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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.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Margi Couts of Oak Harbor who was one of 69 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A in The Beacon’s Dec. 26 edition. Wylie was left out last week, thanks to our early deadline rush. Margi 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 

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their monthly Business After Hours tonight (Thursday, Jan. 9) from 5-7 p.m. at Common Grounds. All Chamber members and guests are invited. 

Playmakers Civic Theatre presents “Jerry Finnegan’s Sister”, a fast-paced comedy opening Friday night (Jan. 10) and running for two weekends. Friday and Saturday nights’ curtain time will be 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays, January 12 & 19. Two actors play Brian and Beth from ages 7 and 6 on through adolescence and teen years then up until their 20s. Call 419-734-5044 for reservations or log on to 

The 2013-2014 Firelands Musical Arts Series continues on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. They will feature the guitar stylings of Robert Gruca, who is often a featured artist with the Cleveland Symphony. Tickets are $15 at the door or you can still call and purchase season tickets.  

Some of you, (I won’t say who) got an iPad for Christmas this year. The folks at Otterbein North Shore postponed their iPad basic training course at their facility on North Shore Blvd. in Marblehead originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 3. They have moved it to Thursday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. Each time they meet, they start from the beginning and quickly get everyone up to speed. You can learn about all of the iPad’s useful and fun applications. 

Speaking of Otterbein, that same Thursday, Jan. 16 will be their first Lunch and Learn session for the new year. Chef Ron will make a delicious lunch and you can hear a program on how life goes on at Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community and how they cope with this cold and snowy weather. Call 419-898-8203. 

The Ottawa County Safety Council Monthly meeting will be held this Wednesday, Jan. 15 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Magruder Hospital Conference Center. Their speaker will be Andy Birr, a Safety Consultant for the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. His topic will be Rate your Safety Culture. They request an RSVP by calling Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242. 

The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus Council 1750 will hold their annual basketball Hoop Shoot at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Immaculate Conception School gym. All boys and girls ages 10- 14 are eligible to compete. Children entering should bring a birth certificate for proof of age as of Jan. 1. There is no entry fee and age group winners move on to compete at the district level. For more information, call Jim Wisler at 419-573-4816. 

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marblehead will be holding a special two part seminar to explore the personality types for married couples to help deepen communications. Session one will be Feb. 9 after the 10:30 a.m. mass. Session two will be March 16, also following 10:30 a.m. mass. The presenters will be Fr. Marty Nassr and Father Dan Zak from the Toledo Diocese. For registration information, contact Carol Arntz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 419-798-4177, ext. 303. 

One very important event to the continuing growth of our local economy is coming up soon. The 2014 Mid American Boat Show will once again take up residence at the IX Center near Cleveland Hopkins Airport from Thursday, Jan. 16 to Monday, Jan. 20, which is Martin Luther King Day. It really is an expo of the Lake Erie Lifestyle and we here in eastern Ottawa County are in the center of it all. I have often said that spending a day at the Boat Show allows me to see more friends and business associates than I would see strolling down Madison Street in Port Clinton, Main Street in Marblehead, or Water Street in Oak Harbor!

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