Change is coming!

Last week we talked about a re-design for The Beacon. It also may entail a re-focus of who we are and what kind of news we present to you each week. From the beginning, we have said that The Beacon is YOUR newspaper. As things move forward, we will post a survey online to get your feedback. Obviously, the culture has changed in the communities we serve. We were sad to learn last week that the Peninsula News (Marblehead) and the Ottawa County Exponent (Oak Harbor and West Ottawa County) have been closed. I have reached out to Pat Lukac on the Peninsula and Gina Miller in Oak Harbor to learn what we might be able to do to fill the void. I also took a trip along East Second St. in Port Clinton last Friday and noted a handful green bags (delivered but unread Beacons) along the way. We, of course, want EVERYBODY to pick up and read their weekly Beacon. We need YOU to let us know exactly WHAT do you want inside for content! You can reach me directly by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I look forward to hearing from you.

10 years ago, our Jeff Bryden (Editor of the North Coast Business Journal) put together a survey to learn what you like most about our content and what you would like to see in new topics. Surprisingly (at least to me) the most popular regular item was my TellTales column, along with Sound Off and Records (Obituaries, etc.). We talked with our weekly attendees at Coffee with the Editor last Wednesday about changing TellTales and changing it to Throwback Thursday, a weekly column where I talk about a specific subject trending in our community. We’d like to know what you think of that idea as well. A lot of THIS column can be moved into our Community Bulletin Board, and is often redundant. Personally, I would like more interesting local profiles of community members who are making a difference. Please let us know what you think.

Congratulations to Joyce Bremyer of Catawba who was chosen from among 142 entries as the winner in our Find Wylie Contest in this week’s Beacon.  She found Wylie hiding in the ad for Portage Resale Center on page 1A in last week’s Beacon. Joyce wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We will hide Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website

Mark Friday, November 13, down on your calendar for the Annual Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton Evening at the Races to be held this year at the Elks Lodge on Buckeye Blvd. starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 each which includes lots of appetizers and betting opportunities. Two horses to bet on this year will be Beacon’s Pride and Mean Mary Alice. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis service projects and scholarships. You can buy your tickets from any Kiwanian or at The Beacon.

The Immaculate Conception Youth Connection Ministry, which includes students from Middle School and the High School, will be holding a special Trick or Treat this Sunday, October 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Port Clinton on Jackson Drive, Glendale Drive and Alice Street. They will be asking for can goods to be donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Downtown Port Clinton will welcome zombies from all shuffles of undead on Saturday, October 31, from 7 p.m. to midnight for the fourth annual Zombie Pub Crawl and Ball presented by Heidelberg Distributing. Zombies will crawl to seven participating pubs: Baithouse River Bar, Bar 221, Cielo Grande, Clinton House, McCarthy’s, Rosie’s and Slater’s Madison Street Pub. Cash prizes will be given to the top three costumes. Also, cash prizes will be awarded for Best Group, Best Couple, and Most Creative. Costume judging will take place at the Baithouse River Bar from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets must be punched at each bar and must be complete to be entered to win prizes at the Ball. At 11 p.m. head to the Baithouse River Bar for the Zombie Ball where costume contest winners will be announced. The first 100 tickets sold will receive a free Zombie t-shirt. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at Main Street’s office or any of the participating pubs. Several downtown hotels including America’s Best Value and the Island House will be offering a Zombie Discount the evening of the event. Ala Carte will be open late for all hungry zombies. New this year, Main Street Port Clinton is selling light up Zombie Mugs for $5.

And, speaking of downtown PC…all young ghouls and goblins are invited to come downtown to trick or treat on Saturday, October 31, from 1-3 p.m. Just look for the orange and black balloons for participating stops. Over 325 children participated in 2014 and we are hoping for even more children and their families this year. For more information, please contact Main Street Port Clinton at 419-734-5503.

Join Otterbein North Shore for a very special Lunch and Learn session this Tuesday, October 27, at noon. The lunch and seminar on making a move will be a chance for you to get an abbreviated version of our 2015 series of talks: Be Bold and Get it Sold focusing on downsizing in today’s culture and economy for seniors. They will have a second program next month as well. RSVP today 419-798-8254.

The Go-Getter’s group at The Vineyard on Catawba is holding a Fall Pumpkin Roll sale to help support resident activities there. They are $10 each and they are DELICIOUS! To order yours, call Shirley at 567-395-3510. Orders must be placed by October 30.

Don’t forget our Wednesday morning Coffee with the Editor at the 1812 Restaurant at the Island House each week. Each Wednesday we have a small group that discusses local issues and we get good ideas about community news stories to cover. Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone will be our special guest to answer constituent questions the last Wednesday at the end of each month. Join us for our next Coffee with the Editor session at 1812 held every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

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