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Port Clinton defeats St. Mary CC, 13-8

Port Clinton’s softball team scored eight runs in the first two innings to take control in their 13-8 victory over St. Mary Central Catholic.

The Redskins benefited from a balanced attack that saw a number of hitters get involved in the act. Molly Haberman and Amber Wuersig finished with three hits apiece and Taylor Steyer had two hits. Kate Mueller picked up the win in the circle. Dani Parish had two doubles and drove in three runs to lead the Panthers.

The Redskins scored four runs in each of the first two innings to take an 8-1 lead before SMCC scored three runs in the third to cut the deficit to four.

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Port Clinton falls to Norwalk in sectional contest

Sometimes a little bad luck or a mistake can snowball into something much, much bigger.

That's just what happened to Port Clinton on Saturday in their 10-0 loss to Norwalk in the Division II Sectional Semifinal at Norwalk High School. The Truckers took control of the game in the first inning, scoring seven runs and adding another three in the second to account for their 10 runs.

In the first, Norwalk's Joe Hinkley reached on a single before three consecutive bunts, the first two being base hits, plated a run to give the Truckers a 2-0 lead. Avery Albright singled to pushed the lead to 3-0 and Marcus McClain's two-run single gave Norwalk a five-run advantage. Hinkley then connected on a double to make it 7-0, effectively putting the game away.

The Redskins do have some games remaining, the final ones for six of their players: Zak Floro, Ian Kyle, Austin Krupp, Kody Ratliff, Dylan Webb and Joe Zam.

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ICS fifth grade class digs through history at Johnson’s Island

 

Dr. David Bush tells the ICS fifth grade the history behind the cemetery at Johnsons Island. 

The fifth graders at Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton spent Monday being archeologists. Mrs. Jane Drusbacky’s class once again had the experience of participating in the Experiential Learning Program in Historical Archaeology offered by the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology of Heidelberg University. 

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Hotel Lakeside Dining Room opening May 22

Lakeside Chautauqua will once again partner with Black Tie Catering to offer lakefront dining at the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room and Café. The official opening is Thursday, May 22. 

Lunch hours are 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner hours are 5-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday. A special dinner menu will be featured on Friday and Saturday evenings. A Sunday Brunch Buffet will be offered from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. beginning Sunday, June 1. Cost for Sunday Brunch is $16.95 for adults, $6.95 for children (ages 6-10), and children under age 5 are free.

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Port Clinton’s brain gain: Dina Rodgers of Lilly and Gerts

Dina Rodgers of Lilly and Gerts

Editor’s note: First in a series, The Beacon is showcasing businesses of Port Clinton graduates that moved away, saw the country and world, and decided to come back to Port Clinton to start their business. People may talk about a “brain drain”, but we want to showcase Port Clinton’s “brain gain”. Many of these graduates and business owners came back to start a business and raise their families. That is the case with Dina Rodgers.

Dina Rodgers, owner and operator of Lilly and Gerts, is a 1990 Port Clinton High School graduate.

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B-C-S Board approves personnel and calendar changes

Wednesday, June 4, was officially confirmed as the last day of school for students in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School district. This confirmation was the result of action taken at the April B-C-S Board of Education meeting (pending no additional calamity days). The Board took advantage of a one-time waiver allowed by state law given the unusually brutal winter, which resulted in an unusually high number of calamity days for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Board’s April 22 regular meeting opened with a presentation from third grade students and staff at R.C. Waters Elementary School on how computers are a powerful instructional tool. R.C. Waters Elementary School students presented and discussed with Board members their personal learning experiences with the various online programs available to students. Students explained how real-time feedback from the online programs helps to further their learning both during the school day and outside school.

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Otterbein named Home Care Elite

Otterbein Home Health was named to the HomeCare Elite for 2013, a national rating of the top 25% home health agencies in the country. The list was based on data compiled by National Research Corporation, and announced in conjunction with DecisionHealth.

HomeCare Elite™ is a list of the most successful home care providers in the United States. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Now in its eighth year, this market-leading review names the top agencies based on a series of performance measures, including quality outcomes, best practices implementation (process measure), the patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance.

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Oak Harbor village wide garage sales June 6-7

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the 5th Annual Village wide Garage Sale Days in Oak Harbor on June 6 and 7. A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Harbor Public Library, and also on oakharborohio.net, starting Wednesday, June 4. If you would like to place your sale on the list, there is a $3 minimum donation. Information must be received by Monday, June 2. For further information, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479.

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Master Gardeners sponsor plant sale

The Ottawa/Sandusky Master Gardeners are sponsoring a plant sale at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Numerous annuals, perennials and vegetable plants will be on sale as well as gardening related items such as garden gloves and bug barns. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening related questions. 

Master Gardener Volunteers provide educational services to their communities such as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities. This annual event is a fund raiser for the Master Gardeners to help them continue to provide these services to Ottawa and Sandusky County communities. For more information, contact Master Gardener Coordinator Becky Lauer at 419-637-2738 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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PCMS hosts grade five orientation

Port Clinton Middle School will be welcoming grade five students on Wednesday, May 28, as part of an orientation program. As a class, students will visit PCMS during the school day for a tour and to learn more about all that is available to them as a sixth grade students next year.  

Later that day, parents of grade five students are invited to attend a special “Parent Chat” to discuss both student and parent expectations. Topics will include the transition from elementary school to middle school, general information, expectations and extra-curricular opportunities for students. The Parent Chat will take place at PCMS at 6:30 p.m. 

More information regarding scheduling and elective classes is available on the school district website, pccsd.net, under News.

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