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The Beacon and The Suburban Press honored by State of Ohio

Beacon publisher and owner John Schaffner with Ohio Senator Randy Gardner holding the proclamation declaring July Free Community Newspaper Month.

Senator Randy Gardner declared July Free Community Newspaper Month. In Ottawa County there are two free newspapers serving the community: The Beacon and The Suburban Press. Below is the letter of citation honoring the month of July as Free Community Newspaper Month: 

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Gardner attends PC Board of Education meeting

The Honorable Randy Gardner attended the Port Clinton Board of Education meeting on Monday, April21. He discussed the latest education legislation in Ohio with board members and administrators in attendance. Pictured clockwise from bottom left: Patrick Adkins, Superintendent of Schools, Michele Mueller behind Mr. Adkins, Beth Benko, David Belden, Barb Drusbacky, Paul Shaw, Jeff Dornbusch and Randy Gardner.

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“There is energy in this city”

Front row (L to R): Cole Hatfield, Vince Leone, Linda Hartlaub, Senator Randy Gardner, Margaret Phillips, Edna Hansen. Back row (L to R): Gabe Below, Lisa Sarty, Mike Snider, Ron Auckerman, Jerry Tarolli, Nicole DeFreitas.

Senator Randy Gardner stopped by to make a special appearance at the Port Clinton City Council meeting Tuesday, April 22. After the regular business of the council meeting, Senator Gardner took the time to say a few words regarding his thoughts on what is happening in Port Clinton.

"There is energy in this city," said Senator Gardner. "Things are happening here. It's not the state's place to tell a city council how to govern, but I can see the positivity between people of the city and the council. The Madison Street transportation plan appears to me to be a strong project. There are other issues to be decided in this community and that will come along with time."

"This community has seen tough times, but there is potential here," said Gardner. "I want to show my support for positivity."

Mayor Vince Leone thanked Senator Gardner for his participation in the Madison Street downtown revitalization plan.

"The leadership here has presented a strong case," said Gardner. "I am optimistic. There have been differences in the past, but I hope that Port Clinton can move past that."

Senator Gardner also visited a Port Clinton City Schools Board of Education meeting this week.

At the last city council meeting, which was held April 8, council made a motion to apply for grants to fund the six million dollars needed to go forward with Washington Properties and their proposed plan for the development of Waterworks Park. Seeing the need to take action, council motioned to wave the three readings of the proposition to apply for the grants. This would enable the grants to be applied for more quickly and council felt that was imperative for application.

The next council meeting will be held on May 6 at 7:30 in the council chambers.

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