New voter registration closes today, October 6

The closing date for new voter registration and changes of address for the 2014 November general election is Monday, October 6. Extended hours on that day are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. The Board of Elections office is located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

New registrations and changes of address may also be made at any public library, any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, the Ottawa County Health Department, the Ottawa County Job and Family Services and the Ottawa County Courthouse in the Clerk of Courts Title Department or the Treasurer’s Office. Change of address forms can also be completed at

Call the Board of Elections with any questions; 419-898-3071.


Downtown PC Trick or Treat

All young ghouls and goblins are invited to come downtown to trick or treat on Saturday, October 25, from 1-3 p.m.  There will be pumpkins in participating business’ windows and the orange and black balloons. Over 250 children participated in 2013 and we are hoping for even more children and their families this year.  

For more information, please contact Main Street Port Clinton at 419-734-5503.


Morning swim at Port Clinton High School

Port Clinton High School once again offers a morning swim for the community in the PCHS Natatorium.  Morning swim began Monday, September 29, and is held from 6-7:15 a.m., Monday through Friday when school is in session.  Passes are required for this program and must be purchased prior to swimming.  If school is delayed or cancelled there is no morning swim program.  

The charges help to cover the cost of lifeguards:  $100 – 1 semester; $200 for the year; new monthly pass $22 per month. Passes are sold at the Port Clinton Board of Education Office, 811 S. Jefferson Street (East end of new middle school), Port Clinton, Ohio  43452.


Life on Lake Erie photo contest winners at Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting

At their quarterly meeting held on Thursday, September 25, at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission announced the winners of their Life on Lake Erie photo contest and presented the Ohio Lake Erie awards. 

The Life on Lake Erie photo contest encouraged photographers to submit photos that depict life in and around Lake Erie. This year there was also a special category asking for winter scenes and icescapes to highlight the harsh winter in the area. Photographs were to be taken between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014. The winning photographs in the contest are going to be used by Ohio Lake Erie Commission to promote various events to promote Lake Erie.


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.

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