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Telltales by John Schaffner

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We are adding new features and stories every day to help you remain current with community news about Port Clinton, Catawba, Marblehead and Oak Harbor. Since this is election time and to assist you in your voting choices, we are making the video of the Thursday, Oct. 11 Candidates and Issues forum held at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge available online.

Tonight is the Celebrity Waiter event at Mon Ami. All the gratuities from those dining there tonight will be donated to the local programs of the Port Clinton Business and Professional Women’s group. This week is BPW week in Ohio. The members of BPW strive toward the objectives of economic and workplace equity for working women. There is a special BPW display in the front window of the Frederick Agency across from the Port Clinton post office through Friday. Check it out.

Our Find Wylie winner is Nancy Rudes from Port Clinton who was among 223 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Discount Flooring and Design on page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Nancy 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.

Don’t forget that this Saturday, Oct. 27, is national “Make A Difference Day”, an opportunity for anyone to find a project to help or clean up our communities. One of those organizations you might like to help is the Humane Society of Ottawa County who will be hosting two days this weekend to clean things up inside and outside around the construction area of their new expansion. Anyone who shows up either day will get a chance to win a gas card or pizza certificates.

Halloween is coming up quickly. Main Street Port Clinton is inviting all young “ghosts and goblins” to downtown for special trick or treat fun. Look for the pumpkin in participating business’s windows from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 27.

There will be a Rummage Sale this Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 165 Toussaint Street in Oak Harbor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everything will be half price after 1 p.m. For more information, contact Jackie Timmons at 419-898-2045 or if you have items you would like to donate.

Saturday is also the Downtown Farmers’ Market in downtown Oak Harbor from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will also be holding a costume contest for children under age 12 at 11 a.m. There will be costume winners in several categories and lots of great vendors with fresh farm produce, cut flowers and all types of plants, fruit, cider handmade crafts, garden décor, antiques, art, music, jewelry and gourmet food items. Call the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in being a vendor at 419-898-0479.

Then on Sunday, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring an all-you-can-eat sausage gravy, biscuits and scrambled eggs family breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church beginning at 9 a.m. The menu also includes homemade rolls, homemade applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and juice. They are asking for a donation of $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children under 12.

The Salvation Army’s Port Clinton Service Center will be holding their 19th Annual “Red Kettle Campaign” Kickoff Celebration and signup to ring the bell this Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 a.m. at Catawba Island Club. Breakfast will be provided. Local Salvation Army coordinator Maureen Saponari asks everybody to join them to help ring in the holiday season by volunteering a couple of hours to help make miracles happen throughout the year.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 3, as the Men of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church present their all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner from 6-8 p.m. Adult dinners are just $8 while children under 13 can eat for just $5. Carryouts are available. Takeout sauce is also available for just $7 per quart. All proceeds for this event benefit the parish. The event is held at the ICS Gym.

Cleats is holding its 2nd Annual Athletics Fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. It is a Chili Cook-off and all proceeds are shared between Danbury and Port Clinton youth athletics. For $20 you can show off your skills and enter the cook-off or simply go to Cleats and enjoy the fare for $10. Entries are due by this Sunday, Oct. 28. The winner of the Peoples Choice award gets a $100+ gift basket, while the Judge’s Choice award gets a $50+ gift basket.

Well, I guess now that the trees are turning colors and the calendar reads mid October, it is time to start thinking of Christmas. Well, here’s a neat idea. Why not ask Santa Claus to come visit your house? Santa has agreed to make private home visits here while his elves are busy. What a great idea for your kids and grandkids. Or your neighbor kids. Or your kids’ school or pre-school. Or your church group or office party. To schedule a time or date for a visit (adult parents and grandparents only please) please call 419-734-0515. The cost of a visit is $50 per half hour with $10 of each visit going to the Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration.

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