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Port Clinton a Tree City USA

Port Clinton was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Port Clinton achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Port Clinton make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree U.S.A. communities.

More information on the program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member non-profit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

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Poggemeyer market study

I just read with astonishment, frankly, the “Downtown revitalization presented to council” article in The Beacon by Editor Jasmine Cupp.  “The market study found that manufacturing, medical, service and food were the growing areas of industry in the area; the highest being food service.”  And, “People are coming to the community; we just need to get them to stay here.”  That’s vague.  To live?  To visit?  To what? 

“We need to aim towards locals and then to the tourists.”  Really?  The census in Port Clinton is about 6,000 and 40,000 in Ottawa County.  Don’t hundreds of thousands of people visit every season to bird watch (Ottawa County is ranked as one of the best places in the country to visit during migration season), participate in and watch shooting matches at Camp Perry, fish (we have a Cabela’s sponsored national pro-am walleye tournament here), visit the Marblehead Lighthouse (thousands of people visit every year-once source said 500,000 throughout the year), see the tall ships, take the Jet and ferries to the islands, attend the Walleye Festival and Arts in the Park, and enjoy the rising number of excellent restaurants and art galleries?  They don’t come to get a new physician. 

They are part-time residents, friends of residents, people who love the area–bird watchers, fishing lovers, history buffs–not necessarily full-time residents.  They are people who would come all year long if there was a reason to come.

Many businesses literally succeed year after year only because of tourists.  There are not enough people in Ottawa County, let alone Port Clinton, to base this initial plan on.  Focus on the residents first?  Not in my humble opinion.  Don’t get me wrong.  I live in Ottawa County.  I love all of the seasons, including winter, but let’s not disrespect the tourists.  Let’s meet everyone’s needs.  It can be done.

Why not move the Ottawa County Historical Society building to the center of downtown or Waterworks Park?  Create a museum of sorts.  Include a history of Camp Perry (it’s fascinating), partner with Magee Marsh to create a bird migration and fish exhibit.  People go to the Marblehead Lighthouse because it’s history.  Ottawa County has a great historical story.  Let’s tell it.

Many people wish there was a venue that would hold more than 200 people–an all year venue.  Do it!  Have a bird symposium, teach basic boat classes and hunting safety–all in January and February.  Make it fun.  Add more original public art. Fix the roads.  Hire a public relations person for the city/county to create and celebrate the magnificence of the city.  There is so much potential here.  The bickering must stop and compromise begun.

Barbara Radebaugh
Catawba Island

 

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ICS Journeys with Jesus

Father John Missler helps complete the prayer and sticker book that explains the Stations of the Cross with the kindergarteners in Mrs. Susie Adams’ class.

Students at Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton spent time during this Lenten season reflecting on the pain and suffering of Jesus and the new life and hope that was given to them through his death and resurrection. 

Immaculate Conception School first grade teacher, Miss Karly Cross, and kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Susie Adams, spent time in church last week with their classes. Father John Missler spent the morning with the kindergarten class as they prayed and reflected on the sacrifice of Jesus. The students visited the Stations of the Cross and took a walk in Jesus’ shoes as they walked through the Stations of the Cross. Students thought about the last days of Jesus’ life and how much he loved them. The Stations of the Cross themselves are usually represented in churches by a series of 14 pictures or sculptures covering our Lord's Passion. They are meant to be stopping points along the journey for prayer and meditation. The classes took turns reading prayers at each station and reflecting on how they can live as Jesus did, with love and sacrifice.

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