Firelands Regional Medical Center to Acquire The Giving Tree

Firelands Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce it will be acquiring The Giving Tree, a provider of mental health, drug and alcohol and behavioral health services in Ottawa County. The Giving Tree will be managed by Firelands beginning Jan. 1 and will officially become Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services of Ottawa County on April 1, 2014. Services will continue to be offered at The Giving Tree’s current locations in Port Clinton, Oak Harbor and Genoa.   

Most importantly, care provided to clients served by The Giving Tree will not see an interruption of their care during the transition. Clients will continue to be served by a local provider which receives the same local funding as The Giving Tree and operates under similar policies and procedures as The Giving Tree. 

Firelands Regional Medical Center anticipates transitioning the 35 employees of The Giving Tree over to Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services of Ottawa County. 


Déjà vu at the Tin Goose Diner

The Harvey family during their visit at the Tin Goose Diner

Jennifer and Ryan Harvey from New Wilmington, PA were staying at Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky with their children and decided to come to Ottawa County to visit the Erie-Ottawa International Airport. During their visit they stopped in at the Tin Goose Diner to have lunch. While they were enjoying their meal the Harveys experienced some déjà vu.


EHOVE Adult Career Center Paramedic program graduates

L to R: Bryan Haynes (Milan), Lucas Palm (North Fairfield), Ashley Batterton (Port Clinton), Kevin Rohr (Norwalk) and Eric Christiansen (Bellevue).

EHOVE Adult Career Center would like to congratulate the graduates of their Paramedic program. Participants learn how to provide emergency medical care and transportation to the sick and injured in an emergency setting.

Lucas Palm was the class speaker and earned the Perfect Attendance Award.  Eric Christiansen received the Academic Award.

To enroll in the next Paramedic class, get more information at or contact EHOVE Adult Career Center at 419-499-4663 x280.


Beacon Names New Editor

By John Schaffner, Publisher

Jasmine Cupp, a graduate of Oak Harbor High School, has been named the Editor of The Beacon, effective December 1, 2013. She is a lifelong resident of Ottawa County.

Jasmine has worked as an intern at The Beacon since May of 2013, handling a number of critical editorial duties, including helping out with the management of The Beacon’s website, She has also been instrumental in helping to prepare the way editorially for the newest member of the Schaffner Publications, Inc. family, the North Coast Parent News. 


Winter weather closing information

Home delivered meal information

If Ottawa County is on a Level 3 emergency or road conditions are too hazardous for travel there will be no delivery of meals for that day. If there is a 2 hour delay for schools, meals will be delayed up to one hour.

Ottawa County Senior Centers

If the school district is delayed 2 hours in a city or township, the local senior center will remain open. If the school district closes after a 2 hour delay, call the local senior center or Senior Resources to see if the center is open. Only closings will be reported to the local television stations.


Ottawa County Educational Leaders Participate in Manufacturing Tour

On Wednesday, December 4, representatives from five local school districts, three Joint Vocational Schools, and the North Point Educational Service Center joined with the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) and United Way in Ottawa County to tour four manufacturing companies throughout Ottawa County.  The program was designed to give school leadership and guidance counselors a first-hand look at local manufacturing operations and provide a better understanding of career paths and opportunities in the skilled trades arena.  

ARES, Inc. (Port Clinton), Custom Glass Solutions by Guardian (Millbury), Materion-Brush, Inc. (Elmore), and United States Gypsum Company (Gypsum) hosted 30 participants and provided plant tours and one-on-one discussions about career opportunities in the skilled trades sector, their current and future employment needs, and the expectations employers have when looking to hire individuals.  


Merry Christmas from the Beacon

Standing left to right: Krista Cheek, Vicki Theobald, Connie Roberts, Todd Gardner, Jeff Bryden, Bill Dervian, Tim Willford, Michelle Biers, Mark Schaffner. Seated left to right: Jasmine Cupp, John Schaffner, Mary Alice Schaffner. Not pictured: Robin Quesada, Donna Lueke, Dave Kahler and Bruce Dinse.


B-C-S Pool Open for Adult Morning Swim

The B-C-S School District is pleased to announce to the community that it will open its pool located at Oak Harbor High School for an Adult Morning Swim beginning on Monday, Jan. 13.  Superintendent Guy Parmigian stated, “While the priority for use of the pool is for B-C-S students and student athletes, the next priority is to open up the pool for the community members to enjoy.

The Adult Morning Swim program will be open to community members from 8-10 a.m. Monday through Friday with the following schedule and cost:


The Frederick Agency holds Ugly Sweater contest

L to R: John Madison, Brooke Kilmer, Bruce Theobald, Lori Madison, Linda Sorg and Tom Shirkey.

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Frederick Agency, Inc. insurance agency held an ugly sweater contest online on their Facebook page. Voters had all day Wednesday to cast their votes and the winning ugly sweater was owner to Brooke Kilmer. Runner up was Linda Sorg.


Bataan Memorial students write letters to Santa

Kayden Thebeau, first grade, thinks about what to include in his letter to Santa with the help Jack Depner, fifth grade.

Students in Mrs. Nicole Heilmann’s first grade classroom wrote letters to Santa with the help of Mrs. Danielle Lajti’s fifth grade students.  The older students paired with a younger student to help carefully compose each letter.  While working on language art skills and letter writing, the lesson was also a way to give something back.  The letters were sent to Santa via Macy’s Make a Wish campaign, which donates $1 for each letter sent through the Macy’s special mailboxes.

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