Losing the waterfront

I would like to thank every member of CORD for all the time and effort they have put in to save our parks for us. I would also like to congratulate them for their success on getting the needed signatures so a petition can be put on the November ballot.

I truly believe the citizens will support this petition, giving us the right to vote if we want to keep our parks as parks, or let our administration have a developer fill them with those ugly, view blocking condos.


To all registered voters in Port Clinton

Recently the group known as Friends for Port Clinton passed out fliers to homes in Port Clinton which stated the language for the upcoming initiative ordinance to be voted on this November. In an attempt to purposely confuse the voters, they also had these three questions at the bottom of their letter:


Best of the Best winners announced Thursday, September 18

Tonight’s (Thursday, September 18) the big gala evening at Mon Ami…Ottawa County’s Best of the Best winners will be announced. It all starts at 5:30 p.m. in the tent behind the Chalet at Mon Ami.

You may experience an inconvenience driving to Fremont from Port Clinton. State Route 53 is closed now through Friday, September 26, for culvert replacement and pavement repair, according to the Ohio Dept. of Transportation. The closed area is from Weickert Rd to State Route 523. Detour using SR 19 and SR 523. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Dave Matthews who was one of 193 people to find our friendly fish hiding the ad for Portage Resale Shop on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. So, Dave wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website


Community calendar Sept 18-24

Thursday September 18

Best of the Best awards ceremony
When: 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Mon Ami, 3845 E Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton
Cost: $10
Info: 419-732-2154

Do you believe? Mythical creatures
What: Do you believe that mermaids, dragons, unicorns or fairies exist?
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton
Info: 419-732-3212 or


A view from a prosecutor

An open letter to the public from Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan

Crime is frightening, worrisome, and terrible, but it is also the source of great interest to the public. A quick county of the number of “true crime” programs on television illustrates just how much interest people have in crime and its effects on society. Indeed, the criminal act, the criminal, the lawyers, law enforcement, and the justice process can all combine to make fascinating news. So, it is unfortunate for those hungry for news that the requirements of justice and due process at times interfere with all-encompassing reporting. This interference is the result of certain ethical constraints that require prosecutors to not disclose facts about pending cases.

But even more unfortunate is that, when these facts are not supplied, some will assume things about cases that are simply not true. The result can be a news story that is more sensational than newsworthy.


Volunteers and supporters of Ottawa County CASA honored

On August 23, a gathering of CASA volunteers and supporters was held at the home of Wade and Linda O’Brian.   Robyn Sautter, Board President welcomed and thanked the volunteers for their dedication to more than 80 children in Ottawa County served through the Juvenile Court system over the last year.  Judge Kathleen Giesler also spoke to the volunteers reminding them that they are the “voice” of the child in the courtroom and how their insight is invaluable in making decisions for these most vulnerable children.

Several awards were given: The Rising Star Award given to a CASA volunteer with under two years of service that shows exceptional strength in professionalism and responsibility was given to Jim Olsen.  The Volunteer of the Year Award given to someone serving more than two years with exceptional strength and character was awarded to Jennie Dornbusch, who logged in excess of 8500 miles and 420 hours of volunteer time on behalf of children desperately in need.  The Jennie R. Dornbusch Beacon of Light award is given to those individuals that contribute their time and resources to advance the CASA program in Ottawa County.  Award recipients were: Lori Clune, Ann Duez and Gary and Rosalyn Barnhill.

CASA volunteers work with children involved in the Court system for abuse, neglect and dependency.  Volunteers are always needed, for more information, please contact Connie Cornett at 419-301-0225.


Peace Pole dedication September 21

First United Church of Christ in Marblehead will dedicate a Peace Pole on Sunday, September 21, to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The congregation invites the community to join them for the 10:30 a.m. worship service or arrive at 11:15 a.m. for the dedication.

There are currently over 200,000 Peace Poles planted in 180 countries around the world proclaiming the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” To learn more about the Peace Pole Project go to

For more information about the dedication contact Reverend Kay Cox at 419-798-4612 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rhonda Sowers at 419-798-0490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First United Church of Christ is located at 802 Prairie Street, Marblehead, Ohio.


The Marblehead Bank announces new board member

The Marblehead Bank is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to their Board of Directors. Tyler L. Brown, of Marblehead, has accepted the role of board member for The Marblehead Bank. “As one of the owners of Browns Dairy, Tyler has a strong business background with a small community perspective,” said William Tuttamore, President of the Marblehead Bank.

Joining a six member board comprise of business leaders, community citizens and shareholders, Tyler brings a broad knowledge of finance and a sharp focus on local issues.

Mr. Brown replaces longtime board member Donald P. Greene, who has retired from the board. “I wish to thank Don for his many years of dedicated service to the board and know that his retirement from the board creates new opportunities to be with his family,” said William Tuttamore. Mr. Brown will also serve as a Director for the bank’s holding company, Marblehead Bancorp.

“The Marblehead Bank is stronger than ever and we have just completed our 107th anniversary. Adding Tyler Brown to this committed Board of Directors enables us to position the bank for the next steps in our successful history,” said Thomas Lane, Chairman of The Marblehead Bank Board of Directors.


Edgewood Manor Health and Rehab Center to host The ABC’s of Joint Replacement

Edgewood Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center will be hosting a Joint Replacement Class on September 22 at 6 p.m.  The class will be held at Edgewood Manor, 1330 S. Fulton Street, Port Clinton. 

The class will contain a wide variety of information pertaining to Joint Replacement Procedures.  Topics will be useful for individuals at various stages, from those considering undergoing the joint replacement to those that have scheduled their procedure.  Michael Lopez, Rehabilitation Director, will be on hand to answer questions and concerns about the rehabilitation process.

Light refreshments will be provided.  For questions or to RSVP (By September 18th) call 419.734.5506.


A night of humor, music and fun is coming to the peninsula

The Danbury Laker Athletic Boosters are hosting Main Street Dueling Pianos at St. Mary Social Hall on Saturday, November 1. The Main Street website touts the show as an addictive experience where the musical team performs an all-request show with a healthy dose of comedy thrown in to entertain. Members of audience submit requests and donations to hear their favorite song or a donation to end a song that’s not a favorite. This becomes a real tug of war amongst the audience. There will also be sideboards, bingo and 50/50 raffles throughout the night.

Ticket price is $25, which includes a delicious BBQ buffet prepared by Mesenberg Creative Catering, draft beer, soda and water. Purchase ten tickets at once to reserve a table. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the entertainment begins at 7 p.m.

For tickets or information, contact Bill Chapman at 419-573-2214, Crystal Chapman at 419-656-9005 or Drew Davie at 419-798-4037 or request by email at

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