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Devin Kohlman wins Chamber’s Outstanding Citizen

There was a record number turnout of 180 people at the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. The event, which was held Thursday night, April 10, at the Catawba Island Club honored outstanding businesses, volunteers and citizens.

“Our record turnout is a testament to the great things happening in our community,” said Port Clinton Area Chamber and Main Street Port Clinton President Laura Schlachter.

One of the most moving and tear-jerking moments of the evening was Devin Kohlman winning the Chamber’s Outstanding Citizen Award. The award was accepted by Devin’s mother, Alexis Kohlman, and Devin’s grandfather, Bill Van Der Giessen.

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Terra State presents Resounding Brass tonight

Join Terra State Community College’s Brass Choir and select high school musicians as they perform in concert this Friday, April 11.  

The performance, “Resounding Brass,” will include a wide range of music written for brass and percussion.  Participating students were selected from Fremont Ross, Lakota, Margaretta, Monroeville, Port Clinton and Sandusky high schools to rehearse and perform with community and semi-professional musicians from the Terra State Brass Choir.  

"We are very excited to see these collaborations take place, as providing such musical activities only enhances cultural enrichment for our communities," said Michael Shirtz, Dean of Business, Communications and the Arts at Terra State.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Port Clinton High School and admission is free. 

For more information call the Terra Music Department at 419-559-2233.

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Rising tide raises all boats

There seems to be two perspectives regarding the Waterworks Park project: a group that wants to live in the present status quo of what IS and those, who want to preserve that status quo, and embrace the future with a vision of what COULD BE.

The former group, with all good intentions, wants to preserve what their hard work and experiences have brought them. While the latter group wants to build on that heritage and at the same time create a new life of abundant possibilities for themselves and their families.

Tourism and technology are among the largest and fastest growing industries on earth; both offering almost incalculable possibilities and unlimited opportunities. The $60,000,000 vision presented by Mr. Rose and his team and overwhelmingly endorsed by the city council has no doubt caused the citizens of Port Clinton to rethink their priorities.

For those who feel we will be “paving paradise and putting up a parking lot” we say quit “sitting on the dock of the bay wastin’ time.” I’ve heard that the rich get richer while the poor get poorer; while this may be true elsewhere in the world, it certainly isn’t true in America. After all, living at the lake it should be obvious that a rising tide raises all boats.

Lurking in the aforementioned lament that the poor get poorer lays the stuff of fear… and as we all know fear builds walls, not bridges. Let us, in the spirit of Ronald Regan tear down the wall of fear and start building a bridge to the abundant possibilities that await our future and the future of those coming after us.

May all who come behind us find us faithful.

Bill and Claudia O’Donnell
Catawba Island

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