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PCHS DECA selling charity car raffle tickets

Port Clinton High School DECA is selling raffle tickets for the 12th Annual Baumann Auto Group Big Charity Car Raffle. A $5 donation enters you in a chance to win your choice from five different 2014 cars--Chevrolet Malibu, Jeep Cherokee, Buick Verano, Hyundai Sonata or Ford Fusion. The drawing is held Sept. 27. You must be a licensed driver and 18 years old by the drawing date in order to purchase a ticket. The winner need not be present to win. All $5 goes to Ruth Ann’s House of Port Clinton. Make all checks payable to “Ruth Ann’s House”. For more information, contact PCHS DECA at 419-734-2147.

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Click it or Ticket starts May 19

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will kick off its involvement with Click it or Ticket on Monday, May 19. The Click it or Ticket campaign is an effort throughout the State of Ohio to raise awareness to use seat belts.

Deputies will work extra shifts in an effort to enforce all traffic laws, especially seat belt violations during the Click it or Ticket campaign, which will run through June 2. The extra shifts are part of the High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant, which is funded through the Governor’s Highway Safety office.

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Send us your Earth Day photos!

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22. This weekend there were many local beaches and parks that held clean ups in honor of Earth Day. If you participated, send us your photos! Send your photos to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see them in print in Thursday's Beacon.

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Lakeside plant sale May 10

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Annual Plant Sale will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, on the front steps of Hoover Auditorium (115 W. Third Street). There are no Chautauqua Pass admission fees for this event; all are welcome.

The plant sale will feature a variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, ground covers and small nursery stock for purchase. All proceeds from the Annual Plant Sale will help keep the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds beautiful throughout the summer season.

For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit www.lakesideohio.com or call 419.798.4461.

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RVI job fair

RVI will hold an employment fair from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 22, at their facility located at 8380 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.

Riverview Industries, Inc., provides employment and other opportunities to adults who have developmental disabilities. Positions are available in production, residential, contracted services and catering departments.

For information, call Catharine Hadley at 567-262-3080 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Common Grounds Café and Catering, run by RvI, is hiring two cooks for weekend catering services at an off-site location; shifts will vary. For information or to schedule an interview, call Kate at 419-732-3777.

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Bataan students are inventors

Bataan Memorial Primary students in Mrs. Stephanie Kreilick’s created their own inventions and presented to Mrs. Lajti’s grade 5 classroom at Bataan Memorial Intermediate.  Pictured here making their presentation are grade 2 students Sarah Borton, Reilly Laird, Austin Weglick, and Clarissa Corona.  See more pictures on the school district website, www.pccsd.net under Photo Albums.

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Port Clinton a Tree City USA

Port Clinton was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Port Clinton achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Port Clinton make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree U.S.A. communities.

More information on the program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member non-profit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

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Cinderella owed back wages

St. Boniface students with Judge Kathleen Giesler

Storybook characters are no longer willing to settle for a happily ever after when they can get an attorney and sue for damages. St. Boniface Catholic School students experienced this judicial process by participating in the mock trial “Cinderella vs The Tremain Family” while visiting the Ottawa County Courthouse. Judge Kathleen Giesler presided over the proceedings while students played the roles of Cinderella, the Prince, the Tremain Family and the attorneys, bailiff and members of the jury.

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St. Boniface holds kindergarten screening

St. Boniface Catholic School will have kindergarten screening for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, April 23, at 9 a.m. Screening will take place at the school located on 215 N. Church St., Oak Harbor. 

Any child who will be five years old by Sept. 30 and would like to attend St. Boniface School for kindergarten must participate in screening. Children already screened through BCS who are interested in attending St. Boniface do not need to be rescreened, as the BCS screening is transferable. Contact the school office for more information and to register.

St. Boniface Catholic School serves students in grades K-6 of all religions, racial, ethnic and income backgrounds. For information on the curriculum, admissions policies and registration contact the school office at 419.898.1340 or visit the website at www.sb-oh.org.

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Poggemeyer market study

I just read with astonishment, frankly, the “Downtown revitalization presented to council” article in The Beacon by Editor Jasmine Cupp.  “The market study found that manufacturing, medical, service and food were the growing areas of industry in the area; the highest being food service.”  And, “People are coming to the community; we just need to get them to stay here.”  That’s vague.  To live?  To visit?  To what? 

“We need to aim towards locals and then to the tourists.”  Really?  The census in Port Clinton is about 6,000 and 40,000 in Ottawa County.  Don’t hundreds of thousands of people visit every season to bird watch (Ottawa County is ranked as one of the best places in the country to visit during migration season), participate in and watch shooting matches at Camp Perry, fish (we have a Cabela’s sponsored national pro-am walleye tournament here), visit the Marblehead Lighthouse (thousands of people visit every year-once source said 500,000 throughout the year), see the tall ships, take the Jet and ferries to the islands, attend the Walleye Festival and Arts in the Park, and enjoy the rising number of excellent restaurants and art galleries?  They don’t come to get a new physician. 

They are part-time residents, friends of residents, people who love the area–bird watchers, fishing lovers, history buffs–not necessarily full-time residents.  They are people who would come all year long if there was a reason to come.

Many businesses literally succeed year after year only because of tourists.  There are not enough people in Ottawa County, let alone Port Clinton, to base this initial plan on.  Focus on the residents first?  Not in my humble opinion.  Don’t get me wrong.  I live in Ottawa County.  I love all of the seasons, including winter, but let’s not disrespect the tourists.  Let’s meet everyone’s needs.  It can be done.

Why not move the Ottawa County Historical Society building to the center of downtown or Waterworks Park?  Create a museum of sorts.  Include a history of Camp Perry (it’s fascinating), partner with Magee Marsh to create a bird migration and fish exhibit.  People go to the Marblehead Lighthouse because it’s history.  Ottawa County has a great historical story.  Let’s tell it.

Many people wish there was a venue that would hold more than 200 people–an all year venue.  Do it!  Have a bird symposium, teach basic boat classes and hunting safety–all in January and February.  Make it fun.  Add more original public art. Fix the roads.  Hire a public relations person for the city/county to create and celebrate the magnificence of the city.  There is so much potential here.  The bickering must stop and compromise begun.

Barbara Radebaugh
Catawba Island

 

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