Rep. Redfern helps direct resources to protect Lake Erie from algal blooms

State Controlling Board member Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) voted to appropriate $599,967 on Monday to protect Ohio’s greatest natural resource, Lake Erie.

“Lake Erie is our most precious resource, and we must do everything possible to protect it for area residents, visitors and generations to come,” said Rep. Redfern. “Our natural wonder means more than just recreation. It generates some $11.5 billion in economic activity, and it is a source of life for countless wildlife and over 11 million people.”


Practice scenarios help judges prepare for bench

Judges new to the Ohio bench participated in a dry run in December by donning a robe, grabbing a gavel, and conducting mock trials or arraignments during the Ohio Supreme Court’s New Judge Orientation, conducted by the Ohio Judicial College.

Phil Schopick, Judicial College program manager who works on the initial orientation session, said new common pleas judges presided over mock trials, while new municipal court judges conducted mock arraignments. Teams of veteran judges, including Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters, played the roles of litigants and court personnel in the exercises.

The real-life scenarios are intended to teach new judges how to maintain control of the courtroom, among other challenges they will be faced with on the bench, Schopick said. Afterward, the experienced judges gave their feedback on how the new judge handled the proceeding.


Foundation invites grant applications

The Ottawa County Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations in or serving Ottawa County to submit requests for grant funding to the Foundation. The Foundation makes grants to programs in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environments, natural resources and the arts. The Foundation serves to provide for the enrichment of the quality of life in the Ottawa County community. Since its inception in 1999, the Foundation has awarded numerous grants through designated funds, scholarship funds and organizational funds.

Applicants should download the latest Guidelines for Grant Seekers and Grant Summary Form from the website at

Applications must be submitted via the U. S. Postal Service to: The Ottawa County Community Foundation, P. O. Box 36, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452. Applications must be post marked no later than March 15 to be considered.

For additional information, visit the foundation website or contact Joy Roth, President, at 419-261-0797, or Jon James at 419-707-9691


Library of Congress selects Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial website

The United States Library of Congress has selected the Battle of Lake Erie website,, for inclusion in the Library's historic collection of Internet materials related to the War of 1812 Bicentennial. 

“We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record,” said the notification from the Library. “The Library hopes that you share its vision of preserving web materials about the War of 1812 Bicentennial and permitting researchers from across the world to access them.”


Little Shop of Hair joins the Sutton Center family

Jaclyn Favro, in her new business Little Shop of Hair

Venturing out on her own after working in the industry of 15 years, Jaclyn Favro has found a welcome home for her new salon, Little Shop of Hair, at the Sutton Center in Port Clinton. She was working at Pin Ups Hair Studio on Madison St. until the shop was relocating to a smaller venue so Favro decided to explore her options. While visiting the Sutton Center, she saw an office vacancy and thought about the aspect of opening a small business in Port Clinton.

“Port Clinton is an embracing community. It’s a little bigger than where I am originally from (Oak Harbor) and they’re very supportive; especially of small business,” said Favro. “I thought my customers would miss the hustle and bustle of a big salon, but it’s nice to have a small, calm environment.”


Pitzer earns e-PRO® Certification

Steve Pitzer of Bolte Real Estate has been awarded the e-PRO® Certification, the official technology certification program offered by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Steve joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals who have earned NAR’s e-PRO® certification and dedicated time and effort towards learning how to use the latest social media technologies to create an online presence and reach today’s hyper-connected consumers. 

Working together with the Social Media Marketing Institute (SMMI), NAR redesigned the e-PRO® curriculum to better meet the challenges of today’s real estate market. The new e-PRO® program expands an agent’s real estate technology skills and helps them connect with consumers online via social media, email marketing, and web site promotion. 


United Way team travels to Duke

Last week, dodging the polar vortex and rescheduling flights both to and from, the United Way team made it to Raleigh-Durham, NC, to begin their work with the Duke CASE Change Academy. In December United Way in Ottawa County’s vision of expanding the Cradle to Career program to create a community wide mentorship program here in Ottawa County was one of six programs nationally awarded six months of consultive services with the CASE Academy’s renowned Dan Heath. United Way in Ottawa County’s community-wide mentorship program endeavors to match youth 1-on-1 with adults who are ready to serve and support them, so our youth can realize their dreams.


Polar vortex photo submission gallery

Photo by Rick Knierim

Thank you to everyone that submitted photos of the polar vortex that rocked our area. Here are the photos that were submitted to us at the Beacon. We are currently now looking for stories that readers have about the Blizzard of '78! If you have a story to tell, submit it to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


City of Port Clinton Tax Department going green

This year the City of Port Clinton Tax Department will send double postcards instead of tax returns to everyone on the city’s mailing list. Each of these pressure sealed documents contains a personalized URL the taxpayer can use to populate certain portions of the tax return with their personal information after logging in as instructed. This will give the tax filers the opportunity to fill in a self-calculating tax form. This form will then need to be printed, signed and mailed to the tax office with any supporting documents. This form cannot be used for online filing.

If you still with to have a return sent there is a card included that can be mailed back to request this option. As in the past, assistance with filing will be available at the tax office as long as the filer brings all necessary W2s, 1099s and federal schedules. 

For more information call the tax office at 419-734-5522.

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