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ODNR promotes life jacket safety

Ohio hopes to lead the nation again with the highest number of participants for the “Ready, Set, Wear It!” life jacket safety awareness events on Saturday, May 18. These events will kick off National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

According to the Recreational Boating Statistics 2011 released by the U.S. Coast Guard, 70 percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, 84 percent were reported as not wearing a life jacket.

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2013 Compost Workshop

Composting is one form of recycling that can happen right in your backyard. Catawba Island Township, Sandusky County Park District, Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District are sponsoring a Compost Workshop on Wednesday, May 22nd. The Compost Workshop will demonstrate how composting yard waste, food scraps, and other organic materials are used to create a nutrient-rich soil conditioner for yard or garden. 

Pre-registration is required to attend one of two available sessions because of limited space. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, May 21. The first session will begin at 10 a.m. and the evening session will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be a charge of $5 to participate.

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Captain Juls’ Fishing Report

The Beacon is happy to announce the addition of Captain Julia “Juls” Davis to the reporting team. She will be writing a weekly fishing report to help you maximize your time on the water and help you put more fish in your boat.

Capt. Juls is originally from Wisconsin and moved to the Port Clinton area in the spring of 2001 to pursue her passion for fishing. After her relocation, Juls hit the road for eight months out of the year, to fish professionally against the "Big Boys" of walleye fishing.  For 8 ½ years she was the only full time female professional walleye tournament angler in the country.

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Oak Harbor Relay for Life Basketball Tournament

The Ottawa County Relay for Life third annual basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, June 8, at Oak Harbor High School. Teams will consist of 5-10 players (18 years of age or older). All games will be 5-on-5, and each team is guaranteed to play at least three games.

Registration starts at 8 a.m., and games will run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Cost is $25/player if pre-registered; and $35 after June 1st. Cost includes a t-shirt, and trophies will be awarded to each player on the top two teams. Field will be limited to 16 teams (first come first served basis). The $125 fee (entries for 5 players) will reserve your team a spot in the tourney, and players can be added to the roster up until game day.

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Memorial Service for George O. True Jr.

George Oliver True Jr. “Bud”, 80, died, Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Mr. True was born in Chicago, IL., a son of the late George Oliver and Katharine Andrews True. Mr. True served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) and attended graduate school at the University of Michigan Law School. Bud was a 32nd degree Mason; Member of the Toledo Consisterory, Zenobia Shrine; member of the Oliver Perry Lodge, Port Clinton; Aiken Sr. Men’s Club; former member of the Port Clinton Yacht Club; Catawba Island Club; Delta Chi fraternity; served on the board of the Ida Rupp Library and was a member of Firelands Presbyterian Church. He spent most of his working career as a Senior Systems Analyst for General Motors. Mr. True moved to Aiken, SC, in 2006 and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

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Lifeguard re-certification class at Danbury

Danbury Local Schools, through its Community Education Program, will be offering a lifeguard re-certification (challenge) class on Monday, May 20. The class will be held 7-9 p.m, and the fee is $50. Registration is required. Students must bring their ARC certification cards, pocket masks, and be prepared to take their swim test, show their CPR skills and take the written exam. 

To register for this class, contact Mrs. Henninger Monday – Thursday after 3:30 p.m. at 419-798-5185 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2013 Senior Hall Of Fame Recipient

Ottawa County Senior Resources inducted six new Senior Hall of Fame recipients at their 2013 Spring Senior Day, held at Camp Perry Clubhouse on Wednesday, May 8th. Each recipient received a plaque commemorating their service to the seniors and citizens of Ottawa County. The recipients of this year’s awards are: Joseph ‘Bob’ Klacik, nominated by the Danbury Senior Center; Joanne Price, nominated by the Elmore Golden Oldies Senior Center; Daryl Ann Gibson, nominated by the Genoa Senior Center; Vicki Balduf, nominated by the Oak Harbor ‘Harbor Lights’ Senior Center; Sandra Konzan, nominated by the Port Clinton Senior Center and Tip Niese, nominated by the Put-in-Bay Senior Center.

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Sandusky to host first AAU Tournament

Next Level Images, located in Lorain, in conjunction with Sandusky Schools, Saint Mary's Central Catholic, and Margaretta schools will be hosting the first ever "Blue Streak Bash at Cedar Point". The Blue Streak Bash at Cedar Point is a multi-age AAU basketball tournament.

The tournament begins on Friday, May 17, and runs through Sunday, May 19. Championship games will be played at the "The Den" and "MPR" at St. Mary's Central Catholic and Bogart Elementary in Castalia.

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Kwest wins two national awards!

Kwest Group announces national recognition from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) with the receipt of two national awards. Kwest Group representatives received both the National Safety Excellence Award and the Excellence in Construction Eagle Award on February 20, 2013 during the 23rd Annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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EHOVE’s Mavericks shine at international competition

EHOVE Career Center’s robotics team, a.k.a. Mavericks #2252, finished well at this past week’s FIRST Robotics championship competition in St. Louis.  They earned their spot at the event by winning the Buckeye Regional event in Cleveland in March.  Often called “Nationals,” the championships are actually an international competition drawing teams who have qualified from across the United States, Israel, Brazil, Australia and many other countries.

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