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A sign of spring surer than robins in the back yard--the Miller Boat Line begins service from Catawba to South Bass Island on Friday, March 15. That’s tomorrow folks! They also begin service to Middle Bass on Friday, March 29.


The Port Clinton Women’s Club is hosting a “Dig into Reading with Dinosaurs” library event this Sunday, March 17, from 1-3 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library. The event is free to the public and is for preschoolers through 2nd grade. There will be crafts, coloring and story time provided. We support any program that helps young children learn to love reading.


Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Jill Wierzba of Port Clinton. She was one of 159 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Terry’s Tavern on page 10A in last week’s Beacon. Jill 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. 


Congratulations to former Gallery on the Lake owners Gary and Marie Perkins who are celebrating their 29th year in business at their DaVinci’s Gallery and Coffee House in downtown Fremont. They began a custom framing business in the basement of their home in 1984 and created three separate galleries, introduced Northwest Ohio to dozens of nationally known artists and created a woodturning studio for classes and demonstrations. They had to downsize a couple of years ago due to health issues, closing their Port Clinton operation. So, if you can, drive down to Fremont next Thursday, Friday or Saturday, March 21-23, and say hi to Gary and Marie for me. 


The 8th Annual Lake Erie Waterkeeper Conference will be held next Thursday, March 21, at Lourdes College in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will cover all of the issues facing Lake Erie right now, from Asian Carp, to algae blooms and fish populations. For more information, call 419-691-3788. 


The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet this Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. Ron Davidson of the Sandusky Library Archives will present the program on genealogical resources available at that library. 


The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin. The Easter Egg Hunt will be followed by a Candy Hunt in downtown Oak Harbor and then to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where the kids can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny and take photos with the Bunny Family. This event is open to all youngsters aged 12 and under. For more information, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479. 


Don’t forget the benefit for Devin Kohlman, the Port Clinton Middle School Student diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He has been through several surgeries, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The benefit is being planned for Wednesday, March 27, from 6-9 p.m. at Rosie’s Bar and Grill located at the Old Island House at the corner of Second and Madison Streets in downtown Port Clinton. There will be entertainment by Corduroy Road, and food and refreshments will be served. They are asking a donation of $20 per person with 100% of the proceeds going to Devin and his mother.  


The Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters are hosting their 25th Annual Reverse Raffle at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed on Saturday, March 23. The fun-filled night will consist of dinner, drinks, games, silent auction items and the raffle with a $5,000 grand prize. Tickets are $75 each which includes dinner. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. All money earned support the Oak Harbor Rockets, all 18 programs for both boys and girls. For more information or to donate to their Silent Auction, call Becci Petersen or Lisa Morgan at the Rocket Shop, 419-898-7909 or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Annual Marblehead Bank 5K Daisy Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, May 11. If you thought you were someone who could not run at 5K race, this may be the opportunity you need. A 6-week training program will be taking place at Otterbein North Shore to prepare individuals for the event. The program will start next Wednesday, March 20, and run until April 24. Training sessions start at 5:30 each Wednesday evening. Each session is an hour long. There is no cost for this program but advanced registration is required as space is limited. Individuals interested should contact Sondra Marker at 419-798-8203 before March 18. 


Don’t forget the Friday night fish-lovers meals during Lent. 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 holds 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. featuring 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. The St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will have Perch and Pierogis on Friday March 22 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church Hall, 822 Barclay Street. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6.


State Representative Chris Redfern has scheduled a Town Hall meeting for 5 p.m. this Monday, March 18, at the Ida Rupp Public Library. The public is invited to attend. 


Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day. Wear your green, be Irish for a day, and Erin Go Braugh!!!

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