Thanks to Irene Minier who sent us a letter this week with a reminder that April 9 was the 70th Anniversary of the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in the early days of World War II. We have long documented the heroics of the men of the 192nd Tank Battalion, Company C, all of whom were from Ottawa County. They mustered from the Armory on West Perry Street and marched to the train station in November of 1941. Only about half of them made it home. The last living member of Company C, Joe Hrupcho, died just last year. Once again, we honor these brave men who either died in defense of their county or suffered horrific captivity at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army. It all took place 70 years ago this week.
And while we are on the topic … the Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission has announced the selection of Harold J. Fillmore, a U.S. Navy Veteran, as the County’s Veteran of the Year for 2011. The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Monday, April 16, at the Oak Harbor VFW Hall, 251 W. Main St. The public is invited.
Another letter we received this week came from Ida Mercurio, one of our area’s favorite and most friendly bartenders. She has been plying her craft at Nagoya the past several years, and is remaining with Mel and Barb Ayers in an administrative capacity. They will have a special farewell party for Ida at Nagoya on Monday, April 23. So it won’t be “Goodbye Ida” but rather “See you on the other side of the bar!!!”
Our Find Wylie winner this week is Lee Cuevas, of Port Clinton, who found Wylie in the ad for TJ’s Lawn Car on page 4B in the Jobs Just Posted section of last week’s Beacon. Lee wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, 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 Web Site … www.thebeacon.net.
Toussaint North Road, County Road 62, will be closed between Benton Carroll Road, County Road 23, and Lickert-Harder Rader Road, Township Road 22 starting Monday, April 16. It is scheduled to reopen Thursday, April 19, weather permitting. No vehicles will be permitted through this area during construction.
The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Oliver H. Perry Masonic Lodge No. 341 this Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. The lodge is located in the old American Legion Hall at 118 Madison St. next to the Armory. The Re-consecration Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. For information, contact Tom Brown at 419-734-3630.
We have another new business opening up in Portage Township. Welcome to the Forget-Me-Not Breakfast Bakery which will be located inside the Truth Ministries building (formerly Portage School) on State Road that also houses the Portage Re-Sale Center. They open up this Friday, April 13, from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the first 50 customers get a free homemade pop tart!
The Trinity United Church of Christ in Elliston is having a chicken barbecue this Sunday, April 15, from 11:30 a.m. until they run out! They will also have some delicious pies and other desserts. For more information contact Shirley Buhro at 419-862-2340.
They have a brand new Computer Classroom at Ida Rupp Public Library and you can now sign up for a free computer class in the new computer classroom. A glass wall now separates the classroom from the fiction area in the front of the library. They have 10 laptop computers there. To sign up, call 419-732-3212.
The Annual Ottawa County Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Auction will be held this Saturday, April 14, at the Camp Perry Clubhouse. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling John Valentine at 419-656-9000.
The Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary is holding a special Donations Open House on Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 6 p.m. at their shelter located at 3620 E. State Road near the intersection of State Route 2 and State Route 53. They will have music, food and fun. They will also feature professional dog training. All of the donations go to the care of the animals there.
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet again this Tuesday, April 17 in the Community Room of Ida Rupp Public Library at 7 p.m. Henry Timman, Huron County Historian will give the program titled “Researching without Vital Records.”
On Saturday, April 21, the Oak Harbor High School Choirs will hold their semi-annual Community Service Auction. Pre-sale tickets are $10 which provides the buyer with a lasagna dinner and the ability to bid on all of the Silent and Grand Auction items. The High School students themselves will be the Grand Auction items. They include: cut and deliver firewood, house and garage cleaning, lawn work, maintenance, and much more. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. The Grand Auction starts at 7 p.m. For tickets or further information, call the High School at 419-898-6216, extension 334.
Don’t forget to mark Friday, April 20 down on your calendar for the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner. It will be held again at St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton from 12 Noon to 7 p.m., so you get your choice of having your spaghetti for lunch or dinner!!! Proceeds, of course, go to the Kiwanis Club, which spends all of it giving back to the community.