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Entity Primer

Bob has a sole proprietorship, John has an LLC. A group of business men have a general partnership and the Jones family has a limited partnership. What are all of these entities? Following are brief basic definitions that can be helpful in deciding what entity to create as part of your business plan. 

SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP. This is a business owned by an individual and created without formal filing requirements. 

REGULAR C CORPORATION. This is created by filing articles of Incorporation with the State of Ohio. Ownership is evidenced by stock certificates. Fifty-one percent ownership controls the decisions of the corporation. 

S CORPORATION. This is a federal tax election that allows the income to pass through to the shareholders each year and avoid double taxation.

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Weekly Coffee with the Editor at Common Grounds

My wife Mary Alice’s brother Dick Kollmann lives in Hudson. We visit there quite often, especially during the holidays. He always saves me a copy of the Hudson Hub, a community weekly newspaper similar to The Beacon. Dick showed me a promotion they do, and suggested perhaps we try the same thing. They have a weekly “Coffee with the Editor” session at a local coffee shop. So The Beacon is teaming up with Common Grounds in the Sutton Center to start a community discussion group at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays. We would like to hear story ideas, photo suggestions, or anything related to the content of The Beacon or www.thebeacon.net. Common Grounds is offering small coffees (with one refill) for 99 cents. Our first session will be this Wednesday, Feb. 5. See you there.

I was reminded this morning by “Blizzard Bill” Spencer on 13ABC that Tuesday’s low temperature tied a record of 10 below that was set in 1977. We are getting all kinds of stories coming in from the 35th Anniversary of the Blizzard of ’78. I recall that the winter of 1977 was extremely cold as well. This weather is certainly great for the ice fishermen.

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Welcome back, Mr. Migala!

I have said it many times…Ottawa County’s biggest need is JOBS! We need JOBS! I have spoken to the folks at the Job Store at the Resource Center many times. There are many cases locally where good local jobs are available, but businesses have trouble finding folks with the proper skills. There are also many cases where the skills may be there, but no jobs. We at the Beacon want to bridge the gap between good jobs and good people. Therefore, starting in February, we intend to begin posting Help Wanted ads on Page 2A, right up front, taking them out of the classifieds. Our Vicki Theobald will be in charge of businesses who want to place bold and visible help wanted ads in an effort to connect our 20,000 readers with good jobs in the area. 

My favorite sports photographer, Bill Migala, came down with some health problems at Christmas time and has been out of action for a few weeks. Well, he’s back, and did he take some nice action shots of the Port Clinton-Oak Harbor boys’ game last Friday and the PC-Sandusky St. Mary’s girls’ game last Saturday. The photos we don’t print (and they are numerous) we always put online at www.thebeacon.net. 

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See you at the boat show!

The biggest event in Ottawa County isn’t even in Ottawa County! It is in Cleveland. The Annual 5-day Mid American Boat Show opens this Thursday afternoon at the I-X Center near Hopkins Airport in Cleveland and runs through next Monday, Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King Day). Since eastern Ottawa County is a major hub for recreational boating in Ohio, this event is extremely important for the local economy. When boat dealers have a good week at the boat show, it trickles down to just about every economic segment in Ottawa County, same for manufacturing. So, those who are attending the Cleveland Boat Show, we wish you luck. 

We were all reminded last week, thanks to the arrival of the polar vortex, that it was 36 years ago next week that many of us survived the infamous Blizzard of ‘78. We would like to run a story on YOUR remembrances of those 3 or 4 days in late January of 1978. Just send them in and we will try to include them with our story later this month. Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Congratulations and best wishes to Andy and Melissa (Twarek) Schlotterer who were married by my old friend Fr. Dan Ring at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marblehead last Saturday. Andy has become one of the leading Young Lions of Ottawa County as the owner of Bayside Comfort. We wish them all the happiness we can muster.

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Send us your Polar Vortex photos

I certainly hope you all enjoyed the Polar Vortex! We were forced to close our office on both Monday and Tuesday of this week, which is the reason you may be getting your Beacon a little later than normal. Believe it or not, the weather forecast for the weekend is for above normal temperatures…and maybe some rain! Like we have all said from time to time…if you don’t like the weather around here, just wait a minute and it will change. We would like to have a little contest…please send us your Polar Vortex photos. Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will create a gallery of photos online and publish the best of the best in next week’s Beacon.

President and CEO of Magruder Hospital, Todd Almendinger, will give a report on the “State of the Hospital” on Monday, Jan. 20 at 12 noon in the Conference Center. If you want lunch, the price will be $6. They are requesting RSVP by Friday, Jan. 17 by calling the hospital at 419-732-4061. Magruder Hospital, as you all know, is a major staple for our community. It is important for all of us that they continue to service the health needs of Ottawa County.

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The Great Swami predicts the future

Ok, it is New Years, so it is time once again for The Great Swami (otherwise known as your slightly cynical Beacon Newspaper Publisher) to predict what Ottawa County will look like in the year 2024. Just having a little fun…

January 2024 – Port Clinton Mayor Bert Fall successfully serves as Master of Ceremonies at the 2024 Walleye Drop that now surpasses the size and scope of the ball drop in New York’s Times Square. The new Victory Hotel and Water Park serves as the venue for the event in the old Waterworks Park. The hotel now has 300 rooms and is full most of the year.

February 2024 – FED EX-CANADA announces that they will be using the Port Clinton International Airport as a major hub for international shipments between the U.S. and Canada. The expansion will bring Ottawa County 1,300 new jobs! Ageless quarterback Braxton Miller leads the Cleveland Browns to their fifth straight Super Bowl win over the Detroit Lions. Coach Josh McDaniel calls it a “win for the ages”!

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Merry Christmas and the Great Swami is near

This is our last issue of 2013. On behalf of our entire staff here at The Beacon, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a truly happy and prosperous 2014. This past year we celebrated our 30th anniversary of providing our readers local news and information designed to help you live here … BETTER! That is our mission. As always, we ask that you send us your news items to help us become even more involved in our communities. Happy Holidays everyone!

While we are on the topic of The Beacon, next week this column will feature my alter-ego, the Great Swami! We will firmly plant out tongue in our cheek and make some outrageous predictions about what our little corner of the world will be like on January 1, 2024. We always have a lot of fun with it, so if you have any thoughts or ideas send me an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Christmas is the giving season

As of last weekend the local Salvation Army Unit was running well short of its $64,000 goal for the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign. So with just a week before Christmas, I hope when you go shopping at any of the Red Kettle locations in Ottawa County, you dig deep and help the Salvation Army do its job of helping needy families. Last week’s cold snap reminds us all of the hardship some are enduring, making decisions between rent, food or heat. 

Next week’s Beacon will be coming a couple of days early so we can help you with your last minute Christmas shopping. That also means a very early deadline for next week’s paper. If you have some editorial submissions or classified ads you would like to run, please be advised that our deadline will be Thursday, December 19 at 4 p.m. for our Beacon that will come out prior to Christmas. 

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Help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon holiday tradition, is already FULL! So we had a pickup from the nice folks at the Salvation Army and we are starting to decorate the tree again! So keep bringing us your contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves and hats to help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter for needy children in Ottawa County. The Mitten Tree is located at the entrance of The Beacon, 205 SE Catawba Rd., in the Beacon Place Business Center on SR 53 North. Salvation Army will be making several pickups between now and Jan. 1. Thank you for the contributions.

One of the neat things about having a website to partner with is the fact that we are UNLIMITED as to how much we can put on there. We prepare every news story we receive from you, our readers. Sometimes, when we get to our Tuesday deadline, there just isn’t enough room for all of the stories and photos. So we have to be selective in the paper. However, we put EVERYTHING online…and we do it every day, 7 days a week. Check us out at www.thebeacon.net.

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Holiday events and traditions fill the area

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon Holiday Tradition, is already filling up! We are once again asking for contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, etc. We ask that you please help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter for needy children in Ottawa County. The Mitten Tree is located at the entrance of The Beacon, 205 SE Catawba Rd. in the Beacon Place Business Center (SR 53 North). Thanks.

Every Christmas has its Angels and its Grinches. Last week, on the opening Friday for Salvation Army Bell Ringers at Wal Mart, two space heaters were stolen from the shelter house outside the entrance. However, the folks at Wal Mart became Angels when they offered to replace them at no charge. 

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