Library of Congress selects Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial website

The United States Library of Congress has selected the Battle of Lake Erie website,, for inclusion in the Library's historic collection of Internet materials related to the War of 1812 Bicentennial. 

“We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record,” said the notification from the Library. “The Library hopes that you share its vision of preserving web materials about the War of 1812 Bicentennial and permitting researchers from across the world to access them.”


Little Shop of Hair joins the Sutton Center family

Jaclyn Favro, in her new business Little Shop of Hair

Venturing out on her own after working in the industry of 15 years, Jaclyn Favro has found a welcome home for her new salon, Little Shop of Hair, at the Sutton Center in Port Clinton. She was working at Pin Ups Hair Studio on Madison St. until the shop was relocating to a smaller venue so Favro decided to explore her options. While visiting the Sutton Center, she saw an office vacancy and thought about the aspect of opening a small business in Port Clinton.

“Port Clinton is an embracing community. It’s a little bigger than where I am originally from (Oak Harbor) and they’re very supportive; especially of small business,” said Favro. “I thought my customers would miss the hustle and bustle of a big salon, but it’s nice to have a small, calm environment.”


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. 


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.


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. .


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.


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.


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.


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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