Ottawa County Educational Leaders Participate in Manufacturing Tour

On Wednesday, December 4, representatives from five local school districts, three Joint Vocational Schools, and the North Point Educational Service Center joined with the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) and United Way in Ottawa County to tour four manufacturing companies throughout Ottawa County.  The program was designed to give school leadership and guidance counselors a first-hand look at local manufacturing operations and provide a better understanding of career paths and opportunities in the skilled trades arena.  

ARES, Inc. (Port Clinton), Custom Glass Solutions by Guardian (Millbury), Materion-Brush, Inc. (Elmore), and United States Gypsum Company (Gypsum) hosted 30 participants and provided plant tours and one-on-one discussions about career opportunities in the skilled trades sector, their current and future employment needs, and the expectations employers have when looking to hire individuals.  


Merry Christmas from the Beacon

Standing left to right: Krista Cheek, Vicki Theobald, Connie Roberts, Todd Gardner, Jeff Bryden, Bill Dervian, Tim Willford, Michelle Biers, Mark Schaffner. Seated left to right: Jasmine Cupp, John Schaffner, Mary Alice Schaffner. Not pictured: Robin Quesada, Donna Lueke, Dave Kahler and Bruce Dinse.


B-C-S Pool Open for Adult Morning Swim

The B-C-S School District is pleased to announce to the community that it will open its pool located at Oak Harbor High School for an Adult Morning Swim beginning on Monday, Jan. 13.  Superintendent Guy Parmigian stated, “While the priority for use of the pool is for B-C-S students and student athletes, the next priority is to open up the pool for the community members to enjoy.

The Adult Morning Swim program will be open to community members from 8-10 a.m. Monday through Friday with the following schedule and cost:


The Frederick Agency holds Ugly Sweater contest

L to R: John Madison, Brooke Kilmer, Bruce Theobald, Lori Madison, Linda Sorg and Tom Shirkey.

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Frederick Agency, Inc. insurance agency held an ugly sweater contest online on their Facebook page. Voters had all day Wednesday to cast their votes and the winning ugly sweater was owner to Brooke Kilmer. Runner up was Linda Sorg.


Bataan Memorial students write letters to Santa

Kayden Thebeau, first grade, thinks about what to include in his letter to Santa with the help Jack Depner, fifth grade.

Students in Mrs. Nicole Heilmann’s first grade classroom wrote letters to Santa with the help of Mrs. Danielle Lajti’s fifth grade students.  The older students paired with a younger student to help carefully compose each letter.  While working on language art skills and letter writing, the lesson was also a way to give something back.  The letters were sent to Santa via Macy’s Make a Wish campaign, which donates $1 for each letter sent through the Macy’s special mailboxes.


The Night before Christmas

This piece is from a Dec. 1944 issue of The Leatherneck which was a Marine magazine that ran from July 1944 to Dec. 1945. Article submitted by resident Wanda Kershner.

Verse by PFC Duane Decker

Art by Corp Fred Lasswell

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through SoPac,
Not a creature was stirring – too damn much ack-ack:
The dungarees hung by the M-1’s with care,
In case that the Shambos quite soon would be there:
Each private was nestled all snug in his sack,
Expecting not Santa but Japs on SoPac
The sergeant in scivvies. Machete in his lap
Had settled himself for a tropical nap.
The rats and the lizards were out on patrol,
For Christmas Eve visits to every foxhole.
No candy canes hung from the waving palm fronds,
Instead were signs saying: “Have you bought war bonds?”


Oak Harbor Pizza Challenge set for Jan. 7

The Rotary Club of Oak Harbor will be hosting a Pizza Challenge at the Oak Harbor High School cafeteria on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 4-7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Advanced tickets will be available from Rotary members. The pizza challenge will allow attendees to have unlimited pizza and pop. After the tasting, participants will be able to vote on who has the best pizza in town.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor which in turn benefits the children and the community.


ODOT flooding road closure update

The Ohio Department of Transportation District Two announces the following update on road conditions due to flooding on state and federal routes in northwest Ohio.

Ottawa County:

• SR 105, just west of SR 590 is closed. Motorists should seek an alternate route.

Sandusky County:

• SR 19 just south of the Sandusky/Ottawa County line is closed. Seek an alternate route.
• SR 105 between US 23 and Woodville is closed. Motorists should seek an alternate route.


The Salvation Army helps with happiness during the holiday

Salvation Army Volunteer, Donna Drusbacky, helps collect toys during the Toy Distribution at Harbor Lights Landing on Friday.

At the end of October, Ralph Ruta, owner of Harbor Light Landing on SR 53, donated space for the Salvation Army to use for their holiday donations and this year it was certainly put to good use. Wednesday, Dec. 18 was the first day of holiday distribution for the Salvation Army. Over 800 families from the area came to the distribution center and received donated items to make their holiday a happy one.

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