Congratulations to several local sports teams and athletes … again! First, Oak Harbor’s Luke Cramer and Alex Bergman both finished fourth in their respective weight classes at the state wrestling tournament in Columbus last weekend. Alex was in what was regarded as the toughest weight class at the tournament! Luke will be back next year to try again. Also, the Port Clinton boys’ bowling team finished 11th at the state tournament last weekend in Columbus.
It was quite an experience last Saturday night to cover the Lincoln/Reagan Day dinner at the Student Union Ballroom at Bowling Green. I was surprised to see that Charles Knight of Fostoria served as the emcee for the evening. He and I were close when he followed me as Lt. Gov. of Kiwanis Division 12 a couple of years ago. By the time you read this, the results of Tuesday’s primary will be known by all. However, we got to hear from and photograph Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, as well as Josh Mandel who will be running against Sherrod Brown for the Senate this fall. It was worth the trip!
This week, Alberta Seymour, of Oak Harbor, found Wylie in the ad for the American Legion on page 5A in last week’s Beacon. Alberta 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 Web Site www.thebeacon.net.
Saturday night, March 10, folks will get the opportunity for a unique entertainment experience at Mango Mamas in downtown Port Clinton. First, a couple of local actors will perform in something called “Short Attention Theatre” from 8 to 9 p.m. That will be followed by a performance from The Naked Bacon Band from 9 to 11 p.m. The cover charge is $10 and doors will open at 7 p.m. Parking will be permitted in front of the Port Clinton Fish Company, but no overnight parking.
There will be a “Striking Out Cancer — Relay for Life” fundraiser at Harbor Lanes from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11. The bowling is absolutely free, unless you want to make a donation or participate in one of the raffles. Shoe rentals are $2. It’s only $100 to sponsor a lane so you can take your entire company for a fun afternoon.
Speaking of the American Cancer Society, Magruder Hospital has partnered with ACS to offer a new resource for women undergoing cancer treatment. The Wig Bank is now located in the Oncology Department at Magruder. It is a program sponsored by ACS. According to Laura Muller, manger of Magruder’s Oncology Department, the service is available to any woman in Ottawa County undergoing treatment, not just Magruder patients. Wigs can be expensive, but these are free! Participants need to schedule an appointment by calling Kathy Almendinger at 419-734-3131, ext. 3729. When a woman comes in for her appointment, she can choose from a variety of sizes, styles and colors while volunteers will be on hand to help. Sounds like a neat program!
Oh, going back to the Lincoln/Reagan Day dinner last Saturday. While we were chatting with new Ottawa County Republican Chairwoman Carolyn Adams, we found out that she and her husband Dex were married two days prior to the day Mary Alice and I were married … just over 40 years ago. They were married on Sept. 9, 1971, and we were married on Sept. 11, 1971.
The Lenten Bible Study, lunch and worship service will continue this Wednesday, March 14, at The Vineyard on Catawba starting at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Kurt Borows leads the Bible Study from 10:30 to noon, followed by a catered lunch for just $6. This is followed by at 12:30 p.m. prayer and meditation service led by Rev. Jeanne Gay, pastor of Firelands Presbyterian Church. The public is invited to attend any or all of each week’s services during the Lenten season. For more information, call The Vineyard office at 419-797-3100.
This Sunday, March 11, will be Pizza and Wings for St. Boniface School at the Happy Hour Inn, 124 W. Water Street in Oak Harbor from Noon to 8 p.m. They will feature special guest Johnny Rodriguez from 4 to 8 p.m. All proceeds from the sales of pizza and wings will be donated directly to St. Boniface School.
The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council will host an Art Exploration: Pastel Painting, this Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day at The Island House in downtown Port Clinton. This is a six-hour class with award winning pastel artist Rebecca Booth. The cost is $90 for the classes. For information or to register, call Carol Morgan at 419-341-0941.
The Ida Rupp Public Library will host Mike Romine of the Warren Rupp Observatory on Saturday, March 10, starting at 2 p.m. He will discuss the best objects to observe in the night sky and what type of binoculars or telescopes to use in viewing them. Youngsters ages 8 and up are highly encouraged to attend this program Call 419-732-3221 to register.
St. Boniface Church is also sponsoring it’s all-you-can-eat Lenten fish fries from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday night at the church. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 while kids 5 and under eat for FREE! Meanwhile, the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will once again hold their Lenten Fish Fry Dinners through Friday, March 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Pollock Dinners are $10 per person and the Lake Erie Perch or Shrimp Dinners are $13.50.