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Submit your boat name in the Best of the Best competition

We are currently taking boat name submissions for our Ottawa County’s Best of the Best competition. The competition is running through August 31, but we need submissions now for the Best of the Best boat name. Send your contact information, a photo of your boat and a story (if applicable) to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 18.

After all of the boat name submissions are gathered, there will be a photo gallery online and in print for people to vote for the best boat name.

To vote for Ottawa County’s Best of the Best online visit surveymonkey.com/s/thebeaconbestofthebest2014 or go to page 3C to fill out a ballot and turn it in or mail it to The Beacon office located at 205 SE Catawba Rd., Suite G, Port Clinton, OH, 43452.

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Fly-In Drive-In pancake breakfast August 17

“Tin Goose” Chapter 1247 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will be hosting its annual Fly-In / Drive-In Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 17. This event is open to the public and will be held inside the new hangar at the Liberty Aviation Museum complex (3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton) from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Breakfast includes coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Proceeds from the breakfast will be used for Tin Goose Chapter 1247's college scholarship fund, Young Eagles program and on-going Ford Tri-Motor restoration project.

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Ugandan Kids Choir performs at Lakeview Park

Photos by Brooke Kilmer

The Ugandan Kids Choir preformed for a crowd of supporters at Lakeview Park Wednesday, August 6. The children in the Ugandan Kids Choir bring a message of hope by sharing their African folklore and the power of God’s love through music and dance. The children have been brought out of poverty to travel the world to perform and spread their message. The choir tours the country and gives people an opportunity provide education and hope for those struggling themselves.

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Public invited to Castalia State Fish Hatchery open house

Anglers have the chance to see fish hatchery operations firsthand when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife hosts an open house Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Castalia State Fish Hatchery. This event is free and open to the public.

“We look forward to showing the public how we are using sportsmen’s dollars to create and sustain fisheries in Ohio,” said Nick Jamison, Fish Hatchery Program Administrator.

A number of activities will be held to entertain kids, including a fish feeding event for kids 17 and younger. Other activities will include: opportunities to view the electrofishing boat, archery activities for youth in attendance, and a wildlife learning area featuring Ohio’s eagles.

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Halupki’s Craft Fest takes place during Halupki Festival Aug. 17

Herman Halupki’s Craft Fest will take place on Sunday, August 17. The event, now in its fifth year, features over 30 vendors offering a variety of primarily hand-crafted items, including jewelry, glassware, prints, honey, metal yard art, candles, soaps, handbags, pottery, and more.

The Craft Fest is part of the famous Halupki Festival, the 58th annual celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and music presented by Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 East Main Street in Marblehead. The festival hours are 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and the Craft Fest will be open the entire time. Admission to the festival and craft fest is free of charge. 

As an additional attraction, Marblehead’s many unique shops and galleries will be open during the festival, and are within easy walking distance from the festival grounds.

For more information on either the craft fest or the Halupki Festival, call 419-625-1040, or visit the Facebook page: Holy Assumption Halupki Festival.

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Ottawa County Safety Council highlights National Immunization Awareness Month

Each year in August National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Actitivies are focused on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. In 2014, the National Public Health Information Coalition is coordinating NIAM activities. The NIAM Communication Toolkit, developed by NPHIC in collaboration with CDC, focuses on four weekly themes:

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Port Clinton firefighters looking for past members

Port Clinton Fire Chief Kent Johnson is on a special mission to pay homage to past firefighters that served on his department. “Due to a substantial donation earlier this year, we are taking on a huge project to honor those who came before us in the department,” said Chief Johnson. “We are huge history buffs, so this is a great project for us.”

The chief intends to place grave memorial markers on each grave of the Port Clinton Firefighters in the area, but he is having some trouble locating them all.

“We have used old yearbooks and rosters and we have a pretty substantial list compiled,” said Chief Johnson, “but I am confident it is not complete.”

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PCHS needs head softball coach

Port Clinton High School is seeking a head softball coach. There are no teaching openings at this time. Please send a letter of interest, credentials and references to Rick Dominick, Athletic Director at Port Clinton High School, 821 S. Jefferson Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Crews will survey the Portage River to find lampreys

The continuing battle against sea lampreys soon will come to locations in the local area.  A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey crew will conduct work on the offshore area near the Portage River in Ottawa and Sandusky Counties during August 17-20 to search for the presence of lampreys near the mouth of the stream. The information gathered will be used to determine if sea lampreys have established themselves in the system.

A first step in the control of sea lampreys is to survey streams tributary to the Great Lakes to determine the presence of lamprey larvae.  Sea lampreys invaded the Great Lakes during the 1920s and have been a permanent, destructive element of the fishery ever since.  Sea lampreys attach to fish with a suction cup mouth, rasp a hole though the fish’s scales and skin, and feed on blood and body fluids.  The average sea lamprey will destroy up to (40 lbs/ 20 kg) of fish during its parasitic phase.

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Thank you from Ida Rupp

The Ida Rupp Public Library would like to thank Friends members, volunteers, and community for their help with this year's book sale. 3,342 of our books found new homes! Thank you to everyone who adopted new books and donated money at the book sale. We would also like to thank the 267 people who donated to become Friends of the Ida Rupp Public Library members this year. The commitment and engagement of the library's community help make this yearly event, and the library, the success that it is. We appreciate your support.

A special thank you to the following Friends members for setting up and running the book sale this year:

Susan Smith, Judy and Tim McKenna, Sandy Schaffner, Nancy Hartung, Skip & Peg Ormsby, Roland Roder, Kevin Winters, Jeff Smith, Rich Norgard, Marit Reynolds, Marlene Gulas, Kathy Jo Schweitzer, Sandy Pienta, Chris Occhino, Roslyn Hashiguchi, Joyce Davis, Jim & Theresa Heyde, Bonnie Legg, Judy Euller, Peggy Debien, Jim Widmer, Vivian Saylor, Vee Reifsnyder, John Gibson, Anne Butcher, Tom & Barb Karst, Earl Kennedy, Sandy Pick, and Catharine Hadley.

Ida Rupp Public Library

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