Telltales by John Schaffner

 Next Tuesday is Election Day. We have a number of important local races as well as several State Issues. But for most of us political junkies, it’s all about the Presidential race and the US Senate Race.

As you know, The Beacon does not endorse candidates…never have. This much I think I can say, the last four years have been extremely difficult, not just in Ottawa County, but everywhere. Small businesses, including The Beacon, are getting squeezed. Some may not survive. Four times in my lifetime I have seen income tax rate cuts stimulate the economy and actually generate MORE revenue for the federal government. The first time it happened it was proposed by John Kennedy. The second time it was by Ronald Reagan. The third time was 10 years ago under George Bush. They always worked. I fear for America’s future if we continue down the current path. That’s all I want to say, except please vote next Tuesday. It is not your right. It is your privilege.

I had a great time serving as a judge for the Port Clinton Rotary Pizza Challenge last week. Congratulations to the winners… Bruno’s had the Best Pepperoni Pizza, and Papa Jimmie’s had the Best Specialty Pizza. Papa Jimmies also took first place in the People’s Choice award, with Cameo taking second and Sloopy’s third. And the best part, all of the dollars raised go to the many good works that Rotary does in the community.

Our Find Wylie winner is Carol Even from Catawba who was among 218 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Underwoods on page 11A in last week’s Beacon. Carol 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,

We have new Trick or Treat times for Port Clinton and Danbury. In Port Clinton it will all take place this Sunday, Nov. 4, from 5-7 p.m. In Danbury Township and the Village of Marblehead it will be this Friday, Nov. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Don’t forget that this Saturday, Nov. 3, 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.

The Salvation Army’s Port Clinton Service Center holds their 19th Annual “Red Kettle Campaign” Kickoff Celebration and signup to ring the bell this morning, 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.

There will be a Holiday Open House this weekend at many of your favorite Marblehead shops. Friday hours are 11-7 while the hours for Saturday and Sunday are 11-5. I guess now that Halloween is over, it’s time to usher in the Christmas season.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making three visits to our area in the next 9 days. They will be at the Port Clinton Moose Lodge from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Monday, Nov. 5. They will be at the Wesley Lodge in Lakeside from Noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Finally they will be at Magruder Hospital on Friday, Nov. 9 from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three opportunities for you to give the gift of life to a total stranger, a nice way to start the holiday season.

Be sure to wish a Happy 40th Birthday to Rich Gillum next time you see him. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.

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. $20 to show off your skills and enter the cook-off or simply go to Cleats and enjoy the fare for $10. The winner of the Peoples Choice award gets a $100+ gift basket, while the Judge’s Choice award gets a $50+ gift basket.

This Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., the port Clinton Business and Professional Women (BPW) will hold their first “Power Hour” of shopping at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson Street in Port Clinton. BPW business owners will be offering products, gift certificates and sharing their passion on other organizations that make Port Clinton the community that it is. Over 10 local businesses will be represented. The event is free and open to the public.

Applications are now available at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, Catawba Island Club, and online for the Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 10 am. The cost to participate is $20 for adults or $25 the day of the event. New for 2012 is a special youth price of $10 during preregistration and $15 at the event for those 12 and under. 100% of the entry fees will benefit the Jessica Schenk Memorial Scholar/Athlete Scholarship fund. This award is given to Port Clinton High School seniors who will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution and who excelled in athletics, scholarship, and community involvement during high school. Raffle tickets are also on sale for a handmade quilt being raffled at the Turkey Chase. The tickets are $5 for one or $25 for six and the winner need not be present. They are also available at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe and the Catawba Island Club. For more information or to download an entry form, please call Ginger Schenk at (419) 797-4959 or visit

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