Oak Harbor Young Farmers complete successful year

The Oak Harbor Young Farmers have recently completed their Educational Topics and community activities for the 2013-14 school year. The local Young Farmer chapter meets regularly on Thursday evenings at Oak Harbor High School. The group is under the direction of advisors Mr. Noah Neiderhouse and Ms. Krysteena Brown, the Agriculture Science instructors at Oak Harbor High School. 

During the year, the Young Farmers completed two fundraising activities. The first was in the fall of 2013 and was a Chicken BBQ that was conducted in conjunction with the Oak Harbor FFA Chapter. Proceeds from this event were used for FFA Leadership development, Ottawa County Holiday Bureau, and Benton Carroll Salem Food Pantry. The second fundraising activity was a BBQ Chicken or Pork Chop dinner on Feb. 14 This activity was held with the cooperation of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Ottawa County Chapter 30011. The Young Farmers thank the community for support in their activities. 

The Officers of the Oak Harbor Young Farmers are: President, Scott Schimming; Vice President, Micah Lenke; and Secretary-Treasurer, Louis Damschroder. This past year the Young Farmers donated over $1800 back to the community.

The Oak Harbor Young Farmers will begin their 2014-15 year with a farm tour in late August.


Number of homeless decline

A point in time (PIT) count of the number of homeless residents in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca counties indicated that the number of homeless persons in 2014 declined from the count in 2013. However, this count, conducted on Jan. 28, was on one of the coldest days of the winter.

The results show that there were 124 individuals who were living in emergency shelters, transitional housing or literally homeless on that day, compared to 150 in 2013. 

According to WSOS Support Services Coordinator Ragan Claypool, several factors may have impacted the count this year. Since the count was conducted on possibly the coldest day of the year, many of the area’s homeless could have sheltered with friends and family for the night, and cannot be counted per the HUD guidelines.

Of the 124 homeless, 53 had no shelter, 33 were children, 58 were in transitional housing and 33 were in emergency shelters.

This count is completed annually by organizations which received funding to serve the homeless. It is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD requires regularly occurring counts of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons for communities interested in applying for funding through the Continuum of Care (CoC) application process. WSOS worked with volunteers from the local Homeless Coalitions to conduct the count. 

The count for Balance of State (BOS) communities in Ohio is facilitated by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), and it is conducted statewide on the same day for the same time period.

WSOS administers grants that aid individuals and families who find themselves homeless. However, the number of people who request assistance annually far outweigh the funding WSOS receives.

For information on the homeless programs operated by WSOS, call Claypool at 419-334-8911, visit or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Little Free Library coming to Port Clinton

This spring Port Clinton will be getting a Little Free Library at Lakeview Park. Stephanie Kyle, the steward for the library, organized the project. The Free Little Library offers a way to share favorite books or books readers would recommend to others. The library is a little wooden box with a glass door where participants can take a book, leave a book.

“We want to promote literacy and community involvement,” said Kyle about the project.

Port Clinton Parks & Recreation Department will be putting up the library for Kyle. The library itself is already built; it is just waiting for placement. The location of the library will be at the north end of Lakeview Park by the pavilion where it will be easily accessible to everyone.

The library belongs to everyone and anyone can use it.

Take a book. If you see something you would like to read, take it. Look inside and see who gave it; who else has read it. Share it. Return it to any Little Library and pass it on to a friend. Give books. Leave notes in them. Be a friend of all libraries by helping any way you can. Pay it forward! –


PCMS Band and Orchestra Recruitment Night April 2

Port Clinton Middle School will host its annual Band and Orchestra Recruitment Night on April 2. Parents and students entering grade 6 are invited to attend on Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m., in the middle school commons area. Local venders will have instruments on display and information on purchasing or renting an instrument. Port Clinton City School District Music faculty will also be in attendance to answer questions or help with instrument selection. Incoming grade 6 students and their parents will be able to sign up for band/orchestra and reserve their instruments for the 2014-15 school year.


Water bills may be higher than expected

Due to the extenuating circumstances caused by the unusually harsh winter, the City of Port Clinton was forced to estimate most water meter readings since 11/23/13. Estimated readings were based off last year’s readings. Residents may receive a bill with higher than normal usage due to underestimated usage on December, January and February bills. 

For any questions regarding water bills please contact the city hall office and speak with Julie at 419-734-5522 ext 236.


Residents overwhelmingly in favor of development

From Sunday, March 23 at 6 p.m. to Tuesday, March 25 at 8 a.m. the Beacon conducted a survey concerning the development of Waterworks Park and the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton. Representatives of the Beacon were sent also into the community to personally ask people’s opinions and have then take the survey on Monday, March 24 during the day. Representatives went to the Sutton Center, Madison Street and Second Street.

367 people responded to the survey; 63 people were personally polled in the community. When participants were asked if they were for or against the development of Waterworks Park 84% (303) answered they were in favor and 16% (50) said they were against development. When polled about the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton, participants answered 99% (361) in favor of revitalization and 1% (3) against.

The survey, which was a short 6 questions, was designed to be short and straight to the point. There are a lot of different opinions on how and what to do with the development, but, as the survey states, the people of the area want SOMETHING done.

In a further break down of the question, participants were asked what their thoughts were on the development and revitalization: yes please go forward, leaning yes but would like more information, no opinion, leaning no but want more information and absolutely not.

Of the 367 surveyed about their thoughts on the development of Waterworks Park:

•241 said yes please go forward
•71 said they were leaning yes but wanted more information
•3 said no opinion
•23 said they were leaning no but wanted more information
•29 said they no absolutely not

Of the 367 surveyed about their thoughts on the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton:

•299 said yes please go forward
•63 said they were leaning yes but wanted more information
•3 said no opinion
•1 said they were leaning no but wanted more information
•1 said no absolutely not

Those surveyed in age were: 3% 18-24, 19% 25-34, 23% 35-44, 20% 45-54, 21% 65-74, 12% 65-74 and 1% 75 or older.

The survey was also given to Port Clinton High School students in Mr. Scalf’s Social Studies classes. The answers of the students varied from those in the community, but still had the same end result. In regards to the development of Waterworks Park: 69% of students voted they were for development, 2% had no opinion and 29% were against. When polled about the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton: 89% of students were for revitalization, 1% had no opinion and 10% were against.



Port Clinton resident is a Spark for area families

A native of Oak Harbor, now a Port Clinton resident, Ken Sayre is recipient of a Spark award at WSOS.

Sayre is a family advocate currently working in the Pathways to Fatherhood Program at WSOS Community Action Agency. He was hired two years ago to provide services to veterans in the four-county area of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties in the Ohio VETS program. That program earned a Best Practice award in January from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies.

Sayre was nominated for demonstrating leadership, quality, service, finance and innovation, five of the five pillars of excellence, criteria for the award. He demonstrated leadership by providing outstanding services to participants by helping them to overcome barriers and secure employment. He was innovative in utilizing key resources in the community for veterans and helping them to secure jobs through the On-the-Job Training (OJT) contracts WSOS has with employers. 

Sayres was cited in his nomination as a great steward of the community, a professional resource for others and a team player within the department.


Vietnam veterans honored March 29

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office announces Vietnam Veteran Era Commemoration Day, to be held on Saturday, March 29, at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, Building B3. This nationally celebrated day is marked to acknowledge the men and women who served in any branch during the Vietnam War Era. The tribute that is planned for our county’s Vietnam Era Veterans is a “Welcome Home” and “Thank You for Your Service”. 

The celebration is expected to attract Vietnam Era Veterans as well as community members within Ottawa County and from several surrounding counties. The day includes an opening ceremony at 10 a.m., followed directly by a pinning ceremony provided by Hospice of Memorial Hospital. At 11 a.m. event speaker David Taylor, author of “Our WAR”, will speak about Vietnam: The War, The Times and The People, A look back at Vietnam War memories. A complimentary lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for all attendees. Ohio’s POW-MIA Memorial Program, sponsored by Rolling Thunder Inc., Chapter 5, will be at 2 p.m. The closing ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m.


PC Seniors Chicken Dinner March 30

Port Clinton Seniors will host their Annual Chicken Dinner on Sunday, March 30, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or sell-out, whichever comes first. The dinner will be held at the Port Clinton Moose Lodge 1610, 1105 W. Lakeshore Drive, Port Clinton. Tickets are $8 advance sale or $9 at the door. Only a limited number of walk-in tickets will be available. Dinners include 1/2 chicken, two sides, and dessert and are available for dine in or carry out. The chicken will be prepared by the Bar-b-Que Traveler. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third St. (Thurs, or Fri. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) or at Mary's Blossom Shoppe, 125 Madison St., Port Clinton. For further information call Juanita at 419-341-1080. Proceeds will benefit the PC Seniors' special projects fund.


Johnson and Webster going to national wrestling tournament

Brylen Johnson

On March 22 and 23 Brylen Johnson and Daniel Webster attended the OH-WAY State Biddy Tournament where Johnson took the State Champion title and Webster finished fifth. Both boys have earned a place at the National Championship in Battle Creek, MI which will take place April 12 and 13.

Daniel Webster

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