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Magruder Charity Ball

Saturday night at the Catawba Island Club the annual Magruder Charity Ball was held.

Magruder Charity Ball

The theme was "A Medieval Knight". The knights and ladies were dressed in their finery and dined and danced through the evening.

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Rep. Latta visits The Beacon

On Friday U.S. Representative Robert Latta, whose 5th district includes parts of western Ottawa County, visited The Beacon’s office in Port Clinton.

Rep. Latta talked about the four issues that he most commonly hears about from his constituents. They are: regulatory issues, health care, taxes and energy. Latta serves on the Energy and Commerce, Telecommunications and Regulatory committees.

According to Latta, the brightest spot amongst these issues and committees is energy, as it is predicted that by 2020 the United States will pass Saudi Arabia in energy production and has the potential to be the world’s largest supplier of natural gas. Latta’s recommendation on energy is that “we don’t pick the winners and losers” with energy companies. 

When asked what he can do or is doing to help break the partisan deadlock in Washington, he said that the administration has made bipartisanship difficult, but also that “Republicans need to do better at communicating”, and “I really think we can all work together.”

When asked what his constituents can do, he advised that they “stay informed and in contact, by email, mail and calls. Never say ‘my voice doesn’t matter. I am just one person.’  I look at every letter. Don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and neighbors (about policies and political issues). If you don’t, others will.”

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Marblehead K of C donates to Danbury Food Pantry

The St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus raised $1000 for the Danbury Food Pantry with their Clambake fundraiser that was held last October.
Standing in the background are members of Council 12224. Standing in the front row (left to right) are St. Joe K of C Chaplin Fr. Dan Ring & Grand Knight Rich Kuluga. Seated (left to right) are Jan Hirt & Janine Dress of the Danbury Food Pantry.

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Baumann Auto Group donates $100,000 to 10 local charities

The Baumann Auto Group has a long history of giving to local charities, and on February 13 that tradition continued. A $100,000 donation was given to 10 local charities. Each of the following charities was given $10,000 on behalf of all the Baumann Auto Group employees: Liberty Center of Fremont, Village House of Fremont, Sandusky Co. YMCA, Back To The Wild of Castalia, Safe Harbour of Sandusky, Ruth Ann’s House of Port Clinton, Genoa Athletic Boosters, Morrison House of Tiffin, First Step of Seneca, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties & Norwalk Area Food Bank.

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Washburn joins United Way in Ottawa County Challenge Match

Joan Washburn has joined the Bohlander Challenge Gift in honor of Ron Case for United Way in Ottawa County. Joan will offer her training session, “Advancing on the Playing Field of Life” on Monday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Sutton Center, 1854 E Perry St., Port Clinton. The suggested donation of $10 will be given to United Way. For every dollar raised, Tom Bohlander will match it.

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Wednesday Bible Study at Vineyard

Wednesday, Feb. 27, Pastor Kurt Borows will lead a Bible Study at The Vineyards, beginning at 10:30 a.m. His topic, “Ultimately Life or Death,” will center upon the Sunday, March 3, Bible readings at most area churches.

A catered lunch will be served at 12 noon. There is a cost of $6 for the lunch. This will be followed by a 12:30 p.m. worship service led by pastor Harry Hunt, Erie Shores Assembly of God.

The public is invited to attend any or all the Lenten services. No reservations are needed. The series continues every Wednesday in Lent, ending March 27. Phone The Vineyard office at 419-797-3100 for further information. 

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McClanahan earns Eagle Scout Award

Christopher Lee McClanahan, age 15, of Oak Harbor, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. He earned the award on Oct. 3, 2012, and will be recognized in a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Eagle’s Nest hall at 210 Jefferson Street in Oak Harbor.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Only about 5% of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank. Christopher earned 21 merit badges and successfully completed a community service project to earn his Eagle Scout Award.

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Graffe String Quartet and pianist Otaki to perform at Firelands

World-renowned pianist Michiko Otaki will join the Graffe String Quartet from the Czech Republic in a concert presented by the Musical Arts Series at Firelands on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd. in Port Clinton.

Winner of the Czech Chamber Music Society Prize, the Graffe String Quartet will appear in Port Clinton during their 2012 to 2013 American Tour. They have toured Europe and the United States, winning praise for their youthful presentation and mature playing and will be performing in New York city the week following their local concert.

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Coach Beau Carmon selected to lead Redskins into new era of football

Port Clinton City School District announces the selection of Beau Carmon as the new Head Football Coach. Coach Carmon was selected from a field of over fifty highly qualified applicants to lead the Redskins into the new era of Port Clinton Football. The coach selection committee consisted of representatives from administration, parents and alumni.

Coach Carmon was previously a Head Coach at Fostoria City Schools and Defensive Coordinator at Tiffin Calvert. He was a player at Tiffin Columbian and went on to be a three-year letter winner at the University of Findlay, playing left tackle. In addition to his duties as Head Football Coach, Mr. Carmon will be a Health Teacher at Port Clinton Middle School.

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