Port Clinton’s perfect storm

Port Clinton’s perfect storm


I think Lauren Falcone from Poggemeyer Engineering may have said it best; this may be the coming of the “Perfect Storm”. For the business interests of downtown Port Clinton, so much has been happening in the last two months it is dizzying! First, City Council votes UNANIMOUSLY to allow the administration to move forward with negotiations with Washington Properties on their proposal for Waterworks Park. Next, the Army Corps of Engineers agrees to take on the marshes east of Derby Pond to the City Beach, where fragmite has been a problem for 20 some years. Their goal is to restore the marsh to its natural glory. Finally, Poggemeyer proposes a massive “redo” of downtown Port Clinton. Finally, the Port Clinton Fullbackers Club kicks off a huge fundraising campaign with a wild game dinner to accomplish another complete “redo” of True Lay Stadium! Those are four major projects that have been talked about for 50 years. Wouldn’t it be something if the community really got behind all this and saw all of it to finality? 

Congratulations to Barb and Mel Ayers who will be celebrating their First Anniversary of Ciao Bella on Thursday, April 17. First of all, all pasta dinners that night will be priced at $9.99! Next, they will be holding prize drawings all day and all night. The prizes are pretty neat, ranging from a Spa Package at Salon 53, to a 6-month membership at Bodi ‘n Balance to a magnum bottle of Italian Wine to a $100 gift card to Nagoya and a Private dinner for 8 at Ciao Bella. Barb and Mell have been wonderful additions to the local business community since they opened Nagoya several years ago. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Josie Riojas of Port Clinton who was one of 187 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Lawn Doctor on page 1B in last week’s Beacon. Josie 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 

Spring is the season for awards. The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation holds its Business Awards tonight at Catawba Island Club. The Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce along with Mains Street Port Clinton holds their Annual Awards Dinner next Thursday, Thursday, April 10, also at CIC. 

Don’t forget the Danbury Laker Levy Committee is holding a special fundraiser at Cleats TONIGHT (Thursday, April 3). Bring one of their fliers with you, or just mention you are there for the “Dine to Donate” event, and Cleats will donate 10% of the meal cost to the cause. 

The Ottawa County Republican Party is hosting its first Mother’s Day Luncheon, Fashion Show and fundraiser on Saturday, May 10 at Catawba Island Club. This event includes great food, fabulous fashions and jewelry, raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are on sale for $40 per person and open to the public. Seating is limited so contact Renee Claycomb at 419-960-7371 or visit for more information. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa County Republican Party. 

Don’t forget Friday’s Port Clinton Knights of Columbus weekly Lenten Fish Fry held each Friday during the Lent from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall at 109 E. Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton: ALL YOU CAN EAT meals for $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. 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. Also, St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will serve their Perch & Pierogis on 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. 

The PCHS Class of 1974 is having its 40th class reunion this year on August 23 at the Port Clinton Yacht Club. They are searching for a significant number of classmates, who could be anywhere by now. If you have contact information for anybody who graduated in ’74, you are asked to call 419-734-3644 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don’t forget the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner at St. John Lutheran Church on Friday, April 25. It’s an “all day” deal and you can be served lunch or dinner, as they will be serving from Noon to 7 p.m. The Kiwanians will even deliver. Just phone your order in any time after 9 a.m. to 419-734-1325 that day. Yes, it is once again the famous Giaco family spaghetti and meatballs! 

The Lake Plains Chorus of Fostoria will hold their annual concert on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Fostoria High School. They are a fabulous Barbershop choir of men, many of whom travel there every week for rehearsals from Ottawa County. They always have a featured quartet, and this year, they will feature “Vocal Spectrum”, the 2006 International Champions. I have attended several of their concerts and they are always outstanding. 

The Leadership Ottawa County class of 2014 is hosting a very special “Pop-Up Talent” night at the Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge on Saturday, April 26. They will be featuring local celebrity talent for the event, including the Naked Bacon Band. Tickets are $40 per person and $70 per couple which includes dinner and the entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton, the Danbury Zoning Department in Marblehead, the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and The Crafty Needle in Elmore. The fundraiser supports United Way’s Pop-Up Adventure Play Program. 

And also don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday morning 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.

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