Tell Tales By John Schaffner

Friday night is going to be special, no matter where you are in Ottawa County.

First, the Ohio State – Illinois wrestling match at Oak Harbor High School ought to fill the gym. Second, the Port Clinton Kiwanis will be serving pancake dinners in the Port Clinton High School Cafeteria starting at 5 p.m. prior to the PC-Perkins basketball game. Proceeds from the pancake dinners will go to the family of Devin Kohlman, a PC Middle School student battling a brain tumor.

I have served on the Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee off and on since its inception. They have a complicated set of rules that require 7 votes from the committee members for election. This year, despite a very good group of finalists, including the 1971 PCHS football team that won the Great Lakes League, neither a team nor an individual was selected. Therefore, there will be no Class of ’13 going into the Hall of Fame. One thing is for sure, the committee would like to have more nominations. Just send them to the high school, or pick up a form at the High School office or the new Board of Education office. You can find a nomination form also online at Nominations are due by Dec. 1. While we are on the topic…does anybody have any rushing statistics for Larry Wiley who played on the 1962 undefeated team?

Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Alex Bastion. He was one of 111 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Waldo Peppers on page 8A in last week’s Beacon.  Alex 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,

Once again, it pays to advertise in The Beacon. Tom Bohlander, one of the partners at Fairway Villas, saw our article on United Way running short of its campaign goal in 2012. He immediately put up half of the shortfall…$7,500…and challenged the community to match it. Tom did it in honor of his long-time business partner and friend, Ron Case, who passed away last week. To contribute to United Way in Ottawa County, send your contribution to 1854 East Perry Street, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452. to contribute by credit card, e-mail Chris Galvin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Or you can call in a pledge at 419-734-6645. Finally, you can contribute in person at their office in The Sutton Center. Thank you, Tom Bohlander.

The Firelands Presbyterian Musical Arts Series presents “Operaholics” this Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Church located at 2626 E. Harbor Rd. just east of Port Clinton. Two singers will sing complete arias in full operatic costumes. Pianist Sophia van der Westhuizen will accompany singers Carol Dusdieker and Renee Clair singing songs from The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus and the Merry Widows of Windsor. Tickets are $15 at the door. Students will be admitted for free. In college, I tried my hand at singing a baritone solo from Shubert’s Mass in G. It didn’t work out so well.

Heartbeat of Ottawa County is presenting their International Food Fest this Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Immaculate Conception School Cafeteria. Participants will have the opportunity to taste entrees prepared by area restaurants from 6 to 8 p.m. Entrees will also be available from area individuals. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $5 for children. To order your ticket, call Heartbeat at 419-734-9359. If nobody answers, leave a message.

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner this Friday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Community Markets VFW Memorial Hall on West Main Street. The evening will kick off with social hour, followed by a hot buffet dinner, a short business meeting to elect the 2013 board members, followed by the entertainment which will be video horse races. There will also be a Chinese Auction and door prizes. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased by calling the chamber office at 419-898-0479.

This Saturday, Feb. 2, is 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.

The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has purchased 12 benches to be placed in parks throughout the Peninsula. The benches made of 100% recycled plastic and maintenance free are a gift to the Danbury Township Board of Trustees.

Riverview Industries, now known as RVI, will be holding a bake sale on Friday, Feb. 8, at the National Bank of Ohio in Oak Harbor from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. All proceeds from this “sweet event” will benefit the Client Council Fund at RVI. This fund allows clients at RVI to enjoy special events and outings throughout the year.

Attention Crafters! Vendors are being sought for a Spring Craft and Vendor Sale on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at St. Peters Lutheran Church on State Route 579 across from Blackberry Corners. This will be the last Saturday before Easter Sunday. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Relay for Life of Ottawa County for the American Cancer Society.

I got a note this week from Sarah Horne regarding the Conestoga West End Project. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month, which means their next meeting will be Feb. 20. They have changed the location and will now meet at Bataan School’s new cafeteria starting at 6 p.m. They will still do potluck style meetings if desired, but not necessary.

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