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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.

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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.

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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, www.pccsd.net, 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. .

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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.

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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.

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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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Tools for School program

The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit is now accepting applications for the Tools for School program.  The Port Clinton Service Unit’s Tools for School program will assist local families in need of school supplies and book bags.   

Applications for this program can be picked up starting today and are located at The Salvation Army Office, The Sutton Center, JFS, Ida Rupp Library, Oak Harbor Library and Genoa Library.  

Completed applications should be dropped off at The Salvation Army Office located in suite #800 at The Sutton Center.

This program is supported by The Ottawa County Community Foundation, Stensen Foundation and local donations.  If you are interested in making a donation to this program, please send or drop off your donation at The Salvation Army-PCSU, 1854 E. Perry Street, Suite 800,   Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 or speak with Director, Maureen Saponari.

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Port Clinton Auto Spa

Kim Smith and The Muffler Smiths are proud to announce the addition of their new business called Port Clinton Auto Spa. Heading the detail department is master detailer, with 30 years of experience, Don Lawrence. Don, who is married to Shawanna with two boys, loves to beautify cars, enjoys riding his Harley, drag racing and spending time with friends and family.

Don gives the vehicles an old fashioned hand wash and wax, shampoos the carpets; everything is cleaned inside and out, returning the vehicle to the owner looking good as new. A vehicle is a big investment and with people’s busy schedules who has time to pamper their car?

Visit The Muffler Smiths’ Port Clinton Auto Spa at 222 Buckeye Blvd., Port Clinton, or reach them by phone at 419-734-5184.

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Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes Dr. Tony Campolo

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes Dr. Tony Campolo as the Chaplain of the Week from July 13-16.

Dr. Tony Campolo will lead the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, July 13 in Hoover Auditorium. His sermon, titled “Living Life Over Again,” is based on Philippians 3:10-14.

For those who wish to attend worship, a complimentary Church Pass may be obtained Sundays between 7:30-10:30 a.m., valid until 3 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto.

Dr. Campolo will preach at 9:15 a.m. Monday-Wednesday for Chaplain’s Hour in Hoover Auditorium. His overall Chaplain’s Hour theme will be “Changing the World from the Inside Out.”

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Mutual Aid Agreement for Combating Aquatic Invasive Species signed on Governor’s Fish Ohio Day

Douglas George, Consul General of Canada in Detroit, (left) and Ohio Governor John Kasich (right) sign the Mutual Aid Agreement for Combating Aquatic Invasive Species on July 9, Governor’s Fish Ohio Day.

On the 35th annual Governor’s Fish Ohio Day, Governor Kasich, with the assistance of Douglas George, Consul General of Canada in Detroit, signed the Mutual Aid Agreement for Combating Aquatic Invasive Species to protect our Great Lake. 

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