Fine dining reappears at downtown Port Clinton landmark

Since the mid 1990s, I have personally had meeting after meeting with the operators of the food service venues at The Island House in downtown Port Clinton. I always pointed out that the proper operation of that facility was a “sacred trust” for the community because the Island House was the cornerstone of Port Clinton’s historic downtown.


Extra law enforcement over Labor Day weekend

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend. Overtime shifts will be scheduled in an attempt to promote safety among drivers, as well as to draw awareness to the other traffic on the roadways.
The Deputies will enforce all traffic laws, with emphasis on OVI enforcement.  The overtime is part of the National Alcohol Mobilization grant received by the Sheriff’s Office from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.


IJC Mission: Help restore Lake Erie's health

On Monday, Aug. 27, in the Sutton Center, Port Clinton, the International Joint Commission (IJC) hosted a public meeting, providing information about its Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority and hearing from the public about concerns regarding nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms.

The IJC was created in1909 by the Boundary Waters Treaty for the purpose of helping Canada and the U.S. protect their shared waters. It is an independent body of experts working to develop consensus findings and recommendations for their governments. All IJC members are committed to serving without bias. The IJC has direct authority to regulate water flow in the Great Lakes, and serves in an advisory capacity on water quality. Since 2002 it has been a strong advocate for action to prevent Asian carp form entering the Great Lakes.

The meeting was attended by concerned citizens from around Ottawa county and by researchers and environmentalists from across Ohio, Michigan and Ontario. The Port Clinton meeting was one of eight being held across the region. David Dempsey, Policy Advisor to the IJC, gave a brief presentation and led a pro-active discussion about our lake and its watershed and the challenges ahead.


Drumming at Otterbein North Shore


Otterbein North Shore, in keeping with its mission of embracing a whole-person wellness philosophy, has added a new dimension to the community – drum circles.  Recently three employees became certified HealthRHYTHMS facilitators, trained in recreational Empowerment Drumming, an evidence-based therapeutic approach to wellness based upon an emerging discipline called Rhythmacology.


At Otterbein North Shore the drum empowerment sessions elicited immediate interest and enjoyment from the residents. Participants smiled throughout the session and wanted to know “when can we do this again?”  Drumming is now offered monthly, with full participation. Resident Janet Clark commented, “When we’re drumming there’s a smile on everyone’s face!”  Joe Williams, who plays the banjo, said he comes because he enjoys music and the association with other people.


OCJFS hours change


Effective September 1, 2012, the hours of operation for the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services (OCJFS) will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Job Store will remain open until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The OCJFS is responsible for determining eligibility for a variety of public assistance programs, establishing and enforcing child support orders, workforce development services, and investigating reports of abuse or neglect of children or individuals over 60 years of age. 

In addition to visiting the office, there are a variety of ways to contact the agency or apply for services.  Online applications and reporting for public assistance benefits are available at  Application for Child Support Enforcement activities, as well as case information for child support, is available at After-hours concerns about child welfare or elder abuse or neglect can be directed to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at 419- 734-4404, or in emergencies by dialing 911.

For more information, please contact the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services at 419-898-3688 or 1-800-665-1677.



New editor named at The Beacon


John Schaffner, Publisher of The Beacon, is pleased to announce the appointment of Donna Lueke as Editor of the publication based in east Ottawa County. She replaces Angie Adair Zam, who recently took another position which will allow her to work from home to be with her young child.

“Donna has a love of the written word and has been active in a number of local organizations for several years, which should be a plus for her,” stated Schaffner. “At the top of her resume she wrote … ‘whatever the job, wherever I am, whenever I can, I love to write’.”


United Way partners with NBOH


Since 1993, over $65,890.00 has been donated to United Way in Ottawa County by the National Bank of Ohio. NBOH has also had diaper and food drives, and time has been volunteered by NBOH employees.


United Way has partnered with the National Bank of Ohio in an effort to ignite a social movement, encouraging residents to give, advocate and volunteer to improve the conditions in Ottawa County.


United Way’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities, to advance the common good. United Way 211 connected 1,262 Ottawa County residents to community resources in 2011.


Magruder health screening


Magruder Hospital will offer its monthly Cholesterol (Total/LDL/HDL/Triglycerides), Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening for $16 on the second Thursday of every month starting at 1 p.m.  The next screening will be Sept. 13 and appointments can be made by calling 419-734-3131 ext. 3420.

For more information on events and screenings, go to Magruder’s website at





Lotus lessons

Lotus lessons

An American water lotus in full bloom in East Harbor on Sunday is a reminder that, though the days are shorter and school is starting, summer is in full bloom here on the north coast.



Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Labor Day weekend

The eighth annual Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 109 E. Perry Street, downtown Port Clinton, on Labor Day Weekend. This year the festival will begin on Friday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m. The fun, food and fantastic polka music will continue Friday evening until 11 p.m. and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2.

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