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Fifth-graders enjoy Imagination Station

Woodmore Elementary fifth graders visited Imagination Station in Toldeo at the end of February.  Materion Corp. of Elmore sponsored field trips for all Ottawa County fifth graders to Imagination Station.
Students said they especially liked the traveling exhibit Mindbender Mansion.
“I learned that teamwork is important if you want things done right and on time. In the Mindbender Mansion teamwork is very important,” said fifth-grader Makayla Throop.
Activities at Imagination Station reinforced the Ohio Science Standards for students in an interactive and engaging way.

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Team raises more than $1,400

Port Clinton residents Joe Camerato, Gabrielle Camerato, Matt Horn and Jay Edwards.Four Port Clinton residents, along with two Cleveland friends, participated in the Fight for Air Stair Climb on Saturday, March 3, as part of the Fir Na Tine (Men of Fire) team by climbing 42 flights of stairs at the Terminal Tower in Cleveland. The six-member team raised more than $1,400 for the American Lung Association.

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Retired judge to Speak at The Vineyard on Catawba

Retired Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Paul Moon will speak on “The War of 1812: The Skirmish on the Marblehead Peninsula,” at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at The Vineyard on Catawba Community Center, 3820 E. Vineyard Village Dr., Port Clinton. Moon is president of the Ottawa County Historical Society, serves on Mercy College's board of trustees and was president of Port Clinton City Council. This year marks the 200th anniversary of The War of 1812.
This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 419-797-3100.

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Local group sews smiles for sick kids

A hospital is a very scary place for a kid.
When Cindy Kerr’s son, Ryan, was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, she wanted to brighten up his hospital room, so she began making pillowcases. She soon realized the difference these brightly colored pillowcases were making in Ryan’s attitude and recovery, so she began making pillowcases for the other children staying in the Oncology Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Cindy’s pillowcase making idea took off and before she knew it, she had created the national non-profit organization ConKerr Cancer.

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Beacon brings home honors

The Beacon won five awards in the Mid Atlantic Community Papers Association Ad & Editorial Contest. We accepted four first-place honors — Best Free Standing Insert, Website Community Involvement, Website Advertising Section and Best Social Networker — and one second place award for Free Standing Insert for the monthly coupon book. Connie Roberts, advertising director; John Schaffner, publisher; and Angie Zam, editor and graphic design manager, were on hand to accept the awards Saturday at MACPA’s conference in Harrisburg, Pa. To advertise in The Beacon, on www.thebeacon.net or in the coupon book, call 419-732-2154.

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Ag Sales Team third in state

The team of Austin Schimming (left), Micah Mensing, Ashley Buhrow and Logan Bahnsen recently took third at the State Agricultural Sales Career Development Event in Columbus.The Oak Harbor/Penta FFA Agriculture Sales Team placed third at the State Agricultural Sales Career Development Event on Saturday, March 3, in Columbus. Ashley Buhrow, Micah Mensing, Logan Bahnsen and Austin Schimming competed in the Career Development Event comprised of an objective test, sales demonstration and customer relations practicum. The test is designed to assess the team members’ understanding of the sales process and the role selling plays in marketing agriculture products. The sales demonstration assesses the team member’s ability to properly develop and sell an agricultural product to a customer and properly conclude the sales transaction.

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Big changes for Walleye Festival Grande Parade

The Walleye Festival weekend marks the beginning of the busy summer season and Port Clinton kicks it off with our Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival and family friendly events.  This year’s Walleye Festival Grande Parade promises to be better than ever with exciting talent and entertainment.  The Grande Parade will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26. This year’s new and improved parade route, brings spectators even closer to the Walleye Festival and through the center of historic downtown. The Grande Parade begins at the Port Clinton High School and heads west on 10th Street,  north on Madison, east on Perry Street, then south on Jefferson Street back to the High School.

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First National offers lessons for a lifetime

First National Bank is bringing financial literacy education to local high school students by providing them with access to the EverFi Financial Literacy Platform. The web-based program uses new media technologies — video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars and social networking — to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Through the EverFi platform, students become certified in more than 600 topics in financial education, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. First National Bank has partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring the interactive program to these high school students at no cost to the schools.  Those participating are Danbury, Port Clinton, Bellevue, Sandusky and high schools.

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