Port Clinton Artists’ Club call for artists

Arts in the Park show Directors Barb Gaynor, Rosalie Kastelic, Club President Dee Cochran and Show Director Dave Gaynor.

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club announces Arts in the Park will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. Exceptional, original art is displayed and sold by nearly 120 artists coming from as far away as Florida. The show is free and open to the public. One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park continues to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County.  

The Port Clinton Artists’ Club has a few sites still open for this year’s show. All art must be originally designed and created by the artist. No wholesale or retail items are permitted. In addition to Best in Show and People’s Choice, judging will be in multiple categories including ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, textiles/fiber and wood. An application and map can be downloaded at or interested artists can call 419-967-1484 for more information.




Ottawa County CASA is recruiting volunteers

Ottawa County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting volunteers interested in working with and advocating for children involved in the court system. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to do an independent investigation of the facts and people surrounding a child and be the voice of that child in the courtroom. Volunteers complete an initial 30 hour training on child development, cultural diversity, child welfare laws and requirements as well as court room procedures.

CASA is in need of additional volunteers and will begin a pre-service training in the near future.  For more information, contact Connie Cornett at 419-301-0225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

Law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes and supporters at Lakeview Park last Sunday

Last Sunday law enforcement officers, Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone, and Special Olympics athletes and supporters participated in the Special Olympics Torch run that culminated in last weekend’s Ohio Special Olympics in Columbus. Local Special Olympics athletes that competed are Amanda Blankenbecker, Elizabeth Young and Dan Luscious. In last weekend’s Special Olympics state competition, Amanda Blankenbecker won gold medals in the two kilometer walk and the softball throw. Elizabeth Young won a fourth place ribbon in bowling. Dan Lucius won a gold medal in the softball throw and a bronze medal in the 100 meter dash.

Special Olympics Torch Run

More photos at Photos by Donna Lueke


The Marblehead Bank announces New Board Member

Benevolent Marblehead Citizen Joins the Bank Board of Directors

The Marblehead Bank, the Peninsula’s only community bank with local headquarters, is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to their Board of Directors. Judith L. Just of Marblehead has accepted the role of board member for The Marblehead Bank. “Judy brings a unique connection to the local community through her service as President of The Ottawa County Holiday Bureau, as Secretary to St. Joseph Catholic Church and as a member of many other local benevolent boards,” said William Tuttamore, President of the Marblehead Bank.


Halupki Festival and International Days coming to Marblehead

In Marblehead folks will soon smell the cabbage rolls a-cookin’ and hear the lively sounds of polka music at the 57th Annual Halupki Festival. The Festival, a celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, is presented each year on the third Sunday of August by Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 East Main Street (Route 163), in Marblehead. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, August 18th. 

The day’s activities begin with Divine Liturgy in the beautiful, historic church at 9:30 am. The choir of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lorain will sing at Liturgy. The parish family extends an invitation to one and all to join with them in worship.



From Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, May 19, 2013:

Michael Bloom of Port Clinton, Master of Science in Civil Engineering 

Ottawa County graduates from Terra State Community College, Class of 2013: 

* cum laude, ** magna cum laude, *** summa cum laude, + veteran


Uebbing 50th anniversary

Ron and Helen Uebbing, long time residence of Catawba Island, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married in Baltimore, MD, on Saturday, July 6, 1963. Although they spent 20 years in the Navy traveling, they settled on Catawba Island in 1981 and still reside there during the summer months. Ron and Helen had two children, Ronald Jr. (deceased) and Noreen Mullens.


St. John Lutheran Fall Festival being planned

The women of St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams St. in Port Clinton, are currently planning their annual Fall Festival. An invitation is extended to artists, crafters and businesses to participate. The festival will feature the vendors and the church women’s lunch and bake sale. The event will be held Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each space includes one table and two chairs and may be rented for $20. Artists, crafters and businesses are welcome, but no flea market or garage sale type items will be allowed. All merchandise must be new or crafted. Spaces will be rented by a first-come first-served process since space is limited. 

Interested vendors wanting more information or a renter’s contract should email or call the festival’s Exhibitor-Vendor Chair, Monette Garn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-635-5863. 


Parade of Homes thank you

A big Thank you to The Beacon, Mon Ami, sponsors of the Catawba Parade of Homes, Bill & Gayle Worley and all of those who came out to support The Salvation Army by attending The Catawba Parade of Homes Kick off Celebration on Thursday, June 20, at Mon Ami. $1,290 was raised for The Salvation Army – Port Clinton Service Unit. 

The Salvation Army – Port Clinton Service Unit provides financial assistance to residents of Ottawa County in times of need throughout the year. They also provide many programs, such as Camp NEOSA, Tools for School and Christmas Toy Program, Food and Clothing Pantries, as well as disaster services in Ottawa County.

Currently, we are accepting applications for our Tools for School Program and looking for Volunteers to “ring the bell” for Christmas in July , July 19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28.

The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit is located at 1854 E. Perry Street #800, Port Clinton.

To donate, volunteer or for more information, contact Director, Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maureen Saponari

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