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Catawba Island man named TOPS Ohio State King

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) held the Ohio State Recognition Days on April 11 and 12 in Cincinnati. This annual event honors TOPS members for outstanding weight loss and/or maintaining weight goals during the previous year.

Philip Carstensen, a member of TOPS chapter OH 1487, Port Clinton, joined the chapter in January, 2013, and reached his ideal goal weight in November, 2013, without registering a single weight gain. Phil lost 58.5 pounds to goal. By reaching the goal weight set for him by his doctor he became a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). He also won First Place in male weight Division 3 (250-200 lbs.) Divisions for male and female are based on starting weight of the year and there is a 50 pound difference between each Division. Philip lost the most weight to goal than any other male member in Ohio reaching KOPS status. This earned him the honor of Ohio State King for 2013. The Ohio State Queen is Myra Mayle of TOPS OH 1405, McConnelsville. Myra lost 108.5 pounds to goal. 

Other members of TOPS OH 1487, Port Clinton, who attended the SRD are Janine Dress, Cindy Fedor, Karen Hull and Sue Mooney. Phil’s wife, Jody Carstensen, also attended the event. Karen Hull, a TOPS Area Captain and a 31 year KOPS, was honored as the Top Area Captain in Ohio for 2013.  

OH 1487, Port Clinton, meets every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Catawba Community Hall, 3307 NW Catawba Road, on Catawba Island. TOPS is a powerful, nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss support organization with about 10,000 associate chapters throughout the United States and Canada. TOPS provides long-term weight loss support for its members with weekly weigh-ins for accountability, nutrition education and motivation.

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Daughters of the King banquet

The women of Chapel on the Lake, 145 S. Bridge Rd., Lakeside, will be hosting a Daughters of the King banquet Saturday, May 3, at 5 p.m. The dinner will be a buffet style Italian dinner.

Guest speaker for the event will be Debra Lusher of Life Source Ministries in Milan. Her topic will be F.R.O.G.: Fully Rely On God. Please RSVP to the church at 419-732-2028 no later than Monday, April 28. Please note there will be no childcare.

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PCHS hosted 61st Annual Ohio Association of Student Councils Conference

In charge of t-shirt sales at the Conference were (left to right) Rachel Reineck, Joe Brenner, Kathryn Mueller and Brendan Zeitheim.  

It was a busy three days at Port Clinton High School as hundreds of students and student council advisors from across the state came to Port Clinton. Community members opened up their homes to help house and transport students throughout the three day event.

Students attended many small group work sessions, shared ideas, and received recognition during the event. Both middle school and high school level student council representatives attend the conference. On Friday evening, the Port Clinton High School gymnasium was transformed for the dinner banquet. Following dinner, students and chaperones went to Port Clinton Middle School for a dance.

The event was a year in the making. The Port Clinton City School District In-Service day was planned on April 25 around the conference. PCHS Leadership Council members and advisors Scott Cross and Mike Spencer organized the conference down to every detail. The theme, “Come Sail Away” was consistent throughout the event, from the banquet centerpieces by Otto & Urban to the snack cart made to look like a sailboat.

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Danbury's Sierra Puckett in action

Photo by John Kozak

Danbury's Sierra Puckett throws to first baseman, Taylor Zelms, for an east put out against a Fostoria St. Wendelin batter on April 22. The Lake Lakers lost, 25-4, in 5 innings.

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Oak Harbor softball team defeats second-ranked New Riegel

Behind a key two-run single from Olivia Rollins, the Oak Harbor Rockets softball team defeated New Riegel, 4-2, last week.

Rollins drove in two runs with a two-out single in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Justine Webb went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI, Emma Vidal went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and Maddy Rathbun scored a run to lead Oak Harbor.

It was an impressive win for the Rockets, who defeated a Blue Jackets team that came in ranked second in Division IV. The victory puts the Rockets at 11-4 on the season.

Emma Bergman went the distance, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits to go with five strikeouts and no walks.

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Oak Harbor baseball team loses to St. Mary’s

St. Mary CC 11, Oak Harbor 1

St. Mary Central Catholic scored 10 runs in the second inning as they cruised to an 11-1 victory over Oak Harbor in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Brett St. Clair and Caleb Severance had two hits apiece to lead the Panthers and Kyle Feyedelm had a double. Logan Winkie had two doubles to lead the Rockets. 

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Real estate transfers

Bay Township

    4-24-14 Jane H. Morrison to George Lee Pickler, 0 Cleveland Road, $40,000.

Clay Township

    4-24-14 Timothy N. and Jennifer A. Thompson to Jacob W. Hepler, 20051 West Fulkert Road, $99,500.

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“The Best of Times, the Worst of Times”

There has been much said on the future economic development of Port Clinton that will impact the future of Port Clinton and the surrounding area. There is a lively debate every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Common Grounds Coffee Shop, initiated by our local newspaper, The Beacon. It is entitled, “Coffee with the Editor.” Concerned citizens voice their opinion and suggestions on a wide variety of subjects, most seem to be concentrated on the revitalization of the downtown and adjacent areas of the community. This is an informal group that is monitored by the Editor, Jasmine Cupp.

Several of these discussions have included local official’s names and organizations that the citizens feel should be accountable for their actions, or lack thereof. Many credible surveys have been conducted to determine what the people really feel about the future of their community. It seems to be apparent that they want to have a vibrant community that was once Port Clinton. The community, as a whole, agrees that doing nothing achieves nothing. 

There are several community business leaders that are working behind the scenes to achieve the results that the community, so deservedly, have voiced their opinions on. These groups will be working with our elected officials to achieve the goals that you have set forth. More will be forthcoming in future announcements on these initiatives.

Grant McCallum
Marblehead

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Norton enters Ohio Military Hall of Fame

On May 2 in Columbus, Marblehead resident Fred W. Norton will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame of Valor for actions during World War I. The legacy of Norton has been kept alive by his family, who love to share his story of sacrifice and achievement. Norton’s spectacular record was not limited to his service in the Air Force; it also was apparent at his time at the Ohio State University.

Norton was Ohio State’s first four sport varsity letterman. He participated in football, basketball, baseball and track from 1914-1917. Norton led the school’s baseball team to its first Big Ten title with a conference record of 6-1. In basketball, Norton was captain of the team in 1917. In football, Norton played both quarterback and halfback. In 1916 he teamed with legendary Chic Harley to bring the Buckeyes their first league championship with a record of 7-0. It was OSU’s first untied and undefeated season. 

In 1917, Norton graduated from Ohio State and entered pilot training in Canada with the Canadian Air Force. Later that year, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and advanced to Lieutenant Flight Commander with the 27th Eagle Aero Squadron in France. On one mission Norton shot down eight German planes. 

In an article in the New York Times “Pershing Honors Gallant Aviators”, published Oct. 30, 1918, the Times told stories of men who “showed no fear when outnumbered by foe” and who were “always ready to attack”. Norton was among those honored. 

From the article:

The Commander in Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, in the name of the President, has awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to the following officers and soldiers for the acts of extraordinary heroism:

First Lieutenant Fred W. Norton, 27th Aero Squadron, deceased-For extraordinary heroism in action in the Toul sector. On July 2 Lieutenant Norton, as flight commander, led a patrol of eight machines, the first large American formation to encounter a large German patrol. His command gave battle to nine enemy battle planes, driven by some of the leading aces of the German Army. Although both of his guns jammed at the beginning of the flight, and were, therefore, useless, Lieutenant Norton stayed with the formation, skillfully maneuvering his machine to the best advantage. He was attacked by enemy planes four different times, but skillfully avoided them or dived at them. His continued presence was a great moral help to his comrades, who destroyed two of the enemy planes. On July 23, this officer died of wounds received in action three days previous. Home address: Mrs. Frank Norton, 172 West First Street, Columbus, Ohio.

So on Friday, May 2, Norton’s family will be in Columbus, honoring the legacy of their fallen family member. Norton’s story is an inspirational one of what a human being can be capable of when they believe the possibilities are endless.

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