Another sure sign of spring! Many of you are familiar with the return of the Buzzards in Hinckley, Ohio on March 15. Apparently the buzzards like Catawba Island better, because they have been here since March 2. Also, no doubt many of you have seen your first robin. Hurry spring!
I was really proud to learn that my niece, Jennifer (Willford) Gallen, who is an academic research specialist at Slippery Rock University, has been notified that she will be inducted into the Port Clinton High School Academic Hall of Fame. She was a member of the Class of 1988 who overcame a lot of adversity during her high school career here.
I attended the Annual Conference for the Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association in Harrisburg, Pa. over the weekend. I’m proud to announce that The Beacon won several awards in their “Ads and Editorial” recognition. We received a 1st place in our involvement in Social Media; 2nd place for Large Space black and white ad (Riverview Retirement Center); 2nd place for our special section on Veterans and local First Responders; 3rd place for original writing for Sheri Trusty along with three Honorable Mentions for news and feature stories.
Congratulations to Sue Troller of Marblehead, who was selected from 172 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Firelands Musical Arts Series on Page 3A in last week’s Beacon. Sue wins our weekly prize of a $25 gas gift card provided us by the Friendship Stores throughout the area.
We will continue to hide Wylie each week in an ad. To enter the contest, look for the link on our website, www.thebeacon.net.
The Oak Harbor Athletic Booster Club is seeking new volunteers and new leadership. The group led by Anthony Stewart, Tracy Witt, Tricia Wadsworth and Jamie Tooman raised more than $300,000 over the last 2-1/2 years. That leadership team announced back in September that they were ready to hand off leadership to a new team. In an email last week, BCS Superintendent Guy Parmigian wanted to thank those local leaders who did such an amazing job.
Ohio’s recreational boating businesses are applauding the recent action of the General Assembly to modify a tax law that’s been causing out-of-state boat owners to balk at giving their business to Buckeye dealers and marinas. For several years, the Boating Associations of Ohio (BAO) has been seeking a revision to a Use Tax policy that would make the law more acceptable to out-of-state boatowners and, thereby, increase business for Ohio.
The proposed change was passed by the General Assembly in House Bill 66 and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine. The provision was sponsored by Representative DJ. Swearingen, who represents Erie and Ottawa Counties.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), a non-profit organization based at Camp Perry, announces scholarship opportunities available to local high school seniors.
“CMP feels this a great way to give back to the communities that we are located. Our youth is very important to us,” said Dana Lynd, Assistant Programs Chief.
Though the Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors around the country, the CMP presents special $1,000 scholarships for individuals local to the Port Clinton area. Those interested must complete an online application that showcases academic excellence, community service, leadership and potential.
Traditionally, these scholarships have been used to pursue post-secondary or vocational programs, community colleges or university educations. However, in 2023, the CMP will broaden its scholarship program even more by involving trade and technical schools in order to keep up with national trends and to provide opportunities for high school seniors with a variety of interests.
The deadline to apply for a CMP Scholarship will be March 31. A link to the online application portal and other scholarship information can be found by visiting https://thecmp.org/youth/cmp-scholarship-program/.
Speaking of Scholarships, the Ottawa County Community Foundation awarded 117 scholarships totaling $163,822 in 2022.
Senior artists and graphic designers from Bluffton University are showcasing their most prominent work in their combined exhibit “Shared Experience,” including seniors Serenna Moening and Sara Poiry of Graytown. The exhibit opens March 13 and runs through March 25 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
It’s Lent. That means the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will be holding their Friday Fish Fries starting this week at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall on E. Perry Street. They will serve from 4-6:30 p.m. every Friday. Dinners are $14 or drive-through for $12.
Lake Erie Perch, cod and shrimp dinners are back at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church on Friday, March 10 and Friday, March 24 from 4 – 6 p.m. Lakeview dining is available as well as take-out orders.
Lake Erie perch dinners are $17 and cod or shrimp are $12. Dinners include French fries or pierogies, cole slaw, tartar or cocktail sauce, rolls and butter. Proceeds from the fish fries will go toward the purchase of a zero-turn lawn mower to maintain St. Mary Church properties. No reservations are needed.
Homemade baked goods and 50/50 drawings will also be available to benefit the church. St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church is located at 505. E. Main St., adjacent to the historic Marblehead Lighthouse. For questions, call or text Jane Danchisen Pittman at 540-327-4502.
Joyful Connections has brought new and exciting programs focusing on kindness for the entire Ottawa County community in the past year. They now offer Parent Coaching, an individualized opportunity for parents to improve their skills and be mentors for their own children.
They also realized that food insecurity reaches beyond our walls so we opened a Little Free Pantry outside our facility. With the generosity of local donors and several grants, they can now supply food, cleaning supplies, and personal items 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Oak Harbor High School will be hosting a series of Summer Employment Job Fairs. In order to introduce students to all we have here in Ottawa County, Oak Harbor High School will be hosting three Mini Job Fairs this Spring: Friday, March 3, Friday, April 14, and Friday, May 5. The job fairs will take place during lunch periods (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) in the Auditorium lobby. There will be tables set up to showcase Ottawa County employers and introduce career opportunities to students.