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St. Boniface fish fry keeps growing

Bill Verbryke of Elmore enjoying a meal at a recent fish fry.

St.Boniface Catholic Parish found that its famous all-you-can-eat fish fry had become so popular it had outgrown the undercroft beneath the church. Its new venue in the school gymnasium reflects how the event has grown and changed over the years.

The fish fry started in 2005 as a necessary fund raiser to help St. Boniface School meet expenses. Each Friday during Lent they served about 250 dinners of fish with a side of cole slaw. As the menu expanded their reputation spread and the crowds of customers grew. The undercroft was just too small to comfortably accommodate the serving of 500 meals a night.

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Health insurance sign-up deadline

Are you or someone you know medically uninsured, under-insured, or paying unaffordable private  insurance rates? You have until March 31 to remedy that, but you must act soon. 

To access information and apply, connect to www.healthcare.gov, where you can also determine your eligibility for financial assistance according to your income and dependents. 

Have you run into a problem you cannot resolve? Call your local United Way (United Way in Ottawa County at 419-734-6645). In Ottawa County an appointment can be made with a “navigator” who will assist you in signing up. Appointments are on Friday at the Sutton Center, 1854 East Perry St, Ste 300, Port Clinton. 

Other sources of information are also available. Try www.tools.healthcarehelper.org, provided by the nonpartisan American Consumers Council. 

To determine your eligibility for the newly expanded Ohio Medicaid (no premiums or copayments), check www.medicaid.ohio.gov/forohioans. 

It is long past time for basic medical insurance and services to be available to everyone. Those who oppose Social Security and Medicare for whatever reasons will continue to oppose Affordable Care. But affordable health care is now the law, it is constitutional and we have all begun to share in its benefits. 

The time to act is very short. Your future health and financial condition depends on your decision. 

Darrell Opfer

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Success for PCHS Students at State DECA Competition

The following students placed at the 70th Annual DECA State competition (Career Development Conference) held in Columbus on March 21 and 22:

Top 25 - Kennedy Gulas - Business Finance Series, Tarrynn Edgefield - Accounting Series, Ashlynn Slauterbeck - Business Services Series, John Morton - Sports & Enertainment Series, Alexis Cash - Advertising Campaign Event, Jacob Reed - Marketing Management Series

Students awarded with Top 10 honors included:   Nathan Haghiri, 5th place, Automotive Service Marketing; Dylan Spears, 9th place, Principles of Marketing; Kayla Armendariz, 9th place, Entrepreneurship Written Event; Eryn Nason, 3rd place, Retail Merchandising Series; and Madi Baxter & Claire Zielinski, 3rd  place, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan

Qualifying for the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, GA on May 2-6  are  Eryn Nason, Madi Baxter, Claire Zielinski and Nathan Haghiri.  Mr. Bill Hollister, is the  PCHS Marketing Teacher & DECA Advisor.

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PCHS announces Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014

The Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2014 Inductees. The 1976 Port Clinton High School Football Team and Scott Rickel will join the high ranks of PCHS Athletes and Coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame. This year, instead of at a banquet in May, the event will take place on Sept. 26 and 27. Inductees will be introduced at the Friday evening football game and then inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 27. Ticket sales will be announced at a later date.  

The 1976 team was one of the greatest teams in PCHS history. More than thirty-five years ago they won the Great Lakes League Championship, the first outright championship for PCHS since 1963. They had an outstanding 9-1 record, with their only loss to Bellevue. After that first loss, they regrouped and rampaged through the league, allowing only one touchdown for the rest of the season, that in the final league game at Bedford. One of the most memorable games was the contest with Fostoria, with the Redskins beating rival Fostoria 64 to 0. Port Clinton High School is looking for contact information on 1976 team member. If you have information, contact Rick Dominick or Amy Kelly at 419.734.2147.

Scott Rickel was a Redskin three sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball, earning six varsity letters and numerous team and league honors. After graduating from Port Clinton High School in 1993, Scott had an outstanding athletic career at Wittenberg University, where he participated in football and track and field. He earned All Conference honors in multiple track events and is the Wittenberg record holder in the indoor 500 meter, the outdoor 400 meter, and is part of the record-holding 800 and 1600 meter relay teams.

Nomination forms for the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are available online at the high school office or www.pccsd.net--click on schools, high school, athletics, Athletic Hall of Fame. Applications must be received by the first Friday in February.

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Oak Harbor Young Farmers complete successful year

The Oak Harbor Young Farmers have recently completed their Educational Topics and community activities for the 2013-14 school year. The local Young Farmer chapter meets regularly on Thursday evenings at Oak Harbor High School. The group is under the direction of advisors Mr. Noah Neiderhouse and Ms. Krysteena Brown, the Agriculture Science instructors at Oak Harbor High School. 

During the year, the Young Farmers completed two fundraising activities. The first was in the fall of 2013 and was a Chicken BBQ that was conducted in conjunction with the Oak Harbor FFA Chapter. Proceeds from this event were used for FFA Leadership development, Ottawa County Holiday Bureau, and Benton Carroll Salem Food Pantry. The second fundraising activity was a BBQ Chicken or Pork Chop dinner on Feb. 14 This activity was held with the cooperation of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Ottawa County Chapter 30011. The Young Farmers thank the community for support in their activities. 

The Officers of the Oak Harbor Young Farmers are: President, Scott Schimming; Vice President, Micah Lenke; and Secretary-Treasurer, Louis Damschroder. This past year the Young Farmers donated over $1800 back to the community.

The Oak Harbor Young Farmers will begin their 2014-15 year with a farm tour in late August.

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Number of homeless decline

A point in time (PIT) count of the number of homeless residents in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca counties indicated that the number of homeless persons in 2014 declined from the count in 2013. However, this count, conducted on Jan. 28, was on one of the coldest days of the winter.

The results show that there were 124 individuals who were living in emergency shelters, transitional housing or literally homeless on that day, compared to 150 in 2013. 

According to WSOS Support Services Coordinator Ragan Claypool, several factors may have impacted the count this year. Since the count was conducted on possibly the coldest day of the year, many of the area’s homeless could have sheltered with friends and family for the night, and cannot be counted per the HUD guidelines.

Of the 124 homeless, 53 had no shelter, 33 were children, 58 were in transitional housing and 33 were in emergency shelters.

This count is completed annually by organizations which received funding to serve the homeless. It is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD requires regularly occurring counts of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons for communities interested in applying for funding through the Continuum of Care (CoC) application process. WSOS worked with volunteers from the local Homeless Coalitions to conduct the count. 

The count for Balance of State (BOS) communities in Ohio is facilitated by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), and it is conducted statewide on the same day for the same time period.

WSOS administers grants that aid individuals and families who find themselves homeless. However, the number of people who request assistance annually far outweigh the funding WSOS receives.

For information on the homeless programs operated by WSOS, call Claypool at 419-334-8911, visit www.wsos.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Little Free Library coming to Port Clinton

This spring Port Clinton will be getting a Little Free Library at Lakeview Park. Stephanie Kyle, the steward for the library, organized the project. The Free Little Library offers a way to share favorite books or books readers would recommend to others. The library is a little wooden box with a glass door where participants can take a book, leave a book.

“We want to promote literacy and community involvement,” said Kyle about the project.

Port Clinton Parks & Recreation Department will be putting up the library for Kyle. The library itself is already built; it is just waiting for placement. The location of the library will be at the north end of Lakeview Park by the pavilion where it will be easily accessible to everyone.

The library belongs to everyone and anyone can use it.

Take a book. If you see something you would like to read, take it. Look inside and see who gave it; who else has read it. Share it. Return it to any Little Library and pass it on to a friend. Give books. Leave notes in them. Be a friend of all libraries by helping any way you can. Pay it forward! – littlefreelibrary.org.

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PCMS Band and Orchestra Recruitment Night April 2

Port Clinton Middle School will host its annual Band and Orchestra Recruitment Night on April 2. Parents and students entering grade 6 are invited to attend on Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m., in the middle school commons area. Local venders will have instruments on display and information on purchasing or renting an instrument. Port Clinton City School District Music faculty will also be in attendance to answer questions or help with instrument selection. Incoming grade 6 students and their parents will be able to sign up for band/orchestra and reserve their instruments for the 2014-15 school year.

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Water bills may be higher than expected

Due to the extenuating circumstances caused by the unusually harsh winter, the City of Port Clinton was forced to estimate most water meter readings since 11/23/13. Estimated readings were based off last year’s readings. Residents may receive a bill with higher than normal usage due to underestimated usage on December, January and February bills. 

For any questions regarding water bills please contact the city hall office and speak with Julie at 419-734-5522 ext 236.

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Residents overwhelmingly in favor of development

From Sunday, March 23 at 6 p.m. to Tuesday, March 25 at 8 a.m. the Beacon conducted a survey concerning the development of Waterworks Park and the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton. Representatives of the Beacon were sent also into the community to personally ask people’s opinions and have then take the survey on Monday, March 24 during the day. Representatives went to the Sutton Center, Madison Street and Second Street.

367 people responded to the survey; 63 people were personally polled in the community. When participants were asked if they were for or against the development of Waterworks Park 84% (303) answered they were in favor and 16% (50) said they were against development. When polled about the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton, participants answered 99% (361) in favor of revitalization and 1% (3) against.

The survey, which was a short 6 questions, was designed to be short and straight to the point. There are a lot of different opinions on how and what to do with the development, but, as the survey states, the people of the area want SOMETHING done.

In a further break down of the question, participants were asked what their thoughts were on the development and revitalization: yes please go forward, leaning yes but would like more information, no opinion, leaning no but want more information and absolutely not.

Of the 367 surveyed about their thoughts on the development of Waterworks Park:

•241 said yes please go forward
•71 said they were leaning yes but wanted more information
•3 said no opinion
•23 said they were leaning no but wanted more information
•29 said they no absolutely not

Of the 367 surveyed about their thoughts on the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton:

•299 said yes please go forward
•63 said they were leaning yes but wanted more information
•3 said no opinion
•1 said they were leaning no but wanted more information
•1 said no absolutely not

Those surveyed in age were: 3% 18-24, 19% 25-34, 23% 35-44, 20% 45-54, 21% 65-74, 12% 65-74 and 1% 75 or older.

The survey was also given to Port Clinton High School students in Mr. Scalf’s Social Studies classes. The answers of the students varied from those in the community, but still had the same end result. In regards to the development of Waterworks Park: 69% of students voted they were for development, 2% had no opinion and 29% were against. When polled about the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton: 89% of students were for revitalization, 1% had no opinion and 10% were against.

 

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