Beacon Web site gets fresh design

Next time you get online, be sure to check out the new design at We worked closely with our web designer Paul Wallen, as well as with our “new mama” editor, Angie Zam. We have really seen some incredible growth on our Web Site. Schaffner

Halfway through the middle of Jan., we have more than 45,000 visits. Since October, we have been receiving more visits to The Beacon’s site than we have printed newspapers!

Tonight is the Business After Hours for the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitors Center. The networking begins at 5 p.m.

Linda Gegorski of Fremont was selected as our “Find Wylie” winner this week out of nearly 80 entries. She found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A last week. Linda sent in her entry via The Beacon’s Web Site and wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again next week. If you find him, just drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center, or hit the Find Wylie icon at

“Something weird in the neighborhood…who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!” This Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library, the paranormal investigators from Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits will offer a two-hour presentation. The group provides the public with paranormal research, consultations and investigations. (I hope Vickie Heinsen is there!) There will be a Q&A period after their presentation.

The swimming rivalry between Port Clinton and Perkins has been going on since PCHS opened their new high school in 1963. It continued last week with a dual meet last Tuesday, won by both the Perkins boys and girls teams. However, the PC girls made it close. Then last Saturday was the Sandusky Bay Conference Swimming Championships, also won by both Perkins’ teams. Again, the PC ladies were right there until the end. Mackenzie Stewart and Cheyenne Meek were both double winners for the Redskins, but they fell just a few points short. As we head into more events, no doubt the rivalry will continue for Dan Diaz and his swimmers.

There will be a volunteer training class for those wishing to help with animal care at the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, 3620 E. State Road, this Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. You need to attend this second of two sessions to qualify. They are asking only individuals with animal care experience to participate.

The Annual Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus basketball Hoop Shoot will be held this Monday evening, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the St. Boniface school gym. Registration begins at 6:30. All boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are eligible to compete. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of Jan. 1. All entry forms and score sheets must include a parent’s signature. Proof of age must accompany all registration forms. There is no entry fee. Winners at all age levels move on to compete at District competition. For more information, call Tom Durbin at 419-707-1179.

Main Street Port Clinton has announced the winners of the 2011 Community Christmas Coloring Contest. The winners are: Gavin George, age 7; Michael Baxter, age 9; and Kate St. Leger, age 11. The children did coloring pages on display at local businesses throughout the month of December and also listed why they love coming to downtown Port Clinton.

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce has openings for seats on their board of directors. They will be elected at the Annual Dinner in January and serve for a term of three years. Candidates must be a part of a business that is a Chamber member in good standing and attend a monthly board meeting. If you are interested in serving, please call the chamber at 419-898-0479.

Speaking of that, the Oak Harbor Chamber’s Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Community Markets VFW Memorial Hall on West Main Street. Following social time and a short meeting to elect officers, there will be video horse racing, a Chinese Auction and door prizes throughout the night. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased by calling the chamber at 419-898-0479. RSVP deadline is Friday, Jan. 20.

Thanks to a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation, the Musical Arts Series at Firelands Presbyterian Church will present the Terra Jazz Combo on Saturday, Jan. 28, at two senior communities in Ottawa County. At 1:30 they will perform at Edgewood Manor Nursing Care Center on Fulton Street in Port Clinton. Then at 3:15 they will perform at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Community on North Shore Blvd. just outside the gates of Lakeside. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

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