I spent a lot of time over the weekend on the NEW docks at Put-in-Bay. We participated in the 121st Annual Inter-Lake Yachting Association Regatta there. The new docks are spectacular! They feature a new teak-wood look and are very solid. Yes, they were a little late getting finished thanks to our unusually cold winter, but they are worth the wait.
While I was there, we learned about the “water crisis” in Toledo. Brenda Culler, former Sandusky Register Ottawa County correspondent, now works for ODNR Coastal Management in Sandusky and one of her main jobs is teaching folks about the algal blooms in Lake Erie, and she was notified early Saturday. I am pretty conservative politically, but I have often said “when it comes to Lake Erie, we are all environmentalists”. State Senator Randy Gardner was in Ottawa County on Tuesday visiting the Water Plant on Fremont Road. He has requested that the Ohio EPA provide testing and treatment assistance for any local water treatment system that may need it and further requested more frequent testing for microcystis. No doubt, the topic will come up when State Representative Chris Redfern holds a Town Hall Meeting at Put-in-Bay this Saturday at the Village Hall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. On my way back from the Regatta on Sunday, we spotted the green algae again and it covered the surface of the water. Perhaps the crisis in Toledo will bring about some positive action.
I had to commute to the regatta since the Travelin’ Lounge Lizards played at Mon Ami Friday and Saturday night. I ran into Jeff Mack there on Friday evening, and I was able to offer my condolences for the death of his mom, Fannie, who passed away last week. She and her husband, Bill, owned a retail store and wholesale operation called Lake Erie Sports for many years on West Second Street in downtown Port Clinton. I bought my first pair of ice skates there, among other things. Jeff said he has had so many people tell him they bought their first Rawlings baseball glove, or their first bat, or their first “something” at Lake Erie Sports. Bill and Fannie were GREAT people.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Kenny Sass of Port Clinton who was one of 223 people to find our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Edgewood Manor on page 8A in last week’s Beacon. Kenny 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 Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours is tonight (Thursday, August 7) from 5-7 p.m. at Star Lanes at the Harbor on Buckeye Blvd. They will have door prizes, appetizers and drinks. It is once again a great opportunity for networking for local business folks, especially NEW business people. They will undoubtedly have tickets for their Reverse Raffle also, scheduled for September 20 at Dock’s Beach House.
The local volunteers for the American Cancer Society are holding their “Celebration of Life” Pub Crawl this Saturday, August 9 from 8-11 p.m. They will finish at Mango Mama’s for music and a $1,500 Reverse Raffle! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
The Port Clinton City Schools will put their 2014-2015 All-Sport Passes on sale starting this Monday, August 11. They can be purchased in the main office of the High School between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost of the passes is $50 for adults and $25 for students. Senior citizens aged 60+ and residents of the School District may obtain a Complimentary Passport that can be used for all home athletic events online at pccsd.net and clicking on the Community Link.
Carmen Richard, a longtime employee of Bassett’s Market, has a granddaughter named Ava Arnold, and Ava has been diagnosed with a very rare genetic neuro-degenerative disorder called Alper’s-Huttenlocher syndrome. She is just one year old, and this disease is very aggressive and progressive in nature. Obviously, this has cost the Arnold family a fortune, and sadly, there is no cure for Ava. So, Bassett’s is having a huge fundraising event for Ava on Friday and Saturday, August 29 & 30. Friday’s event starts at 5 p.m. while Saturday’s event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will have food, a kids’ tent, raffles, a silent auction as well as a special classic car show.
The Barbershop Quartets are returning to the Lake Erie Islands this Saturday. Their annual show will be held at Middle Bass Island Township Hall starting at 7 p.m.
This Monday is the 6th Annual Choo Choo / Chow Chow Golf Outing hosted by Howard Hanna Real Estate at Catawba Island Club. There is still a chance you might get your team in by calling the local Howard Hanna office at 419-734-5751.
The Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department is holding a special open house on Saturday, August 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to commemorate 65 years of dedicated service to the residents of Catawba. There will be a special statue dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. at the fire station located on Cemetery Rd. John Gangway is the Catawba Island Township Fire Chief, and as a resident of Catawba for many years, I can tell you that they do a great job keeping us safe.
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. We have arranged to turn the meeting into a “town hall” session once a month at the end of the month featuring Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. He is anxious to correct the record responding to the rumors on 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.
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the 5th Semi-Annual Village Wide Garage Sale Days scheduled for August 22 & 23. If you would like to place your sale on their list, there is a $3 minimum donation and must be received by Monday, August 18. For more information, call the Chamber office at 419-898-0479.