We are very sorry to report that Richie Saponari, the husband of Salvation Army Ottawa County Director Maureen Saponari, passed away last Friday. He was one of those “characters” on the local scene that made life more interesting and fun! Mon Ami is planning a special benefit for Richie this coming Tuesday, April 22 from 6-10 p.m. They are asking a minimum $20 donation at the door or you can purchase tickets at the following locations: The Beacon, Minuteman Press, Mon Ami or the Crow’s Nest. All proceeds will go to his medical expenses. Ronnie Howard and his band, Cruisin’, along with the Flashback 3 band from Seniors Gone Wild (which Richie organized and got started) will provide the entertainment. He also started Island Idol, another popular entertainment venue from past years. He knew how to twist my arm to get me to judge many of those Island Idol events. For more information, contact Mon Ami at 419-797-4445.
We want to wish a very happy 50th Birthday to the late Earl Warnke’s favorite daughter (I won’t mention any names). All I can say is that she looks terrific and still knows how to have lots of fun!
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Dione Geary of Catawba who was one of 178 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for CMP Civilian Marksmanship on page 3B in last week’s Beacon. Dione 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 Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will have their final Fish Fry of the Lenten Season on Good Friday, April 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. It’s “all you can eat” for just $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The menu includes hand breaded fish, French fries, coleslaw, mac and cheese, lemonade, coffee and your choice of a variety of desserts. It is held at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall, 109 E. Perry Street.
All are invited to join the congregations of St. Thomas Episcopal and Peace Lutheran Churches in Port Clinton for a Spring “all you can eat” Maundy Thursday Roast Port Dinner tonight (Thursday, April 17) starting at 5 p.m. at St. Thomas Guild Hall. Carryouts are available. The two churches will hold a Joint Service at Peace Lutheran, 900 Jefferson Street in Port Clinton starting at 7 p.m.
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 or you can also get 10% off your order on Wednesday mornings.
The Annual Community Good Friday service will be held this Friday, April 18 from Noon to 1 p.m. at Lakeside United Methodist Church. All are invited to participate in this ecumenical gathering sponsored by t he Danbury Ministerial Association. Food items and a free will offering will be collected for the Danbury Food Pantry.
Kathy Jo Schweitzer sent me an email trying to unload a collection of old vinyl records. She has something like 300 “45s” and over 30 older albums of all kinds. She wants to sell the whole batch of them.
Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 3 from 9-11 a.m. They are looking for Service Clubs, youth groups, Church groups and individual volunteers to help clean up downtown Oak Harbor. If you would like to help, just meet in the back of the Community Markets parking lot at 9 a.m. on that day.
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 even 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 www.ottawacountyohiogop.com for more information. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa County Republican Party.
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!