Submit your winter photos

Photo by Jasmine Cupp

We are looking for readers to submit snow, winter or Polar Vortex photos to us for next week's Beacon. The snow is melting now, but that will make it prime packing snow to build a snowman, a snow dinosaur or even a snow fort! We are looking for snow structures, landscapes or just people around our area having fun in the snow. Please send the photos with your name to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We will create a photo gallery of all the submissions and we will publish the best of the best in next week's Beacon.


Veterans Service Commission adds meeting

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission will be adding a meeting to their regular January meeting dates to hear financial assistance applications. The additional meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building. Regularly scheduled bi-monthly meetings will proceed as normal with the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Those needing to file for financial assistance can contact the office at 419-898-2089.

The Ottawa County Veterans Office is located at 8444 W State Route 163, Oak Harbor.  For further information, visit the website at


Thank you from Wreaths Across America

Dear Community, 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank so many of you for the success of Wreaths Across America. On Dec. 14th, Catawba Island Township Cemetery took part in a very special tradition of placing Christmas wreaths on the gravesites of veterans. The support, help and donations that were provided to us by this wonderful community were amazing. We truly are at a loss for words. The weather was cold, windy and snowy, but the ceremony was absolutely perfect. 


North Central EMS and Kiwanis partner to provide safety for young children

Kassie Anderson and Trish McCartney of the Port Clinton Kiwanis

As a part of the ongoing mission of the Kiwanis to help their local community, the Port Clinton Kiwanis are taking strides in helping with keeping young children safe. Kassie Anderson, a former paramedic supervisor, and Trish McCartney, State Farm agent, received a grant to help local townships get infant and young children medical equipment. Erie, Danbury, Rocky Ridge and Catawba Townships were the target stations for the equipment.

“If a car seat is involved in an accident, it cannot be used again to transport children,” said Kassie. “It will not meet the safety standards. To save room and to safely transport the children, it would be best to used inflatable car seats.”


Families urged to ICE seniors’ cell phones

As cold temperatures blanket the area, a growing number of seniors may wind up in trouble, stuck in life threatening situations. They may slip and fall, their car might break down, and they may get lost, confused, or stranded, literally left out in the cold. That’s why Visiting Angels, one of the nation’s largest in-home senior care agencies, has launched the ICE a Cell Phone Safety Campaign to help seniors in case of emergency. To ICE a cell phone, load emergency contacts in seniors’ phones with the word ICE in front of the emergency contacts’ names so when someone finds a senior in trouble they know who to call In Case of Emergency. Visiting Angels hopes this will become a universal emergency plan, a quick way for emergency responders to pick up a senior’s cell phone, and press the letter “I” to find seniors’ emergency contacts.


Community calendar Jan. 9-15

Thursday Jan. 9

Port Clinton Chamber Business After Hours
WHAT: Networking, appetizers, drinks, door prizes
WHEN: 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: Common Grounds, 1848 E. Perry St.
INFO: 419-734-5503


Work out this winter at Terra State

Lifelong Learning at Terra State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and businesses. Following is a list of this winter’s fitness classes. Due to the college being closed for inclement weather, most of these classes have not yet begun.


Instrumental ensembles begin spring season at Terra State


Terra State Community College is announcing the start-up of music instrumental ensembles for the spring.  This year features many exciting performances and offers plenty of opportunity for students and community musicians to improve their skills and enjoy playing with others.

The following is a list of current instrumental ensembles available at Terra State:


Health program to benefit seniors in 2014

For 2014, AmeriCare Home Health of Fremont and Ottawa County Commissioners have collaborated to provide beneficial health assessment and education services under a program known as the 60 Plus Program. Funded through a grant program administered by the Ottawa County Senior Resource Department, the services are offered free of cost to all Ottawa County seniors aged sixty years and older.

The 60 Plus Program features monthly assessment clinics run by registered nurses at seven designated sites where seniors can get health assessments that include blood pressure checks, weight measurements; blood tests for anemia, blood sugar and cholesterol; health education including medication and nutrition counseling, and referrals to private physicians, if needed.

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