Origins of Bessie may have been discovered

Perhaps the beginnings of the legend of South Bass Bessie have been discovered! Don Poppe of Port Clinton found this fossil on a rock in the north parking lot at Waterworks Park and snapped it with his camera. It is the 5th rock from the east in the north parking lot, in case you want to explore the site yourself.

It is a big deal when two of the country’s top Division I College wrestling teams face off against each other. For us, it is an even bigger deal. Number 5 Ohio State meets Number 6 Illinois NOT at St. John Arena, NOT at Value City Arena, but at Oak Harbor High School on Friday, Feb. 1, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale and going fast in the main office at Oak Harbor High School. Adult tickets are $8 and student tickets are $5. They are sold daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Understandably, they expect this match to be a sellout. Oak Harbor has sent several wrestlers who have excelled at OSU.

Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Kip Sorgen of Port Clinton. Kip was one of 124 entries who found Wylie in the ad for Waldo Peppers on page 8A in last week’s Beacon. Kip 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 at

Tonight (Thursday, Jan. 17) is a very special Business After Hours sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. It will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast on SR 163. It is being co-hosted by Grande Maison Builders, Rosies and 1812 Food and Spirits in Port Clinton as well as the Victorian Inn. It should be a lovely evening.

Here is a neat “Winter Buster”! Mark Twain is paying a visit to the Ida Rupp Public Library this Monday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. It stars nationally acclaimed Dave Ehlert, the man of a thousand voices. He has been featured on Oprah, CNN, Fox and on stage at Branson, Missouri. For more information, call Deborah Loiacono, the director at Ida Rupp at 419-732-3212.

St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Basketball Free Throw Contest this Sunday, Jan. 20, in the Danbury High School Gymnasium starting at 4 p.m. The contest is open to all boys and girls aged 10 through 14. Participants should arrive early for registration and warm-ups. Winners have an opportunity to advance to the District competition.

Main Street Port Clinton has announced the winners of the 2012 Community Christmas Coloring Contest. First place went to Armando Arellano, age 10. Second place went to Justin May, age 9. Children decorated coloring pages and listed why they love coming downtown.

The Oliver H. Perry Masonic Lodge in Port Clinton will once again host their Saturday Pancake Breakfasts this year. The first one is scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 9 a.m. They will feature pancakes and bacon along with fresh hot cinnamon buns. All donations for breakfast will benefit Ohio Special Olympics. Breakfasts will be served until 11:30 a.m. at the lodge located at 118 Monroe Street in Port Clinton (the former American Legion). More Pancake Breakfasts are scheduled for Feb. 2 and Feb. 23.

We have an awful lot of talent in our area. One of the most talented photographers is Brian Sims who works at Mon Ami. He is in a contest on Facebook vying to be the photographer for the upcoming world tour of the 1980s grunge band “Soundgarden”. You can find it at Talent House on Facebook and Brian needs you to vote for him and his striking photography. You can also look up his work on Facebook at Brian Keith Photos. The judging ends this Sunday, Jan. 20.

The results are in!!! The battle of the High School Bell Ringers for Salvation Army is Port Clinton High School. They raised almost $600, while Oak Harbor High School raised just over $450. Also, congratulations to Maureen Saponari at Salvation Army’s Ottawa County Unit, as they surpassed their $62,000 goal for the Christmas Season.

Mark Saturday, Feb. 2, down on your calendar for a brand new event to help raise money for the Humane Society of Ottawa County. It’s “Mardi Paws 2013” from 7-11 p.m. at the Catawba Community Hall. There will be live entertainment, a cash bar, pizza and munchies along with a Reverse Raffle, silent auction, door prizes and a whole lot more. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Bassett’s Market, The Beacon, Minuteman Press and Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in downtown Port Clinton.

Heartbeat of Ottawa County will be holding an International Food Festival at the Immaculate Conception Church School Gym on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 6-8 p.m. The event is a benefit dinner for Heartbeat.

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