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50th anniversary of the Ottawa County Fair

50th anniversary of the Ottawa County Fair

The 50th anniversary of the Ottawa County Fair opens this Monday at the Fairgrounds on SR 163 between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. This local slice of Americana runs from July 14 through the 20. There will be lots of entertainment every day of the fair. Noting that this is the 50th, my mind runs crazy from my days on WRWR when the fair was still very young. They had a “Youth Press Corps” and I was honored to work with Amy Minnich and Libby Kilmer who ran all over the place getting judging results and the like. Ahhhh…those were the days. 

In spite of the incredibly busy weekend, I managed to stop for an hour or two at the new Clinton House located in the former Beacon offices at 106-108 E. Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton. It doesn’t look like our old office, but it is beautiful. Congratulations to Jon and Carolyn Rodenhauser. They did much of the work themselves on the transformation. Stop in and see for yourself!

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Mark Hoffman who was one of 206 people to find our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A in last week’s Beacon. Mark wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores as well as a free doormat from our friend Tom McIntire at Captain’s Carpets, the customized carpet place at Fort Firelands. 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. 

The 6th Annual Amazing Kite Flight will be held this Sunday, July 13 from 1-4 p.m. at Waterworks Park in Port Clinton. Kite Master Dan Klos and others will demonstrate their talents and show everyone how to make a “frustration free” kite guaranteed to help everyone GO FLY A KITE!!! This event is sponsored by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.

Saturday will be a great day for bargain hunters in Marblehead! First, the Village is having yard sales from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is also the second weekend of the Sunset Stroll, so the Shops of Marblehead will be open until 7 p.m. Saturday will also be the day for the “All Island Garage Sale” on Johnson’s Island from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Household items, marine items, clothing, tools and much more will be available rain or shine. Up to 50 families are participating for this huge one-day sale. For more information, call Bill Sharp at 419-798-4510.

Congratulations to old friend Ron Miller on the 2nd Anniversary of the Listening Room this weekend located in the downtown Port Clinton Our Guest Inn. On Saturday evening they are hosting, Jesse Terry, Tony Arata and Craig Carothers. Tony Arata wrote “The Dance” for Garth Brooks along with 4 other top hit songs. All three are renowned Nashville artists and song writers. Sunday at 8 p.m. they will feature Tony Lucca with special guest artist Anna Rose. Tony was a finalists on NBC’s “The Voice”. Anna Rose just finished touring with Crystal Bowersox, our favorite Ottawa County Idol!

Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to “ring the bell” for Christmas in July Red Kettle Campaign the weekend of July 25-27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be several Kettle sites, including Bassett’s Market, the Jet Express along with five locations on Put-in-Bay. All proceeds help the Ottawa County Salvation Army Service Unit. If you can help, call Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769. 

Don’t forget the annual Catawba Volunteer Fire Department’s Chicken Barbecue is this Saturday, July 12, at the Fire Station on Cemetery Road. It all starts at 3:30 and ends at 7:30. They will also have a reverse raffle that day as well. It seems just about every resident of Catawba Island goes, or at least picks up a carryout chicken dinner. They have plenty of parking just west of the Fire Station. 

The next Beginners iPad class at Otterbein North Shore near Lakeside is Friday, July 11, starting at 10 a.m. for beginners while the intermediate class starts at 11 a.m. The second class will feature how to store your photos, documents and music files. 

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. We have arranged to turn the meeting into a “Town Hall” session once a month featuring Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. He will appear either July 16 or 23. He is anxious to “correct the record” regarding the proposed improvement projects downtown and in Waterworks Park. 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.  

Congratulations to Nick Krisfalusy, a 2010 Port Clinton High School graduate, who earned Dean’s List honors in the School of Engineering at THE Ohio State University. He is a Computer Science Engineering major.

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