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Adams named new President and Program Ma…

01-12-2015 Hits:353

The Executive Selection Committee for the Port Clinton Chamber and Main Street have selected Nikki Adams as the new President of the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Program...

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Where in the world is The Beacon?

29-11-2015 Hits:282

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:549

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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Lake Erie Birding Trail comes alive during spring migration

Spring migration will bring millions of birds to Ohio in the coming months, and the Lake Erie Birding Trail offers a great opportunity to view many rare and exciting species, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The Lake Erie Birding Trail encompasses the Ohio shoreline and inland areas from Conneaut in the east to Toledo in the west. More than 80 primary birding sites are highlighted along the trail, which is divided into seven loops: Ashtabula, Cleveland, Huron and Lorain, Sandusky Bay, the Lake Erie Islands, the western Lake Erie marshes and the Oak Openings. The sites within each loop are similar in habitat and landscape. People can visit the entire trail in one trip or explore the trail loop by loop.


Tomi Johnson honored as the 'Very Best of the Best.'

Tomi Johnson, Broker Associate with Howard Hanna Real Estate, was again named the “Very Best of the Best” of Howard Hanna for 2012, which honors the top 1% Sales Associates in the company and honors the finest in the real estate industry. .Additionally, this group received the 2012 National Sales Excellence Award from the Realty Alliance, signifying that they are among the top agents in that prestigious group of Independent Brokers.


Spring is here... kinda, sorta

We have officially moved to the sunny side of the Spring Equinox. From now on the daylight hours are longer than the dark hours. Now, if we could only get Mother Nature to cooperate! 

We have recently updated and upgraded our website, www.thebeacon.net. In the past few weeks, we have worked closely with our webmaster Paul Wallen, our editor Donna Lueke and our graphic design staff to make it a priority to keep our website current, not just once a week, but every day. Every day we are sent or informed about breaking news. Some of it is big news, some of it isn’t. However, it is all local news about local people, places and events. There is no longer a need to wait for your newspaper to arrive in your driveway. You can get local news updates and fresh photos every day, 24/7 on www.thebeacon.net. Check us out. We hope you will be pleasantly surprised. 

Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Karl Busby of Port Clinton. He was one of 131 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A in last week’s Beacon. Karl wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week. 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 singing nuns of “Nunsense” are back and heading to Hollywood in the next Playmakers’ musical “Nunsense Boulevard” which opens at the West Sixth Street Theater on April 4. The storyline goes that the nuns think they have been invited to sing at the Hollywood Bowl, and then find out it’s the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama. The five nuns will be portrayed by Sylvia Chappell, Karen Abbott, Angela Fishburn, Louise Retzer and Donielle Yates. 

There will be a very special event held this Saturday, March 23, from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Our Guest Inn and Suites in downtown Port Clinton. It’s Burgers, Brownies and Beer, a special benefit for Lynn Domokos, the manager there, who has been stricken by a debilitating disease that has eaten up just about all of the family savings. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. The menu includes grilled burgers with all the fixings (vegan too), chips, brownie and a soft drink. They will also feature a full bar open that day along with entertainment from the new band Lake Erie Local from 3-6 p.m. Lake Erie Local is a collection of musicians and songwriters including Ron Nisch, Jerry Davenport, Frankie Bickell, Larry Fletcher, Slate Kessler and Ron Miller. Sounds like a fun time.

It’s the annual “all you can eat” Pancake & Sausage Breakfast this Sunday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carroll Township Service Complex, 11080 W. Toussaint-East Rd. north of Oak Harbor. They will feature pancakes, bacon, sausage, OJ, milk and coffee for just $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children under 12. Youngsters 4 and under eat free. Carryouts will also be available. The whole meal is prepared and served by Carroll Township Fire and EMS. 

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin. The Easter Egg Hunt will be followed by a Candy Hunt in downtown Oak Harbor and then to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where the kids can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny and take photos with the Bunny Family. This event is open to all youngsters aged 12 and under. For more information, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479. 

Don’t forget the benefit for Devin Kohlman, the Port Clinton Middle School Student diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He has been through several surgeries, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The benefit will be Wednesday, March 27 from 6-9 p.m. at Rosie’s Bar and Grill located at the Old Island House at the corner of Second and Madison Streets in downtown Port Clinton. There will be entertainment by Corduroy Road, food and refreshments will be served. They are asking a donation of $20 per person with 100% of the proceeds going to Devin and his mother.  

The Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters hold their 25th Annual Reverse Raffle at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed this Saturday, March 23. The fun-filled night will consist of dinner, drinks, games, silent auction items and the raffle with a $5,000 grand prize. Tickets are $75 each which includes dinner. Doors open at 5:30. All money earned support the Oak Harbor Rockets. That means all 18 programs for both boys and girls. For more information or to donate to their Silent Auction, call Becci Petersen or Lisa Morgan at the Rocket Shop, 419-898-7909 or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fine Art Creations for Community Causes announces their Grand Opening at 136 W. Water Street in downtown Oak Harbor on Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. The new business is owned by Jackie Bodnar. They are currently open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fine Art Creations houses watercolor, oil and photography and they also accept art on consignment. Their ribbon cutting ceremony will be on Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. 

Don’t forget the Lenten Fish Fries. The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus and the folks at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Oak Harbor are hosting fish fries every Friday during Lent. The Port Clinton K of C holds theirs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Denny Bergeman Hall, 109 E Perry Street featuring Lake Erie Perch, shrimp and all you can eat pollock dinners with all the fixings. Desserts are also available. At St. Boniface, the dinners will be from 4-7 p.m. featuring fried or baked fish, and all the fixings. Price for adults is $8, children ages 6-12 are $5, and kids under 5 eat free.  Carryouts are available. The St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will have Perch and Pierogis this Friday, March 22, from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church Hall, 822 Barclay Street. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6.

An Easter Candy Hunt and Easter Bunny visit will be held on Saturday, March 23, in downtown Oak Harbor. The Candy Hunt will begin at 2 p.m. at the Log Cabin at Adolphus Kraemer Park, across from the post office. After the hunt, the Easter Bunny will be available at the Fire Station. The event, sponsored by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, is open to all children ages 12 and under. Bring your own basket and camera. 

The Port Clinton Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 30, starting at 10 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn. All youngsters ages 12 months to 10 years are invited to this event sponsored by the Port Clinton Parks and Recreation Department and Champions for Children. For more information, contact Jenn Porter at City Hall at 419-734-5522, Extension 8.

The third annual Easter Egg Hunt at East Harbor, sponsored by the Friends of East Harbor,  will be held on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 2 p.m. It will begin in front of the Camp Store. In case of inclement weather it will be held at Lockwood Shelter House.  The hunt is open to children ages 0-12, who will be hunting in one of four age groups. Special prizes will be awarded in each age group. There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny and his helper. There is no fee but donations will be accepted. Bring your own baskets. For details, call the park at 419-734-4424, ext. 2.


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