The true spirit of Christmas is alive and well

I would like to extend my personal thanks to all who once again donated to our Mitten Tree. Our friends at Salvation Army came by to pick up the last of the decorations on Monday. We were able to provide to the needy of Ottawa County a total of 174 items, many of which were beautifully hand knitted just for the Mitten Tree.

We also had four coats donated! We can still take a few more items by the end of the week and sneak them into the distribution for Christmas. As always, the true spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Ottawa County.

OK, it is time now to let you all know about our plans for publishing during the Holidays. Next week’s Beacon will come out on Dec. 20, as usual. No changes there. However, the Dec. 27 edition of The Beacon will be moved up for distribution on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Many of our business customers like to take the last issue of the year to wish all of their friends, neighbors and customers Happy Holidays. Our deadline for that issue will be Thursday, Dec. 20. I hope I haven’t confused you too much on this. Enjoy the holidays.

Our Find Wylie winner is Jackie Dunn from Port Clinton who was one of almost 100 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Portage Resale Center on page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Jackie 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 had a contestant drop off his submission to the Find Wylie weekly contest at The Beacon office last week, commenting on how challenging it was at times to find our friendly fish. He then added, “a skillful mariner is not tested by a calm sea”. So true!

Speaking of the Portage Resale Center, our apologies to the gentleman who lives at 301 W. Third Street in Port Clinton. We mistakenly put that address in the ad, which was supposed to read 310 W. Second Street. He called us and told us that over 20 people had knocked on his door asking where the Portage Resale Center was! Whoops!

I am sorry to learn of Toby Hammond’s resignation as head football coach at Port Clinton High School. I am sure this past season was extremely frustrating for Toby and his staff as injuries simply took their toll early in the season and his Redskins were never able to recover. Toby was very easy to work with from our standpoint. We wish him well.

The Port Clinton Elks Lodge 1718 is holding their annual Hoop Shoot this Saturday, Dec. 15 at 12 noon at Port Clinton High School. This is a free throw contest open to both boys and girls ages 8-13. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, contact Tracy Colston at 419-734-5936.

While we are still on sports, our ace photographer Bill Migala takes literally hundreds of sports photos each week. We can’t put but a few of them in the paper, but we do post a whole bunch of them on our website, Bill does a great job taking local sports action photos.

Nate’s Benefit Breakfast was very well attended last Sunday at the Island House restaurants, 1912 Food and Spirits and Rosie’s. I am quite certain that Nate would have been extremely proud that the tradition he started back in the early 80s has remained strong and that a lot of his old customers remembered.

Congratulations to Kathy Ohm of Catawba who is retiring after 30 years in the public health field. She served as a dietician her entire career. She spent 9 years with the Ottawa County Health Department and the remaining 21 years in Erie County.

The Wide World Shoppe in downtown Port Clinton is holding the second of two drawings for two wrapped assortment “Surprise Packages”. The drawing for the packages displayed in the south window will be held this Saturday, December 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.

Macy Caldwell of Port Clinton is a member of the Indoor Track Team at Ashland University. Caldwell is majoring in exercise science. She is the daughter of James and LeAnn Caldwell of Port Clinton. Caldwell is a 2010 graduate of Port Clinton High School.

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. 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.

Don’t forget that my friend Cathy Allen is 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.

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