Ottawa County’s Best of the Best continues

This non-profit organization is campaigning hard, are you?

There are three weeks left to vote in Ottawa County’s Best of the Best contest. This week there is a paper ballot on page 3 of section C in the Land & Sea section. For electronic voting, we have tried to make it easier! Go to our website,, and underneath the weather forecast on the right hand side click on the Best of the Best logo and it will take you to the survey.

There is one vote per person, no photo copies of the paper ballot will be accepted and at least half of the ballot needs to be filled out for the vote to count. The contest will end on August 31 and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Mon Ami on Thursday, September 18, and will be announced in print in September 25’s Beacon.


Submit your boat name in the Best of the Best competition


We are currently taking boat name submissions for our Ottawa County’s Best of the Best competition. The competition is running through August 31, but we need submissions now for the Best of the Best boat name. Send your contact information, a photo of your boat and a story (if applicable) to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 15.

After all of the boat name submissions are gathered, there will be a photo gallery online and in print for people to vote for the best boat name.

To vote for Ottawa County’s Best of the Best online visit or go to page 3C to fill out a ballot and turn it in or mail it to The Beacon office located at 205 SE Catawba Rd., Suite G, Port Clinton, OH, 43452.


St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry finds new home in Heineman Building

Ann Heckert, President of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and Bob Snyder of Portage Resale Center.

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, a staple in the Port Clinton community for 31 years, has moved into the Heineman Building and is the new neighbor to Portage Resale Shop. The first distribution out of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry was the last Saturday in February in 1983 out of the basement of Immaculate Conception Church. 27 people were served. 

Esther Sutton, a great believer in community and whom the Sutton Center is named for, stated that food was the greatest need in the community, especially at the end of the month when food stamps ran out. She was a firm believer in the need and mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.


Main Street PC awards $15,000 in downtown grants

Main Street Port Clinton awarded $15,000 to downtown building owners and business owners to improve their property, positively influence economic growth, and enhance aesthetic appeal to our historic downtown.  Main Street Port Clinton is pleased to announce the 2014 grant recipients of the Downtown Improvement Grant program:


Community response to "club drug" allegations 

As a follow up to the summary released by the Put-in-Bay Police Department on Thursday, July 31, the Put-in-Bay community supports local law enforcement's immediate response to recent allegations that 15 visitors were slipped drugs while on the island. All allegations and complaints are treated seriously by the Put-in-Bay Police Department and our island community. Our interests are not in just protecting our visitors but also our island residents.

Put-in-Bay is proud to have served approximately 450,000 visitors this season and we estimate another 300,000 visitors before the end of October.


Lorrain Croy endorsed by The Ottawa County Police Chiefs' Association

During the Ottawa County Police Chiefs' monthly meeting held on July 24, 2014 at the Courthouse, Ottawa County Police Chiefs renewed their support and endorsement for Lorrain Croy for Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge, and posed with the candidate they support. 

The Police Chiefs originally voted to endorse Lorrain Croy for Common Pleas Judge earlier in the year, and wished to voice their continued support.

Pictured with Lorrain Croy are: Jody Hatfield, Carroll Township Police Chief, Steve Levorchick, Ottawa County Sheriff, Terry Mitchell, Clay Township Police Chief, Rob Hickman, Port Clinton Police Chief, Mike Frank, Rocky Ridge Police Chief.


New perch to be donated

Over the weekend the perch from the statue “Dream Big/Catch of the Day”, or otherwise known as Boy with Perch, was stolen. The Port Clinton Police Department put the word out that anyone with any information is to contact the department at 419-734-3121.

With word of the theft, business owners Mike and Lisa Davis of Custom Gates and Coating, located at 420 W. Second Street, have stepped up and are offering to replace the perch as a donation.

“I was approached by Lisa this weekend and then went to Safety and Service Director Tracy Colston this morning (Monday) asking if they could replace the fish,” said Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman. “We both thought it was a great idea. I took some close up photos to Custom Gates and Coating and they are starting on the project today.”


FitzGerald to attend Ottawa County Democratic Party summer picnic

The Ottawa County Democratic Party will be hosting Gubenatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald at their annual summer picnic. The picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bay Township Hall located at 4471 Fremont Road in Ottawa County. 

Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share, a drink and place settings. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Mr. FitzGerald is a Democrat running for Governor of Ohio against John Kasich this fall.


Chris Redfern to hold Put-in-Bay town hall meeting

State Representative Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) will host a town hall discussion at Put-in-Bay Village Hall, 435 Catawba Avenue, on Saturday, August 9, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Redfern holds town hall meetings throughout Erie and Ottawa Counties to listen to constituents’ ideas, concerns and feedback. He will also provide a brief overview of actions in the legislature for area residents to learn about and discuss state legislative issues.

The event is free and open to the public, all are welcome to attend.

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