The first week of summer

I received a phone call last week from Vietnam era veteran Ted Petersen of Port Clinton. He informed me that there was one more Port Clinton name that was not listed who is on the Moving Wall that is the Vietnam Memorial. His name is Lance Kohanke, who would have graduated from PC in 1965 but moved away a year before graduation when his family was forced to transfer following the closing of the Erie Army Depot. His sister Debbie was in my graduating class, but moved away after her freshman year also. 

Tonight is the special Wine Tasting Kickoff Party for this weekend’s Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes. It will be held at Mon Ami tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. The entire event is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s Ottawa County service unit. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at The Beacon or at Salvation Army in the Sutton Center, or just buy them at the door. The Parade itself will be this Saturday and Sunday. We have spent over $10,000 to advertise the event from Columbus to Cleveland to Toledo. The dream of owning a “Place at the Lake” can become a reality and the friendly participants will be happy to show you how!

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Terri Tooman of Oak Harbor who was one of 111 individuals who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Catawba Bay on page 8C in last week’s Beacon. Terri 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,

Congratulations to Tina Burris who was president of Port Clinton Kiwanis in 2011-2012. She received special recognition at last week’s Kiwanis meeting since the local club received “Distinguished Club” status with Kiwanis International. Tina in turn presented five Distinguished Club pins to members she felt were instrumental in helping the club achieve the honor. They went to Ron Mainous, Julie Rosiar, Bill Sharp, Roger Akins and Carl Koebel.

Jeremy Miller, recently ordained Priest of the Toledo Diocese, will be celebrating his first Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead this Sunday at 2 p.m. Jeremy is the son of Ron and Deb Miller.

Greg Fox has agreed to direct a Community Choir for a Patriotic Concert on Thursday, 4th of July, at Trinity United Methodist Church on Adams Street in Port Clinton. The concert will be at 8 p.m. The choir itself is open to all who love to sing and love the USA. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at Trinity from 7-9 p.m. For more information, contact Greg at 419-734-1239 or just show up at rehearsal.

The 7th Annual Magruder Hospital Auxiliary Golf Classic “Golfing for the Goal” will be held on Monday, July 15, at Catawba Island Club’s spectacular links. The event is a 4-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at the course from 11:30 to 12:45. Dinner and awards will be held following golf that day. The fee is just $130 per person for the 4-person scramble, which includes 2 drink tickets. Magruder is using the funds raised at the golf outing this year to help fund the current renovations in 1-South. This area mainly serves cancer patients, creating a better overall environment for them to receive care and for family members who wait during extended treatment times. For more information call the Hospital at 419-734-3131 and ask for Lis Brand.

Amateur performers are needed for the Marblehead International Festival on August 17. For more information, call Tomi Johnson at 419-798-5132.

The North Coast Concert Band, which features a good number of local musicians, will be performing at the foot of Jefferson Street in Port Clinton this Sunday, June 23, at 7 p.m. The local musicians include: Janet Gray and Jean McGraw on Flute; Catherine Lewis on Bassoon; Bill Bergman and Ken McFarlan on Clarinet; Amanda Berlin and Marge Whiting on Trumpet, Jane Winters on French Horn; and John Lesniewicz on Drums and Percussion Instruments.

Port Clinton High School is hosting the 2013 Port Clinton Open Tennis Tournament on June 29 and 30. Cost of the Tournament is $15 per player, plus one can of tennis balls for one event or $25 per player for two events plus one can of tennis balls. There is a 2-match guarantee. A registration form can be picked up at the main office at Port Clinton High School or downloaded at Deadline for entering is this Monday, June 24. For more information call 419-202-2671.

The 4th Annual Fabulous Flea Market and Artists/Crafters Show sponsored by the ladies of Faith United Methodist Church in Port Clinton will be held at Lakeview Park this Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 100 vendors will be there. Community Market will be grilling food, Underwood’s Grill will serve ice cream and Newman’s Kettle Corn will be there popping their delicious corn. Proceeds of this event will go to several non-profits including Salvation Army and Ruth Ann’s House.

LAST CALL for teams to play in the 24th Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic at Catawba Island Club this Monday, June 24. 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. .

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