OSU Marching Band to perform in Hoover Auditorium

The Ohio State University (OSU) Marching Band will perform a sit down concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Hoover Auditorium while en route to the OSU vs. Michigan State game on Saturday, Nov. 8. Doors to the concert will open at 7:15 p.m.

The concert, organized by the OSU Alumni Band-Ottawa County Chapter, is a fundraiser to provide student scholarships.


Bully being shown at Ida Rupp

The Ida Rupp Public Library is holding a viewing of Bully, a documentary on peer to peer bullying in schools across America, Thursday, October 30 from 5-7 p.m. All ages are invited to view the film and no registration is required.

For more information, call the Ida Rupp Public Library at 419-732-3212.


Republican Women’s Fall Banquet

The Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club Fall Banquet is Monday, October 13 at 1812 Food & Spirits Restaurant in Port Clinton. The doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.  The guest speaker is Jon Husted, Secretary of State.  

Tickets are $30 per person and reservations are required for this event.  Contact Pat Shookman at 419-797-4868 with questions or to make a reservation.


Starving Artist

It seems that every time I step on the scale I am reminded that I m not a starving artist.  It was an honor to accept the award for “Best of the Best Artist” in Ottawa County.  For this I am grateful, and wish to thank everyone for that privilege.  Receiving that award caused me to reflect back 35 years ago when I opened my studio.  It has not been an easy climb.  Early on, I rented a space in an old warehouse in Cleveland to be close to my mentor who was in his 80’s.  Not having much money, I had to live in my studio where I put up two walls with a door in the corner that became my bedroom.  I did not have a shower or a kitchen.  When I lay down at night, I could hear the rats scrounging around my studio.  I also had a gun held on me and thought I was going to die.  But hey, that’s another story.

Being an artist is not as glamorous as most people think.  Consider the facts; the average wage for an artist is $44,000.  There is no pension, health benefits, paid vacation, sick days, retirement package, or weekly pay check.   As a result, almost all the artists I know have to work another job.  A typical artist buys materials, spends time creating their art, then hopes and prays that someone will come along to buy it, never knowing when they will get paid.  When they do, it’s usually at a discounted offer.  Sadly, some of their artwork never sells.  Because of this, every artist I know struggles and never reaches their creative potential.  I state all these facts just to make people aware it is very common to see an artist close their gallery and leave our community because they couldn’t make ends meet.  I want to encourage everyone to consider your local artist the next time you need a gift or want to enhance your home.  Try not to run to any store and buy something made in China that will not last.  A nice gift of art can enhance a person’s life every day.  When you support any of our local artists a couple things will happen; you will make the artist’s day, they will be able to pay their bills, and it will encourage their creativity as they buy materials and create more fabulous art.  And you will be supporting American jobs.  After all, our products are made in the U.S.A!

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever,

Cary Ferguson
Ferguson’s Glass Gallery



Videos of candidates and issues at Thursday's Candidate's Night

On Thursday, October 2, the Port Clinton Business and Professional Women and the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce held their annual Candidate's Night. Below are links to videos of Common Pleas Court Judge candidates, candidate for County Commissioner, candidates for County Auditor and representatives on Issue 6.

Click on the link and it will take you to The Beacon's YouTube page to view the video.


Apple Festival celebrates its 36th year

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the schedule for the 36th annual Apple Festival October 11 and 12. It will be a weekend full of food, fun and entertainment.

The festival begins on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies on the main stage followed by the crowning of the 2014-2015 Apple Festival Queen and Princess. After the crowning of royalty, the results of the baking contest are announced and then there will be a cutest baby contest.

At 2 p.m. the grand parade will snake through the streets of Oak Harbor. The parade awards will be given out at 4 p.m. Also at 4 p.m. there will be a cornhole tournament at the beer garden. At 4:30 p.m. there will be a Kiddie Tractor Pull sponsored by Oak Harbor FFA. The talent show takes the stage at 6 p.m. and the Applepalooza Dance starts at the beer tent at 7 p.m. The Junk takes the stage in the beer tent at 10 p.m. and there will be bingo at the Apple Festival from 6-11 p.m.


A Lesson Confirmed by the Class of 1939

Members of the Salem-Oak Harbor High School Class of 1939 Seated left to right: Carl Bensch, Russell Deal.  Standing left to right: Evelyn Farrow, Dorothy Theller, Evelyn Brunkhorst.

Guy Parmigian, Superintendent of Benton-Carroll-Salem School District attended the Reunion of the Salem-Oak Harbor High School Class of 1939 recently, and made the following comments:

“It was my honor and privilege to join members of the Salem-Oak Harbor High School Class of 1939 on September 24 for their 75th class reunion.   More than honoring their lives and contributions, the event confirmed an important lesson for me as an educator and a person, and may for you as well.


County, township and city employee swim discount

Danbury Local School is offering an October special for all Ottawa County, Danbury Township and City employees. These employees can join open swim during the hours of 4-7 p.m. for $20. This amount is good for the whole month of October.

For more information please call Cynthia at 419-357-1182 or contact Drew Davie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Thank you for the water rescue

On Friday September 19th I was taking our family boat to Bass Haven Marina in Marblehead. On the way my engine overheated and died. Two fisherman from Solon, OH, who were in town for a bass tournament, rescued me and eased my level of panic and towed me to Bass Haven. 

Neither of these gentleman would take any money or give me their names. Brian from Bass Haven assisted these rescuers and ensured I got into the hoist safely. For all of these people who helped me, I send a big heartfelt thank you for your kindness and assistance.

Donna Ugan


Village Square: October 2014

By John Starcher, President Pro Tem, Marblehead Council

I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by! It seems like it was January just a month ago! As I look back over the past ten months, the thing that stands out in my memory the most is how we all enjoyed the remarkable ice piles by the Marblehead Lighthouse back in March. I’m sure you saw the pictures, as they were all over social media and the internet in general. The pictures, though, were absolutely nothing compared to seeing it first hand up close and personal. I’ll never forget the feeling of standing on the ice, more than one hundred or so feet from shore, and just reveling in the spectacular view.  It made me feel grateful for having the opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful and wonderful village.

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