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I have said it many times…Ottawa County’s biggest need is JOBS! We need JOBS! I have spoken to the folks at the Job Store at the Resource Center many times. There are many cases locally where good local jobs are available, but businesses have trouble finding folks with the proper skills. There are also many cases where the skills may be there, but no jobs. We at the Beacon want to bridge the gap between good jobs and good people. Therefore, starting in February, we intend to begin posting Help Wanted ads on Page 2A, right up front, taking them out of the classifieds. Our Vicki Theobald will be in charge of businesses who want to place bold and visible help wanted ads in an effort to connect our 20,000 readers with good jobs in the area. 

My favorite sports photographer, Bill Migala, came down with some health problems at Christmas time and has been out of action for a few weeks. Well, he’s back, and did he take some nice action shots of the Port Clinton-Oak Harbor boys’ game last Friday and the PC-Sandusky St. Mary’s girls’ game last Saturday. The photos we don’t print (and they are numerous) we always put online at www.thebeacon.net. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Don Kersulis of Port Clinton who was one of 147 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Marti and Chuck Redmond at Bolte Real Estate on page 2B in last week’s Beacon. Don 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, www.thebeacon.net. 

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Community Market-VFW Building, 251 W. Main Street in Oak Harbor, today (Thursday, January 23) until 6 p.m. Many of our readers get their Beacon on Wednesday and early Thursday morning, so if you can make it, take the time and opportunity to give the gift of life today.

Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County is currently accepting applications for those interested in applying for a Habitat for Humanity home. They are planning on building a home in Port Clinton for a qualifying family. To find out if you qualify, contact the Habitat for Humanity office at 419-734-7074.

Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus Council 1944 is hosting their annual Youth Free Throw Championship this coming Monday, Jan. 27, at the St. Boniface Catholic School Gym. Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration and a shoot-around. Competition begins at 7 p.m. for boys and girls ages 9 to 14. There is no entry fee. Winners advance to district, regional and state competition. 

Congratulations to Lucas Kennedy of Marblehead and Erin Bryant of Oak Harbor who were named to the Fall Semester Dean’s List at Baldwin Wallace University. They had to attain a GPA of 3.6 to earn that recognition. 

The 2013-2014 Firelands Musical Arts Series continues next Wednesday, Jan. 29, with performances by the Toledo Symphony Woodwind Quintet at two local retirement communities in Ottawa County. The first concert will be held at the Elmore Retirement community at 1:30 p.m. The second concert will be at the Genoa Retirement community at 3 p.m. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by Home Instead Senior Care. These concerts are made possible by a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation. 

Main Street Port Clinton is looking for new or used fishing poles for their Kids Fishing Derby held each year at the Walleye Festival. Over 200 youngsters participate and many children that come do not have their own fishing poles. For more information on how to donate, call the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce office at 419-734-5503.

Kiwanis International is 99 years old, and will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary next year. The local Port Clinton Kiwanis Club that meets each Wednesday for lunch at the PC Elks Lodge is participating in the Kiwanis Worldwide Service Project to raise funds to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus. Local donations are welcome by giving to any Kiwanian. 

Do you love to read? The folks at Otterbein North Shore are starting a Bucket List Book Club with the first session to be held tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m. They will pick 10 books in 2014 to read as a group. They come from the Time Magazine list of the 10 best novels of all time. Deb Loiacono, Director of the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, will be the leader of the group. Call Jo Anne Kirsten at Otterbein to register at 419-798-8250. The first book is “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway. 

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.

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