Stars Dance for CASA Nov. 23

The 6th Season of Ottawa County Stars Dance for CASA will be held on Nov. 23 at the Camp Perry Conference Center. The Stars this year are: Pat Adkins, Ann Duez, Roseann Hickman, Carlos Mincheff, Angela Rahm, and Rich Riedmaier. They will be joined by professional dancers Timothy and Annessia Nyman, Craig Olszewski, Lisa Ramsey, Hank Fox and MaryAnn Snider. The event will be hosted by Judge Kathleen Giesler and Chief Bob Bratton. There will also be a live auction by Greg Peiffer as well as many silent auction items. The tickets are $30 and include substantial appetizers from Ward Catering and Desserts provided by Sweet Treats by Tim. Tickets can be purchased at NBOH branches in Oak Harbor and Port Clinton as well as the CASA office at 419-301-0225. The event promises to be a star-studded evening of great entertainment in support of a great cause. CASA provides highly trained volunteers to advocate and be the voice for abused and neglected children.


BPW scholarships available

Ottawa County women in need of funds to attend college or technical school are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Business and Professional Women. Women interested in applying may pick up applications at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Oak Harbor Library or the Jobstore in Oak Harbor.

For additional information or to receive the application by e-mail, contact BPW Scholarship Chair Leslie Benton by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline for application submission is Dec. 6.


Ashley Buhrow awarded national American FFA Degree

Ashley Buhrow with national FFA award

By Kyla Cornelius, Oak Harbor/Penta FFA Reporter

Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  

The American FFA Degree is bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.


Veterans Day

On Veterans Day (November 11th), the Nation pauses to honor all of the men and women, past and present who have fought its wars and stood watch around the world through the restless respites from war that we call peace.    It is a day for remembrance, gratitude and exhortation.  Veterans Day is a day, we remember the sacrifices of Veterans who have gone before us, thank those Veterans still in our midst and exhort each other and our young to live up to their example of selfless service for the common good.    

We celebrate Veterans Day to remind ourselves of truths we have heard many times before such as “freedom isn’t free” and that, in words sometimes attributed to Winston Churchill, "A nation that does not honor its heroes will soon have no heroes to honor."


Recipe sharing

For the Nov. 22 edition of the Beacon, we will be featuring a sharing of favorite family recipes from Ottawa County. 

Submit the recipe by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop a copy at the Beacon office. A selection of the recipes will be featured in the special holiday supplement to the Beacon and on the Beacon website. 


Ohio Veterans Bonus deadline near for Gulf War Era Veterans

Ohio veterans who served during the time of the Persian Gulf War have until Dec. 31, 2013, to apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus and receive the thank you for their service awarded them by Ohio’s citizens.

The Ohio Veterans Bonus continues for veterans of the Iraq War, who have until Dec. 31, 2014, to apply. No deadline has been announced for veterans of the Afghanistan War and all veterans who served after Oct. 7, 2001.


Economic Impact of Bicentennial Events

On Friday afternoon Lake Erie Shores and Islands West executive director Larry Fletcher gave a presentation revealing the economic impact of the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial events. To preface the presentation of data, Fletcher asked Chairmen of the Perry Group’s Bicentennial Committee Dave Zavagno to say a few words. Fletcher spoke great praise of Zavagno saying he is the one who had the vision and brought everything together.


Ottawa County Dems meet

Felony Prosecutor Lorrain Croy discusses the future of the local and state Democratic Party with Minority Senate Leader Eric Kearney.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, over 100 county Democrats came together for the annual Ottawa County Democratic Fall banquet at the Community Markets VFW Hall in Oak Harbor. 


Terra State presents Fall Chamber Concert

Terra State Community College will present its Fall Chamber Concert on Sunday, Nov.17. 

This concert will feature the Terra Chamber String Ensemble led by local educator and director Barbara M. Ziebold. The String Ensemble is made up of student and community musicians who rehearse weekly and perform at various events throughout the year. 

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