Congratulations to Vee Reifsnyder of Port Clinton who was inducted into the Ohio Kiwanis Hall of Fame this past weekend in Columbus. Vee was President of the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club from 1999-2000 and became very involved with the activities of the Ohio District of Kiwanis International. She was elected State Treasurer several years ago, and still serves on many boards at the Ohio District level. I followed Vee as President of the local Kiwanis Club, and I remember saying at the time that her heart bled “blue and gold”, the official Kiwanis colors.
I heard that Dave Franck, owner of Tri-Motors in Oak Harbor, was in a very bad snowmobiling accident on Sunday afternoon and was Life Flighted to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo. I spoke with Steve Bast at the dealership Tuesday and he told me that Dave is recovering and should be out of the hospital by the end of the week. It was rumored that he broke some vertebrae in his neck, but that proved to be from an old injury, but a couple of broken ribs and other scrapes are still pretty bad. We wish him a full recovery.
A Past Commodore of Port Clinton Yacht Club, Ted Mason, passed away last Saturday. His funeral will be this coming Saturday, March 15. I believe that in the dictionary next to the term “nice guy” there is a picture of Ted Mason. He was a gem.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Angela Behring, who was one of 198 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Common Grounds on page 8A in last week’s Beacon. Angela 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.
The Ida Rupp Public Library is losing its Librarian. Debbie Loiacono, who lives in Westlake, found a Librarian position closer to home. So the Executive Board of Ida Rupp is inviting members of the community to visit the library this Friday, March 14, from 2-4 p.m. to say goodbye to Debbie. She did some great things while she was here the past few years.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is in Marblehead today (Thursday, March 13) at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 541 S. Church Rd. from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are always welcome. Go give the gift of life to a total stranger.
Today (Thursday, March 13), they are having a very special “Soup’s On” program at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Community. Their Chef, Ron LaPointe, is hosting a cooking class to demonstrate how he creates the wonderful soups he serves there.
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet this Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. The speaker will be Henry Timman, professional genealogist and Huron County historian. His program will be “Finding Maiden Names”. Guests are always welcome.
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.
Don’t forget the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus weekly Lenten Fish Fries each Friday during the Lent from 5-7:30 p.m. This year, the Knights are offering a new menu featuring ALL YOU CAN EAT meals for $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. I am told it was a big hit last Friday. The menu features hand breaded fish, French fries, coleslaw, mac & cheese, applesauce, lemonade, coffee and a variety of desserts, all included in the ALL YOU CAN EAT price. The meals will be served at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall at 109 E. Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton.
The St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will serve Perch & Pierogis on the following Fridays during Lent: March 14 and 28 and April 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the St Joseph Church Hall located at 822 Barclay St. in Marblehead. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6. Sides will be available as well.
Our crowds are getting bigger for “Coffee with the Editor” sessions at Common Grounds every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Lot’s 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 offers their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill.
Monday is St. Patrick’s Day so proudly wear your green on Monday. For the past decade or so, Beacon editor-at-large Donna Lueke has penned an Irish-themed verse or story to celebrate the day when we are all Irish. She does this to honor the memory of her Canadian-Irish poet Mother, Margery Alberta Welsh Lueke. This year, Donna compiled the writings and a selection of photos from her 1990 trip to Ireland in a book titled “Blarney and Blessings”. The book is available for $15 at the Ex Libris Bookshop, 110 Main Street in Marblehead; Twisted Sisters Gallery 318 W. Main St.; Unique Antique Jewelry & Gifts, 206 Madison St. in Port Clinton; and at The Beacon office in the Beacon Place Business Center next to Goodwill. Erin Go Braugh!