Republican and Democratic Chairmen say “We need to work together”

Carolyn Adams, Chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Party, and Dan Laity, Chairman of the Ottawa County Democratic Party, are working together to share the importance of Republicans and Democrats working together at a local government level. Adams and Laity also think it is important to belong to a party; in Ohio the only way to declare a party is to vote in a partisan primary election.

“When voting in a primary election, you are saying who you think should go up against the opposing party in the upcoming general election,” said Adams. She also stressed that if a person has recently moved into another voting district, they need to re-register their party.


Send us your birding photos!

Short earred owl by Aimee Weidner

With the Biggest Week in American Birding approaching, The Beacon is asking our readers to send us their birding photos. Send your photo, your name and the type of bird to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will compile them into a photo gallery and print them in The Beacon. Happy birding!


Ohio offers Free Fishing Days May 3-4

Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of "Free Fishing Days" on May 3-4 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer. For these two days only, Ohioans may fish in any of the state's public waters without having to buy a fishing license.

This special weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun of fishing. During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters. An Ohio fishing license is one of the best recreation bargains available, costing only $19 a year for residents.

On Saturday, May 3, ODNR staff will be available to assist families at select locations from 10 a.m. until noon. They will provide instruction and a limited number of poles and bait will be available at each event.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has established locations that offer family-friendly fishing opportunities within Ohio State Parks. The designated family-friendly fishing areas are located at Sycamore State Park, Delaware State Park, Maumee Bay State Park and Caesar Creek State Park. These ponds will be open throughout the week and will be stocked with catchable channel catfish. Family-friendly fishing ponds are open to youths 15 and under. Those 16 and older must fish with a youth age 15 and under. See for more information.

A fifth area for anglers 15 years and younger to enjoy is the Wildlife District Three youth fishing ponds. These fishing ponds will be open during the “Free Fishing Days” and then will reopen on the weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday as well as Labor Day, which is Monday, Sept. 2. Go to for more information on the youth-only fishing area.

Great fishing exists around the state and throughout the year. An estimated 1.3 million people fish each year in Ohio. In late winter and early spring, anglers reel in excellent catches of steelhead trout and walleye from northern Ohio streams. Spring also means great saugeye and crappie fishing. During the summer months, the fishing heats up on Lake Erie for yellow perch, walleye and bass, while anglers on the Ohio River enjoy excellent hybrid striped bass fishing.

Ohio's “Free Fishing Days” are designed to promote fishing and allow Ohioans to experience fishing before buying a license. The offer is open to all Ohio residents and extends to all of Ohio’s public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River.

These family-friendly fishing areas are partially funded by the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) Fund.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at


Sixth Edition performing at Firelands

The Musical Arts Series at Firelands will hold its last concert of the season, presenting Sixth Edition on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton.  The performance will be highlighted by memorable jazz favorites in a close blend of vocal and instrumental harmonies. This concert is sponsored by the Frederick Agency and Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. The concert will be followed by a reception to meet the performers, sponsored by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.  Tickets will be available at the door. Student admission is free.


Tuskegee Airmen traveling exhibit returns to Liberty Aviation Museum

Jeff Sondles, Dr. Harold Brown, and Vernon Roen at last years Rise Above Traveling Exhibit

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron and the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit are coming to the Liberty Aviation Museum (LAM) at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton May 13-17. The Rise Above exhibit tells the story of the famed Tuskegee Airmen to young people all across American in an experiential way. “We are truly pleased to be hosting this fine event for the third year, and for the first time during an active school year,” said LAM President and CEO Edward Patrick.


Ohio Soybean Association recognizes Brown and Gibbs as Legislators of the Year

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) recently recognized Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) as OSA Legislators of the Year. OSA awards this distinction to a legislator or legislators who have shown a tremendous contribution to the success of the Ohio soybean industry.

Brown and Gibbs both played critical roles in the passage of the farm bill in early 2014 as both men served on their respective chambers’ Agriculture Committee. Thanks to their work, Ohio soybean farmers’ priorities were front and center in the new bill.

“It’s my pleasure to recognize Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs as OSA Legislators of the Year,” said Jerry Bambauer, OSA president and Auglaize County soybean farmer. “As agriculture is only one percent of the U.S. population, it is more important than ever to cultivate the relationships we have with the legislative leaders who understand farmers’ contribution to U.S. citizens and the economy. I want to thank Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs for recognizing that contribution and working so hard on behalf of Ohio’s 24,000 soybean farmers.” 

During the farm bill process, Brown partnered with Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to be the leading voices of support for the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, both supported by OSA.

OSA farmer leaders presented the award to Brown during a special event and meeting at the farm of Bret Davis, OSA chairman and Delaware County soybean farmer.

“With one in seven jobs related to food and agriculture in Ohio, it’s crucial that Ohio farmers have the resources they need while saving taxpayers’ money,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown. “This farm bill achieved that balance and the members of the Ohio Soybean Association helped to push this bill across the finish line. Representing Ohio farmers is an honor and I thank the Ohio Soybean Association for its recognition as legislator of the year.”

Brown and Gibbs have both been very accessible to soybean farmers and held multiple conference calls with leaders across the state. They supported expanded funding of the Biobased Marketing Program and the continuation of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which includes a required level of use of biodiesel, the only advanced biofuel currently available on the market. 

Gibbs was officially presented this award in March during OSA’s visit to his office on Capitol Hill.

“I am honored to receive Legislator of the Year from the Ohio Soybean Association,” said Rep. Bob Gibbs. “OSA was critical throughout the development of a market-driven farm bill that would ensure American consumers would continue to have an abundant, safe and affordable food supply. Ohio’s farmers are a key driver of our economy and job creation and I am grateful for all they do every day to produce wholesome food for all Americans.”

In addition to the farm bill, Brown and Gibbs currently support the passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which will help ensure farmers’ ability to get their product to both domestic and international markets. Without the final passage of this legislation, U.S. infrastructure will continue to decay.

Bambauer said, “We look forward to working with Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs on this and other legislative priorities over the next year and ensuring Ohio soybean farmers are heard.”

About OSA

The Ohio Soybean Association is governed by a volunteer farmer board dedicated to education and promotion, as well as to uniting producer interest through support of legislative activities beneficial to the Ohio soybean industry. For more information, go to


Firelands offering childbirth class

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering a four-week Childbirth Preparation class on the following Wednesdays: May 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Childbirth Preparation classes are held at Firelands Regional Medical Center, South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky.

Participants will learn breathing patterns and relaxation exercises to be used during labor and delivery.  Induction of labor, medication and anesthesia options, Caesarian birth and recovery will also be discussed.

Childbirth classes are taught by experienced obstetrical nurses from Firelands Regional Medical Center with a clinical background and is focused on contemporary childbirth methods. It is recommended that this course be taken during the last trimester of pregnancy and that expectant mothers select a class that ends at least three weeks before their due date.

The cost for the class is $35 per couple.  No one will be refused this course due to inability to pay. The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible. To register, call Firelands Regional Medical Center at 419-557-7840.


A Cappella in the Park features Duwende

Port Clinton High School Choir Director Eric Watts has a concert planned for Sunday, May 18, 4:30 p.m., at Lakeview Park on Perry Street in Port Clinton. The event is a Contemporary A Cappella concert featuring North Olmsted High School’s Special Edition and Port Clinton High School’s own Touch of Class. 

A special addition to this year’s concert is the award-winning a cappella group from New York City, Duwende. They are best know for their fiercely orginal, bass and beatbox-driving funk/pop style of music and have headlined major a cappella festivals across the country. Two of Duwende’s most recent albums, “Radio Screaming” and “Collective”, won the 2005 and 2008 Contemporary A cappella recording awards for Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop/Rock Original Song.

In 2011, Duwende released “Remember: the Music of Michael Jackson”, gaining them widespread acclaim and leading them to performances for the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, Bill Clinton Global Initiative and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Most recently, Duwende was featured as an international artist for the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, sharing the bill with artists Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock and Erykah Badu.

The concert will offer everyone an opportunity to enjoy the sound of these talented high school students in the comfort of your own lawn chair or favorite picnic blanket. Port Clinton Music Boosters will provide picnic style concessions during the concert. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the PCHS cafeteria.


“Discover Ohio To Go" promotion returns, bigger and better

TourismOhio and McDonald's® restaurants of Ohio are launching a second year of “Discover Ohio To Go”, a distinctive promotion designed to provide travelers with exclusive discounts at some of Ohio's most popular tourism attractions. For the first time, the promotion will include McDonald's restaurants in Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown. McDonald's restaurants in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lima and Toledo will also offer the promotion.

Customers who purchase a large beverage at the 632 participating Ohio McDonald's locations between April 28 and June 9 can redeem the cup at participating tourism attractions statewide. Discounts are available throughout the spring and summer on admission, lodging and more.

"At TourismOhio, we're always looking for ways to make a visit to, or through, Ohio even better for our travelers, and leveraging partnerships with businesses is just one way we help build value for visitors," said Mary Cusick, Director of TourismOhio. "Since McDonald's restaurants are a stop for many of our guests throughout the state, it's an obvious opportunity for partnership. We're looking forward to building on the program's successful inaugural year in 2013 to help travelers stretch their budgets and explore a variety of new travel opportunities."

Travelers can visit to find a full list of discounts and deals, as well as a list of participating restaurants throughout the state. To receive the discount, travelers follow directions on the website for each offer and present the clean, empty cup upon arrival at these participating attractions: Cedar Point, Cedar Point Resorts, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, Imagination Station, Ohio State Parks, Wild Zipline Safari, Wildwater Kingdom and ZipZone Canopy Tours.

"In addition to serving quality, great-tasting food at a great value, our top priority is to provide an exceptional experience for customers in every community we serve," said Shirley Rogers-Reece, vice president and general manager, McDonald's Ohio Region. "The evolution of this promotion and our partnership with TourismOhio is an extension of that commitment, and we're proud to offer Discover Ohio To Go for our customers again this year."

McDonald's will offer the Discover Ohio To Go promotion on specially marked large soft drink or iced tea beverages.

For more ideas on Ohio vacations and to begin building a trip itinerary, check out, follow TourismOhio on Twitter @DiscoverOhio using #OH2GO, like Discover Ohio on Facebook, follow the Ohio Travel News Board on Pinterest or join the conversation on the blog at

TourismOhio is the premier source of information for travelers and media about Ohio's vibrant tourism experiences, attractions and economy. Tourism marketing programs helped generate more than 188 million visits to Ohio in 2012. A part of the Ohio Development Services Agency, TourismOhio markets Ohio's distinctive travel opportunities and promotes the state's outstanding quality of life.  

McDonald's USA LLC serves a variety of menu options  to more than 26 million customers every day. Approximately 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are owned and operated by independent businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit, or follow them on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook (


Marblehead Village Square

By Councilman Duane Meyers

It’s the time of year to clean out the gutters, start mowing the lawn and look forward to warm weather. Spring is the start of many activities in the Village of Marblehead and around the region. 

May begins the true kickoff to events and activities for residents and tourist alike. On Saturday, May 10, will be the opening of the Lakeside Daisy (Colleen "Casey" Taylor & Ruth E. Fiscus) State Nature Preserve and the Marblehead Bank 5K run/walk. 

On Monday, May 26, the Village of Marblehead will once again participate with Lakeside Chautauqua in observance of Memorial Day, a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War is upon us. The Civil War sesquicentennial (2011-2015) provides a fresh opportunity for a new generation to rediscover the many ways in which Ohioans played a key role in the war and in which the war, “this mighty scourge”, as Lincoln described it, changed life in Ohio. On April 5, at the group’s annual work day, The Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee awarded The Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison the 2014 Civil War 150 Heritage Award.

As always, if you have questions about what is happening in the village, contact anyone from council and get involved. We wish you a safe and prosperous season.

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