The Mitten Tree is here

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon Holiday Tradition, goes up this week. Once again, we are asking for contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, etc. Our goal is the same every Holiday Season, so please help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter for needy children in Ottawa County. The Mitten Tree is located at the entrance of The Beacon, 205 SE Catawba Rd. in the Beacon Place Business Center (SR 53 North). Thanks.

This Saturday is the annual “Kids for Christmas” fundraiser at Mr. Ed’s on West Lakeshore Drive in Port Clinton. It began back in 2008 as a way for Ed Fitzgerald and his family to give back to the community. 100% of all donations are used to provide families in the area with help with holiday gifts for their children in addition to help with a holiday meal. Last year they raised over $19,000. It all begins at 10 a.m. with the warm-up for the Ohio State-Michigan game. Mike “Mad Dog” Adams follows the game with a special performance in the midst of a live auction. And don’t forget Ed’s famous “Hobo Stew”. 

December is about family and giving back. Mel and Barb Ayers are doing just that at Ciao Bella. “Since opening last April, they report an overwhelming amount of local support and would like to show their appreciation by providing FREE KID’S DINNERS from Dec. 1st through Dec. 24. All you need to do is bring in a new toy, which will be donated to Toys for Tots. A FREE dinner for each toy donated! All the donated toys will go to children locally.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Gene Kaple from Port Clinton who was one of 148 people who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Portage Re-Sale Center on page 1A in last week’s Beacon. Gene 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, 

We are delighted to hear that Kelly Rigoni is back and ready to continue the pursuit of her dream at Hot Shots Photography & Design in downtown Port Clinton. Kelly was severely injured in a car accident on Sept. 29. It has been a long recovery period for her, but she is excited to get back to her photography duties.

Ferguson Gallery will hold their 15th annual Open House this weekend starting Friday from 10-6, Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 10-5. They are introducing a beautiful new Christmas ornament titled “Fire & Ice”. Rick Dziak will be at the Gallery on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. They will also have snacks and beverages served all weekend. 

John Ritter, a Port Clinton native and son of Dr. Kraft Ritter, has received a significant honor. John is a Geology professor at Wittenberg University in Springfield. He was recently named the 2013 Ohio Professor of the Year. The school says that John Ritter is known for teaching in a way that engages students in hands-on practical experience and collaborative research.

The North Coast Concert Band and North Coast Big Band will present a holiday concert this Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center starting at 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Congratulations to Morgan Snyder, a 2013 graduate of Danbury High School, who is now a member of the Student Senate at Ashland University. She is the daughter of Vicki Snyder of Marblehead. 

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11-4. It will be “Brunch with St. Nick” at the Fine Art Creations for Community Causes Art Studio at 136 W. Water Street in Oak Harbor. They will have a bake sale that day also to benefit the “No Kid Goes Hungry Fund”.

The Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department is also holding a food drive from now until Dec. 18. Just drop off any non-perishable item to the lobby of the Township Building on Cemetery Road. There are also donation forms from the Holiday Bureau in the lobby there. These forms need to be filled out and mailed by Dec. 1.

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