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I attended a reception for Mike Rose, President of Washington Properties, the company that has proposed the hotel/lodge/convention center complex at Waterworks Park. A number of folks noted concerns about confusion on how to vote on November 4 (this Tuesday). So I hope this help out. Vote NO if you want to see the project happen. Vote YES if you want to delay it for a minimum of a year by forcing a vote of the citizens to move forward with the sale or lease of a portion of Waterworks Park. There you go…simple! But remember…VOTE! If you don’t, you abdicate your privilege to complain.

In life and in business, we often run across folks who have a significant impact on our lives. For me, Hal Douthit was one of those people. Hal was President of Douthit Communications, Inc., formerly known as The Photojournal in Sandusky. That was where I cut my teeth in the newspaper business. I began in 1976 as General Manager of the Port Clinton Press. I left there two years later, but it was a wonderful experience. After working in Bowling Green managing a radio station there, I decided to come back, but the Press was ready to fold. However, it was Hal Douthit who helped me start The Beacon in 1983, giving me guidance and patience, sharing his knowledge of business and publishing. Hal died last week, but will be remembered in my heart for a long time. 

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Jobs always number one issue

As I have said many times…JOBS is the #1 issue in Ottawa County. In light of that, the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council presents a special Career Showcase this Friday, October 24 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students and prospective employers will all be in one place for 5 hours! For more information, contact Gaye Winterfield at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation at 419-898-6242 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As a former collegiate sailor, I can tell you that this is a big deal! The University of Toledo Sailing Club recently came out on top at the prestigious Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, on Long Island Sound earlier this month. The team consisted of 8 students, including Drew Blackburn, a PCHS graduate. Also onboard was Colin McKay, a young product of Junior Sailing at North Cape Yacht Club, and a frequent competitor at PCYC events with his father, Jeff. As a result of the win, the team has been chosen to participate in the “crew exchange” program to race in La Rochelle, France next April! That event is the largest student offshore regatta in the world!

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Survey says!

As we mentioned last week, The Beacon conducted a “very unscientific” survey on Issue 6, the initiative on the ballot for Port Clinton voters November 4. We conducted the survey over the weekend (Thursday through Monday) on The Beacon’s website, thebeacon.net, as well as on the “Talk of Port Clinton” Facebook page. We asked the question: which way do you plan to vote on the proposed ordinance requiring an affirmative vote of the City Electorate at a general election to sell, lease or otherwise transfer ownership of City park lands. We got 144 votes, 112 of which said they would vote NO on the issue, 29 said they would vote YES, and 3 people said they did not understand the issue. By percentages, that would be 77.78% against Issue 6 and 20.14% in favor. Thanks to all who participated.

If you’re not busy this weekend, and if the weather turns out to be nice…again…you just might want to take an airplane ride on the Ford Tri-Motor at the Liberty Aviation Museum. 

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Survey on ballot initiative

The Beacon online, in addition to providing the 33-page power point proposal from Washington properties given to Port Clinton City Council in February, we are also doing a quick, one-week survey which started Tuesday on the Talk of Port Clinton Facebook page and will be posted below the weather forecast and above the Washington Properties proposal on The Beacon’s website home page. In the short time it was up on the Talk of Port Clinton Facebook page, the votes were 89% against C.O.R.D.’s ballot initiative to force a general election vote on the sale or lease of City Park property. But it’s early, so go online and vote. We will report the one-week results next week right here.

We lost two very special people in the last week or so. My sister-in-law, Joan Kollmann Beaver, who was being cared for at Riverview Healthcare, passed away on Sunday, September 28. Thanks to all for their notes of condolence to the Kollmann family, of which I am a member, by marriage. We also lost my friend and classmate, Ambrosio (Ambrose) Salinas, who lived in New Jersey, but kept Port Clinton in his heart. He was the original designer of the Port Clinton High School Banner/Shield. But more on a personal note, Ambrose was my first friend when I came to Port Clinton in 1962. I was an awkward 13 year old in 8th grade at Immaculate Conception School. Nobody wanted much to do with me then, but Ambrose stepped up and helped me through that difficult period. 

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Candidate’s night October 2

Tonight is a big night, as usual, with the annual Candidate’s Night at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge sponsored by the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Port Clinton Business and Professional Women. Here is your chance to hear about the issues and hear directly from the candidates in the November 4 election. 

State Representative Chris Redfern will still be in town on Friday, October 3 for a special Town Hall at Port Clinton City Hall starting at 11 a.m. He will provide a brief overview of actions in the legislature for area residents to learn about and discuss state legislative issues, as well has hold a listening session with his constituents.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Jennifer Litz who was one of 231 people to find our friendly fish hiding the ad for Ohler & Holzhauer on page 2A in last week’s Beacon. Jennifer wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website thebeacon.net. 

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Indian Summer

I get on my soapbox about this time every year! Many folks, including business people, are of the belief that “the season” ends on Labor Day weekend. I just checked the weather forecast…sunny and warm all the way into next week, and probably beyond. Extended warm Lake Erie temperatures tend to keep the lakeshore warm and mild at least through most of October. So, I submit, “the season” doesn’t end on Labor Day, we still have lots of great weather for a warm and wonderful Indian Summer!

I am so looking forward to the Port Clinton football and Athletic Hall of Fame activities this week. My old and long lost friend, Jim Hastings, who coached the Redskins in 1975-76 to a 16-4 overall record, will be here for the induction of the 1976 team. I was very close to the program back then when I was the radio voice on WRWR. One thing that I distinctly remember was Jim’s insistence on his players projecting class. No chest thumping or grandstanding on the field and they wore suits and ties on game days and to road games. I have no doubt that is what coach Beau Carmon is doing as well. Anyway, it will be great to see Jim again. 

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Best of the Best awards ceremony Sept 18

We have completed our vote count on Ottawa County’s Best of the Best Contest. The results are most interesting. In fact, we have the top three in each category listed in The Beacon this week. We will be holding our gala Best of the Best Awards Program at Mon Ami starting at 5:30 on Thursday, September 18. Tickets may be obtained at The Beacon office on SR 53 South next to Goodwill, or from any Beacon employee. It ought to be a fun night. 

Last call for tickets for Joyful Connections’ 3rd Annual Family Frenzy which will be held this Saturday, September 13, at Catawba Township Hall starting at 6 p.m. It’s patterned after the old Family Feud TV show. Six local teams will go at it for the Championship. Judge Giesler and Commissioner Sass will try to keep the contestants under some semblance of control. Tickets are $25 per person which includes a dinner of Chicken and Ribs from Barbecue Traveler. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Joyful Connections by calling Sheila Powell at 567-262-3181.

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Washington Properties current proposal on our website

I occasionally read the popular local Facebook page, “Talk of Port Clinton (uncensored)” and I have noted that there is some confusion from time to time by folks contributing to that page, particularly as it relates to the proposed development at Waterworks Park in Port Clinton. Since the CORD folks have put up a ballot issue for November 4 demanding a vote of the residents if anything like a sale or lease is passed by City Council in response to the proposed development by Washington Properties of Medina, I thought it might be helpful to put up the Power Point presentation given to Council in February on our website thebeacon.net. It is on the home page, just beneath the weather forecast. This way, voters will have a good idea of what they are voting for or against. 

The weekend after Labor Day is traditionally Historic Weekend at Put-in-Bay, and our friends at the Perry Group, the folks who gave us the Tall Ships and Battle of Lake Erie last year, are presenting a “Star Spangled Banner Year” for the Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival this weekend. Most of the events will be at Put-in-Bay this Saturday, September 6, starting with a wreath laying ceremony at the battle site. There will be a 12 noon reception at The Keys Restaurant, a special Historic Weekend Parade starting at 2:15, a military reenactment at 3 p.m., a special roundtable conversation about the War of 1812, a concert by the Toledo Symphony at the monument at 6 p.m., and a Harbor Illumination at dusk sponsored by the Perry Group.

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Ely visits the B-17

It was quite a weekend at the Liberty Air Museum and Carl Keller Field. Remote Control airplanes, plus a visit by several vintage World War II vintage aircraft. My grandson Ely wanted to climb in the B-17 and take a look. Even though he is only 2 1/2, he was excited to see these airplanes up close. You can kind of get the scale of the size of the B-17 as Ely stands in front of one of its propellers.  

I took personal interest in an item from a recent Oak Harbor Village Council Meeting. There was discussion about the delivery of The Beacon in the Village. We have always felt that Oak Harbor was an important part of our marketplace and therefore, we want to do the best job we can on delivery. We recently lost our walk carriers, so we are currently filling in with rural route drivers. We would definitely want some walk carriers, for just a couple of hours of work. Please call our Circulation Manager, Bruce Dinse at 419-732-2154 if you are interested.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Brent Neidler who was one of 196 people to find our friendly fish hiding the ad for Fitzgerald Auto on page 6C in last week’s Beacon. So, Brent wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores as well as a free floor mat from our friend Tom McIntire at Captain’s Carpets, the customized carpet place at Fort Firelands. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website thebeacon.net. 

It is Labor Day weekend, and there is, of course, a lot going on. One of the great traditions is the annual Green Island Race hosted by Port Clinton Yacht Club this Sunday, August 31. The starts begin rolling around 9:30 in the morning. The starting line is just north and west of the mouth of the Portage River. Last time I checked, they were expecting south winds, so the spinnakers will be flying.

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Avengers, art and Gem Beach Rocks

Appetite for the Arts was also held over the weekend at the big new hangar behind the Tin Goose Diner and the Liberty Air Museum. While we were there on Saturday morning, one of the “Avenger” World War II U.S. Navy Bombers arrived and was on display. Very impressive! They will have a whole fleet of those U.S. Navy Planes coming to Carl Keller Field and the museum the weekend of September 27 & 28. I watched the end of the movie “Midway” on TV Saturday night. Those Avengers were heavily featured in that American Victory that turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. Also, speaking of Appetite for the Arts, the Downtown Port Clinton Art Walk will be held on Thursday, August 28. 

Another great crowd at the United Way’s Gem Beach Rocks event on Saturday. Four great bands played all day from Noon to 8 p.m. This is a fantastic fundraiser for United Way in Ottawa County with over 200 volunteers working all of the venues. I know I enjoyed myself.  

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Jean Chervenak of the Cleveland area who was one of 91 people to figure out that our friendly fish was NOT hiding an ad in last week’s Beacon. So, Jean wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores as well as a free doormat from our friend Tom McIntire at Captain’s Carpets, the customized carpet place at Fort Firelands. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website thebeacon.net.

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