Telltales by John Schaffner

We’re just one week away from the biggest party of the year…the Gem Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion. It was about 20 years ago when Bob Hille and I first spoke about doing an all-day Woodstock-style rock concert out at Gem Beach to commemorate the place where he and I, along with thousands of other baby boomers, misspent so many hours of our youthful adolescence.
When I served as Chairman for United Way five years ago, I asked the question: “How do other resort-market United Way agencies raise funds?”
Chris Galvin told me directly, “Events!”
“Well,” I said, “I have an idea for a fundraising event.”
Thus the Gem Beach Rock ‘n Roll Reunion was born, and so it continues today…or at least on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon to 8 p.m. Four bands playing all those oldies! What a party!!!


OSU band to be featured in 2013 celebration

CORRECTION: In the story about the Tall Ships organizers last week, we made a slight error, well maybe not so slight! We reported that the Ohio State University Marching Band would be leading a parade on Sept. 1, 2012. Whoops! They will be here for the Tall Ships Celebration on Sept. 1, 2013, not this coming Labor Day weekend. They will be at the Port Clinton-Margaretta football game on Friday, Sept. 28, at True Lay Stadium. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

The American Cancer Society of Northwest Ohio is making it “5 o’clock in Port Clinton” all weekend long. Events include: “Island Doctor” at Kokomo Bay from 8 to midnight; the second annual Duck Drop at Monsoon Lagoon Saturday starting at 11 a.m.; the fourth annual Chemo Crawl from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday starting at Our Guest Inn and Suites in downtown Port Clinton; a reverse raffle at Mango Mamas at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and music with DJ Dale from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday night. For more information on how to participate, call 419-734-7111.

Our Find Wylie winner this week is Mike Freeh, of Fremont, who was among the 164 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the gutter in the ad for Gutter Topper on page 4B in last week’s Beacon. Mike wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores plus two tickets to Gem Beach Rocks Again on Sept. 8. 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

St. Paul Lutheran Women will host their annual Peach Social this Saturday, Aug. 18, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the church Fellowship Hall at 541 S. Church Road in Danbury Township. They will feature homemade chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, homemade pie, ice cream, locally grown peaches, salads and beverages.

The Kelleys Island Homecoming is this Saturday, Aug. 18, in case you needed an excuse to go and visit the island. This year they will have music and a magician, a nature exhibit and show from Mona Rutger and “Back to the Wild.” They will also have plenty of food, beverages, games and a shoppers market, and that doesn’t even touch the surface of what all is going on! The theme this year is “Celebrate Kelleys Island”. For more information, go to their Web Site at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Danbury High School Class of 1987 is holding its 25-year class reunion this weekend. They will meet up at 7 p.m. Friday night, Aug. 17, at Jamestown Tavern. Saturday they will have a tour of the school at 11 a.m. and then head to the beach at Bay Point afterward. They will enjoy refreshments at the pavilion there followed by even more frivolity at the Shores Club. The plan is to include any individual that was in the class at anytime throughout grades K-12.

The Port Clinton Elks Lodge is bringing back its famous Stag-er-oo, only now the name has been changed to the “Stag-er-oo & Ladies Too.” It will all take place at the lodge on Buckeye BoulevardSchaffner starting at 11 a.m. and goes all the way until 10 p.m. There will be raffles, blackjack, the big six wheel, bingo and a Cornhole Tournament. Entry is $20 which gets you admittance, lunch and dinner! Lunch will be wings, sandwiches and the works. Dinner is a repeat of the lunch menu plus a big serving of Lake Erie Yellow Perch! Tickets are available at the Lodge, as well as Danbury Hardware, Port Clinton Ford, Frederick Insurance, Dublin Commercial Services, Lakeland Auto and Marine and National Bank of Ohio.

Don’t forget The Friends of Port Clinton Parks Annual Flea Market/Garage Sale at Lakeview Park this Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In response to popular demand, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to add a second Village Wide Garage Sale this year. The sale dates will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. If you would like to be added to the list of sales, call the Chamber at 419-898-0479. The lists, when completed, will be available at the Chamber office and at the Oak Harbor Public Library.

The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club is launching a brand new fundraising event … “An Evening at the Races” on Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall on Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton. Tickets are on sale for $25 per person, which includes dinner, one drink ticket and lots of betting opportunities. It should be a lot of fun, so put it on your calendar right now! I have tickets available at The Beacon.


Congrats to new fair king, queen

The Ottawa County Fair is up and running through this Sunday (no wonder it was 100-degrees on Tuesday!). One of the great traditions is to crown the Junior Fair King and Queen on Monday night, the first night of the fair. Congratulations to Anna Johnson and Zachary Estes, the Ottawa County Fair’s 2012 Junior Fair King and Queen. The Fair is located on Ohio 163 between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor.
One of the other plusses about the Ottawa County Fair is the opportunity for local folks to meet and talk to the local candidates who will be running this coming November. Both the Republicans and Democrats have booths there to facilitate that meet and greet idea. Also, the Ottawa County Republicans have opened their new headquarters at the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus Hall at 109 E. Perry St. in Port Clinton. They will hold an open house there from 6 to 8 p.m. this Monday, July 23.

Our Find Wylie winner this week is Vicki Valentine from Catawba who was among the 142 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for Re-Max on page 4B in last week’s Beacon. Vicki 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,

Debi Hahn of Catawba turned 60 last weekend and her husband Steve Hahn made a donation of $800 to the Catawba Volunteer Fire Department in her honor which was matched by a donation from Prudential Financial Services. Steve also bought 55 chicken dinners at the CIVFD’s barbecue last Saturday night for a party for Debi. We also heard that longtime Catawba Island Township worker and former Fire Chief Dan Barlow was stricken while at the barbecue and had to be taken by Life Flight. We hope and pray that he will be OK.

For more than 40 years, Geoff Elliott has studied the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. He is coming to the Ida Rupp Public Library at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, to share his knowledge of this fascinating, complex and even controversial man.

The Ottawa County Humane Society and the Fort Firelands Family Campground are teaming up for a “Potluck for Paws” event at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Admission is free. There will be Bluegrass music to enjoy, 50/50 raffles, a Chinese auction, kids’ games and prizes. And of course, lots of animals! So bring a dish to share and your lawn chairs for a good time this Saturday. Fort Firelands is located at 5650 E. Harbor Road at the junction of Ohio 269 and 163.

The date has been set for the fifth annual Gem Beach Rocks event. It will be held again from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept.8, at Gem Beach. Four bands will be playing for your enjoyment all day long. For information, log onto or call 419-734-6645.

The second annual Conestoga West End 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11. They will start at 10 a.m. and go until the last team wins. The cost is $10 per player for a team of three or four players. A T-shirt and officials will be provided. For information, call Lee Horne at 419-573-9432 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Following the tournament there will be a neighborhood party with hamburgers, hot dogs, a DJ, kids games, prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a dunk tank featuring Mayor Vince Leone and Police Chief Rob Hickman. That ought to be fun to watch!

The Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary is holding a Poker Run starting from the Excuses Lounge at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Strub Road. in Sandusky on Saturday, Aug. 11. The entry fee is $15 per person and $25 per couple which includes a meal at Excuses Lounge. Registration is at 10 a.m. with the first bike out at 11 a.m. For information call the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary at 419-960-7487.

On Saturday, July 28, there will be an indoor/outdoor Flea Market at Harbor Lanes on Buckeye Boulevard in Port Clinton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reserve your spot now with only 15 spaces available inside. For information, call Sue at 419-734-2695.


Parade of Homes a huge success!

The interest in our area was once again demonstrated to us this past weekend during the 2012 Parade of Homes. We had literally thousands of folks touring all of the top developments in our area. All of our customers on the Tour of Homes told us that they had incredible traffic over the weekend and will be able to spend the next several weeks just following up on the serious prospects. My thanks to our sponsors and to the developers for helping make the 5th Annual Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes a HUGE SUCCESS!!!


Parade of Homes is here!

This is it! The Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes is this coming weekend. Be sure to check out our 40-page special section inserted into this week’s Beacon for all the particulars. Extra copies will be available at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor’s Center and at Bassett’s Market. It all kicks off Thursday night at the Crow’s Nest on Ohio 269 N. on Marblehead from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a special wine tasting and lots of hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. We have a tremendous group of developments in our area that will have some fantastic condos, villas, etc. on display. Hours of the tour are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 on Sunday.


Locals among top performers in Mills Trophy Race

We had a lot of local folks as well as folks with local ties perform well in last weekend’s Mills Trophy Yacht Race. Jim Fredericks and his crew got first place in the multi hull class sailing Big Storm. My nephew Chip Schaffner was tactician aboard the J-122 First Tracks took first in class and second overall on the long course —72 miles. Dave Caracci of Catawba sailed his 24-foot Cracker Jack to first place in JAM D. Also Rob Kyle, a member of Port Clinton Yacht Club, sailed Sally Jo to second place in his class.


Faith United Methodist Flea Market June 23

Another correction!!! We apologize for giving you the wrong date for the Faith United Methodist Women’s Group’s Fabulous Flea Market, Artists and Crafters Show at Port Clinton’s City Park. It will be held from 9John Schaffner a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, not on Tuesday, July 31, as we reported. They are looking for Flea Market and Garage Sale Vendors. If you are interested, call Stacy at 419-635-2257. For me to make two mistakes in two weeks is unheard of!!! I usually only make one or two a year!!!


The demise of the estate tax

An estate tax is a tax levied for the honor of dying. There were only 17 states that levied this tax. This January there will only be 16. Jeff Roth
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Ohio Estate Tax is no longer. This tax was one of several reasons why Ohioans would exit the state and establish residency in a non-tax state.  Gov. Kasich vowed to repeal this tax if elected and he has followed through with his promise. This tax was 7 percent of all of a deceased individual’s assets over $338,333. This was the lowest exemption amount in the nation.
It is anticipated that the repeal will entice those couples to return to Ohio. These same couples also moved to a state that has no income tax so it will be interesting to see if the repeal will be enough to have them return.
The reason for the delay in its starting date was to give villages, townships and cities time to correct future budgets reflecting the eliminations of the funds. These entities received eighty percent (80%) of the estate tax revenue. Actually, I am not sure how the municipalities and especially the townships will replace this revenue but there has been very little complaining and it appears that the repeal will stand.


Redbone Walleye Tournament June 21-22

Correction!!! We gave you the wrong dates for the Ken Landon Family Lake Erie Fishing Classic. It will be held Thursday and Friday, June 21 and 22, not June 14 and 15 as we reported John Schaffnerlast week. It will still be held at Catawba Island Club. It is still a Redbone Walleye Tournament that was started 10 years ago by Susan and Ken Landon to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Susan passed away much too soon last year after a long battle with cancer. The event is one of the biggest on Lake Erie. Angler Boat Entrée Fee is $1,100 (four people). For information, contact Glenda or Len Partin at Jack Bradley Realty, 419-734-5551, or you can visit their website at Once again, when we screw up, I make sure the correction appears prominently!


529 Plan Can Help

Now that another school year is drawing to a close, your young children are a step closer to the day when they’ll be heading off to college. Of course, as you’re probably aware, higher Gary Cooneducation doesn’t come cheap — and the costs seem to continuously climb. You can help your children — or even your grandchildren — meet these expenses by investing in a 529 plan. And this college savings vehicle offers estate-planning benefits.
As a college funding vehicle, a 529 plan offers some significant benefits. When you contribute to a 529 plan, your earnings accumulate tax free, provided they are used for qualified higher education expenses. (Keep in mind, though, that 529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10% IRS penalty.) Furthermore, your 529 plan contributions may be deductible from your state taxes. However, 529 plans vary, so be sure to check with your tax advisor. And the lifetime contribution limits for 529 plans are quite generous; while these limits vary by state, many plans allow contributions well in excess of $200,000. Plus, a 529 plan is flexible: If the child, grandchild or other beneficiary decides against college, you can transfer the unused funds to someone else, tax and penalty free.

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