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Send us your Polar Vortex photos

I certainly hope you all enjoyed the Polar Vortex! We were forced to close our office on both Monday and Tuesday of this week, which is the reason you may be getting your Beacon a little later than normal. Believe it or not, the weather forecast for the weekend is for above normal temperatures…and maybe some rain! Like we have all said from time to time…if you don’t like the weather around here, just wait a minute and it will change. We would like to have a little contest…please send us your Polar Vortex photos. Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will create a gallery of photos online and publish the best of the best in next week’s Beacon.

President and CEO of Magruder Hospital, Todd Almendinger, will give a report on the “State of the Hospital” on Monday, Jan. 20 at 12 noon in the Conference Center. If you want lunch, the price will be $6. They are requesting RSVP by Friday, Jan. 17 by calling the hospital at 419-732-4061. Magruder Hospital, as you all know, is a major staple for our community. It is important for all of us that they continue to service the health needs of Ottawa County.

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The Great Swami predicts the future

Ok, it is New Years, so it is time once again for The Great Swami (otherwise known as your slightly cynical Beacon Newspaper Publisher) to predict what Ottawa County will look like in the year 2024. Just having a little fun…

January 2024 – Port Clinton Mayor Bert Fall successfully serves as Master of Ceremonies at the 2024 Walleye Drop that now surpasses the size and scope of the ball drop in New York’s Times Square. The new Victory Hotel and Water Park serves as the venue for the event in the old Waterworks Park. The hotel now has 300 rooms and is full most of the year.

February 2024 – FED EX-CANADA announces that they will be using the Port Clinton International Airport as a major hub for international shipments between the U.S. and Canada. The expansion will bring Ottawa County 1,300 new jobs! Ageless quarterback Braxton Miller leads the Cleveland Browns to their fifth straight Super Bowl win over the Detroit Lions. Coach Josh McDaniel calls it a “win for the ages”!

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Merry Christmas and the Great Swami is near

This is our last issue of 2013. On behalf of our entire staff here at The Beacon, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a truly happy and prosperous 2014. This past year we celebrated our 30th anniversary of providing our readers local news and information designed to help you live here … BETTER! That is our mission. As always, we ask that you send us your news items to help us become even more involved in our communities. Happy Holidays everyone!

While we are on the topic of The Beacon, next week this column will feature my alter-ego, the Great Swami! We will firmly plant out tongue in our cheek and make some outrageous predictions about what our little corner of the world will be like on January 1, 2024. We always have a lot of fun with it, so if you have any thoughts or ideas send me an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Christmas is the giving season

As of last weekend the local Salvation Army Unit was running well short of its $64,000 goal for the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign. So with just a week before Christmas, I hope when you go shopping at any of the Red Kettle locations in Ottawa County, you dig deep and help the Salvation Army do its job of helping needy families. Last week’s cold snap reminds us all of the hardship some are enduring, making decisions between rent, food or heat. 

Next week’s Beacon will be coming a couple of days early so we can help you with your last minute Christmas shopping. That also means a very early deadline for next week’s paper. If you have some editorial submissions or classified ads you would like to run, please be advised that our deadline will be Thursday, December 19 at 4 p.m. for our Beacon that will come out prior to Christmas. 

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Help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon holiday tradition, is already FULL! So we had a pickup from the nice folks at the Salvation Army and we are starting to decorate the tree again! So keep bringing us your contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves and hats to help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter for needy children in Ottawa County. The Mitten Tree is located at the entrance of The Beacon, 205 SE Catawba Rd., in the Beacon Place Business Center on SR 53 North. Salvation Army will be making several pickups between now and Jan. 1. Thank you for the contributions.

One of the neat things about having a website to partner with is the fact that we are UNLIMITED as to how much we can put on there. We prepare every news story we receive from you, our readers. Sometimes, when we get to our Tuesday deadline, there just isn’t enough room for all of the stories and photos. So we have to be selective in the paper. However, we put EVERYTHING online…and we do it every day, 7 days a week. Check us out at www.thebeacon.net.

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Holiday events and traditions fill the area

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon Holiday Tradition, is already filling up! We are once again asking for contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, etc. We ask that you please help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter for needy children in Ottawa County. The Mitten Tree is located at the entrance of The Beacon, 205 SE Catawba Rd. in the Beacon Place Business Center (SR 53 North). Thanks.

Every Christmas has its Angels and its Grinches. Last week, on the opening Friday for Salvation Army Bell Ringers at Wal Mart, two space heaters were stolen from the shelter house outside the entrance. However, the folks at Wal Mart became Angels when they offered to replace them at no charge. 

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The Mitten Tree is here

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon Holiday Tradition, goes up this week. Once again, we are asking for contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, etc. Our goal is the same every Holiday Season, so please help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter for needy children in Ottawa County. The Mitten Tree is located at the entrance of The Beacon, 205 SE Catawba Rd. in the Beacon Place Business Center (SR 53 North). Thanks.

This Saturday is the annual “Kids for Christmas” fundraiser at Mr. Ed’s on West Lakeshore Drive in Port Clinton. It began back in 2008 as a way for Ed Fitzgerald and his family to give back to the community. 100% of all donations are used to provide families in the area with help with holiday gifts for their children in addition to help with a holiday meal. Last year they raised over $19,000. It all begins at 10 a.m. with the warm-up for the Ohio State-Michigan game. Mike “Mad Dog” Adams follows the game with a special performance in the midst of a live auction. And don’t forget Ed’s famous “Hobo Stew”. 

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Give thanks, give back

Once again this holiday season St. Thomas Episcopal and Peace Lutheran Churches are joining together to provide a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings for the Port Clinton Community. The dinner will be served in the St. Thomas Guild Hall on E. Second Street from 5-6 tonight (Thursday, Nov. 21). The public is invited for some good food and fellowship.

As most of us know by now, Devin Kohlman passed last week. He was a young man who could barely move or speak, but managed to bring an entire community together. Of course, Devin’s family has a tremendous financial load ahead of them, so Barb and Mel Ayers have decided to do a special fundraiser this Monday, Nov. 25, at Ciao Bella Restaurant on State Route 53 in Harbor Lights Landing. They are donating 10% of all their sales that day. They will be open for lunch, dinner or carryout. The food is incredibly good and the cause is a very special one. Their theme is “Give Thanks, Give Back”. 

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Evening at the Races this Friday

Last Call for Tickets for the “Evening at the Races” event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton this Friday, Nov. 15, at Lock, Dock & Barrel on Buckeye Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanian or at The Beacon office, next to Goodwill in the Beacon Place Business Center on State Route 53 North. Tickets are $25 per person which includes appetizers, betting opportunities and a guaranteed good time. 

The Port Clinton VFW’s Food Drive Scavenger Hunt is this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. They need teams of 4 people to canvass the community to collect non perishable food items and toiletries. Each team will get a section of town to go door-to-door and the team with the most points wins some nice prizes. Every year the VFW gets a list of local vets in need. The collected items will go to them. 

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Thank you, Devin, for bringing us together

I have had many conversations the last few weeks about how Port Clinton has stepped up for PC Middle School student Devin Kohlman. Mary Alice and I attended the fundraiser at Lock, Dock and Barrel last Thursday night. What a turnout, and they raised nearly $20,000 for Devin’s family. When I was there, I walked up to PC Police Chief Rob Hickman and thanked him for his leadership that got the community focused on a sick young man, rather than all the political in-fighting we have seen over the past few years. Somebody had to lead the way, and Rob, along with his wife Roseann, stepped up big time. I promised him I wouldn’t write anything…but I lied!

The Bassett’s flier is not in The Beacon this week. Their fliers are available at the store. They do however have two pages of ads in this week’s paper, one on page 3A and another on page 7A. The Bassett’s fliers will be back next week. A special 16-page Holiday Coupon Book will be inserted in The Beacon this week, offering hundreds of $$$ in savings. 

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