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Telltales by John Schaffner

Don’t forget about our plans for publishing during the holidays.

The Dec. 27 edition of The Beacon will be moved up for distribution on Monday, 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 the next issue is today, Thursday, Dec. 20. Then the next edition of The Beacon comes out on Thursday, Jan. 3, and our deadline for that issue will be Monday, Dec. 31 at noon. I hope we haven’t confused you too much on this. Enjoy the holidays.

Boy, did I hear it about the Sound Off letter we ran last week from Scott Surovjak regarding his distaste for a regular part of Mike “Mad Dog” Adams’ routine at Mr. Ed’s a couple of weeks back. First, let me say that I learned long ago from my from my father who told me “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” I must also say that I have known Mad Dog a long time. He performed for free at our very first Gem Beach Rock & Roll reunion helping us raise money for United Way in Ottawa County. Mr. Ed’s Bar was also doing a local fundraiser for the needy of Ottawa County that day, and raised over $15,000, from what I heard. There is not a racist or homophobic bone in the man’s body.

Our Find Wylie winner is Becky Gough from Marblehead who was one of 102 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for The Lighthouse Restaurant on page 12A in last week’s Beacon. Becky 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.

We also had a contestant who thought he found our friendly fish on page 6B. We had a photo submitted by Tom Nicholson showing a very nice walleye ready to be cleaned and filleted lying on the front page of a recent Beacon. Well, at the bottom of the front page there he was , our regular icon of Wylie within that week’s TellTales article, which he circled in yellow. Of course, had we drawn that gentleman’s name, we would have allowed it.

As you are shopping for the holidays, we ask you to be sure to be generous when you see the bell ringer standing next to the Salvation Army Red Kettle. As of Dec. 17, the local unit was still $22,000 short of its goal of $64,000. The Mayor’s Challenge is this Saturday. PC Mayor Vince Leone will be at the Community Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are not sure of when and where Toledo Mayor Mike Bell will be ringing. He may still be smarting from the shellacking he got from Debbie Tester last year ($1,025.53 to $155)! Also, the Buck & Chuck Show on WPCR will be broadcasting live from Bassett’s Market from Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Remember that ALL of the proceeds generated by the local Red Kettle campaign are used directly to serve the needs of Ottawa County residents.

This is the final weekend before Christmas. Rather than fighting all of the crowds at the malls and big box stores, why not take this weekend to shop locally. You can find great deals on Christmas items throughout Ottawa County. Just sayin’.

Port Clinton High School is looking for a new football coach since the resignation of Toby Hammond. Hmmmm, did I just hear the name Gary Quisno? Maybe Mike Vickers (former coach at Genoa)?

I was reading a D’Arcy Egan piece in the Cleveland Plain Dealer the other day. D’Arcy reported that three very large Canadian buoys are missing. The speculation is they got caught in the big wind storm that preceded Superstorm Sandy. They are hard plastic, bright yellow buoys about six feet in length. They were located off Canadian ports at Wheatly and Port Alma. Officials suspect that they might easily end up on the Ohio shoreline.

Ruth Ann’s House in Port Clinton has been in need of a sidewalk leading to their handicap ramp for quite some time. Last week they got some help from some very friendly “elves” from Masonry Construction and the sidewalk is finished. The staff at Ruth Ann’s House would like to thank Tom Evans and his staff for getting the job done. Of course, this is not the first time Tom Evans and his gang has gone the extra mile for the community.

Grace Baptist Church located at 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Rd. in Oak Harbor, will conduct its annual Christmas cantata entitled “The Journey of Christmas” this Sunday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. This Glenn and Jan Christianson cantata tells the Christmas story through the eyes of those who were present at Christ’s birth. The program, under the direction of Pastor Rick Bickelhaupt, will combine choir pieces with a drama performance as well as include a short children’s program. All community members are invited to attend this free event.

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.

The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours is tonight, Thursday, Dec. 20, from 5-7 p.m. at Bruno’s on East Harbor Rd. (SR 163) in the Village of Marblehead.

Finally, it has been hard to get into the Holiday spirit with the events of last Friday in Connecticut still seared into our minds. The scary part is that Sandy Hook Elementary School might have also been Bataan, or R.C. Waters. Let’s all pray for peace and an end to this mindless violence.

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