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.


Happy Memorial Day!

It is Memorial Day Weekend and the traffic in our area will be crazy, so just take your time and enjoy the ride if you have to get somewhere, especially in the area close to the Walleye John SchaffnerFestival near downtown Port Clinton. Also, remember what this weekend is REALLY all about. It is about honoring the memories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. Port Clinton’s Memorial Day services begin at 9 a.m. at Port Clinton Yacht Club to honor those who lost their lives at sea. At 10 a.m. the Memorial Day Parade will form at the Middle School and proceed to the newly refurbished Veterans Park on Monroe Street. Lt. Col. Barbara Herrington-Clemens, Garrison Commander at the Camp Perry Training Center, will give the principal address.


Rally for the Kids!

The Knoll Crest Shopping Center parking lot will be the site for a very special event this Saturday, May 19. It is a Rally for Kids in support of CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — and Joyful Connections. There will be gobs of activities for young and old alike. All of the activities for the kids will be free. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s office will be there for child Schaffnerfingerprinting. There will also be a 5K run/walk, a Cornhole Tournament, a sidewalk sale with 20 vendors, basket raffles, food and a Grocery Run Raffle for a 3-minute shopping spree at Bassett’s Market. So, make it a point to stop by and join in the fun this Saturday.

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