Your vote is (was) your choice

I write in response to Mr. Gary Philabaum’s September 9th letter titled, “Your vote is your choice.”   

Mr. Philabaum implied that the recent change to the meeting agenda prevents Council from hearing what people have to say.  To what is he referring?  Are we making the audience prove U.S. citizenship or PC residency to speak a single word – that’s got to be it, right?  Hardly.     

Council voted to move public comments from agenda item #19 up to #7.   That’s at the top of the meeting, after roll call and before the mayor’s report.  Remember, according to Philabaum, “It is unclear why council would not want to hear what the people have to say about what they are doing.”   We are.


Port Clinton slays the beast defeating Genoa, 27-19

PC's Brandon Moore gets ready to stiff arm a Genoa defender on Friday night.
Photos by Bill Migala

After losing to Genoa by 71 points last season, many people would figure Port Clinton was just hoping to have a respectable showing against the Comets this time around.

The Redskins, however, were looking for much more than that, and managed to come up with what was probably their biggest victory in two decades, defeating Genoa, 27-19, to improve to 3-0 on the season.

It was just another step in the rebuilding process that appears to have accelerated under head coach Beau Carmon, who was proud to see his kids avenge last year’s 84-13 loss to the Comets.


Danbury comes up short against St. Mary CC, 36-14

Danbury came into its matchup with St. Mary Central Catholic hoping to get a big victory that would move them to 3-0 and give them momentum heading into the conference slate.

Unfortunately, the Lakers fell short in their contest with the Panthers, losing 36-14, but Danbury did prove it could play with SMCC, keeping pace in a game that was closer than the final score indicated and taking a step in the right direction for a program that is looking to build its foundation.

With the loss, the Lakers fell to 2-1 while the Panthers improved to 1-2.


Losing the waterfront

I would like to thank every member of CORD for all the time and effort they have put in to save our parks for us. I would also like to congratulate them for their success on getting the needed signatures so a petition can be put on the November ballot.

I truly believe the citizens will support this petition, giving us the right to vote if we want to keep our parks as parks, or let our administration have a developer fill them with those ugly, view blocking condos.


To all registered voters in Port Clinton

Recently the group known as Friends for Port Clinton passed out fliers to homes in Port Clinton which stated the language for the upcoming initiative ordinance to be voted on this November. In an attempt to purposely confuse the voters, they also had these three questions at the bottom of their letter:


Best of the Best winners announced Thursday, September 18

Tonight’s (Thursday, September 18) the big gala evening at Mon Ami…Ottawa County’s Best of the Best winners will be announced. It all starts at 5:30 p.m. in the tent behind the Chalet at Mon Ami.

You may experience an inconvenience driving to Fremont from Port Clinton. State Route 53 is closed now through Friday, September 26, for culvert replacement and pavement repair, according to the Ohio Dept. of Transportation. The closed area is from Weickert Rd to State Route 523. Detour using SR 19 and SR 523. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Dave Matthews who was one of 193 people to find our friendly fish hiding the ad for Portage Resale Shop on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. So, Dave 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


Community calendar Sept 18-24

Thursday September 18

Best of the Best awards ceremony
When: 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Mon Ami, 3845 E Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton
Cost: $10
Info: 419-732-2154

Do you believe? Mythical creatures
What: Do you believe that mermaids, dragons, unicorns or fairies exist?
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton
Info: 419-732-3212 or


A view from a prosecutor

An open letter to the public from Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan

Crime is frightening, worrisome, and terrible, but it is also the source of great interest to the public. A quick county of the number of “true crime” programs on television illustrates just how much interest people have in crime and its effects on society. Indeed, the criminal act, the criminal, the lawyers, law enforcement, and the justice process can all combine to make fascinating news. So, it is unfortunate for those hungry for news that the requirements of justice and due process at times interfere with all-encompassing reporting. This interference is the result of certain ethical constraints that require prosecutors to not disclose facts about pending cases.

But even more unfortunate is that, when these facts are not supplied, some will assume things about cases that are simply not true. The result can be a news story that is more sensational than newsworthy.


Volunteers and supporters of Ottawa County CASA honored

On August 23, a gathering of CASA volunteers and supporters was held at the home of Wade and Linda O’Brian.   Robyn Sautter, Board President welcomed and thanked the volunteers for their dedication to more than 80 children in Ottawa County served through the Juvenile Court system over the last year.  Judge Kathleen Giesler also spoke to the volunteers reminding them that they are the “voice” of the child in the courtroom and how their insight is invaluable in making decisions for these most vulnerable children.

Several awards were given: The Rising Star Award given to a CASA volunteer with under two years of service that shows exceptional strength in professionalism and responsibility was given to Jim Olsen.  The Volunteer of the Year Award given to someone serving more than two years with exceptional strength and character was awarded to Jennie Dornbusch, who logged in excess of 8500 miles and 420 hours of volunteer time on behalf of children desperately in need.  The Jennie R. Dornbusch Beacon of Light award is given to those individuals that contribute their time and resources to advance the CASA program in Ottawa County.  Award recipients were: Lori Clune, Ann Duez and Gary and Rosalyn Barnhill.

CASA volunteers work with children involved in the Court system for abuse, neglect and dependency.  Volunteers are always needed, for more information, please contact Connie Cornett at 419-301-0225.

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