The Ottawa County FOPA Lodge #34 is sponsoring the first “Cops & Robbers Road Chase 5K this Saturday, Oct. 26. You can run or walk through the streets of Port Clinton to help raise money for the group’s Scholarship Fund. According to Roseann Hickman, you may also feel free to dress up as a cop or a robber! (It is Halloween, you know) Registration is $25. The Run/Walk begins a 9 a.m. and registration opens at the Jefferson Street Pier at 8 a.m. T-Shirts will be given to each participant while they last. FOPA is an affiliate of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc.
As long as you are downtown this Saturday, you might want to bring your ghouls and goblins to the trick or treat from 1-3 p.m. Youngsters need only look for the pumpkins in participating business windows and the orange and black balloons. Over 250 kids participated last year and they are looking for more this year. Oh by the way, kids…don’t forget to bring your family with you!
After all of that, you can participate in the Zombie Pub Crawl and Ball presented by Heidelberg Distributing starting at 7:30. The Port Clinton Chamber office at 110 Madison Street downtown will be open at 6 to help transform all participants into zombies. Tickets to participate are $10, and the first 100 sold will get a Zombie Crawl T-Shirt. Participating pubs include The Bait House, Mango Mamas/Kokomo Bay, McCarthy’s, Mr. Ed’s, Papa Jimmies, Rosie’s and Slater’s.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Cheri Katynski who was one of 81 people who figured out that we forgot to hide our friendly fish hiding in any of the ads in last week’s Beacon. Cheri 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.
Last week told you about the appeal made by the local Salvation Army for 2,000 square feet of space for toy distribution prior to the Holidays. The message got all the way to Indonesia and Ralph Ruta, owner of Harbor Light Landing on State Route 53. Salvation Army now has their sorting and distribution space. I love this time of year, because we get so many of this kind of heartwarming story.
The Port Clinton Business and Professional Women’s Celebrity Server evening will be held TONIGHT (Thursday, October 24) at 1812 Food and Spirits at The Island House from 6 to 8 p.m. My old friend Mike “Mad Dog” Adams will provide the entertainment. Proceeds help support the BPW’s Women’s Scholarship Program.
Edgewood Manor Nursing Center will be hosting trick or treat for area children 10 and under this Saturday, Oct. 26 starting at 2 p.m. A panel of judges will award prizes for the top 3 costumes. There will be cider and donuts for all.
This Sunday, Oct. 27, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring an “all you can eat” French Toast & Sliced Ham Family Breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church beginning at 9 a.m. They will also have homemade rolls, homemade applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and juice. Donation is $6 for adults, $5.50 for senior citizens and $3 for youngsters under 12.
There will be a “Bingo For Boo Bash” this Thursday, Halloween Day, at 12 Noon, October 31 at Otterbein North Shore. They will have a complimentary lunch and entertainment along with “Boo Bingo” with lots of prizes. Reservations are required; call 419-798-8250.
The Jonathan T. Pope Memorial Scholarship Biddy Wrestling Tournament will be held on Sunday, November 3 starting at 1 p.m. at Port Clinton High School. Weigh-ins begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. The entry fee is $20. The event is an Ohiowrestler.com Top 20 Tournament and is open to all wrestlers aged 12 and under. For more information, call James Mullens at 419-341-4336. Barbecue Traveler will be serving Chicken Dinners the day of the tournament.
The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club will hold their second annual Night at the Races on Friday evening, Nov. 15, at Lock, Dock and Barrel on Buckeye Blvd. Tickets and horses are available from any Kiwanian you may see. Save the date for a night of great fun.
Tickets are now available for the St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus Clam Bake and Chicken Dinner to be held this Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Church Hall on Barclay St. in Marblehead. This year’s Clam Bake will benefit the Danbury Food Pantry. Tickets are $9.95 for a chicken dinner only and $19.95 for the Clam Bake which includes a dozen clams, a half-chicken dinner, sweet potato, corn on the cob and beverage. Extra clams will be available for $10 a dozen. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by calling Bob Wisniewski at 419-734-5018 or Rich Kulaga at 419-732-7014.
The Port Clinton Athletic Boosters have set the date for their Annual Reverse Raffle. It will be Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge. This is their ONLY fundraiser of the year. The Grand Prize will be $7,500. Tickets are $100 each which includes one Prime Rib/Chicken buffet dinner. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $20 each. They may be purchased from any Booster Club officer or by contacting Rich Kokinda (419-734-5231) or John Gluth, Jr. (419-732-8826). If you would like to donate an item for the live or silent auctions, contact Missy Cross (419-341-3656).
The Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters are holding their Fall Raffle. First place is a 39” Sony TV, second place is a 40,000 BTU Char Broil gas grill and third place is a $200 gift certificate to Tanks Meats in Elmore. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased at Oak Harbor Hardware, Priesman Printers, Family Hair Center in Oak Harbor or by calling 419-8707-1342. The drawing will be held at halftime of Oak Harbor’s last home football game on Nov. 1.