Danbury looks to get over the hump

Photo by John Kozak

Last season, the Danbury Lakers struggled to a 3-7 season, but were quite close to going 5-5, losing two games in gut-wrenching fashion. This year, head coach Bryan Dudash is hoping his offense can continue to put up points and that the defense can improve and hold its opponents in check.

The defense, more than anything, will be instrumental to Danbury’s success this year as the Lakers trying to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference. For the past three years, Danbury has been able to consistently put up points, but it’s been defensively where they’ve struggled.


VAPORS: electronic cigarette superstore

A new specialty electronic smoke shop is now open in the Bassett’s Shopping Center Plaza: VAPORS. VAPORS boasts of having the highest quality electronic cigarette and e-liquid selection of anywhere in our area. There is a wide variety of styles and colors of electronic cigarettes and accessories along with 103 different flavors of e-liquids and their inventory is continuously growing. The flavors vary from tobacco brand flavors to desserts and fruits.

“With a regular cigarette the user is breathing in tar and the product is combusting,” said owner and vapor guru Michael. “The electronic cigarette is different in that contents are liquid vapor and they are not combusting as the user is inhaling. The product can still contain nicotine, but instead of smoke, water vapor is entering the body.”


Resignation, accusations and thanks all given at Tuesday’s Port Clinton City Council meeting

An array of topics were covered at the Tuesday, August 26 meeting of Port Clinton City Council. This was the second meeting of council where public comments were moved to the beginning of the meeting. Among the public comments were comments regarding a previous article ran in The Beacon about the continuation of a group called Friends for Port Clinton. In the article Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone was quoted as saying if CORD’s ballot initiative passes (where citizens vote in the handling of city park affairs), it could affect future events and festivals in Port Clinton.

Rick Noderer, a member of CORD, spoke saying that in the copies of event forms that have been approved by the City states nowhere that the form is a lease. Noderer then quoted The Beacon article stating that the mayor said events and festivals in Port Clinton will fall victim under the initiative if passed.


Clinton House features photographer David Kyle during Art Walk

David Liam Kyle will be the featured artist at the Clinton House, a new pub, eatery, and event center located at 106 W. Perry Street in Port Clinton.  David Liam Kyle will be on site with his wife, Judy, tomorrow with featured Lake Erie and Port Clinton wildlife photos. Kyle has drawn critical acclaim for his nature photography and environmental portraits in the publications of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, one of the nation’s leading land trusts.  

Kyle has been the official photographer of the Cleveland Cavaliers since 1991, contract photographer for NBA Entertainment, and a prominent national nature photographer.

Kyle stated that he saw the world differently one night out in London in the late 1970s which changed the course of David Liam Kyle’s life.  Kyle, then a professional basketball player in The Netherlands, was in England for the European Cup when he agreed to join teammate Jim Woudstra as he photographed the bustling city after dark. In a matter of minutes, Kyle, a former Cleveland State University All-American, was hooked. 

The exhibit will be up tonight, August 28, during the Art Walk which is from 5-8 p.m.

The Clinton House encourages patrons to like them on Facebook to receive updates on events and specials. For more information on David Kyle, visit


Port Clinton City Council votes to support Jon Waters

At the Port Clinton City Council meeting Tuesday night, August 26, two guests spoke on the character of Jon Waters and explained to Council why it is important to support him. Resolution 14-06 was brought to Council by Councilman Mike Snider: A resolution by the Council of the City of Port Clinton in support of Mr. Jonathon Waters in his ongoing battle against the Ohio State University.

The first concerned citizen speaking on the subject was Jon Waters’ uncle, Jim Radloff. Radloff explained that the Elmore City Council had passed a similar resolution supporter Waters.

“A lot of politics are going on at OSU right now,” said Radloff. “The University was looking for a high profile employee to take the blame for being out of compliance with Title 9. The incidences that happened that are referenced in Jon’s firing happened before he was in the program.”


Rockets hope new-look offense will lift them to new heights

Photo courtesy of Woodard Photography

After going 20-10 over a three-year span from 2010-12, the Oak Harbor Rockets regressed last season, finishing 5-5, but there are reasons to believe that Oak Harbor can bounce back this year. 

The team returns 14 starters and is led by a versatile group of 16 seniors that features a combination of strong, imposing lineman as athletes that are capable of making big plays. Head coach Mike May is hoping that the new offense he’s installed will allow his backs and receivers to get out into space and wreak havoc on the defense.


Main Street Business Roundtable held at Cielo Grande

Main Street Board Members presenting Toris Realty their grant check. L to R: Aimee Slater West, Don Clemens, Roseann Hickman, David Grimmer, Jasmine Cupp, Jim Recker, and Jeff Morgan.

On Thursday, August 21, Main Street Port Clinton held a Business Roundtable in The Loft at Cielo Grande. The Roundtable was a chance to recognize grant recipients and for downtown business owners and building owners to discuss any business ideas and concerns that they have.

Main Street Port Clinton awarded $15,000 to downtown building owners and business owners to improve their property, positively influence economic growth and enhance aesthetic appeal to the historic downtown. Downtown Improvement Grant recipients were:


Sheriff Sound Off

Last week and this week have been the start of school for the kids throughout Ottawa County. As we get back into the school year, we have to remember to put safety as our priority for the children in our communities and throughout the county. 

Please remember that when you see a school bus coming toward you, be prepared to stop. Having that thought process already in place will eliminate the sudden surprise for you when the lights do come on. Please keep in mind that children will sometimes not pay attention to the lights and may dart into traffic when they see their bus stopping. Slowing early will also allow you to stop more efficiently, allowing for longer life of your brake pads. 


Road closures and detours

ODOT has announced the closing of the ramp to west bound SR 2 and south bound SR 53 for their ongoing project. Is there any chance that during this closure they can include both state routes in their detour? Signs need to be posted at the 163/53 intersection to redirect the south bound traffic west on 163 to the next interchange with SR 2. The after the fact attempt to reroute the SR 53 traffic during the last closure using the electric sign was a joke.

John Heminger


Best of the Best competition coming to a close

After a month of campaigning and voting, The Beacon’s Best of the Best competition is coming to a close. There is still time to get in those last minute votes! The Best of the Best paper ballot can be found on 4C of this week’s Beacon. On the same page, a ballot and listings of the Best of the Best boat name can be found. Voting for both of these competitions can also be found online:

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