Ottawa County loses philanthropist, pioneer

John SchaffnerOne of Ottawa County’s true pioneers and philanthropists, Jack Schiller, passed away recently.
Schiller was truly an accomplished individual having served as a delegate of President Eisenhower for the People to People program and also served on trade missions to Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and China for Ohio Gov. Jim Rhodes.
About a year ago, he was named a Trustee Emeritus for the Ottawa County Community Foundation. He started his own Agri-business, Hayward and Company, in 1932. Jack was 103.


Here’s how to insure a great Valentine’s Day

Gary CoonValentine’s Day is almost upon us.  To celebrate, you may want to present your loved ones with chocolates, flowers or any number of other traditional gifts. But if your valentine also happens to be your spouse or your life partner, you also might want to show your love in another way  — by making sure you have adequate insurance.
Just consider some of the things that life insurance can do for you and your family:


Primary election coming up

SchaffnerThe field is getting crowded for the various Congressional races this coming November. Actually, there will be an important Primary election in March, just a month away. We received word that a Put-in-Bay woman, Donna Glisman, has thrown her hat in the ring to run for the United States Senate. She is holding a “Meet & Greet” on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Carroll Township Hall, 11080 W. Toussaint East Road north of Oak Harbor. I have no idea if she is an “R” or a “D”!


Customer hits lotto at Dean's

Did you hear??? When Lisa and Steve Gilliland bought Dean’s Store in downtown Port Clinton a little more than a month ago, they needed to go through the process of re-applying for the rights to sell Ohio Lottery Tickets. Schaffner


Beacon Web site gets fresh design

Next time you get online, be sure to check out the new design at We worked closely with our web designer Paul Wallen, as well as with our “new mama” editor, Angie Zam. We have really seen some incredible growth on our Web Site. Schaffner


OH flag football team flying south

A hearty congratulations and good luck to Head Coach Jake Jacobs and the members of the Oak Harbor Rocket 3rd grade flag football team headed to the National Championships this weekend in Kissimmee, Florida. They are flying out tonight. Schaffner


The future according to ‘The Great Swami’

Before we get to the Great Swami, I must say a few words about a couple of fine people that passed on last week. First, my “roomie,” former Probate Judge Dave Zeitzheim. He and I, along with several others, went on a ski trip out west many years ago. After the first night, it was decided that we would room together … something about intolerable snoring. We have referred to each other as “Roomie” ever since. I’m going to miss him.


Keeping the lake house

There are several business entities allowed in the state of Ohio.The purpose of this article is to show how these entities can be used to hold title to the family vacation home or that property that everyone in the family wants to continue to ownJeff Roth for future generations. While mom and dad are alive, everyone can enjoy the vacation home with mom and dad owning title. After they are gone, suddenly four children own the property along with five grandchildren of the deceased son. Bottom line, it is just a matter of time until problems arise and either one buys out all of the rest with lifetime resentment or all are forced to sell so no one gets more than the other. Using a separate vehicle to hold title is not a guarantee of future cooperation but it allows the first generation to set the ground rules and each inherit subject to the terms of ownership. This of course will also work for the farm, the commercial property and the business.
The use of following entities will only work when absolute rules are established and clear decisions are made as to who is to be in control. Further, each family must contribute his or her financial share to maintain the property.
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP — A limited partnership is a statutory separate entity created under Ohio law. The partnership has both general and limited partners. The general partners control ALL the business operations of the partnership, while the limited partners have no control of the partnership’s business operations and have very limited or no voting rights. This allows each family unit to have one voting unit and each descendant receiving a limited partnership unit that allows ownership without control.


Misplaced loyalty

I usually do not comment on current events, but my thoughts turn to the nightmare scenarios we are hearing concerning the sexual abuse allegations against college coaches. When the victims are kids, any abuse seems worse to Karen Coffinme. Intentionally doing lasting physical or mental harm to a child is beyond despicable. We, who deal with youth sports, must look after the kids.
Coaches have a special responsibility to protect the children they work with. Parents trust their most precious possession, their child, to us and we are honor bound to help kids, not take advantage of them. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to be considered “second parents” to our players. That speaks of healthy love and respect. Whatever our relationship is with players, we must behave as most medical professionals are charged: “do no harm.”
When I speak to groups of interscholastic coaches, the administrators always want me to stress the moral and ethical aspects of a coach’s job. Not everyone understands that the personal relationships between coaches and players must remain on a professional level. If you ask a young man why he wants to coach football and his answer is, “to get a chance to date a cheerleader,” the warning siren is activated.


A parent's primary job ...

The vast majority of parents involved in youth sports try the best they know how to help their children. They want their kids to have fun, learn good character traits and have a positive experience when playing aKaren Coffin sport. In the last few years, sport parents have made the news for the wrong reasons: fighting with other parents, verbally and physically abusing officials, harassing coaches and putting too much pressure on their children.
These people are not the majority. They are ones who have lost perspective about what’s important. They’re teaching some very bad lessons, but the bottom line is that they are damaging their children. The “winning at all costs” mentality carries a very high cost indeed. It’s not the parent’s job to endorse that mentality; but to prevent it.

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