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Pitzer earns e-PRO® Certification

Steve Pitzer of Bolte Real Estate has been awarded the e-PRO® Certification, the official technology certification program offered by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Steve joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals who have earned NAR’s e-PRO® certification and dedicated time and effort towards learning how to use the latest social media technologies to create an online presence and reach today’s hyper-connected consumers. 

Working together with the Social Media Marketing Institute (SMMI), NAR redesigned the e-PRO® curriculum to better meet the challenges of today’s real estate market. The new e-PRO® program expands an agent’s real estate technology skills and helps them connect with consumers online via social media, email marketing, and web site promotion. 

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United Way team travels to Duke

Last week, dodging the polar vortex and rescheduling flights both to and from, the United Way team made it to Raleigh-Durham, NC, to begin their work with the Duke CASE Change Academy. In December United Way in Ottawa County’s vision of expanding the Cradle to Career program to create a community wide mentorship program here in Ottawa County was one of six programs nationally awarded six months of consultive services with the CASE Academy’s renowned Dan Heath. United Way in Ottawa County’s community-wide mentorship program endeavors to match youth 1-on-1 with adults who are ready to serve and support them, so our youth can realize their dreams.

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Polar vortex photo submission gallery

Photo by Rick Knierim

Thank you to everyone that submitted photos of the polar vortex that rocked our area. Here are the photos that were submitted to us at the Beacon. We are currently now looking for stories that readers have about the Blizzard of '78! If you have a story to tell, submit it to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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City of Port Clinton Tax Department going green

This year the City of Port Clinton Tax Department will send double postcards instead of tax returns to everyone on the city’s mailing list. Each of these pressure sealed documents contains a personalized URL the taxpayer can use to populate certain portions of the tax return with their personal information after logging in as instructed. This will give the tax filers the opportunity to fill in a self-calculating tax form. This form will then need to be printed, signed and mailed to the tax office with any supporting documents. This form cannot be used for online filing.

If you still with to have a return sent there is a card included that can be mailed back to request this option. As in the past, assistance with filing will be available at the tax office as long as the filer brings all necessary W2s, 1099s and federal schedules. 

For more information call the tax office at 419-734-5522.

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Danbury girls rebound to get to 6-5

Danbury's Alyssa Almendinger brings the ball to the edge of the key against Gibsonburg's Danielle Fork. Photo by John Kozak

Behind a combined 26 points from Erin Lavelle and Stephanie Kukay, the Danbury Lakers defeated Emmanuel Christian, 52-27, to notch their third straight victory.

The win, which put Danbury at 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, came in convincing fashion as the Lakers built an 18-10 lead after one quarter before pushing the advantage to 25-13 at halftime.

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Danbury boys defeat Northwood

The Lakers steadily built their lead in the first half before breaking the game open in the third quarter, defeating Northwood, 47-19, in Toledo Area Athletic Conference action last weekend.

Danbury, which improved to 2-9 overall and 1-4 in the TAAC, led 10-6 after the first quarter and 16-10 at halftime before outscoring the Rangers, 19-2, in the third quarter.

The Lakers got 11 points from Jon Brooks. Hunter Stinchcomb and Dominic Manuella scored eight points apiece and Caleb Gerber chipped in with seven points.

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PCMS announces Students of the Month for December and January

Port Clinton Middle School Students of the Month pictured left to right:  Madison Kodak, Fleet 7; Jack Kessler, Fleet 8; and Bobby Geisheimer, Fleet 6.  

Port Clinton Middle School recently announced that the Students of the Month for December & January are Bobby Geisheimer, Madison Kodak and Jack Kessler.

Fleet 6 Student of the Month is Bobby Geisheimer. He is the son of Tom and Lisa Geisheimer. Bobby has been involved in the PCMS newspaper, boy scouts and was a crossing guard in elementary school. He also enjoys sports, including basketball, skiing, tennis, soccer and baseball. This holiday season, Bobby was a Secret Santa, helping those in need through the Salvation Army.  

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PCHS cheerleaders host Kiddie Cheer Clinic Jan. 25

The Port Clinton High School Cheerleaders have scheduled their annual basketball season Kiddie Clinic for Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10-11:30 a.m.  The Clinic, for children in 4 year old preschool through grade 5, will be held on in the Port Clinton High School Cafeteria. Participants will then have the opportunity to cheer on Saturday, Jan. 25, at halftime of the varsity game vs. St Mary’s. Participants of the clinic receive free admission to the basketball game; however, accompanying adults are required to purchase a game ticket.

The cost for the clinic is $15 and includes cheer instruction, snack, and a free t-shirt.  Participants must register by Jan. 17 in order to receive a T-shirt. Registration flyers will be sent home with elementary students or are available online at www.pccsd.net under the “News” section or on the school district Facebook page. A signed registration form is required for participation. For more information, call Amy Kelly at 419.734.2147.

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Rocket girls win sixth straight game

Holding a 10-point lead at halftime, the Oak Harbor Rockets saw their lead dwindle to five before taking control in the fourth quarter, defeating Edison, 53-40, on Saturday.

The win puts Oak Harbor at 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. The Rockets led 14-5 after the first quarter and 28-18 at halftime before the Chargers made a run in the third period.

Andrea Cecil led the way with 28 points, 11 of them coming at the free-throw line. Freshman center Maddy Rathbun chipped in with 10 points and Amanda Hetrick and Emma Bergman finished with four points apiece.

Edison got 13 points from Tiggy Sanabria and seven from Liz Hill.

The Rockets, who played St. Joseph CC on Tuesday, travel to Huron to face the Tigers on Saturday.

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