Ducks Unlimited honors Ohio staff member, volunteer leader

Scott Paschke, regional director for Ducks Unlimited (DU), received the 2013-14 Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as a staff member of Region 6, an area that encompasses the Mid-Atlantic and New England states.

"I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as the Ducks Unlimited Region 6 Regional Director of the Year,” Paschke said. “I am so grateful for all the dedicated volunteers in Northern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania who work tirelessly to conserve wetland habitat. They are the true reason for our success."

Paschke, a resident of Rome, Ohio, covers northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania and works with volunteer committees hosting fundraisers for the 77–year-old conservation organization. The events in his region raised more than $680,000 for DU’s conservation mission in the fiscal year ending in June 30.

Ducks Unlimited is the leader in wetlands conservation, and volunteers are the heart and soul of the organization. Coordinating more than 4,000 local fund-raising events, the volunteers generate more than 400,000 memberships and more than $50 million annually.

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Port Clinton Mayor Leone will be at Coffee with the Editor Wednesday

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone will be making his monthly stop to talk to Beacon readers at Wednesday morning's Coffee with the Editor. With the upcoming election we anticipate that there will be a high attendance. If you come and do not see the group in Common Grounds, please go to the large conference room in the Sutton Center. We will only be going to the conference room if there is a big crowd.

Coffee with the Editor starts at 9 a.m. and Common Grounds offers 99 cent small coffees with one refill for those in attendance.


Humane Society of Ottawa County to hold membership meeting

On Wednesday, October 1, the Humane Society of Ottawa County will be holding an informal membership meeting at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. The main topic of the meeting is to speak to interested members who would like to run for a position on the Board of Trustees in 2015. 

Other items to discuss will be the reinstatement of Let's Limit Litters, newsletters and memberships. New and renewal memberships will be taken at this meeting. Non-members are always welcome.


Sheriff’s Office warns public of phone scam

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a phone scam that has hit the county. Several residents have received calls and have been subjected to the threats and harassment by these scammers. Please be aware that this is a scam and this is not how the IRS conducts business.

The following are suggestions from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA):


Taste winning desserts at the Apple Festival

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is announcing a new event the Friday evening before this year’s Apple Festival. After the official judges have named the winners of the baking contest, the public will be invited to view and taste the items. The baking contest currently has five divisions: apple pie, adult division, junior division, cupcake division and apple breads and cake division. Each division is awarded a first, second and third place trophy. Many of the pies and cakes are still warm when offered for judging.

The public will be welcomed to try the desserts and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. To go boxes will also be offered for those who would like to take some treats home to family or to enjoy later. The contest is popular among bakers old and young. This gives the public an opportunity to sample and see the array of desserts and to taste, firsthand, the differences in the use of many varieties of local apples that the bakers use.

The event will be held at the Oak Harbor Municipal Building on the corner of Main and Church Streets on Friday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the event will be $3 per person and admission includes one cup of coffee and one dessert sample.


New voter registration closes October 6

The closing date for new voter registration and changes of address for the 2014 November general election is Monday, October 6. Extended hours on that day are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. The Board of Elections office is located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

New registrations and changes of address may also be made at any public library, any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, the Ottawa County Health Department, the Ottawa County Job and Family Services and the Ottawa County Courthouse in the Clerk of Courts Title Department or the Treasurer’s Office. Change of address forms can also be completed at

Call the Board of Elections with any questions; 419-898-3071.


Lakeside Wooden Boat Society’s Amazing Grace named ‘Best Boat Ride’ by Lake Erie Living magazine

Lake Erie Living magazine recently announced the ‘Best of Lake Erie’ in Ohio, Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan.     

The Lakeside Wooden Boat Society’s Amazing Grace Charter was named ‘Best Boat Ride’ by Lake Erie Living readers.

Christened in July 2008 at the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show, Amazing Grace is a rare 1937 Richardson Cruiseabout. The 32-foot wooden boat was purchased by a Lakeside family in 2007 and then donated to the Chautauqua community to provide wooden boat rides to guests. Its meticulous restoration was completed by Lakeside Wooden Boat Society member and owner of Classic Marine, Dwight Davis.


FriendShip Poker Run benefits JDRF

Pictured is Aaron Mettis of Miller/Coors Brewery, Mary Brown Grieger JDRF representative, and winner Tom Corrai of Elyria with his Grand Prize check $10,000.

The fifth annual FriendShip poker run was held at Margaritaville August 23, in Sandusky, to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  More than 380 participants visited predetermined FriendShip stores and drew cards to make the best poker hand.  Tom Corrai of Elyria won the Grand Prize of $10,000.  

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