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Birders and birds converge at Magee Marsh

The Biggest Week in American Birding is living up to its name. Birds and birders have arrived, many from Central and South America. They have converged with resident birds and birders, and with first-timers and locals who are just learning about the sport that is enjoyed by 20% of all Americans. The Canadian birder contingent is also represented, perhaps to welcome and escort tiny, colorful warblers as they head north from here for the summer.

Guide Elmer Escoto of Honduras said, “It is paradise here. I left one paradise for another.”

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Thank you from United Way

United Way in Ottawa County would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, and golfers who made our 3rd Golf Invitational held at the Catawba Island Club on May 3a huge success. We would especially like to thank, Ben, Patrick, Ken and the entire staff at the club for making the event a great experience for all the golfers.

We would also like to thank Bassett’s Market for their donation to the Summer Lunch & Fun Program. Our volunteers had a great time helping at their Weber Grill demonstration on Saturday, May 4th. The weather was perfect and the food was great. It always amazes us with the way the community comes together in unexpected ways to make Port Clinton such a wonderful place to live.

With sincere appreciation,
Chris Galvin & Kristen Gerwin
United Way in Ottawa County

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Riverview to dedicate new benches

One of the planned events to celebrate National Nursing Home week at the Riverview Healthcare Campus will be the dedication of five new seating benches in the portico entrance area of the facility on Wednesday, May 15, at 2:15 pm.

Last year the Riverview Auxiliary identified the need to replace these benches which had been originally donated by the Lutheran Brotherhood many years ago. In the meantime, Lutheran Brotherhood’s name has changed to Thrivent Financial. The Ottawa County Chapter #30011 of Thrivent Financial was approached for financial support. The Thrivent board under leadership of Wayne Smith, Chapter President, and Terry Hetrick, Thrivent Associate, responded that they would provide the funds for this project.

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Port Clinton loses to Perkins in boys tennis

Port Clinton Boys tennis took on Perkins on Monday at Port Clinton High School in an SBC Match.  The Redskins fell to 7-5  (4-3) on the year losing 0-5.  The Pirates improved to 11-0 (8-0).

The scores were as follows:

  • 1st Singles: Manickam Manickam (P) def. Matheus Rodrigues (PC) 6 - 2, 6 -0
  • 2nd Singles:  Josh Rohrbacher (P) def. Noah Cross (PC) 6 - 1, 6 - 1
  • 3rd Singles:  Gabe Murray (P) def. Leandro Papa (PC) 6 - 0, 6 - 0
  • 1st Doubles: Zach Greally/Cody Dominick def.  Matt Fillmore/Jeff Griffin (PC) 6 - 4, 6 - 3
  • 2nd Doubles:  Alex Cebull/Brian Kurtz def. Max Mercurio/Ryan Norgard (PC) 6 - 1, 7 - 5

Coach Aaron Taylor: “Matheus had a difficult match against Manickan who is undefeated in the SBC.  Noah had a very tough test as well as Josh played excellent tennis.  Leandro ran into a buzz saw at 3rd singles as Gabe played with excellent poise as a senior.  1st doubles was a very exciting match that was indicative of two great doubles teams.  2nd Doubles was also very exciting with a very close second set once Max and Ryan got going.”

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Chris Redfern to host office hours

State Representative Chris Redfern has scheduled office hours in Ottawa County. Office hours will be Monday, May 13, from 2-3 p.m. in the Oak Harbor Public Library Lower Level Meeting Room, located at 147 West Main Street in Oak Harbor. The public is invited to attend.

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‘Capturing the Mississippi’ with Madelyn and Adam

On June 8th a daughter of Ottawa County will be heading on a grand adventure, and we have been invited along. Woodmore graduate Madelyn Hille, 23, and her partner Adam Hoffmeister, 25, will set out with their canoe and their dog Joschko to paddle and capture the Mississippi--all 2500 miles of it, beginning at the headwaters at Itasca State Park in Minnesota and ending with the Gulf of Mexico. 

Along the way Hille, an aspiring photojournalist now living in Indianapolis, will be documenting the trip. She will select one photo each day that captures that day’s experience, then compile the photos into a hard-cover book titled “Capturing the Mississippi”. Madelyn will also be sharing photos each week with Beacon readers.

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National Day of Prayer in Port Clinton

On May 2, a beautiful spring day, The National Day of Prayer was observed on the courthouse lawn in downtown Port Clinton. Carol Fox organized the service that has been observed annually since President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1952.


Participating pastors, left to right: Peter Dodd, Grace Baptist; Jeanne Gay, Firelands Presbyterian; Chris Young, St. Paul Lutheran, Danbury; Jim Lehman, St. John Lutheran, Port Clinton; Bruce Bachelor-Glader, Trinity United Methodist; Carolyn Joseph, Church of the Nazarene; Deron Fourman, Bible Methodist Church.

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P.O.R.T.S. bringing Tall Ships to Port Clinton

People Organizing the Return of the Tall Ships Committee (P.O.R.T.S.) is excited to announce the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial events in Port Clinton.  The entire community will be celebrating the 200 years of freedom gained by Commander Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory some twelve miles from the mouth of the Portage River.

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The Amazing Island Raise coming to Ottawa County

Ottawa County CASA and Joyful Connections are teaming up to host The Amazing Island Raise, Put-In-Bay style, on June 15. This is for all of the Amazing Race fans out there that want to solve clues, complete challenges and win great prizes while enjoying the fun and sun of Put–In-Bay.

Teams of 4-6 adults will race against one another to see who has what it takes to be an Amazing Race champion. Teams will ride the Miller Ferry to the Island where the clues and challenges will take place. Once the winner has been declared, the teams can remain on the Island to enjoy the rest of the day and return on the ferry when they are finished.  The entry fee of $30 per person will cover the cost of transportation to the island as well as a team t-shirt. The fun will begin at 11 a.m. and the group will depart for Put-in-Bay at noon.

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Skipper Bud’s Fishing Derby will be at Walleye Festival

The Skipper Bud’s Kids Fishing Derby at the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, from 12-1:30 p,m.  This free family-oriented event will be held at Derby Pond.

All children ages 12 and under are invited to participate.  Trophies for each age group will be awarded in each of the following categories: longest, shortest, most fish caught and most unique.  Trophies will be presented in the Entertainment Tent at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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