first responders

On a Saturday night last winter the fire department came out to check on a carbon monoxide detector that was malfunctioning.

At 11 p.m. on July 3, they came out to check on a faulty smoke detector.

Late at night on June 28, the police came out to investigate what I thought was a possible gunshot.

Both the firefighters and police officers were prompt, courteous and very professional.

Sometimes we take our first-responders for granted, so it was good to be reminded they’re on duty to protect us 24/7. Thanks.

Dennis DeGennaro




Maritime museum


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum, I would like to thank the Star Beacon for its coverage of our museum just prior to the Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival.

I also want to also thank our many Museum Board members and other volunteers who worked at our table down on Bridge Street by the stairs leading up to Point Park and our museum. And, we had several volunteer docents and gift shop workers who helped our huge crowd of visitors (more than 200 of them) at the museum during the festival weekend.

We would not have had this large crowd — which, by the way, was a record for the museum — without the support of your publication and the tireless efforts of our volunteers.

I also need to thank Lynne and Larry Brady for allowing us to display their 275-pound piece of beach glass, which will remain on display at the museum through the rest of the summer. Without all of these folks working together, the weekend would not have been such a great success!

The museum exists to serve the region as well as the tourists who come to explore all the amenities it offers. Our operations are sustained through memberships, admission fees, gift shop sales and general donations. We are a self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit and we receive “no financial support” from the local, county, state or federal governments.

Our presence at the Beach Glass Festival was just the beginning of several new initiatives we are undertaking. We hope that these initiatives will continue to increase our exposure and inspire people to stop in for a tour. There is a lot of history at the museum, and we truly enjoy sharing it with our visitors.

The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. We will remain open Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 p.m. through the end of September. Admission is $5 for non-members.

Thank you again for making the Beach Glass Festival weekend so special.

Bob Frisbie

Board president and director

for Ashtabula Maritime and

Surface Transportation Museum

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