Happy birthday to Mary Alice

Mark Thursday, June 20, down on your calendar for a gala Wine Tasting Kickoff Party for the 6th Annual Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes at Mon Ami from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be several local wine distributors in attendance along with hors d’oeuvres and a band in the Chalet, all for just $10. Tickets are available at The Beacon office or at the Salvation Army Office in the Sutton Center. The actual Parade of Homes will be happening that weekend, June 22 and 23. Another commercial to once again prove that I have a “face for radio” will begin airing soon on Channel 13, the ABC affiliate in Toledo.

I would like to wish my lovely bride of 42 years a happy birthday! Mary Alice, my “Trophy Wife” is “*^*&” years old today! So if you see her, please wish her a Happy Birthday!

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Janet Vodicka of Marblehead who was one of 146 individuals who found your friendly fish hiding in the ad for Culligan’s on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. Janet wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll definitely 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,

The Humane Society of Ottawa County will have animals up for adoption and other items for sale this weekend at Cleats, 6801 E. Harbor Rd., headed toward Marblehead. They are sponsoring a fundraiser this Saturday, June 8, beginning at 3 p.m. There will be great entertainment, food and a silent auction.

It seems like only yesterday that a new business started up that changed the face of our area tremendously. The Jet Express began operations in June of 1988, offering fast catamaran ferry service to Put-in-Bay and late night service off the Island, something that wasn’t available before. I remember Mack McCann speaking at a Kiwanis meeting in 1989 that the result was a 40% increase in business on South Bass Island. The business has also been a tremendous asset to the mainland side of things, as they employ over 50 folks during the season. Congratulations to the founders, Mack, George Stoiber and the late Skip Duggan. The Jet Express is a true example of the philosophy, “A Rising Tide Raises All Boats”.

Along similar lines, next Thursday, June 13, will be the very special Open House and Ribbon Cutting at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Regional Welcome Center on SR 53 (770 SE Catawba Rd.), celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the facility. They will have an evening of remembrance and fellowship with refreshments to be served from 5-7 p.m. There will be a brief program at 6 p.m. They would like reservations by this Friday, June 7, with Cathy. Call 419-734-4386 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Looking for something to do for Dad on Father’s Day? Why not put a team together and help support Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County at their 7th Annual Golf Outing on Saturday, June 15, at Oak Harbor Golf Club. The shotgun start is at 8 a.m. and a 4-person team is only $280, which includes a pulled pork dinner and prizes. Call 419-734-7074 to enter your team. The entry deadline is this Tuesday, June 11.

We need to correct a couple of errors saluting our graduates from Oak Harbor and Danbury High Schools last week. We had incorrect addresses for Neidecker LeVeck Crosser in the Danbury ad, and the one in the Oak Harbor ad should have read “Crosser Funeral Home” on Locust Street in Oak Harbor. They are good folks and we apologize for the errors.

Congratulations to Larry Facemire who was the guy responsible for naming the former Nick’s Roadhouse. He is the one who came up with the name “Lock, Dock and Barrel”.

Former NCAA Coach and current ESPN analyst Bruce Pearl will be visiting Port Clinton and the Friendship Food Stores on Thursday, June 13. Bruce will speak at the Port Clinton basketball camp followed by a meet & greet at the Friendship Food Stores on Perry Street from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Stop by and say hello.

The Danbury Township Board of Trustees has approved the sale of surplus property by auction this Saturday, June 8, at the Lakevue Marina Storage Buildings across from Lakevue Marina, 8549 North Shore Blvd. Steve Pitzer with the Pitzer Auction Company will conduct the sale. Items to be auctioned include a Dump Truck/Snow Plow/salt spreader, an F250 pickup truck, furniture and an antique coke cooler along with many other items. Preview and registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the sale to begin promptly at 10 a.m. For complete details and photos, visit and click on the “Auctions” tab; or call Steve Direct at 419-341-5235.

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the 4th Annual Village-wide Garage Sale Days on June 7 & 8. A complete list of sales will be available at the Chamber and the Oak Harbor Public Library and also at starting this Wednesday, June 5. Questions? Call Valerie Winterfield at the chamber office, 419-898-0479.

Monday, June 24, is the date of the 24th Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic at Catawba Island Club. Last year we raised over $25,000 for the American Heart Association and Stein Hospice. This year, we hope to do even better. Once again, the price is $600 per team; with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch between the end of morning play and the beginning of afternoon play is included, along with a great buffet dinner at CIC afterward. For more information on registering, contact Bonnie Knepper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Amy Skolnik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Put-in-Bay is hosting the Amazing Island Raise, an event similar to TV’s Amazing Race, on Saturday, June 15. Teams will race through South Bass Island, solve clues, complete challenges and win prizes. Teams can be made up of 4 to 6 adults and is $30 per person to compete. Each team must bring one camera (digital or phone) and wear tennis shoes! It’s all part of a fundraising effort to support Joyful Connections, a supervised visitation and exchange center in Oak Harbor that provides a healthy, safe and homelike environment where children can interact with family members. For more information, contact Sheila Powell at 567-262-3181 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With fireworks costs continually rising, and in light of the current economic decline, the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is now raising funds for their annual Independence Day Celebration. The cost of the fireworks has been increasing steadily each year. According to Chamber Director, Valerie Winterfield, because they want to keep the quality of the Oak Harbor 4th of July Fireworks at a high level, they are now selling patriotic stars that you can purchase at local Oak Harbor businesses for $1, $5, or $10. Everyone who purchases a $10 star will have their name entered into a drawing for VIP seating during the fireworks. On June 28, they will draw 5 winners who will each receive 4 VIP seats. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 419-898-0479.

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