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Fish, brats, ribs, music and Browns

The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will continue their Summer Fish Fry this Friday, June 14, at the Denny Bergeman Memorial K of C Hall, 109 E Perry Street. The fish fries are held the second Friday of every month during the summer from 5 to 7:30 p.m. They have your favorite Lake Erie Perch, Shrimp and ALL YOU CAN EAT Pollock Dinners. They also serve French fries, baked potato, Pierogi, coleslaw, mac & cheese, roll and all the fixings. Sandwich platters and desserts are also available. 

The Humane Society of Ottawa County hopes you’ll join them to help the animals this Saturday, June 15, inside the fort at Fort Firelands Family Fun Center located at the junction of State Routes 163 and 269. The festivities get underway at 3 p.m. with the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band providing the music. There will be children and adult games for all to enjoy, 50/50 raffles, a Chinese Auction, brats and hot dogs. What’s more? Admission is FREE! This will be a family and pet friendly event. Adoptable pets from the shelter will also be there. 100% of the proceeds benefit the animals at the local shelter. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Joan Hoffman of Castalia who was one of 147 individuals who found your friendly fish hiding in the ad for The Friendship Store on page 1C in last week’s Beacon. Joan wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll definitely be hiding Wylie again this week. If you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, www.thebeacon.net. 

The Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers will hold their 10th Annual Rib Burn Off this Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Adventure Bay and the Sand Bar on Put-in-Bay. Area restaurants will be competing for the best ribs on the Island. Cleveland Browns players John Hughes and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen will be will be there signing autographs. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-10 and free for youngsters 6 and under. Admission includes being able to meet the players and a chance to bid on the Cleveland Brown silent auction items. Ribs, side dishes and beverages are sold separately. For more information, contact club secretary Kelly Mohn at 419-341-2976. 

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly June meeting this Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison Street in Port Clinton. Marj Waterhouse, certified genealogist and author from Toledo, will present the program “Records for Those Who Worked on the WPA”. All members and guests are invited. 

Today, Thursday, June 13, will be the very special Open House and Ribbon Cutting at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Regional Welcome Center on SR 53 (770 SE Catawba Rd.) celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the facility. They will have an evening of remembrance and fellowship with refreshments to be served from 5-7 p.m. There will be a brief program at 6 p.m. 

Former NCAA Coach and current ESPN analyst Bruce Pearl will be visiting Port Clinton and the Friendship Food Stores today, Thursday, June 13. Bruce will speak at the Port Clinton basketball camp followed by a meet & greet at the Friendship Food Stores on Perry Street from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Stop by and say hello.

Amateur Performers are needed for the Marblehead International Festival on August 17. For more information, call Tomi Johnson at 419-798-5132.

The North Coast Concert Band, which features a good number of local musicians, will be performing at the foot of Jefferson Street in Port Clinton on Sunday, June 23, at 7 p.m. The local musicians include Janet Gray and Jean McGraw on Flute, Catherine Lewis on Bassoon, Bill Bergman and Ken McFarlan on Clarinet, Amanda Berlin and Marge Whiting on Trumpet, Jane Winters on French Horn and John Lesniewicz on Drums and Percussion Instruments. 

Port Clinton High School is hosting the 2013 Port Clinton Open Tennis Tournament on June 29 and 30. Cost of the Tournament is $15 per player, plus one can of tennis balls for one event or $25 per player for two events plus one can of tennis balls. There is a 2-match guarantee. A registration form can be picked up at the main office at Port Clinton High School or downloaded at www.leaguelineup.com/pcopen. Deadline for entering is Monday, June 24. For more information call 419-202-2671. 

I got a very nice note from Stacey Karshuk from Faith United Methodist Church in Port Clinton who told me about their 4th Annual Fabulous Flea Market and Artists/Crafters Show at Lakeview Park on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 100 vendors will be there. Community Market will be grilling food, Underwood’s Grill will serve ice cream and Newman’s Kettle Corn will be there popping their delicious corn. Stacey is putting this together in honor of the years of service given by the ladies of Faith United Methodist and their 4th Friday Luncheons which we used to publicize in this column religiously, so to speak. Proceeds of this event will go to several non-profits including Salvation Army and Ruth Ann’s House. 

Monday, June 24, is the date of the 24th Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic at Catawba Island Club. Last year we raised over $25,000 for the American Heart Association and Stein Hospice. This year, we hope to do even better. Once again, the price is $600 per team; with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch between the end of morning play and the beginning of afternoon play is included, along with a great buffet dinner at CIC afterward. For more information on registering, contact Bonnie Knepper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Amy Skolnik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Thursday, June 20,  down on your calendar for a gala Wine Tasting Kickoff Party for the 6th Annual Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes at Mon Ami from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be several local wine distributors in attendance along with hors d’oeuvres and a band in the Chalet, all for just $10. Tickets are available at The Beacon office or at the Salvation Army Office in the Sutton Center. The actual Parade of Homes will be happening that weekend, June 22 and 23. Another commercial to once again prove that I have a “face for radio” will begin airing soon on Channel 13, the ABC affiliate in Toledo.

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Happy birthday to Mary Alice

Mark Thursday, June 20, down on your calendar for a gala Wine Tasting Kickoff Party for the 6th Annual Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes at Mon Ami from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be several local wine distributors in attendance along with hors d’oeuvres and a band in the Chalet, all for just $10. Tickets are available at The Beacon office or at the Salvation Army Office in the Sutton Center. The actual Parade of Homes will be happening that weekend, June 22 and 23. Another commercial to once again prove that I have a “face for radio” will begin airing soon on Channel 13, the ABC affiliate in Toledo.

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Five year crystal ball

Maybe it has something to do with the weather, but lately one of the most common questions by new clients is how to protect major assets from being liquidated to cover nursing home expense. Many years ago, I was advised by the State of Ohio that it was malpractice not to advise clients on how to protect assets LEGALLY. It is not my job to pass moral judgment but to give the facts and apply the law. Medicaid is a State and Federal plan to provide funds to pay for nursing home and related expense. There are strict rules to determine who may qualify.

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Run or walk for humanity on Sunday

With all of the recent problems regarding schools in the news these days…shootings, tornadoes and the like…it might be a good idea to attend a special training program at the Danbury High School Auditorium tonight (Thursday, May 30) at 7 p.m. You will learn about how Danbury Schools will respond to an emergency situation. All concerned community members are urged to attend to learn about the NEW safety procedures that have been put in place at Danbury Schools.

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Remembering the meaning of Memorial Day

It is Memorial Day Weekend, which means the Walleye Festival is in town. We are adding a Dining, Entertainment, Boating and Fishing section this week titled COASTLINES. The entire schedule for the Walleye Festival is included. Given good weather, the Memorial Day weekend also brings a lot of extra traffic, so please be careful, take your time and don’t text and drive. Most of all, Monday is Memorial Day, the day set aside to honor the fallen, those individuals who gave the full measure of devotion in defense of freedom. Please keep in your minds this weekend the true purpose and meaning of Memorial Day.


This quick reminder…because of the Memorial Day Holiday, our deadline for next week’s Beacon is this Friday, May 24.


One couldn’t help but be moved to see the incredible devastation caused by the EF4 Tornado that ripped a path through Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday. We learned on Tuesday that the home of Tim Ward, a Port Clinton High School graduate and his wife Anna, was caught in the tornado’s path and have lost just about everything. One of Tim’s classmates, Jason Palacios, lives nearby and can get donations to Tim and his family. Donations can be sent to Jason at PO Box 5181, Edmond, OK 73083.


Well, we did it again. We forgot to hide Wylie Walleye again last week. However 33 of you obviously noticed and told us “No Wylie”. So, our Find Wylie winner for this week is John Mathews of Catawba who e-mailed us NO WYLIE! John wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll definitely be hiding Wylie again this week. If you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, www.thebeacon.net.


One of the nicer observances of Memorial Day weekend locally is the effort of the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club who line E. Perry Street and W. Fremont Road in Port Clinton with American flags. They do this as a project for each summer holiday to remind visitors of the true meaning behind the holiday.


There will be a brand new downtown Port Clinton event this Saturday. It’s the Lake Erie Arty Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 106 to 116 W. Perry Street The plans are to take a public art market to a whole new level. The band “Last Born Sons” will entertain during the event. They will feature artwork from dozens of local artists and artisans. Booth rental space is still available by calling 419-656-9487. Booth space is only $25.


Congressman Bob Latta will host an Ottawa County Constituent Conference on Thursday, May 30, at the Village of Oak Harbor Municipal Building in Council Chambers, 146 N. Church Street. According to the release from the Congressman’s office, these events provide constituents the opportunity to sit down with Congressman Latta to discuss issues that are important to them, their families and communities. Latta’s district staff will also attend to assist with casework or issues regarding federal government agencies.


Any business in Danbury Township and the Village of Marblehead is welcome to have a free listing on the Township’s Website, www.danburytownship.com. To place your listing, visit their website and click on “Local Commerce”. A link will take you to a form. If you are in need of employees, a help-wanted icon can be placed in your listing. Potential employees can contact you directly for information. For more information, contact Zoning Inspector Kathryn Dale at 419-734-6120.


Put-in-Bay is hosting the Amazing Island Raise, an event similar to TV’s Amazing Race, on Saturday, June 15. Teams will race through South Bass Island, solve clues, complete challenges and win prizes. Teams can be made up of 4 to 6 adults and is $30 per person to compete. Each team must bring one camera (digital or phone) and wear tennis shoes! Teams must register by May 31. It’s all part of a fundraising effort to support Joyful Connections, a supervised visitation and exchange center in Oak Harbor that provides a healthy, safe and homelike environment where children can interact with family members. For more information, contact Sheila Powell at 567-262-3181 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A new film from Emmy Award winning writer and producer Linda Midgett is coming to Port Clinton’s Ida Rupp Public Library. A national Christian non-profit organization called “Sojourners” has produced this half-hour film titled “The Line”. According to their press release, the film “uncovers the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty in our country – such as the suburban former banker who now relies on a food pantry; to an aging career fisherman, whose shrimping business has been devastated by the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill along the Gulf Coast. The movie will be played at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 at Ida Rupp Public Library. A local program about how to help our own community’s efforts follows the screening. Refreshments will be served and donations to the Food Pantry will be accepted during this special screening event.


Amanda Mortus, daughter of former Port Clintonites Joe and Deb Mortus who now live in Colorado, has released a new book titled “Worthy”. The official release date was May 14 and it is available at Amazon.com. She is having a book signing in Thornton, Colorado, this Friday, May 24.


Monday, June 24, is the date of the 24th Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic at Catawba Island Club. Last year we raised over $25,000 for the American Heart Association and Stein Hospice. This year we hope to do even better. Once again, the price is $600 per team; with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch between the end of morning play and the beginning of afternoon play is included, along with a great buffet dinner at CIC afterward. For more information on registering, contact Bonnie Knepper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Amy Skolnik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Riders Unlimited Inc. of Oak Harbor is seeking volunteers to assist with their therapeutic horse programs.  Training will be offered this Monday, May 27, from 6 - 8 p.m. at their facility 3140 N. Behlman Road.  Please call 419-898-6164 for additional information and to begin the registration process.

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Fourth fireworks are fully funded

Great News…the Port Clinton Fourth of July Fireworks will be the “Full Monty” this year, thanks to the generosity of Ken and Gerri Gill. After the $500 gas card raffle hosted by Friendship Stores, the fund still came up short of their $8,000 goal by almost $1,300. Well, Ken and Gerri wrote them a check for $1,500 to cover the shortfall.


Usually in springtime, we all await the arrival of the robins, or even the buzzards. However, in Ottawa County, we await the arrival of the Mayflies! Some call them June Bugs, some call them Canadian Soldiers, but the “official” name is Mayflies. And Jeff Bugbee reported the first sighting of Mayflies on the porch of his home on E. Perry Street in Port Clinton.


Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Robert Hartman who was one of 125 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in Young’s Carpet One ad on page 7A in last week’s Beacon. Robert wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week. If you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, www.thebeacon.net.


This Wednesday Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery is hosting a unique event. It’s “Seniors Gone Wild” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. They are bringing in an incredible “Doo-Wop” band to help folks relive the great music of the 1950s and early 1960s. There is a $5 cover charge. However, if you mention at the door that you read this in The Beacon, you get in FREE! Sounds like a lot of fun!


We have made some really interesting changes to our Website, www.thebeacon.net. Our editor, Donna Lueke, is updating it continually. We have also added some interesting new pages in our “Marketplace” section. You can personally check out the local inventory of both homes and vehicles of our advertising customers. On the Real Estate page, under the Marketplace tab, just click on any of the ad banners and it will take you straight to their websites with virtual tours of every home. Neat, eh?


The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will hold their 76th Annual Banquet at Catawba Island Club next Thursday, May 16, with social hour starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Call or e-mail the Chamber office to make reservations.


The folks at Rite Aid are hosting a very special Mother’s Day Spaghetti Dinner this Saturday, May 11, from 4-7 p.m. at Catawba Island Community Hall, 3307 Northwest Catawba Rd. They will be serving salad, spaghetti, bread, deserts and drinks. Adults may dine for just $8, and children 12 and under for just $6. There will be a big door prize and a silent auction. All the money raised goes to the Children’s Miracle Network.


I got a call this week from Pat True, who now lives in Aiken, South Carolina. Her husband Bud True passed away over the winter months, and they have scheduled a special Memorial Service for Bud on Saturday, May 18, at Firelands Presbyterian Church on East Harbor Rd. east of Port Clinton at 11 a.m.


Lakevue Marina off North Shore Blvd in Marblehead is holding a Kayak Demo Day to benefit the Humane Society of Ottawa County on Sunday, June 2, starting at 11 a.m. It will be a fun day to try every kayak in their fleet. You can peddle, paddle, sail and fish with their kayaks. Representatives from Hobie Kayak will be on hand to answer questions. They will also be serving brats and hot dogs. For more information, call Jodie at 419-297-6477 or Tony at 419-798-5221.


The Port Clinton Lions Club will be holding a chicken Barbecue with Barbecue Traveler on Saturday, May 18 at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton at the front parking lot. They will serve from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or until they are sold out. Advance tickets are $7.50 or $8.50 at the park on Chicken Day. For an advance ticket see any Lions Club member or call Lion Patty Howell at 419-734-2308.


The Catawba Island Garden Club will hold their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at John Braun Park located just north of Cemetery Rd. off State Route 53 (NE Catawba Rd.). There will be perennials from members’ gardens along with annuals, bulbs, gardening items for children and adults, assorted raffle items and the sale of home baked goods. Proceeds from the sale go toward community projects.

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Delightful spring days have arrived

 

The Ballet School, under the direction of Mary Ann Snider, presents The Wizard of Oz at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Mary Ann’s dance students perform this beloved story of a young girl from Kansas that gets caught in a tornado and ends up “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the Land of Oz. The dancers are age 3 through high school. Tickets are $8 and will be available for purchase at the door.

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Thoughts on an ILIT

Having life insurance proceeds go directly to a spouse or child may create more problems than it can solve. You do not know when your death will make available a sizable insurance check for your young bride or young child. It may be best to have protective measures in place to offer some control over the funds. By using an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, we can accomplish that goal. For this article, we will use the term ILIT when referring to an irrevocable life insurance trust. 

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It's time for gardening and golf

It’s a BIG DEAL!!! This Friday, April 19, from 12 Noon to 7 p.m. the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club will be fixing up and serving Mark Giaco’s Homemade Spaghetti Dinners at St. John Lutheran Church on Adams Street in Port Clinton. Lunch or dinner tickets are just $8, dine in or carryout, and all proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club’s many youth service projects in the community. They are true to their defining statement, “Kiwanis is a global organization dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

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Boat haul-in season has arrived on the north coast

The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will start their Summer Fish Fry schedule this Friday, April 12. They will be held the second Friday of every month this summer from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall, 109 E. Perry Street. Your avorite Lake Erie Perch, Shrimp and “All You Can Eat” Pollock Dinners will be available. Also served are french fries, baked potato, Pierogi, cole slaw, macaroni & cheese, a dinner roll and all the fixings. Sandwich platters and desserts will also be available.


Congratulations to Dave Franck and his team at Tri Motor Sales in Oak Harbor. They were recently presented with the 2012 President’s Award from the Ford Motor Company for excellent customer service and satisfaction. This was the fifth time the dealership located on Rt. 19 South of Oak Harbor has received this award. 


Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Tom Russell of Fremont. He was one of 31 entries who figured out that our friendly fish wasn’t hiding ANYWHERE in last week’s Beacon. Tom wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week. If you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, www.thebeacon.net. 


Mark Giaco and family will be back in the kitchen again on Friday, April 19, for the Annual Kiwanis Genuine Italian Spaghetti Dinner that serves from 12 Noon to 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Tickets are available from any Kiwanian, and you can enjoy lunch or dinner that day. All proceeds go to the many community projects supported by the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club. 


Now that Spring has finally sprung, take some time this weekend to head west to Genoa for the Spring Open House at Packer Creek Pottery. Jan and Joan Pugh will be there with some spectacular decorative pottery and accessories that you won’t believe, including an 8-inch Limited Edition Mother’s Day Plate, numbered and signed. You won’t be disappointed.


It is exciting to see so many local entrepreneurial adventures happening all around us. Next Tuesday, April 16, Mel and Barbara Ayers, who already own and operate two Nagoya restaurants, one here and one in Perrysburg, will open the new Italian cuisine Restaurant, Ciao Bella. With the Catawba Island Brewing Company and the Marbletucky Inn, I can see there will be lots of great new places to dine in our area this coming season. Congratulations to all, and good luck!


Haul-In Season is here! We are beginning to see our local marinas filling up their docks with boats. Also, the boatyards are humming with activity with boaters finally getting a chance to sand their boat’s bottom and polish the hull. Welcome back boaters!


The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting this Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Library in Port Clinton. The program will be presented by Derek Davey, a professional and certified genealogist and consultant from Toledo. He will talk on “Breaking Brick Walls, A-Z”. 


The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society will hold its General Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Otterbein North Shore Retirement Center Activity Room. All folks interested in history and preservation of the Marblehead Lighthouse are encouraged to attend. 


The Friends of Immaculate Conception Catholic School will host the “Run for the Roses…Kentucky Derby” on Saturday, April 20, at the ICS Gym. This is their 27th Annual Benefit Auction, and the cost is just $25 per person, which includes admission, six drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres. Since seating is limited, you should make your reservations early. 


Attention Golfers! Mark down Friday, May 3, for the 2013 United Way Golf Invitational at Catawba Island Club. They will have shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 12 noon. The cost is $100 per golfer which includes brunch and a BBQ luncheon. Space is limited so register your foursome by April 19. To RSVP, call 419-734-6645 or email MJ Siewert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Port Clinton High School Class of 1978 is holding their 35-year reunion the weekend of August 9-11. Friday night they will be at Dock’s Beach House and Saturday they will hold their formal reunion event at Port Clinton Yacht Club. For more information, leave a message at 419-734-1168 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Want to win a $500 gas card? The Port Clinton 4th of July Committee is partnering with Friendship Food Stores for the month of April at both their stations in the PC area, 1810 E. Perry Street and 3800 State Road. They will be selling raffle tickets with the winner getting a grand prize of $500 gas card. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the 2013 4th of July celebration in Port Clinton. You can purchase your tickets for $1 each of 6 for $5 at any of the stores or you can contact Mike and Mary Ann Snider or Debbie Hymore-Tester. The drawing will be May 1. Good luck!


Interested in gardening but you don’t have the space? Come to the Beech Street Park Community Garden at 3rd and Beech Streets on Port Clinton’s east side on Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m. to learn about organic gardening. If you can’t make it, call Dave Mehl at 419-206-0482 for more information about a 4’ x 8’ raised bed for 2013. Beds are available to any Port Clinton City resident. 

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