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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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The Tin Goose flies again!

 

I got to fly the Ford Tri-Motor last Friday. Not THE Ford Tri-Motor, but the flight simulator at the Liberty Air Museum. I got the plane up and down safely from Carl Keller field to the Put-in-Bay airport. However, we did a hop to Kelleys Island and my landing there wasn’t so smooth. As they say, any landing you walk away from is a good landing!!! The simulators, including one for the P-51 Mustang, will be at the Museum through this coming weekend. Check ‘em out!


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. 


Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Wendy Cortez of Erie Township. She was one of 102 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Treva’s Pet Grooming on page 11A in last week’s Beacon. Wendy 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. 


Last week, we also lost another good friend. R. Neil Merckens, the longtime publisher of the Peninsula News and Republican Political Activist, passed away last week. Neil and Rosemary were fixtures on the peninsula. We spoke many times about the publishing business over the years. His ideas on community publishing and mine have always been very similar. I will miss him. 


Don’t forget the benefit for local troubadour Ronnie Howard this Sunday at Cleats in Marblehead. Ronnie, the lead singer for the band Cruisin’ lost his van and all of his equipment in a fire several weeks ago. The benefit will be this Sunday, April 7, from 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for a special buffet meal and are available at Cleats, Minuteman Press and at The Beacon. That afternoon you can hear Cruisin’, Colin Dussault, Smooth Groove and MORE! 


St. Paul United Church of Christ in Oak Harbor is holding a giant indoor Garage Sale and Vendor Gala this Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church located at 165 Toussaint Street. The sale will have garage sale tables featuring household items, clothing, toys, baby gear, electronics, sports equipment, books, paintings, bikes and more. There will also be a bunch of vendors there as well. They will be serving food also. We are told that this is an event you won’t want to miss. For more information, call Jackie Timmons at 419-898-2045 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


It’s “Quarter Mania”, an afternoon of fun, food and raffles at the Bay Township Fire Hall, 4471 W. Fremont Rd., this Sunday, April 7. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. with the “Mania” getting started at 2 p.m. $5 gets you 1 paddle to bid on items. Additional paddles will be available for $1 each. Bring your quarters! For more information, contact Tina Veverka at 419-704-3335. 


Edgewood Manor in Port Clinton is hosting a FREE light lunch and fall risk assessment on Tuesday, April 9. The assessments will last approximately 15 minutes and will require a reservation. They will be offered every 15 minutes beginning at 1:30 p.m. If you would like a free assessment and lunch, call Carrie McGlothlin at 419-734-5506 or you can e-mail your registration to Carrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Reservations need to be made by this Friday, April 5. 


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. 


Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will speak on Voter Fraud next Thursday evening, April 11, at Anjulina’s Banquet Hall, 2270 W. Hayes Ave. (Rt. 6). This event is co-sponsored by the Ottawa and Sandusky County Women’s Clubs. Social Hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations must be made by this Friday, April 5, by calling Karen Crall at 419-797-9099. 


We are fortunate to have several local folks who are members of the Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus. They will hold their annual Concert at Fostoria High School on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and can probably be purchased at Split Winds Gallery on North Madison Street in Port Clinton. Their website is www.lakeplainschorus.com.

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It's egg huntin' season

Did you hear about popular local singer Ron Howard? Ronnie is the lead singer in the band Cruisin’ and does other performance gigs as well. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, his auto caught fire and he lost everything, I mean everything. He lost the car, which also had all of his sound equipment inside of it. Then he found out his wife forgot to update their insurance premium and voila!!! … no insurance! Well, the good folks at Cleats on the way to Marblehead are holding a benefit for Ronnie on Sunday, April 7 from 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for a special buffet meal and are available at Cleats, Minuteman Press and at The Beacon. That afternoon you can hear Cruisin’, Colin Dussault, Smooth Groove and more. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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Spring is here... kinda, sorta

We have officially moved to the sunny side of the Spring Equinox. From now on the daylight hours are longer than the dark hours. Now, if we could only get Mother Nature to cooperate! 


We have recently updated and upgraded our website, www.thebeacon.net. In the past few weeks, we have worked closely with our webmaster Paul Wallen, our editor Donna Lueke and our graphic design staff to make it a priority to keep our website current, not just once a week, but every day. Every day we are sent or informed about breaking news. Some of it is big news, some of it isn’t. However, it is all local news about local people, places and events. There is no longer a need to wait for your newspaper to arrive in your driveway. You can get local news updates and fresh photos every day, 24/7 on www.thebeacon.net. Check us out. We hope you will be pleasantly surprised. 


Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Karl Busby of Port Clinton. He was one of 131 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A in last week’s Beacon. Karl 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. 


The singing nuns of “Nunsense” are back and heading to Hollywood in the next Playmakers’ musical “Nunsense Boulevard” which opens at the West Sixth Street Theater on April 4. The storyline goes that the nuns think they have been invited to sing at the Hollywood Bowl, and then find out it’s the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama. The five nuns will be portrayed by Sylvia Chappell, Karen Abbott, Angela Fishburn, Louise Retzer and Donielle Yates. 


There will be a very special event held this Saturday, March 23, from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Our Guest Inn and Suites in downtown Port Clinton. It’s Burgers, Brownies and Beer, a special benefit for Lynn Domokos, the manager there, who has been stricken by a debilitating disease that has eaten up just about all of the family savings. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. The menu includes grilled burgers with all the fixings (vegan too), chips, brownie and a soft drink. They will also feature a full bar open that day along with entertainment from the new band Lake Erie Local from 3-6 p.m. Lake Erie Local is a collection of musicians and songwriters including Ron Nisch, Jerry Davenport, Frankie Bickell, Larry Fletcher, Slate Kessler and Ron Miller. Sounds like a fun time.


It’s the annual “all you can eat” Pancake & Sausage Breakfast this Sunday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carroll Township Service Complex, 11080 W. Toussaint-East Rd. north of Oak Harbor. They will feature pancakes, bacon, sausage, OJ, milk and coffee for just $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children under 12. Youngsters 4 and under eat free. Carryouts will also be available. The whole meal is prepared and served by Carroll Township Fire and EMS. 


The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin. The Easter Egg Hunt will be followed by a Candy Hunt in downtown Oak Harbor and then to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where the kids can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny and take photos with the Bunny Family. This event is open to all youngsters aged 12 and under. For more information, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479. 


Don’t forget the benefit for Devin Kohlman, the Port Clinton Middle School Student diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He has been through several surgeries, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The benefit will be Wednesday, March 27 from 6-9 p.m. at Rosie’s Bar and Grill located at the Old Island House at the corner of Second and Madison Streets in downtown Port Clinton. There will be entertainment by Corduroy Road, food and refreshments will be served. They are asking a donation of $20 per person with 100% of the proceeds going to Devin and his mother.  


The Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters hold their 25th Annual Reverse Raffle at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed this Saturday, March 23. The fun-filled night will consist of dinner, drinks, games, silent auction items and the raffle with a $5,000 grand prize. Tickets are $75 each which includes dinner. Doors open at 5:30. All money earned support the Oak Harbor Rockets. That means all 18 programs for both boys and girls. For more information or to donate to their Silent Auction, call Becci Petersen or Lisa Morgan at the Rocket Shop, 419-898-7909 or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fine Art Creations for Community Causes announces their Grand Opening at 136 W. Water Street in downtown Oak Harbor on Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. The new business is owned by Jackie Bodnar. They are currently open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fine Art Creations houses watercolor, oil and photography and they also accept art on consignment. Their ribbon cutting ceremony will be on Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. 


Don’t forget the Lenten Fish Fries. The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus and the folks at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Oak Harbor are hosting fish fries every Friday during Lent. The Port Clinton K of C holds theirs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Denny Bergeman Hall, 109 E Perry Street featuring Lake Erie Perch, shrimp and all you can eat pollock dinners with all the fixings. Desserts are also available. At St. Boniface, the dinners will be from 4-7 p.m. featuring fried or baked fish, and all the fixings. Price for adults is $8, children ages 6-12 are $5, and kids under 5 eat free.  Carryouts are available. The St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will have Perch and Pierogis this Friday, March 22, from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church Hall, 822 Barclay Street. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6.


An Easter Candy Hunt and Easter Bunny visit will be held on Saturday, March 23, in downtown Oak Harbor. The Candy Hunt will begin at 2 p.m. at the Log Cabin at Adolphus Kraemer Park, across from the post office. After the hunt, the Easter Bunny will be available at the Fire Station. The event, sponsored by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, is open to all children ages 12 and under. Bring your own basket and camera. 


The Port Clinton Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 30, starting at 10 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn. All youngsters ages 12 months to 10 years are invited to this event sponsored by the Port Clinton Parks and Recreation Department and Champions for Children. For more information, contact Jenn Porter at City Hall at 419-734-5522, Extension 8.


The third annual Easter Egg Hunt at East Harbor, sponsored by the Friends of East Harbor,  will be held on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 2 p.m. It will begin in front of the Camp Store. In case of inclement weather it will be held at Lockwood Shelter House.  The hunt is open to children ages 0-12, who will be hunting in one of four age groups. Special prizes will be awarded in each age group. There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny and his helper. There is no fee but donations will be accepted. Bring your own baskets. For details, call the park at 419-734-4424, ext. 2.

 

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Retirement, succession plans: "Must Haves" for business owners

If you own a business, you may well follow a “do it now” philosophy — which is, of course, necessary to keep things running smoothly. Still, you also need to think about tomorrow — which means you’ll want to take action on your own retirement and business succession plans. 

Fortunately, you’ve got some attractive options in these areas. For example, you could choose a retirement plan that offers at least two key advantages: potential tax-deferred earnings and a wide array of investment options. Plus, some retirement plans allow you to make tax-deductible contributions.

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Get your green on

A sign of spring surer than robins in the back yard--the Miller Boat Line begins service from Catawba to South Bass Island on Friday, March 15. That’s tomorrow folks! They also begin service to Middle Bass on Friday, March 29.

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March madness, sadness and gladness

More infrastructure work is being done in Port Clinton. Waterline replacement work on Maple Street started on Monday. Ed Burdue is the subcontractor for this work. Due to the age of the water-main infrastructure in the area, it is possible for sudden water loss due to depressurization of the water mains as crews connect existing lines to the new water mains being installed. The City may have to issue boil water advisories to the homes and businesses affected. They will be lifted as soon as testing results allow. Questions can be directed to City Hall at 419-734-5522.

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Finding Wiley in Las Vegas, Nevada

I found Wiley!!! No, not Wylie Walleye, Larry Wiley, the star running back of the undefeated Port Clinton football team of 1962. I had a Publishers Business Summit in Las Vegas last Saturday. I couldn’t get a flight out until late Sunday, so I made arrangements to spend some time with Larry Wiley who lives in Vegas with his lovely wife Catherine (Coleman) who graduated from PCHS in 1965. They hope to come “home” in July for the Class of 1963’s 50 year reunion and a special reunion of the ’62 football team in September. I learned all about the football teams of the early 1960’s. Larry picked me up at the hotel and took me to his home. Catherine, an avid LA Laker fan, also served me a steak dinner topped off by a delicious slice of Apple Pie. They couldn’t have been more hospitable. I can tell you, Larry still can’t get over the only blemish on the record of that team, a 6-6 tie with Perrysburg that cost them a perfect season and the outright Northern Lakes League championship.

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