Sheriff Sound Off

Last week and this week have been the start of school for the kids throughout Ottawa County. As we get back into the school year, we have to remember to put safety as our priority for the children in our communities and throughout the county. 

Please remember that when you see a school bus coming toward you, be prepared to stop. Having that thought process already in place will eliminate the sudden surprise for you when the lights do come on. Please keep in mind that children will sometimes not pay attention to the lights and may dart into traffic when they see their bus stopping. Slowing early will also allow you to stop more efficiently, allowing for longer life of your brake pads. 


Road closures and detours

ODOT has announced the closing of the ramp to west bound SR 2 and south bound SR 53 for their ongoing project. Is there any chance that during this closure they can include both state routes in their detour? Signs need to be posted at the 163/53 intersection to redirect the south bound traffic west on 163 to the next interchange with SR 2. The after the fact attempt to reroute the SR 53 traffic during the last closure using the electric sign was a joke.

John Heminger


Best of the Best competition coming to a close

After a month of campaigning and voting, The Beacon’s Best of the Best competition is coming to a close. There is still time to get in those last minute votes! The Best of the Best paper ballot can be found on 4C of this week’s Beacon. On the same page, a ballot and listings of the Best of the Best boat name can be found. Voting for both of these competitions can also be found online:


Rockets defeat Redskins Tuesday

Oak Harbor JV defeated Port Clinton Tuesday, August 26, in two games: 25-15 and 25-20. Oak Harbor varsity team won in four games: 20-25, 25-17, 25-16 and 25-21.

Leading the team to victory was Jordyn Thorp with 15 kills and Ally Bloomer with 11. Athena Eli had 20 digs and Faith Koneiczny with 10 digs and only 1 dig error.

Both teams are currently 3-0.

The Rockets take on Edison at Edison on Thursday, August 28, at 5 p.m.


Madyson Ritz named Sight Princess at Lions Perch Festival

The Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club held their 22nd annual Perch Festival on Saturday, August 23, at James Park. The Perch Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club. All of the money raised at the event goes back into the Marblehead community and to improving sight and preventing blindness.

The grand marshals of the parade were the Danbury Laker Athletic Booster Association. The athletic boosters organize grade seven through grade twelve athletics and also give scholarships to students. Bill Chapman, president of the boosters, gave a short speech thanking the community and the Lions Club at the event.


Redskins hope last year’s experience pays off

Photos by John Schaffner

If experience is as important of a teacher as some people suggest it is, the Port Clinton Redskins should get benefit from the growing pains they endured in 2013.

Last season, Port Clinton played a plethora of underclassmen and struggled to an 0-10 season, but they did accomplish some things along the way. They were able to get a lot of their younger players experience while seeing the potential in some star players like Nathan Stubblefield, Brandon Moore and Emerson Lowe.

With 20 returning starters, 11 on offense and nine on defense, the ‘Skins are primed for a turnaround. 


Jodie McCallum signs and donates books at Art Walk

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council’s sponsored Art Walk on Thursday, August 28, will feature Jodie’s two children’s books: Vacationland Coloring & Activity Fun and The Keeper’s House Coloring & Activity Fun; that is also donating their book for this worthy cause.  All proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army of Ottawa County, for the benefit of local at need families requiring school supplies and book bags for their children. 


Community calendar Aug 28-Sept 3

Thursday Aug 28

Port Clinton Art Walk
What: Fourth Thursdays of the month
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Various locations downtown Port Clinton
Info: 419-341-0804 or

Adventure Playground
What: Held in conjunction with the art walk, an adventure playground with activities for children
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Friendship Park, Perry and Jefferson, Port Clinton

The Listening Room Local at The Loft
What: Tapas, drinks and singer-songwriters
When: 7 p.m.
Where: The Loft at Cielo Grande, 117 Madison St., Port Clinton
Cost: Free with two drink or one tapas plate purchase
Info: 419-967-9084


Port Clinton Lighthouse

Citizens of Port Clinton,

Last fall, after a resisting for more than a year, the mayor agreed to allow the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy, which had been working diligently to restore the city’s 118-year-old lighthouse, to place the historic lighthouse in Water Works Park north of the Derby Pond.

Almost a year later, we are still waiting to place the lighthouse in the park.

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