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Hog wild at Pop-Up Talent

Yes, County Commissioner Jim Sass’s Hog Call was just as bad as I thought it might be at last Saturday’s Pop-Up Talent show at the Port Clinton Elks. We did raise something like $2,200 for the Children’s Self Directed Play effort sponsored by United Way in Ottawa County and the 2014 Leadership Ottawa County team. 

Congratulations to the Port Clinton Lions Club who will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary this Saturday, May 3, at the Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge. Social Hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. The guest speaker is Steve Sherer, past International Director of the Lions Club. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Margaret Mizla of Marblehead who was one of 249 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Common Grounds on page 12A in last week’s Beacon. Margaret 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 thebeacon.net. 

I got a mysterious email this week from a Linda Alexander about a Ballet Production in Toledo. Linda is the former Linda Brooks, who along with her identical sister, Laura, graduated from PCHS a few moons ago. Both loved to dance, as I recall. Now, Linda is the proud mama of her daughter Johanna (pictured above) who will be performing with the Ballet Theatre of Toledo with a full chamber orchestra this weekend (May 2-4) at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Toledo. Linda, who learned to sew from her grandma Florence from Oak Harbor and her mom, is the costume designer for the production. For more info on the production, call Ballet Theatre of Toledo at 419-861-0895. 

The Red Cross Bloodmobile is back in Ottawa County and will host no less than four giving opportunities in the next ten days. First, they will be at Magruder Hospital tomorrow (Friday, May 2) from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, they are at the Catawba Township Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Wednesday, May 7, the bloodmobile will be at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Marblehead from noon to 5 p.m. Finally, they will be at St. John Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor on Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The box office for Playmakers’ Civic Theatre’s final show of the season, “Its A Grand Night for Singing” featuring the music of Rogers and Hammerstein, is now taking reservations. “A Grand Night” will be presented May 8-10 and May 16-18 at Playmaker’s West Sixth Street theater in Port Clinton. Call 419-734-5044 for reservations.

Debby Krofft stopped into my office this week to announce that she is organizing a series of Antique and Collectables Markets to be held on the Adams Street Boulevard in Port Clinton starting the end of May and running through the end of September. She is looking for venders who would like to rent spaces. You can reach her at 419-341-0721 or you can e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Ottawa County Republican Party is hosting a special “Meet & Greet” for Steve Kraus, candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 89th District and Roni Reid, who will be running for County Auditor in November. The event will be held this Sunday, May 4, from 2-4 p.m. at the new Republican Headquarters in the front of the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall, 109 E. Perry Street in Port Clinton. Also, the deadline to purchase tickets for the Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show at CIC on Saturday, May 10, and hosted by the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club is this Monday, May 5. To make your reservation, contact Renee Claycomb at 419-960-7371. Tickets are $40 per person with proceeds benefitting the Ottawa County Republican Party. 

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 Ottawa County Senior Resources and Magruder Hospital present this year’s Spring Senior Day – Hawaiian Luau – this coming Wednesday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Camp Perry. This year’s entertainment will be provided by Ohana Aloha, a Polynesian dance troupe. They will also present the awards for the 2014 Senior Hall of Fame class. Attendees are asked to provide their favorite Hawaiian outfit for the event. For more information or to purchase a ticket for the event, contact your local Senior Center, the Magruder Hospital Gift Shop, or the main office of Senior Resources at 1-877-898-6458.

Another honor for Dave Zavagno and his happy warriors who brought us the Tall Ships extravaganza last Labor Day weekend! The Documentary on the re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Special Event Coverage. Nick James of Catawba and Peter Houston of Put-in-Bay were the producers of this outstanding film. Congratulations all the way around!

Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual Community Cleanup Day this 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. 

Who’s the Top Dog in Ottawa County? We may just find out on Sunday, May 18, at a special Bark Until Dark Dog Show to be held at the “off-the-leash” dog park located at 310 Bridge Road in Danbury Township (next to Bayside Comfort). Everyone is welcome to bring their pup to support the Humane Society of Ottawa County. The Entry fee is $10 per mutt donated to HSOC. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. with judging starting promptly at 1 p.m. Big Boppers will be on hand to serve a “hot dog” lunch (what else?) for a $5 donation to HSOC. The whole event is sponsored by the Danbury Township Board of Trustees. I hope they have plenty of “pooper-scoopers”!

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