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Where in the world is The Beacon?

29-11-2015 Hits:217

Here Chris Bodnar brought his Beacon to Bend, Oregon. In the background is Pilot Butte. Has your Beacon traveled somewhere with you? Send your photo to Jasmine at editor@thebeacon.net.

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Red Fern Inn at Rocky Point Winery

28-11-2015 Hits:469

Chris Redfern at Red Fern Inn at Rocky Point Winery. “Three years ago Kim and I walked through buildings in downtown Port Clinton, Catawba Island Township and Marblehead. People thought my...

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Snoochy Poochy

27-11-2015 Hits:239

Amanda Linton, left, and her daughter, Joey, out in front of the Snoochy Poochy. Amanda Linton, owner of Snoochy Poochy, has always worked with animals. Her mother owned a boarding kennel...

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Mark Schaffner

Mark Schaffner

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Dear Readers, (Port Clinton Lighthouse)

Ever been given a gift and never received it? Ever been promised a gift and then told how you have to use it? That is where the City of Port Clinton is on the gift of the lighthouse.

Sometime ago Mr. Darrell Brand offered to the City of Port Clinton one of the two remaining beacons that guided boaters into the Portage River from Lake Erie. The City Administration and the City Council voted to accept the gift.  Then came the contract. The contract stated that the beacon had to be placed at the end of Adams Street, based on a conceptual drawing that had Adams Street come across Perry and through Waterworks Park. The contract mandated that the beacon be placed at the turnaround that was included in the drawing.  Since this was a conceptual drawing and the fate of that project was unknown, the City declined and offered to place it at the site of the former Waterworks building. Mr. Brand declined.

Several months later the City was approached by the Lighthouse Conservancy Committee, asking why we did not want this gift. Wanting the beacon has never been the issue, only the placement. Again the City offered the Waterworks building area and were told “no”. Then the committee began having public meetings insinuating that the City did not want the beacon. Nothing is further from the truth. Again, this is about placement.

The Mayor has a review Committee that oversees projects that individuals and groups would like to do for the City. These groups bring their plans; we approve, tweak and at times reject these projects. 

The Committee has reviewed this particular project numerous times and has done a great deal of work. The Conservancy has accused us of throwing "red herrings" into the project. The Committee sees these as issues that any city faces when a building is going to be placed on City land. It is the right and the obligation that we look at all the issues that face the City when taking on a project. This one in particular is taking place on a piece of land that is in play for numerous projects, some that have been on the burner for quite some time.

The City committee has asked one thing consistenly from the Lighthouse Committee and that has been time, time to allow us to look at projects on the block and those that may be forth coming and see how the placement of the beacon will affect those. Each time we have been told no, the Lighthouse Committee wants the beacon placed by Labor Day and the City will not guarantee that. Again, each time we have offered the Waterworks building site. The waterworks Building site is build ready, it is in proximity to the River and provides a gateway into the River area. 

Have both sides buried their feet in the sand? Yes, they have. However, the beacon is not homeless. It can be taken back to Brand’s Marina.

The City would like to solve this but for us there are only two choices, place it on the property that is willing and waiting or step back and let us put a plan together.

City of Port Clinton Review Committee
Mayor Leone
Linda Hartlaub
Tracy Colston


Sectional tennis tournament at Port Clinton

The NW District Division II Boys Sectional Tennis Tournament will be played at the Von Thron-Hablitzel Tennis Center at Port Clinton High School Thursday May 16th and Saturday May 18th. Play both days will start at 9 a.m. The top four Singles Players and top four Doubles Teams will advance to the DII District Tournament at BGSU on Thursday, May 23rd.


Port Clinton boys take championship in doubles at SBC

Following are the results of the 2013 SBC Boys Tennis Tournament that was held at Baywinds Athletic Club in Perkins Twp. on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11.

1st Team All-SBC

Manickam Manickam (11) - Perkins - Singles Champion - 2013 Most Outstanding Performer
Matheus Rodrigues (12) - Port Clinton - Singles - 2nd Place
Isaac Prunty (12) - Clyde - Singles - 3rd Place
Matt Fillmore (12)- Port Clinton - Doubles Champion
Jeff Griffin (11) - Port Clinton - Doubles Champion
Zach Grealy (12) - Perkins - Doubles - 2nd Place
Cody Dominick (11) - Perkins - Doubles - 2nd Place


Port Clinton defeats Huron, 9-2

Port Clinton 9, Huron 2

Kate Mueller led the way at the plate and in the circle, helping Port Clinton to defeat Huron, 9-2.

Mueller hit two doubles and drove in four runs to lead the Redskins. She allowed two runs, striking out five and walking two to get the win.

With the win, Port Clinton improves to 8-10 overall and 7-4 in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Hope Thorbahn had three hits and Shelby Radloff went 2-for-4 with a home run.

Clyde 10, Port Clinton 0 (5 inn.)

Holding a one-run lead in the fifth, the Clyde Fliers broke the game open with nine runs to defeat Port Clinton, 10-0, in a Div. II Sectional Semifinal at Clyde High School on Saturday.

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