accepted the added responsibilities of the Student Activities Coordinator while the position remained vacant for nearly one year.

“While maintaining a high level of effectiveness in Technology Support Services, Julie has organized many student fundraiser, events, and activities,” said BGSU Firelands Dean William Balzer.  “She is a cornerstone of this institution and her value to BGSU Firelands and our students can never be understated.”

Hamann has also taught several courses and workshops at the College in a variety of areas including computer systems and software, digital photography, social media, telecommunication equipment applications and computer programming.

Active in the College community and governance, Hamann has held positions as Student Government Advisor, secretary to the Budget Committee and the Capital Improvements Committee, and she is a member of the Info Tech Committee at BGSU Firelands and BGSU main campus.

Hamann received the BGSU Firelands Dean’s Special Recognition award in 2004 and the BGSU Firelands Windows to the Future award in 1993.

She earned an associate of arts in 1992 and a bachelor’s of liberal studies in 1993, both from BGSU.

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