The Beacon and The Suburban Press honored by State of Ohio

Beacon publisher and owner John Schaffner with Ohio Senator Randy Gardner holding the proclamation declaring July Free Community Newspaper Month.

Senator Randy Gardner declared July Free Community Newspaper Month. In Ottawa County there are two free newspapers serving the community: The Beacon and The Suburban Press. Below is the letter of citation honoring the month of July as Free Community Newspaper Month: 


The Listening Room Local at The Loft opening July 17

The Listening Room and Cielo Grande Tapas Restaurant and Bar present The Listening Room Local at The Loft, an exciting new Port Clinton live music venue for local and regional singer-songwriters. The Listening Room will now feature the best Northern Ohio songwriters every Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the loft of Cielo Grande Tapas Restaurant and Bar. Host Ron Nisch will be joined by area favorites as well as select songwriters and special guest artists in an open stage format.

Ceilo Grande Tapas Restaurant and Bar is located on 117 Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton. There is no cost to attend The Listening Room Local shows, but there is a two drink minimum or one play minimum in The Loft during shows.

Interested potential performers are encouraged to email their information to Please include an audio or video sample.


Volunteers needed to ring bell for Christmas in July

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring the bell for the Christmas in July Red Kettle Campaign.  This community event will take place on July 25-27 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. There will be several kettle sites set up with volunteers needed at each site. The sites involved are: Bassett’s, The Jet Express/PC and 5 PIB locations. All proceeds will help support The Port Clinton Salvation Army Service Unit.

If you are interested in ringing the bell for Christmas in July or would like to make a donation please contact Director, Maureen Saponari, at 419-732-2769 or 1854 E. Perry Street   Suite #800,  Port Clinton, OH  43452.


Ottawa County represented in Special Olympics

Jeromy, Heather and Cheryl at the Special Olympics.

The Ottawa County Board of DD competed in the Special Olympics games in Columbus on June 27-29.  Cheryl Bartus won bronze in bowling, Jeromy Bellamy won silver in bowling, and Heather Blausey won bronze in bowling.  A special thank you to Civilian Marksmanship Program for sponsoring the banner for the opening ceremony.


Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life digitally, or on film, can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2014 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. This year's contest will feature a new category highlighting the unique winter of 2014.  

Photographers are encouraged to submit their favorite winter photos of Lake Erie and its ice cover from this past winter. This may include icescapes, ice fishing, thawing or activities that took place during Lake Erie’s frozen months. The commission continues to encourage entries depicting Lake Erie scenes, people and wildlife taken throughout the year and throughout the Lake Erie region.


PCHS Class of 1984 to celebrate 30th reunion

The Port Clinton High School Class of 1984 is celebrating their 30th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Cielo Grande in downtown Port Clinton.  All classmates and teachers are invited.  Please RSVP by going the Port Clinton City School District Website,, look for Alumni and Class Reunion Information to download the RSVP form.  Cost is $15 per person for Tapas, music and socializing.  There will be a Pub Crawl in downtown Port Clinton on Friday, August 1.  For more information please contact Jan Lukac Gluth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Quartermania thank you

The recent Quartermania held by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Marblehead VFW 7572 was a huge success and will likely become an annual event. The event was organized and directed by President Debbie Garrard. In the kitchen was Camille Sobolewski, Carol Hamit and Commander Bob Peroni. Handling registration was Susie Hallier and Betty Voisard. Working the floor were Alice Peroni, Vickie Kozak, Jessica Garrard and Holly Garber.


City of Port Clinton flies into Liberty Aviation Museum

Photo by Jasmine Cupp

The Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton has acquired a flyable model 5-AT-B Ford Tri-Motor, arriving in the hanger July 9, 2014.  The plane, called the City of Wichita, renamed City of Port Clinton, was purchased from the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum located in McMinnville, Oregon, where the plane was grounded for the last 9 years. The plane will now find its home in Port Clinton.

The plane was flown in by Ed Rusch and Cody Welsh over 4 days, beginning the trip flying through the Rocky Mountains and making stops in Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois.  Ed has been flying Ford Tri-Motors out of Erie-Ottawa International Airport since 1973, and was the pilot of the last commercial Tri-Motor flight commissioned January 1, 1986, out of the airport.  Ed also played a large part in getting the City of Wichita airworthy, putting hours in over the last six weeks for repairs and reinstalling the engines.


Catawba Island Lighted Buoy 1 to be discontinued

Editor’s note: In the May 22 edition of The Beacon, it was printed that the Catawba Marker Buoy off the northeast corner of Catawba Island was up for review to be removed. I was contacted by Doug Sharp of the United States Coast Guard correcting this information:

The buoy that the US Coast Guard is advertising to permanently discontinue is called Catawba Island Lighted Buoy 1. It can be found in Volume VII of the Great Lakes Light List. The buoys list number is 5835.

The buoy is located one half mile west of Moore Point on the west shore of Catawba Island. On the above map the buoy to be discontinued is circled in orange.

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