As of last weekend the local Salvation Army Unit was running well short of its $64,000 goal for the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign. So with just a week before Christmas, I hope when you go shopping at any of the Red Kettle locations in Ottawa County, you dig deep and help the Salvation Army do its job of helping needy families. Last week’s cold snap reminds us all of the hardship some are enduring, making decisions between rent, food or heat.
Next week’s Beacon will be coming a couple of days early so we can help you with your last minute Christmas shopping. That also means a very early deadline for next week’s paper. If you have some editorial submissions or classified ads you would like to run, please be advised that our deadline will be Thursday, December 19 at 4 p.m. for our Beacon that will come out prior to Christmas.
The Beacon’s website got hacked last week. We were only down for an hour or so, but there are a lot of problems that have come up since that incident; one of them was the Find Wylie contest entry icon. Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Adele Kreutzfeld of Port Clinton who was one of 22 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Portage Resale Shop on page 8A in last week’s Beacon. A lot more found him and tried to enter the contest online, but they were unable to when they got an error message. Congratulations to Adele for winning our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week and will hopefully have the website fixed by the time you read this. 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.
Grace Baptist Church, 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Rd. in Oak Harbor, will conduct its annual Christmas cantata at 6 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 22. The cantata is titled Star of Hope and is arranged by Steve and Jennifer Hall. It tells the powerful story of a blinded soldier and his family. Through his post war struggles, this blind vet will have the light of the world revealed to him. The program, under the direction of Pastor Rick Bickelhaupt, will combine choir pieces with a drama performance. All are welcome to attend this free concert.
The entire community is invited to participate in a special Christmas dinner at St. Thomas Episcopal Guild Hall on E. Second St. in Port Clinton, just east of Jefferson. You can enjoy a delicious baked ham Christmas dinner with all the fixings tonight (Thursday, Dec. 19) starting at 6 p.m. The whole program is compliments of St. Thomas and Peace Lutheran Churches.
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 (donations) is Friday, Dec. 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.