Miracles for Melissa

Brenda Belcher and her gang at Salon 53 in Harbor Lights Landing is having a very special fundraiser this Sunday for her sister-in-law Melissa Belcher who has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Melissa was a teacher and coach in the Toledo area and a native of Fremont. She had to give up her career due to the progressive disease. The event will help offset medical expenses. They are holding a “Cut-A-Thon” this Sunday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also feature food, drinks and a special raffle. For more information, contact Brenda at 419-734-5353. 

CORRECTION: I was present when Jasmine Cupp did the interview with Bob Snyder and Ann Heckerd on the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry that appeared in last week’s Beacon. It IS connected to the Portage Resale Center. Several years ago, Bob Snyder created the entity as a separate non-profit corporation when Mary Heinemann donated the building that used to house Heinemann Distributing Co. for the purpose of creating something special for the community. Portage Resale Center does NOT belong to the Snyders, it belongs to the community. All cash surpluses go to local charities. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Gene Kaple of Port Clinton who was one of 229 people to find our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A in last week’s Beacon. Gene 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 

Otterbein North Shore has a lot of major events coming up. First up, my friend Ron Howard will be entertaining on the lawn at Otterbein this Friday starting at 4:30. Nobody does “Motown” like Ronnie! This Sunday, August 17, they are hosting a Cake Walk open house, giving folks a chance to tour their decorated model home and take home a cupcake for the effort. On Tuesday, August 19, Otterbein is offering a stroke support group entitled Gathering of Stroke Champions at 2 p.m. It is open to stroke survivors and caregivers and is designed to offer education and support to those individuals. Finally, they will host a special lunch and seminar on Thursday, August 21 at Noon. The seminar is titled “The Top 10 Mistakes Seniors Make when Selling a Home”. 

The Port Clinton Harvest Festival will be held in downtown Port Clinton September 26-28. The committee is seeking vendors for their new family fun-zone area where there will be inflatables, pony rides, crafts, games, food and more. Churches, local businesses and organizations along with school clubs are encouraged to participate. For more information contact Amy Kelly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 419-304-7297. 

The Port Clinton City Schools put their 2014-2015 All-Sport Passes on sale last week. 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 and clicking on the “Community Link”. 

I am very sorry to report that Ava Arnold, the little one-year-old granddaughter of Carmen Richard, a longtime employee of Bassett’s Market, passed away last week after a courageous battle with a very rare genetic neuro-degenerative disorder called Alper’s-Huttenlocher syndrome. Obviously, that battle cost the Arnold family a fortune 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 women of St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams Street in Port Clinton are currently planning their annual Fall Festival to be held on Saturday, September 20. They are seeking table vendors, crafters, artists and local businesses to participate. Each space is just $20. No flea market or garages sale type items will be allowed. For more information, contact Monette Garn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 419-635-5863. 

Stein Hospice is hosting the PK 5K Run themed “This Run’s for You, Mom” in honor of Patricia King Munn who passed away on September 30 last year. She was a frequent visitor to Lakeside and moved there permanently a few years ago. They owned and operated the Shade Tree and Paper Chase in Lakeside. She was also very active on a number of local committees and helped out at the Danbury Senior Center. The race will be held on Sunday, October 12. For more information, contact Katie and Sandy Hamann at 419-797-6243. 

The Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department is holding a special open house this 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.

The 9th Annual Terry Heise Scholarship Golf Classic will be held again this year at Oak Harbor Golf Course on Saturday, September 20. Terry was a local business owner (Port Clinton Glass, still run by his family) who was also very active in the community and served many years as a football and baseball coach. For more information or to register, contact Terry’s son Eric at 614-738-4957 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 is anxious to “correct the record” responding to the rumors on the proposed improvement projects downtown and in Waterworks Park and other hot topics in the community. 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.

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