We are off to a great start for our new focus on jobs. We have nearly a half-page of “Jobs Just Posted” on page 2A this week. As I have said for many years, many of the economic ills of our area, and our country for that matter, can be cured by matching up people with jobs. Our sales staff of Vicki Theobald, Bill Derivan and Connie Roberts did a great job of kicking things off this week with this new feature. As of our last audit, even with the weather here being so lousy, The Beacon reaches 19,565 readers in Ottawa County, many of whom are in need of good paying jobs.
Another new feature we are launching, although as I write this on Tuesday, there are expectations of another heavy-duty snowstorm looming for Wednesday, is our new “Coffee with the Editor” at Common Grounds in the Sutton Center on Port Clinton’s far east side. Every Wednesday at 9 a.m. we hope you will join Beacon Editor Jasmine Cupp and me for this casual gathering to discuss new story ideas, photo opportunities and community happenings. Common Grounds is offering small coffees (with one refill) for 99-cents. Our first session will be this Wednesday, Feb. 5. See you there, weather permitting.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Vivian Saylor, who was one of 178 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Mr. Ed’s on page 8A in last week’s Beacon. Vivian 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.
I had a chance to chat with our State Representative, Chris Redfern, last Sunday morning when I saw him and his lovely wife having breakfast at JT’s Catawba Café. We talked a little about Port Clinton and the drastic need for something positive to happen downtown. The buzz all over town is about the area around the old “Cindy’s” location at the corner of Madison and Second Streets that had to be blocked off because some bricks fell off the walls there. He told me that old friend Greg Telecky from Poggemeyer Engineering was working on gaining some grant money for the City to do some serious rehabbing on some of these buildings. Chris is a forward thinking guy, and reminded me how much good economic activity was created for the east end of Ottawa County by the Regional Water project that happened when he was Ottawa County Commissioner, which it certainly did. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed.
Another iPad Class is scheduled for Otterbein North Shore this Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. Each time they meet, they start from the beginning and quickly get everyone in attendance up to speed. There are a couple of other events at Otterbein of note. There is a Shingles Vaccine Seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. They are also having a special Valentine’s Day Harp Dinner to be prepared by their Chef Ron LaPointe. The “Surf & Turf” dinner will feature prime rib and shrimp scampi. Harpist Karen Westgate will perform during dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information call Jo Ann or Kirsten at 419-798-8250.
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.
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.
Registration forms for the Oak Harbor Soccer League are now available at BCS Schools, the Oak Harbor Public Library or by logging in to www.oakharborsoccer.com. Registration forms are due by February 15.