Couples’ personality seminar offered at St. Joseph, Marblehead

It’s the classic story of the odd couple; she’s the life of the party, while he gives any excuse to leave early. He’s neat and orderly, while she leaves milk on the counter and clothes on the floor. He’s logical, she’s emotional; he’s from Mars, she’s from Venus. Does this sound like your relationship? 

The Marriage Enrichment team at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead would like to invite any married and engaged couples to explore communication and personality styles with an interactive workshop presented by Father Marty Nassr and Father Dan Zak. The first session will be held Feb. 9 following the coffee gathering after the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Parish Hall and consists of taking a survey. The second session will be on March 16 following the 10:30 a.m. Mass and will be the interpretation of the survey. If you are interested, register by Feb. 3 by contacting Carol Arntz at the Parish Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-798-4177 ext. 303.

Attendance at the first session is necessary to attend the second session. St. Joseph is located at 822 Barclay in Marblehead.


Cold weather warning for seniors

With dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast, Home Instead Senior Care says now is the time for seniors and their loved ones to brush up on cold weather safety tips.

“Winter can be a difficult time, as the harsh conditions especially impact seniors,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc. “We want to make sure seniors and their loved ones are aware of simple ways they can stay safe and warm throughout the season.”

Those over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths. As the body ages, the ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature decreases, creating an insensitivity to moderately cold temperatures. Seniors may not realize they are putting themselves at risk until symptoms appear. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. If symptoms are present, immediate medical attention is necessary.


Service men and women pay respects to fallen comrade

Two North Central EMS workers look on from the Fulton Street bridge as the procession to bring Private James A. Dickman to rest passed through Port Clinton. Between Toledo and Sandusky, overpasses were filled with service trucks, police, fire and EMS workers paying respects to a fallen serviceman. The line of serviceman, mourners, family and friends were on their way to the Chapel in Sandusky where Private James A. Dickman’s funeral service will be held. The procession made one detour and that was to pass Dickman’s former fire house at the Perkins Fire Department.


Lakeside Chautauqua hires new Rhein Center Director

MaryAnn Kelmer was recently appointed as Lakeside Chautauqua’s new C. Kirk Rhein Jr. Center for the Living Arts Director. The Rhein Center is an inspiring space for fine arts and crafts classes during Lakeside Chautauqua’s summer season.

Kelmer served as the position’s Administrative Assistant for two years under Richard and Shirley Witteborg. This promotion marks Kelmer’s 21st year visiting the Chautauqua community. Kelmer attended Sinclair Community College in Dayton, where she studied Medical Records Administration. After receiving her degree, she worked at Piqua Memorial Hospital for 15 years.

Before working at Lakeside Chautauqua, Kelmer spent time traveling with her business, Fabric Rescue. She started the organization 20 years ago, teaching people how to up-cycle used fabric for quilt making.


PC Chamber announces Beach Party

The Port Clinton Area Chamber and Main Street Port Clinton are planning a Reverse Raffle Beach Party at Dock’s Beach House, Port Clinton, on Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $100, which includes a chance to win the $7500 grand prize and other cash prizes, along with a meal, other games of chance and prizes. Proceeds go to support a special downtown project. One additional meal can be purchased per ticket for $30. Only 300 tickets will be sold. 

Contact the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce at 419-734-5503 to reserve a ticket or for further information, or stop in at the office at 110 Madison Street.


Redskins and Rockets team together for breast cancer awareness

On Tuesday, Feb 4, the Lady Redskins and the Lady Rockets are joining forces to donate money for breast cancer awareness. The varsity basketball game starts at 7:30 p.m. At the game, the girls will have t-shirts for sale, a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle and a $1 three-pointer shoot out with prizes available. The athletes ask everyone in the community to join them in their efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer.


OH girls fall to Clyde

Trailing by one point late in the first quarter, Clyde scored 32 unanswered points, holding Oak Harbor scoreless in the second quarter on their way to a 59-23 victory.

The loss, which breaks an eight-game win streak for the Rockets, drops Oak Harbor to 12-3 and 8-2 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. 

Andrea Cecil had 18 points to lead the Rockets and Amanda Cahill also scored 18 to help pace the Fliers.


Oak Harbor boys defeat Columbian at the buzzer

With the score tied and just seconds remaining, Oak Harbor’s Tyler Sievert hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Rockets a 42-39 victory over Tiffin Columbian in non-conference action last week.

The Rockets (5-11) controlled the first half, taking a 14-10 lead after the first quarter and a 25-18 lead at halftime before the Tornadoes cut the deficit to 30-29 after three quarters.

Sievert and Andy Rathbun led Oak Harbor with 10 points and Derek Wood chipped in with eight.


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.

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