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Chris Redfern to host office hours

State Representative Chris Redfern has scheduled office hours in Ottawa County. Office hours will be Monday, May 13, from 2-3 p.m. in the Oak Harbor Public Library Lower Level Meeting Room, located at 147 West Main Street in Oak Harbor. The public is invited to attend.

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‘Capturing the Mississippi’ with Madelyn and Adam

On June 8th a daughter of Ottawa County will be heading on a grand adventure, and we have been invited along. Woodmore graduate Madelyn Hille, 23, and her partner Adam Hoffmeister, 25, will set out with their canoe and their dog Joschko to paddle and capture the Mississippi--all 2500 miles of it, beginning at the headwaters at Itasca State Park in Minnesota and ending with the Gulf of Mexico. 

Along the way Hille, an aspiring photojournalist now living in Indianapolis, will be documenting the trip. She will select one photo each day that captures that day’s experience, then compile the photos into a hard-cover book titled “Capturing the Mississippi”. Madelyn will also be sharing photos each week with Beacon readers.

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National Day of Prayer in Port Clinton

On May 2, a beautiful spring day, The National Day of Prayer was observed on the courthouse lawn in downtown Port Clinton. Carol Fox organized the service that has been observed annually since President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1952.


Participating pastors, left to right: Peter Dodd, Grace Baptist; Jeanne Gay, Firelands Presbyterian; Chris Young, St. Paul Lutheran, Danbury; Jim Lehman, St. John Lutheran, Port Clinton; Bruce Bachelor-Glader, Trinity United Methodist; Carolyn Joseph, Church of the Nazarene; Deron Fourman, Bible Methodist Church.

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P.O.R.T.S. bringing Tall Ships to Port Clinton

People Organizing the Return of the Tall Ships Committee (P.O.R.T.S.) is excited to announce the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial events in Port Clinton.  The entire community will be celebrating the 200 years of freedom gained by Commander Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory some twelve miles from the mouth of the Portage River.

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The Amazing Island Raise coming to Ottawa County

Ottawa County CASA and Joyful Connections are teaming up to host The Amazing Island Raise, Put-In-Bay style, on June 15. This is for all of the Amazing Race fans out there that want to solve clues, complete challenges and win great prizes while enjoying the fun and sun of Put–In-Bay.

Teams of 4-6 adults will race against one another to see who has what it takes to be an Amazing Race champion. Teams will ride the Miller Ferry to the Island where the clues and challenges will take place. Once the winner has been declared, the teams can remain on the Island to enjoy the rest of the day and return on the ferry when they are finished.  The entry fee of $30 per person will cover the cost of transportation to the island as well as a team t-shirt. The fun will begin at 11 a.m. and the group will depart for Put-in-Bay at noon.

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Skipper Bud’s Fishing Derby will be at Walleye Festival

The Skipper Bud’s Kids Fishing Derby at the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, from 12-1:30 p,m.  This free family-oriented event will be held at Derby Pond.

All children ages 12 and under are invited to participate.  Trophies for each age group will be awarded in each of the following categories: longest, shortest, most fish caught and most unique.  Trophies will be presented in the Entertainment Tent at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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ICS grows with Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District

Becky Simpson and Jackie Lammers from the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District visited Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton and gave the school a lesson on being good stewards to our earth. The pair told the students the important role they can play in making our earth a healthy and beautiful place for all just by conserving, recycling and not polluting.Each student received a pine tree sapling to plant at home.

Ms. Simpson and Ms. Lammers told the children that a single tree can provide enough oxygen for about 4 people. There are 20,000 species of trees in the world.

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Alexa Haskin receives state award

Port Clinton High School senior Alexa Haskin was awarded the Robert F. Lucas Lt. Governor Award for her leadership in the Kiwanis Club sponsored Key Club. As a Key Club member, this distinct honor is for those that go above and beyond as a leader in Key Club. Alexa created a newsletter, held monthly meetings, organized a beach cleanup, and worked with fellow Key Club members to help the Humane Society make Christmas ornaments for those less fortunate. She also helped to charter a new Key Club at Tiffin Calvert.

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Arbor day thank you

The City of Port Clinton Tree Commission held their Annual Arbor Day Celebration, Friday, April 26th.  With the help of the following community members and local children, we were able to plant two beautiful Green Mountain Sugar Maple trees at the northwest corner of Jefferson and Second Streets. Cub Scout Troop 361, under the direction of leader Kim Auxter, provided the Color Guard and Flag Bearer. Singer Jaclyn Favro performed the National Anthem beautifully, accompanied by her ukulele. Girl Scout Daisy Troops #10204 and #10215, under the direction of leaders Dina Rodgers and Amber Twarek, lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Bruce Batchelor-Glader of Trinity United Methodist Church provided both the opening and closing prayers.  Readings were provided by Roseann Hickman who shared the poem “The Heart of the Tree” and Pam Schraidt who recited her own work “The Beauty of a Tree.” The children of Mrs. Moon’s Preschool Classes jumped right in to lead the planting ceremony by placing the first shovels of soil over the trees. Ed Urban of Otto and Urban prepared the site and set the trees for planting. Thanks to the generosity of the following local businesses, we were even able to provide refreshments to all in attendance. Coffee Express donated refreshing lemonade while Andy’s Party Mart, Chefsbest Catering and Community Market all donated delicious cookies for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who participated - it was truly a fantastic day as community members of all ages came together to beautify one corner of our fine City! 

Thank you to all!
Port Clinton Tree Commission
Chairman Jerry Jonke, Mayor Leone, Randy Lipstraw, Rachel Klimentov, Larry Holman, Jerry Tarolli

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