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Tickets on sale for Sunset Cruise

Tickets are now on sale for the July 10 Sunset Cruise on the Jet Express.   The sightseeing cruise will depart Port Clinton at 7:30 p.m. and cruise past the Catawba shoreline, Marblehead and the historic lighthouse, then continue on past Kelleys, Rattlesnake, Sugar, Green and the Bass Islands before the sunset on the way back into Port Clinton.  The cruise will be traveling at high speed to reach the different points of interest and then slow down to enjoy the sights.

Signature hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar with top-shelf cocktails and wine will be featured.  The cost is $40 per person or $70 per couple.  This truly unique cruise is sponsored by the Jet Express and benefits the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.  Rain date is scheduled for Thursday, July 17.

Space is limited.  RSVP to the Port Clinton Area Chamber at 419-734-5503 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Recognition dinner honors student standouts at Terra State

Terra State Community College honored its best and brightest students at the third annual Student Recognition Dinner on April 22.

“Next to commencement, this is my favorite event of the year,” said Associate Dean Heath Martin, who oversees the Office of Student Activities. “This year’s group of student nominees was exceptional, which made it difficult for the committee to pick overall winners, but that’s the way we want it.”

The following students took top honors:

•Rotary Student of the Year: Brian Shultz of Pemberville
• Student Employee of the Year: Patricia Lewis-Lee of Fremont
• Student Club or Organization of the Year: Phi Theta Kappa

Commencement Awards:

Perseverance Award: Pam Aldrich of Clyde and Heather Cooper of Fremont
Community Service Award: Michele Upton of Bellevue
Commencement Speaker: Patti Ollom of Fremont
All-Ohio Academic Team:Shawn Boller of Mount Gilead and Josh Thacker of Tiffin

Others nominated for the various awards were:

•Rotary Student of the Year: Brandon Beining of Fostoria, Meghan Rich of Fremont, Patricia Hartman of Fostoria, Michele Upton of Bellevue, Michael Geronimo of Toledo, Morgan Salyer of Bellevue and Leslie Gerwin of Gibsonburg.
• Student Employee of the Year: Kearstin Mathias, Rachel Humberger and Ashleigh Kosanka, all of Fremont
• Student Club or Organization of the Year: Student Nurses Association and Medical Assisting Association
• All-Ohio Academic: Morgan Salyer
• Perseverance Award: Tiffany Kiesel of Tiffin, Robert Pocock of Clyde, Matthew Sallee of Tiffin, Connie Menard of Clyde and Heather Cooper.
• Community Service Award: AnnMarie DeTray of Oak Harbor
• Commencement Speaker: Arica Pfirsch of Sandusky, Shannon Hartzell of Tiffin, Shawn Boller and John Jadwisiak of Port Clinton.

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PCHS and Ida Rupp Public Library win teen video challenge

Port Clinton High School creators of the Ida Rupp Public Library Teen Video Challenge receiving top honors are, seated, left to right: Kevin Mabe, Cal Laurel and Josh Vossen; standing: Michael Clabaugh, Ashlynn Slauterbeck, Ebony Kleinhan and Justyn Holmes.  

Congratulations to Ida Rupp Public Library and the Port Clinton High School teen creators of Ohio's 2014 Teen Video Challenge winning video, "Super Readers". 

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EHOVE’s Summer Camp

Kids in grades 5-9 are invited to participate in EHOVE’s summer camps.  Programs include LEGO robotics, inventing, engineering, culinary arts, athletic speed and performance, duct tape design, design/fab/build/fly and video gaming. The camp is a week-long with half day session full of hands-on projects.

Camps run 8:30-11:30 a.m. for the morning session and 12:15-3:15 p.m. for the afternoon session, Monday-Friday for the week of June 16-20.  Campers may attend the morning and/or afternoon session.  Cost is $50 per camp session. 

Online registration starts April 30 at www.EHOVE.net.  Registrations may also be mailed using the form in the camp brochure that was sent home with area students, but please note that these camps fill quickly and space will immediately be reserved by registering online.

 

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Republican and Democratic Chairmen say “We need to work together”

Carolyn Adams, Chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Party, and Dan Laity, Chairman of the Ottawa County Democratic Party, are working together to share the importance of Republicans and Democrats working together at a local government level. Adams and Laity also think it is important to belong to a party; in Ohio the only way to declare a party is to vote in a partisan primary election.

“When voting in a primary election, you are saying who you think should go up against the opposing party in the upcoming general election,” said Adams. She also stressed that if a person has recently moved into another voting district, they need to re-register their party.

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Send us your birding photos!

Short earred owl by Aimee Weidner

With the Biggest Week in American Birding approaching, The Beacon is asking our readers to send us their birding photos. Send your photo, your name and the type of bird to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will compile them into a photo gallery and print them in The Beacon. Happy birding!

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Ohio offers Free Fishing Days May 3-4

Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of "Free Fishing Days" on May 3-4 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer. For these two days only, Ohioans may fish in any of the state's public waters without having to buy a fishing license.

This special weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun of fishing. During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters. An Ohio fishing license is one of the best recreation bargains available, costing only $19 a year for residents.

On Saturday, May 3, ODNR staff will be available to assist families at select locations from 10 a.m. until noon. They will provide instruction and a limited number of poles and bait will be available at each event.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has established locations that offer family-friendly fishing opportunities within Ohio State Parks. The designated family-friendly fishing areas are located at Sycamore State Park, Delaware State Park, Maumee Bay State Park and Caesar Creek State Park. These ponds will be open throughout the week and will be stocked with catchable channel catfish. Family-friendly fishing ponds are open to youths 15 and under. Those 16 and older must fish with a youth age 15 and under. See ohiodnr.gov/youthfishing for more information.

A fifth area for anglers 15 years and younger to enjoy is the Wildlife District Three youth fishing ponds. These fishing ponds will be open during the “Free Fishing Days” and then will reopen on the weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday as well as Labor Day, which is Monday, Sept. 2. Go to wildohio.com for more information on the youth-only fishing area.

Great fishing exists around the state and throughout the year. An estimated 1.3 million people fish each year in Ohio. In late winter and early spring, anglers reel in excellent catches of steelhead trout and walleye from northern Ohio streams. Spring also means great saugeye and crappie fishing. During the summer months, the fishing heats up on Lake Erie for yellow perch, walleye and bass, while anglers on the Ohio River enjoy excellent hybrid striped bass fishing.

Ohio's “Free Fishing Days” are designed to promote fishing and allow Ohioans to experience fishing before buying a license. The offer is open to all Ohio residents and extends to all of Ohio’s public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River.

These family-friendly fishing areas are partially funded by the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) Fund.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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Sixth Edition performing at Firelands

The Musical Arts Series at Firelands will hold its last concert of the season, presenting Sixth Edition on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton.  The performance will be highlighted by memorable jazz favorites in a close blend of vocal and instrumental harmonies. This concert is sponsored by the Frederick Agency and Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. The concert will be followed by a reception to meet the performers, sponsored by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.  Tickets will be available at the door. Student admission is free.

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Tuskegee Airmen traveling exhibit returns to Liberty Aviation Museum

Jeff Sondles, Dr. Harold Brown, and Vernon Roen at last years Rise Above Traveling Exhibit

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron and the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit are coming to the Liberty Aviation Museum (LAM) at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton May 13-17. The Rise Above exhibit tells the story of the famed Tuskegee Airmen to young people all across American in an experiential way. “We are truly pleased to be hosting this fine event for the third year, and for the first time during an active school year,” said LAM President and CEO Edward Patrick.

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Ohio Soybean Association recognizes Brown and Gibbs as Legislators of the Year

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) recently recognized Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) as OSA Legislators of the Year. OSA awards this distinction to a legislator or legislators who have shown a tremendous contribution to the success of the Ohio soybean industry.

Brown and Gibbs both played critical roles in the passage of the farm bill in early 2014 as both men served on their respective chambers’ Agriculture Committee. Thanks to their work, Ohio soybean farmers’ priorities were front and center in the new bill.

“It’s my pleasure to recognize Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs as OSA Legislators of the Year,” said Jerry Bambauer, OSA president and Auglaize County soybean farmer. “As agriculture is only one percent of the U.S. population, it is more important than ever to cultivate the relationships we have with the legislative leaders who understand farmers’ contribution to U.S. citizens and the economy. I want to thank Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs for recognizing that contribution and working so hard on behalf of Ohio’s 24,000 soybean farmers.” 

During the farm bill process, Brown partnered with Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to be the leading voices of support for the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, both supported by OSA.

OSA farmer leaders presented the award to Brown during a special event and meeting at the farm of Bret Davis, OSA chairman and Delaware County soybean farmer.

“With one in seven jobs related to food and agriculture in Ohio, it’s crucial that Ohio farmers have the resources they need while saving taxpayers’ money,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown. “This farm bill achieved that balance and the members of the Ohio Soybean Association helped to push this bill across the finish line. Representing Ohio farmers is an honor and I thank the Ohio Soybean Association for its recognition as legislator of the year.”

Brown and Gibbs have both been very accessible to soybean farmers and held multiple conference calls with leaders across the state. They supported expanded funding of the Biobased Marketing Program and the continuation of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which includes a required level of use of biodiesel, the only advanced biofuel currently available on the market. 

Gibbs was officially presented this award in March during OSA’s visit to his office on Capitol Hill.

“I am honored to receive Legislator of the Year from the Ohio Soybean Association,” said Rep. Bob Gibbs. “OSA was critical throughout the development of a market-driven farm bill that would ensure American consumers would continue to have an abundant, safe and affordable food supply. Ohio’s farmers are a key driver of our economy and job creation and I am grateful for all they do every day to produce wholesome food for all Americans.”

In addition to the farm bill, Brown and Gibbs currently support the passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which will help ensure farmers’ ability to get their product to both domestic and international markets. Without the final passage of this legislation, U.S. infrastructure will continue to decay.

Bambauer said, “We look forward to working with Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs on this and other legislative priorities over the next year and ensuring Ohio soybean farmers are heard.”

About OSA

The Ohio Soybean Association is governed by a volunteer farmer board dedicated to education and promotion, as well as to uniting producer interest through support of legislative activities beneficial to the Ohio soybean industry. For more information, go to www.soyohio.org/membership.

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