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The Beacon I Thursday, April 30, 2009

SoundOff Dear Editor, The Friends of Port Clinton Parks have sent an appeal to all the residents of Port Clinton and area to assist in their project of restoring Lakeview Park. If you were missed and would like to donate, please contact Sharon Mefferd, Treasurer, 113 Clinton, OH 43452. We need help with the fundraising projects that are held in the park three times in the summer. We ask you to volunteer two hours or as much as you want. Your community needs you. Help keep Lakeview Park beautiful and fun for everyone. Caroline Droll Port Clinton Dear Editor, For anyone who hasn’t already heard about it, there’s a

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big controversy over a study made by Director of Homeland Security and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano…because this study tells us that the greatest terrorist threat to America is its own military veterans, not the people we are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Needless to say, groups like the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and the Coast Guard are stunned that such an assertion could be made. They question the methodology of the study and so far have gotten no real explanation. Apparently, Janet Napolitano herself is unsure of the study. So is participating agency the FBI. The only solution, then, is to enable these people to have first-hand knowledge of the situation. That would involve all of them serving in a combat zone in the above-named battlegrounds in order to learn whether serving in the military makes one a terrorist. The ship can load these people in a week. There’s no need for training, because they already know everything. Bon voyage and let us know what it’s like out there. Carl R. Goodwin Norwalk, OH

on September 5, 2009 at the Lakeview Park, Port Clinton. An attendee requested copies of a cookbook the UAW Local 497 women’s committee created, “UNITED WE COOK”. We have found a way to honor that request. As the years go by and time marches on, this cookbook contains recipes someone’s family member submitted. You can obtain a copy of this cookbook for the cost of printing - $5.20. Since the cookbook’s original’s printing, the publisher does not have the book in its system nor does the UAW Local 497 exist at this time. The cookbook is being copied by a local printer. This we feel keeps money in our local community. I say, “Think global but work local.” For one day a year we can eat together and catch up. We worked, fought, played and helped each other. After all, that is what families do. I wish everyone now going through or continuing to go through this difficult transition in their lives the very best. All Past Standard Products Employees… see you in September. To get a cookbook -Website: www.spreunion. info or contact Arlene at 419-732-2375. Patsy “Patti” Cook, Reunion Organizer Port Clinton

Dear Editor, Time does not stop. I feel for the individuals and companies that have to rethink, retool, and realign life as they know it to survive this trying time in our nation’s history. As most area people know, several years ago Standard Products closed. It had as many as 500 employees at one time. The company provided paid health insurance, holidays and a good living wage. In turn, we had money to spend and save, plus pay local, state, federal taxes. Most of us that worked there can absolutely relate to those who are now going through the process either for the first time in their life or again. Our annual Standards Products reunion is set for 1 p.m.

Dear Editor, Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery and The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit would like to thank Ottawa County and all of the supporters who contributed to the Ottawa County Food Drive held at Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery. Although the food drive is over, contributions are still coming in. Thanks to all who thought of others before themselves in today’s economy. Maureen M. Saponari Human Services Director The Salvation Army Port Clinton

Danbury Township Meeting Overview FRIENDS OF PORT CLINTON PARKS May 9 Friends are sponsoring a benefit pancake breakfast in the shelter house at Lakeview Park Donation $5.00 for adults $3.00 for children 8:00am to 11:30am Friends will welcome visitors to see the recent remodeled shelter house with much needed pull down doors.

At the regular meeting of the Danbury Township Board of Trustees held April 22 the following business was conducted: • Revisions to the safety policy were approved. • Further discussion was held regarding a barrier-free playground at Meadowbrook. Trustees tabled the issue until the property purchase is completed and a shelter house is built. • Revisions to the police policy were approved. • Trustees will ask the prosecutor to provide a response by April 28 regarding the mailbox issue on Mistic Bay Blvd. in

order to make a decision regarding paving of the road. • Trustees planned a special meeting for noon on Wednesday, April 29 for the purpose of deciding investment options for the money currently held in a CD that matures April 30 as well as to make a decision on road paving projects for 2009. • Bills in the amount of $39,973.51 were approved. • Police Chief Michael Meisler reported 243 incidents to date in April. • Zoning Inspector Rhonda Botti Sowers reported nine permits written to date in April.

May is National Tourism Month In 1984 following a joint resolution passed by the U.S. Congress, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation establishing that one week each May would be designated as National Tourism Week. Citizens would be urged to observe that week with ceremonies and activities that recognized the economic, cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism.

Each year since, the U.S. Travel Association has promoted this annual celebration and provided assistance to communities planning their own events. This year’s National Travel and Tourism Week will be celebrated nationally May 9-17 however the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Centers in Sandusky and Port Clinton will be holding a month-long celebration. Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a partnership between the visitor bureaus in Erie and Ottawa counties. Millions of people travel to this part of Ohio each year to enjoy the many family fun and outdoor recreation spots. Statistics show that these visitors spend $1.4 billion dollars annually and this spending touches nearly every type of business. Tourism dollars generally stay in the local economy and benefit each and every resident. During the month of May, area residents will be encouraged to get out and explore the many destinations in their home county and also “cross the bridge” to visit places in the neighboring county that they may not have experienced before. Doing this not only means an enjoyable day spent close to home, but helps our residents become better able to communicate to others just how special this area is. Helping promote the area is a way that residents can help bring additional tourism dollars to the region, and in turn benefit themselves. One way the visitor bureaus will be helping residents explore Lake Erie Shores & Islands is with special offers available with the new Shore Savings Card, a discount card that can be used at dozens of locations throughout the region. Card holders can save on attraction tickets, dining, lodging, golf, and many other activities. A special Cedar Point discount coupon is also included with the card. The Travel Planner is just one of the components of Lake Erie Shores & Islands’ 2009 marketing plan. This plan includes television, magazines, billboards, internet, public and media relations, and many other approaches. Audiences and geographic areas to which the Lake Erie Shores & Islands message will be shared are carefully selected and responses are tracked to make sure the choices are right. Everyone is invited to drop by one of the Welcome Centers this May to help celebrate National Tourism Month. Each Friday free refreshments will be offered and visitors will receive a little gift just for stopping in.

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The Beacon - April 30, 2009  

Ottawa County's Largest Circulated Newspaper

The Beacon - April 30, 2009  

Ottawa County's Largest Circulated Newspaper