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.”


Firelands offering free parenting class

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering the next “Happiest Baby on the Block” parenting class on Tuesday, May 6, from 6-8 p.m. at Firelands Regional Medical Center’s South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky.

The Happiest Baby on the Block is based on the techniques of world-renowned pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp.  Dr. Karp has been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Phil Show, ABC World News Tonight, CNN and numerous national radio programs.

The Happiest Baby program is a national curriculum and is taught by a certified instructor. Among the essential information offered to participating parents will be a step-by-step approach to quickly soothe the fussiest baby.  The methods are designed to increase sleep, parental confidence, and family harmony while decreasing stress, frustration, and exhaustion that many times are present when parents are adjusting to the changes a new baby brings.

Through the generous donation of Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, this program is free of charge to participants. Pre-registration can be made by calling Firelands Regional Medical Center at 419-557-7840, or 1-800-342-1177, ext. 7840.  Parents will receive a take-home kit (DVD or VHS, and CD) valued at $40.


Marblehead kicks off Sunset Strolls May 10

Now that winter snow is finally gone and everyone is looking forward to a warm spring and summer, merchants along Main Street (SR 163) in the historic village of Marblehead are kicking off the new season with Second Saturday Sunset Strolls, starting May 10.

Participating Marblehead merchants, including shops and restaurants, will extend evening hours the second Saturday of each month from 5-7 p.m. Each location will display the Sunset Stroll logo and will have cards to distribute to customers that can be used for discounts and specials at participating merchants. The cards, which will be valid from May through October, can also be obtained at the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce office, 5681 East Harbor Road, Marblehead.


PC baseball team drops two

Huron 6, Port Clinton 4

Despite holding a late lead, Port Clinton was unable to hold on for the win, falling to Huron, 6-4.

The Tigers, trailing 3-1 in the fifth inning, scored three runs to take a 4-3 lead and after the Redskins tied it in the top half of the sixth, Huron scored twice in the sixth to grab the lead for good.

Down 3-1, Kyle Kovach reached on an infield hit, stole second and later scored on throwing error to bring the Tigers within 3-2. After two runners reached base, Tommy Bogden hit a two-run triple to put the Tigers ahead 4-3.

Trailing 4-3 in the sixth, Port Clinton had the bases loaded with nobody out but only scored once, doing so on a walk to Ian Kyle.

Keegan Bollenbacher got the win for Huron and Austin Krupp took the loss for the 'Skins.

Perkins 4, Port Clinton 1

Perkins broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fourth inning before defeating Port Clinton, 4-1, in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Trevon Moore got the win for the Pirates and Zac Floro took the loss for the Redskins.

Perkins got two hits and a double from Luke Fraley. Braun Miller finished with two hits and two runs and Tahne Walton had two hits and an RBI.


PC softball team notches win over Huron

Behind a superb pitching performance from Kate Mueller, the Port Clinton softball team defeated Huron, 5-0, in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Mueller struck out 12 in seven innings of work and didn't allow a run despite the fact that her defense committed five errors behind her.

At the plate, Mueller went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Molly Haberman finished with two doubles and an RBI and Emily Ashley and Taylor Steyer had two hits apiece.

The Redskins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.

Perkins 13, Port Clinton 0

Perkins dominated this one throughout, scoring 11 runs in the first two innings on their way to a 13-0 victory over Port Clinton.

Marisa Ryerson and Cailyn Yates had one home run apiece, Summer Seitz went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Corinne O'Hara and Cortnie Brown both finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

With the loss, the Redskins fall to 6-9 overall and 1-4 in the SBC.


PCHS Chorale off to State

In early March, the Port Clinton High School Chorale participated in the Ohio Music Education Association's (OMEA) District contest and received the highest rating of Superior. As a result, the Chorale qualified to participate in the OMEA State Contest on Saturday, May 3, at Van Buren High School. This is the first time in school history that a choir has qualified for and participated in this event. The group will be preparing three pieces of music that will be sung in a public performance for three judges, who will give them ratings based on their performance according to the National Music Standards for music education. Following the public performance, they will then sight-read a piece of music that they have never seen, and again, be given a rating from a judge based on their performance. These four ratings are then added together to determine an overall rating for the full event. 

Port Clinton High School Chorale students include Kayla Armendariz, Kiya Brown, Haley Crawford, MichaelDavis, Kelsey Dietrich, JonathonEmmons, Destany Ferguson, Reinis Fisers, Ashley Gill, Allison Gilleland, Morgan Hazzard, Logan Hepp, Alyssa Jobe, Halee Jones, Preston Keck, Alyssa Kessler, Jaden Kleinhans, Haley Klima, Katelyn Koebel, Nate Koepplinger, Baileigh Limestahl, Kayli Millhouse, Marisa Oftedal, Jared Prosser, Marc-Anthony Rogers, Alyson Shaler, Libby Showalter, Noah Smith, Beatrice Stanziano, Alex Suter, Courtney Trent, Jack Warner, Leah Warner, Logan Willoughby and Abby Wuersig.


National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held the first Thursday in May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in Prayer and Meditation”. Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.  This date was set back in 1952, however days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time of prayer in forming a new nation.

This year that will be on May 1.  There will be a gathering on the Courthouse lawn at noon.  In case of inclement weather, the prayer service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church. This year’s theme is “One Voice United in Prayer”.   It is our hope that you will join us in becoming that “One Voice in Prayer” for our Nation, and for so much more.

Most Sincerely,
Carol Fox


2014 fishing season off to a great start

First off, I would like to thank The Beacon for inviting me back to write the weekly fishing report for them again this season. It is an opportunity that I greatly appreciate, and I hope it helps everyone who reads it catch more fish this season.

The polar vortex weather system we experienced over this past winter brought in a thick ice cover on the lake and the ice anglers enjoyed a spectacular ice fishing season for the first time in several years. Pictures of huge walleye were displayed on many websites over the winter, and made those of use who do not ice fish very envious of their catches.

Thankfully, the ice is gone now and the walleye fishing season on the Western Basin has finally begun. The ice went out on this end of the lake the first week of April this year, which was a couple months behind what we had experienced the past few years.


Biggest Week in American Birding

Blue gray gnatcatcher by Aimee Weidner

May 6-15 marks the Biggest Week in American Birding. Birders from around the state, country and world travel to our area for a glimpse of the best spring birding on the continent. Not only is the Biggest Week in American Birding great for nature lovers and birders, but it is also good for our local economy.


Port Clinton loses to Edison 2-3

Port Clinton Boys tennis played Edison Tuesday in an SBC match at home.  The Redskins lost 2-3.  This moved PC to 2-7 (1-3).

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:   Noah Cross (PC) def. Carl Riems (E) 6-0, 6-2
2nd Singles:   Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Eli Zettler (E) 6-1-6-1
3rd Singles:  Nate Meredith (E) def. Ryan Norgard (PC) 6-4, 6-4
1st Doubles:  Robert Morton/Sam Proctor (E) def. Ellis Adolph/Tristan Auxter (PC) 6- 3, 6- 2
2nd Doubles:   Lucas Bonderer/Caleb Shanle (E)  def. Cameron King/Dean Colston (PC) 6-0. 6-3

Noah Cross played another excellent match Tuesday and won easily at 1 singles.  Jeff Griffin played much better Tuesday and also won easily at 2.  Ryan had a close match that did not go his way against a good player in Nate.  Tristan and Ellis struggled with the bigger and older Robert and Sam.  Cameron and Dean could not find any consistency Tuesday and lost.

PC JV Winners

Will Mercurio/Avery Dackermann
Steve Kast/Simon Shultz
Joe Miller/Anthony Paradiso
Thomas Keville/Jacob Koch
Alex St. Leger/Corban Trick

PC next plays Wednesday at Oak Harbor at 4 p.m.

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