Another busy weekend is ahead, in spite of the weather. Saturday night is the annual Magruder Hospital Charity Ball at Catawba Island Club. It is always a grand affair. Mike Schenk at CIC told me that they are trying something different this year. The Charity Ball will be a “Strolling Supper” with five food stations and lots of open seating. However, if you wish to reserve a table, call CIC TODAY to do so. They will be serving carved meat, mashed potatoes, perch and salmon along with a salad bar and dessert bar. Enjoy the Ball. We will have photos as usual next week.
Ash Wednesday was last Wednesday, so we are now officially in the Lenten season. We have added one more K of C Council to our list of Friday night fish-lovers meals. The St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will have Perch and Pierogis on Fridays Feb. 22, March 8 and March 22 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church Hall, 822 Barclay Street. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6. The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus and the folks at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Oak Harbor will be hosting fish fries every Friday during Lent. The Port Clinton K of C will hold theirs from 5 to 7:30 at Denny Bergeman Hall, 109 E Perry Street featuring Lake Erie perch, shrimp and ALL YOU CAN EAT pollock dinners with all the fixings. Desserts are also available. At St. Boniface, the dinners will be from 4-7 p.m. and feature fried or baked fish and all the fixings. Price for adults is $8, children ages 6-12 are $5, and kids under 5 eat free. Carryouts are available.
Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Ron Sesher of Port Clinton. He was one of 129 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Bayside Comfort on page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Ron 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.
Two upcoming events that were to be hosted by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce have been cancelled. The Consumer Law Update Seminar scheduled for today, Feb. 21, at noon has been cancelled along with the March 28 Business After Hours at National Bank of Ohio. According to Valerie Winterfield, Oak Harbor Chamber Director, both of these events will be rescheduled in the future. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 419-898-0479.
The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is holding their monthly Business After Hours this evening, February 21 at Bayside Comfort. I was kidding Andy that they were stealing our thunder because today is the official 30th Anniversary issue of The Beacon. I hope you all enjoy tonight’s fare.
And while we are on the subject of Chambers, Main Street Port Clinton is looking for new and used fishing poles for their Kids Fishing Derby held every year during the Walleye Festival. Over 200 children participate and many do not own a fishing pole, or any tackle for that matter. So the event has turned into a great way to introduce youngsters to the joys of fishing. Main Street Port Clinton is located at the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce office at 110 Madison Street next to the Island House. They can be reached by phone at 419-734-5503.
It has come to our attention that someone is calling World War II veterans in Northwest Ohio and telling them they have been selected for a Northwest Ohio Honor Flight. They are also being asked for credit card information, and it is all a scam. Honor Flights are entirely free of charge to all veterans, WWII, Korean War vets and ALL VETS. If you experience a solicitation in the name of Honor Flight, please contact them immediately at 419-410-7729. Their website address is www.honorflightnwo.org.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the unusual event that nobody was elected to the Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In my article, I wrote asking if anybody had stats on Larry Wiley, star running back of the undefeated 1962 team. Well, guess who called me last week? Yep, it was Larry, who lives in Las Vegas now and is a retired electrical worker. I am going to Las Vegas soon for a newspaper conference, and I told Larry I would definitely look him up when I got there.
The Erie-Ottawa-Sandusky Chapter of Pheasants Forever would like to invite individual sportsmen and couples to their 22nd Annual Fundraising Banquet on Saturday, March 9, at the Camp Perry Clubhouse. They will have both a live and silent auction, raffles and door prizes along with a dinner catered by Messenburg’s that will include smoked beef brisket, roasted chicken, side dishes and dessert. Beer and soft drinks will be provided, with a cash bar for mixed drinks. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6:45. Seating is limited to 325 people. For tickets contact Chapter Habitat Chairman Joe Uhinck at the Ottawa County Agricultural Office in Oak Harbor at 419-898-1595 or visit their website, www.ottawaswcd.com.