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Friends of Port Clinton meeting August 14

Friends for Port Clinton will be holding an informational meeting on Thursday, August 14, at Commodore Perry Inn at 7 p.m.  Friends for Port Clinton is a group of concerned citizens united to support the positive growth for the city of Port Clinton. Those interested in learning more about what is going on in the city are encouraged to attend.

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Response to Mayor Brown

After reading our ex-mayor’s letting in The Beacon (July 17, 2014) I must say, I enjoyed it very much. May you continue to write letters to the editor. In today’s world, we hardly ever have anything to laugh about, but your letters are always a welcome sight when I read the sound offs.

I really had to laugh when you said “people of Port Clinton, we need to keep our children here with jobs.” What kind of jobs, Mr. Brown? Cleaning condos, mowing their grass, shoveling their snow? Are you really serious?

Even our mayor said “if those condos are only full three months a year, that’s okay”. Three months a year. Citizens, are you beginning to see flashing red lights?

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Community calendar August 14-20

August 14-20

The Splendor of Lake Erie Exhibit by Local Artists
What: Local artist’s exhibit works
Where: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center-West, 770 S.E. Catawba Rd
Info: shoresandislands.com

Summer Ghost Walks with Victoria
What: Walk with Victoria through old Port Clinton as she recounts tales of romance, history, mystery, and spirits
Where: Marshall Inn Bed & Breakfast, 204 Monroe St., Port Clinton
When: 7 & 8 p.m.
Cost: $8.50
Info: marshallinn.com

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Port Clinton Lighthouse restoration complete

Left to right: John Smothers, Stewart Brand, Debbie Hymore-Tester, Brooke Browne, Kathy Mehl, Dave Mehl, Richard Norgard, Alex Thomas, Connie Brand, Darrell Brand.

On National Lighthouse Day, August 7, the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy was happy to announce the Port Clinton Lighthouse has completed its restoration and is ready to be moved to its permanent location in Waterworks Park.  

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Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club Perch Festival on August 23

The Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club in conjunction with the Danbury High School Athletic Boosters will be holding their 22nd Annual Perch Festival on August 23, at James Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  A parade will kick off the event at 10 a.m. The Firelands Physician Group will be sponsoring live music featuring the Third Degree Band.  Perch sandwiches and other local foods will be served.  Other attractions include:  craft vendors, flea market booths, car show, games, children's activities, and free Quarry tours will take place at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m.  The John Petz Magic Show which is scheduled at 12 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. and the St. Vincent's Life Flight landing at 2:30 p.m.  In addition, multiple raffle drawings as well as 50/50 raffles will be held all day with the grand prize drawing taking place at 4 p.m.

Fundraisers such as the Perch Fest enable us to provide for community members in need of eye examinations, glasses, reading assist machines, establishing a scholarship fund for a local graduating senior, and developing support and funding for many student programs.

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Firelands Children’s S.P.O.T. Open House

Firelands Regional Medical Center is hosting a community open house for the Firelands Regional Medical Center Children’s S.P.O.T. (speech, physical and occupational therapy) on Thursday, August 14 from 4–7 p.m. at Firelands South Campus 1912 Hayes Avenue, 2nd Floor, Sandusky.

Meet the staff and enjoy refreshments. See what’s new in children’s therapy and tour our newly expanded facility, providing:

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Early Intervention, support for babies and toddlers with developmental concerns

By Margaret Szabo, EI Coordinator, Ottawa County Board of DD

When parents are told their child has a developmental delay, a disability, or a medical condition likely to result in a delay or disability, they often go through overwhelming feelings of shock, disbelief, anxiety, fear and despair; life takes on a new normal.  Normal becomes internet searches, insurance questions, paperwork, being put on hold, and a constant wonder of what’s next.  There are no manuals, rules or guides because every child and family is unique.  Normal becomes celebrating little victories, teaching compassion and courage, and finding out that you and your child are capable of so much more than any search result would indicate.  You’ll also find that you are not alone.  There are other parents like you with similar situations, and resources and agencies there to assist you.  

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Child support awareness month

The Ohio child support program impacts more children than any other public program in Ohio, except public education.  One in three children are affected by the program.

Ohio bases its child support program on the fundamental belief that children deserve financial support.  If children truly are our future, then it is imperative that the child support program aid in the healthy development of children, including the emotional and financial support of both parents.  

The child support program ensures parents financially support their children when they are living apart. The program provides many important services, which include collecting child support for families, establishing the legal relationship between children and their parents, enforcing court orders and health insurance coverage. 

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