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Danbury's Sierra Puckett in action

Photo by John Kozak

Danbury's Sierra Puckett throws to first baseman, Taylor Zelms, for an east put out against a Fostoria St. Wendelin batter on April 22. The Lake Lakers lost, 25-4, in 5 innings.

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Oak Harbor softball team defeats second-ranked New Riegel

Behind a key two-run single from Olivia Rollins, the Oak Harbor Rockets softball team defeated New Riegel, 4-2, last week.

Rollins drove in two runs with a two-out single in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Justine Webb went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI, Emma Vidal went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and Maddy Rathbun scored a run to lead Oak Harbor.

It was an impressive win for the Rockets, who defeated a Blue Jackets team that came in ranked second in Division IV. The victory puts the Rockets at 11-4 on the season.

Emma Bergman went the distance, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits to go with five strikeouts and no walks.

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Oak Harbor baseball team loses to St. Mary’s

St. Mary CC 11, Oak Harbor 1

St. Mary Central Catholic scored 10 runs in the second inning as they cruised to an 11-1 victory over Oak Harbor in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Brett St. Clair and Caleb Severance had two hits apiece to lead the Panthers and Kyle Feyedelm had a double. Logan Winkie had two doubles to lead the Rockets. 

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Real estate transfers

Bay Township

    4-24-14 Jane H. Morrison to George Lee Pickler, 0 Cleveland Road, $40,000.

Clay Township

    4-24-14 Timothy N. and Jennifer A. Thompson to Jacob W. Hepler, 20051 West Fulkert Road, $99,500.

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“The Best of Times, the Worst of Times”

There has been much said on the future economic development of Port Clinton that will impact the future of Port Clinton and the surrounding area. There is a lively debate every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Common Grounds Coffee Shop, initiated by our local newspaper, The Beacon. It is entitled, “Coffee with the Editor.” Concerned citizens voice their opinion and suggestions on a wide variety of subjects, most seem to be concentrated on the revitalization of the downtown and adjacent areas of the community. This is an informal group that is monitored by the Editor, Jasmine Cupp.

Several of these discussions have included local official’s names and organizations that the citizens feel should be accountable for their actions, or lack thereof. Many credible surveys have been conducted to determine what the people really feel about the future of their community. It seems to be apparent that they want to have a vibrant community that was once Port Clinton. The community, as a whole, agrees that doing nothing achieves nothing. 

There are several community business leaders that are working behind the scenes to achieve the results that the community, so deservedly, have voiced their opinions on. These groups will be working with our elected officials to achieve the goals that you have set forth. More will be forthcoming in future announcements on these initiatives.

Grant McCallum
Marblehead

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Norton enters Ohio Military Hall of Fame

On May 2 in Columbus, Marblehead resident Fred W. Norton will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame of Valor for actions during World War I. The legacy of Norton has been kept alive by his family, who love to share his story of sacrifice and achievement. Norton’s spectacular record was not limited to his service in the Air Force; it also was apparent at his time at the Ohio State University.

Norton was Ohio State’s first four sport varsity letterman. He participated in football, basketball, baseball and track from 1914-1917. Norton led the school’s baseball team to its first Big Ten title with a conference record of 6-1. In basketball, Norton was captain of the team in 1917. In football, Norton played both quarterback and halfback. In 1916 he teamed with legendary Chic Harley to bring the Buckeyes their first league championship with a record of 7-0. It was OSU’s first untied and undefeated season. 

In 1917, Norton graduated from Ohio State and entered pilot training in Canada with the Canadian Air Force. Later that year, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and advanced to Lieutenant Flight Commander with the 27th Eagle Aero Squadron in France. On one mission Norton shot down eight German planes. 

In an article in the New York Times “Pershing Honors Gallant Aviators”, published Oct. 30, 1918, the Times told stories of men who “showed no fear when outnumbered by foe” and who were “always ready to attack”. Norton was among those honored. 

From the article:

The Commander in Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, in the name of the President, has awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to the following officers and soldiers for the acts of extraordinary heroism:

First Lieutenant Fred W. Norton, 27th Aero Squadron, deceased-For extraordinary heroism in action in the Toul sector. On July 2 Lieutenant Norton, as flight commander, led a patrol of eight machines, the first large American formation to encounter a large German patrol. His command gave battle to nine enemy battle planes, driven by some of the leading aces of the German Army. Although both of his guns jammed at the beginning of the flight, and were, therefore, useless, Lieutenant Norton stayed with the formation, skillfully maneuvering his machine to the best advantage. He was attacked by enemy planes four different times, but skillfully avoided them or dived at them. His continued presence was a great moral help to his comrades, who destroyed two of the enemy planes. On July 23, this officer died of wounds received in action three days previous. Home address: Mrs. Frank Norton, 172 West First Street, Columbus, Ohio.

So on Friday, May 2, Norton’s family will be in Columbus, honoring the legacy of their fallen family member. Norton’s story is an inspirational one of what a human being can be capable of when they believe the possibilities are endless.

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St. Boniface School holds Come and See Days

St. Boniface Catholic School, 215 Oak Street, Oak Harbor, will host “Come and See” days on May 5, 6 and 7, from 12:30-2:15 p.m. Kindergarten and elementary students through Grade 6 are invited to spend an afternoon participating in classroom activities and meeting teachers and fellow students. Students may visit on any or all afternoons. Parents may call the school office at 419-898-1340 to schedule a visit.

St. Boniface Catholic School serves students in grades K-6 (and 7th grade beginning fall of 2014) of all religions, racial, ethnic and income backgrounds. For information on the curriculum, admissions policies and registration contact the school office at 419.898.1340 or visit the website at www.sb-oh.org.

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Redskins win 5-0 over Rockets

Port Clinton Boys tennis played Oak Harbor Wednesday in an SBC match at Oak Harbor.  The Redskins won 5-0.  This moved PC to 3-7 (2-3).

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:   Noah Cross (PC) def. Bo Hermes (OH) 6-0, 6-0
2nd Singles:   Ryan Norgard (PC) def. Travis Fisher (OH) 6-1, 6-0
3rd Singles:  Dean Colston (PC) def. Zach Smith (OH) 6-0, 6-1
1st Doubles:  Tristan Auxter/Will Mercurio (PC) def. Ben David/Luke Giesler (OH) 6-2, 6-2
2nd Doubles:   Cameron King/Ellis Adolph (PC) def. Nick Heintz/Quinn Bodnar (OH) 6-2, 6-2

Noah, Ryan, and Dean all played very well Wednesday as we swept singles.  It was Dean’s first varsity singles match.  The PC doubles tandems also played quite well Wednesday in executing their strategies to win.

PC next plays Friday at Clyde at 4 p.m.

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Family Fishing Day at East Harbor

East Harbor State Park held its 14th annual Family Fishing Day on Saturday, April 26. 500 trout from the Castalia Trout Farm were released into the pond next to the Lakewood Shelter in the park. The trout were all 12-14”.

“This is the nicest weather we’ve had in a couple years,” said Ted Johnson from the Ohio State Parks Service. “With this nice of weather, we could expect to see 100 people out here throughout the day.”

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