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The Fabulous Fourth is here

Welcome to the big 4th of July weekend! The Beacon is being published a day earlier than normal this week. By the time you read this, the Sesqui-Centennial Celebration of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg will be over. It is amazing to realize just how many men were killed or wounded in the three days of carnage outside the small town of Gettysburg, PA. When Abraham Lincoln visited and dedicated the cemetery there, he delivered perhaps the greatest Presidential speech of all time. He started it by saying: “Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth a new nation…” That was in recognition of the 4th of July, 1776. Much blood has been spilled, but we are still a free people thanks to the courage of those great men in Philadelphia 237 years ago. So, enjoy the fireworks and the fun. Just please remember why we celebrate.

Time is running out to register to play in the 7th Annual Magruder Hospital Auxiliary Golf Classic on Monday, May 15. The fee is only $130 per player, which includes two drink tickets, lunch and dinner, cart and greens fees and lots of prizes. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. To register, call 419-734-3131, extension 3256. I promise you will have a good time!

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Angela Holman of Port Clinton who was one of 117 individuals who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Ohler & Holzhauer on page 7A in last week’s Beacon. Angie wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores as well as a new prize, a beautiful decorative nautical floor mat from “Capn’s Custom Carpets” at Fort Firelands. 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, www.thebeacon.net.

The Beacon is the Signature Sponsor for a brand new Golf Tournament event. We are sponsoring the 2013 Ottawa County Open, which will be held over two days, July 20 and 21, at Catawba Island Club and Oak Harbor Golf Club. Participants must live, work, or be a member of a golf course/Club in Ottawa County. Net division participants must have a USGA Ghin Handicap. There will be flights for Men, Senior Men and Ladies. The first round is Saturday morning, July 20, at Oak Harbor. The second round will be Sunday afternoon at CIC followed by an Awards Banquet. The entry fee is $125 per player which includes golf, cart and range balls each day, Saturday lunch, Sunday Awards dinner, a tee gift and trophies for all winners and runner-ups. Deadline for entry is July 17. For more information, call either golf course. There is a signup sheet located in Section B of The Beacon this week.

I got this information early, then misplaced it…but better late than never! Congratulations to Jeff and Mary Williams of Port Clinton for celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 22. Jeff, a former teacher at Port Clinton High School, was my golf coach my senior year, and never forgave me for dropping out of golf that spring to participate in the senior play. 

Welcome to the new church leader at Peace Lutheran Church and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Port Clinton, Rev. Holli Burkard. She celebrated her first service at Peace last Sunday, June 30th. The two congregations have shared a pastor for the last four years. 

That familiar drone of the Ford Tri-Motor will once again be heard overhead from July 4-10 when we can all take a step back in time in one of the world’s first mass produced airliners. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has two Ford Tri-Motors touring the country, one of which will once again call the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport on State Rd. east of Port Clinton home for a week. Rides will be available daily…$75 for adults and $50 for children. Discounts are available by booking in advance. Call 1-877-952-1247 or go online to www.flytheford.org. 

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will again be sponsoring the Independence Day Celebration tonight (Wednesday, July 3). Gates open at 5 p.m. along the Portage River, with festivities getting under way at 5:30. The Chamber Tent will be serving beer, pop and water. All proceeds help fund the Fireworks Show. The Apple Festival Royalty will again sponsor the Duck Race in the River. There will be non-stop activities down by the River in Oak Harbor tonight, finished off by the big fireworks show at dusk. 

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

Please stay safe this 4th of July weekend!

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