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Hotel Lakeside Dining Room opening May 22

Lakeside Chautauqua will once again partner with Black Tie Catering to offer lakefront dining at the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room and Café. The official opening is Thursday, May 22. 

Lunch hours are 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner hours are 5-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday. A special dinner menu will be featured on Friday and Saturday evenings. A Sunday Brunch Buffet will be offered from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. beginning Sunday, June 1. Cost for Sunday Brunch is $16.95 for adults, $6.95 for children (ages 6-10), and children under age 5 are free.

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Port Clinton’s brain gain: Dina Rodgers of Lilly and Gerts

Dina Rodgers of Lilly and Gerts

Editor’s note: First in a series, The Beacon is showcasing businesses of Port Clinton graduates that moved away, saw the country and world, and decided to come back to Port Clinton to start their business. People may talk about a “brain drain”, but we want to showcase Port Clinton’s “brain gain”. Many of these graduates and business owners came back to start a business and raise their families. That is the case with Dina Rodgers.

Dina Rodgers, owner and operator of Lilly and Gerts, is a 1990 Port Clinton High School graduate.

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B-C-S Board approves personnel and calendar changes

Wednesday, June 4, was officially confirmed as the last day of school for students in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School district. This confirmation was the result of action taken at the April B-C-S Board of Education meeting (pending no additional calamity days). The Board took advantage of a one-time waiver allowed by state law given the unusually brutal winter, which resulted in an unusually high number of calamity days for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Board’s April 22 regular meeting opened with a presentation from third grade students and staff at R.C. Waters Elementary School on how computers are a powerful instructional tool. R.C. Waters Elementary School students presented and discussed with Board members their personal learning experiences with the various online programs available to students. Students explained how real-time feedback from the online programs helps to further their learning both during the school day and outside school.

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Otterbein named Home Care Elite

Otterbein Home Health was named to the HomeCare Elite for 2013, a national rating of the top 25% home health agencies in the country. The list was based on data compiled by National Research Corporation, and announced in conjunction with DecisionHealth.

HomeCare Elite™ is a list of the most successful home care providers in the United States. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Now in its eighth year, this market-leading review names the top agencies based on a series of performance measures, including quality outcomes, best practices implementation (process measure), the patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance.

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Oak Harbor village wide garage sales June 6-7

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the 5th Annual Village wide Garage Sale Days in Oak Harbor on June 6 and 7. A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Harbor Public Library, and also on oakharborohio.net, starting Wednesday, June 4. If you would like to place your sale on the list, there is a $3 minimum donation. Information must be received by Monday, June 2. For further information, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479.

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Master Gardeners sponsor plant sale

The Ottawa/Sandusky Master Gardeners are sponsoring a plant sale at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Numerous annuals, perennials and vegetable plants will be on sale as well as gardening related items such as garden gloves and bug barns. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening related questions. 

Master Gardener Volunteers provide educational services to their communities such as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities. This annual event is a fund raiser for the Master Gardeners to help them continue to provide these services to Ottawa and Sandusky County communities. For more information, contact Master Gardener Coordinator Becky Lauer at 419-637-2738 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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PCMS hosts grade five orientation

Port Clinton Middle School will be welcoming grade five students on Wednesday, May 28, as part of an orientation program. As a class, students will visit PCMS during the school day for a tour and to learn more about all that is available to them as a sixth grade students next year.  

Later that day, parents of grade five students are invited to attend a special “Parent Chat” to discuss both student and parent expectations. Topics will include the transition from elementary school to middle school, general information, expectations and extra-curricular opportunities for students. The Parent Chat will take place at PCMS at 6:30 p.m. 

More information regarding scheduling and elective classes is available on the school district website, pccsd.net, under News.

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Father and son graduate from water operator training

William Pinkleton (left) with step-father Mark Buxton (right).

Mark Buxton and his stepson, William Pinkleton, both of Port Clinton, received their certificates from the Water Operator’s training class on May 1 at the program’s graduation exercise. They join two Fremont residents in the graduation class.

“This was an opportunity for me to re-invent myself and start a new career path,” Buxton said. 

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Ottawa County Health Department Clinic Schedule May 19-23

Unless otherwise noted all clinics are at the Ottawa County Health Department with appointments being made by calling 419-734-6800 or 1-800-788-8803.

May 19

Immunization Clinic (including flu/pneumonia shots) 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
WIC Clinic 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

May 20

WIC Clinic 12:45-4:30 p.m.

May 21

Family Planning 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Immunization Clinic (including flu/pneumonia shots) 2-6:30 p.m.
TB Clinic (no appointment necessary) 3-4 p.m.

May 22

Well Child, STD and Family Planning Clinic 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

May 23

TB Clinic (no appointment necessary) 3-4 p.m.
WIC Clinic 7:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

For home health please call 419-734-6800.

Speakers are available for your group by calling the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6800 or 1-800-788-8803.

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Biking with Your Dog

By Kim Salerno

When you think about the activities that you can do with your dog, your list might look like this: walk, run, play fetch. With such a short list, you probably cycle through these pretty quickly. Why not shake things up a bit and introduce your dog to something new? Spring and summer are wonderful times to ride your bike and the best part is that your dog can come with you. It's the perfect way to bond and reconnect with your pooch and enjoy that fresh spring air together.

Can Any Dog Bike?

It makes sense that a healthy dog that's used to walking, running, or hiking is a great candidate for a bike mate. But what if your dog is small and doesn't need much exercise? Don't worry! There are a few different ways that will allow your dog to join you so you don't have to leave that wagging tail and adorable little face behind.

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