Port Clinton Walleye Beer Fest at the Walleye Festival

Main Street Port Clinton announces the first annual Port Clinton Walleye Beer Fest on Thursday, May 23, 7-11p.m, in the Entertainment Tent at the 33rd anniversary of the Walleye Festival.  Over 100+beers from 20 breweries will be available for sampling that evening.  Local restaurant vendors will be pairing food with the beer. There will be live performances by the Last of the Wildmen and the Naked Bacon Band.


Jodie McCallum at Ida Rupp for “Draw Me In” program

Following the success of the past 5 years, the 2013 "DRAW ME IN" children's book program will be offered again for future authors and illustrators. The young authors and illustrators will be supplied with two blank mock-up books, one for practice and one for finished presentation. Each student will also receive a pack of crayons to complete their book. This program is offered to residents or siblings of residents residing in Ottawa County by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.

The next program will be on Tuesday, June 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison Street, Port Clinton. The classes are available for children in grades 2 – 5. A parent or guardian must be present for this program. Class size is limited to 20.  The finished books are to be delivered to the Real Living Morgan Realty Group, 100 Jefferson Street, Port Clinton, no later than Saturday, July 8.


Riding the Gatekeeper, Cedar Point's new coaster

At Cedar Point’s Media Day on Thursday, while waiting to take my first ride on The Gatekeeper, Cedar Point’s newest attraction, I felt the anticipation and excitement building. That anticipation was prolonged as we were told a rider needed to get on before us. That rider was Matt Ouimet, President and CEO of Cedar Point. My companion joked to Ouimet that he was prolonging her nervousness. He assured her she would love the ride and that it is one of the smoothest rides he has ever been on.


Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport announces events for 2013

The Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton has announced their events calendar for spring-fall 2013. The calendar features a wide range of activities for the general public and for the aviation community:

  • May 18: Learn to Fly Day and Airport Open House, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • May 22: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • June 19: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • June 29: Bluegrass Jam, 6-11 p.m.
  • July 4-10: Ford Tri-Motor Rides, EAA
  • July 10: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • July 20: Ice Cream Social Fly-In, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • July 31: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • Aug. 17-18: Port Clinton Area Arts Council “Appetite for the Arts”
  • Aug. 18: EAA Pancake Breakfast & Young Eagle Rally
  • Aug. 21: B-17 rides on Yankee Lady
  • Aug. 24-24: Radio-controlled Warbird Fly-In, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail Event
  • Sept. 28: Chili & Cornbread Fly-in Aviation Swap Meet
  • Oct. 12: Apple Butter Cooking Fly-In

In addition, the Tin Goose Diner is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and the Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 East State Road, Port Clinton, is open Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, 419-732-0234, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information on the airport and events:, 419-734-6297, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Walleye Festival going green

The 33rd Anniversary of the Walleye Festival is a little greener.  Festival goers and vendors are encouraged to recycle glass, cans, cardboard and plastic at the Walleye Festival. The recycling is coordinated by Main Street Port Clinton in cooperation with Republic Services and the Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca County Joint Solid Waste District.

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ODNR promotes life jacket safety

Ohio hopes to lead the nation again with the highest number of participants for the “Ready, Set, Wear It!” life jacket safety awareness events on Saturday, May 18. These events will kick off National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

According to the Recreational Boating Statistics 2011 released by the U.S. Coast Guard, 70 percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, 84 percent were reported as not wearing a life jacket.


2013 Compost Workshop

Composting is one form of recycling that can happen right in your backyard. Catawba Island Township, Sandusky County Park District, Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District are sponsoring a Compost Workshop on Wednesday, May 22nd. The Compost Workshop will demonstrate how composting yard waste, food scraps, and other organic materials are used to create a nutrient-rich soil conditioner for yard or garden. 

Pre-registration is required to attend one of two available sessions because of limited space. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, May 21. The first session will begin at 10 a.m. and the evening session will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be a charge of $5 to participate.


Captain Juls’ Fishing Report

The Beacon is happy to announce the addition of Captain Julia “Juls” Davis to the reporting team. She will be writing a weekly fishing report to help you maximize your time on the water and help you put more fish in your boat.

Capt. Juls is originally from Wisconsin and moved to the Port Clinton area in the spring of 2001 to pursue her passion for fishing. After her relocation, Juls hit the road for eight months out of the year, to fish professionally against the "Big Boys" of walleye fishing.  For 8 ½ years she was the only full time female professional walleye tournament angler in the country.


Oak Harbor Relay for Life Basketball Tournament

The Ottawa County Relay for Life third annual basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, June 8, at Oak Harbor High School. Teams will consist of 5-10 players (18 years of age or older). All games will be 5-on-5, and each team is guaranteed to play at least three games.

Registration starts at 8 a.m., and games will run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Cost is $25/player if pre-registered; and $35 after June 1st. Cost includes a t-shirt, and trophies will be awarded to each player on the top two teams. Field will be limited to 16 teams (first come first served basis). The $125 fee (entries for 5 players) will reserve your team a spot in the tourney, and players can be added to the roster up until game day.


Memorial Service for George O. True Jr.

George Oliver True Jr. “Bud”, 80, died, Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Mr. True was born in Chicago, IL., a son of the late George Oliver and Katharine Andrews True. Mr. True served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) and attended graduate school at the University of Michigan Law School. Bud was a 32nd degree Mason; Member of the Toledo Consisterory, Zenobia Shrine; member of the Oliver Perry Lodge, Port Clinton; Aiken Sr. Men’s Club; former member of the Port Clinton Yacht Club; Catawba Island Club; Delta Chi fraternity; served on the board of the Ida Rupp Library and was a member of Firelands Presbyterian Church. He spent most of his working career as a Senior Systems Analyst for General Motors. Mr. True moved to Aiken, SC, in 2006 and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

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