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Visitors Bureau announces tourism marketing grant program

The Ottawa County Visitors Bureau (Lake Erie Shores & Islands West) is pleased to announce its 2014 Tourism Marketing Grant program.

The program is available for new and existing community friendly events that take place in Ottawa County. It is designed to assist non-profit organizations and small businesses in promoting events that generate overnight stays, create media exposure, increase area economic impact, and generate awareness that Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a year-round destination.

The primary mission of the Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic development in Ottawa County through promotion of tourism for business, pleasure and enrichment. Organizations that hold events that fit within this mission are encouraged to take advantage of the availability of the grant funds.

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Thank you from Salvation Army

I would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to the Volunteers, Donors and every one in Ottawa County who has made our 2013 Holiday Season a success.   Although our Red Kettle Goal of $64,000 was not met this year, due to a shortage of bell ringing days, we raised an amazing $60,500.70!  We could not have done this without the 600 plus bell ringers, our 7 Bell ringing sites; Community Market (Oak Harbor and Port Clinton), Bassett’s, Kroger’s, Miller’s Market and WalMart and the generosity of our Community who dropped money in our Red Kettles.

I was extremely pleased, once again, to have many of our Ottawa County High School and Middle School groups and organizations get involved with bell ringing and fundraising efforts this year.  These young adults recognize the importance of giving back to our Community.  We even had bell ringers as young as two years old ringing the bell.

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Ottawa County Chamber Directory Completed

Hot off the press!   The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that our new 2014-2015 Ottawa County Chamber Directory has arrived.  We are very proud of this state-of-the-art publication. This project was made possible because of the amazing support of our advertisers.  We are proud to have worked with Krabill Marketing Group, Art D’partment and Herald Printing on this exciting publication.

Please stop by the Chamber office located at 110 Madison Street in downtown PC to pick up your copy today!  For more information, please contact 419-734-5503.

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Send us your Blizzard of '78 stories!

We are asking our readers to submit their Blizzard of '78 stories to us here at the Beacon. Any stories, memories or photos are welcome and we will be publishing them in the Beacon. Please send your submissions to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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2014 OSS calendar contest

First place in the OSS calendar contest from Port Clinton Middle School Courtney Sayre

Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca County art students in 7th-12th grade had the opportunity to participate in the OSS Solid Waste District’s Calendar Design Contest.  Students were encouraged to create a design with a recycling or litter prevention theme to be included in a 2014 Calendar created by the district.

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Fishing poles needed

Main Street Port Clinton is looking for new/used fishing poles for the Kids Fishing Derby that is held every year during the Walleye Festival. Over 200 children participate and many children do not have their own fishing pole. This event is a great way for children to learn about fishing and spend quality time outdoors.  Main Street Port Clinton is a non-profit 501C3 charitable organization.  If you are interested in donating fishing poles, please contact 419-734-5503.

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PC lady bowlers go to 12-0 for the season

Port Clinton bowlers played host to Woodmore at Star Lanes at the Harbor Friday, Jan. 17, and emerged victorious in both matches.

The Lady Redskins, led by Alysia Zoeller’s 175-187, improved to 12-0 with a 2442-1996 win over Woodmore. Kassidy Mahler rolled games of 168-161, Reilly Wittman 156-171, Eryn Binder 139-172, and Sam Stroupe 166-145. Courtney Burner rolled 172-163 for the Wildcat Ladies and Emily Paul rolled 169-148.

“Our girls rebounded from a subpar performance yesterday with one of their better efforts today,” said Coach Black. “All the girls were pretty solid hitting the pocket and making spares. They rolled two 800 games and had 802 in Baker. That’s good bowling and after this tough last seven days they can rest.”

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