Parade of Homes kick-off party June 26

The Catawba-Marblehead Parade of Homes is coming the weekend of June 28 and 29. I cut a commercial a week or so ago, and if you watch Channel 13 in Toledo, there is a good chance you will see it. We are having our Salvation Army fundraising party at Mon Ami on Thursday, June 26, from 5-7 p.m. Entrance fee is just $10 for a special wine & appetizer extravaganza. Pictured are (l-r): Peg Kronberg of Mon Ami, yours truly, and Maureen Saponari of Salvation Army. You can buy your tickets at the door, or in advance at The Beacon office, Mon Ami, or Salvation Army in the Sutton Center. 

Much thanks to all of the folks who worked so hard to make last Monday’s 25th Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic a big success. I hope everybody in Ottawa County realizes just how lucky we are to have Materion in our lives. Not only are they one of Ottawa County’s biggest employers, they are also one of the most, if not THE most philanthropic. Special thanks to Al Lynch, who has served as my co-chairman for many years now, along with Tom Bloom. Also to Amy (Addy) Skolnik, Angie Esposito and my now retired bride, Mary Alice, from  Stein Hospice; Alyson France from the American Heart Association; and Don Dougherty of Catawba and Wendy Abrahamsen; and I must not forget my brother Chuck who coordinated the golf play on Monday. We had over 100 golfers at Catawba Island Club, all happy to help out by playing on a great golf course and supporting our efforts to raise funds for Stein Hospice and the Heart Association.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Penny Solem of Port Clinton who was one of 203 people to find our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Harbor’s Edge on page 1B in last week’s Beacon. Penny 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

Here is a great new program: if you are concerned about drinking and driving, and you are tired of always being the “Designated Driver”, this might be for you. 1812 Food & Spirits, Cielo Grande, and Rosie's Bar & Grill have joined forces with the Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) to offer dinner transportation services to downtown Port Clinton and the surrounding area between the hours of 4 and 11 p.m. Simply make your trip reservation with either 1812 or directly with OCTA, and they will drive you and your party to dinner and back home or any other Ottawa County destination you specify. The cost for this service is $3.50 per person per one way trip regardless of pick-up point. 24 hour advance reservation is required. 

On top of getting ready for last Monday’s big golf tournament, I was also honored to serve as the master of ceremonies at the 100th Anniversary of Council 1750 Port Clinton Knights of Columbus. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a beautifully restored painting of St. Michael the Archangel to the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall. That donation was made by Jack Resetar. Another highlight was the history of Council 1750 by Grand Knight Jim Wisler. Two serving pastors, Fr. John Missler (Immaculate Conception) and Fr. Dan Ring (St. Joseph’s of Marblehead) were in attendance along with two retired priests who still live in our area, Fr. Ray Ensman and Fr. Jim Peiffer. It was a grand evening.

The 6th Annual Howard Hanna Choo Choo Chow Chow golf outing benefiting the Children’s Free Care Fund will be held on Monday, August 11, at Catawba Island Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $125 which includes a continental breakfast, a snack and lunch. You can pre-register by contacting the Howard Hanna Catawba Office at 419-734-5751. 

The 46th Annual Chicken and Ribs Barbecue will be held on Sunday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Erie Township Hall in LaCarne just off State Route 163 between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. A chicken dinner is $8.50 and Ribs are $12.50. Enjoy!

The 5th Annual 100 vendor Fabulous Flea Market, Artist and Craft Show will be held at Port Clinton’s Lakeview Park on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are sold out for vendors now, but if you would like more information, call Stacey at 419-635-2257.

Otterbein North Shore will host an all-day open house and Concert on the Lawn on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the open house, you can enter to win a flat screen TV and tour their model patio home and apartment. At 4 p.m. there will be music in the air featuring Tim Blake and Michele, talented musicians and entertainers from the Cleveland area. It will be an outdoor concert so bring your lawn chairs. Appetizers and cold beverages will be provided. 

Don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Lots 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.  

I got a note this week from old friend John Davenport, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He is working on a Doctorate degree from Capella University in Public Safety Leadership with specialties in Homeland Security and Disaster Management. He is seeking 400 participants to complete a survey on public perceptions of homeland security, immigration and the local Customs and Border Protection facility in Port Clinton. He is currently gathering a list of participants and has asked my help in getting more. If you would like to help, contact John by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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