Coffee with the Editor starting Feb. 5 at Common Grounds

The Beacon is teaming up with Common Grounds to start a community discussion group with our editor Jasmine Cupp called Coffee with the Editor. Members of the community are invited to bring suggestions, opinion and discussion to Common Grounds Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.

Common Grounds will be offering 99¢ small coffees with one refill available for the event. Mild and dark roasts, one flavored coffee and decaf are always available along with a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items.

Coffee with the Editor will not be held if Ottawa County is under a level 2 or 3 snow emergency.


You can’t bloom in your room!

Lisa Barrett, Riverview Activities Director, with resident Gurneth Berndt, receiving her prize for attending the most events during Activity Professionals Week.

Shopping trips, restaurant visits, Mud Hens games, movies, and activities morning, noon and night are all offered residents at Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus in Oak Harbor. While Riverview’s Activity Staff has fun implementing all of the facility’s events and activities, it is also a lot of work setting them up, transporting residents, keeping score, and making snacks to ensure successful events. This is all in addition to the staff’s work of completing resident assessments and attending resident and family care conferences.

Riverview dedicated the week of January 19-25 to celebrating the hard work of the facility’s Activities Department. The Department is overseen by Director Lisa Barrett, ADC, who has 31 years of Riverview service. The department also has four state tested nursing assistants (STNAs) who act as Activity Assistants: Mary Diefenthaler, STNA (11 years of service); Michelle Curns, STNA (8 years of service); Joanne Craft, STNA (2 years of service); and Nicole Buehler, STNA (2 years of service).


Local students named to Dean's List at Ashland University

The following students were named to the Fall 2013 Dean’s List at Ashland University. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled full time and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale:

Sydney Adkins of Port Clinton is majoring in early childhood education at Ashland,  She is the daughter of Patrick and Paula Adkins of Port Clinton and is a 2013 graduate of Port Clinton High School.

Shawna Brough of Oak Harbor is majoring in psychology. She is the daughter of John and Terri Brough of Oak Harbor and is a 2013 graduate of Oak Harbor High School.

Autumn Hogan of Port Clinton is majoring in early childhood education. She is the daughter of David and Tina Hogan of Port Clinton and is a 2011 graduate of Port Clinton High School.


What would it be like to live in a snow globe?

Forth grader, Ryan Zam makes a snowman in his snow globe.

Port Clinton has been somewhat of a snow globe the past couple of weeks, which has gotten the Immaculate Conception School fourth graders wondering. What if we did live in a snow globe? Language Arts teacher Jacki Brown made that the subject of a writing project for her class this week. The class came up with stories full of creativity and imagination as to what life would be like living in a snowy wonderland. The consensus was that life in the snow is both beautiful and magical, and, well, really cold. After writing their essay the class made snow globes with pictures of themselves inside.


State of the Village Address, Village of Marblehead, 2014

By Mayor Jacqueline Bird

As it is told, in the early 1800’s the first settlers arrived on the Marblehead Peninsula. The goal was to survey the new territory provided to them after being burned out by the British during the Revolution. Though some took advantage of this new frontier, most soon fled, fearing invasion by the British and their Indians allies.

Shortly after the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, when Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry defeated the British, the settlers finally felt safe to return to the new frontier, their home, the Marblehead Peninsula.

As the years passed and population grew, the residents petitioned Ottawa County on June 2, 1890, to incorporate a municipality. The petition filed with the State of Ohio incorporated our home, The Village of Marblehead, on Jan. 2, 1891.

Proudly, our village sits on the tip of the Marblehead Peninsula, dividing Lake Erie and the Sandusky Bay. It is a total size of 4.31 miles. 3.31 miles is land with 1 square mile water.


State accredits Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OCBDD) has been accredited by the State of Ohio for the quality services and supports it provides to people with disabilities.

An accreditation certificate was been issued to the Board by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities on Jan. 7.

A comprehensive review of the County Board was conducted late last year by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). The accreditation review is a very rigorous and thorough process, spanning approximately six months. A team of surveyors from DODD reviewed all areas of County Board operations including personnel administration, services and support, and other indicators of the general efficiency and effectiveness of the County Board in the community it serves.


Otterbein helps Danbury Food Pantry with urgent need

Otterbein has a big goal – to collect 500 food and staple items before Valentine’s Day, which is Friday, Feb. 14. Earl Mencel, a food bank volunteer, alerted Otterbein that, especially at this time of year, there is an urgent need for donated food for people in Danbury Township.

When Otterbein’s Wellness Director, Martha Meyer, heard about this, she created a community out-reach to collect 500 food items to be delivered to the food bank. “I really hope we’ll go over this amount. It is so important for people in need right now,” said Meyer.


Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce elects four new board members

On Friday, Jan. 24 the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner meeting at the Community Markets VFW Memorial Hall. In addition to the chamber members, Ottawa County Commissioners, Steve Arndt and Jim Sass, Bill Eberle, mayor of Oak Harbor, police chief Steve Weirich and Oak Harbor council members were in attendance. After dinner Chamber President Paulette Weirich held a business meeting and first recognized the board of directors. 

All of the members of the Board of Directors were in attendance and they include:


Bill Sorg honored by Commissioners

From left to right: Ottawa County Commissioner James Sass, William Sorg, Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal, Commissioner Steven Arndt

On Jan. 14, the Ottawa County Commissioners recognized Ottawa County Veteran William “Bill” Sorg of American Legion Post 279, Elmore.  

Sorg was drafted into the United States Army in March 1969. After training, he was deployed to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, with the 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Phan Thiet. On April 8, 1970, during a patrol on Hill #74, his squad was attacked. This attack resulted in 9 soldiers being injured, including Bill.

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