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My sources tell me that they had to close off the parking lot at Catawba State Park early Saturday morning because of the crush of snowmobiles, ice shanties and literally thousands of anxious ice fishermen. By Noon on Saturday, there was a small city a mile north of Catawba and Geoff Bailey told me that the ice was a foot thick and an airplane actually landed on the ice out there. However, any discussion with the Coast Guard about the ice on Lake Erie and you get one consistent response…NO ICE IS SAFE! So if you are planning on testing your luck, be safe. –––––––– We had 54 entries in our Find Wylie contest this week. Our winner this week is Arthur Floyd of Tiffin, who found Wylie Walleye in the Rum Runners Sports Bar ad on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. Arthur wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding him again this week, so look for the Find Wylie Ad, or stop by our office (Beacon Place Shopping Center, next to Goodwill) or click on Wylie on our website homepage, www.thebeacon. net. We are also continuing our “Win it on the Web” Contest. This week, we had 113 entries and our winner is Shirley Lynch of Marblehead who clicked her way to a $20 gas card from Friendship Food Stores. You might be our next winner, just log on to and click on the “Win it on the Web” icon. –––––––– I received a call Monday morning from Mike Bassett. He told me that several of his customers asked for fresh bagels at his deli. Well, Mike did them one better. As of tomorrow (Friday), Bassett’s Market will feature fresh bagels from Barry’s Bagels in Toledo. Mike says these will absolutely be “the genuine article”! –––––––– The next organizational meeting for the Port Clinton Youth Baseball and Softball Association will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 2 in Room 115 at Port Clinton High School. –––––––– Being an adoptive parent, I am probably more sensitive to the issue than most, but I was glad to hear that Megan Cook of Port Clinton and Deb Miller of Marblehead attended the 36th Annual March for Life Rally in Washington D.C. last Thursday. They joined the youth of Sandusky St. Mary’s and Huron on a long bus trip. Abortion Rights and the Rights of the Unborn will become a “front-burner” issue in the weeks to come in Washington with the Democrats in Congress pushing the Freedom of Choice Act which ends current obstacles to individuals gaining an abortion. –––––––– Hallie Dahlhofer of Oak Harbor and Melinda Belden of Catawba have been named to the Dean’s List at Ashland University. That means at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. –––––––– Split Winds Gallery in downtown Port Clinton is holding a Special Artists’ Demonstration February 2-7 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.


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Retirement Reception Friday BY CHRIS MCBAIN-BERRY ASSISTANT EDITOR One of his favorite memories of growing up in Port Clinton was playing in the marsh North of Perry Street with his brother Bill. “We had a flat bottom boat, and we used to explore the marsh and pretend we were French trappers or something,” said retiring Common Please Court Judge Paul Moon of Port Clinton. Then we’d cut the cattails and make paths through the marsh, and when it froze in the winter we had skating trails.” Winding his way through legal trails, Judge Moon’s experience includes 32 years as judge - six years as a judge for the Diocese of Toledo Court of Equity, six years as a substitute Judge for the Municipal Court, 12 years as Ottawa County Municipal Court and 18 years as the Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge. His path was influenced by his father who was also a lawyer. After service in the Army, college at John Carroll University in Cleveland and law school at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., where he received a full scholarship, he went into private practice with his father. In addition to law, politics has always been an interest and it led him to a position on Port Clinton City Council. He said that his most significant accomplishment was overseeing the complete revision of the City’s Zoning Code. He also worked as Assistant City Solicitor and Police Prosecutor. “I always wanted to be a Judge, and when my father died I ran for Municipal Court,” he said. In that position I loved working directly with the defendants. I had immediate contact with them because a lot didn’t have

New Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters (center) is given the Oath of Office by retiring Judge Paul Moon as members of Judge Winter's family look on. PHOTO BY JOHN SCHAFFNER their own attorney. Sometimes it was oneon-one. Sometimes I’d come off the bench and hug somebody,” he said. The hardest thing was the sheer volume of cases. But things changed for him as Judge of the Common Please Court. “The complexity of the cases was the most difficult issue. “With the scientific matters like DNA, other medical issues and very complicated financial statistics it was more challenging.” His last official day is February 6th. After that, he will have more time to follow other interests such as music. “Music is an overwhelming influence in my life. I’ve enjoyed it as far back as I can remember. My mother brought me the “William Tell Overture” when I was five or six, and I’ve loved music ever since.” History is also high on his list of interests, and he is related to the early settlers in Ottawa County. “Benajah Wolcott, the first settler in Ottawa County is my 4th Great Grandfather. William Kelly who built the Light Keeper’s House and the Lighthouse is my 3rd Great Grandfather.”

His family, wife Maria, daughters Laura and Elizabeth, both in graduate schools, are “the greatest joy of my life. Retirement will also give him time to accept some assignments as a Visiting Judge, to work with the Ottawa County Historical Society, to enjoy music (including his piano lessons), travel and possibly teach. So when the public reception takes place this Friday at the Rotunda on the third floor of the Ottawa County Courthouse from 2-4 p.m., area residents will have the opportunity to honor Judge Paul Moon. Public remarks will take place at 3 p.m. with a small group performance by the Port Clinton High School Orchestra at 2 p.m. But he has already made his feelings known-public and private. “I loved the work completely… loved working with the attorneys and a very special Court staff,” he said. And he had a chance to put into practice his philosophy of the law which is to administer justice fairly.

Magruder Hospital Taking Patrons on Safari The Magruder Hospital Auxiliary’s 55th Annual Charity Ball committee is set to take its patrons on safari on Friday, February 27th, at the Catawba Island Club with the theme “Out of Africa”. Chairpersons Dr. Jennifer Briede and David Prudhomme and their committee have planned an adventuresome experience for everyone who attends the hospital’s largest fundraiser of the year. David Prudhomme “The money we raise from the charand Dr. Jennifer Briede are the chairpersons of the Magruder Hospital Auxiliary’s 55th Annual Charity Ball. ity ball this year will go toward ultrasound technology for Magruder’s Imaging Services Department. This new technology will help support the expanded cardiology services at the hospital,” said Dr. Briede. “Anything that helps people in our community in the fight against heart disease is a very worthy cause. It feels good to plan an event that people can enjoy and that will ultimately benefit the healthcare services of Magruder,” said Dr.

Briede. The event, which is open to anyone who purchases a ticket, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails followed by a specially selected dinner. The evening’s entertainment will be familiar to those who attended last year’s charity ball. “This is the third year we have had the band Wheatfield Soul entertain patrons for the evening. They have had a great reception because they really appeal to all ages,” said David Prudhomme. “Great food, music, people and ambiance; all for the support of our community hospital. Even people who cannot attend, I hope they will consider giving a tax-deductible donation. All donor names are publicized to the entire community in the hospital’s annual report,” said Prudhomme. Tickets are $100 per couple and $50 per individual and can be purchased at Bassett’s Market, Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, Magruder Hospital Gift Shop, National Bank of Oak Harbor in Oak Harbor and Richmond Galleries. Sponsorship information may also be downloaded from the hospital’s website, Questions regarding tickets or donations may also 2009 Magruder Hospital Auxiliary’s Charity Ball Committee be directed to Kerryn Standing: Left to Right: Mark and Linda Sprenger, Robin Mainous, Lockhart at MagrudLinda Slauterbeck, Susan Landon, Slate Kessler Seated: Left to Right: er, at 419-734-3131, Tina Robinette, Dr. Jennifer Briede, David Prudhomme, Mary Kessler. extension 3105. Not pictured: Mike Robinette, Nick and Lynne James

PC Mayor Gives State of the City Address BY JOHN SCHAFFNER

Port Clinton Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester gave her second State of the City address at Port Clinton City Council Tuesday night. The Mayor adopted a positive theme of teamwork, despite the setback last April when the City and the Puller Group were unable to reach agreement on a Waterworks Park development plan. Real Estate ................1-8B The Mayor pointed to a number of posiSports ..................... 2 &3B tive aspects of her first year in office. First, on the development side, she pointed to the reBusiness .......................4B opening of the Island House, the refurbishing Financial Focus ............4B of the old Armory building into Fastrack UrReal Estate Transfers ...6B gent Care, and the revitalization of the former Country Hearth Inn which is now Portside Yellow Page Dr. ............7B Inn. She pointed to the major Walleye Fishing Classifieds ....................7B Tournaments that came back to Port Clinton last Spring.

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Among the administrative accomplishments, Mayor HymoreTester noted the change in the City Employee healthcare plan which saved them 5-15%. The administration also initiated cross-training activities to improve customer service; updated job descriptions, contracted with Riverview Industries for City office cleaning. Also, an architectural review board was created for the downtown. A new three-year contract was signed with the local Teamsters union. The City Service Department was reorganized following the hiring of Rob Berner as Safety Service Director. The City changed its snow plowing and street salt policies and worked with City Council on State of the City continued on page 2A

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Port Clinton Police Chief Tom Blohm officially welcomes US Customs and Border Patrol Field Operations Officer David York and his 11 field agents to the Ottawa County Law Enforcement community. York and several of his agents were invited to attend last Thursday’s Ottawa County Police Chief’s Luncheon held at the Moose Club. The border patrol will be moving into a temporary facility in Sandusky for approximately one year. The plan is for them to take over the 13.5 acre parcel presently occupied by the Ottawa County Visitor’s Bureau on State Route 53 in Portage Township. Once the unit is fully activated they are expected to have 50-60 field agents and full time support staff. PHOTO BY JOHN SCHAFFNER

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State Officials Tour Ottawa County Facilities State Representative Dennis Murray and State Senator Mark Wagoner recently toured a number of Ottawa County facilities. They also spent time discussing the area’s unique issues with County officials. The Regional Water Treatment Plant, Ottawa County Resource Centre, Lake Winds Industrial Park, Camp Perry and Riverview Nursing Home were among the stops included in the tour. “These facilities and institutions are an important part of the quality of life in Ottawa County,” said Rep. Murray. “Visiting them in person will help us better understand their role and allow us to better represent the interests of northwest Ohio in the General Assembly.”

“It was a real hands-on experience, getting a chance to tour the Ottawa County’s water plant and Lakewinds Industrial Park, among many others,” Wagoner said. “I look forward to partnering closely with Representative Murray to ensure that Ottawa County continues to have a strong voice in our state capitol.” The lawmakers were accompanied on the tour Friday by Ottawa County Administrator Jere Witt and Commissioners James Sass and Mark Stahl. Representative Murray is currently serving his first term in the Ohio House representing the 80th district. Also serving his first term in office, Senator Wagoner represents the 2nd Senate district.

Dear Editor, Recently, I read an article in the January 22nd edition of “The Beacon” entitled “Many Older Ohioans Still Not Ready for Digital Television Transition”. What I read was both disturbing and disgusting. First of all, most of the article had an apocalyptic tone making it sound like the world would be ending soon if all Americans didn’t have a digital television. Barbara E. Riley, director of the Ohio Department of Aging was quoted as saying, “Losing this valuable connection to the outside world could have serious consequences for more at-risk seniors”. One statistic given by Nielsen Surveys is that those aged 55 and older watch an average of just over six hours per day. Secondly, and what I am most upset about, is the fact that the federal government is offering a coupon to anyone in order to buy a converter box for televisions affected by the transition. That

to me doesn’t sound like fiscal responsibility. The Digital Transition and Public Safety Act was passed by Congress on October 20th, 2005. If people can’t save $40 to $70 (the cost of a converter) in a period of over three years, maybe they shouldn’t be spending so much time watching television. We, as a society, are entertaining ourselves to death. So much so that it is almost considered rude to call someone during “primetime” and nearly sacrilege during “game time.” What would people do without the “box” plugged into the wall and us plugged into it? Probably what people did for nearly 6,000 years from the birth of human civilization to the invention of the television, they would read and socialize with others in their community. That doesn’t sound all that bad to me. Bert N. Fall Port Clinton

State of the City Continued from page 1 the passage of an exterior property maintenance code and the Land Reutilization Ordinance. They acquired $70,000 in grants for infrastructure upgrades to include construction of a new concession stand and restrooms at Lakeview Park, targeted for completion in 2009. Water and sewer rates were increased 4% by new Water Supervisor, Eva Castillo. The City completed a sewer extension into Erie Township toward Camp Perry. Improvements were also completed at the City Sewage Treatment Facility as well as to a number of pump stations. Street Repairs, under the direction of supervisor Fred Bice, were completed on the Monroe Street viaduct, the intersection of Jefferson and 10th Streets as well as on Grant, and Second (from Monroe to Harrison Streets). In addition, projects were completed on Buckeye Blvd., and the Second to Laurel roadway. 8 curb corners in the City were made handicap accessible. The Mayor pointed to a number of highlights in the Park and Recreation Department, headed by Tracy Colston, including the improvements to the Shelter House at Lakeview Park. She noted also Colston’s duties maintaining the City’s cemeteries, and proudly pointed to the new Veterans’ Circle. The Police Department answered 11,467 calls in 2009, ranging from 911 emergency calls to domestic disturbances. They also welcomed Patrolman Josh Nelson back after a tour of duty in Kuwait. Meanwhile, the Fire Department logged 4,000 volunteer hours and 1,776 hours of training, responding to 248 fire calls. Mayor Hymore-Tester lauded the work of her financial

team, Tax Commissioner Jeff Bugbee, Auditor Steve Benko and Treasurer Edna Hansen. Chief among their contributions was the conversion of nearly $4-million in shortterm bonds into long term bonds which will reduce future administrative costs and stabilize future budget projections. The primary theme of the Mayor’s address was “Working together to improve life in Port Clinton”. She pointed to partnerships being formed with the Main Street organization, which has hired an architectural firm to develop downtown streetscapes. She pointed to the Conestoga neighborhood project and partnership with United Way. An improvement project is now on the boards, and plans are in place to finance improvements on nearly 25 city blocks on Port Clinton’s east end. “In the past year, WE, the Administration, City Council, City Employees, civic organizations and the many volunteer groups and individuals in our community have worked together to improve our community,” Mayor Hymore-Tester stated in conclusion. “WE will continue to work together, discovering new and perhaps more creative ways to solve old problems. WE understand there is a lot of work to do and that the only way we can make our community stronger is to work as a team for the betterment of everyone. In this way, we can survive what the entire world is facing today, a changing economy that requires every citizen to stand united and to be proactive in the advancement of community service to the City of Port Clinton…our home.”


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CommunityCalendar If you would like to submit an event or change the information to our Community Calendar it should be in the office by Monday 3:30 p.m. Attn: Charlene Deyoe, 205 SE Catawba Rd., Suite G, Port Clinton, OH 43452 or Call 419-732-2154 Fax, 419734-5382 or e-mail: charlene@thebeacon. net SPECIAL NOTICES: Experimental Aircraft Assn. Chapter 50 Meets: 1:30 P.M. Sunday Feb. 1, 2009 Hinde Field, 1819 Boos Rd. Huron OH Program: Bob Staight’s Flight Flight To Alaska IN An Ercoupe. Public Welcome! Phone 440-258-1761 Or The next organizational meeting for the Port Clinton Youth Baseball and Softball Association will be held February 2nd at Port Clinton High School in room 115 at 7:00 PM. The Gathering, Thurs. Jan. 29, at St. John Lutheran Parish Hall, corner Adams & 2nd Port Clinton. Meals are free, served from 4:30 to 6:00 PM open to the public. Join the food and fellowship. Sponsored by the Community Ministry Information meeting on Tuesday evening February 3 from 7 - 8:00 pm. at the Ida Rupp Public Library about Community Supported Agriculture. Are you looking for fresh, locally-grown produce without all the chemicals? Come find out about this growing trend and become a member of Seeds of Hope Community Supported Agriculture program. SUNDAY: ATTEND THE CHURCH OF YOUR CHOICE - Check with churches for Summer schedules. 7:30-10:30am Breakfast & Conversation, St. John Lutheran, 2nd & Adams St. coffee, flavored coffee, Hot Chocolate & Breakfast rolls. Join others in the area for a relaxing morning. Call Bill Fehnrich with questions 419-734-1116. 9:00am-Noon-2nd Sunday ea month Breakfast-American Legion Post, #113 N Monroe. Open to public, handicap accessible, Adults $6. Kids under 12 $3. Proceeds/ Bldg. fund. Visit NOON- AA at St. Thomas Episcopal Church undercroft, 214 E. 2nd St 4:30pm - BINGO- St. Boniface Church, 215 N. Church St., Oak Harbor doors open 4:30, Games begin 6pm.

Noon Jan, 11th K of C Youth Basketball Free Throw Championship, open to all boys and girls ages 10 to 14 at Oak Harbor St. Boniface School Gym. Registration and shoot-around 12:30 P.M. For additional info contact Tom Durbin, 419-898-9112. MONDAY: 9:00am-Noon Food Pantry, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 165 Toussaint St. 419-898-0852 (Open to anyone in BCS school district). 9:00-10:00 AM - Yoga for Beginners/ Flexibility / Strength / Relaxation. At the Catawba Is. Community Center, 3307 NW Catawba Rd. Call to Register: Edwina Minor, Certified and Registered RYT 500. HM: 419-956-0375 / Cell 330-256-0414. 2:00 pm- Sit-Fit 55+ a 45 min. program designed for active agers. Strength, flexibility, balance and increased energy are built upon. Call; The Vineyard on Catawba: 419-797-3100 5:00pm-Bingo at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 507 E. Main St. Marblehead. 5:30-6:30pm Yoga for Beginners/ Flexibility / Strength / Relaxation. At the Catawba Is. Community Center, 3307 NW Catawba Rd. Call to Register: Edwina Minor, Certified and Registered RYT 500. HM: 419956-0375 / Cell 330-256-0414. 5:30pm Magruder Conference Center: Cardio/Pilates - 1/2 hour of aerobic exercise followed by 1/2 hour of Pilates core exercises. Bring a mat or towel. $3 per class 6:00pm Bay Area Toastmasters, Commodore Perry Inn & Suites, Banquet Room, PC 2nd & 4th of the month. Public welcome. 7:00pm-1st Monday/ea. month Women’s Group @ Faith Methodist, 5th & Jackson St. TUESDAY: 8:00am -Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Trinity United Meth. Church, 135 Adams St., PC 9:00am -Woodcarvers meet @ St. John’s Lutheran Church. Noon-Rotary Club at The Elk’s Lodge #1718, 231 Buckeye Blvd. 1:00pm -Euchre Games every 1st and 3rd Tues. of each month. Port Clinton Sr. Center, East 3rd St. Port Clinton. 1:30 pm- Quiet Strength Yoga- A unique blend of yoga postures and stretches. Perfect for 55+. Accented are balance, breathing and flexibility. Call: 419-797-3100 The Vineyar on Catawba for more information. 5:30pm Magruder Conference Center: Strength Training - Works all the major

muscle groups. Bring a mat or towel. $3 per class 6:00-7:00pm Quiet Strength/ Yoga-lates at the Vineyard on Catawba (Off West Catawba Rd.) Community Room. Welcome anytime. Questions can be directed to Certified Instructor: Toni Garrett 419732-0992 6:30-8:00pm Hatha yoga class, Gentle to the experienced 25th year of teaching classes. @ Magruder Hospital 2nd floor Conf. Ctr.419-635-2337. Call Linda Green for more info. 419-635-2337. 7:00pm Authentic Man Study: Every first and third Tuesday of the month @ Chapel on the Lake 7:00pm- Women’s Bible Studies; Song of Solomon- Marlene Jensen @ Chapel on the Lake. 7:30pm Council Meeting, Council Chambers 7:30pm Knight of Columbus 1st&3rd Tues each month, Bergeman Hall 109 E. Perry St. WEDNESDAY: 8:30am - 1st Wed/Month Breakfast with April PC Senior Center East 3rd St. PC 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study - Boundries in Marriage at Chapel on the Lake 12:00 - Port Clinton Artists Club @ Ida Rupp Public Library. 5:30-6:30pm Weekly Bible study Methodist Kids Club, ages 4-13, @Bible Methodist 150 Maple St, Port Clinton. 5:30pm Magruder Conference Center: Cardio/Pilates - 1/2 hour of aerobic exercise followed by 1/2 hour of Pilates core exercises. Bring a mat or towel. $3 per class 6:00pm Marblehead Main Street Merchants mtg., @ Avery’s Café. Open to public. Meetings always held on 1st Wednesday of each month. 6:00pm-PC Nazarene Church, 205 W. 4th St, Dinner, Children, Teens, Adult Activities. 6:30pm- Jr. High & High School youth group at Chapel on the Lake. Contact Nathan and Elizabeth Davenport for more information. 7:00pm - Family Night @Erie Shores Assembly of God, 220 Gill Rd. 7:30pm - Port Clinton Eagles Aux. Meeting 2nd & 4th Wednesday. THURSDAY: 9:00am - NOON Food Pantry at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 165 Toussaint St. Oak Harbor 419-898-0852 (Open to anyone in BCS school district). 10:00am- Women’s Bible Study; DanielMary Hall @ Chapel on the Lake

5:30pm Magruder Conference Center: Strength Training - Works all the major muscle groups. Bring a mat or towel. $3 per class 6:00pm 2nd Thurs of each month (Beginning 12/13) Support meeting for Chronic Pain Suffers & Loved ones @ Edgewood Manor Nursing Home, 1330 Fulton St., PC. 6:00pm-Trap and Skeet Shooting, Camp Perry Shooting Club. 6:00-7:00pm Quiet Strength/ Yoga-lates at the Vineyard on Catawba (Off West Catawba Rd.) Community Room. Welcome anytime. Questions can be directed to Certified Instructor: Toni Garrett 419732-0992 6:30pm- Bingo at Immaculate Conception School Auditorium. 7:00pm- American Legion Post #113 Meetings 1st of each month. 118 Monroe St. 7:00pm - Marblehead Village Council meeting 2nd Thurs of each month. 7:00pm - 3rd Thurs. each month. Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Soc. Monthly mtg. 7:00pm- Stepping Out: A Journey Thru the Psalms of Ascent- Carolyn McDaniel @ Chapel on the Lake. FRIDAY: 7:30am Fremont Chapter of International Referral Network meets every Friday at Divinci’s Coffee House, 115 South Front St. Any business welcome. 9:30am-5pm - Annual Used Book Sale at Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton. 10:00 AM- Sit-Fit 55+ a 45 min. program designed for active agers. Strength, flexibility, balance and increased energy are built upon. Call; The Vineyard on Catawba: 419-797-3100 2:00-5:00pm Care & Share Open, 924 Lake Street Gypsum. 8:00pm - Oak Harbor Conservation Club “ Friday Night Pistol”. SATURDAY: 8:00am-1:00pm Blood Drive at Catawba Island Hall, Community Rm, 3307 North West Catawba Rd. Appt. call Marcia Adams 419-734-6360. 8:00am- Men’s Breakfast-Chapel on the Lake @Big Boppers, Rte 163, Marblehead. 9:00am- Authentic Man Study: Every first and third Tuesday of the month @ Chapel on the Lake 9:30am-1pm - Annual Used Book Sale at Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton.

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BeaconBits There’s been a lot going on. Despite the cold weather, people seem to be going out and enjoying themselves. Last Wednesday I went to “The Garden Restaurant” and there were lots of local folks in there. It was like “old home week”. Some were celebrating birthdays. Among these were Naomi Akins who had postponed celebrating her January 3 birthday ‘til the holidays were well past. Lois Harder and her husband Vic from Oak Harbor were there for Lois’s birthday. Mike Detzel observed his January 21 birthday with a group of friends and extended family. These included Dorothy Bassett of Catawba (and Oak Harbor) and Nancy and Lee Linker of Oak Harbor (and Lakeside). These groups were all fun to chat with. And I must tell you about a special treat at The Garden. It’s sushi! But instead of being made with raw fish, it has a variety of fillings rolled into a mixture of lightly sweetened rice wrapped in the conventional seaweed and sliced into small pieces. This may be eaten as an appetizer and is served from a small plate with wasabi mustard and spiced ginger that is sliced paper-

thin. I tried the ginger (very spicy) but stayed away from that wasabi. That stuff is way too hot for me. Sushi is currently a special feature at The Garden on Wednesday nights. Try it! ______ And here is another place to eat that I had not thought about for a while. The Gateway at the corner of Route 53 North and East Route 163 is open and features a great Reuben sandwich among a host of other menu items. I was glad to have the chance to stop there recently. ______

I recently received an announcement about an exhibit coming soon to the R. B. Hayes Presidential Museum in Fremont. Called “First-Lady Style: White House Gowns”, it will feature an exhibit of 33 gowns designed for America’s first ladies. In addition to displaying gowns from its own collections, the Center is borrowing garments from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, and from First Lady Laura Bush. I’m sure this will be a very popular exhibit because The First Ladies’ gowns are PIZZA • WINGS • OVEN HOT SUBS among the most popular of SUN. FEB. 1ST - SUPER BOWL PARTY the thousands of exhibits at WWW.MYSPACE.COM/JAMESTOWNTAVERN the Smithsonian Institution PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES in Washington, D.C. “FirstStyle: White House OPEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY AT 5PM Lady Gowns” is on exhibit FebruOPEN FRIDAY & SATURDAY 5PM TO 2:30AM ary 12 through August 2. 902 West Main•Lakeside/Marblehead, OH 43440•798-5615

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“The Art of Nut Craft”, a 1979 book by Catawba Islander Charles F. Billat, describes the carving of nut shells, fruit pits, and working with those items (sometimes in conjunction with seeds) to create ornaments or decorations. I heard about the book from Jeanne Letterhos who later provided a copy of it belonging to Nancy Ihnat. Janet Lorentz also sent a note with some information about Mr. Billat as she remembered him. Janet fondly recalls Charles Billat as a “delightful gentleman in every way”. She and he were members of the Catawba Art Gallery of which artist Virginia Zafirau was the founder. Other members were Patricia Bill and Audrey Ashley. Janet says that Mr. Billat’s tiny carvings were whimsical and big sellers because the prices were low and people loved his work. As I have been reading about Charles Billat I vaguely recall hearing about him before. Anyway, there was an article in the News Herald

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August Bensch, Minnie Pomrenke, Marcedas Bensch ______ The lady in the center of the picture accompanying this column today will be a familiar face to many people. She was Minnie Pomrenke, long time principal of Gypsum (Portage) School. The photo was taken in 1964. In it she is flanked by August and Mercedas Bensch. All three are holding bells as they prepare to go to the home of newlyweds David and Darlene Peters to “bell” them following their wedding. Miss Minnie Pomrenke was a great teacher and stern task master at Gypsum. I know. She was there during the eight years I attended elementary school. Born in 1886 near Oak Harbor she graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1903. She began teaching immediately in a rural Oak Harbor School and was there until 1919. From 1919 to 1924 she was principal at Rocky Ridge Elementary School. In 1924 she began work at Gypsum School and served until she retired in 1960. Along the way she worked full time but also earned her first diploma at Bowling Green in 1928 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1937. This information came from an article in the newspaper when she died in 1965. A copy was given to me by Diane Kashmer. Diane also has a book that belonged to “Minnie” when she was only twelve years old. In it are written poems from her friends. Here are two of them:

And from “Your schoolmate, Emma Wilhelmsen”: Think of me when you are happy Keep for me one little spot In the depth of thine affection Plant a sweet forget-me-not.

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The Riverview Nursing Home Auxiliary will host its Valentine’s Party for residents at 2 p.m. on February 8. Family members and friends of residents are invited to attend along with the resident. Cookies will be served. And, remember, this is a very good time of year to remember to send a Valentine card to all the folks you know who are homebound or in nursing facilities. A card with a short note is greatly appreciated.

From “Your schoolmate, Cora M. Leink”: Remember, dear, and bear in mind A faithful friend is hard to find; And when you find one good and true Change not the old one for the new.

By contributing now, your retirement savings can have more opportunity to grow. Even if you already have an IRA elsewhere, it’s easy to transfer it to an Edward Jones IRA and begin receiving the face-to-face advice you deserve.

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about him many years ago. At the time (I’m not sure of the date) Billat was 85 years old and was an au- BY VIRGINIA PARK thor, craftsman and painter. Prior to moving to Catawba Cliffs, he had been a grocer and owner of a store in Toledo where he sold used items and antiques. His paintings were often of scenes he’d seen traveling in Europe. He did his carving work primarily in the 1950s. One of his carvings (of a coffee grinder crafted from a nutshell) is in a “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” museum in Florida. ______

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Another presentation of interest at the Hayes Museum is the annual “Lecture on the Presidency”. This year author Andrew Cayton of Miami University at Oxford, Ohio will discuss the Post-Presidential World Tour of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife. This was a precursor of the emergence of the United Stated as a world power. Cost of the lecture is $10; reservations at 419-332-2081 are required before February 9. A dinner precedes the lecture; cost of dinner and lecture together is $30 per person. ______

These kinds of signature books were common back in those days as a way for friends to keep in touch with each other. Anyway this little book, though battered, was a precious thing for me to see because it belonged to Miss Pomrenke. Until next week…

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Social Salad bar, two soup selections, rolls, dessert, beverage & cash bar Find out about the Area’s ONLY Digital Mammography Learn about the benefits of the highest quality of care for prevention and early detection of breast cancer. Guest Speakers: Karen S. Sheehan, MD, Radiologist, Co-Medical Director, Firelands Women’s Health & Wellness Center and Lori Kuns, Manager, Firelands Women’s Health & Wellness Center Learn the Latest in Scrapbooking Design Presented by: Creative Memories. Please bring three photographs. Door Prizes

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Senior Living Edgewood Manor Honors Activity Department In observance of National Activity Professionals Week, January 18th -23rd, Edgewood Manor held a reception for its Activity Director, Carolyn Legg and her staff.

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Carolyn came to Edgewood in 2006 and has held the position of Activity Director since April, 2008. Being able to use her creativity to enrich the lives of the elderly is the best part of the job according to Carolyn. “I have spent most of my adult life in jobs being of service to others, and I am proud to be part of Edgewood’s management team serving our wonderful residents, stated Carolyn, “Interacting with the residents is truly the best part of my job!” Jan Lenczowski, Blanca Lawrence and Sally Phillips work part time in the activity department. All three agree with Carolyn, they are here for the residents and enjoy their work with them. Jan’s favorite activity is anything interactive that sparks communication. Blanca’s favorite activity is playing basketball with the residents. Sally Phillips is the hostess of the Red Hat Society at Edgewood. After residents offered the Activity Department staff a card of thanks and a heart shaped box of chocolates, Executive Director Amie Gohlike presented them with appreciation awards as Edgewood staff applauded their efforts. Cake and coffee were served in their honor. The Marblehead Bank donated two brand new wheelchairs to Otterbein North Shore Retirement Living Community to help transport residents throughout the campus. Pictured from R-L are Otterbein North Shore Development Director Barbara Radebaugh, Marblehead Bank employee Andrea Moore-Szabo, Otterbein North Shore Executive Director Rhonda Wolpert and Marblehead Bank Director Phyllis Lane, who inspired the gift. The Marblehead Bank operates a satellite office two days a week on the Otterbein North Shore campus.

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Vineyard’s Red Hat Club Gives to Mitten Tree

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Members of the Sweet Belle Red Hatters gathered for a luncheon at Christmas, and all brought hats, gloves and mittens for The Beacon’s Mitten Tree for the Holiday Bureau. The group was founded by Linda Holcomb and Judith Stoss and meets monthly for lunch, shopping, plays and friendship.

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“You’re Invited ! Come see what’s new...”” new... A new,visible hands on Administrator Amie Gohlike, LNHA

New Dietary Manager Andy Ward who brings years of experience as a Chef and many of his own special recipes.

Renovated Living Room with Big Screen TV and new hardwood floors throughout the building. Fine Dining program for the residents of Edgewood. Enjoy savory cuisines with restaurant style service. State of the Art Therapy Equipment such as the FX2 and the Omnicycle.

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Entertainment First Friday Fundraiser Back by Popular Demand A First Friday Fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, February 6 at 8 p.m. Main Street Port Clinton is sponsoring this gala event at Mango Mamas located at 40 Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton. The highlight of the evening is the performance of the band “6-7-8 OH”, which specializes in classic rock from the 1960s through the 1980s. Tickets are $10 each, which gets you in the door and entered to win door prizes. There will be 50/50 drawings throughout the evening and a chance to win some raffle prizes donated by area businesses. Tickets are available at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, Second Street Diner and the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Dr. Harold Brown will discuss his experiences at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama between 1942 and 1946, became collectively known as the Tuskegee Airmen. In 2007, the airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal and then-Senator Obama acknowledged that their heroic service had made his public service career path possible. The airmen were seated among the 30,000 on the terrace below the podium, joining former members of Congress among others. Brown’s fiancé, Terra president Dr. Marsha S. Bordner, of Catawba, accompanied him to the inauguration. Brown will discuss the inauguration and the Tuskegee Airmen’s place in history beginning at noon January 30 in Building B, Room 201. The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in having a conversation about the historic events of last week. For more information, call 419-559-2326.

Calendar of Events 1/30/2009 at 7:30 pm The Nobodies of Comedy Sandusky State Theatre 877.626.1950 Admission: $28-$36/person 1/30 & 1/31/2009 8:30 - 11:30 pm Entertainment at Hermes Winery Music by Keith Stewart 419.626.8500 1/30/2009 - 1/31/2009 10 am - 5 pm Auction for Easter Seals Sandusky Mall 419.626.8447 1/31/2009 11 am & 4 pm “Tales and Scales” Adams Jr. High The Firelands Symphony Orchestra Appropriate for ages preschool through 5th grade. 419.621.4800 Admission: $7/adult, $5/ child

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Schools Students of the Month Announced someday. She is the daughter of Mary and Matthew Brown. Brandon Rosiar is involved in many activities at Port Clinton Middle School including basketball, football, cross country, baseball and orchestra. This grade 8 student also enjoys music and plays the guitar, bass, and drums. His community service includes working with the St. Vincent DePaul Society collecting food for the needy, IC youth group and Mass server. Brandon loves Cedar Point. He plans to be an archeologist one day. Brandon is the son of Steve and Diane Rosiar. Have you been considering a career as a

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From left to right are Kiya Brown, Kody Ratliff and Brandon Rosiar.

BCS Board Approves Tax Budget-Elects New President The Board recommended approval of the FY 2009 BCS Tax Budget. The approved BCS Tax Budget is used by the Ottawa County Auditor to distribute tax funds to BCS. This approved document was submitted to the Ottawa County Tax Dept. so BCS can collect its taxes. At the Organizational meeting, the first or-

der of business was to elect a Board president and vice-president. Kim Dusseau was elected president and Rick Bast was elected as vice-president for 2009. The Board also set the 4th Tuesday of each month as its regular meeting date. The meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the board office unless otherwise noted.

Support Our Teens and Let’s Get Cooking! Saturday, January 31st there will be a cookoff from 5-7 p.m. in the St. Joseph Church Hall. There will be a fee of $10 to enter a soup or chili. If you don’t wish to enter you can still come and be a judge. There is a $5 dinner fee for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds for this cook-off go to offset the

cost of the Summer Youth Conference at Franciscan University for the youth. Other than soup and chili there will also be dessert and beverages. Entry forms are available in the rear of the church or contact Carol Luebcke at or call the church office at 419-798-4177 ext. 12.

DECA Students Encourage Community to Recycle The local Port Clinton DECA chapter has begun a recycling project and encourages the community to join the cause. DECA has been promoting recycling through the school district and is now branching out to the community through cooperation with the Ida Rupp Public Library. The Library, which already collects ink cartridges, used household batteries and cell phones, is now collecting plastic caps. The caps are being collected separately from the containers because the caps are a different grade of plastic and are not recycled at a typical recycling plant. Any hard plastic caps will be accepted, ex-

cept for medicine bottle caps. Examples of collectable caps include bottles caps, peanut butter caps, milk jug caps, laundry detergent caps and salad dressing caps. DECA also asks that anyone who does not yet recycle at home to please begin a recycling effort. Allied Waste offers recycling pickup, and there are various locations where recycling containers are provided for anyone who wishes to dispose of their recyclables on their own. If you need further information, contact Bill Hollister, DECA Advisor, at Port Clinton High School 419-734-2147.

Local FFA Members Elected as Officers BY BRITTANY BIGGERT FFA REPORTER The Oak Harbor – Penta FFA Chapter recently completed its annual FFA Officer selection process and will be swearing in the newly elected officers at the annual Parent – Member banquet which is scheduled to take place at Oak Harbor High School on February 12. Listed first are the retiring officers followed by the new officers for 2009: President- Kelsey Gahler, Dustin Brough; Vice President-Vanessa Rischman, Tyler Kitzler; Secretary-Grace Hanzel, Bret Braun; Treasurer-Travis Meek,Travis Meek; Reporter-

Annual Book Fair Immaculate Conception School is holding its annual Scholastic Book Fair during Catholic Schools week and all are welcome. This year ICS rolls out the red carpet for the Fair with a “Lights! Camera! Book Fair!” themed event which offers the newest and best books available for both children and adults. Along with award-winning titles and authors, you will find books that are only available at a Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair will began on Monday, Jan. 26 and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 3. The Fair will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 1 from 8:45 a.m. till 1 p.m.

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resent his school in sports. Someday, he would like to be a physical education teacher and coach. Grade 6 student Kiya Brown has been involved in community service through the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. She was the “Team Captain” of their fundraising drive and has been the top fundraiser for the last three years. Kiya has been involved in basketball and softball. Her hobbies include running, taking care of her five dogs and spending time with her family. Kiya would like to be a veterinarian

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Port Clinton Middle School recently announced that Kiya Brown, Kody Ratliff and Brandon Rosiar have been named Students of the Month. Kody Ratliff is the son of Ken and Denise Ratliff. Kody is in 7th grade and has been involved in basketball, baseball and football. He is an avid Cleveland Indians fan who has attended 48 games and spring training. His greatest moment was meeting and having lunch with Jason Davis. Kody states what he likes most about middle school is being able to rep-

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Records OBITUARIES Kenneth L. Monak Kenneth L. Monak, 81, of Marblehead, OH died Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, OH. Visitation was held on Friday, January 23 at the Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, 7755 E. Harbor Road, Lakeside-Marblehead where prayer services were held by Reverend Daniel J. Ring and where a rosary was recited by members of the Altar-Rosary Society of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Additional visitation was held on Saturday, January 24 until a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marblehead with Reverend Daniel J. Ring, officiat-

ing. Burial followed in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Edmund “Robin” S. Wierzba Edmund “Robin” S. Wierzba, 82, of Port Clinton, OH, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009 at H.B. Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton, OH. Edmund was born on March 2, 1926 in Port Clinton, OH to Stanley J. and Dolora (Starkloff) Wierzba. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., January 28 in the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home and Crematory, Port Clinton. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father John Missler at 10 a.m. on January 29 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton, where family prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.


Shirley Scott Bradbury Shirley Scott Bradbury, 73, of Marblehead, OH, passed away, Friday, January 23, 2009 at her residence. Visitation was held January 26 in the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home and Crematory, Port Clinton, OH. The funeral service was conducted by Reverend Deron Fourman on January 27 in the funeral home. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery. F. Kraft Ritter F. Kraft Ritter, 85, of Port Clinton, passed away January 23, 2009 in his home. His funeral Mass was Tuesday, January 27 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with burial in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation was January 26 at Neidecker-LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton.


On January 23, 2009, a boy was born in Firelands Regional Medical Center to Tonia and Rick Brown of Oak Harbor.

A girl was born on January 23, 2009, in FireDavid Michael Allen, Port Clinton, age 56, lands Regional Medical Center to Port Clinton retired to Sharon Kay Sawyer, Marblehead, residents Marsie McLaury and Jason Cook. age 54, seamstress.

Matthew Earl Jackson, Denver, CO, age 23 to Kendra Lynn Hernandez, Port Clinton, age 20.

Health Health Department Clinics Unless otherwise noted, all clinics are at the Ottawa County Health Department, with appointments being made by calling 419-734-6800 or Toll free in Ottawa County at 1-800788-8803. February 2- flu shots give at 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., immunization clinic from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Clinic 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. February 3-WIC from 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. February 4- Family Planning Clinic from 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. February 5- Well Child, (Sexually Transmitted Disease) and Family Planning Clinic from 8 a.m. to Noon


Magruder Hospital Plans Heart Health Month Events In honor of American Heart Month in February, Magruder Hospital is planning some special events to remind people of heart health importance. During the month of February, there will be a display in the Fulton Street Café with information, heart healthy snacks and recipes. On National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 6th, anyone prominently wearing red, can come to the Fulton Street Café and enter their name for a chance to win a gift basket. On Tuesday, February 17th, Magruder will offer free

Red Cross Training Offered The American Red Cross has a variety of first aid kits, as well as, Adult 3-Day Survival kits available for purchase at the local office. Also available are Dog First Aid and Cat First Aid self-study books, including DVD, for pet lovers. The Red Cross is offering the following training locally in February in Port Clinton at Magruder Hospital, First Floor Conference Room, 615 Fulton St. Classes are: Adult CPR – Monday, February 9 – 6 – 10 p.m.; Infant/Child CPR – Tuesday, February 10 – 6 – 9:30 p.m. and First Aid Basics – Thursday, February 12 – 6 – 8:30 p.m. CPR classes teach participants how to clear obstructed airways of conscious and unconscious victims, how to perform


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rescue breathing and how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Techniques differ from adult to child to infant. First Aid classes provide information on identifying and treating sudden illnesses. This includes treatment for shock and bleeding, burns, eye and nose injuries, bites and stings, fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, poisoning, diabetic emergencies, stroke, seizures, temperature extremes, and rescues. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Class size is limited. Call the American Red Cross, 734-1100 or email – .

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blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Fulton Street Café. Anyone getting their blood pressure checked that day will also have their name entered in a drawing to win a gift basket. For more information regarding any of the events planned for Heart Health Month, call Rachel Fall, Magruder’s Director of Health Promotion, at 419-734-3131 ext. 3363. The event listing can also be found at

You can help teach others in the community how to save lives by becoming an American Red Cross volunteer CPR and first aid instructor. Training is scheduled for: Saturday, February 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday, February 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, February 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All training is held at the Magruder Hospital Conference Center. The American Red Cross has a Congressional Charter to help prevent, prepare for and respond to the unknown chal-

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Susan Perng, M.D. & Thomas Rowe, M.D. to their Primary Care Team As part of the NOMS Healthcare team, Drs. Rowe and Perng are excited about adopting the "patient-centered medical home" concept of treatment. They will offer comprehensive, personalized care and same-day appointments to established patients. In addition, a more advanced electronic medical record will ensure quality in chronic condition management and improve preventive health screening. Drs. Rowe and Perng will continue to provide the highest level of care in their family medicine practice at their new location in Port Clinton.

lenges that lie ahead. American Red Cross staff is 96% volunteer and cannot do it without volunteers. American Red Cross training helps build professional and college resumes. Call the local office at 419 734-1100 to register. Participants should have basic level certification in CPR and first aid to begin the class. Contact the office for basic training dates and times if needed.

Firelands to Offer Sports Medicine Seminar Firelands Regional Medical Center will be hosting a Sports Medicine Seminar on Monday, February 9 from 5 – 9 p.m. in the Mylander Conference Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Main Campus, 1111 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky. The 2008 Sports Medicine Seminar is approved by the Ohio Department of Education for certification in Pupil Activity Supervisor Permit for coaches/advisors who are involved in supervising participants in scholastic athletic programs and other organized programs.

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Tuesday, February 10 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 109 E Perry St, Port Clinton, OH. Main Street Port Clinton is in the process of applying for a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Ohio Department of Development. We would like your input on how and where you think we should focus our efforts as we design our Downtown Revitalization Plan.

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Homage to an American Artistic Icon BY BEN RICHMOND I was senior and just transferring to the University of Toledo to complete my studies. I could feel a sense of apprehension welling up inside me as I opened the doors of the art center. It was that kind of feeling one gets when embarking on a new endeavor, that feeling of not knowing what lies ahead. You can only guess my utter relief when the professor had consented to fifteen full credit hours of independent studies after just one interview. Interviews are a rather strange formality to test one’s presence and acceptance in another’s arena. It seems ironic somehow, now… thinking back, how you could always pick out the art students and their instructors from the student body. My hair was shoulder length. I had circular wire rimmed spectacles perched upon my nose and, of course, blue jeans well, Levis… back then there were only Levis. Still they were worn with age and layered with a turtleneck protruding upwards from under a pea coat or army surplus field jacket. This was the exterior dress code of the day. But the true artistic give away was my trusty “old pal” tackle box filled with all the necessary inventory of a well-stocked art supply store in varying degrees of use. It was designed to set apart, but not quite above, the more scholarly and industrious types, which permeated the more established catacombs of such institutions of higher learning. After exchanging a few casual pleasantries, he instructed me to find a spot suited to my liking and basically, show my stuff. It was like an unspoken artistic SAT test. “You paint the things the way (the prof) like and you’ll do fine. If not…” After a big gulp I decided there would be no turning back and so paint I did. Feverishly at first, then more at ease as I forgot about my surroundings and became entranced with the hues of pure pigments flowing onto my watercolor block. A few hours had passed with many of the students collecting their wares and drifting off to another class, shortly followed by the professor resurfacing from his office and scanning the room with some sixth sense, like night radar.

He took my painting, and moved closer to the natural light. It was then that I became aware that it had started to snow with a minor sifting and whistling, piercing through the tiny cracks around the edges of each window. Smoke was now billowing from his furnace of a pipe, an as it circled his head it began to look more like the stack of a steamship at full throttle than an enjoyable vice. After what appeared to be an eternity, he turned my way and asked where I had learned to paint this way and who was it that taught me this technique. I simply stated that no one had taught me to paint in any particular manner, “it’s just…well… the way I paint…I guess.” With a sense of skepticism in his mind he threw down the piece and snorted… “Walk with me.”… and down the long, dimly lit, abandoned corridor we went. It was then he told me that my work resembled the techniques of a painter named Andrew Wyeth. Andrew who, I thought? My brain immediately went on remind, scanning my art history memory banks, what there was left of them, to extract some glint of knowledge of any artist by that name. From Degas to Goya, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh I went, continuing through Renoir to Pissaro with an abrupt halt at Picasso. “You do know the works of Andrew Wyeth?” he said. Stammering to speak I said “No sir, I’m not.” “What!” he exclaimed. “How could you get through so many years of schooling, studying the arts, with such inherent talent, and even paint like someone you’ve never been exposed to let alone never heard his name before?” He fumed, “Come to the library and I’ll enlighten you.” The library was like a morgue filled with bodies, hunched over the literary masterpieces, unflinching and inaudible except for the occasional cough or throat clearing sound. It was so quiet you could actually hear dust falling. He began to remove a thin rectangular shaped element, carefully sliding it along the well worn track, as if not to disturb the tan colored binding. He held the book flat in his hands, revealing the cover, which simply read ANDREW WYETH in rich crimson ink. He opened the book, about midway,

and pointed directly to an image of a wintry scene reproduced in warm sepia tones and said, “This… this is a Wyeth.” Although the image was only in monotones, my eyes were spellbound with this snowy hillside painting highlighted with a fence line dotting the horizon. In the foreground, a clapboard house and a low slung stone building pierced the depression in the land. I was awestruck by this work. As I looked further, I could actually feel this place. The artist had captured the very life of this scene and rendered it on paper. The painting was a dry brush entitled “The corner” and was painted in December 1953, twenty years before this day and four years after I was born. Without knowing it, Andrew Wyeth was to become my mentor, with me clinging to every bit of knowledge of his work, exhibits and life I would run up against… he had touched a resonant chord in me which has lasted to this day. In 1983 my wife, Wendy and I flew to Chadds Ford, PA, the hometown of Andrew Wyeth. What follows became to be known to us as “The Meeting”, which she penned in her journal. It was how a single moment in time can truly last a lifetime. We had planned this trip for months for various reasons. First of all, we wanted to see the Wyeth homestead. Second, have a meeting with Ms. Dolly Bruni, Wyeth’s manager and publisher, and most importantly meet the master artist himself. In all my correspondence and phone conversations with Dolly whenever I mentioned such a meeting she would reply politely, but empathetically, no, as Wyeth’s time is spent in his studio and the Wyeth’s do not seek such an audiences. Dawn broke early that next morning. Ben was already awake and had only gotten to sleep a mere two hours before. Do we stay or leave? As we rounded the bend and began the steep approach to Chadds Ford Publications, the wheels of our car began to spin on the icy covering and it was evident we couldn’t proceed any further so we left our car and began to walk up. As we continued it became apparent there was no one there. Therefore, we surmised that the Wyeth’s manager couldn’t get up the hill either

and that she must be at the Wyeths’. We were standing on the large, open deck looking out over the Wyeth grounds. I remember Ben’s words clearly as they pierced the chilly silence. Without moving a muscle he said, “Get in the car, we’re going down there.” As we passed the midpoint of the Wyeth’s driveway the alarm sounded, but still he proceeded, then with a sudden jerk the car stopped. I was so nervous I said I couldn’t leave the car. As Ben got out and shut the door my heart stopped. He knocked upon the old wooden door. The door opened and Mrs. Wyeth said, “Yes, can I help you?” Ben explained about our appointment and that no one was there, and of our struggle to scale the hill. She said, “Please get your wife and do come in out of the cold.” As the door closed behind us we realized where we were. In the home of Andrew Wyeth. The inside was like one of his paintings, very simple with white-washed stucco walls, beamed ceilings, full stone floor with a large, dark brown fur rug in front of two high-winged backed chairs separated by a table. Mrs. Wyeth asked that we be seated. We settled into the chairs, while she perched on the long, padded leather bench which was placed in front of a huge walk-in fireplace. Hanging over the dinning table was a large original watercolor of a nude female torso. Directly above us was another large painting focusing on an old wagon, presumably the same one that rests on the Wyeth property. As we looked around we saw the small original painting title “Garret Room.” We talked of Lake Erie, our gallery, Ben’s work and the Marblehead Lighthouse. Mrs. Wyeth took it all in asking questions about our gallery and mentioned that they had just purchased a lighthouse themselves. She was intently interested in our story of Lake Erie, the islands and Ben’s new painting, soon to be done, of “The Rum Runner.” Her eyes lit up as she recalled her upbringing in Buffalo, New York, with its bootlegging activities. The alarm went off again. The door flung open and there in the doorway was Mr. Andrew Wyeth in a full length fur coat with a linen covered sketch pad tucked under his arm. It was

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guys on the team, you are the one I believe could one day play in the National Football League.” Kemp recalls the impact Coach Jordan’s words had on his young life - how hard he worked to live up to the coach’ expectations - and how it paid dividends. Jack Kemp went on to quarterback his San Diego AFL team to five championship games during the league’s 10 year history and to quarterback the Lions and the Bills in the NFL. Then, when his football playing days were over, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives where he was serving at the time of that dinner. He has always given a lot of the credit for his accomplishment to that encouragement he received from Coach Jordan so long ago. When Congressman Kemp returned to Occidental College for a class reunion, most of the members of his old college football team were there with many remembrances to share. In conversation after conversation, former teammates spoke of the impact Coach Peyton Jordan had had on their lives. You see, it seems

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like something of a storybook. His presence and the way he entered the room were awesome to us. Mrs. Wyeth said, “Andy, I’d like you to meet Ben and Wendy Richmond. They flew in from Marblehead, Ohio yesterday and are here to see Dolly.” He shook our hands and greeted us with a grinning face. He said. “How marvelous. How very nice to meet you.” A most pleasant and unassuming man he was. He talked about how it was too cold to work in the studio and that he was going to head out. His exit was just as impressive. As he turned, looked back, gave us a “Good luck with you gallery,” shook our hands again and disappeared behind the doorway leading outside. We almost fainted. In the car, Ben and I were speechless and exhausted from all the happenings. Unknown to us at the time, there was more to come. As our time was running out and just prior to our leaving, Ben and I agrees to give Dolly an “Early Show” print for all her assistance. She looked at it and said, “This I will give to the Wyeths.” We returned to Marblehead exhausted and yet exhilarated. It was not until the following Monday when the Wyeths’ manager called and told me that the Friday prior to our arrival she gave all the photos and information on Ben’s work to the Wyeths and that they spent the weekend going over it. She said Andy liked “Time Passages” the best and the Mrs. Wyeth had recognized Ben by his photo and that was the reason we were allowed into their home. She also said that she and Mrs. Wyeth took “Early Show” to their framer, Mr. Walters, who frames all of Wyeth’s originals, the Thursday before and that it would be hang on the Wyeth property. This was our first encounter with that Wyeths and we have since met with them in Maine summer, and again in Chadds Ford and with their son, Nicholas, in New York City. The art world lost a great asset recently when Andrew Wyeth died in his sleep at the age of 91. For me and countless others, he will remain the brightest star in the artistic firmament.

the coach had said privately to each of them, “Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been watching you and, of all the guys on the team, I believe you are the one with the talent and the ability to play in the National Football League.” You might ask, “Congressman, you are the only member of that Occidental team who made it to the NFL ...” I started to ask. Kemp smiled and said, “Coach Jordan had the same effect on all of us. We didn’t end up the same, but Coach Jordan’s words inspired each of us to produce to the very best of our ability on whatever path we chose. Sometimes we even performed beyond our ability.” Coach Peyton Jordan gave

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Sports PC Still in SBC Mix Despite Loss BY JOHN SCHAFFNER There is a reason the High School basketball season is 16 weeks long…maybe longer. The Redskins dropped their third game in a row last Thursday night losing to Edison by over 20. Then on Saturday, two things happened. First the Redskins took care of business defeating Oak Harbor 63-37, and they Edison fell at Perkins. Had the Chargers won there, they would have taken a commanding two-game lead in the Sandusky Bay Conference. Now, they hold a one-game edge over the Redskins with Four weeks left in the season and a lot of basketball to play. A week ago, the Redskins were suffering from a confidence problem. They were hesitant and not executing crisply. But they played much better against Oak Harbor as they pounded the ball inside to Josh Francis (18 points) and Ryan Hicks (16 points). “I would say we played with more confidence on Saturday,” stated PC Coach Troy Diels on Monday. “We still are not doing things consistently right. We are working on those things in practice so we can become consistent in our play every night.” The Redskins played a make-up game at Huron on WednesPC’s Josh Francis drives and scores despite Branday night (results not available at press time). They play a don Wasserman’s defensive effort for the Rockets. single game this weekend at home on Friday, their second PC’s Derek Colston goes up for a runner in the lane PHOTO BY BILL MIGALA meeting with Margaretta. PC won easily at Margaretta be- last Saturday at Oak Harbor. PHOTO BY BILL MIGALA tween Christmas and New Years. However, Coach Diels is be a great game between two pretty good teams. The Polar not taking the Polar Bears for granted. “Anytime you play a team a second time, it is more difficult Bears fell to surging Clyde 65-45 on Saturday and are 6-4 because you are more familiar with that team does. It should overall and 4-4 in the Conference.

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up for top seeds at the league tournament. Alex Bergman, Drew Stone, Zach Bergman, Ian Miller, Konner Witt and Zach Sandwisch each were perfect on the weekend and hope to continue to do so when the league tournament is wrestled in two weeks at Margaretta on Saturday, February 14. Three more wrestlers went 6-1. They were Jake Cramer, Mike Mallernee and Jonny Bergman. Others adding wins towards the team totals were: Gabe Frisch 2-5, Kyle Mincheff 2-2, Brian Mallernee 2-1, Joe Mallernee 4-3, Sean Mcgee 2-1, Brandon Veler 2-2 and Drew Bahnsen 5-2. Next up for Oak Harbor is a tri-meet at Toledo St. John’s Jesuit with St. John’s and Napoleon on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

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Danbury girls had a busy week — playing three games, winning one league game, winning another non-league game, and losing a second non-league game. But Danbury can celebrate, because Cardinal Stritch defeated Ottawa Hills in another league game, and the Lakers are now back into a tie for first place in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference. Coach Ryan Beam was happy with the week, but would have loved to see a hat trick in the win column. His Lakers came close. The Lakers opened with a 52-41 Toledo Area Athletic Conference victory over Emmanuel Christian on the road in Toledo. Over a team Coach Beam said was a pushover in 2008, the Lakers found some resistance. Danbury led by only 15-12 after one quarter as the Warriors pushed back. Danbury’s lead gradually expanded, outscoring Emmanuel by a few points here and there every quarter. But at the end, it was a Laker victory as Christine Longer scored 19 points on two 3-point field goals and 5-of-8 free throws. Tori England added 12 points, Heather Bahnsen and Jackie Lammers each scored seven points, Destiny Taylor scored

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The Oak Harbor Junior High wrestling team was on the attack Monday night by defeating the Genoa Comets and the Woodmore Wildcats. Oak Harbor started off against the Comets where the Rockets won 8-of11 matches contested posting a 45-27 match score. They finished against the hometown Wildcats taking 9-of-11 contested matches and winning the dual, 52-24. Going undefeated in two matches were Alec Bowlick (94 and 100), Josh Chambers (106), Luke Cramer (112), Jim Chambers (124), Ben Genzman (134), and Kevin Rardon (150). The Rockets season will soon close as they will next compete in the SBC Duals.


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three points, and Kayla Oxendale and KC Oxendale each added a field goal for the Laker cause. Danbury moved on to face its next opponent — Woodmore out of the Suburban Lakes League. The Lakers did just what they needed to do, and at one point held a seven point lead until everything collapsed in the final minutes and the Wildcats pulled out a 43-41 victory. Woodmore, which improved to 5-9, got 19 points from Megan Bitter. The Wildcats shot 40 percent and won despite shooting 38 percent from the free throw line (9-of-28). Danbury got 16 points from Longer, including three treys, seven points from England, six from Taylor, four from Sam Molnar, and three each from Kayla Oxendale and Bahnsen. The Lakers shot 38 percent from the field, 61 percent (14-of22) from the charity stripe. Taylor again led a strong rebounding effort for Danbury with seven boards, but Woodmore held a 27 to 23 advantage. This game included 49 turnovers, including 24 by Danbury and 25 by Woodmore. Danbury rebounded from its only glitch on the schedule last week with a 43-27 victory over Fremont St. Joseph Monday night. England scored 15 points, including three treys, to lead the Lakers effort. Taylor had eight points, Longer seven points, Kayla Oxendale six points, Bahnsen four points, and Lammers had three points. The game wasn’t always securely in Danbury’s hands as the Lakers held a slight 6-4 lead after one quarter at the gymnasium St. Joseph Central Catholic fans call the “Thunder Dome”. In the second quarter, however, Danbury rolled to a 16-8 advantage and took a lead it would never relinquish in the second half. For St. Joe, seven players got into the scoring act, led by Jessica Molyet with 10 points. Vanessa Arreola had five points, Jillian Tarolli four points, and four players (Jessica Long, Leslie Celek, Sophia Cullen, and Cora Mercer) each scored two points. Danbury did much better shooting-wise, which made all the difference because each team was about even in turnovers (Danbury 18, St. Joe 19). Danbury shot 37 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line (6-of-8), while St. Joe shot a measly 14 percent from the field and 55 percent from the free throw line (12-of-22). Longer and England each had six rebounds as the Lakers won the battle of the boards by a 31 to 27 count. At 10-4 overall, 5-1 in the TAAC, Danbury hosts the Northwood Rangers this Friday with a junior varsity start at 6 p.m.

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Sports Laker Win Streak Ends The Danbury boys’ basketball team six game win streak came to an abrupt end with two losses in conference play. The Lakers lost 86-37 to Toledo Christian and 67-43 to Ottawa Hills. Michael Hamann led the Lakers against TC with 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Rodney Johnson added 11 points and 3 rebounds. In addition, freshmen Lucas Kennedy scored 4 points, which is a new varsity career-high. The J.V. team also lost to Toledo Christian. Lucas Kennedy led the Lakers with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Dakota Hruby tallied 7 points and 3 rebounds. In the lost to Ottawa Hills, Michael Hamann led the Lakers with 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Rodney Johnson added 15 points and 3 rebounds. Tyler Boring pulled down 6 rebounds, while Hunter Stephens contributed 5 rebounds. The J.V. team defeated the Ottawa Hills Green Bears by a score of 58-45. Billy Burke led the Lakers with 19 points and 5 rebounds, while Dakota Hruby added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Lucas Kennedy had a nice all-around game by contributing 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Rockets Drop SBC Game To Perkins Oak Harbor Rockets are struggling mightily in Sandusky Bay Conference play. Rockets dropped a 71-44 decision to Perkins in a makeup game Monday night. Perkins jumped on the Rockets with a 16-4 first quarter and never looked back. Jake Scott was the only Oak Harbor player in double figures with 11 points. This Thursday, Jan. 29, the Rockets home game from Clyde originally scheduled for Jan. 9 will be played at the Oak Harbor gym. One other make-up game looms for Oak Harbor. The game originally scheduled for Jan. 10 at Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 10, junior varsity start at 6 p.m. The boys’ varsity also has a scheduled game this Friday, Jan. 30, at Edison.

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Danbury Junior, Tyler Boring, wrestles with Phillip Beans of Ottawa Hills for a loose ball in a 67-43 losing effort last Friday at Danbury’s court. PHOTO BY JOHN KOZAK

Several Port Clinton baseball players attended the BGSU Baseball Camp on Sunday, January 25th. Former Redskin Baseball player and Port Clinton High School graduate, Logan Meisler, Class of 2006, is the 2nd baseman for the Falcons. Pictured left to right: Trey Gluth, Cory Brown, Cory Colston, Logan Meisler, Sean Black and Derek Colston. Not pictured Eric Reynolds.

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BY J. PATRICK EAKEN The Oak Harbor girls survived another physical Sandusky Bay Conference battle, only to come out on top again. This time it was Edison that gave the Rockets fits, but Oak Harbor prevailed 43-40 in overtime while improving to 6-6 overall, 4-4 in the SBC. “It was a very tough and physical game,� Oak Harbor coach Dick Heller said. “(Coach) Jim (Colwell) and his staff have done a great job with their program. “His girls played really hard and did a great job. Our girls also did a great job and really battled hard.� Coach Heller said the Lady Rockets did what they had to when they had to do it to pull out a win. In the first quarter, the Rockets opened a 12-8 lead. In the second quarter, Oak Harbor went cold and scored only four points, all free throws, as Edison grabbed an 18-16 halftime lead. The Rockets came back in the third quarter to score 16 points and in the fourth a deadlock ensued that resulted in overtime at 36 points apiece. In the extra stanza, Sara Lipstraw made a 3-point goal and two key free throws to help the Rockets put the Lady Chargers away. Lipstraw ended the game with 16 points, Erica Mauder scored seven points, Sam Scott had six points, Abby Zurvalec scored five points, Meghan Miller scored four points, co-captains Kayla Diefenthaler and Meghan Carpenter each scored two points, and Katie Lemon added one point for Oak Harbor. Oak Harbor made 13-of-59 shots from the field (22 percent) and 14-of-24 from the free throw line (58.3 percent). Edison made 18-of-45 from the field (40 percent) and 4-of-9 from the free throw line (44 percent). Diefenthaler had eight of Oak Harbor’s 28 rebounds, and as a team Oak Harbor had four assists leading to field goals. The Rockets committed only 12 turnovers, while forcing Edison to commit 21. This Saturday, January 31, Oak Harbor travels to face off with the Clyde Fliers. The Toledo Start contest, originally scheduled for Jan. 10, has been cancelled and will not be played.

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Business Area Year-End Sales of Homes Reported While the challenges the nation’s real estate sector faced throughout 2008 were felt in all corners of Ohio, the marketplace was still able to post solid results despite less than idea economic conditions, reported the Ohio Association of REALTORS. The Firelands MLS, which includes Ottawa County, reported that the number of units sold in 2008 was 2070 compared to 2334 sold in 2007 which represents a -11.8

percent. Total dollar volume in 2008 was $249,765,628 compared to $307,681,208 in 2007 for an 18.8 decrease. The average sales price of homes in 2008 was $120,660 compared to 131,826 in 2007 for a drop of 8.5 percent. According to OAR President Jonathan M. Hall, more that 113,000 homes were sold, a clear indication that the desire to make the American Dream of homeownership a real-

Suggestions Invited in Revitalization Plan Area residents are invited to attend a Charrette (Work Shop) sponsored by Main Street Port Clinton in partnership with the City of Port Clinton on Tuesday, February 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 109 E Perry St, Port Clinton. Main Street Port Clinton is in the process of applying for a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Ohio Department of Development. Input from citizens on how and where to focus efforts as the Downtown Revitalization Plan is designed would be welcomed.

ity is strong within Ohio-irrespective of the challenging economic climate the county faces. “We will remain bullish on the marketplace- as interest rates are extremely favorable, prices are remaining stable, sellers have become increasingly realistic in their expectations and consumers understand that long-term, owning a home is a tremendous investment. We’re optimistic that many

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Financial Focus Keep Contributing to Your 401(k) - in All Markets If you have a 401(k) plan, you’ve got a very good retirement-savings vehicle that’s probably had a rough year. However, while you might have been tempted to toss your statements without looking at them, you don’t want to throw away the opportunity to continue contributing to your 401(k) — and now you can contribute even more. GARY COON, To be specific, the contribution limit EDWARD for 401(k) plans will increase from JONES $15,500 in 2008 to $16,500 in 2009. INVESTMENTS And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $5,500 in 2009, up from $5,000 in 2008. (Your 401(k) plan may also allow Roth contributions, which are made with after-tax dollars, although withdrawals, including earnings, are tax-free in retirement.) Of course, higher contribution limits won’t mean much to you if you’re questioning whether you should put anything into your plan, given the results of the past year. How can you reassure yourself that you’re making the right move by continuing to fund your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 403(b) or 457(b)? Here are a few suggestions: • Know your risk tolerance. If big losses in your 401(k) are causing you to lose sleep, you may be taking on too much risk for your investment personality. If that’s the case, you may need to rebalance your 401(k) portfolio so that you have a higher percentage of more conservative investments. Keep in mind, though, that your 401(k) is designed to build resources for retirement, so you will always need some growth potential. • Don’t overload on company stock. If a downturn hurts your company, and you have a big percentage of company stock in your plan, your account will take a big hit. Diversify your holdings among the various investments available in your plan. While diversification cannot guarantee a profit or protect against a loss, it can help reduce some of the effects of market volatility. • Adjust your investment mix over time. You need to periodically evaluate and adjust the investment mix in your 401(k). When you’re starting out in your career, you can afford to invest more aggressively, because you have decades in which the market can overcome short-term downturns, no matter how severe. As you move closer to retirement, you may want to scale back the aggressive-growth portion of your portfolio and create an investment mix that might be less susceptible to big market drops. Above all, don’t lose faith in the power of your 401(k) to help you save for retirement — in good and bad markets. As a retirement account, a 401(k) offers several key advantages. First, you typically make pre-tax contributions, so the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. Also, your earnings can grow on a tax-deferred basis, unless you are making Roth contributions, which are withdrawn taxfree. Furthermore, you can choose from an array of investments, so you can create a portfolio that fits your risk tolerance, time horizon and individual objectives. Finally, your employer may offer a matching contribution; if you don’t accept it, you are literally walking away from “free money.â€? It can certainly be upsetting to see declines in your 401(k) statements. But if you stopped participating in your 401(k), you’d have a much harder time reaching your retirement goals. So keep contributing, even in down markets. Someday, you may be glad you did. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones financial advisor.

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Lakeshore Condo Townhome with spectacular views of Lake & the Islands! Neutral décor, gas fireplace, wet bar, granite counters & more. Lower level walkout to beach + balconies off the Living Rm & Master Suite. $347,900

Harbor’s End custom 1st floor condo with spectacular Harbor views! Travertine flooring, recessed lighting, walk-in marble shower & more. 1-car detached garage & 30ft dock. OWNER WILL FINANCE WITH 10% DOWN! $299,000

2005 Bayfront home on Johnson’s Island. Open floor plan, spacious rooms & spectacular views inside & out! 2400+sqft, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths. Large deck overlooks the Bay & your 32ft dock at door. $599,900

Cove on the Bay Lot: 76x120 in gated community on Sandusky Bay. Beach & picnic pavilion with water & electric. Marina with dockage available. Build your primary or vacation home today! $44,900

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JOHNSON’S ISLAND-3344 CONFEDERATE Adorable cape cod on secluded and historic Johnson’s Island. This cute home is situated on a large wooded lot and has peeks of the Sandusky Bay! Featuring an open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, large great room with many windows, a ground floor master suite and much more! Near area activities-swimming, fishing, boating, golfing, shopping and dining! $239,000


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Bay Point Condo with great view of Lake Erie. Exceptionally well maintained 2 bedroom, 2 bath Ranch with screened patio. Gated community with association pool & pool house. $229,000

1st floor Colony Club condo on marina with views of Lake Erie. 2 bedroom, 2 full baths with large patio. Open kitchen & Master bedroom features wood floors. $189,000

Waterfront fully furnished condo with dockage available! Enjoy the luxury of this ranch unit with a large waterfront balcony overlooking the marina out to Lake Erie! The open floor plan is perfect for everlasting water views and endless entertaining. Step down to your boat and spend a day at the islands, fishing and more! $229,000

Lakefront home with viewing deck and spectacular views! Open floor plan with newer kitchen and plenty of windows for dazzling views of Kelleys Island and Put-inBay. $629,500

MARBLEHEAD-351 N. CHANNEL DR. Marina at your door! Enjoy panoramic views from nearly every room of the marina and beyond to the ever-changing parade of yachts passing by. Walk to your boat for a quick ride to the islands or a lazy day of fishing. The ground floor master suite is spacious with a spa bath and vanity to indulge yourself. Family and guests will enjoy their private loft to relax, read a book, or enjoy a favorite movie. $395,000

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CATAWBA- Well maintained home in Catawba Cliffs. First floor master, great room with fireplace and views of park and lake. Across from Sunset Park. Gated community. $799,000 TED GREENE/MARK HARTLINE 419-563-4968

MARBLEHEAD- Danbury Cove home features 4 bed 3 bath, open kitchen/great room with gas fireplace, full basement, 2 car garage and additional attached 14x38 boat garage. Includes 35 ft deeded dock. Money back guarantee. $374,900 CHERYL HETRICK 419-202-0144

Waterfront home with a manicured sandy beach and stunning sunsets! Enjoy Lake Erie living in this lovely home with custom woodworking throughout! Featuring a ground floor master bedroom, a beamed cathedral ceiling and fireplace in the living room, a loft, home office, spacious rooms, large waterfront deck, tons of storage, and never-ending lake memories! $497,000

MARBLEHEAD- Ranch home with open floor plan and huge heated pole barn in quiet neighborhood. East Harbor State Park, marinas and restaurants are a short walk from this home. Zoned RC for business! $249,900 KARMEN LUCAS 419-656-9188


CATAWBA- 2 bed 2 bath condo overlooking West Harbor at Come Sail Away. 40 ft deeded dock at deck! $177,900 GLENNA BENDER/TED GREENE 419-563-4968

PORT CLINTON- Convenient to the Lake, beach and parks. 3 bed 1 bath home, country kitchen with snack bar. Double car garage is also accessible thru back yard. $118,000 MARGARET LENTHE 419-341-2014

MARBLEHEAD- 2 bed 1 bath cottage/year round home on wooded double lot with 2 storage buildings. Spacious kitchen/living area, hardwood floors, fireplace. Privacy fence surrounds big backyard. $109,900 SUE PIACENTINO 419-341-4945

MARBLEHEAD- Water views! 3 bed 1 1/2 bath updated mobile - interior walls dry walled with fresh paint. Newer carpet, 2 decks, 3 season room and shed. Dockage available! $24,900 SHERYL MARTIN 419-341-4424

PORT CLINTON- Spacious 1 1/2 story home in the heart of vacationland! One block up from the lake – close to everything. $134,900 KARMEN LUCAS 419-656-9188

CARRIAGE COVE CATAWBA- Catawba’s next new neighborhood. Discreet location near point of Catawba. Wooded sites. $48,90056,000 TED GREENE/GLENNA BENDER 419563-4968

MARBLEHEAD- 3rd floor condo with inground CATAWBA- Newer 4 bed 3 bath home in

MONROEVILLE- Well maintained, low maintenance duplex. Only 2 renters in 16 years in nonowner unit due to popularity! Great Income potential. $139,900 SHERYL MARTIN 419-341-4424

MONROEVILLE- Builder ready lot with utilities ready for tap-in. $29,900 Can be purchased with adjacent lot with income producing duplex $159,900 SHERYL MARTIN 419-341-4424

CATAWBA ISLAND-4762 WOODLAND Spacious and inviting you will adore this ranch in its picturesque setting. Expansive rooms, large windows, formal and leisure entertaining areas, private mother/teenage/nanny suite, a three car garage, on a large lot with access to the CIC golf course through your back yard! Impeccably maintained, perfectly located! $449,000

MARBLEHEAD-8371 GRAVEL BAR BLVD. Lake Erie Front! Updated w/ travertine, cherry, marble & granite throughout! Large master bedroom w/ balcony overlooking the lake, walk in closet, & granite filled bathroom. Stainless appliances in the kitchen, fresh paint inside & out, & includes a golf cart! Private sandy beach & dockage steps away! $595,000


JUST LISTED pool and garage currently overlooking Bay Point Golf Course. Views of Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie! Priced to sell! $149,900 SHERYL MARTIN 419-341-4424

This Lakeside summer retreat comes fully furnished & is in impeccable condition! Very well maintained original hardwood floors, gorgeous woodwork detailing, open floor plan w/ an easy flow, many bedrooms to comfortably sleep friends & family, and a 2 car detached garage w/ a paved drive. This property is co-listed with Carol Yoakam/ Street-Sothebys. Seller is a licensed Ohio real estate broker. $749,000

Catawba Cliffs. Open floor plan, 5 car garage, Viking appliances, 1st floor master, vaulted ceilings. Wrap around screened porch. $699,000 TED GREENE/MARK HARTLINE 419563-4968 FREMONT- 3 bed 1.5 bath home features a large kitchen, 2 wood burning fireplaces and cove ceilings. $104,900 SARA WILLIAMS 419307-0499 PORT CLINTON- This updated home has many features on your ‘must have’ list plus character of a gone by era! Immediate possession. Close to schools and hospital. $99,900 SHERYL MARTIN 419-341-4424

CATAWBA- Stately 5 bed 4 bath home on private cul-de-sac drive. 1st and 2nd floor master suites, vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, gas FP, ceramic floors and more! 1st floor handicapped access. Money back guarantee. $325,000 CHERYL HETRICK 419-202-0144 CATAWBA- Wow factor! 4 bed 3 bath home with touches a builder would put in his own home. Close to everything Ohio’s vacationland offers! $329,000 TED GREENE/GLENNA BENDER 419-563-4968 MARBLEHEAD- 25 ft dock in private marina included with this well maintained ranch home. Pole barn to store all your toys! Quiet neighborhood with private beach on the bay. $216,500 KARMEN LUCAS 419-656-9188

MARBLEHEAD-2175 BRISTOL Canal front home with panoramic views of the channel out to the Sandusky Bay! 60’ break wall and hoist for your boat and jet skis. This luxury home will satisfy your every desires! Custom built to capitalize on the views you will be captivated with the ever changing panorama of boaters paradise. Ground floor living with a loft upstairs for added square footage. Furnishings negotiable. $549,000

VACANT LAND MARBLEHEAD- Builders-large lot, 1.28 acres can be subdivided into up to 4 lots. Quiet street across from Lake. Close to downtown, Lighthouse and other vacationland amenities. $114,500 KARMEN LUCAS 419-656-9188

PORT CLINTON- Large lot ready for you to build your home, pole barn, ect. Unzoned and close to vacationland amenities, fishing and wildlife preserve. $29,000 KARMEN LUCAS 419-656-9188

CATAWBA- Build your dream in this beautiful development overlooking 60

CATAWBA- Build your dream home in this development overlooking 60 acres

acres of protected wetlands. 2 mile nature trail, private dockage. Panoramic water and nature views! $79,500 CHERYL HETRICK 419-202-0144

of protected wetlands, 2 mile nature trail, private dockage and panoramic views of water and nature. $97,500 CHERYL HETRICK 419-202-0144

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