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Sean Black takes second at JTBA

Sean Black, former Port Clinton Redskin Bowler and current Davenport University Bowler, led the qualifying at the Junior Tournament Bowlers Association (JTBA) at Miracle Lanes in Toledo Sunday, August 10.

He was fifth after the first 5 games rolling 211-178-209-269-190 and followed in the 3 game semifinals with 278-231-205 to become top qualifier. The JTBA used the 36’ Los Angeles Sport Lane Condition. He lost the final stepladder game to Urbana University’s Kyle Cook 259-190.

Sean earned $338 in scholarships and a paid entry into next summer’s USBC Junior Gold Tournament in Chicago.

“Today was a very strong outing and I am very pleased with this performance. I can’t be upset at all with losing in the Finals because it’s very difficult to beat a 259 on these type of Lane conditions,” Black said of the tournament. “This gives me lots of confidence after a rough tournament last weekend in Michigan so to come out and be able to execute good shots today was good as I continue to develop my bowling game.”

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Yankee Air Force supports the Warbirds Over Port Clinton

Yankee Lady, photo by the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Authority.

Yankee Lady, the pristine World War II Boeing B-17G heavy bomber and Yankee Warrior, the combat veteran B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, will be flying into Erie-Ottawa International Airport supporting the Warbirds Over Port Clinton air show.   The radio controlled air show opens Saturday morning August 23 at 9 a.m. and the B-25 Yankee Warrior will arrive shortly thereafter.  The four-engine Flying Fortress will arrive on Sunday morning helping open the second day. Both planes are based at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Michigan.  The B-25 will be available for Flight Experience (FLEX) rides on Saturday and the B-17 will offer rides on Sunday. 

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Natural solution to algae problem in western Lake Erie 

Image courtesy of NOAA

Editor’s note: this article was written by Ray Stewart, President of Ohio Wetlands Association and Dr. William J. Mitsch, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University; Director, Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, OSU; Eminent Scholar and Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park; Founding Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Engineering

Officials may be hedging their responses to the latest water crisis in the western Lake Erie basin but there is no mystery to what is going on. While the investigation into specifics about this particular spike have not been completed, the general causes are well understood. 

Too many nutrients, especially phosphorus, have made their way into the water. Agricultural fertilizers, septic systems, sewage treatment plants and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are all contributors. These nutrients, combined with the long day lengths and the warmer temperatures of summer, create the perfect incubator for algae and especially Mycrosistis cyanobacteria that produce toxic substances. 

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Ida Rupp to host Scholastic Book Fair August 18-22

The Friends of the Ida Rupp Public Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair from August 18-22.  The fair will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day as long as volunteers are available.  Volunteers are still needed.  Call Terri at 419-732-3212 to volunteer for a two hour time slot.  

Funds raised will help purchase books for children of all ages. Families and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers.

The Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers, and other great reads from more than 100 publishers.

Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.  For more information or to check on hours the fair will be open a certain day, contact Ida Rupp Public Library at 419-732-3212.

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St. Joseph Church Religious Education registering new students

New student registration has begun at St. Joseph Church in Marblehead. Classes are for children kindergarten through 12th grade who would like to attend religious education classes who did not attend last year. For more information or to register contact Carol Arntz at the parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-798-4177 ext 303.

Grades K-6 will meet on Mondays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall and the Ministry Center. Grades 7-12 will meet on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. in the Ministry Center. Classes will being the week of Monday, September 8.

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Four generations

Great grandparents William and Jean Glovinsky and grandmother Mary Brown Grieger of Port Clinton are pictured with Olivia Cordelia Brown and her father, Nathan Brown, of Norfolk, Virginia. Nathan and his wife, Kelley, are proud parents of Olivia who was born on March 11. The family came to Ohio for a visit over the fourth of July.

Nathan is proudly serving in the Navy, based out of Norfolk, Virginia, with Special Forces.

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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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