Tell Tales by John Schaffner


This Saturday is THE BIG DAY. As Gem Beach Rocks Again! four great bands will be playing for eight continuous hours near the site of the original Gem Beach Dance Hall that was so popular back in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. We are bringing it all back, The Cage, the music, the fun and laughter, Saturday, Noon to 8 p.m.

Beginning Sept. 10, Danbury Township will have new recycling containers, more frequent pickups and will be located at 419 S. Bridge Rd., which is also the site of the Police Station. This service is available 7 days a week during daylight hours and is only for residential use, not for businesses. They accept glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, plastics stamped #1 and #2 as well as plastic containers stamped #3 through #7, flattened cardboard boxes and cartons (including soy milk cartons), junk mail, office paper, phone books, magazines and newspapers, including inserts. Bottles, jars, cans and cartons must be rinsed and the lids need to be removed. All containers that hold liquid must be emptied.

We made Wylie Walleye very hard to find last week. Our Find Wylie winner is Frances Szabo, who was among only 78 contestants who found Wylie hiding on the shoulder of one of the entertainers in the ad for The Listening Room on page 12A in last week’s Beacon. Frances wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores PLUS 2 tickets to Gem Beach Rocks Again on September 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,

Three Red Cross Bloodmobiles are coming to our area this weekend. On Friday, Sept. 7, the Bloodmobile will be at Magruder Hospital from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, they will be at Catawba Township Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finally, The Bloodmobile will be making a visit to St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Marblehead on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from Noon to 5 p.m. Please take one of these opportunities to give the gift of life to a total stranger by giving blood.

The non-profit program, Riders Unlimited, is seeking hay. The therapeutic horseback riding program that really does wonderful things for handicapped individuals needs hay donated or offered at a reasonable price so their horses have plenty for the winter. For more information, contact Rebekah Recker at 419-898-6164 or 419-307-0222.

Congratulations to my old friend Bryan Huntley from Sandusky Sailing Club who was the winner of the coveted Green Jacket, emblematic of victory in PHRF Overall in last weekend’s Green Island Race. Also congrats to the team of Thomas and Park McRitchie of Port Clinton Yacht Club who won first place honors in PHRF A Division.

The Port Clinton Artists Club had new signs created this year for their Arts in the Park event. One of their big signs was stolen. They cost the club $565 each and they planned on changing the date on the sign for the upcoming events each year. To say the least, they would like the sign returned. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the sign, call Barbara Radebaugh at 419-341-0390.

The Port Clinton High School Class of 1967 is holding their 45th year Class Reunion the weekend of Sept. 8 and 9. They will meet up on Friday night, Sept. 7 at Bell Mell’s at 7 p.m. On Saturday they will have a table reserved at the Gem Beach Rocks Again event before heading to the Elks Lodge for dinner.

Once again, the more than 250 American Flags you saw lining E. Perry Street and Fremont Road in Port Clinton over the weekend didn’t get there by accident. They were placed there by the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club.

The 2012 Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 10 at the CIC golf links. Registration is $110 per player for the four person scramble. Interested players can sign up at the Chamber office at 110 Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton. They are also hosting a “Mini Golf” event at Island Adventures for just $40 per player. For more information, call the Chamber at 419-734-5503.


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