Thank you Port Clinton Fire Dept.

Unfortunately, I did not have the honor of meeting Firefighters Dickman and Machinski of the Toledo Fire Department.  However, from the many stories and tributes I’ve read and watched on TV, I know exactly what type of person these gentlemen were and I have no doubt their legacy will live on for decades to come.

How do I know this? For the past six years and more I’ve had the privilege of working closely, sometimes daily, with the men and women of the Port Clinton Fire Department.  As I heard and read the many stories and memorials of these two fallen heroes’ lives, I saw in these stories the faces of the members of our local fire department. 


Port Clinton High School announces Students of the Month for December and January

Elise Zeitzheim is a member of Port Clinton High School Leadership Council and Redskin Swim Team.   Elise has been in the PCHS Band for four years and was the clarinet section leader this year.  She is a Freshmen Mentor and outside of school is a lifeguard.   Elise has been earning college credits while still in high school by participating in Port Clinton High Schools Post Secondary Educational Options (PSEO) Courses.  She is the daughter of Eric and Diane Zeitzheim.  Next year she plans to further her education at Ohio University majoring in either Journalism or Media Arts & Studies.


Magruder Hospital celebrates the renovation of 1 South

Left to right: Chuck Miller, Jim Sass, Lee Vivod, Paul Shaw, Todd Almendinger, Dr. Vinay Gudena, Laura Muller, Brad Hickman and Laura Schlachter.

On Monday, Feb. 3, Magruder Hospital held an open house and ribbon cutting for the newly renovated 1 South wing of the hospital. 1 South is home to the oncology department which is partnered with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Physicians offering hematology services and infusion therapy, sleep medicine, outpatient cardiac clinic, respiratory therapy and services and an employee health station.

“The entire wing is dedicated to oncology and outpatient services,” said Kathy Durflinger, RN, Vice President of Nursing. “We want to keep the area private for a healing environment.”


Community calendar Feb. 6-12

Thursday Feb. 6

Autism Support 
When: 6:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Info: 419-898-0400

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Sutton Center Conference Room
Cost: $10 session or 4 for $32
Info: 419-798-6634


Coffee with the Editor starting Feb. 5 at Common Grounds

The Beacon is teaming up with Common Grounds to start a community discussion group with our editor Jasmine Cupp called Coffee with the Editor. Members of the community are invited to bring suggestions, opinion and discussion to Common Grounds Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.

Common Grounds will be offering 99¢ small coffees with one refill available for the event. Mild and dark roasts, one flavored coffee and decaf are always available along with a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items.

Coffee with the Editor will not be held if Ottawa County is under a level 2 or 3 snow emergency.


You can’t bloom in your room!

Lisa Barrett, Riverview Activities Director, with resident Gurneth Berndt, receiving her prize for attending the most events during Activity Professionals Week.

Shopping trips, restaurant visits, Mud Hens games, movies, and activities morning, noon and night are all offered residents at Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus in Oak Harbor. While Riverview’s Activity Staff has fun implementing all of the facility’s events and activities, it is also a lot of work setting them up, transporting residents, keeping score, and making snacks to ensure successful events. This is all in addition to the staff’s work of completing resident assessments and attending resident and family care conferences.

Riverview dedicated the week of January 19-25 to celebrating the hard work of the facility’s Activities Department. The Department is overseen by Director Lisa Barrett, ADC, who has 31 years of Riverview service. The department also has four state tested nursing assistants (STNAs) who act as Activity Assistants: Mary Diefenthaler, STNA (11 years of service); Michelle Curns, STNA (8 years of service); Joanne Craft, STNA (2 years of service); and Nicole Buehler, STNA (2 years of service).


Local students named to Dean's List at Ashland University

The following students were named to the Fall 2013 Dean’s List at Ashland University. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled full time and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale:

Sydney Adkins of Port Clinton is majoring in early childhood education at Ashland,  She is the daughter of Patrick and Paula Adkins of Port Clinton and is a 2013 graduate of Port Clinton High School.

Shawna Brough of Oak Harbor is majoring in psychology. She is the daughter of John and Terri Brough of Oak Harbor and is a 2013 graduate of Oak Harbor High School.

Autumn Hogan of Port Clinton is majoring in early childhood education. She is the daughter of David and Tina Hogan of Port Clinton and is a 2011 graduate of Port Clinton High School.


What would it be like to live in a snow globe?

Forth grader, Ryan Zam makes a snowman in his snow globe.

Port Clinton has been somewhat of a snow globe the past couple of weeks, which has gotten the Immaculate Conception School fourth graders wondering. What if we did live in a snow globe? Language Arts teacher Jacki Brown made that the subject of a writing project for her class this week. The class came up with stories full of creativity and imagination as to what life would be like living in a snowy wonderland. The consensus was that life in the snow is both beautiful and magical, and, well, really cold. After writing their essay the class made snow globes with pictures of themselves inside.

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