Once again, through the generosity of hundreds of you out there, our Mitten Tree got all filled up with its very special ornaments, mittens, gloves, caps and scarves. We had a pickup from the Salvation Army on Tuesday morning, and they will make their final pickup on Monday, Dec.10. So there is still time to make a contribution. We also have a box in our office from Salvation Army for coats, other clothing items and toys so you can fill them up here. As always, the true spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Ottawa County.
My big brother Chuck, who continues to enjoy his retirement from Delphi, reaches an historic landmark this Friday, Dec. 7. He turns 70. Yes, he was born one year after Pearl Harbor. As a family, we often discussed which event turned out to be the greatest American tragedy.
Our Find Wylie winner is Jay Bickley from Lakeside who was one of 119 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Barnes Nursery on page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Jay 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 Web Site, www.thebeacon.net.
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce announces that Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to visit with children at the Log Cabin in Oak Harbor this Friday, Dec. 7 and the following Friday, Dec. 14 from 6-8 p.m. For those who would like to write to Santa and have your letter answered, you can drop your letter off at the big mailbox at the Log Cabin or the mailbox located inside the lobby of Community Market in Oak Harbor. Santa promises that all letters received by Dec. 20 will be answered.
Ottawa County Senior Resources invites the community, caretakers and seniors to the Annual Holiday Open House and Resource Fair this Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverview Healthcare Campus on State Route 163 between Oak Harbor and Port Clinton. There will be lots to eat as well as musical entertainment provided by Dan McCoy.
There is nothing better this time of year than delicious Christmas Cookies. We have a pair of “Cookie Walks” this weekend. The Humane Society of Ottawa County’s annual Cookie Walk is Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by the Port Clinton Moose Lodge on Lakeshore Drive. The price per pound is $5. Also on Saturday, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s Cookie Walk will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with hundreds of cookies to choose from. If you would like to donate cookies for this event, call the parish office at 419-734-4004.
The Wide World Shoppe in downtown Port Clinton is holding two drawings for two wrapped assortment “Surprise Packages”. The packages displayed in the north window will have winners drawn this Saturday, December 8 and 12 Noon. The south window packages drawing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Noon. They have registration forms at the store located at 130 Madison in downtown Port Clinton. No purchase required. Winner need not be present to win. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Don’t forget the very special program at Immaculate Conception Church this Saturday, Dec. 8. It is a theatrical representation of the Christmas Story titled “The 3-1/2 Stories of Christmas”. It features TV star Frank Runyeon, who has performed in over 1,000 television shows. There will be music as all the parts of the Christmas Story are tied together for the first time…from the light of creation to the Manger in Bethlehem….from the origin of Saint Nicholas to the secret of the Christmas Angel himself. It all takes place at 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Church. A free-will offering will be asked.
On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will sponsor a Breakfast with Santa at St. Boniface Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. The annual “all you can eat” family breakfast and children’s Christmas party menu includes scrambled eggs and ham, homemade rolls, homemade applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and juice. A donation of $6 is being asked for adults, $5 for senior citizens and just $3 for youngsters under 12. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau.
Anjie and Scott Gresser (I called him Lance) moved away from our area some years ago. But they still keep in touch, primarily through The Beacon’s website, www.thebeacon.net. He sent me a Facebook message this week reminding me that the Ottawa County Skywarn program, a group of local volunteers trained to spot and report severe weather to the National Weather Service, observed its 40th Anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will meet in special session this Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the lower meeting room at the Danbury Township Hall at 6 p.m. They will be meeting with the Architectural Firm of Rodner & Kerik to discuss the Township Hall renovation project.
My friend Cathy Allen is back doing her Holiday gift wrapping again this year in exchange for a donation to the “Up Side of Downs”, a nonprofit organization providing information and support to people with Downs Syndrome and their families. Cathy is wrapping now through Dec. 23. First call Cathy at 419-732-1770 and set up a time and location. Cathy will take it from there.