Help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon holiday tradition, is already FULL! So we had a pickup from the nice folks at the Salvation Army and we are starting to decorate the tree again! So keep bringing us your contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves and hats to 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 on SR 53 North. Salvation Army will be making several pickups between now and Jan. 1. Thank you for the contributions.

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Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Paul Patterson of Port Clinton who was one of 109 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Ciao Bella on page 10A in last week’s Beacon. Paul 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 

There’s nothing like Christmas cookies for this festive time of year. This Saturday, there will be two Cookie Walks. The annual Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cookie Walk will be held in the school gym. They will have hundreds of cookies in many varieties that you can purchase by the pound. Also, the Humane Society of Ottawa County is holding a Cookie Walk at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson Street in Port Clinton, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have some treats for your pets also. 

Our friends at Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community are holding a special holiday open house this Saturday from 2-4 p.m. They will have an appetizer buffet created by their Executive Chef Ron LaPointe, kids crafts, carolers, nativity scenes, and all kinds of good things. Speaking of Otterbein North Shore, I have been asked to be the featured speaker at their Breakfast of Champions this coming Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. I am not sure what I am going to talk about, but I am certain it will be immensely interesting. 

The Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring their annual Breakfast with Santa at St. Boniface Catholic Church this Sunday, Dec. 15 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The all you can eat Family Breakfast and Children’s Christmas Party menu includes: eggs and ham, homemade rolls, homemade applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and juice. A donation of $6 is requested for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children under 12. All proceeds benefit the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau. 

Waldo Pepper’s is excited to introduce Nathan Gonyer as their new Executive Chef. “He is very creative and follows our tradition of cooking with fresh ingredients,” says owner Mike Miller. Gonyer has served as Sous Chef at two highly reputable locations in Las Vegas. Waldo Peppers has now been here over 4 years and has developed a great reputation for great food and service year around. We’re glad you are here and welcome Nathan!

A number of local businesses and organization are competing to win the 2013 Gift of Lights for the best decorated tree. Christmas trees are located on the Adams Street boulevard. Trees have been donated by the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the City of Port Clinton, Compassionate Friends, Diversified Insurance, Edgewood Manor, the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council, Keith Fleming, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, Oliver H. Perry Masonic Lodge 341, Peace Lutheran Church, the Port Clinton Artists’ Club, the Port Clinton Women’s Club, Slater’s Madison Street Pub and Team Devin. The number of donations garnered by each group will determine the winner. Proceeds go to The Oak House. The deadline for voting is Friday, December 20. Ballot boxes are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, Port Clinton City Hall, the Book Exchange, Coffee Express, McCarthy’s, Perfect Color Hair and Tan, Slater’s Madison St. Pub, Underwood’s Grill and the Wide World Shoppe.

Santa Claus is coming back to Oak Harbor. He will be at the Log Cabin on Friday, December 13 from 6-8 p.m. 

Sunday, December 15, Port Clinton High School’s Touch of Class, an a cappella vocal group, will be hosting a holiday dinner and concert fundraiser in the PCHS Cafeteria. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the concert. Touch of Class will perform about a 30-minute concert along with providing background music throughout dinner. Tickets are $10 for a student-served spaghetti dinner complete with salad, garlic bread and dessert. Proceeds will go directly to offset the costs of bringing in a professional a cappella group to Port Clinton for a Spring concert. 

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.

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