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Holiday events and traditions fill the area

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon Holiday Tradition, is already filling up! We are once again asking for contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, etc. We ask that you 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.

Every Christmas has its Angels and its Grinches. Last week, on the opening Friday for Salvation Army Bell Ringers at Wal Mart, two space heaters were stolen from the shelter house outside the entrance. However, the folks at Wal Mart became Angels when they offered to replace them at no charge. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Linda Donich of Marblehead who was one of 56 people who noted that with the early deadline last week, we forgot to hide found our friendly fish! He just wasn’t there!  Linda still 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. 

The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died. They are joining this Sunday, Dec. 8, with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for the 17th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world. The local ceremony will be held at 6:45 p.m. at Children’s Memorial in Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. They will feature music, readings and refreshments. The candles are first lit at 7 p.m. local time, just west of the International Date Line. When the candles burn out in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24 hour wave of light around the world. For more information, contact Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4960. 

I spoke Monday with my friend Bill VanderGiessen, grandfather to Devin Kohlman. He told me that he went to the Post Office earlier in the day and collected literally thousands of cards and letters from around the world sent to wish Devin’s family all the best. Devin’s brave battle not only united Port Clinton and Ottawa County, it also moved people from everywhere. Lexi, Devin’s mom, just got back from a well earned “time out” down in Florida to recharge her batteries. 

Ottawa County Senior Resources will celebrate its 5th Annual Holiday Open House and Resource Fair this Friday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. Appetizers and beverages will be served throughout the event. Entertainment will be provided by Crimson Lights. They will also feature senior care and service providers from Ottawa and surrounding counties. There will also be a host of other events. For more information contact Senior Resources at 419-898-6459 or 1-877-898-6459. The event is free and open to the public. 

Just a reminder that Santa will be at the Humane Society of Ottawa County Shelter, 2424 E. Sand Rd this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. So bring your pets and children to get their picture with Santa. For $7 you will get a nice 5x7 print.

Also this Saturday, Mutach’s Market on the way to Marblehead will be holding a Kiddie Craft Day from 12 Noon to 3 p.m. at their location on the corner of State Route 163 and North Shore Blvd. The event will be hosted by Theresa Reineck, a Mutach’s employee, who has experience with sea-glass creations. She will be assisting the children in making a “beach bulb” holiday ornament. The cost of participation is $2 per child with all of the proceeds going toward purchasing pet food and cleaning supplies for local animal shelters. 

They are having another I-Pad Class at Otterbein North Shore this Friday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Bring your fully charged I-Pad and join the group who are learning together. 

This 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. 

Be sure to mark Saturday, Dec. 14, on your calendar for the annual Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cookie Walk to be held in the School gym. They will have hundreds of cookies of many varieties that you can purchase by the pound. For more information or to donate cookies, call the Parish office at 419-734-4004. 

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 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.

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