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The front page of The Beacon March 27: Residents overwhelmingly in favor of development; 84% to 16%. If there were a contest for joke of the year, this would be a sure winner. There has only been one vote that truly told what the citizens thought about developing the citizens’ park and that was voting day when Vince Leone was elected mayor; an unknown running against one of the most popular mayors Port Clinton has even had.

Mr. Leone won because he never once said he wanted to develop the citizens’ park. He said what citizens, like myself, wanted to hear. Our ex-mayor lost because she wanted to develop the citizens’ park. So let us forget all these silly little surveys and pay attention to the one that all the citizens voted on.

Now we hear about 585 new jobs that will pay an average of $18,800 a year. Even if this is true, these are not the kind of jobs that will have people moving into Port Clinton. These are the kinds of jobs that have people moving out of Port Clinton. 585 new jobs that will average $18,800 a year, now that is a good joke, but let us get serious,  folks; what would we do with 585 new jobs when we can’t fill the jobs that are available now?

Drive down Perry Street and look at all the help wanted signs and tell me, do we need more of these jobs?

You citizens have asked why I stopped writing letters to the editor, I never stopped, I just can’t get them all published anymore. From now on I will try to get my letters in all three local papers. Tell me, citizens, do you really want West Perry Street to look like East Perry Street? Let us vote on it.

Bob Walls Sr.
Port Clinton

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The seasonal blessing of emergency vehicles and boats

Photos by Donna Lueke. 

On Tuesday, April 22, Father John Missler of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Port Clinton blessed the vehicles and boats of the Port Clinton Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Port Clinton Fire Department and the Marblehead U.S. Coast Guard Station. Ellif Fuiava, Port Clinton Marine Coordinator, organized the event, and Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone expressed gratitude to those law enforcement and rescue personnel gathered for their important service.

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Project Reality at PCMS

Port Clinton Middle School students Michael Baxter, Cooper Kowal and Allie Batterton stay after school as part of a project based learning program, “Project Reality”, where students have fun with science.

Science is fun at Port Clinton Middle School. Students even choose to stay after school to learn more about it. Ms. Jennifer Kelly and Ms. Cheryl Halsey, Fleet 6 (grade 6) teachers, organized “Project Reality” for Port Clinton Middle School students in grades 6, 7 or 8 to have fun with science. The Project Reality group meets after school each Thursday for an hour. Students are actively involved in project based learning programs and challenged with a task involving the idea that a local amusement park has hired the PCMS students to design a new ride for their park. 

Students were given the problem/challenge to develop the new ride using an eight step model applying simple machines. As experts of simple machines and forces, students in teams of four will design a prototype similar to Rube Goldberg's models. Each team has been busy building the model of their ride along with a multimedia presentation of their project. Students and teachers are eager to show off all the innovative projects to parents during Family Night planned for May 1.

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