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Thank you, veterans

Thank you, veterans

It is so typical of this time of year. There isn’t a lot going on and then, suddenly, WHAM! Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. So, please be aware that the traffic will be a little to a lot heavier than normal. Be patient. And also, remember that Memorial Day Weekend is more than just the usual start of the summer season. It is a day set aside for us to remember those who gave the “last full measure of devotion” to their country. To them, and to all our veterans, I say THANK YOU.

I got a note from Jim Cahill a while back and he let me know about something that could have a significant impact on boaters in our immediate area. The US Coast Guard is studying the idea of removing the Catawba Marker Buoy off the northeast corner of Catawba Island. I know I use that green can a lot in my boating, I am certain many of you boaters do as well. The person to contact at the Coast Guard is a gentleman named Doug Sharp at the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland. As of a few weeks ago, the only person he had heard from was Jim Cahill. The address is 1240 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, Ohio 44199-2060. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Judy Bruning of Port Clinton who was one of 71 people who figured out that we forgot to hide our friendly fish in any of the ad in last week’s Beacon. So, Judy let us know and she 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. 

Last week we ran a photo of the winners at the Law Day awards held at the Port Clinton Kiwanis Meeting on May 7. We need to correct the record just a bit. It is actually the Ottawa County Bar Association who presents the awards, not the Kiwanis Club, who simply hosts the event. 

Erie Islands Resort off Darr-Hopfinger Rd. southwest of Port Clinton is holding a very special Music Fest this Sunday, May 25 starting at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 which includes 10 hours of entertainment and a Texas Barbecue Buffet! Sounds like fun.

The Edgewood Manor Health and Rehab Center will be hosting a Joint Replacement Class this Tuesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. They are located at 1330 S. Fulton Street in Port Clinton. Michael Lopez, Rehabilitation Director at Edgewood will be on hand to answer any and all questions and concerns. For more information or to RSVP, call 419-734-5506.

Congratulations to Kimberly Holmes of Marblehead who was recently named to the Dean’s List at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. Also Chip Buckley of Port Clinton recently graduated from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

The next Port Clinton Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be held this Memorial Day weekend at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall, 109 E. Perry Street from 5-9 p.m. Also, on Sunday, May 25, the Knights will have a Pancake Breakfast to benefit their annual “Measure Up” campaign in support of local folks with developmental disabilities. They will be serving at the hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for youngsters 12 and younger. Youngsters under 2 years of age eat for free.

The next “Thank Goodness for Grandparents” program being put at Oak Harbor High School to offer support and information to adults raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other related children, is today (Thursday, May 22) starting at 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. They will also discuss plans for their summer sessions. Call Judy Peters, Director of Student Services, at 419-898-3280 or text your name and session choice to Sara Stahl at 419-341-6535.

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. Last week we had a very lively conversation on the Waterworks Park issue. 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 next “Lunch & Learn” session at Otterbein North Shore will be this Tuesday, May 27, at 12 p.m. They will review the April 30 program by Rick Hunsicker to explain why making a move to Otterbein might be the smartest move you’ll ever make. Attendees also take home a copy of Rick’s guide to senior planning. 

Two great golf tournaments for charity are coming up soon. The 25th Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic will be held at CIC on Monday, June 16. This event annually benefits Stein Hospice and the American Heart Association. To get a team into this great event, call Amy Skolnik at Stein 419-625-5269 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Tom Bloom at Materion at 419-862-4233 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  Then there is the Father’s Day event for Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County; their 8th Annual at Hidden Hills Golf Club, also sponsored by Materion. Call 419-734-7074 to enter your team. The entry deadline is June 11. 

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Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Also, try to participate in one of the Memorial Day events on Monday. I know they have them in Port Clinton, Oak Harbor and Marblehead.

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