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Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet at Riverview, Otterbein

The Musical Arts Series at Firelands is sponsoring two free concerts by the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet on April 24, thanks to a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.  The concerts will be held at Riverview Healthcare Campus, Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, at 2 p.m. and at Otterbein Northshore, 9400 Northshore Blvd, Lakeside-Marblehead, at 3:30 p.m.  The public, as well as friends and relatives of residents of these two communities, are invited to attend.  These concerts replace two in March that were cancelled because of snow.

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Downtown development

The front page of The Beacon March 27: Residents overwhelmingly in favor of development; 84% to 16%. If there were a contest for joke of the year, this would be a sure winner. There has only been one vote that truly told what the citizens thought about developing the citizens’ park and that was voting day when Vince Leone was elected mayor; an unknown running against one of the most popular mayors Port Clinton has even had.

Mr. Leone won because he never once said he wanted to develop the citizens’ park. He said what citizens, like myself, wanted to hear. Our ex-mayor lost because she wanted to develop the citizens’ park. So let us forget all these silly little surveys and pay attention to the one that all the citizens voted on.

Now we hear about 585 new jobs that will pay an average of $18,800 a year. Even if this is true, these are not the kind of jobs that will have people moving into Port Clinton. These are the kinds of jobs that have people moving out of Port Clinton. 585 new jobs that will average $18,800 a year, now that is a good joke, but let us get serious,  folks; what would we do with 585 new jobs when we can’t fill the jobs that are available now?

Drive down Perry Street and look at all the help wanted signs and tell me, do we need more of these jobs?

You citizens have asked why I stopped writing letters to the editor, I never stopped, I just can’t get them all published anymore. From now on I will try to get my letters in all three local papers. Tell me, citizens, do you really want West Perry Street to look like East Perry Street? Let us vote on it.

Bob Walls Sr.
Port Clinton

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Rockets rebound with win over Woodward

Behind Jourdan Maguire’s pitching performance, the Oak Harbor Rockets baseball team got back to their winning ways with a 13-1 victory in five innings over Woodward on Good Friday.

Maguire, who allowed one run in four innings, struck out eight and walked two to get the win.  He got plenty of help at the plate as Garrett Harvey finished with a double and three RBIs and Maguire, Andy Rathbun, Ben Genzman and Kyle Pape each finished with an RBI.

Holding a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning, Oak Harbor scored nine runs to put the game out of reach.

Huron 9, Oak Harbor 1

Huron scored seven runs in the first two innings to take a big lead before defeating Oak Harbor, 9-1, in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Jack Hufnagle got the win for the Tigers and he and Andrew Dowell each finished with a double. Kyle Uher took the loss for the Rockets.

Edison 10, Oak Harbor 0 (6 innings)

Austin Utter threw a perfect game for Edison, which broke open a close game with seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings before cruising to a 10-0 victory.

Adam Wroblewski had two hits and two RBIs for the Chargers and Owen Moyer chipped in with two hits and three runs. Garrett Harvey took the loss for the Rockets.

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Rockets drop third consecutive game

After starting the season 7-1, the Oak Harbor softball team has fallen on hard times recently. Though they haven't played poorly, the Rockets have dropped three straight games to fall to 7-4 overall and 0-2 in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Last week, Oak Harbor lost its first two league games, falling to Edison (7-3) and Huron (5-3), and was downed in non-conference play by Woodmore, 1-0, on Saturday.

In the loss to the Wildcats, Emma Bergman gave up an unearned run in the top of the first, a run the team could not get back as Woodmore ace Maddie Phillips pitched seven innings while allowing no runs on four hits. She struck out five batters and walked none.

Bergman was just as good, allowing one unearned run on six hits while striking out four and walking none. Phillips and Cailey Wilhardt had two hits apiece to lead the Wildcats (8-0), and Wilhardt scored the only run. Maddy Rathbun, Theresa Stokes and Chrislyn Stevenson each finished with a double for the Rockets.

Huron 5, Oak Harbor 3

Despite holding a lead late, Oak Harbor lost as Huron scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind for the 5-3 victory over the Rockets. 

Bailey Gadd had a home run and Gloria Souter and Maddie Orzech each finished with a double to lead the Tigers. Justine Webb led Oak Harbor with two hits and an RBI, Theresa Stokes drove in a run and Maddy Rathbun and Emma Bergman finished with two hits for the Rockets. 

Edison 7, Oak Harbor 3

With the score tied, Edison scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take control and defeat Oak Harbor, 7-3, in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Victoria Grimes had a solo home run for the Chargers and Lauran Wolf and Gabby Stoll each finished with two hits and an RBI. Emma Bergman and Brandy Lochotzki each finished with an RBI and Chrislyn Stevenson scored twice.

The Rockets rallied twice before the Chargers pulled away in their final at-bat. Down 2-0 in the second, Oak Harbor scored two runs to tie it up and, trailing 3-2 in the fifth, the Rockets tied the game on an RBI single by Bergman.

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Danbury Senior Center Gets New Sign

The Danbury Senior Center has new, bright red signs thanks to the generous donations from the community.  The new signs were made possible by memorial donations that were recently granted to the senior center.  The Danbury Senior Center Board along with the membership of Danbury Senior Center felt it was best to utilize the money, rather than just deposit into their bank account.  Jack Easton, Treasurer, upon the advice of the board, contacted Jeff Bumbera who is well known in our area for his signs and he agreed to make the signs.  

The signs are a beautiful bright red, with each side being identical except for the cartoon figures, a different one painted on each side.   The cartoon figures were selected to memorialize the two seniors whose memorials were donated to the senior center: Betty Boop is in memory of Betty "Boop" Briggs, a long time board member of the Danbury Senior Center and the other side depicts a skunk, in loving memory of Shirley "Stinky" Lynch, who had also served as president of the board.  The Danbury Senior Center community is very pleased with the new signs.

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The seasonal blessing of emergency vehicles and boats

Photos by Donna Lueke. 

On Tuesday, April 22, Father John Missler of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Port Clinton blessed the vehicles and boats of the Port Clinton Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Port Clinton Fire Department and the Marblehead U.S. Coast Guard Station. Ellif Fuiava, Port Clinton Marine Coordinator, organized the event, and Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone expressed gratitude to those law enforcement and rescue personnel gathered for their important service.

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Project Reality at PCMS

Port Clinton Middle School students Michael Baxter, Cooper Kowal and Allie Batterton stay after school as part of a project based learning program, “Project Reality”, where students have fun with science.

Science is fun at Port Clinton Middle School. Students even choose to stay after school to learn more about it. Ms. Jennifer Kelly and Ms. Cheryl Halsey, Fleet 6 (grade 6) teachers, organized “Project Reality” for Port Clinton Middle School students in grades 6, 7 or 8 to have fun with science. The Project Reality group meets after school each Thursday for an hour. Students are actively involved in project based learning programs and challenged with a task involving the idea that a local amusement park has hired the PCMS students to design a new ride for their park. 

Students were given the problem/challenge to develop the new ride using an eight step model applying simple machines. As experts of simple machines and forces, students in teams of four will design a prototype similar to Rube Goldberg's models. Each team has been busy building the model of their ride along with a multimedia presentation of their project. Students and teachers are eager to show off all the innovative projects to parents during Family Night planned for May 1.

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PCHS DECA selling charity car raffle tickets

Port Clinton High School DECA is selling raffle tickets for the 12th Annual Baumann Auto Group Big Charity Car Raffle. A $5 donation enters you in a chance to win your choice from five different 2014 cars--Chevrolet Malibu, Jeep Cherokee, Buick Verano, Hyundai Sonata or Ford Fusion. The drawing is held Sept. 27. You must be a licensed driver and 18 years old by the drawing date in order to purchase a ticket. The winner need not be present to win. All $5 goes to Ruth Ann’s House of Port Clinton. Make all checks payable to “Ruth Ann’s House”. For more information, contact PCHS DECA at 419-734-2147.

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Click it or Ticket starts May 19

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will kick off its involvement with Click it or Ticket on Monday, May 19. The Click it or Ticket campaign is an effort throughout the State of Ohio to raise awareness to use seat belts.

Deputies will work extra shifts in an effort to enforce all traffic laws, especially seat belt violations during the Click it or Ticket campaign, which will run through June 2. The extra shifts are part of the High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant, which is funded through the Governor’s Highway Safety office.

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Send us your Earth Day photos!

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22. This weekend there were many local beaches and parks that held clean ups in honor of Earth Day. If you participated, send us your photos! Send your photos to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to see them in print in Thursday's Beacon.

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