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PCHS Chorale off to State

In early March, the Port Clinton High School Chorale participated in the Ohio Music Education Association's (OMEA) District contest and received the highest rating of Superior. As a result, the Chorale qualified to participate in the OMEA State Contest on Saturday, May 3, at Van Buren High School. This is the first time in school history that a choir has qualified for and participated in this event. The group will be preparing three pieces of music that will be sung in a public performance for three judges, who will give them ratings based on their performance according to the National Music Standards for music education. Following the public performance, they will then sight-read a piece of music that they have never seen, and again, be given a rating from a judge based on their performance. These four ratings are then added together to determine an overall rating for the full event. 

Port Clinton High School Chorale students include Kayla Armendariz, Kiya Brown, Haley Crawford, MichaelDavis, Kelsey Dietrich, JonathonEmmons, Destany Ferguson, Reinis Fisers, Ashley Gill, Allison Gilleland, Morgan Hazzard, Logan Hepp, Alyssa Jobe, Halee Jones, Preston Keck, Alyssa Kessler, Jaden Kleinhans, Haley Klima, Katelyn Koebel, Nate Koepplinger, Baileigh Limestahl, Kayli Millhouse, Marisa Oftedal, Jared Prosser, Marc-Anthony Rogers, Alyson Shaler, Libby Showalter, Noah Smith, Beatrice Stanziano, Alex Suter, Courtney Trent, Jack Warner, Leah Warner, Logan Willoughby and Abby Wuersig.

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National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held the first Thursday in May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in Prayer and Meditation”. Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.  This date was set back in 1952, however days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time of prayer in forming a new nation.

This year that will be on May 1.  There will be a gathering on the Courthouse lawn at noon.  In case of inclement weather, the prayer service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church. This year’s theme is “One Voice United in Prayer”.   It is our hope that you will join us in becoming that “One Voice in Prayer” for our Nation, and for so much more.

Most Sincerely,
Carol Fox

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2014 fishing season off to a great start

First off, I would like to thank The Beacon for inviting me back to write the weekly fishing report for them again this season. It is an opportunity that I greatly appreciate, and I hope it helps everyone who reads it catch more fish this season.

The polar vortex weather system we experienced over this past winter brought in a thick ice cover on the lake and the ice anglers enjoyed a spectacular ice fishing season for the first time in several years. Pictures of huge walleye were displayed on many websites over the winter, and made those of use who do not ice fish very envious of their catches.

Thankfully, the ice is gone now and the walleye fishing season on the Western Basin has finally begun. The ice went out on this end of the lake the first week of April this year, which was a couple months behind what we had experienced the past few years.

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Biggest Week in American Birding

Blue gray gnatcatcher by Aimee Weidner

May 6-15 marks the Biggest Week in American Birding. Birders from around the state, country and world travel to our area for a glimpse of the best spring birding on the continent. Not only is the Biggest Week in American Birding great for nature lovers and birders, but it is also good for our local economy.

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Port Clinton loses to Edison 2-3

Port Clinton Boys tennis played Edison Tuesday in an SBC match at home.  The Redskins lost 2-3.  This moved PC to 2-7 (1-3).

The scores were as follows:

1st Singles:   Noah Cross (PC) def. Carl Riems (E) 6-0, 6-2
2nd Singles:   Jeff Griffin (PC) def. Eli Zettler (E) 6-1-6-1
3rd Singles:  Nate Meredith (E) def. Ryan Norgard (PC) 6-4, 6-4
1st Doubles:  Robert Morton/Sam Proctor (E) def. Ellis Adolph/Tristan Auxter (PC) 6- 3, 6- 2
2nd Doubles:   Lucas Bonderer/Caleb Shanle (E)  def. Cameron King/Dean Colston (PC) 6-0. 6-3

Noah Cross played another excellent match Tuesday and won easily at 1 singles.  Jeff Griffin played much better Tuesday and also won easily at 2.  Ryan had a close match that did not go his way against a good player in Nate.  Tristan and Ellis struggled with the bigger and older Robert and Sam.  Cameron and Dean could not find any consistency Tuesday and lost.

PC JV Winners

Will Mercurio/Avery Dackermann
Steve Kast/Simon Shultz
Joe Miller/Anthony Paradiso
Thomas Keville/Jacob Koch
Alex St. Leger/Corban Trick

PC next plays Wednesday at Oak Harbor at 4 p.m.

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Port Clinton Lighthouse ready for its new home

Thanks to John Smothers and Bill Moon, with the help of Jordan Davenport, Brooke Brown and other volunteers, the Port Clinton Lighthouse is 90% restored. The lighthouse, which once sat on the pier that is now property of the Port Clinton Yacht Club, has been going through restoration for roughly two years. Right now, the Port Clinton Lighthouse is kept in a storage facility in Brands’ Marina. The members of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy hope that will soon change.

“We are ready to move soon,” said Rich Norgard of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy. “Our moving date is contingent on our agreement with Brands’ and the City of Port Clinton. Both have been very cooperative in our project.”

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Community calendar May 1-7

May 1-7

Point Pelee Birdwatching, Canada
What: Call for reservations; must have passport; coffee, donuts and box lunch provided
When: 7:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Where: Jet Express, 3 N. Monroe St.
Cost: $85 per person, free parking
Info: jet-express.com or 800-245-1538

Thursday May 1

Antinori Wine Dinner
What: Reservations required
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano, 3880 Harbor Light Landing Dr., PC
Info: 419-734-2426 or ciaobellaohio.com

Bonsai 101 with Director, Rod Noble
What: History, care, watering, tools and techniques
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S Rd., Elmore
Cost: $12, Schedel members $10
Info: 419-862-3182 or schedel-gardens.org

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Shoreline development

Ottawa County has 94 miles of Lake Erie shoreline and 14.5 miles of 15% is public access. Port Clinton has one mile of this access.

We already have hotel/motels, bars, condos and restaurants up and down the shoreline. Why do we need more? Port Clinton should take advantage of its uniqueness and build the most beautiful park imaginable.

Port Clinton can be a destination with a place to experience the lake, shop, eat and spend the night. Best of all, our residents can enjoy it too.

Once we destroy our lake access, it is gone forever.

Sincerely,

Kathy Vance
Port Clinton

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City-wide and beach clean-up

On May 3 the City of Port Clinton will team up with Allied Waste for a city-wide clean-up. Dumpsters will be placed at the high ground by Allied Waste at the Jefferson Street pier.  This city-wide clean-up will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Allied Waste will accept most items (excluding TV’s, tires, freon appliances, hazardous liquids and yard waste). 

Also, for anyone who would like to help volunteer or who needs community service hours, the city will be hosting a beach and park clean-up at City Beach and Lakeview Park beginning at 9 a.m. the 10th of May.  

For more information contact Jennifer Porter at 419-734-5522 ext 8.

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Latta visits The Beacon

During his two week legislative break, Bob Latta was traveling his district speaking with constituents about their concerns. Latta said the four main concerns he is hearing are: federal regulations, the Affordable Care Act and its effects on businesses, taxes and energy. Latta’s district covers the west end of Ottawa County including Oak Harbor, Genoa and Elmore.

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