Telltales by John Schaffner

Most of you know that I have lived here most of my life (50 years) and that I am a proud graduate of Port Clinton High School.

Every now and then an event happens that just fills me with pride. Such a moment happened on Sunday when I viewed the thrilling video of the Port Clinton High School Marching Band performing “Fat Bottom Girl” during the Skull Session at St. John Arena at THE Ohio State University last Saturday. When the crowd and the OSU Marching Band rise as one to give our kids a standing ovation, chills go up my spine! It was well deserved because these kids put out quite a sound and put on one helluva show. Congrats to Director Rod Miller and the PCHS Marching Band. We have the entire video posted online at Check it out. It will send chills up and down your spine too.

Speaking of graduates of PCHS, old friend Gary Quisno, who retired from coaching a couple of years ago, is back. He is the offensive coordinator for the Perkins High School football team who will be playing Bellevue this weekend in the State Playoffs. Rumor has it he is having a great time. Perkins has certainly had quite a season.

Our Find Wylie winner is Mary K. Nodge from Port Clinton who was among 184 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Firelands Hospital Physicians Group on page 9A in last week’s Beacon. Mary K. 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,

I understand there are still some tickets available for the annual Port Clinton Boosters Reverse Raffle for this Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the meal served at 6 p.m. The raffle officially starts at 7 p.m. You do not need to be present to win. Contact any PCAB officer or trustee for tickets .

The Volunteers of the Magruder Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop invite you to this year’s Holiday Open House on Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be music, merchandise, perfect gifts, a great selection of ornaments, delicious snacks, punch and a visit from Santa. There will also be an opportunity to buy a raffle ticket for the $500 cash giveaway to be drawn Dec. 21. Money raised at the Gift Shop go to special projects at Magruder Hospital.

This Saturday Alexa Haskin will be holding a bake sale to benefit Devin Kohlman, a Port Clinton Middle School student who is waging a courageous battle with cancer. The event will be held at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge, 231 Buckeye Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Baked goods donated by community members will be offered for a donation, along with raffles for gift certificates, baked goods, etc. Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. For more information or to volunteer to bake, contact Alexa Haskin at 419-707-9775 or Amy Adkins at 419-573-9145. Both may also be found on Facebook.

I got a note this week from Mary Snyder from Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in downtown Port Clinton. She will be donating $5 for each $10 wrapped fall cash and carry bouquet to the Red Cross to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Mary is a throwback to what being a downtown merchant is all about. 

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making one more visit to our area on Friday. They will be at Magruder Hospital on Friday, November 9 from10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

My friends at Port Clinton Ford present “Go Further with Ford Night” next Thursday, November 15, a free fundraising event that will benefit the Port Clinton Athletic Boosters. It is a free fundraising event. They want to engage their customers in “Random Acts of Fusion”. While there, folks will get a chance to look at the all new 2013 Ford Fusion and test their judging skills with American Idol and compete to win a unique VIP experience during the show’s 12th Season. Sounds like fun.

First National Bank and its employees will again be celebrating the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry by wearing football fan attire in exchange for donations to area food pantries. The bank lobbies will be decorated for the festivities and customers also have a chance to participate in the food collection by dropping donations in favorite team boxes at all First National bank locations.

The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) “Dancing with the Ottawa County Stars” event will be held on Nov. 17 at The Camp Perry Conference Center. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the dancing will begin at 7:30. Tickets are $30 each and include hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are available at NBOH Oak Harbor and Port Clinton offices or through the CASA office at 419-301-0225. One of the new participants this year will be Marblehead Mayor Jackie Bird. She is holding a special fundraiser this Saturday at Wee Willy’s Sports Pub starting at 7 p.m. A $5 donation gets you in for fun, food and friends. Another new contestant will be Bert Fall, who will be tending bar at the Thirsty Pirate starting at 3 p.m. this Tuesday, Nov. 13. Bert is donating all his tips for the CASA event.

This Sunday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring an “all you can eat” Pancake and Sausage Family Breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church beginning at 9 a.m. They are asking a donation of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children under 12. Proceeds help fund patriotic activities and programs.

There will be a Free Developmental Screening for all children ages 3 and 4 years old residing in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District on Friday, Nov. 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center Lobby at Oak Harbor High School. They will be screening for hearing, vision, motor skills, concept development and speech & language development. It is by appointment only, so call the BCS Student Services Office at 419-898-3280 to schedule an appointment.

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 a.m. 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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