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Free Port Clinton™ brings new free WiFi service to Port Clinton

Local residents, tourists and ferry passengers bound for Put in Bay now have free WiFi service, thanks to a joint-venture between a local media company and digital services firm.

Free Port Clinton™ allows those with smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to log in to the Internet at no cost, through WiFi transmitters and receivers located throughout downtown Port Clinton, the Jet Express Dock, the Bassett’s Knollcrest Plaza at Routes 53 and 163 and the Miller Ferry Dock at the northern tip of Catawba Island.

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Beacon marks 30 years of community publishing

In December of 1982 Ronald Reagan was President. Home mortgage interest rates were at 14-16%. The U.S. was just coming out of an inflationary spiral. Locally the Port Clinton Press, a free weekly newspaper that had been in business since 1975, was set to close its operations. The recession and hyper-inflation had taken its toll. It was just about that time when former local radio personality John Schaffner, along with his two partners, sold their broadcasting license for WKIQ FM Radio in Bowling Green. Schaffner was in an unusual position. He was looking for work again.

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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.

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Catawba Island Brewing Company is set to open in May

In May Catawba Island Brewing Company will be opening at 2330 East Harbor Road. Life-long Catawba residents Mike Roder, Steve Busby, Cindy and Shad Gunderson are the minds behind what will be the Port Clinton area’s only microbrewery and tasting room. The Brewmasters will be Shad Gunderson, who has been brewing for over 20 years, and Mike Roder, who has been brewing for six years. Shad and Cindy have traveled throughout the United States and Europe with an emphasis on visiting breweries in Germany, Ireland, Scotland and Belgium, sampling the finest brews and gathering experience.

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Public meeting with developer to be held in Port Clinton on Feb. 20

There will be a public meeting on February 20 at the Elks Lodge on Buckeye Boulevard in Port Clinton from 6-8 p.m.
The meeting will be an informative meeting with Mike Rose, a developer from Washington Properties, to talk about downtown Port Clinton and the waterfront.  Council members and administration will have the first opportunities to ask questions then it will be opened to public questions if time allows. 

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PC Mayor touts city departments in State of the City Address

A year ago, Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone didn’t think he had enough knowledge and information to give a “State of the City” address. However, this year he did, and he gave it at Tuesday night’s Port Clinton City Council Meeting.
Right out of the box, he was full of praise for his staff at City Hall. “The first and most important accomplishments this year in my belief is that I have surrounded myself with a great group of people that equally share the desire to move the City of Port Clinton in a forward and positive motion,” stated Mayor Leone at the beginning of his speech.

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Catholic Charities offers grants to fight poverty in Northwest Ohio

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo is accepting applications for two types of local grants — Community Development and Economic Development grants — made available through funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) annual collection.

Local CCHD grant applications for up to $15,000 are available to 501c3 non-profit organizations that demonstrate grass-roots efforts to break the cycle of poverty by empowering the poor within the 19-county Diocese of Toledo.

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