BY JOHN SCHAFFNER
Surprise! You are getting your Beacon a day early this week!
That is, of course, because of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday. We hope you will enjoy a warm and happy Thanksgiving with your family. We are giving our employees an extra day off so The Beacon office will be closed on Friday, Nov. 23. I’ll be hiding somewhere in my office doing the 2013 budget. We are drawing near to our 30th Anniversary observance. When we started this way back in 1983, I never dreamed of still working at it in 2013. There are many people to thank for our success; our loyal customers are #1. The folks who have worked at The Beacon over those 30 years are right behind. But none of it would work without YOU…our readers. Because you pick up your Beacon every week and read it, many of you cover to cover, we have been able to deliver an important service to the communities we serve. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving…my personal thanks to you all!
While we are on the subject of the holidays, one of our favorite Holiday traditions is The Mitten Tree. Every year about this time we put up a tree in our foyer. All kinds of folks from the community come in and decorate it with mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to help keep little hands, heads and hearts warm this winter. The Mitten Tree is up now and we await your contributions so we can once again have Salvation Army distribute them before Christmas.
Our Find Wylie winner is Erasmo Lopez who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Keith Fleming Home Furnishings on page 5A in last week’s Beacon. Erasmo 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.
With this Friday being the infamous “Black Friday” I’d like to make a pitch to buy local. Maybe I’m a little old fashioned but I enjoy shopping at stores where they know my name when I walk in. I like the feel of somebody saying “Hi John, Merry Christmas!” One place to shop this year just might be the Portage Re-Sale Shop that recently located on West Second Street in Port Clinton where the old Heinemann’s Distributing Company was located. Their Grand Opening is coming up in a week or so. Remember that the profits from there go to local charities.
The Catawba Island Township Volunteer Fire Department is underway with their Annual Food Drive. Folks on Catawba are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the Administration Building on Cemetery Rd. There are boxes in the lobby for your items which will be collected through Dec. 16.
A very special documentary motion picture is being premiered in Port Clinton on Nov. 29, next Thursday. The movie is titled “Heroes Behind the Badge” and is a documentary featuring some of the brave men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line while protecting and serving you and me. Some survived. Some did not. A special screening of this film will be held next Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Ohio COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors). The sister of Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry (Fast and Furious) and film producer Brian Erfurth will be available afterward to answer questions.
We got word that Jonathan Brown played in the Northwest Ohio District Senior All Star Game on Sunday. He scored three goals in the match and was named offensive player of the game.
The Port Clinton Braves youth football team has joined forces with Underwood’s Restaurant to help the family of Devin Kohlman. They are having a series of Benefit Nights with 50% of the sales going to Devin’s family. The dates are Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, all Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m.
I can report lots of good news on the Tall Ships front. The committee met with officials of the Perry Group last week and it appears that there is a good chance we may have more than one Tall Ship to dock at Port Clinton next Labor Day weekend. It is all a part of a large celebration focused on the Bi-Centennial of the Battle of Lake Erie. Stay tuned for updates. The committee, headed up by former PC Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester, is gearing up now and getting organized.
Speaking of that, the Superintendent of Perry’s Memorial on Put-in-Bay, Blanca Stransky, is looking for help with another project focused on the Battle of Lake Erie. Blanca has spoken to representatives from the U.S. Navy concerning the possibility of bringing in one or two navy ships to our area from Aug. 29 to Sept. 10, 2013. The Navy is interested in having host communities provide opportunities for outreach programs, community service projects and fun activities for their sailors. Larry Fletcher has already come up with some good ideas, like some target shooting at the air-gun range at Camp Perry or a ride on the PT Boat owned by Liberty Air Museum. If you have any, get in touch with Larry or Duane Myers at Lake Erie Shores and Islands, 419-734-4386, extension 223.
The Promotion Committee of Main Street Port Clinton is busy with the community Christmas celebration for Saturday, Dec. 1. They are having a Community Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. with local businesses and organizations competing for awards for the best float. Parade applications can be picked up at the Chamber office, 110 Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Saturday is the day! THE GAME! The unbeaten Ohio State Buckeyes play host to a much improved team from the University of Michigan. This is the week that Judge Fritz Hany doesn’t have many friends! First National Bank and its employees will again be celebrating rivalry by wearing football fan attire in exchange for donations to area food pantries. The bank lobbies are decorated for the festivities and customers have a chance to participate in the food collection by dropping donations in favorite team boxes at all First National bank locations. GO BUCKS!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!