NBOH donates to Oak Harbor revitalization

Earlier this year a group of volunteer business owners and residents gathered to organize what is now the Oak Harbor Downtown Implementation Committee. The goal of the committee is to revitalize the downtown area by bolstering the existing economic base and identifying opportunities that will attract and accommodate future investment. Over the past several months, the committee focused on how to organize and create the necessary amenities such as atmosphere, land use, marketing and branding to draw people back into Oak Harbor’s downtown district.

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Rep. Latta visits The Beacon

On Friday U.S. Representative Robert Latta, whose 5th district includes parts of western Ottawa County, visited The Beacon’s office in Port Clinton.

Rep. Latta talked about the four issues that he most commonly hears about from his constituents. They are: regulatory issues, health care, taxes and energy. Latta serves on the Energy and Commerce, Telecommunications and Regulatory committees.

According to Latta, the brightest spot amongst these issues and committees is energy, as it is predicted that by 2020 the United States will pass Saudi Arabia in energy production and has the potential to be the world’s largest supplier of natural gas. Latta’s recommendation on energy is that “we don’t pick the winners and losers” with energy companies. 

When asked what he can do or is doing to help break the partisan deadlock in Washington, he said that the administration has made bipartisanship difficult, but also that “Republicans need to do better at communicating”, and “I really think we can all work together.”

When asked what his constituents can do, he advised that they “stay informed and in contact, by email, mail and calls. Never say ‘my voice doesn’t matter. I am just one person.’  I look at every letter. Don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and neighbors (about policies and political issues). If you don’t, others will.”

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McClanahan earns Eagle Scout Award

Christopher Lee McClanahan, age 15, of Oak Harbor, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. He earned the award on Oct. 3, 2012, and will be recognized in a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Eagle’s Nest hall at 210 Jefferson Street in Oak Harbor.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Only about 5% of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank. Christopher earned 21 merit badges and successfully completed a community service project to earn his Eagle Scout Award.

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