This column might be a bit short this week, since I was able to score passage for Mary Alice and I aboard the Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Ship last week for the Buckeyes Cruise for Cancer, hosted by OSU football coach Urban Meyer and his wife Shelly. This was the seventh annual cruise that started with Chris Spielman and his wife Stephanie, who died from breast cancer several years ago. We met a lot of very neat people, including Iris Keels, the mother of Paul Keels, the voice of the Buckeyes, who worked many years at Xavier University. It turns out that we knew a lot of the same people from back when I went to school there in the late 1960s. Then it turns out her son started his broadcast career the same place I did, at WVXU FM. One of the highlights, as indicated by the photo, was when Dr. David George and his wife Pat met Eddie George, the Heisman Trophy winner. We kidded David all week about getting together with his “Cousin Eddie”. The alumni band played every day, the alumni cheerleaders led the crowd in cheers every day, and Urban and Shelly Meyer and their family members talked about the loss of Urban’s mother, who also died from cancer. Meyer became very emotional discussing that topic. The cruise raised close to a half million dollars for cancer research. There were quite a few Ottawa Countians on the trip, including County Commissioner Jim Sass and his wife Mollie.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Nathan Holman of Port Clinton, who was one of 167 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Mutach’s Market on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. Nathan wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so 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.
This Saturday, March 1, is Community Preparedness Day. It will be observed at the Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus near Oak Harbor. Activities start at 8:30 a.m. with a free Pancake and Sausage Breakfast followed by presentations from Ottawa County Sheriff, Steve Levorchick on Home Security; Kenan Mylander from Mercy St. Vincent’s Burn Unit on Fire Safety; Mike Drusbacky on what to do in the event of a nuclear accident, chemical spill and train derailment; Kimberly Newman, a Toledo TV meteorologist on severe weather preparation; and finally Beth Leggett from the Ottawa County office of the American Red Cross with what should go into an Emergency Supply Kit.
The Port Clinton High School Leadership Council is hosting the Ohio Association of Student Councils State Conference from April 24 to 26. They are looking for community help in housing the 500 to 800 students who will be in attendance that weekend. What’s involved? First, select the number of students you can house (they don’t need beds, just floor space for sleeping bags). They will need transportation to and from PCHS. They will need a good breakfast on Friday and Saturday mornings. Forms are available at the high school. For more information, call 419-734-2147. This is obviously a big endeavor and your help is very much needed and appreciated.
Even though I was gone all weekend, we still had our Editor, Jasmine Cupp, at Saturday’s Magruder Hospital Charity Ball. We always do a photo collage of the big dance, and so it is this year. Check out page 6A.
Don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday at 9 a.m. According to Editor Jasmine Cupp, we had a good group there last Wednesday. Lots of interesting local topics are discussed. It is our opportunity to have a sit-down with our readers and learn about what you want to see in The Beacon as we enter our 32nd year of community publishing. Also, don’t forget that Common Grounds is offering their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill.
I met Jack Miller during a breakfast speaking engagement at Otterbein North Shore a couple of weeks ago. Jack owns Beacon Point Driving Range at the intersection of State Route 2 and Lakeshore Drive. Jack has begun a “Golf Quiz” which you can find on one of our sports pages each week. Check out your golf knowledge.