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ICS Celebrates Catholic Schools Week PCHS Tennis Team Honored 5A 3B THE CIRCULATION AUDIT BY ®SM TM 1992 Ottawa County’s Largest Circulated Newspaper Published by Schaffner Publications, Inc. VOLUME 26 TELLTALES BY JOHN SCHAFFNER NUMBER 52 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009 Remember last week when we reported that “NO ICE IS SAFE ICE”? Well, a young man from Oregon, Ohio was headed back from Put-in-Bay on a snowmobile last Saturday night and headed up the Portage River with two friends hanging on. As you can see, the result wasn’t very positive! Ted Wierzba, Sr. was taking a drive on the Port Clinton Pier, and ran into PC Fire Chief Kent Johnson who was looking at the accident scene trying to figure out how to recover the snowmobile. Ted asked Kent, “Who’s the idiot who tried to snowmobile up the middle of the river?” The young man standing behind Kent raised his hand. Kent simply told him he was glad to see him … alive! –––––––– We had 111 entries in our Find Wylie contest this week. Our winner this week is Samuel Kuenzer of Catawba, who found Wylie Walleye in the A La Carte Cafe ad on page 8A in last week’s Beacon. Sam wins a $20 gift card from Cleats. Wylie will be hiding again this week, so when you find him, fill out the Find Wylie Ad and drop it at our office (Beacon Place Shopping Center, next to Goodwill). Or … click on Wylie on our website homepage, We are also continuing our “Win it on the Web” Contest. This week, we had 97 entries and our winner is Dr. Kevin Kast of Catawba who clicked his way to a $20 gas card from Friendship Food Stores. You could be our next winner, just log on to and click on the “Win it on the Web” icon. –––––––– Back in the old days of downtown Port Clinton, there were three ways to communicate information…telephone, telegraph, or tell-a-Dot! Well, Don Bergeman will be 90 years old this Saturday, February 7th. So, send her a card at: Dorothy Bergeman, C/O Leon Boucher, 1510 Chevy Chase Drive, Sun City Center, Florida, 33573. She needs a shower! (A card shower, that is!) –––––––– Now that we know that Punxatawny Phil saw his shadow and let us know that there will be six more weeks of Winter, I can now tell you that Lent is coming up soon, and for us Catholics, that means the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will be serving up their Lenten Fish Fries starting Friday, February 20 and every Friday all the way up to Good Friday on April 10 at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall on E. Perry Street downtown. –––––––– Mari Monaco, who just graduated from Port Clinton High School a year and a half ago, is going to be the new tennis pro at Catawba Island Club for the upcoming season. She is presently attending Ohio Dominican University in Columbus and playing for their women’s tennis team. –––––––– The youth of Resurrection Lutheran Church on Catawba will be attending the ELCA Convention this summer and will be selling Valentine’s Day treats for all of your Valentines including the doggy variety! Cost is $5 and may be purchased at 10 a.m. this Sunday, February 8 at the Church located at 2370 NE Catawba Rd. –––––––– Split Winds Gallery in downtown Port Clinton is holding a Special Artists’ Demonstration now through February 7 and again February 9-14. Artists include Gail Crum, Virginia Zafirau, Larry Ameigh, Bonnie Dolin and Illustrator, Lori Roberts-Cobbledick. For more information on when these artists will be in attendance, call the Gallery at 419-732-2525. Imagine, Labor Day Weekend in Port Clinton, Waterworks Park simply full of locals and visitors looking at exhibits, the Portage River Shoreline packed with 48’ Offshore Racing Power Boats, and a noise like you can’t believe coming from their exhausts. It could happen! Local leaders heard on Monday about the potential of the Offshore Super Series (OSS) Powerboat Racing Association making Port Clinton, Ohio their home for a week as the central focus of what is being billed as Lake Erie Boat Week. The Event Coordinator, Janie Vogel, had been holding preliminary discussions with Larry Fletcher of the Ottawa County Visitor’s Bureau about the pos- sibility of holding a portion of the event in Port Clinton. Up until last weekend, the bulk of the event was to have been hosted by Lyman Harbor in Sandusky. However, when they pulled out of consideration, the entire event now appears to have landed in Port Clinton. “I am excited and energized by the possibilities of this inaugural Lake Erie Boat Week event. It is a dream come true for me,” said Event Director Janie Vogel. “After envisioning and planning this event for around 10 years, it’s finally real. The minute I started talking about this new event, the entire region got behind it, offering help and support. It will be an amazing way to finish off a great summer season in the Lake Erie Islands area.” The event is planned for September 2-6 and will consist of on Experience and off-shore events surrounding the OSS Powerboat Race scheduled for Sunday, September 6. This event, yet to be named, will become part of the 2009 OSS National Schedule, which will include eight other events from Missouri to Alabama to Louisiana to the Florida Keys. Aside from the OSS Race, the Lake Erie Boat Week event will consist of a Powerboat Regatta with onwater powerboat competitions, on-shore activities and parties, as well as the “Fastest Boat on Lake Erie competition planned for Thursday, September 3. Event Director, Janie Vogel, believes that this event alone will draw over 150,000 people to Ottawa County with an economic impact of better than $5-Million! Vogel indicates that the event should be complementary to the annual Green Island Sailboat Race hosted over Labor Day Weekend every year by Port Clinton Yacht Club. One of the primary reasons Vogel asked the local community leaders to attend Monday’s meeting was the need for volunteer help and local logistical assistance. The only problem foreseeable, according to Vogel, would be the inability to gain the sponsorship critical to making an event like this happen. “We have a long way to go with the logistics of such a huge undertaking,” said Port Clinton Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester on Tuesday afternoon. “Right now things are looking very positive, and we’re going to try to work with the organizers to make it happen.” So, imagine, the biggest boating event on Lake Erie, maybe in the Great Lakes, focused on Port Clinton, Ohio. It could happen. Conestoga Elects Officers The Conestoga neighborhood group has elected new officers. Ellen Calzonetti-Dress has been named President, Jerry Jonke will continue his dedication to the neighbor hood as Vice President, his wife Sue Jonke was voted Secretary, Mary Lou Nellet, Mosie Johnson, Donna Swiergosz and Dave Mehl will continue their perseverance as Trustees of the group. The Conestoga neighborhood is comprised of any home owner within these boundaries: the alley behind Perry Street through State Street from Maple Street to Lincoln Avenue. As active members in the community and home owners who understand the value of their neighborhood, this voluntary association, will continue to work together to create an environment that promotes positive development and growth with an expectation to increase the standard of living for those with-in. Any person who lives in the Conestoga neighborhood who would like to become more actively involved is welcome to the Conestoga group. To find out more information contact Sue Jonke at 419-734—9300 Geese gather on the ice near the Jet Express on the Portage River la st weekend. PHOTO BY KATHY JO SCHWEITZER or Dave Mehl at United Way 419-734-6645. State of the Village of Oak Harbor In his State of the Village address to Oak Harbor Village Council, Oak Harbor Mayor Fred Conley said that the Village has felt the current economic impact, lost some businesses, seen increased home Fred Conley foreclosures and Mayor felt the effects of of Oak Harbor job loss of area families. But Oak Harbor has not cut any municipal services or programs. “As the current economic climate appears to continue in 2009 and beyond, the Ottawa Outdoors.........4B Village will be looking at all aspects of its Business .......................5B operations as the year progresses. It is imFinancial Focus ............6B portant to maintain Real Estate Transfers ...6B municipal services, as much as possible, and Yellow Page Dr. ............7B to serve the citizens of the Village. It is equalClassifieds ....................7B ly important that the Inside This Week… Sound Off .....................2A Beacon Bits ..................4A Schools .........................5A Community Calendar ..6A Records/ Health ...........7A Real Estate ................1-8B Sports .................... 2 & 3B This Could Be the Start of Something Big BY JOHN SCHAFFNER PHOTO BY KATHY JO SCHWEITZER Standard Mail U.S. Postage Paid Port Clinton, Ohio Permit #80 Living Village takes into consideration how the cost of providing these services affects its citizens,” Mayor Conley said. An update on 2008 projects was then given by the Mayor. The Combined Storm Overflow (CSO) Elimination Project has been the largest project and is scheduled to be completed mid-2009. Pumps are in place, awaiting final electrical hookups. The maintenance building is complete except for heat. All pipes are in the ground. Portage Street has been widened and stoned for the winter. The water line on Mill Street is installed. The driveway to the Waste Water Treatment Plant is completed and restoration on Portage, Brooklyn, Mill, Streets etc., is to be completed in the spring. The soccer field installation on property north of Veteran’s park is ongoing, the Red Hawk Run Development Phase II will start in the Spring, angle parking on Main Street is in the final engineering stage, personnel manuals were updated, the water system expansion is in the works, data was collected for an EPA study which will lead to implementation and directives to the Village in 2010 and the Tier II Grant, $400,000 is ongoing and expected to be complete in 2009. Income Tax Department The Income Tax Office made a tremendous effort to collect delinquent taxes and reach non-filers. Yearly collections increased this year even with the continuing difficult economic times. The Municipal Court Mediation process was reinstated this year with excellent results. Thank you to Kim Mehlow, Income Tax Administrator, for all her hard work and commitment to the Village and taxpayers. Utility Billing Office The Utility Billing Office finalized the outsourcing of the printing and mailing of the utility bills at a cost savings to the Village. The direct payment feature has been made available to the utility customers. The implementation of these two services has helped streamline procedures in the Utility Billing Office. Thank you to Cindy Garber, Deb DiMasso and Kim Mehlow for their hard work throughout the year. Department of Public Works The first full year of operations and maintenance at the Department of Public Works was very busy with projects in the water distribution and wastewater collections claiming a majority of the attention. The "CSO" Storm Water Project will be State of Village continued on page 2A 5050 E. Muggy Road Catawba Island East of Thompson’s Landscaping WATERFRONT COMMUNITY • MARINA W/DIRECT ACCESS TO LAKE ERIE • POOL • CLUBHOUSE Village Department Reports 419-797-2100 or 419-341-0863 Model Home Hours: Monday - Saturday 9-5 Sunday 10-4 or Anytime by Appointment

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