“Back to the Wild” wildlife rehabilitation

Jacob Tetzloff and Mona Rutger & Eagle Jacob Tetzloff and Mona Rutger & Eagle

It has been fun to watch young Jacob Tetzloff grow up. He is the son of Glen Tetzloff, our bass player in The Travelin’ Lounge Lizards band, and he recently achieved Eagle Scout.

His project was to improve an area used to educate youngsters at the “Back to the Wild” wildlife rehabilitation and nature education center in Castalia. He had to replace rotting railroad ties in a seating area with concrete pavers. Jacob is 17 and a senior at Margaretta High School. He has earned 33 merit badges and is also a musician (imagine that). He is pictured here with Mona Rutger, the owner of “Back to the Wild”.

Ten years ago this week, big parts of Port Clinton were cleaning up after a major tornado struck. The hardest hit areas were on Port Clinton’s southwest corner south of the High School, the area just south of Lakeview Park and the condominiums along the lakeshore. A number of homes on Catawba Island were destroyed as well. We all remember what a great job Salvation Army and the Red Cross did in helping with the cleanup and assisting those who lost their homes. Parts of Magruder Hospital were hit as well as the tornado made a devastating path from just south of Port Clinton High School, traveling northeast to the Lake, taking out a number of the condos across from the Port Clinton Plaza. Miraculously, nobody was seriously hurt.

Speaking of Salvation Army, I had the good fortune to attend the 2012 Red Kettle Kickoff breakfast at Catawba Island Club last week. Last year the volunteer bell ringers raised over $60,000 for Salvation Army. Their 2012 Goal is $62,000. So next time you go shopping, or every time you go shopping this holiday season, be sure to put some jingle into the Red Kettle.

Our Find Wylie winner is Vickie Kozak of Marblehead who was among 126 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Bailey’s Tree and Landscape on page 8A in last week’s Beacon. Vickie 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,

The Oak House, 333 Buckeye Blvd. in Port Clinton, is holding a Holiday Craft Bazaar this Friday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You’re invited to come in and browse through a great selection of Holiday Gifts from the Oak House. Members will have a nice selection of hand-crafted cards, paperweights, holiday gift baskets, table favors, numerous holiday wreaths and much more.

My friends at Port Clinton Ford present “Go Further with Ford Night” TONIGHT, Thursday, Nov. 15, a fundraising event that will benefit the Port Clinton Athletic Boosters. This free event is being held from 4-9 p.m. 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. Be sure to check out their ad on the back page of B Section this week.

Congratulations to Oak Harbor High School teacher Scott Schulte, who is being recognized by his high school alma mater. Scott is a 1990 graduate of Delphos St. John and is being inducted on November 25 in the school’s Hall of Fame.

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.

The new Friendship station at the corner of Perry Street and Buckeye Blvd. in Port Clinton is progressing nicely. I spoke with Brian Beck last week who wanted me to remind all of their customers at the Sunoco Friendship station on E. Perry Street that the Sunoco station will be closed and that the new station will be a Marathon service station. Therefore, the old Sunoco credit cards won’t work there. Brian and his staff are offering new Marathon cards and have applications available now.

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. 

The Community Thanksgiving Feast for the Port Clinton area will be held on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at the corner of Second and Adams Streets. Everyone is welcome! For more information, call 419-967-0185 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Delivery service will be available for shut-ins.

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet this Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. The speaker will be Oak Harbor Historian Richard Martin who will talk about his “Interesting Discoveries from the Ottawa County Exponent”.

Don’t forget that Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in downtown Port Clinton 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 and forward to what being a downtown merchant is all about.

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