Evening at the Races this Friday

Last Call for Tickets for the “Evening at the Races” event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton this Friday, Nov. 15, at Lock, Dock & Barrel on Buckeye Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanian or at The Beacon office, next to Goodwill in the Beacon Place Business Center on State Route 53 North. Tickets are $25 per person which includes appetizers, betting opportunities and a guaranteed good time. 

The Port Clinton VFW’s Food Drive Scavenger Hunt is this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. They need teams of 4 people to canvass the community to collect non perishable food items and toiletries. Each team will get a section of town to go door-to-door and the team with the most points wins some nice prizes. Every year the VFW gets a list of local vets in need. The collected items will go to them. 


Thank you, Devin, for bringing us together

I have had many conversations the last few weeks about how Port Clinton has stepped up for PC Middle School student Devin Kohlman. Mary Alice and I attended the fundraiser at Lock, Dock and Barrel last Thursday night. What a turnout, and they raised nearly $20,000 for Devin’s family. When I was there, I walked up to PC Police Chief Rob Hickman and thanked him for his leadership that got the community focused on a sick young man, rather than all the political in-fighting we have seen over the past few years. Somebody had to lead the way, and Rob, along with his wife Roseann, stepped up big time. I promised him I wouldn’t write anything…but I lied!

The Bassett’s flier is not in The Beacon this week. Their fliers are available at the store. They do however have two pages of ads in this week’s paper, one on page 3A and another on page 7A. The Bassett’s fliers will be back next week. A special 16-page Holiday Coupon Book will be inserted in The Beacon this week, offering hundreds of $$$ in savings. 


Christmas for Devin at The Beacon

All of Port Clinton is getting in the act to help support the family of Devin Kohlman, the PC Middle School Student who is waging a courageous battle with cancer. His family has requested that all of Port Clinton get their Christmas decorations up early this year, so we decided to do our part and go with a Christmas holiday theme for our front page flag. Yes, we know it’s Halloween, but that’s ok…we’re bringing Christmas to town a little early this year…for Devin.

This Saturday is the Immaculate Conception Church Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the men of the parish. Doors will open immediately after 5 o’clock mass Saturday evening. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. Children under 7 eat for free. Carryouts are available.


Tricks and Treats, Cops and Robbers, Ghouls and Goblins

The Ottawa County FOPA Lodge #34 is sponsoring the first “Cops & Robbers Road Chase 5K this Saturday, Oct. 26. You can run or walk through the streets of Port Clinton to help raise money for the group’s Scholarship Fund. According to Roseann Hickman, you may also feel free to dress up as a cop or a robber! (It is Halloween, you know) Registration is $25. The Run/Walk begins a 9 a.m. and registration opens at the Jefferson Street Pier at 8 a.m. T-Shirts will be given to each participant while they last. FOPA is an affiliate of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc. 


The weatherman comes through with the perfect fall weekend

I just wanted everybody to know that I was honored to be placed in charge of the weather last weekend for the Oak Harbor Apple Festival and the Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. How did I do???

The E.L.M.s Community Meal will be held tonight (Thursday, October 17) hosted by St. Thomas Episcopal and Peace Lutheran Church in Port Clinton. It will be held at the St. Thomas Fellowship Hall, 214 E. Second Street from 5 until 6 p.m. This month’s menu features spaghetti and meatballs with all the trimmings.


Apple and Lighthouse Festival weekend

This is “Festival Weekend” in Ottawa County! First up…the “Grand-daddy” of Ottawa County Festivals, the Oak Harbor Apple Festival. Check out the complete schedule on page 3A in this week’s Beacon. Follow that up with the Lighthouse Festival that we highlighted on the front page last week. Get out and enjoy all that our beautiful area has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!

If you were not able to catch the documentary on the Battle of Lake Erie last Thursday on WGTE, the PBS Channel in Toledo, you can purchase a DVD of it by logging into Net proceeds from the sale of the DVDs benefit Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Also, just to correct the record, Peter Huston of Put-in-Bay was the producer and director on the project and his company, FilmAffects was the production company. They worked in collaboration with Nick James of Catawba on the project.


Browns and Bills and Bicentennial on TV tonight

Sorry to hear about the sudden passing of former Port Clinton Fire Chief, John Drummer. He worked for many years at Clinton Auto Parts with my old friend Jerry Lippus. While Fire Chief, the PC Fire Department grew in skill and stature. He will be missed.

What a tough night to choose what to watch on TV! First, the Browns play the Buffalo Bills on the NFL Network Channel while WGTE, Channel 30, will carry the documentary produced by Catawba Island resident Nick James on the Bi-Centennial Celebration of Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory in the Battle of Lake Erie. If you missed any of the festivities over Labor Day weekend, here is your chance to see what you missed. This special program will be aired at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday, October 3). 


North Coast Tour of Homes this weekend

The Beacon is hosting a very special Open House Weekend this weekend, Sept. 28 and 29. There will be dozens of beautiful homes and condominiums open for public viewing both days, both here in Ottawa County as well as in Erie County. There is a complete guide for the North Coast Tour of Homes inserted in The Beacon this week. Check it out. Interest rates are very low, and now is a great time to buy a home, especially along the shores of beautiful Lake Erie.


Don't give up the flags, replace them with PC power

Now that all of the celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial is finally over, somebody gave me a thought. Many certainly noticed the proliferation of “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP” flags flying throughout Port Clinton. How about we replace those flags with the red “PC” flags and fly them in the windows of all of the businesses in town! Cindy Bolte of Bolte Real Estate and Insurance told me that she would buy them. The idea is that when visitors come through town, they will see a lot of PC flags flying indicating a significant amount of community pride. Good idea???

I received a lot of comments about the photos of the Battle reenactment on the front page of last week’s Beacon. As you know, we are limited by space in the paper. We have unlimited space on our website, Our editor Donna Lueke indicated that the photo galleries online will remain up for a while. If you would like keep the Battle of Lake Erie in your memory forever and want to purchase copies of any of the photographs, just call the office at 419-732-2154. We will be selling 8’ x 10” prints for $8 each. Donna and Jasmine Cupp were on different boats taking pictures of the battle, and did an absolutely tremendous job. 


Spectacular four days on the land and on the lake

What a weekend it was! So much to see and do and so little time, as it turned out. On Monday for the trip out to the battle site, Mary Alice and I were honored to join the family of lead Perry Group organizer, Dave Zavagno of Catawba, who will probably sleep long and hard for the next week or so. This man dedicated almost four years of his life putting together what we all experienced this past weekend with the celebration of the Bi-Centennial of Oliver Hazard Perry’s great naval victory in 1813. Last Thursday, I had lunch with Dave at the Lake Erie Legislative Symposium at CIC, and he was still on the phone with the director of the U.S. Navy Band. It seems that the money necessary to bring them here had not yet been transferred from the National Parks account to the Navy Department account. It finally happened later that day. So I would like to send out a personal note of gratitude to Dave and his family for doing such a wonderful job making four days on Lake Erie so incredibly memorable.

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