Remembering the Blizzard of ‘78

Map of record temperatures and snowfall Jan. 1978

Here at the Beacon we asked readers to submit their stories from the Blizzard of ’78. With the record amount of snow and visibility restrictions it certainly sounds memorable. Even though we have had a lot of snowfall in our area this January, it can’t compare with the Blizzard of ’78. What can compare, though, is the record cold.

In Jan. 1977, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center reports that in Ohio throughout the month 307 record low temperatures were broken and 46 were tied with data going back to the late 1800s. This year we face comparable cold along with heavy snowfall. Perhaps this will be a month we will tell our children and grandchildren about.


OH wrestlers advance to regional semifinals

Behind two stellar performances last week, the Oak Harbor Rockets advanced to the regional semifinals of the Division III State Duals Tournament. Oak Harbor defeated Genoa, 41-20, and also beat Hopewell-Loudon, 57-18, to advance.In the matchup with the Comets, the reigning Northern Buckeye Conference Champions, the Rockets won nine of the first 10 matches to win handily. 

Jeremy Balboa, Bruce Hrynciw and Brody Hennig pinned their opponents with Balboa downing Robert Wilson in 31 seconds, Hrynciw doing so in 1:10 and Hennig claiming victory in 1:28.  The other winners were Nick Bergman (7-0), Jake Huston (13-3), Rhett Petersen (5-1), Ben Petersen (6-2) and Stephen Simkus (15-2), all of whom won convincingly, and Kian Thompson (6-5) and T.J. Lawrence (5-3), who had to eke out their victories.


Port Clinton girls improve to 13-3

After a slow start in the first half, Port Clinton took control in the final two quarters before cruising to a 48-30 victory over Perkins in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

The Redskins, who improved to 13-3 and 8-2 in the SBC, good for second place, fell behind 8-4 before scoring eight consecutive points in the second quarter to take the lead for good. Port Clinton had a 21-17 lead at halftime before increasing the margin in the third quarter.

Tiffany Colston led all scorers with 17 points and Hope Thorbahn and Emily Ashley finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively. 


Snowflake Ball at Riverview rescheduled

Due to inclement weather, the Snowflake Ball scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 26 is being rescheduled for Feb. 23. The event will be held at the same time as originally scheduled 12:30-3:30 p.m. For more information on the event call Riverview’s Information Desk at 419-898-2851 or 419-732-3163 ext. 6075.


Marblehead council seeking candidates

The Marblehead Village Council is currently seeking residents interested in filling a vacant council seat for the remainder of the term which expires on Dec. 31, 2017. The successful candidate must have resided within the municipality for at least one year prior to assuming office and must remain a resident and qualified elector. Residents interested in filling this vacancy should send a letter of interest to: Village of Marblehead Council, 513 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 306, Marblehead, Ohio 43440 by Saturday, Feb. 8,  for consideration.


Davis-Besse outage to generate more funds than originally expected

An updated economic impact study has found that the Davis-Besse steam generator replacement outage is going to bring in more money to the local area than expected. In the beginning of January, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company did an economic impact study that predicted $12.5 million would be added to our local economy. On Jan. 27, FirstEnergy released new numbers stating that more than $108 million, with overall economic benefits expected to exceed $150 million statewide, according to an economic study recently completed by Phoenix-based consulting firm Applied Economics.


Community calendar Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Thursday Jan. 30

Ladies Night
What: Wine glass painting, facials, recipe swap, BYOB
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Fine Art Creations for Community Causes, 136 W. Water St., Oak Harbor
Cost: $5
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The Gathering
What: Free community meal, open to the public, handicap accessible
When: 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, Second & Adams, Port Clinton


FLASH tips for winter

The drop in temperatures and more snow falling this week could cause power outages in the area.  The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following tips to keep families safe and comfortable:


Enjoy downtown Port Clinton via video!

Main Street Port Clinton in conjunction with Nick James Productions has put together a video highlighting the great things Port Clinton has to offer. Transport yourself into summer with this beautiful video!

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