City of Port Clinton launches water quality information online

On Thursday, August 7, the City of Port Clinton launched a new service on their website,; water quality information. The information includes Microcystin results in the Ottawa County regional water system, a safety threshold chart which informs residents of water and health advisories, and links to information that pertains to algal blooms.

“We want to be proactive in keeping our citizens informed of the quality of water in our community,” said Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. 

The webpage also includes a statement from the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency and the City of Port Clinton on what to do in case of an emergency:


Patience Pays Off!

Patience is a learned practice, and it can pay off big time if you’re willing to wait things out.  This morning I had a perch trip with clients, but I hadn’t been perch fishing in weeks, so I asked a friend who had been out as recently as yesterday where he caught them, and he shared a general location on the NW side of Green Island. 

According to the perch reports on the various fishing websites for this area, the perch fishing has been going strong around Green and Rattlesnake Islands for some time now; about a month to be exact. We headed out early, and were the first boat in the area this morning, so we set “anchor” with the Terrova’s Spot Lock feature as soon as I marked perch-like marks on my electronics.


Gavin George, 11 year old pianist, playing in Lakeside

On Tuesday, August 12, 11 year old pianist Gavin George is playing with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra at Hoover Auditorium from 8:15-10 p.m. Gavin has been studying piano since he was three and a half.

Gavin has an impressive list of accomplishments that he has acquired in his 11 years. To name a few, he has played Concerto in Cleveland’s Severance Hall; played solo recitals in Florida, Sorrento, Italy and in Washington DC at Constitution Hall; he has been on the Queen Latifah Show this year and the CBS Early Show when he was 6; played at music festivals in Vianden, Luxenbourg and Pergia, Italy; won an SAA International Piano Concerto competition and played at Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall; and he has been on From the Top, THNKR’s Prodigy YouTube channel.

In his free time, Gavin enjoys skiing, reading, building Legos and playing with his brother, Max. For additional information and updates about Gavin, subscribe to his YouTube channel at Gavin is the son of Eric and Mary George and the grandson of Harold and Mary George of Catawba.

For more information about Lakeside Chautauqua or other events visit


Rush into Reading

On Monday, August 11, from 4-5 p.m. children in Pre-K through fifth grade and their caregivers are invited to the Ida Rupp Public Library to cheer on Port Clinton High School’s football team. Football players will be reading books, signing autographs, helping with crafts and playing games with their fans.

No registration is required. For more information contact Ida Rupp Library at 419-732-3212.


BGSU Firelands Hosts Quick Enroll Night

Bowling Green State University Firelands College has announced they will offer an opportunity for prospective students to complete the majority of their enrollment needs at a one-stop event on Tuesday, August 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event is designed for students who are transferring from another college, re-enrolling at BGSU Firelands after a lengthy absence, or are enrolling at the Huron-based college for the first time.

Prospective students can be admitted to the college, register for classes, speak with financial aid counselors, and complete assessment testing if needed - all in one night.


Ottawa County’s Best of the Best continues

This non-profit organization is campaigning hard, are you?

There are three weeks left to vote in Ottawa County’s Best of the Best contest. This week there is a paper ballot on page 3 of section C in the Land & Sea section. For electronic voting, we have tried to make it easier! Go to our website,, and underneath the weather forecast on the right hand side click on the Best of the Best logo and it will take you to the survey.

There is one vote per person, no photo copies of the paper ballot will be accepted and at least half of the ballot needs to be filled out for the vote to count. The contest will end on August 31 and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Mon Ami on Thursday, September 18, and will be announced in print in September 25’s Beacon.


Submit your boat name in the Best of the Best competition


We are currently taking boat name submissions for our Ottawa County’s Best of the Best competition. The competition is running through August 31, but we need submissions now for the Best of the Best boat name. Send your contact information, a photo of your boat and a story (if applicable) to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 15.

After all of the boat name submissions are gathered, there will be a photo gallery online and in print for people to vote for the best boat name.

To vote for Ottawa County’s Best of the Best online visit or go to page 3C to fill out a ballot and turn it in or mail it to The Beacon office located at 205 SE Catawba Rd., Suite G, Port Clinton, OH, 43452.


St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry finds new home in Heineman Building

Ann Heckert, President of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and Bob Snyder of Portage Resale Center.

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, a staple in the Port Clinton community for 31 years, has moved into the Heineman Building and is the new neighbor to Portage Resale Shop. The first distribution out of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry was the last Saturday in February in 1983 out of the basement of Immaculate Conception Church. 27 people were served. 

Esther Sutton, a great believer in community and whom the Sutton Center is named for, stated that food was the greatest need in the community, especially at the end of the month when food stamps ran out. She was a firm believer in the need and mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.


Main Street PC awards $15,000 in downtown grants

Main Street Port Clinton awarded $15,000 to downtown building owners and business owners to improve their property, positively influence economic growth, and enhance aesthetic appeal to our historic downtown.  Main Street Port Clinton is pleased to announce the 2014 grant recipients of the Downtown Improvement Grant program:


Community response to "club drug" allegations 

As a follow up to the summary released by the Put-in-Bay Police Department on Thursday, July 31, the Put-in-Bay community supports local law enforcement's immediate response to recent allegations that 15 visitors were slipped drugs while on the island. All allegations and complaints are treated seriously by the Put-in-Bay Police Department and our island community. Our interests are not in just protecting our visitors but also our island residents.

Put-in-Bay is proud to have served approximately 450,000 visitors this season and we estimate another 300,000 visitors before the end of October.

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