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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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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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