Telltales by John Schaffner

The plan was to have The Beacon in your hands on Christmas Eve.

I am writing this on Friday, Dec. 21. So…all of us at The Beacon would like to wish all of you, our loyal readers, and everybody in our readership area, including those of you who read this online on our website,, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Remember, our next issue will come out on Jan. 3, and you will get to read our annual report from the Great Swami, with his “tongue in cheek” predictions of what the news will be in 2022. Swami has actually been right several times, so be sure to read carefully.

Since I reported last week about the early delivery of The Beacon, there have been a few complications. First of all, our printer at the Advertiser Tribune in Tiffin has been experiencing a shortage in trained pressmen. Then, one of their pressmen became ill and had to spend a week or so at the hospital. So on Friday, I learned that The Beacon would be printed at their Warren, Ohio, facility and that our carriers wouldn’t get their hands on the papers until mid-day Christmas Eve. Oh the joys of being a community newspaper publisher.

Our Find Wylie winner is Earl Kennedy from Marblehead who was one of 47 contestants (it was a short week) who found Wylie hiding in the ad for A La Carte Restaurant on page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Earl 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

I had the honor of meeting Port Clinton Middle School student Devin Kohlman last week at a photo-shoot at his apartment in downtown Port Clinton. This young man and his family have really gone through some very difficult times since he was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer. His mom, Lexi, has been head bartender out at the Nor’Easter Club for the past several years and is just a wonderful person. We wish him only the best as he continues to undergo his treatments.

And speaking of Devin Kohlman, the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club is planning a very special fundraiser for him on Friday, Feb. 1, before the Port Clinton–Perkins boys basketball game. The Kiwanians are joining forces with the PCHS Key Club and PCMS Builders Club for a pancake and sausage dinner. Pancakes for Devin will be held in the PCHS cafeteria before the game. All proceeds from that event will go to helping Devin’s family with their enormous medical expenses for his chemotherapy treatments and travel. The dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. and is only $5 per person. The Kiwanis International’s defining statement reads: “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.” Perhaps we can help change the world for Devin Kohlman.

The Ottawa County Museum at 120 W. Third Street in Port Clinton will be open additional hours over the holiday season to encourage visits during the schools’ Christmas vacation. The museum will be open Dec. 26, 28 and 29 and Jan. 2, 4 and 5 from Noon to 3 p.m. or by appointment with curator Peggy Debien by calling her at 419-732-1039. She may also be reached during open hours at the museum at 419-732-2237.

American Legion Post #113 located at 2364 Sand Rd. east of Port Clinton will be hosting their 2nd Annual Pancakes and Sausage Breakfast on Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. The public is welcome. What a great thing to do on Christmas morning, enjoy a nice breakfast with family and help our vets at the same time.

This year seems to have been a massive national effort to incorporate political correctness into the vernacular of the season. Nativity scenes have been removed from public places, and lighted trees have become holiday trees. Just a little over 2,000 years ago, a baby boy was born to a virgin in a little town in northern Israel. The common belief held by the billions of people who call themselves Christians is that this was the Messiah foretold in ancient scripture as a promised savior for the Jewish people and for the world. Not all people share this belief, but the Judeo-Christian tradition that has been passed down over centuries that tells us to celebrate the birth of this child as the birth of the Son of God. The event is called Christmas, and Christmas is what I celebrate every year with my family. It will be special this year because I now have a grandson who is 10 months old. His name is Elyjah. Merry Christmas to all.

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