Easter is upon us

Kurt BorowsThis Sunday there will be people worshiping in the chilly outdoors as the sun rises over the lake, the large attendance for the Sunday services, the family dinner and all the other activities that are a part of our Easter observance.
After Supper one Easter evening, Lars Tharp led the family in prayer — as he did every evening — and then he opened The Holy Bible for their daily reading and discussion. The reading for the day was JOHN 20:19-31 — a reading about one of Jesus’ Post-Resurrection appearances.


Coaching burnout

Karen CoffinIn today’s climate of overemphasis on winning, burnout of kids and coaches is at an epidemic level. “Burnout” happens when a person has so much stress from working too long and too hard under too much pressure that they give up doing the job entirely. It is no longer worth the cost to the person’s mental, emotional and physical health.
I’ve written a lot about the risk to kids. Today, let’s look at coaches.


Friday is last chance for Lenten fish fries

John SchaffnerThis Friday night will be the last of the Lenten fish fries hosted by the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus at the Denny Bergeman Memorial K. of C. Hall at 109 E. Perry St. They serve from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pollack dinners are $10, while Lake Erie Perch or shrimp dinners are $13.50. Also, St. Boniface Church in Oak Harbor will hold its all-you-can-eat Lenten Fish Fry this Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 while kids 5 and under eat for FREE!


OSU alumni auction Friday at Nick’s Roadhouse

John SchaffnerThe Ohio State University Alumni Club of Ottawa County is holding their 19th Annual Scholarship Auction at Nick’s Roadhouse this Friday, March 23. Doors will open at 6 p.m. To highlight the event, the OSU Marching Band will provide a pep band to raise the spirits of the Buckeye faithful! Since 1991, this event has raised over $100,000 in scholarships to Ottawa County students attending THE Ohio State University. Advance tickets may be ordered by contacting Mike Libben at 419-898-8400 or Mike Snider at 419-734-0515. There will also be tickets available at the door. Everybody is invited to attend, even Michigan fans!!! Donation at the door is $10 per person.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

John SchaffnerHappy St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday!!! We have a bunch of local establishments doing special things to celebrate “the wearin’ of the green” in this week’s issue. So, go on through and check out which one you would like to attend. Erin Go Braugh!


Congratulations (again) to local athletes!

John SchaffnerCongratulations to several local sports teams and athletes … again! First, Oak Harbor’s Luke Cramer and Alex Bergman both finished fourth in their respective weight classes at the state wrestling tournament in Columbus last weekend. Alex was in what was regarded as the toughest weight class at the tournament! Luke will be back next year to try again. Also, the Port Clinton boys’ bowling team finished 11th at the state tournament last weekend in Columbus.


Congrats, good luck to area athletes

John SchaffnerCongratulations and good luck go out to several local sports teams and athletes. First, Luke Cramer, Alex Bergman and Jared Chambers are on their way to the state wrestling tournament this weekend. Also, MacKenzie Stewart finished her stellar swimming career at Port Clinton High School taking third place in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 IM at the state swimming meet in Canton last weekend. Also, Cheyenne Meek, who really came on strong at the end of the season, took third in the 50 freestyle at state, and just missed out on a podium spot in the 100 freestyle. She’ll be back for more next year.


Girls and boys are different (duh!)

Karen CoffinCoaching girls: It’s different than coaching boys. I’ve waited a long time to write about this because male coaches (and some female) tend to be skeptical about my observations. I will plunge ahead anyway, because during 21 years of coaching girls at the high school level, I experienced the same unique issues, year after year. Please understand that not every girl reacts the same way to all situations, but the patterns are pretty common. My goal in letting myself in for all the protests I will receive, is to get parents and coaches to realize girls and boys are different (duh) and need to be coached with the differences in mind.


The Beacon begins its 30th year

Today is Volume 30, Issue 1 of The Beacon. That means we are beginning our 30th year as a community newspaper serving the people of Ottawa County.
Much has changed over the past 29 years since we began publishing in a tiny upstairs office at 106 W. Perry St. in Port Clinton. One big change has been the Internet. Many newspapers have been adversely affected by making choices about what to put online and what not put there. Fortunately for The Beacon, our circulation has remained virtually unchanged for 29 years, while our website has grown dramatically in popularity and readership.


'Last shot' story prompts look at facility's first shot

Paul KrofftLast week we ran the story about “The Last Shot” at the Port Clinton Middle School Gym/Auditorium. That got local historian Lock Zeis going and he went back into the archives of the Ottawa County Museum and pulled out an article in the Port Clinton Herald from Dec. 16, 1937, highlighting the FIRST GAME at what was then the brand new high school gym/auditorium! It was a 22-8 Port Clinton victory over Oak Harbor and drew a crowd of nearly 1,000 people. The player of the game was Gene Bolte, who replaced “Big Jim Sims” at center and was a rebounding machine.

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